Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

The R/V Zephyr - retired
2001 to 2012

MBARI received the pilot vessel San Francisco as a donation from the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association.  The association's name is based on an enormous, horseshoe-shaped sand bar at the mouth of the Golden Gate bridge from which the pilots safely navigate nearly 8,500 vessels through each year. The Zephyr was converted from a pilot vessel into a research vessel during the summer of 2001. It carried a crane for deploying oceanographic instruments such as the autonomous underwater vehicle. The deck level cabin/galley was converted into a dry laboratory.

The vessel was rechristened the R/V Zephyr on September 4th, 2001 and operated as the primary support ship for MBARI's autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) program.

The Research Vessel Zephyr at sea

The research vessel Zephyr at sea. © MBARI 2007
Last updated: Nov. 20, 2012