2021 Bear Expedition

Expedition Overview

Expedition Dates: June 10-20, 2021

For nearly two decades, NOAA Ocean Exploration, the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ Maritime Heritage Program, the U.S. Coast Guard, and a number of academic research partners have been engaged in a search for the final resting place of U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear.

Originally built in Scotland as a sealer in 1874, Bear served for nearly 80 years in the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, the U.S. Navy, as a ship of exploration in the Antarctic, as a merchant ship, and even on a movie set, featured in the 1930 film, The Sea Wolf. It is considered one of the most historically significant ships in U.S. history for its long and meritorious service.

Read about the 2019 expedition to search for Bear.

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