Research Vessels Built in the U.S. Since WWII

Most recent update: June 24, 2015.


Research vessels vary greatly in size and complexity, depending on their mission.  This table attempts to list all the research vessels built by U.S. shipbuilder since WWII, by shipbuilder and hull number.  It does not include those built for DoD or N.O.A.A, which are listed elsewhere.  If anyone sees any errors or omissions, please send your input to me at timcolton@aol.com

Builder

Location

Hull # O.N. Name Owner/Operatr GT Delivery Disposition
Albina Machine

Portland OR

404   Cayuse Nat'l. Science Fndn. 165 1968 Retired
All American Marine Bellingham WA 93   New Alosa Cal. Dept. of Fish 42 2003 Active
Allied Shipyard Larose LA 138 1208913 Global Longhorn Global Geophysical 179 1971 Active
Allied Shipyard Larose LA 160   Pelican La. U. Marine Cons. 291 1985 Active
American Marine New Orleans LA 909 299124 Mobil Explorer Mobil Shipping 454 1964 Later Vast Explorer, Paul Langevin III, Phoenix, Eastbound One, now Pilgrim (Panama)
American Marine New Orleans LA 922 501390 J. W. Powell U.S. Geological Survey 420 1965 Ex-State Point, Polaris
American Marine New Orleans LA 1071 540259 Research Tide Tidewater Marine 495 1972 Later Denny Tide, Ocean Victory
Atlantic Marine Jacksonville FL 172   New Horizon Scripps Institution 800 1978 Active
Atlantic Marine Jacksonville FL 185   Cape Hatteras Duke and U.N.C. 300 1981 Active
Atlantic Marine Jacksonville FL 186   Point Sur Moss Landing Mar. Lab. 300 1981 Active
Atlantic Marine Jacksonville FL 197 1225704 Seward Johnson Harbor Branch Inst. 300 1984 Active
Basic Marine

Escanaba MI

117   Sturgeon U.S. Geological Survey 180 2004 Active
Bellenger SY Jacksonville FL 105   Columbus Iselin U. of Miami 280 1972 Now Genesis (Belize)
Bender SB Mobile AL 251   Karen Wood   6,414 1970 Now Geco Triton
Bender SB

Mobile AL

Grayling U.S. Geological Survey 1977 Active
Bender SB Mobile AL 1085 634430 Tommy Munro Gulf Coast Research 150 1981 Active
Bender SB Mobile AL 9317 647298 Geomar III Geomar 300 1982 Now Cape Scott
Bethlehem Steel Baltimore MD 7006   Ridgeley Warfield Johns Hopkins U.  260 1967 Active
Bishop SB   12   Leo Wood, Jr.   194 1965 Later A. B. Wood II, now Lord Reyleigh
Blount Marine Warren RI 20 269257 Queen of France U. of Rhode Island   1955 Later Josephine G 1965, scrapped 2009
Blount Marine Warren RI 121 625760 A. E. Verrill Marine Enviro. Sciences  70 1966 Now Observer
Blount Marine Warren RI 164   Sub Sig  Raytheon Corporation   1971  
Boconco Bayou La Batre AL 127 1204438 Fugro Enterprise Fugro Leasing 99 2007 Active
Bosarge Marine Bayou La Batre AL 1   Aunt Bea   304 1982 Now Weatherbird II
Burger Boat Manitowoc WI  101 1231825 Coregonus Wisconsin DoNR 37  2011 Active
Burger Boat Manitowoc WI   Grayling/Arcticus U.S. Geological Survey   2014 Building
Burton SY Port Arthur TX 325 288786 Heron Heron Boat Co. 191 1962 Now Locator
Dakota Creek Ind.

