Robert C. Seamans (ship)

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Brigantine Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu Harbor
United States
Name: SSV Robert C. Seamans
Namesake: Robert Seamans
Builder: J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington
Launched: 2001
Status: active
General characteristics
Displacement: 300 tons
  • 134.5 ft (41.0 m) o/a
  • 111.4 ft (34.0 m) on deck
Beam: 25.4 ft (7.7 m)
Draft: 13.8 ft (4.2 m)
  • Sail
  • Auxiliary 455 hp (339 kW) Caterpillar diesel
Sail plan: Brigantine, 8,554 sq ft (794.7 m2) of sail
Complement: 40 persons

SSV Robert C. Seamans is a 134-foot steel sailing brigantine operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA) for oceanographic research and sail training; designed by Laurent Giles, she is named for former Secretary of the Air Force and NASA Deputy Administrator, Robert Channing Seamans, a former Chairman and Trustee of SEA's board. She is equipped with hydrographic winches, bathymetric equipment, biological and geological sampling equipment, a wet/dry laboratory, and a computer laboratory. She has a sister ship, the Corwith Cramer.

The Robert C. Seamans runs an undergraduate academic study abroad program, with intensive research in oceanography, maritime studies, and nautical science with hands-on experience aboard a traditional sailing ship.

She is based in the Pacific Ocean and typically sails between San Diego, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tahiti; and San Francisco, California.

She is powered by a 3408 Caterpillar (455 HP) Marine Diesel Engine and two 40 kW Northern Lights Generators that provide 3 phase power.

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