Built as a brigantine rigged auxiliary sailing vessel under yard no 242 by J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp., Tacoma, Washington for Sea Education Association (SEA)
28 February 2000 keel laid down.
10 March 2001 launched under the name SSV ROBERT C, SEAMANS.
Displacement 300 tons. Tonnage 225 ton, dim 41,o x 7.7 x 4.2m. (draught)
Powered by one auxiliary Caterpillar diesel, 455 hp., one shaft, speed 9 knots.
Sail area 794.7 m²
Accommodation for 40 persons.
04 August 2001 completed, she is based in Cape Cod. Mass. IMO No 9245483.
SSV ROBERT C, SEAMANS is a 134-foot steel sailing brigantine operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA) for oceanographic research and sail training; designed by Laurent Giles, she is named for former Secretary of the Air Force and NASA Deputy Administrator, Robert Channing Seamans, a former Chairman and Trustee of SEA's board. She is equipped with hydrographic winches, bathymetric equipment, biological and geological sampling equipment, a wet/dry laboratory, and a computer laboratory. She has a sister ship, the CORWITH CRAMER.
The ROBERT C, SEAMANS runs an undergraduate academic study abroad program, with intensive research in oceanography, maritime studies, and nautical science with hands-on experience aboard a traditional sailing ship.
She is based in the Pacific Ocean and typically sails between San Diego, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Tahiti; and San Francisco, California with occasional trips to New Zealand.
She is powered by a 3408 Caterpillar (455 HP) Marine Diesel Engine and two 40 kW Northern Lights Generators that provide 3 phase power.
2021 In service.
Source: Miramar and Wikipedia
2013 25000Db sg?, Scott? Issue acknowledged by the postal authorities of São Tomé and Príncipe, but only distributed by São Tomé's philatelic agent for collecting purposes.
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