The Advent of Regional Class Research Vessel Narragansett Dawn
For anyone arriving at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus, a 200-foot ship moored at the pier is an awesome sight. For scientists and oceanographers the world over, however, seeing the ship signifies that they’ve arrived at a unique place, a place where—at the leading edge of inquiry—ocean science, collaboration and research intersect. GSO’s next-generation RCRV, Narragansett Dawn, will bring new technologies, greater capabilities, and course-altering discoveries.
Securing the Funds
Ideas for a new class of research vessels took shape more than twenty years ago. To get “the green light” for design and construction, contributions from many people at the National Science Foundation and in the broader oceanographic community would be needed.
News and Events
URI announces name of the new RCRV: Narragansett Dawn (6/16/21 on URI Today)
Keel-laying marks start of construction. (5/8/19 on URI Today)
Retired Admiral Richard West speaks out in The Providence Journal. (7/24/18)
URI-led consortium to operate NSF’s second new RCRV. (7/12/18 on URI Today)
East Coast Oceanographic Consortium founded. (4/16/18 on URI Today)