Ships → Blue Heron

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Name: Blue Heron
Captain: Lee, Rual
Length: 86 feet
Beam: 23 feet
Draft: 11.5 feet
Speed: 9 knots
Displacement: 185 tons
Hull: Steel Stern Trawler
Year: 1985


For more information about the BLUE HERON and the Large Lakes Observatory go to the: Blue Heron - LLO Web Page


Schedule Information:

1st Period 2nd Period
Crew Size ( inc. Captain ): 5 (includes capt.)
Number of Scientists Vessel can Accommodate: 6
Field Season: Ice-out to heavy ice in. Can move through ice less than 2-3
Operation Days / Year:
Schedule Finalized in: March 15 (flexible)

- No, does not contain option.   - Yes, contains option.
Science Officer in Crew?:
Crew Provides Onboard Science Support?:
Payment In Kind? Time on Another Ship?
Fuel as a type of "Payment in Kind"?
Needed Equipment as a type of "Payment In Kind"?
"Piggyback" Research Permitted When Possible?
Encourage Crosstraining other Agencies with Vessel and Crew?
Vessel made available to outside Researchers?

Outside Research Payment: Contact:
Electrical Power: 3 phase 208 v and 110 v
Water Supplies: potable; lake, stainless steel sea chest
Refrigerators / Freezers: Yes
Incubators / Water Baths: Yes
Vacuum Pumps: Yes
P.H. Meters: Yes
D.O. Meters: Yes
Conductivity: Yes
Lab Space: 800 sq. ft.
Radar: Furuno, NavNet 3D 12kw transmitter, Furuno NavNet 3D 6kw transmitter
GPS: Northstar 800 LORAN; Two Northstar 941X w/diff. GPs
Radio: Uniden ES UM525 and Standard Horizon-Infinity VHF; 3 portable VHF for use on board
Depth Sounders: Knudsen 320/R and Furuno FE 700
Winches / Cranes: Two 1/2
CTD`s BT`s: SeaBird 911+CTD with SeaBird 32 Carousel, MacArtney Triaxus towed underway CTD system
Niskin Bottles: 12 8-liter bottles
Corers: Ocean Instruments multi-corer, Kullenberg piston corer, Benthos gravity corer
Grabs: Shipek Petersen
Trawl Nets: 60' Stauffer midwater trawl with a trawl sonar system
Plankton Nets: various
Wind Speed / Direction: Yes
Thermometer: Yes
Barometer: Yes
Institution Required Certification:
Certification Captain: 1500 ton master/mate
Certification Crew: Mate - 200 ton master, Ordinary Seaman - Purser & 100 ton master/mate
Certification Engineer: Enginneer - QMED & 100 ton master/mate
Home Port: Duluth, Minnesota
Home Port Lake: Lake Superior
Institution: Large Lakes Observatory U of Minnesota
Contact Name: Richard Ricketts (Marine Superintendent)
Address: 109 RLB 10 University Drive U of Minnesota
City: Duluth
State / Province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Postal / Zip Code: 55812
Phone: 218-726-7826
Fax: 218 726-6979
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