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Oceanus arrival

Farewell to the Workhorse of the North Atlantic

In November 1975, R/V Oceanus first arrived at the WHOI dock to begin a long and illustrious career of oceanographic research. A mid-life refit completed in 1994 greatly changed the ship's profile and expanded its capabilities. Next month, after nearly 40 years and many thousands of miles exploring the North Atlantic, Oceanus' career as a WHOI research vessel will come to an end. Over the years, the ship has carried scientists on more than 500 research cruises to study such things as harmful algal blooms, heat transport through the Gulf Stream, and the formation of eddies in the North Atlantic. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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