Asterias (1931 to 1980)

Ship Name: 
Asterias
Ship Image: 

Asterias was built in 1931 by the Casey Boat Building Co., of Fairhaven, MA for WHOI. Named for the local starfish, Asterias was constructed of white and southern hard pine and was similar in design to commercial fishing boats of the era. The Asterias and the Atlantis were built as the Institution's first vessels.

The first Asterias made at least 10,000 short trips, from Maine to New York, primarily for the testing of scientific gear. Nearly every member of the scientific and technical staff had a need for Asterias at some time. Her excellent design and construction made her a natural seaboat.

Asterias was sold to Ocean Research Engineering in1980. In 1985 Edwin Athearn, her former captain saved her from destruction and together with Dave Lewis restored the ship's name and condition.

Length: 
40' 6"
Beam: 
12' 6"
Displacement: 
8 tons
Draft: 
5' 3"
Dates of Afflliation with WHOI: 
1931/1980
Built: 
1931
Builder: 
Casey Boat Building Co., Fairhaven, MA