Robert C. Seamans (ship)
Brigantine Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu Harbor
|Name:||SSV Robert C. Seamans|
|Builder:||J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington|
|Beam:||25.4 ft (7.7 m)|
|Draft:||13.8 ft (4.2 m)|
|Sail plan:||Brigantine, 8,554 sq ft (794.7 m2) of sail|
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 powered by a 3408 Caterpillar (455 HP) Marine Diesel Engine and two 40 kW Northern Lights Generators that provide 3 phase power.