Built as a research-icebreaker vessel under yard no 154 by North American Shipbuilding, Larose, Louisiana for Edison Chouest Offshore, Cut Off, Louisiana.
1994 laid down.
08 September 1997 launched as the LAURENCE M. GOULD.
Tonnage 2,966 grt, dim. 70.1 x 14.0 x 5.9m. (draught)
Powered by 2 × Caterpillar 3606 diesel engines, 4,575 hp (3,412 kW)
Speed 11.3 knots (20.9 km/h; 13.0 mph) (max) / 8.6 knots (15.9 km/h; 9.9 mph) (average) Endurance 75 days
Complement 26 research scientists. Crew ?
19 December 1997 completed. IMO No 9137337.
RV LAURENCE M. GOULD is an icebreaker used by researchers from the United States' National Science Foundation. for research in the Southern Ocean. The vessel is named after Laurence McKinley Gould, an American scientist who had explored both the Arctic and Antarctic. He was second in command of Admiral Richard E. Byrd's first expedition to Antarctica from 1928 to 1930. He helped to set up an exploration base at Little America on the Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales.
Gould died in 1995 at the age of 98, and in the same year, the National Science Foundation initiated the charter for the services of this ice-strengthened vessel to further its studies and knowledge of the Antarctic Peninsula and the Southern Ocean.
The ARSV Laurence M. Gould is operated by the Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) on a long-term charter from Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO). ASC staffs the vessel with a charter representative to coordinate cruise planning and scheduling, and with technical staff to support science operations. ECO provides the vessel master, ice pilot, and crew.
The Gould, completed in 1998, is 230 feet long and is ice-classed ABS-A1, capable of breaking one foot of level ice with continuous forward motion. The Gould can accommodate 37 scientists and staff in one and two-person staterooms. The Gould acts as a resupply ship and does long-term environmental research (LTER) in the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Peninsula, shuttling between Punta Arenas, Chile, and Palmer Station, Antarctica. She replaced the RV POLAR DUKE as the main supply ship to Palmer Station.
2021 In active service, same name and owners, Homeport Punta Arenas, Chile
Guinea 2021 60,000 Fg sgMS?, Scott?
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