New Research Vessel Arrives on Beaver Island

The R/V Chippewa enters Paradise Bay for the first time.

The R/V Chippewa enters Paradise Bay for the first time.

It was a perfect day on Lake Michigan for the maiden voyage of the R/V Chippewa, the new research vessel for CMU’s Institute for Great Lakes Research. The vessel entered Paradise Bay late in the afternoon on June 19.

The 32 ½ foot boat was built by Silver Ships in Mobile, AL. The vessel will allow scientists to do research in both shallow and deep water. She will be berthed at the IGLR facility in the old Coast Guard boat house on Beaver Island.

An open house at the IGLR facility will be held on July 16 during Museum Week festivities. Be sure to stop by and get a look at this impressive new tool for scientific research.

For more about the Chippewa, see the July issue of NorthernIslander.