USC&GS Hydrographer (1901)
|Namesake:||Hydrographer, a practitioner of hydrography, the measurement of physical characteristics of waters and marginal land|
|Builder:||James Reilly Supply Company, Port Jefferson, New York|
|Out of service:||1917|
|In service:||1 April 1919|
|Out of service:||1928|
|Notes:||Served as United States Navy patrol vessel USS Hydrographer (1901) 1917-1919|
|Length:||101 ft (31 m)|
|Beam:||19.5 ft (5.9 m)|
|Draft:||6.8 ft (2.1 m)|
Construction and acquisition
Coast and Geodetic Survey service, 1901-1917
Hydrographer operated along the United States East Coast. In August 1912, she pulled the schooner Estrella off of a mud flat on which Estrella had grounded. On 8 February 1914, she assisted the United States Navy torpedo boat USS Foote (Torpedo Boat No. 3) off of a shoal in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina, then provided Foote with a navigator to assist her in transiting the sound and proceeding from Elizabeth City to Washington, North Carolina.
Coast and Geodetic Survey service, 1919-1928
Transferred back to the Survey postwar on 1 April 1919, she resumed her East Coast duties. She was blown aground on 9 September 1919 during the 1919 Florida Keys Hurricane, but the actions of shipmate O. M. Straub saved her from significant damage.
On 16 February 1922, Hydrographer towed the gasoline-powered launch Edna G, which had been disabled in heavy seas, into port at Gulfport, Mississippi. She went to the assistance of the schooner W. J. Patterson, which was on fire off Sabine Pass, Texas, on 22 June 1923; her crew fought the fire for over three hours and she supplied a hose crew for the steamer S.S. Hudson, which also was assisting W. J. Patterson.
Hydrographer was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1928.
- NOAA History, A Science Odyssey: Tools of the Trade: Ships: Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships: Hydrographer
- NOAA History, A Science Odyssey: Hall of Honor: Lifesaving and Protection of Property by the Coast & Geodetic Survey 1845-1937
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.