Robert C. Seamans (ship)

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Brigantine Robert C. Seamans in Honolulu Harbor
Career (USA)
Name: SSV Robert C. Seamans
Namesake: Robert Seamans
Builder: JM Martinac Shipbuilding, Tacoma, Washington
Launched: 2001
Status: active
General characteristics
Displacement: 300 tons
Length: 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)
Propulsion: Sail
Auxiliary 455 hp (339 kW) Caterpillar diesel
Sail plan: Brigantine, 8,554 sq ft (794.7 m2) of sail
Complement: 40 persons

Robert C. Seamans is a state of the art 134-foot steel brigantine, named for former Chairman and Trustee of Sea Education Association's (SEA) board.

As befitting a former Deputy Administrator at NASA, Secretary of the United States Air Force and Dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering, she is one of the most sophisticated oceanographic research and sailing school vessels ever built in the United States complete with hydrographic winches, bathymetric equipment, biological and geological sampling equipment, wet/dry laboratory and a computer laboratory.

Joining her sister ship, the Corwith Cramer, at SEA, the Robert C. Seamans provides undergraduates with an opportunity to participate in an academic study abroad program. The program combines intensive research in the areas of oceanography, maritime studies, and nautical science with hands-on experience aboard a traditional sailing ship.

She is based in the Pacific Ocean with typical cruise tracks ranging from Juneau, Alaska; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tahsis, British Columbia; Seattle, Washington; Tahiti; the Sea of Cortez; and San Francisco, California.

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