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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).

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).

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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