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    Launched in 1968, delivered to Woods Hole in 1970, and completely overhauled in 1991, R/V Knorr has traveled more than a million miles—the equivalent of two round trips to the Moon or forty trips around the Earth. (Photo by Alexander Dorsk, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Researchers rely on sophisticated ships to get a firsthand look at the ocean environment and to carry their tools and instruments into it.