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Coast and Geodetic Survey Ship EXPLORER at anchor.

Steamship, length 219.6 feet, beam 48 feet, draft 16 feet. Built by Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, Washington, in 1940 for the Coast and Geodetic Survey. Served in the Pacific for its first twenty years. Conducted many frontline hydrographic and triangulation surveys in the Aleutians during WWII and fought off an attacking Japanese plane on one occasion. Transferred to East Coast in 1960 and conducted primarily oceanographic work including operations on EQUALANT I and II, the first international cooperative oceanographic/meteorological project with which an ancestor agency of NOAA was involved. In service 1940-68.

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

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