USC&GS Explorer (1904)

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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship EXPLORER.jpg
USC&GS Explorer
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Name: Explorer
Builder: Pusey & Jones, Wilmington, Delaware
Completed: 1904
Renamed: Atkins 1941
General characteristics
Type: Survey ship
Tonnage: 450
Length: 135 ft (41 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 10 ft (3.0 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 10 knots

The first USC&GS Explorer (1904) was a steamer that served as a survey ship in the US Coast & Geodetic Survey (USCGS) from 1904-1939, during which time she saw exclusively Pacific Ocean work.

Construction and United States Navy service[edit]

The Explorer was built by Pusey & Jones of Wilmington, Delaware in 1904.[1] She was transferred to the US Navy on 22 May 1918 and commissioned as the USS Explorer to patrol Prince William Sound[2] and returned to USCGS service on 31 March 1919. The ship was transferred to the National Youth Authority in 1939. Explorer was acquired and converted in 1941 by the US Army and renamed Atkins (FS 237) whereupon the United States Army Corps of Engineers used her for survey work.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pusey & Jones, Wilmington DE". shipbuildinghistory. 10 July 2012. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2013.
  2. ^ Reports of the Department of the Interior 1918, Volume 2 Indian Affairs Territories United States Department of the Interior
  3. ^ Grover, David (1987). U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II. Naval Institute Press. p. 80. ISBN 0-87021-766-6. LCCN 87015514.

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