Legacy of Exploration
WHOI has one of the longest continuous records of ocean-going scientific research using ships, vehicles, and instruments and in developing new methods to gather data.
After 44 years and nearly 1.4 million miles, R/V Knorr retired in December 2014 from the U.S. oceanographic fleet.
HROV Nereus was lost at sea while exploring the Kermadec Trench at ~10,000 meters during a May 2014 research cruise.
After 36 years and nearly 500 research cruises, R/V Oceanus retired from WHOI in November 2011 and transferred to Oregon State University.
The Autonomous Benthic Explorer, ABE, was lost at sea during a research cruise in March 2010 off the coast of Chile.
On Dec. 11, 1960, a group of scientists, engineers, and technicians from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution set a doughnut-shaped buoy into the waters off Bermuda. It marked the beginning of the WHOI Buoy Group—and a new era in physical oceanography.
A history of WHOI's oil spill research around the world.