The Research Vessel Endeavor hails from Narragansett, RI where it is run and maintained by the University of Rhode Island. She is a 185’ long vessel equipped with several cranes, an A-frame, and is capable of being outfitted for many types of studies and collections. Her top speed averages roughly 10 knots, and though an older vessel originally commissioned in 1976 and then refitted in 1993, she can be maneuvered for precise drops and collections by the captain and the ship’s mates. The engine is actually a locomotive engine comprised of 16 cylinders. The vessel is run by a single “screw,” or propeller, that has a protective band around the outside to help keep debris from becoming entangled.
The Endeavor is capable of being at sea with a full crew for 30 days, meaning she can hold enough supplies and fuel to be out in the water without having to come back to shore. She can store 8,200 gallons of water and is able to make 2,400 gallons per day when underway.
She is a very sturdy vessel, as those who have been aboard for some serious weather can vouch for. She draws 18 feet, as measured from the water line to the hull. That depth helps to stabilize her when the waves are rocking and rolling; the breadth of the ship coupled with the depth hull are two reasons that allow the vessel to hold as much weight as she does, while still being able to run at an efficient clip.
To find out more about her, or her current position, you can check in with the official web page. The systems on board are constantly transmitting data, updating our course as well as water and weather conditions.