USS Surveyor (1917)

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USS Surveyor (1917)
Surveyor, possibly at the time of her completion in 1917 as a survey ship for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
United States
Name: USS Surveyor
Namesake: A surveyor is a member of the profession of surveying, which determines positions on the earth's surface
Builder: Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Drydock Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Cost: $236,000 USD
Completed: 1917 for U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey
Acquired: 24 September 1917
Commissioned: 22 October 1917
Struck: 31 March 1919
Fate: Returned to U.S. Department of Commerce for use by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey 31 March 1919
Notes: Operated as survey ship USC&GS Surveyor in Coast and Geodetic Survey 1917 and 1919 to 1956
General characteristics
Type: Armed steamer
Displacement: 1,143 tons
Length: 186 ft (57 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 12 ft (3.7 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine
Speed: 13.3 knots
Complement: 85
  • 2 × 3-inch) 76.2-millimeter) guns
  • 2 × machine guns
  • Armament removed January 1919

USS Surveyor was an armed steamer that served in the United States Navy from 1917 to 1919.

Surveyor was built as the survey ship USC&GS Surveyor in 1917 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding and Drydock Company at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and entered service with the Survey that year.

Surveyor was transferred to the U.S. Navy on 24 September 1917 for service in World War I and commissioned as USS Surveyor on 22 October 1917.

On 9 November 1917, Surveyor was ordered to report to Squadron Two, Patrol Force, based at Gibraltar. She served overseas from 5 February 1918 through the end of World War I. After the Armistice with Germany of 11 November 1918, she returned to the United States. Her armament was removed in January 1919.

Surveyor was struck from the Navy List and returned to the Department of Commerce on 31 March 1919 to resume operations as a survey ship for the Coast and Geodetic Survey, in which she served until 1956.

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