Our lady of the lake makes her slow and stately way to the water.

The R/V David Folger was  launched today at long last! Builder’s trials and Coast Guard inspection can now begin.

Tom and crew will head out on March 11 to install the computers and peripherals, learn the ins and outs of running the vessel, and create the punch list. She is nearly ready and soon will start her journey to Vermont.

She is QUITE impressive.

At home in the water at last!

Shortly after she arrives at Lake Champlain, she will start her first research work up in Mississqoui Bay, which will include senior thesis work by two geology students.

Ready to go exploring

She’s also slated to be used for our Alumni College at the end of the summer and three different Middlebury College courses (Oceanography, Marine Geology, and a First Year Seminar) this fall.

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