USC&GS Ogden

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USC&GS Ogden conducting current surveys in Boston Harbor.
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Name: Ogden
Namesake: Herbert Gouverneur Ogden (1846-1906)
Builder: Canton Lumber Company, Baltimore, Maryland
Cost: $12,000 USD
Completed: 1919
In service: 1919
Out of service: 1944
General characteristics
Type: Survey Launch
Length: 60 ft (18 m)
Beam: 14.8 ft (4.5 m)
Draft: 4.6 ft (1.4 m)
Propulsion: Two gasoline engines

USC&GS Ogden was a launch that served as a survey ship in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1919 to 1944. She was the only Coast and Geodetic Survey ship to bear the name.

Ogden was built by the Canton Lumber Company at Baltimore, Maryland, in 1919. She entered Coast and Geodetic Survey service that year.

Ogden spent her career on the United States East Coast. She worked as a wire drag survey vessel with the Coast and Geodetic Survey launch USC&GS Marindin.

Ogden was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1944.


A diagram ca. 1920 of wire drag survey operations as carried out by Ogden and Marindin. The basic principle is to drag a wire attached to two vessels; if the wire encounters an obstruction it will come taut and form a "V."