NOAA History Banner
gold bar divider
home - takes you to index page
about the site
noaa - takes you to the noaa home page
search this site
white divider
arrow Tools of the Trade
arrow Ships
arrow C&GS Ships

banner - Coast & Geodetic Survey Ships


Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship STIRNI. This ship was named in memory of Lt. (j.g.) Joseph Stirni, USC&GS, who was killed while a Japanese prisoner of war in 1945. He was killed by a U. S. bomb hitting the ship he was being transported to Japan on from the Philippine Islands.

Twin diesel, length 111.5 feet, beam 18.7 feet, draft 6.8 feet. Built by Calderwood Shipyard, Manchester, Massachusetts in 1943. Acquired from Navy, ex SC 1358. In service 1946-1957 on Atlantic coast. Named for Lieutenant Joseph Stirni, Coast and Geodetic Survey, who fought in the Philippine Islands until the fall of Corregidor with the U. S. Navy, taken prisoner-of-war, and then while being transported to Japan in the “hell-ship” Enoura Maru, he was killed by American bombing of this unmarked in Takao, Formosa, January 9, 1945.

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

Last Updated: June 8, 2006 9:24 AM

Privacy Policy | Disclaimer