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In 1962, WHOI purchased a vessel named Explorer from a marine salvage yard. To avoid confusion with other vessels of the same name, the vessel was christened Gosnold, to honor Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, the first European to land and settle in Woods Hole. Scientists used the 99-foot vessel for day trips and short cruises to collect seafloor sediment cores, and for dredging and trawling work. At WHOI, Gosnold made 206 cruises, from Maine to South America and Bermuda. More photos of WHOI vessels, past and present, are featured in the 2012 WHOI wall calendar. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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