Anacortes WA

46   Hugh R. Sharp U. of Delaware 252 2005 Active
Delta Marine Ind. Seattle WA   581710 Annika Marie Oceanic Research   1977 Active
Delta Marine Ind. Seattle WA   591832 Cormorant U. of California   1978 Active
Derecktor NY Mamaroneck NY   1101740 Damit Janet V Florida Research 72 1976 Active
Derecktor NY Mamaroneck NY 193 1126487 First State U. of Delaware 63 Jun-02 Active
Eastern Shipbuilding

Panama City FL

683 1091050 F. G. Walton Smith U. of Miami 325 Feb-00 Active
Freeport SB Freeport FL 51 1069513 Rapture Certified Marine 695 1998 Now Safari Explorer
Freeport SB Freeport FL 58 1095764 J. R. Navigator Sea Exploration 412 1900 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 144   Fairfield Speculator Fairfield Industries 45 1996 Now Seascan Speculator
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 145   Expedition PGS Onshore Inc 47 1997 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 146   Fairfield Quest Fairfield Industries 47 1997 Now Global Quest
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 149   Fairfield Vision Fairfield Industries 36 1997 Now Global Vision
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 150   Fairfield Mirage Fairfield Industries 48 1997 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 170   Lori B Global Geophysical 33 2001 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 180   James H. Scott Global Geophysical 73 2005 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 201   Roger B Oilfield Marine 18 2010 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 205   Ms Grace Oilfield Marine 37 2011 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 209   TZ 401 Adv. Seismic Tech. 8 2012 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 210   TZ 402 Adv. Seismic Tech. 8 2012 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 211   Apalachee Florida State U. 65 2012 Active
Geo Shipyard New Iberia LA 213   Blake Evans & Assoc. 92 2014 Active
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 82   Chesapeake     1963  
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA     Woods Hole House     1966  
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 247 670063 John M. Kingsbury Cornell U. 34 1984 Active
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 274   Osprey     1991  
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 276   Brick Bat     1991  
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 288 993371 Gulf Challenger U. of New Hampshire 45 1993 Active
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 333 1125873 Fay Slover Old Dominion U. 51 2002 Active
Gladding-Hearn SB Somerset MA 344 1152531 Tioga Woods Hole Inst. 53 2004 Active
Goudy & Stevens

East Boothbay ME

20 690806 Fairtry U. of Minnesota - Duluth 175 1985 Now Blue Heron
Goudy & Stevens

East Boothbay ME

232 900348 Argo New York State 36 1986 Active
Great Lakes Towing

Cleveland OH

104 1249427 Kaho U.S. Geological Survey 67 2011 Active
Great Lakes Towing

Cleveland OH

105 1245695 Muskie U.S. Geological Survey 67 2011 Active
James Greear St. Augustine FL 91 1209730 Pukuk William A. Choate, Jr. 106 2008 Active
Halter Marine Escatawpa MS 094   Eagle   250 1987 Active
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 102   Western  Geophysical  IV Western  Geophysical  197 1965 Wrecked and scrapped 1984
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 103 500400 Western  Geophysical  V Western  Geophysical  197 1965 Later Western Reef, now Pipeline  Surveyor
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 107 501045 Western  Crest Western  Geophysical   172 1965 Now Crest
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 108 501539 Western  Beacon Western  Geophysical   144 1965 Now Beacon (Panama)
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 138   Western  Sea Western  Geophysical  173 1966 Later Maro L, Duke, Caretta, Fadak, now Caretta (Belize)
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 139   Western  Beach Western  Geophysical  246 1966 Later Alexia L, now Clairy T (Greece)
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 158   Western  Shoal Western  Geophysical  199 1967 Now Olaf (Neth. Ant.)
Halter Marine New Orleans LA 162 509848 Fugro Texas  Seal Fugro Leasing 297 1967 Ex-Mediterranean Seal, now El Metro (Mexico)
Halter Marine

Moss Point MS

1013 641676 Lake Guardian Enviro. Prot'n Agency 1,250 1980 Ex-Marsea XIV, active
Harold Hansen Boats Seattle WA   534248 Bering R Lee Higbee 93 1971 Now Kirawan
Houma Marine Fab.

