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The Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship PIONEER.
This was the first PIONEER.

Steamer, length 187 feet, beam 35.6 feet, draft 12.6 feet. Built in 1918 at Gas Engine and Power Company, Morris Heights, New York. Ex USS OSPREY AM-29, Helped clear the mines laid down in the North Sea Barrage following the signing of the Armistice. Because of original name, this ship and the DISCOVERER and GUIDE were known as the bird boats. In service 1922-1941. Served on the West Coast and Alaska. With the beginning of World War II, the PIONEER was returned to the Navy and renamed the USS CRUSADER. The PIONEER is commemorated by the geographic features named Pioneer Seamount and Pioneer Canyon.

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