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The ship will be getting underway. All hands make preparations for sea. Start the engines! Cast off the lines! Let's get underway for the adventure of a lifetime!

Visit NOAA's marine scientists and surveyors of today as they study and survey the oceans of the World. At any given time on any given day, there are NOAA ships making oceanographic observations, studying and protecting marine mammals, conducting fisheries stock assessments, surveying our harbors and waterways, servicing oceanographic buoys, or conducting any of a myriad of tasks and operations that help us better understand, protect, and wisely use the ocean and its resources. NOAA's vessels range from the 274-foot RONALD H. BROWN to small skiffs used for inshore work in a variety of settings. Over the years, NOAA ships have worked in all oceans, circum-navigated the Earth, and operated north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic Circle. They have visited every continent. They have worked in virtually all climates: from frigid polar regions to torrid equatorial regions and experienced all climatic conditions in between. Also visit the ships and boats of yesteryear, as NOAA's maritime heritage extends back to the early Nineteenth Century.

Recent NOAA ship travels have included: the RONALD H. BROWN completing an around the world cruise this past year; the McARTHUR sailing the length of the West Coast and then throughout the eastern tropical Pacific; the FERREL working in coastal waters ranging from New England to the central Gulf of Mexico; the MILLER FREEMAN traversing areas from the Aleutian Islands to San Francisco while conducting fisheries studies; and the KA'IMIMOANA cruising the seas of the equatorial Pacific helping monitor El Nino/La Nina events. On the charting side, NOAA vessels worked from Maine to Texas as well as in U. S. Caribbean islands in the Atlantic and in all U.S. states and territories bordering the Pacific Ocean.

Sail with NOAA on these trips in our coastal waters, from polar seas to equatorial waters, and back in time with the ships of our past. Join NOAA as it sails for science and does its part to better understand and protect the World's oceans.

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NOAA's Sailing for Science Albums

Picture of ship at dock.
Christening, and Launching

Picture of a ship at drydock.

Picture of a ship breaching large wave.

NOAA ship icelocked.
Ships and Ice

Ship swamped on side.
Ships with
Bad Days

Drawing of research vessel.
Ships and Art

Vintage fish line drawing.
Historical Oceanographic
Ships, Instruments, and Expeditions

Picture of a NOAA ship.
The Active Fleet

Picture of a ship.
Recently Retired NOAA Ships

Picture of a ship.
Mid-Twentieth Century Ships
1940 - 1970

Picture of a ship.
War Vessels

Picture of an early ship.
Early Twentieth Century Vessels
1900 - 1939

Vintage photo of sailing ship.
Nineteenth Century Coast and Geodetic Survey Ships

Ship picture
Fisheries Research, Supply, and Patrol Vessels

Drawing of vintage ship boardroom.
Historic Fisheries Research and Research Vessels

PATHFINDER with boat booms

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September 30, 2009