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r/v Atlantis

The First Atlantis

Atlantis, the first ship used at WHOI for multidisciplinary ocean research, departed for sea trials after it was built in 1931. The 142-foot, ketch-rigged Atlantis retired from service to the U.S. oceanographic community in 1963, but the name was passed to two other WHOI-operated vessels—the now-retired Atlantis II and the current Atlantis, which began work in 1997. It was the first vessel built specifically for deep-water oceanographic research at WHOI. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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