With the crack of a champagne bottle, UConn research vessel officially back in business

14 Sep 2018

Maritime Industry

With the crack of a champagne bottle, the Research Vessel Connecticut is officially back on the water.

The University of Connecticut boat, which last year underwent a monthslong, $2.5 million makeover to make it suitable for longer research trips and more people, has been operational for nearly a year, taking students and scientists from UConn, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other organizations to do research in the Long Island Sound.

But a ceremony Thursday, complete with speeches, a champagne bottle broken against the hull and a tour of the boat, made it official — the equivalent of the ceremony in a Navy ship's life that is "the day it comes to life," said state Rep. Mike France, R-Ledyard.

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