3 Console Furuno Navtex NX 700
Furuno Weather Fax 408
KVH Sat Phone
Furuno Max Sea x7 GPS C Map
3 Large LCD Nav Montors
Furuno Sat Compass SC50
Furuno Loud Hailer 3000 CG
Furuno Nav Echo Sounder FE700
Furuno GPS 150
1 Furuno X Band Radar
1 Furuno K Band Radar BB Series
Furuno SSB 150 Watts
Furuno AIS FA150
2 Icom VHF
Furuno 880 Depth SounderEngine Details & Mechanical:
The engines were inspected and tested by Detroit Diesel technicians and their documentation indicates that the engines are within 10% of being brand new. Relatively low hours were logged on the engines as the vessel's use was winding down after her conversion from steam to diesel.
The steam boilers are still on board and could either be used for running large equipment, i.e., huge watermakers, etc., or they could be removed providing a large area for another purpose.
Research Vessel "Atlantis II", built to United States Navy specification with a grant from the National Science Foundation in 1962, went directly into service in with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as a member of their research fleet and the national academic research fleet. She followed in the footsteps of the R/V "Atlantis", after which a NASA Space Shuttle was named. R/V "Atlantis II" served as a model for future generations of research vessels, and housed 25 scientists and as many in crew. Her achievements were stellar.
Her second mission, in 1963, was interrupted when the U.S. Nuclear Submarine "Thresher" sunk in 8,000 feet of water and she proceeded to the site where she aided in the search and recorded the first photographs, earning her a commendation from the U.S. Navy.
In 1975, she embarked on a 573 day voyage of roughly 80,000 miles around the world performing marine research and engineering projects, the most mileage per trip of all of the Institution's vessels. In 1979, she underwent a major refit, converting her power source from steam to diesel, thereby reducing her operating cost, increasing her range of travel, and increasing her selection of ports. In 1983, a deck hangar and A-frame were installed enabling her to handle the launch and recovery of a submersible oceanographic vehicle. She set a record for days at sea in 1992, with 894 days away, 575 days at sea, and 73,097 miles. She was among the first of all research vessels to employ female officers and crew, and to welcome female scientists. She visited 78 nations and over 112 ports, hosting numerous world leaders and dignitaries.
Her most well known achievement was to serve as support vessel for the deep sea, 3-person diving submersible Alvin at the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic in the North Atlantic in 1984. R/V "Atlantis II" arrived with the new towed imaging system Argo developed by the WHOI Deep Submergence Laboratory, where 12 Alvin dives ensued, utilizing deep sea imaging systems and the prototype remotely-operated vehicle, Jason Jr.
She subsequently continued in general oceanographic research, with a focus on biological, geological and geochemical studies of the Mid-Ocean Ridge in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
R/V "Atlantis II" was retired from the Wood Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1996. She sailed over a million miles in service on 468 cruises and spent 8,115 days at sea in every ocean of the world. She proceeded to Louisiana, where her stern A-frame for submersible launch and recovery was removed. She was sold to a private U.S. firm for fisheries research, with the approval of the National Science Foundation, and subsequently to a private firm for expedition voyaging. State-of-the-art technologically advanced equipment has been added to further enhance her exploratory capabilities.
This ship's archival documentation includes her full historical record including all plans and modifications.Design & Construction:
The vessel was originally built to U.S. Navy specification with super redundancy out of special German high tensile steel alloy to ABS and Ice Class. She had her international load line and COI until 1996. At the completion of the ongoing refit, she will be able to be either re-classed and/or receive COI or load line.
From Marine Survey Report of November 1999:
"The vessel was built of all welded steel construction by Maryland Shipbuilding Company, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1961/62. The vessel underwent extensive refitting in 1979, converting the vessel from steam to diesel power. A stern deck equipment hanger and a large ROV tending A-frame were added in 1983 for use with a large submersible. The A-frame has since been removed, but the foundation and hydraulic systems remain. The vessel is presently undergoing refurbishment and modernization.
The vessel is of a typical ocean service, research design with a model bow, transom stern, sheer main deck with forward forecastle, and a two-and-one-half-deck steel superstructure containing quarters, and spaces that have in the past been used for laboratories and research.
