USC&GS Yukon (1898)

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USC&GS Yukon (1873)
Yukon in Alaskan waters
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Name: Yukon
Cost: $10,926.40 USD
Completed: 1898
Commissioned: 1899
Decommissioned: 1923
General characteristics
Type: Survey ship
Length: 75 ft (23 m)
Beam: 15 ft 7 in (4.75 m)
Draft: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Propulsion: Steam engine and sail

USC&GS Yukon was a steamer that served as a survey ship in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1899 to 1923. She was the second and last Coast and Geodetic Survey ship to bear the name.

Yukon was built in New York and shipped to Alaska in a knockdown condition, then assembled at St. Michael, Alaska. She entered Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1899.

In the summer of 1912, Yukon rendered assistance to the inhabitants of Kodiak, Alaska, following an eruption of Mount Katmai. Tragedy struck her in November 1916 when a member of her crew, watchman F. A. Paul, was lost by probable drowning at Kings Cove on the Alaska Peninsula.

After serving exclusively in Alaskan waters, Yukon was retired from Coast and Geodetic Survey service in 1923.


Yukon operating under steam and sail.
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Yukon in 1911, aground on the tidal flats of the Kasilof River.