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Twin diesel, length 163 feet, beam 33 feet, draft 11.2 feet. Built at Marietta Manufacturing Company, Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia, for $2,300,000. In service 1963-2003. This vessel conducted hydrographic surveys on the United States Atlantic coast, Gulf Coast, and in U.S. territories in the Caribbean Sea. Named for Henry Laurens Whiting (1821-1897), the most accomplished and most productive Coast and Geodetic Survey topographer of the Nineteenth Century. Whiting conducted surveys related to the defenses of Washington, D.C. and military activity in the region during the Civil War. During his fifty-nine year career with the Survey, Whiting served under eight Superintendents beginning with Ferdinand Hassler. He served on the Boston Harbor Commission and the Mississippi River Commission as well.

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