USC&GS Elsie III (1912)

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Pioneer (1922)
USC&GS Elsie III on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, ca. 1924
Career (United States) 100x35px U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey flag.png
Name: Elsie III
Namesake: Previous name retained
Completed: 1912
Acquired: 21 April 1919
Out of service: 1944
Notes: Operated as civilian motorboat Elsie III 1912-1917; served as United States Navy patrol vessel USS Elsie III (SP-708) 1917-1919
General characteristics
Type: Launch
Length: 52 ft (16 m)
Beam: 11 ft 6 in (3.51 m)
Draft: 4 ft (1.2 m)
Propulsion: Gasoline engine

USC&GS Elsie III was a launch that served in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1919 to 1944.

Elsie III was built as a civilian motorboat of the same name in 1912 at Morris Heights in the Bronx, New York. From 1917 to 1919, she served in the United States Navy as patrol vessel USS Elsie III (SP-708).

Elsie III was transferred to the Coast and Geodetic Survey on 21 April 1919. She served along the United States East Coast during her career with the Survey.

Between 4 September and 12 September 1935, Elsie III joined the Coast and Geodetic Survey launch USC&GS Marindin in helping with relief efforts in the Florida Keys following the passage of the violent 1935 Labor Day hurricane.

Elsie III was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1944.