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Twin diesel, length 90 feet, beam 22 feet, draft 7.2 feet. Built 1967 at Jakobson Shipyard, Oyster Bay, New York. In service 1968-1995. The ship operated for many years as a wiredrag vessel with its sister ship the HECK. In recent years it has been equipped with state of the art sidescan sonar and shallow water multi-beam systems. It is well-known for its search and discovery capabilities having found both TWA 800 and the aircraft flown by John F. Kennedy, Jr. Named for Captain Gilbert T. Rude (1881-1962), chief of Coastal Surveys from 1931 until his retirement in 1945 after a career spanning over 40 years. Captain Rude served in the Philippines, Alaska, and on the East Coast.

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