The R.V. Coral Sea is Humboldt State University's marine research and teaching vessel. For the past 40 years, HSU students and faculty have gone to sea to study the ocean and its fisheries, wildlife, biology, chemistry, and geology. This vessel is an outdoor classroom for our students. It is also available for charter to faculty outside HSU who have ocean projects that require a vessel with R.V. Coral Sea's capabilities. To review the vessels' current specifications and equipment please see the appropriate sections of the R/V Coral Sea Handbook for Scientific and Educational Users.
The R.V. Coral Sea was built in Santa Barbara California in 1974 and was purchased by HSU in 1998. Recently, the crew of the R.V. Coral Sea replaced the old engines with new, diesel engines that are both more fuel efficient and produce lower emissions. The passenger capacity of the R.V. Coral Sea is 39 scientists and 5 crew. The vessel has 10 bunks and a full galley. The decks space is open, and provides an excellent space for working with box cores, dredges, nets and other large oceanographic equipment. Click here for pictures of the A-frame and the knuckle boom on the main and upper decks. Students not directly involved in the current deck activity have a clear view in all directions from the top deck (see the picture below taken from the crow's nest). Two laboratories inside the vessel offer plenty of space for working with marine specimens and keeping track of scientific data.
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