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Images: Two Ships Passing Passengers in the Night

WHOI's 60-foot, aluminum-hulled coastal research vessel Tioga. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Instiution)

WHOI's 279-foot, steel-hulled research vessel Knorr.

R/V Knorr battled rough seas to return to Vineyard Sound. Tioga left Woods Hole to meet its big sister ship. (Map by E. Paul Oberlander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

To evacuate an injured mate from Knorr, the captains of the two ships decided to rendezvous in Tarpaulin Cove off Naushon Island, which provided some protection against winds and waves. (Map by E. Paul Oberlander, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Ken Houtler (at the wheel), captain of Tioga, and Ian Hanley, Tioga's mate. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)