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Images: Of Sons and Ships and Science Cruises

A.D. Colburn III was named master of the WHOI-operated research vessel Atlantis in Janurary 2007. (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

A.D. Colburn consults with WHOI Marine Department electronics technician Steve Page on the bridge of R/V Knorr in 2001 during a call in home port. (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

A.D. Colburn gets a hug from his daughter Katie after returning from a research cruise aboard Atlantis IIin 1988. (Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Dick Colburn, A.D.'s father, stands outside the wheelhouse of WHOI's first oceanographic research vessel Atlantis in the late 1950s. Dick Colburn was the last master of the first Atlantis. (WHOI Archives)

Capt. A.D. Colburn (right) took his turn, along with the rest of the crew of Knorr, chipping ice off the ship's superstructure on a cruise to the Labrador Sea in the winter of 1997. (George Tupper, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)