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).