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NOAA Ship FERREL in the Dry Tortugas area of Florida.

Twin diesel, length 133 feet, beam 32 feet, draft 8 feet. Built by Zigler Shipyards, Inc., in Jennings, Louisiana, in 1968, for the Coast and Geodetic Survey. This vessel was originally meant to replace the C&GS Ship MARMER conducting current surveys in various harbors and waterways along the East and Gulf Coasts but during the 1970’s became the primary platform for the NOAA Status and Trends Program and other environmental monitoring programs. In service 1968-2002, replaced by NOAA Ship NANCY FOSTER. The FERREL was named for William Ferrel (1817-1891) who conducted tidal and atmospheric researches for the Coast Survey and for the early Weather Bureau. He is known as one of the founders of the science of geophysical fluid dynamics.

Publication of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Central Library.

Last Updated: June 8, 2006 9:24 AM

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