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RV Endeavor

A Proud Seagoing Tradition

The University of Rhode Island has almost 50 years of experience operating world-ranging and world-class research vessels. The first of these ships, RV Trident, was a 180-foot, converted US Army coastal freighter (FS-206), which was launched in January 1945. RV Trident was acquired in 1962 and operated successfully until 1976 when she was replaced by RV Endeavor, one of three National Science Foundation owned ships that were designed from the keel up as oceanographic research vessels. In 1993 RV Endeavor, along with her sister ships, underwent a major mid-life refit that included lengthening the hull and significant modifications to the superstructure. The Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) took the lead in the design phase of the class mid-life refit.

RV Endeavor, which is based in Narragansett, Rhode Island, has been operated by GSO for more than thirty years. Scientists from Rhode Island, the greater US, and abroad, conduct research and train graduate students aboard this multi-disciplinary oceanographic research vessel. Endeavor is 185 feet in length.  She has a crew of 12 and can accommodate up to 18 scientists and technicians.

Through 2010, RV Endeavor has carried out over 480 cruises and steamed approximately one million nautical miles in support of science. She has carried literally thousands of scientists, engineers, technicians, and students on these expeditions. In her career, RV Endeavor has operated throughout the Atlantic Ocean, ranging as far north as Svalbard Archipelago (82N) and south to Tristan de Cunha (38S). In the last five years she has sailed across Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea (twice) and into the Black Sea, and from Brazil to Africa. RV Endeavor has also operated in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico and into the Pacific Ocean as far as Easter Island and Hawaii.

The GSO Marine Office is responsible for the day-to-day marine operations and maintenance of the Endeavor. Personnel in this office include the Director of Marine Operations, Port Engineer and two fiscal clerks. The Director of Marine Operations is the primary contact for ship operations, scheduling, foreign clearances and fiscal management of the operation. The Port Engineer is responsible for specifications for vessel maintenance and repair, shipyard planning and regulatory adherence. Two fiscal clerks assist with fiscal management, human resources and personnel management, purchasing, travel and UNOLS compliance reporting.

The Marine Technician Group is responsible for supporting the science conducted from the Endeavor. Personnel in this group include four Marine Technicians and a fiscal clerk. The Director of Marine Operations is the primary contact for science support, equipment and instrumentation, cruise logistics and fiscal management of the group. At least one Marine Technician sails on every Endeavor cruise maintaining, calibrating and operating a broad range of equipment and instruments, pre-cruise staging and post-cruise activities. The fiscal clerk assists with fiscal and personnel management, purchasing and travel.  

The State of Rhode Island-supported RI Endeavor Program provides Rhode Islanders with direct access to the scientific research and educational capabilities of RV Endeavor. As part of the RI Endeavor Program, educators are provided sea-going research experiences through the RI Teacher-at-Sea Program.