The erection of a new research vessel! Even cooler than what you are thinking…

While ghost ships may still haunt the Bermuda Triangle, real research ships have a finite life. Fortunately, we can build more! This is just what Australia is doing, building their brand new global scale research vessel the R/V Investigator.

And you can watch it’s construction in this timelapse by CSIRO. One entire year of building compressed into 5 minutes of AWESOME. And watching a research ship being pieced together on land gives me a new found perspective on just how large this thing is. I also heart the rad paint job. Although I totally lost it at the 3:30 mark when the “Investigator Erection Area” signed popped up (see what I did there).




Dr. Martini (156 Posts)

Kim is a Senior Oceanographer at Sea-Bird Scientific. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she has used observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence). Her current mission is to make your oceanographic data be the best data it can be.