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Schooner, length 70 feet, beam 20 feet, draft 2.4 feet. Built for the Coast Survey in 1854 by Fardy Brothers in Baltimore, Maryland. In service 1856-1861, thence Civil War naval service, and then 1866-1875 on Atlantic coast. Used exclusively in Atlantic service, primarily as transportation and hotel services for topographic and triangulation survey parties. Named for Louis Agassiz (1807-1873), Swiss scientist who was the first to describe the Ice Age. Also a noted ichthyologist and marine biologist. Agassiz came to the United States in 1847 and was given use of the steamer BIBB for investigations off the coast of Massachusetts, was the first to study the Florida reef system at the request of the Coast Survey, and was chief scientist on the cruise of the HASSLER through the Straits of Magellan and on to San Francisco in 1872. Agassiz founded the Museum of Comparative Zoology of Harvard University. He was an incorporator of the National Academy of Sciences.


Schooner, length 81 feet , beam 23 feet, draft 4.5 feet. built in 1854 by Fardy and Brothers, Baltimore, Maryland. In service 1854-1863, Civil War naval service, thence 1866-81. In 1867 sunk in Neuse River by striking Confederate stake, raised and serviceable again. Atlantic service only. Named for the famous French naturalist Dominique François Jean Arago, 1786-1853.


Steamer, length 93.5 feet, beam 15.8 feet, draft 5.9 feet. Built in 1871 by Maury and Steinburg, New York, NY. In service 1871-1890. Sold to Lighthouse Service in 1890. Atlantic service only. Named for the famous French naturalist Dominique François Jean Arago, 1786-1853.


Steamer, length 172 feet, beam 24 feet, draft 10.3 feet. Unclear if remained under Navy control but used by Coast Survey for deep sea soundings in 1856 between Newfoundland and Ireland, Otway Berryman Commanding. This led to a controversy in the on-going feud between the Coast Survey and Matthew Fontaine Maury of the Naval Observatory. Prior to Navy acquisition in 1856, it was named the THOMAS HAIGHT. 1857 transferred to Lighthouse Service. Atlantic service only.


Gasoline launch, length 53.5 feet, beam 12.5 feet, draft 5.5 feet. Acquired in 1919 from the Navy. USS AUDWIN from June 1917 until March 1919. Ex-yacht AUDWIN, Id #208413. Built in 1911 at Morris Heights, New York. Did patrol duty off New York and on Great Lakes during WW I. In service 1919-1927. Sold to P. H. McCue in Seattle in 1927. Used for West Coast and Alaska service. Origin of name uncertain.


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