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Thomas Jefferson
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In February, 1807, under the guidance of President Thomas Jefferson, Congress authorized a ‘…survey to be taken of the coasts of the United States…’ This act would form the Survey of the Coast, an agency whose successors would eventually become part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. President Jefferson’s namesake: the Thomas Jefferson continues his legacy by surveying the oceans and harbors along the Gulf of Mexico and East Coast of the United States. The Thomas Jefferson, whose home port is Norfolk, VA, is part of a fleet of NOAA survey vessels. The primary mission is to collect and process the data needed to maintain and update the nautical charts. Accurate charts are critical for the safe shipping of goods and services to and from our shores.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ship TypeResearch Vessel
Operating AreaU.S. East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Endurance45 days (Food)
Crusing Speed12 knots
Lab SpaceApproximately 700 ft²
Power Availability2,550 bhp
Berthing Space3 maximum
Deck Space
Telemetry AvailableShipboard Environmental Data Acquisition System (SEAS)
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