RV Laurence M. Gould

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RV Laurence M. Gould in Punta Arenas, Chile.
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Name: RV Laurence M. Gould
Namesake: Laurence McKinley Gould
Owner: Raytheon Polar Services
Operator: National Science Foundation
Builder: Edison Chouest Offshore, Inc.
Launched: 1997
Identification: IMO number: 1057229

MMSI Number: 368138000

Callsign: WCX7445
Status: In service
General characteristics
Type: Antarctic Research & Supply Vessel (Subchapter U)
Tonnage: 2966 (International)
Length: 70 metres (230 ft)[1]
Beam: 17 metres (56 ft)[1]
Draught: (Loadline): 19.417 ft (5.9 m)
Ice class: ABS A1
Installed power: 2 × Caterpillar 3606 diesel engines, 4,575 hp (3,412 kW)
Speed: 11.3 knots (Max) / 8.6 knots (Average)[1]
Endurance: 75 days
Complement: 26 research scientists

The RV Laurence M. Gould is an icebreaker used by researchers from the United States' National Science Foundation.[2][3] for research in the Southern Ocean. The vessel is named after Laurence McKinley Gould a widely recognized American scientist, who had explored both the Arctic and Antarctic.[4] He was second in command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica from 1928 to 1930. He helped to set up an exploration base at Little America on the Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales and died shortly before the vessel was launched.[5]

The National Science Foundation charters RV Laurence M. Gould from Raytheon Polar Services[2][3], shuttling between Punta Arenas, Chile and to Palmer Station, Antarctica. She was built in Louisiana to replace the RV Polar Duke.


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