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HECK

rude and heck
NOAA Ships RUDE and HECK.

Twin diesel, , length 90 feet, beam 22 feet, draft 7.2 feet. Built for the Coast and Geodetic Survey by Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, New York, in 1966. Originally designed as a wire drag vessel for use with its sister ship the RUDE. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico service. Deactivated 1995. Named for Captain Nicholas Heck who more than anyone, developed wiredrag as a method for discovering undersea obstructions in the early Twentieth Century. Prior to the advent of sidescan sonar, this was the only method to search large areas for obstructions and lost vessels and aircraft. Captain Heck was also known for developing radio acoustic ranging, the first navigation system to eliminate the need for visual means to determine position; and as Chief of the Division of Seismology and Terrestrial Magnetism, he was a leader in the development of geophysics in the first half of the Twentieth Century. He drew attention to the correlation between earthquake epicenters and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in the 1930’s. He was a recipient of the Bowie Medal of the American Geophysical Union.



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