(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.

Links: NOAA History site, The Coast Survey 1807 - 1867, U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Annual Reports

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Nautical chart of Popoff Strait by Williamm Dall 1872


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