Graduate School of Oceanography

URI’s Graduate School of Oceanography is one of the world’s premier academic institutions of oceanography and ocean exploration. GSO’s research, education, and outreach activities advance our knowledge of the world’s ocean.


R/V Endeavor–GSO’s Seagoing Tradition

GSO boasts a proud seagoing-tradition with more than sixty years experience operating world-ranging and world-class research vessels. GSO acquired its first ship in 1962. R/V Trident, a 180-foot, converted 1945-era U.S. Army coastal freighter (FS-206), operated successfully until 1976 when she was replaced by R/V Endeavor, one of three intermediate class National Science Foundation-owned ships designed from the keel up as oceanographic research vessels. In 1993, GSO led mid-life design for all three sister vessels, a refit lengthening R/V Endeavor from 177 to its current overall length of 185 feet. Endeavor carries a crew of 12 and accommodates up to 18 scientists and technicians.

With its home port in Narragansett, Rhode Island, R/V Endeavor spends approximately 200 days a year at sea, with scientists from Rhode Island, throughout the United States, and abroad conducting research and training programs aboard this multi-disciplinary oceanographic research vessel. The State of Rhode Island, through the Rhode Island Endeavor Program, supports up to 20 ship-days per year for Rhode Island scientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students, as well as a Rhode Island Teacher-at-Sea Program to conduct scientific research and educational training aboard Endeavor.

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