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R/V Hugh R. Sharp

The R/V Hugh R. Sharp is a 146-foot, state-of-the-art coastal research vessel that operates as a member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS). UNOLS is a consortium of 64 academic institutions and national research laboratories. One of its chief functions is to ensure the efficient scheduling of scientific cruises aboard the 28 research vessels located at 21 of its member institutions.

The R/V Sharp was featured in American Ship Review, a special edition of Professional Mariner magazine, as one of the top ships built in North America during 2006. The R/V Sharp has been described as the most advanced coastal research vessel in the United States.

Built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash., it was delivered in January 2006 and officially commissioned into service in May of that year. The vessel is named in honor of the late Hugh R. Sharp, who served for many years on the University’s board of trustees and was a staunch supporter of marine research.

The R/V Sharp can carry 14 to 20 scientists on cruises up to 18 days in duration. It typically operates in the coastal waters from Long Island, N.Y., to Cape Hatteras, N.C., as well as Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay. Projects occasionally require the vessel to work as far north as the Gulf of Maine, as far south as Florida, and as far offshore as Bermuda.

Operational support for the Hugh R. Sharp is provided primarily by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Serving marine science

The R/V Hugh R. Sharp is a general-purpose vessel. Thanks to its modular design, it is capable of supporting a wide range of marine disciplines including chemical, geological, physical, and biological sciences, as well as acoustics, fisheries, and marine mammal research. The vessel is a regional asset, serving researchers from many institutions throughout the Mid-Atlantic.


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