STRI's Research Vessels Acquired and Retired 1973

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During 1973 STRI's research vessel situation changed completely. The Institute received from the Navy a 65-foot surplus T-boat, which was named the "Dos Mares." Conversion work was done at STRI with the help of the University of Panama. The 65-foot "Tethys" was retired after 18,000 miles and 72 cruises for 66 different scientists in STRI's service. STRI also received as replacement a 42-foot boat confiscated for drug running by the United States Coast Guard and was renamed "Stenella."


  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Navy
  • Universidad de Panamá


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1973. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1973, p. 84

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,




  • Research Vessels
  • Boats and boating
  • Marine sciences
  • Surplus government property
  • Ships


  • Panama
  • Barro Colorado Island (Panama)

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