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Asterias, 1931-1980

Named for the local starfish, Asterias was built of white and southern hard pine and was similar in design to commercial fishing boats of the era. The Asterias was one of the first vessels of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

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 sea boat.

Asterias was sold to Ocean Research Engineering in 1980. In 1985 Edwin Athearn, her former captain saved her from destruction and together with Dave Lewis restored the ship’s name and condition.


Built: 1931 by the Casey Boat Building Co., Fairhaven, MA, for WHOI

Length: 40,5’

Beam: 13,6’

Draft: 5’3”

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