- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its ocean research vessel, the Endeavor, with all-day tours and science exhibits.

Gov. Gina Raimondo is among the guests scheduled to attend a Saturday morning celebration at the school’s Narragansett Bay Campus.

The ship has taken scientists, students and educators on more than 580 expeditions throughout the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to the Mediterranean and Black seas and the Arctic.

The steel-hulled, 185-foot ship has a crew of 12 and accommodations for 17 scientists and one marine technician. It’s operated by the school on behalf of the National Science Foundation. It was christened in December 1976.

Tours are from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the campus pier, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett.

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