Houma LA

73 646555 Seward Johnson II Harbor Branch Inst. 170 1982 Ex-C/Trojan, now Atlantic Explorer (Bermuda)
JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 1423   Phaedra   726 1966 Later Phaedra II, Charlotte Explorer, Explorer, now Pacific Tuna King (Mexico)
JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 1589   Artemis   545 1966 Later H J W Fay, Seiscom Discovery, ENS 2, scrapped 1991
JeffBoat Jeffersonville IN 1796 581898 Niobe   993 1967 Later Corinthian, now Niobe Corinthian (Ecuador)
Karl's Welding Prudhoe Bay AK     Arctic Surveyor Max G. Hulse 275 1983 Now Tropic Explorer
LaForce Shipyard Bayou La Batre AL 87 1071699 Mr. C II B. & L. Marine 322 1998 Now Global Scout
LaForce Shipyard Bayou La Batre AL 137 1148845 Rachel Carson Monterey Bay R.I. 172 2003 Active
Mangone SB Houston TX 68 501417 Cecil H. Green Geophysical Service 347 1965 Now New Star (Panama)
Mangone SB Houston TX 71 503714 Unitedgeo I United Geo 195 1966 Later Western Cape, Nautical Inspector, Pard I, sank in GoM 1995
Mangone SB Houston TX 72   Unitedgeo II United Geo 195 1966 Later Western Cay, Lara Hana, Carnival II, Amalia, now Ville d'Abidjan (Panama)
Mangone SB Houston TX 73 511366 Seismic Explorer Seismic Explorations 291 1967 Now Joe G Jr.
Mangone SB Houston TX 91 522195 Seismic Surveyor Seismic Explorations 614 1969 Now Tango I (Argentina)
Mangone SB Houston TX 126   Western Strait Western Geo 261 1979 Now Kaimikai-O-Kanaloa
Mangone SB Houston TX 127   Western Narrows Western Geo 394 1980 Now Walvis 5
Mangone SB Houston TX 128 622374 Owen Tide II Tidewater Marine 740 1980 Now Mabisel Owen Tide II (Nigeria)
Mangone SB Houston TX 130 637605 Mariner Viking Havco Offshore 268 1981 Later C/Viking, OMS Cameron, now Cameron (Nigeria)
Marco Seattle WA 206   Lost Coast Explorer   199 1969 Ex-Sea Spray
Marco Seattle WA 474 1065176 Robert G Brownlee Marine Science Institute 89 1996 Active
Marinette Marine Marinette WI 293   Chippewa Chippewa Inc 40 1957 Active
Marinette Marine Marinette WI     Pelican Comm. of Virginia 74 1967 Ex-LCM 6746, active 
Marinette Marine Marinette WI 8264   Shell America Shell Offshore 2,500 1983 Later American Explorer, now Polar Explorer
Marinette Marine Marinette WI 650   Sikuliaq University of Alaska 3,334 2014 Active
Martinac SB

Tacoma WA

145 1193984 Alpha Helix U. of Alaska 289 1966 Active
Maryland SB Baltimore MD 140 1048157 Atlantis II Woods Hole Inst. 1,701 1963 Later Antares, now Atlantis II
Midship Marine Harvey LA 296 1130386 Patricia Chesapeake Bay Fndn. 53 2002 Active
Misener Marine Tampa FL     Mizner Mississippi State U. 110 1981 Active
Mitchell, Eddie Bourg LA     Dolphin Lady Martinez AA 108 1983 Active
Mobile Ship Repair Mobile AL   272950 Lucy R Bay Towing & Dredging  67 1957 Now Bette-Lynn
Mobile Ship Repair Mobile AL 3 272951 Genie Bay Towing & Dredging  67 1957 Now Miss Doris
Mobile Ship Repair Mobile AL     Jackson Creek   145 1957 Now Yusuf Kanoo
Modern Marine Pwr . Houma LA 29 619902 Digicon Explorer Dorset Explorer 290 1980 Later Fairfield Explorer, now Trinity Explorer
Nichols Bros. Freeland WA 126 1058674 Lorelei Orion Star 130 1997 Active
North American SB Larose LA 122 637056 Casey Chouest Chouest Offshore 246 1980 Now GGS Atlantic
North American SB Larose LA 137 981475 Nathaniel B. Palmer Nat'l. Science Fndn. 6,600 1992 Active
North American SB Larose LA 154 1057229 Laurence M. Gould Nat'l. Science Fndn. 3,800 1997 Active
North American SB Larose LA 166 1053961 C-Cadet Chouest Offshore 1,699 1997 Later HR Hughes, now Inspiration
North American SB Larose LA 195 1075678 Geco Pegasus Chouest Offshore 1,200 1999 Active
North American SB Larose LA 224 1169958 Sea Venture Chouest Offshore 9,926 2005 Active
Patti Shipyard Pensacola FL 589 1060956 Kiyi U.S. Geological Survey 290 1999 Active
Peterson Builders Sturgeon Bay WI 3800   Alcoa Seaprobe Alcoa 1,260 1970 Scrapped 1980
Peterson Builders Sturgeon Bay WI 9250-1 Oceanus Woods Hole Institution 260 1975 Active
Peterson Builders Sturgeon Bay WI 9250-2 Wecoma Oregon State U. 260 1975 Active
Rozema BW

