Tour of the R/V Ukpik

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Video courtesy of the Search for the Lost Whaling Fleets of the Western Arctic 2015 Expedition.

Log 10: August 16, 2015

Bradley W. Barr, Ph.D.
NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Maritime Heritage Program
Co-Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist

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.





















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