Bowditch, U.S. Hydrographic Survey Ship

Photograph of USN Bowditch (hydrographic survey ship)

U.S. Navy photograph


Tonnage 5405 tons standard
7215 tons fully loaded
386' by 53' by 20'
118m by 16m by 6m
Maximum speed       11.5 knots
Complement 406
Armament 4 3"/50 AA guns
8 20mm Oerlikon AA guns
2-shaft diesel

The Bowditch was launched in Denmark in 1929 as the passenger ship Santa Inez and purchased by the U.S. Navy in 1940 for conversion to a survey ship. After extensive survey work in the Atlantic, she transited the Panama Canal into the Pacific ca. May 1943 and continued her survey work along the east coast of South America. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on 6 January 1944 and served the remainder of the war with the Pacific Fleet.


Carter (1953)

DANFS (accessed 2008-1-18) (accessed 2011-12-4)

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