Since it's beginning in 1871, the Fisheries has had many
research vessels that sailed
out of Woods Hole. From 1880 and the Fish Hawk which was the first
floating marine hatchery , to the Albatross IV and the Delaware II
which sail today.
Fish Hawk.was an ocean-going marine fish hatchery outfitted for general
scientific research. It sailed out of Woods Hole for 46 years from 1880 - 1926.
Grampus was a schooner built for fisheries research. This boat's
design was revolutionary and it changed the way fishing schooners were
built. Legend has it that Grampus was the model for Rudyard Kipling's schooner in Captain's
Courageous. She was commissioned in 1886.
Albatross I 1882/83 work on the first research vessel ever constructed exclusively for fisheries research is started, the Albatross, is commissioned and the vessel is finished.
Albatross II 1926--The Bureau's steamer Fish Hawk is relinquished. Shortly after, the Bureau obtains the ocean tug Patuxent from the Navy. It
is renamed the Albatross II and outfitted for research use.
Phalarope was a small coal burning steamer used for day long collecting trips around the waters of Woods Hole in the 1930's.
Albatross III originally named the Harvard, was built in 1926 as a steam trawler and fished New England waters until 1939 when she was sold by the General Seafoods Corporation to the Government for $1.00 to be converted into a fisheries research vessel.
Albatross IV. Was built in 1962, by the Southern Shipbuilding Corporation of Slidell, Louisiana, the Albatross IV was designed to meet the operational requirements developed by the staff at the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries (now National Marine Fisheries Service) biological lab at Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Current NEFSC Research Vessels
Delaware II conducts fishery and living marine resource research in support of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA. The ship's normal operating area is the Gulf of Maine, Georges Bank, and the continental shelf and slope from Southern New England to Cape Hatteras, NC.
Henry B. Bigelow
NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow was launched at VT Halter Marine, in Pascagoula, Mississippi on July 8, 2005. Henry B. Bigelow is the second of four new fisheries survey ships to be built by NOAA.
The ship is one of the most technologically advanced fisheries survey vessels in the world. The ship conducts fishery and living marine resource research in support of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Northeast Fisheries Science Center's Woods Hole Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA.