The R/V Sharp was built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash., and commissioned into service in May 2006. 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 scientists and has a fuel endurance of approximately 14 days. 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).