The vessels listed on this page are no longer active or being used on expeditions funded by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. The information for each individual vessel is no longer being updated.
At 133 feet in length and displacing more than 450 tons, NOAA Ship Ferrel was originally constructed to conduct tide and current surveys. The ship was decommissioned on November 21, 2002, and is no longer in service.
At 175 feet in length and displacing more than 1,000 tons, NOAA Ship McArthur was one of a fleet of vessels that conducted a range of oceanographic research and assessments. The ship was decommissioned on May 20, 2003, and is no longer in service.
The USS Grasp and USS Grapple were “sister” ships belonging to a class of rescue and salvage vessels constructed for the U.S. Navy. On January 19 2006, the USS Grasp was decommissioned and transferred to the Military Sealift Command. The USS Grapple was transferred to the Military Sealift Command on July 13, 2006.
The R/V Seward Johnson, namesake of Harbor Branch founder J. Seward Johnson, Sr., is a 204-foot oceanographic and submersible-support research vessel. Formerly operated by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, the vessel was sold in 2010 to the Cepemar Group, a Brazilian environmental consulting firm.
The R/V Seward Johnson II was previously operated by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Insitute for oceanographic studies, primarily the use of the Clelia and the Johnson-Sea-Link (JSL) submersibles, as well as remotely operated vehicles.