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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Goodbye to the Knorr

The science party was treated to a special moment yesterday.  As we steamed north towards Cape Hatteras, we rendez-voused with our ship's predecessor on its journey south to its new home. The R/V Knorr was the research vessel that found the Titantic, and it had a long and accomplished research career.  This was a sentimental moment for the crew as many had spent years working aboard her.  

The vessel was retired from the U.S. ocean research fleet in 2014 and was purchased by Mexico.  An article in Oceanus discusses the Knorr’s distinguished history, “Over the past 44 years, Knorr has conducted research from the Arctic Circle to the Southern Ocean and many places in between. Knorr has also taken part in some of the 20th century’s greatest ocean discoveries, from locating the wreck of R.M.S. Titanic to finding completely unknown and unexpected life forms on the seafloor…  When Knorr retires at the end of 2014, it will have traveled more than 1.35 million miles—a distance equivalent to more than two round trips to the moon.”

It was fitting that the Knorr steamed south under a picturesque sunset...

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great posts! The girls were excited to read about and see the R/V Knorr, Emma has a picture of it in her book on the H.M.S. Titanic.