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A Pair of Firsts

Atlantis, the first ship used at WHOI for multidisciplinary ocean research, docked in Woods Hole in the 1950s near the Bigelow Laboratory. (The building was the first built for the new Institution, and was named for WHOI’s first director, Henry Bryant Bigelow). The 142-foot, ketch-rigged Atlantis was retired in 1966 after 33 years, 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. More photos of WHOI vessels, past and present, are featured in the 2012 WHOI wall calendar. (Photo courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)


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