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The Atlantis II was built by the Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Baltimore, MD, under a grant from the National Science Foundation. Launched in 1962, she was christened Atlantis II and turned over to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in 1963. Following is an excerpt from a news release about the vessel's retirement from WHOI in 1996:

The ship's contributions to the nation were to begin almost immediately. Atlantis II's second voyage, intended to be a routine biology cruise in the Gulf of Maine, departed Woods Hole April 5, 1963 but was interrupted with the news that the U.S. nuclear submarine Thresher had sunk 220 miles east of Cape Cod in 8,000 feet of water. The Atlantis II was asked to proceed to the scene to assist in the search. The ship collected the first photographic evidence of the sub's remains, receiving a commendation from the U.S. Navy for its work.

There are many "firsts" and notable events in the ship's career. It was one of the first research vessels to routinely take women scientists to sea, and one of the first to employ female officers and crew. In October 1975 the ship departed Woods Hole for what was to become the longest voyage, by miles, of any Institution vessel, a 573-day trip over almost 80,000 miles around the world with a return to Woods Hole in May 1977. The ship also set the Institution record for days at sea on Voyage #125, a 44-leg cruise which began December 29, 1989 and ended June 10, 1992. Atlantis II spent a record 894 days away from Woods Hole and 575 days at sea and covered 73,907 miles on that voyage. In 1986 the vessel visited the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic in the North Atlantic Ocean, discovered in 1985 by another Institution vessel, R/V Knorr, with the new towed imaging system Argo developed by the Institution's Deep Submergence Laboratory. Twelve Alvin dives were made to the wreck to test the Institution's prototype remotely operated vehicle Jason Jr. and other deep-sea imaging systems amidst intense worldwide publicity.

Our firm got involved with the vessel in 2008 while she was berthed at the St. Johns Shipyard in Mayport. The owner was interested in getting the vessel back under class and we have been working with the International Register of Shipping (the other IRS) to that end. A new inclining experiment was conducted in December of 2008 and we've been assisting with several other aspects of classing the vessel as well. Following are some photos from her 2008 drydocking at North Florida Shipyard, also some older press photos.

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