USC&GS McArthur (1874)
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The first USC&GS McArthur, originally USCS McArthur, was a steamer that served as a survey ship in the United States Coast Survey from 1876 to 1878 and in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1878 to 1915. McArthur served almost exclusively in the waters of the Territory of Alaska. Tragedy struck McArthur's crew on 17 August 1894 when one of her officers and four crewmen drowned after their boat capsized coming through surf on the coast of the state of Washington. On more than one occasion, McArthur assisted mariners in distress. On 15 December 1909, she hauled the passenger steamer Fleetwood off the ground in Grays Harbor, Washington. On 30 May 1914, she rendered assistance to the Ketchikan Power Company barge Blanche; seas were breaking over Blanche, seams had opened in her hull, and water was flooding in faster than Blanche's pumps could pump it out, but McArthur kept Blanche from sinking.