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The Sailors’ Series lectures present a wide variety of experiences and adventures by individuals with lifelong commitments to sailing, boats, and the sea.

The Research Vessel Abel-J :
Her Concept and Design, and Tales of Voyages Toward the Ends of the Earth

By Captain Bob Wallace

Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:00 pm Reception | 6:30 pm Lecture


photo of Abel J This year’s opening lecture featured stories of the Abel-J, the research vessel that William Watkins journeyed on to gather his foundational recordings of marine mammal bioacoustics. Captain Bob Wallace, the vessel’s former captain, talked about how it was uniquely outfitted to Watkins’ specifications for research purposes and shared stories of adventures at sea with the famous researchers who are celebrated in the Museum’s new Whales Today exhibition.




Supported by Ruth and Hope Atkinson



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