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GRIFFIN, Samuel P., navigator, born in Savannah, Georgia, in 1826 ; died in Aspinwall, Panama, 4 July, 1887. He was graduated at the United States naval academy in 1841, served throughout the Mexican war in Californian waters, and in 1849 was in the first United States arctic expedition that was sent out to search for Sir John Franklin. He resigned from the navy in 1854, engaged in business in New Orleans, and during the civil war was detailed by General Nathaniel P. Banks to collect a feet for the Red river expedition. He soon afterward entered the service of the Pacific mail steamship company, commanding, as their commodore, successive steamers of their fleet till 1882. Captain Griffin was an authority on shipbuilding, and the author of the code of international fog-signals and of essays on ship-building.
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