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R/V Tioga in Woods Hole
|Homeport:||Woods Hole, Massachusetts|
|Displacement:||53 Gross Tons|
|Length:||60 ft (18 m)|
|Beam:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
|Draught:||5 ft (1.5 m)|
|Propulsion:||Two 740hp Detroit Diesel Series 60 Engines|
|Speed:||17 knots cruising, 20 max|
|Range:||400+ Nautical Miles|
|Endurance:||Day Trips, 2–3 Days|
|Capacity:||10+ for day trips, sleeps 4 scientists on overnight cruises|
|ADCP, CTD, TSG Flow-Through, Meteorological Sensors, Depth Sounders, Large A-Frame with removable crossbar for deploying large gear, CTD Winch, Trawl Winch|
Tioga is a fast coastal vessel designed to quickly take advantage of weather windows and breaking events, such as the 2004 Harmful Algae Bloom (Red Tide) outbreak.
Currently Tioga is heavily involved in the tagging and studying of the endangered Right Whales and the maintenance of the Martha's Vineyard Coastal Observatory.
Tioga is capable of many missions such as education, autonomous vehicle operations, coring, water sampling, diving, whale tagging, mooring deployments and recoveries, instrument deployments and is a cost effective way to test and troubleshoot equipment before longer cruises on larger vessels.
She is the third, and so far largest, of the Challenger Class Research Vessels. Her sisters include the 50 foot Gulf Challenger, operated by the University of New Hampshire, and the 55 foot Fay Slover , operated by the Old Dominion University. A fourth vessel, as yet unnamed, is currently under construction for the University of Maryland, and is the largest at 75 feet.
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