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Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer PATTERSON. In service 1884 -1919. Pacific service

Steamer, barkentine rig, length 163 feet, beam 27.4 feet, draft 14.2 feet. Built by James D. Leary, Brooklyn, New York, in 1883. In service 1883-1918 when it was turned over to the Navy for patrol duty, and then returned to the Coast Survey in 1919 at which time it was sold. This ship was primarily used as a hydrographic survey vessel in Alaska although it served on the West Coast and the Hawaiian Islands as well. Named for Carlile P. Patterson (1816-1881), fourth Superintendent of the Coast Survey (1874-1881). Patterson began his career as a naval officer and served on the Coast Survey as a passed midshipman on the Brig WASHINGTON 1838-1841, thence again from 1845 until 1850 when he left the Navy to command one of the Pacific mail steamers. He commanded a mail steamer until 1861 when he returned to the Coast Survey as Hydrographic Inspector following the withdrawal of most Navy officers from the Survey. He remained in that position until the resignation of Benjamin Peirce as Superintendent of the Coast Survey in early 1874 when Patterson was appointed Superintendent. He remained in that position until his death in 1881.

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