Marine Operations
Vessels and Vehicles - R/V Zephyr

R/V Zephyr -- retired October, 2012


After serving nearly 30 years as the Pilot Vessel San Francisco, this 26-meter-long ship was converted from pilot vessel to research vessel during the summer of 2001. The sea-kindly hull of a pilot vessel now carries an articulated crane for deploying a variety of oceanographic instruments. The former aft pilot's cabin now holds a portable hydrographic winch and houses supporting machinery. The deck level cabin/galley has been converted into a dry laboratory.

MBARI received the Pilot Vessel San Francisco as a donation from the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association.  The association's name is based on an enormous, horseshoe-shaped sand bar at the mouth of the Golden Gate bridge from which the Bar Pilots safely navigate nearly 8500 vessels through each year.  The vessel was rechristened the R/V Zephyr on September 4th, 2001 and operated as the primary support ship for MBARI's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program.

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Last updated: Nov. 07, 2016