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Launch PRATT. PRATT was serving as Radio Acoustic Ranging station. Working in Gulf of Mexico with HYDROGRAPHER.

Gasoline launch, twin engine, length 75 feet, beam 13.6 feet, draft 4 feet. Built at Gibbs Gas Engine Company in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1924. Acquired from Coast Guard in 1933, ex-CG-295 PATROL. In service 1933-1937 on the Atlantic coast. Named for John F. Pratt (1848-1929). He served on the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for 49 years from 1871 until 1920. He was commanding officer of the PATTERSON in Alaskan waters, the first PATHFINDER in the Philippines, and was associated also with the survey of the 141st Meridian along the Alaska-Canada boundary. He took a leave of absence in 1905 and commanded the Carnegie Institution vessel GALILEE in its first magnetic survey in the Pacific Ocean.

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