Research Vessel (R/V) W.T. Hogarth is the Florida Institute of Oceanography’s (FIO) newest state-of-the-art Research Vessel, completing construction in 2017. Named after Dr. William T. Hogarth, the 78-foot “floating laboratory” has room for a crew of 5. Dr. Hogarth was FIO’s Director of FIO for 7 years after serving as Dean of USF’s College of Marine Science. Hogarth’s illustrious 50-year career included him serving as Director of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Vice Chancellor of USF St. Peterburg, and Chair of the International Whaling Commission. Dr. Hogarth was also instrumental in securing funding for the scientific response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010.

Florida’s new research vessel was made possible thanks to a concerted team effort across multiple universities and institutions. Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) would like to thank the State Legislature, University of South Florida (USF), University of West Florida (UWF), Florida Atlantic University(FAU), Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), University of North Florida (UNF), University of Florida (UF), Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), Eckerd College, Florida International University (FIU), Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Nova Southeastern University (NSU), University of Central Florida (UCF), Florida State University (FSU), FIO and the City of St. Petersburg for making funds available for the construction of a new research vessel.

R/V Hogarth being constructed at Duckworth Steel Boats Shipyard
R/V Hogarth working in the Florida Middlegrounds



Dr. Wade Jeffrey, UWF, and his students at the Palafox Pier after a day of research