NOAA NANCY FOSTER ship model
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research
vessel Nancy Foster was originally built as a Navy yard
torpedo test craft, Agate Pass, at McDermott Shipyards
in Amelia, Louisiana and launched in September, 1990.
the Navy transferred the vessel to NOAA, outfitted to
conduct coastal research along the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf
coasts, and the Caribbean. The new ship was
commissioned May 10, 2004.
The ship is named for Dr. Nancy Foster, who was the
director of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s
Office of Protected Resources from 1986 until 1993, and
the director of the National Ocean Service from 1997
until her death in 2000.
Nancy Foster has a total of 37 bunk spaces. She
carries a complement of six NOAA Corps officers, 15 crew
including three licensed engineers, and up to 15
The deck equipment features two winches and two deck
cranes, along with an aft A-Frame and a port side
A-Frame. This equipment gives the crew the ability
to do a variety of over-the-side oceanographic
operations including launching and tending Remotely
Operated Vehicles (ROV) and conductivity, temperature
and depth (CTD) operations.
Nancy Foster employs state of the art navigation and
propulsion systems resulting in high quality and
efficient data collection.
NOAA Nancy Foster replica has the following qualities:
- Scratch built from official plans
hollow hull construction (very important), weighing less
than 10 lbs (A solid hull of this model would
be over 40 lbs.)
- Windows are cutouts, not black decals
- 99% wood and metal
This model ship is 18.5" long (1/100 scale). It
delivered before Christmas 2016 for gift purposes.
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