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WHOI Ships at Work

Meet the ship

R/V Neil Armstrong Meet the Ship

Where are the Ships Now?

Where are the Ships Now?


R/V Atlantis

  • Delivered in 1997, owned by the U.S. Navy, and operated by WHOI for the oceanographic communit
  • Specifically outfitted to launch and service the human-occupied submersible Alvin
  • Contains six science labs, seafloor mapping sonar, satellite communications, and precision navigation systems
  • Carries a complement of 36 crew members, science technicians, and deep submergence group members, as well as a scientific party of 24 for as long as 60 days
  • Namesake of WHOI’s first research vessel, the 142-foot ketch Atlantis that sailed 299 cruises and more than 700,000 miles for ocean science from 1931 to 1966 and that is also the namesake of the space shuttle Atlantis

R/V Tioga

  • Aluminum-hulled coastal research, launched in 2004, and owned by WHOI
  •  Small, fast research boat designed and outfitted for oceanographic work close to shore ad in narrow weather windows common to the Northeast
  • Accommodates a crew and science party of 6 for overnight trips and up to 10 for day trips
  • Equipped with water samplers, current profiler, and echo-sounder to conduct mid-water and seafloor surveys
  • Two winches, including one with electrical wires to collect real-time data from towed instruments and an A-frame on the stern to deploy buoys
  • The name Tioga comes from an Iroquois word meaning “swift current” a Seneca word for “the meeting of two rivers”

R/V Neil Armstrong

  • New Ocean Class vessel scheduled for delivery to Woods Hole in 2015.
  • Dakota Creek Industries (Anacortes, Wash.) selected as builder in September 2011; keel-laying expected later in 2012.
  • Displacement: 3,204 long tons (LT)
  • Length Overall (LOA): 238 ft.; Waterline (LWL): 230 ft.; Beam: 50 ft.;Draft: 15 ft.
  • Speed: 12 kts. (sustained); Range: 11,500 nm; Endurance: 40 days; Towing: 10,000 lbs. (6 kts.); 25,000 lbs. (4 kts.)
  • Lab space: Main lab (1,023 sq. ft); Wet lab (398 sq. ft.); Computer lab (311 sq. ft.)
  • Controllable pitch propellers, directional bow thruster, tunnel stern thrusts, dynamic positioning (+/- 5 meters in sea state 5)
  • Able to work near first-year ice (ice class D0)
  • Main crane (11 ton); A-frame (15 ton); starboard crane (5.5 ton, motion-compensated)
  • Berthing: Science (24); Crew (20)