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NOAA Research and Survey Ships

(Ships withdrawn from service before NOAA's formation in 1970)

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NOAA was created in 1970 from the combination of the Coast and Geodetic Survey (formed in 1807 as the Coast Survey), the Weather Bureau (formed in 1870 as a unit of the Army Signal Corps) and the Fish and Wildlife Service (formed in 1871 as the Commission of Fish and Fisheries and later called the Bureau of Fisheries).  This table lists all the research and survey ships that served the three entities that came together as NOAA in 1970, but ended their service before 1970.  Those vessels that have served NOAA since 1970, whether still active or now inactive, are listed here

Name
Shipbuilder Location Hull # Type Ft. Built In Service History
From To
Built for the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey (listed by year of build)
Jersey       Schooner   1834 1834 1841  
Nautilus       Schooner 76 1838 1838 1859  
Vanderbilt       Schooner 48 1842 1842 1855  
Phoenix       Schooner 70 1845 1845 1857  
Bancroft       Schooner 60 1846 1846 1862  
George M. Bache       Schooner   1847 1847 1859  
Brisk Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 60   1847 1880 Sold 1884
John Y. Mason       Schooner 63 1847 1847 1861  
Corwin       Steamer 125   1850 1867  
Franklin       Schooner 60 1850 1850 1859 Hotel ship
Hassler       Schooner 61 1851 1851 1872  
Meredith       Schooner 63 1851 1851 1872  
Bouncer       Tender     1853 1855 Lost 1855
Joseph Henry Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 70 1853 1853 1875 Sold 1875
Agassiz Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 70 1854 1854 1875  
Arago Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 81 1854 1854 1863  
Bowditch       Schooner 70   1854 1874  
Humboldt       Schooner 76 1854 1854 1872  
Varina Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 91 1854 1854 1875  
Bolles       Schooner 70   1855    
Twilight       Schooner 85 1956 1856 1861 Captured 1861
Howell Cobb       Schooner 70   1857 1861  
Torrey Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 70 1857 1857 1875  
James Hall       Schooner   1859 1859 1874  
Caswell Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 74   1860 1870  
George M. Bache Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Schooner 76 1861 1861 1886  
Beauty       Barge   1870 1870 1884  
Arago Maury & Steinburg New York NY   Steamer 93 1871 1871 1890 To USLHS 1890
Alexander D. Bache Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 92 Steamer 153 1871 1871 1927 Later Bache 1901, sold as Kingfisher 1927
Fathomer C. Sharp Philadelphia PA   Steamer 76 1871 1871 1881 Sold 1884
Ferdinand R. Hassler  Dialogue & Wood Camden NJ   Steamer 160 1871 1871 1895  
Hitchcock Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Steamer 86 1871 1871 1889 Sold 1891
Scoresby Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner 76 1871 1871 1891 Sank 1891
Silliman Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner 83 1871 1871 1888 To USN 1888
Steadfast Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Sloop 70 1871 1871 1884  
Palinurus       Schooner 84 1873 1873 1889  
Quick Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner 60 1873 1873 1899  
Research       Schooner 75 1873 1873 1886  
George S. Blake Fardy & Woodall Baltimore MD   Steamer 148 1874 1874 1905  
Baton Rouge S. D. Bardmore Louisville KY   Steamer 95 1875 1875 1881 Sold
Earnest W. E. Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner 89 1875 1875 1891  
Thomas R. Gedney  Delamater SY New York NY   Steamer 140 1875 1875 1915  
Ready W. E. Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner   1875 1875 1886  
Drift W. E. Woodall Baltimore MD   Schooner 76 1876 1876 1892  
Kincheloe       Sloop   1876 1876 1882  
Fuca J. F. P. Mitchell     Launch 45 1882 1882 1904  
Carlile P. Patterson  James D. Leary Brooklyn NY   Survey Ship 163 1883 1883 1918 Sold 1919
Cosmos Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   Launch 52 1887 1887 1927 Sold 1927