Mount Vernon WA

1159   Elakha Oregon State U. 54 2000 Active
Sea State One Marine   154   Maxime Vogel, William T. 32 2007 Active
Sermons SY       Undersea Hunter Perry Oceanographics 148 1968 Active
Southwest SY Houston TX 9511 646454 Digicon Definition Dorset Research 190 1982 Now Sirius B
Steiner Shipyard

Bayou La Batre AL

116  640427 Robert Gordon Sproul Scripps Institution 84 1981 Ex-Midnight Alaskan
Swiftships

Morgan City LA

115 Cape Henlopen U. of Delaware 228 1976 Later Ocean Lady, now Hispaniola
Tacoma Boat Tacoma WA Peter W. Anderson Enviro. Prot'n Agency 250 1967 Ex PGM 86, replaced by Bold
Tacoma Boat Tacoma WA Crockett Enviro. Prot'n Agency 250 1967 Ex PGM 88, retired
Tacoma Boat Tacoma WA 449 1247817 Bold Enviro. Prot'n Agency 1,600 1989 Ex T-AGOS 12, active
Todd Houston Houston TX 467   Leo   659 1967 Later R. C. Dunlap, now Aguadulce
Universal Iron Works Houma LA 62 500825 Ocean Explorer   247 1965 NLD
Universal Iron Works Houma LA 178 637873 Geodetic Surveyor Survey Boats, Inc. 95 1981 Active
Universal Iron Works Houma LA 184 646846 L'Arpenteur Survey Boats, Inc. 99 1982 Active
Universal Iron Works Houma LA 192 653322 Medeia Survey Boats, Inc. 129 1982 Active
Walker Shipyard Pascagoula MS 155 270437 Cynthia Walker Walker Barge Line 138 1955 Later Elsie Janis, now Sirenian
Walker Shipyard Pascagoula MS   273416 Wayne Walker Walker Barge Line 159 1957 Later Lilian Walker
Washburn & Doughty East Boothbay ME 13 657422 Bagatell Research Fndn. of NY 122 1982 Now Seawolf
Washburn & Doughty East Boothbay ME 38 965160 Grandon        
Washburn & Doughty East Boothbay ME 61 1067918 Connecticut U. of Connecticut 94 1998 Active
Washburn & Doughty East Boothbay ME 72 1110385 Savannah Skidaway Inst. 265 2001 Active
Washburn & Doughty East Boothbay ME 76 1128062 Kittiwake Hempstead Navigation 102 2002 Active
Weaver Shipyard Orange TX 142   Sea Raven   195 1956 Now Ali Al-Hamad
Western Boat

Tacoma WA

Clifford A. Barnes U. of Washington 80 1965 Ex-WYTL 65613
Wills-Spedden SY Baltimore MD   259284 Maury Johns Hopkins U.  33 1950 For sale 2013
    1805 1196009 Ms Cordelia Global Geophysical 245 2007 Active
  Kaho U.S. Geological Survey 1961 Retired
  Muskie U.S. Geological Survey 1960 Retired
  Endeavour U. of Rhode Island 950 1976
  Laurentian U. of Michigan 1974
  Longhorn U. of Texas