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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship SOSBEE. In service 1945-1961. Atlantic service. Vessel used primarily to test new equipment.

Diesel, length 68 feet, beam 16.6 feet, draft 5.5 feet. Built in 1930 by Hoggson Brothers at Booth Bay, Maine. In service 1945-1961 on Atlantic and Gulf Coast. The Sosbee was used as a test platform for various types of electronic navigation and other hydrographic equipment for a number of years. Named for Lt.(j.g.) Joseph D. Sosbee, United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, who lost his life July 18, 1943, in the crash of a Coast Guard PBY-5A on Mount Moffat, Adak, Aleutian Islands. Lt. (j.g.) Sosbee was the head of a photogrammetric mission utilizing the C&GS nine-lens camera for defense related work in the Aleutians at that time.

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