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TANNER, Z[era]. L.
Deep Sea Exploration: A General Description of the Steamer Albatross, Her Appliances and Methods. pp. [257]-427, (i). Frontispiece, 39 plates (some folding), 76 text figures. TOGETHER WITH :

STEJNEGER, Leonhard. The Russian Fur-Seal Islands. pp. 148. 66 plates [including 14 folding maps]. TOGETHER WITH : EVERMANN, Barton Warren. A Report upon Salmon Investigations in the Headwaters of the Columbia River, in the State of Idaho, in 1895, Together with Notes upon the Fishes Observed in that State in 1894 and 1895. pp. (149)-202. 6 plates [including folding map]. TOGETHER WITH : STONE, Livingston. The Artifical Propagation of Salmon on the Pacific Coast of the United States, with Notes on the Natural History of the Quinnat Salmon. pp. (205)-235, (i). 15 plates. TOGETHER WITH : SEAGLE, George A. The Artificial Propagation of the Rainbow Trout. pp. (239)-256. 7 plates, 3 text figures.

All contained in : BRICE, John J. Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission. Vol. XVI, for 1896. Government Printing Office. Washington. 1897. Black cloth as issued, an ex library copy with book-plate, neat stamp on title and verso of all plates, a clean copy in very good condition.

*The second USS Albatross, often seen as USFC Albatross in scientific literature citations, was an iron-hulled, twin-screw steamer in the United States Navy and reputedly the first research vessel ever built especially for marine research. Albatross was laid down at Wilmington, Delaware, by Pusey and Jones in March 1882; launched on 19 August 1882, and commissioned on 11 November 1882, with Lt. Zera L. Tanner in command. Tanner, who had superintended the ship's design and construction, would command Albatross, a Navy-manned vessel assigned to the United States Fish Commission, a civilian government agency, for nearly 12 years. It was finally decommissioned in 1921, and sold in 1924 when it was refitted as a school ship. Four years later, fitted out as a training ship for "nautical students or cadets," the vessel departed Boston on 12 July 1927 under the auspices of the American Nautical School, Inc., with 119 pupils on board, bound for European waters. The students, however, departed the ship at a succession of ports on the ship's final voyage Cork, Le Havre, and Amsterdam with the result that only 21 remained on board when she arrived at Hamburg. The ship's crew insisted that she be auctioned off to satisfy their demand for wages. On 18 October of the same year, the ship was reportedly tied up at Hamburg, "under attachment for indebtedness." No notice of public auction has been found, and the documentary trail, such as it is, ends in 1928. Her exact fate remains unknown. The Albatross and the smaller Fish Hawk were credited with being the first large vessels built specifically for marine research. A Smithsonian tribute notes: "The Albatross, designed to go anywhere in the world and work in the greatest depths, contributed more to our knowledge of marine fishes than any other ship" noting that "the number of scientific papers based on the ship's work has never been counted but it runs into many hundreds".

Date Published: 1897.

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