Spy A. C. Brown Tottenville NY   Schooner 51 1888 1888 1905  
Transit A. C. Brown Tottenville NY   Schooner 60 1888 1888 1909  
Taku G. W. Kneass San Francisco CA   Steamer 70 1898 1898 1917  
Pathfinder  Crescent SY Elizabethport NJ   Steamer 193 1899 1899 1940 Lost 1942
Hydrographer  James Reilly Supply Port Jefferson NY   Steamer 101 1901 1901 1928  
Explorer  Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 316 Steamer 135 1904 1904 1939 To National Youth Authority 1939
Surveyor Manitowoc SB Manitowoc WI   Steamer 186 1917 1917 1956  
Marindin Canton Lumber Baltimore MD   Launch 60 1919 1919 1944  
Mitchell Canton Lumber Baltimore MD   Launch 60 1919 1919 1944  
Ogden Canton Lumber Baltimore MD   Launch 60 1919 1919 1944  
Rogers Canton Lumber Baltimore MD   Launch 60 1919 1919 1944  
Explorer  Lake Washington SY Seattle WA   Steamer 220 1940 1940 1968  
Gilbert Leathem D. Smith Sturgeon Bay WI   Schooner 77 1929 1929 1962  
Westdahl   Portland OR   Motor Ship 77 1929 1929 1946  
Hydrographer  Spear Engineering Norfolk VA   Steamer 165 1930 1931 1967 To USN 1942 as AGS 2, returned 1946
Perkins       Launch 103 1933 1933   Renamed Cowie 1941
E. Lester Jones Astoria Marine Astoria OR   Survey Ship 88 1940 1940 1967  
Hilgard Robinson Marine Benton Harbor MI   Survey Ship 66 1942 1942 1967  
Pathfinder  Lake Washington SY Seattle WA   Survey Ship 229 1942 1946 1971 Built for USN, scrapped 1972
Wainwright Robinson Marine Benton Harbor MI   Survey Ship 66 1942 1942 1967  
Acquired by the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey from other Government agencies or from the private sector (listed alphabetically)
Active        Steamer 172 1836 1852 1862 Ex-Goldhunter, sold 1862
Arctic       Steamer 172 1856 1857 1857 Ex-Thomas Haight, to USLHS 1857
Audwin   Morris Heights NY   Yacht 53 1911 1919 1927 Sold 1927
J. W. Bailey       Schooner 70   1856 1873  
Baltimore       Schooner     1851 1858  
Barataria       Steamer 95   1867 1885  
Belle       Schooner 60   1848 1857 From USAQMD, lost 1857
Bibb       Steamer 160   1847 1879 From USRCS
Bowen Calderwood     Subchaser 111 1943 1945 1957 Ex-SC 1361 (USN), scrapped 1957
Bowie  Greenport Constn. Greenport NY   Subchaser 136 1943 1946 1967 Ex-PCS 1405 (USN), sold 1967
George D. Cowie Great Lakes BB Chicago IL   Yacht 103   1941 1962 Ex-Rhea III, sold 1962
Crawford       Schooner 60 1843 1848 1861 From USRCS, returned 1861
Curlew       Gunboat 159   1864 1865  
Daisy        Steamer 100 1869 1885 1891 Sold 1891
Dana       Schooner 70   1856 1876  
Davidson Luders Marine Stamford CT   Launch 75 1925 1933 1935 Ex-? (CG 242)
Derickson  Ballard Marine Seattle WA   Subchaser 136 1944 1946 1954 Ex-PC 1458 (USN), sold 1954
Dickins Dachel Carter Benton Harbor MI   Launch 75 1925 1933 1935 Ex-Volo (CG 144)
Discoverer Todd Shipyards Brooklyn NY 9 Minesweeper 180 1918 1918 1922 Ex-Auk (AM 38), later Discoverer (ARS 3), sold 1947
Eagre Van Dusen Williamsburg NY   Yacht 140 1875 1878 1903 Ex-Mohawk,
Echo Portsmouth NSY     Launch 65 1902 1928 1938 Ex-YFB 32, sold 1938
Elsie III       Launch 52   1919 1944 From USN
Endeavor   Norfolk VA   Gunboat 117 1862 1867 1883 Ex-CSA gunboat Lady Davis
Ewing Abraham Cooper     Schooner 91 1841 1848 1857 From USRCS
Experiment Washington NSY Washington DC   Sounding Bt. 90 1831 1835 1839 From USN 1835, returned 1839
Faris Colonna's Norfolk VA   Launch 75 1924 1933 1946 Ex-Sonic (CG 223)
Fathomer  HK & Whampoa DY Hong Kong HK   Steamer 152 1904 1906 1941 Ex-Orchid (USLHS), lost at Bataan 1942
R. H. Fauntleroy       Brig 83   1854 1881 Sold 1881
Fire Fly       Yacht     1856 1860  
Gallatin New York NSY Brooklyn NY   Schooner 77 1831 1840 1859 Captured by CSA
Gerdes       Schooner     1848 1861 Hotel ship
Guide  New Jersey Dry Dock Brooklyn NY   Steamer 188 1919 1923 1953 Ex-Flamingo (AM 32), later Viking (ARS 1), scrapped 1953
Guide        Yacht 140   1941 1942 Ex-Comoco, Coronia, Andradite (PYc 11), returned to USN 1942
Guthrie       Schooner 66 1849 1851 1861  
Helianthus   Bristol RI   Launch 64 1912 1919 1939 From USN, returned to USN
Hetzel        Schooner 150   1849 1874 From USAQMD, abandoned 1874
