The Quietest Ship in the World

Last Sunday my high school shipmate Jamie Hutton (who grew up to be a NOAA engineer) gave my son Luke and I a tour of NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow while she was dockside at the Naval Station Newport. Here’s a slideshow of a few photos that I took which you can also view in more detail with Jamie’s comments on

Named after the Harvard educated zoologist and first director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, NOAA Ship  Henry B. Bigelow is used for fisheries research and is billed as the quiest non-military ship in the world. Perfect for sneaking up on marine life.

The NOAA website has lots of great information about what they do as well as details about each of their ships. Here’s the Bigelow’s webpage which among other things presents her cruise track.

She’s an impressive and beautiful vessel on an important mission. Here’s a cool video of her launch.

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Peter A. Mello

Father, son. Lifelong mariner, student of leadership, photographer. Professional creative placemaker.

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