Arrayed around the WHOI dock in Woods Hole, Mass. are the three ocean-going research vessels WHOI operates—(clockwise) Knorr, Oceanus, and Atlantis. The ships are part of the U.S. research fleet, travel the globe year-round, and are seldom in port at the same time. The Navy has recently selected WHOI to operate a new ship, to be built by the Navy and delivered in 2014, that will help replace part of the aging fleet and provide needed oceanographic research capacity.
(Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)