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Vol. 44, No. 2, September 2005

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A Continuing Tradition of Going to Sea

The birth of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1930 arrived simultaneously with berths for scientists aboard Atlantis. Together, the new institution and ship heralded a new era of oceanographic exploration. Much has changed over the past three-quarters of a century, but some things have not: WHOI still provides exceptional access to the sea, and WHOI scientists, engineers, technicians, and students still resolutely head into the field—to the seafloor in the submersible Alvin; into rough winter seas off Cape Hatteras aboard R/V Oceanus; in “dormitory” boats along channels of the Danube Delta; or even, just for fun, in “unboats” to celebrate our 75th anniversary.