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Research vessel pays visit to CT River

An unusual-looking boat was docked recently in front of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Conn. On June 27, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s 60-foot coastal research vessel, Tioga, made a stop at the museum.

“It’s an interesting vessel and I think everyone who saw it got a kick out of it,” says museum executive director Stuart Parnes.

Tioga, an aluminum-hulled coastal research vessel, is outfitted for oceanographic work close to shore. The boat was christened in March and was delivered to Woods Hole in April.

During her first few weeks of work, Tioga was used to collect water samples, deploy instruments, tag whales and for a number of student educational cruises. Tioga also provides diver support including a dive platform, dive locker and shower and has a flow-through water sampling system and a full suite of meteorological measurement systems on board.

The oceanographic research institution, located in Woods Hole, Mass., is becoming more involved in coastal studies, including the waters at the mouth of the Connecticut River, Parnes says.

Parnes says he’s excited that Tioga will be making periodic visits to the museum.