By Bradley W. Barr, Ph.D., NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Maritime Heritage Program, Co-Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist
August 16, 2015
The Research Vessel Ukpik (pronounced “ook-pik”) was purchased by Southern Cross, LLC, in 2011 as a platform to conduct research in the Alaskan Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. The vessel is 50 feet long with a 16-foot beam and 4-foot draft. It can cruise at a speed of 16 knots.
The vessel provided comfortable quarters for the Lost Whaling Fleets expedition team during their time at sea.
The name “ukpik” means “snowy owl” in Inupiat.