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.