Marine Research Vessels
R/V Silver Crescent
The R/V Silver Crescent was launched in January, 2005 and became part of the SCDNR-Marine Resources Division’s fleet of research vessels. The fiberglass hull vessel has an over-all length of 52 feet, a beam of 16 feet and a draft of 5 feet. Powered by an 800 HP Caterpillar diesel engine, this vessel has a maximum speed of 20 knots and cruises at 17-18 knots. Capable of working both inshore and off, she has a fuel capacity of 1,200 gallons and carries 300 gallons of fresh water, giving her more than adequate range and the capability of staying out for several days when necessary. She sleeps 5 below and the galley table converts into a bed for additional berthing. The 12KW Northern Lights generator supplies electricity for fully outfitted galley with a 4 burner stove with oven, a refrigerator/freezer, a 6 foot chest freezer, a microwave oven, and a TV/DVD for those nights standing anchor watch. The generator also supplies power for an electric hydraulic pump. The anchor windlass, trawl winch and long-line reels are hydraulic and by operating with an electric pump, eliminates the need for the engine to be running in order to use the gear. There are plenty of electrical outlets for use by the scientific crew to power laptops and other gear.