The newly constructed aluminum research and survey vessel R/V Shearwater paused for a photo op around 3 p.m. Tuesday at Duke University Marine Lab on Pivers Island before making its way to the downtown Beaufort waterfront.
The 77-foot catamaran will enable faculty and students to travel several hundred nautical miles offshore and to stay at sea for several days, which will expand expand teaching, research and outreach capabilities at the marine lab, according to a previous report.
A research platform and classroom at sea, Duke Marine Lab lab in July 2017 received a gift of $11 million to fund the new research vessel constructed by All American Marine, Inc. based Bellingham, Washington, where the vessel launched Sept. 26.
Duke took over delivery and ownership of the research vessel Oct. 6 which was then transported from the west coast through the Panama Canal. The vessel arrived in Southern Florida before it was brought up the east coast to Beaufort.
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