The vessel is framed longitudinally and transversely in accordance with good marine practice for a vessel of its size and intended service. Reportedly, the vessel was originally built to American Bureau of Shipping scantlings as Maltese Cross A-1 Circle E.
The vessel's hull is protected by means of a two-tier rubrail fender system constructed of 6" diameter split pipe. The upper strake is located at the forecastle deck elevation and runs from a point 30' aft of the stern aft to the break of the forecastle on both port and starboard sides. The second strake is located at the main deck elevation and runs from a point 40' aft of the stern aft to a point 24' aft of the break of the forecastle on both port and starboard sides.
Bulwarks are constructed of steel, of the open type, with a height forward in way of the forecastle of 48", tapering to a height of 42" in way of the mid-portion of the forecastle deck, and fairing into a three-tier 42" high pipe safety rail in way of the aft end of the forecastle deck. Bulwarks in way of the aft deck have a height of 30" and are of a similar design. Bulwarks are fitted with adequate freeing ports.
Deck fittings consist of the following: Located to port and starboard on the foredeck are 10" diameter cast steel double bitts with adjacent 16" closed chocks. Located to port and starboard aft on the foredeck are 10" diameter cast steel double bitts with adjacent 16" closed chocks and 12" open chocks. In way of the after end of the forecastle deck level three (3) 6" diameter steel H-bitts range down the port side while one (1) is located on the starboard side. Located to port and starboard on the aft deck are 6" diameter bitts with adjacent 18" closed chocks, each chock fitted with four (4) securing horns, and adjacent 6" diameter closed chocks, each chock fitted with two (2) securing horns. An American Engineering 18" diameter warping capstan is located to starboard on the aft deck.
Ground tackle consists on one (1) each port and starboard bow Baldt 3,300-lb. anchor, each fitted with a reported seven (7) shots of 1-7/16" stud link chain. The anchors are handled by a double wildcat, double 18" diameter gypsy head, Skagit Model WE1HWG-23-6 anchor windlass powered by a 25-HP electric motor.
The vessel also has on board, located on the foredeck, a spare 1,200-lb. anchor.
Bulkheads are constructed of steel and are designed watertight, with watertight doors located at strategic areas throughout the vessel as noted below.
The fuel oil tanks noted above have a total reported capacity of 109,760-gallons and are fitted with approved type filling lines, vents with flame screens, and fuel oil shut-off valves.
Fresh water capacity is reported to be 26,600-gallons with an additional evaporator capacity of 4,800-gallons per day.
Lead ballast is reported to be 271 long tons.
The deckhouse is constructed of steel and is fitted with steel watertight doors, portlights, and fixed windows. The interior of the vessel is centrally air conditioned by means of forward and aft centralized chill water air conditioning units, and heated by means of boiler-heated radiators and electric space heaters.
The vessel is arranged with passenger/scientist accommodation, auxiliary work and support rooms on the lower deck level within the hull; stores, galley/messing, officer and crew accommodation and laboratory spaces on the main deck level; senior officer and passenger/scientist accommodation, a library, gymnasium and a store on the 01 (upper) deck level; ship support, electronic support and crew accommodation on the 02 deck level; the pilothouse, radio room and chart room on the bridge deck; and a full bar/lounge located on top of and behind the pilothouse."
The Research Vessel "Atlantis II" is world famous for her exploration of the "Titanic". She had extensive upgrading and maintenance and has just completed her refit at this time. She has been updated with technologically advanced equipment to heighten her exploration capabilities, is in ice-breaking class, and is ready for service to once again sail the oceans of the world.
She is equipped with a large tow/troll winch, large deck crane, dive center with professional dive equipment and is helicopter-capable. She accommodates 60+ for sleeping. Some of the many noteworthy achievements of her unparalleled history are described in the full specification.
She is well suited for research, survey, expedition, diving, pelagic deep ocean geo-survey, ocean bio research, oil exploration, oil field support, standby, security or hospital.
“Atlantis II” is a special and highly respected, totally proven, all-ocean, all-weather vessel with enormous and wide ranging capabilities. “Atlantis II” could be configured to continue her superlative research career or used as a successful expedition or exploration yacht. Truly a magnificent vessel!
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