NSF photo by Holly Gingles
The research ship Nathaniel B. Palmer in McMurdo Sound with the Royal Society Range in the background.
The Lost Coast Outpost reports that the bright orange, 300-foot research vessel with icebreaking capability currently taking harbor in Humboldt Bay is the Nathaniel B. Palmer.
Named to commemorate the American credited with first seeing Antarctica, the ship used by the National Science Foundation is taking a break on the North Coast before setting out on a new voyage.
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