Atlantis Returns

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R/V Atlantis makes the final turn to the entrance of Great Harbor in Woods Hole after more than four years away. During that time, it sailed nearly 105,000 miles, conducting 60 science cruises, and the deep submergence vehicle <i>Alvin</i> made 475 dives. <i>Atlantis</i> will remain close to home for the next few months, making two cruises in the western North Atlantic, before embarking in December with <i>Alvin</i> to the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Nathan (left) and Patrick McGuire, sons of WHOI associate scientist Jeff McGuire, welcome R/V Atlantis home to Woods Hole with the Lego models of the ship they made this summer. Both models include miniature replicas of the deep submergence vehicle Alvin. (Photo by Jayne Iafrate, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Atlantis approaches WHOI's Iselin Dock with a crowd of colleagues, family, and friends ready to greet the ship and crew. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Nathan McGuire waits on the WHOI dock for Atlantis to arrive. During its time away, Atlantis shepherded Alvin on 475 dives. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Atlantis eases into Iselin Dock as well-wishers look on. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Mitzi Crane, captain of Atlantis, peers down from the flying bridge as she guides her ship to its berth. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
The crowd gathers as Atlantis maneuvers the final few feet. (Photo by Jayne Doucette, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Scott Formisani (left) and Richard "Dicky" Edwards make the bow of Atlantis fast to the dock. (Photo by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
WHOI Director Susan Avery (left) greets Capt. Mitzi Crane after a successful passage from San Diego that had Atlantis shadowing Hurricane Earl up the East Coast.
(Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

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