Gedney

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Gedney (G.V.S.L./#231905) (1875-1955), 135-foot two-masted U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey vessel with an oak hull and iron framing built in New York. She was completely overhauled in Baltimore, Maryland in 1887, and again in 1916. The Survey eventually sold her, and after a series of new owners, the Gedney was laid up in 1934, and later donated to the Manson Construction Company. She was burned at the Seattle Seafair in 1955.



In the News~

May 8, 1896 [SFCall]: “The upheaval along the shore of Cuyler’s Harbor, San Miguel Island, which occurred in March of last year, is at last to receive attention at the hands of the coast survey. The coast survey steamer Gedney, which will remain in this harbor until after the battleship Oregon’s trial trip, is under orders to proceed to San Miguel, take new soundings and measurements and draft a new chart of the harbor in accordance with the changes.”


May 13, 1896 [SBDN]: “U.S. Survey boat Gedney, after the trial trip of the Oregon, will go to San Miguel Island and re-survey Cuyler's Harbor. Captain Waters and Sid Law went over on the vessel last Monday.”


May 15, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “The United States Coast Survey boat Gedney will shortly go to San Miguel Island to resurvey Cuyler’s Harbor, which, it is said, was totally changed some time ago by an upheaval which elevated the entire harbor beach several feet, leaving a boat that was anchored there high and dry and several rods from shore.”


May 16, 1896 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, May 15. The McArthur and the Gedney are still lying in the harbor, the latter expecting to receive instructions which will cause it to weigh anchor tonight or early in the morning. The Gedney is taking on supplies preparatory to running over to San Miguel Island to make a survey of Cuyler’s Harbor.”


May 18, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “…The Gedney now is the only government vessel now in this port…”


May 21, 1896 [SBDN]: “The Coast Survey vessels Gedney and McArthur returned this morning from San Miguel Island where they had gone to survey Cuyler's Harbor. Captain Waters and Sam Gaty returned on the Gedney.”


May 22, 1896 [LAT/SB]: “The Gedney has returned from her surveying trip to San Miguel Island and is anchored near Stearn’s Wharf. Along side her is the graceful Madroño, the lighthouse tender. On the other side is Burtis’ boat and the Santa Rosa Island craft… The Gedney, Captain Osborne, has just completed the re-survey of San Miguel Island and found the shore line considerably shortened…”


May 23, 1896 [SFCall]: “Santa Barbara, May 22. The coast survey steamer Gedney returned at midnight last night from San Miguel Island, where she has been making a resurvey of the changes in Cuyler’s Harbor caused by the upheavl of a year ago. The Gedney verified the change in the coastline along the west curve of the harbor, together with the shoaling of the water at this point and the reefs which arose, and has charted these changes upon the official map of the island.”


December 25, 1896 [LAT/SP]: “Steamer Gedney of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, Lieutenant Osborne, U.S.N. commanding, will probably lie in this port during the winter…”


June 19, 1897 [LAT]: “Scientists aboard the Gendey. San Pedro, June 18.—Prof. W. W. Thoburn, R. A. Green and C. B. Wing arrived here today. They immediately went on board the government coast survey steamer Gedney, in which they will sail for Guadalupe Islands tomorrow (Saturday) morning. Ernest Bryant Hoag, professor of biology at the Throop Polytechnic Institute, visited them during the afternoon.”


June 20, 1897 [LAT/SCat]: “The United States Geodetic Survey steamer Gedney, Lieut. Osborn, U.S.N. commanding, has returned from her southern trip, and is moored in the inner harbor. The vessel has been taking observations as far south as the Mexican line…”


June 20, 1897 [LAT]: “The United States Geodetic Survey steamer Gedney, cleared this morning for the Guadalupe Islands with the party of naturalists from Stanford University.”


July 5, 1897 [LAT]: “The United States Geodetic Survey steamship Gedney, Capt. Osborn, arrived in port yesterday, with the members of Stanford University who had been on an excursion to the Guadalupe Islands. They report no fur-bearing seals, the species being extinct there, but found a great number of wild goats, which were the only animals there. Traces of slaughter by hunters were plentiful, the skinned carcasses of goats being greatly in evidence. Water was found in only one place on the islands, which are of volcanic origin, and worthless for purposes of cultivation. The geological formations of the islands were not examined, but it is thought that gold exists in small quantities. The steamer will sail tomorrow (Monday) morning for San Francisco, her object in stopping at San Pedro being merely to take on coal.”


October 15, 1897 [LAT/SB]: “The Coast Survey steamer Gedney is again anchored in the channel, after a three-days cruise among the islands.”


November 25, 1897 [LAT/SP]: “The operations of the California Fish Company have had a temporary interruption because of a difference of opinion existing between the management and the Federal authorities. This difference affects only the gasoline schooner Alpha, which has been used in catching the sardines packed by the company. The license for the Alpha expired on November 18 and the customhouse officers have refused to issue a new license. The boat has been in charge of one man holding a master’s and an engineer’s license. The company contends that, as the boat does not carry passengers for hire, only on licensed officer is necessary. The position assumed by the government is that the boat should carry a licensed master and another man who is a licensed engineer. Pending a settlement of the case, the company is fitting out the schooner J. Willey, which will be in use by next Monday, in place of the Alpha. The sardines packed at the cannery have hitherto been caught from the Alpha, which would pass over all the waters of this neighborhood in search of the fish. Not infrequently big catches would be made near Catalina Island and other distant points.”


February 27, 1901 [LAT/SP]: “The United States Coast and Geodetic Survey steamer Gedney, Captain E. F. Dickens, is in port and will remain until Thursday. She is on a coast pilot cruise and is noting the changes in wharves, beacons, breakwater work and otherwise within the past four years. The notes are being prepared for a new edition of the Coast Pilot.”


March 1, 1901 [SBDI]: “The lighthouse tender Gedney dropped anchor in the harbor this morning on her regular trip of inspection of the lighthouses along the coast.”