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Diesel launch, length 78.1 feet, beam 20.3 feet, draft 9 feet. Acquired from Navy in 1941, ex- USS MIDNIGHT SUN YP-96. In service 1941-42 in Pacific. 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.


Schooner, length 60 feet, beam 21 feet, draft 4.5 feet. Built by Fardy and Woodall in 1873 at Baltimore, Maryland. In service 1873-1899 on the Atlantic Coast. Possibility that this is the same vessel as the SPEEDWELL which is listed in service from 1874-1876 in Coast Survey Annual Reports.


Schooner, built by William E. Woodall, Baltimore, Maryland in 1875 at a cost of $17,500. In service 1875-1886.


Schooner, length 75 feet, beam 24 feet, draft 6.5 feet. Built in 1873 at a cost of $18,069. In service 1874-1886.

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