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An anonymous, but similar, schooner of approx. 100 feet length
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(Alexander von Humboldt, 1769-1859, Prussian Geographer and explorer)
Characteristics: Schooner, built 1854, 76ft long x 21ft beam x 5ft draft.
Log Period and Areas of Service: 1885-1872, Pacific coast and Alaskan waters.
Summary of Service
1854 – Rounded Cape Horn on passage to West Coast, which included putting into Rio to refit after a disastrous storm in the North Atlantic.
September 1855 – Arrived in San Francisco.
1855-1871 – Most of her West Coast service was spent surveying the Southern California-Channel Islands area, with occasional voyages as far north as Washington.
1871 – Carried out C&GS's first reconnaissance of the Aleutian Islands and SW Alaska following the purchase of Alaska from Russia that year.
1872 – Surveyed the eastern half of the Aleutians. Decommissioned.
Fate: Last mentioned returning to San Francisco in 1872. No further information available.
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