Hodgson  Burger & Burger Manitowoc WI   Subchaser 136 1944 1946 1967 Ex-PCS 1450 (USN), sold 1967
Isis        Yacht 180   1915 1920 Sank 1920
Jefferson  Charles Knapp Pittsburgh PA   Steamer 160 1845 1849 1851 From USRCS, sank 1851
Legare  R. & G. Schuyler New York NY   Steamer 160 1843 1847 1854 From USRCS
Lincoln  Fardy Bros. Baltimore MD   Steamer 165 1864 1867   From USRCS
Lively       Launch 46   1876 1886  
Lydonia  Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE 348 Yacht 185 1911 1919 1947  
McArthur Mare Island NSY Vallejo CA   Steamer 121 1874 1876 1915  
Madison       Schooner 79   1850 1858  
Marcy       Schooner 91   1862 1875 From USRCS
Marinduque    Uraga, Japan     132 1901 1905 1932 Served in the Philippines
Marmer Spedden SB Baltimore MD     100 1932 1957 1968 Ex-Walter Wyman (USPHS)
Matchless   Key West FL   Schooner 100 1859 1885 1915  
Mikawe   Bay City MI   Launch 64 1916 1920 1939 Ex-MB Mikawe (USN)
Miller Chance Marine Annapolis MD   Launch 75 1933 1933 1935 From USRCS
Morris       Schooner 92   1849 1935 From USAQMD
Natoma  Charles L. Seabury Morris Heights NY   Yacht 119 1913 1919 1935 Ex-SP-666 (USN)
Oceanographer T. S. Marvel Newburgh NY   Yacht 304 1899 1930 1942 Ex-Corsair, scrapped 1942
Onward Charles L. Seabury Morris Heights NY 211 Yacht 140 1906 1919 1921 Ex-Galatea, Ungava, from USN
Parker Elizabeth City SY Elizabeth City NC   Subchaser 111 1843 1846 1957 Ex-SC 1277 (USN), scrapped 1957
Benjamin Peirce       Schooner 70   1855 1868  
Petrel       Schooner 71 1846 1848 1860 Ex-Aiken Eclipse, captured 1860, sunk 1861
Pioneer  Gas Engine & Power Morris Heights NY   Minesweeper 187 1918 1922 1941 Ex-Osprey (AM 28), later Crusader (ARS 2)
Pioneer  Germania Werft Kiel, Germany     208 1929 1941 1942 From USN, returned to USN
Pioneer  Lake Washington SY Seattle WA   Seaplane Tdr. 312   1946 1966 Ex-Mobjack (AGP 7)
Pratt Gibbs Gas Engine Co. Jacksonville FL   Launch 75 1924 1933 1937 Ex-Patrol (CG 295)
Pratt       Launch 78   1941 1942 Ex-Midnight Sun (YP 96)
Ranger Robert Jacob City Island NY   Yacht 133 1910 1919 1933 Ex-Thomas Slocum, from USN 1919, sold 1933
Research       Steamer         Served in the Philippines
Ritter Dachel Carter Benton Harbor MI   Launch 75 1925 1933 1935 Ex-Sono (CG-145), returned to USCG
Romblon    Uraga, Japan   Steamer 132 1901 1905 1921 Served in the Philippines
Sachem       Launch 121   1861 1862 On loan from USN
Sagadahoc       Launch 45   1867 1886  
Scandinavia Taylor Marine Rwy. Norfolk VA   Launch 61 1916 1919   Ex-SP 3363 (USN)
Scott Thornycroft Southampton UK   Motor Ship 73 1950 1955 1964 Sold 1965
Sialia  Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE   Yacht 207 1914 1919 1920 Ex-SP 543 (USN), sold 1920 as Yankee Clipper
Sophia       Schooner     1855 1861  
Sosbee Hodgson Bros. East Boothbay ME   Yacht 68 1930 1945 1961  
Stirni  Calderwood SY Manchester MA   Subchaser 111 1943 1946 1957 Ex-SC 1358 (USN)
Tulip HK & Whampoa DY Hong Kong HK   Steamer 190 1904 1947 1950 Served in the Philippines
Vixen             1855 1864  
Robert J. Walker Joseph Tomlinson New York NY   Steamer 133 1844 1848 1860 Lost 1860
Peter G. Washington       Brig   1837   1846 Ex-USRCS, wrecked 1846
Wave Brown & Bell New York NY   Schooner 96 1832 1845 1858  
Welker Rice Bros. East Boothbay ME   Launch 75 1925 1933 1937 Ex-CG 139, to USAQMD
Wenonah George S. Lawley Boston MA   Yacht 163 1912 1919 1922 From USN, returned to USN
Wildcat       Launch 65   1919 1945  
Yukon       Schooner 84   1873 1894  
Yukon   New York   Steamer 75 1898 1898 1923 Sold 1923
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and predecessors
Fish Hawk   Wilmington DE   Steamer 146 1879 1879 1926  
Albatross Pusey & Jones Wilmington DE   Steamer 234 1882 1882 1921  
Grampus Palmer Noank CT     83 1886 1886    
Albatross II   Norfolk VA     148 1909 1926 1932 Ex-Patuxent, returned 1934,
Albatross III         103 1926 1948 1959 Ex-Harvard, sold 1959
Black Douglas         133        
Brown Bear         115        
Brant   North Bend OR     100 1926      
Fulmar   Friendship ME     101 1914      
Halcyon   East Boothbay ME     108 1917      
Penguin   Seattle WA     130 1930      
Phalarope