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10403. (lot 2 books) U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross (1882). Marine Fisheries Review. Vol. 61. No. 4. 1999

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10403. (lot 2 books) U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross (1882). Marine Fisheries Review. Vol. 61. No. 4. 1999

10403. (lot 2 books) U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross (1882). (1) Marine Fisheries Review. Vol. 61. No. 4. 1999. 89p. Soft wraps. Extensive history of the building and operations of the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer Albatross. Apparently this vessel was for use by the U. S. Fish Commission under the jurisdiction of the Light-House Board. The second USS Albatross, often seen as USFC Albatross in scientific literature citations, was an iron-hulled, twin-screw steamer and reputedly the first vessel ever built especially for marine research. Albatross was laid down at Wilmington, Delaware by Pusey and Jones in March 1882; launched on 19 August 1882, and commissioned on 11 November 1882, Lt. Zera L. Tanner in command. Tanner, who had superintended the ship’s design and construction, would command Albatross, a Navy-manned vessel assigned to a civilian government agency, for nearly 12 years. At her launch on 19 October 1882 in Wilmington, Del., the Albatross was the world’s first large deep-sea oceanographic and fisheries research vessel, and she would go on to have a distinguished 40-year career, ranging from the north Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, around Cape Horn in 1887-88, and into the North Pacific. By 1908, Deputy Fish Commissioner Hugh M. Smith reported that “The Albatross has contributed more to the knowledge of marine biology than has any other vessel.” And, of course, her career continued for another 13 years, being decommissioned in late 1921, serving later as a training vessel for nautical cadets, and disappearing from the records in Hamburg, Germany, in late 1928. Filled with vintage photos and information. (2) Hobart, W. L. Baird’s Legacy: The History and Accomplishments of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service 1871-1996. Seattle. 1996. 48p. Soft wraps. Filled with vintage photos and information. (VG+). Lot 2 items $18.