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Coast and Geodetic Survey steamer BLAKE

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George S. Blake or Blake, was a 148-foot U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey Steamer that was built in 1874 in Baltimore, Maryland, and in service in the western Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea until 1905. Major oceanographic innovations, such as the Sigsbee Sounding Machine (which was used to create the first modern bathymetric map), the first use of steel cables in dredging and trawling, and deep-sea anchoring were pioneered on the Blake.

Additional information about the Blake may be found at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ocean Explorer page or the NOAA 200th Year Celebration page.


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