Behind the scenes

Recycled propeller installed at MBARI front entrance


top, Louis Martinez, Eric Fitzgerald, and John Ferreira position the propeller as Greg Voogd operates the crane. bottom, John Ferreira tightens the nut into place.

February 27, 2015

MBARI has a new art piece in front of its main entrance—an old propeller from one of its research vessels, the Rachel Carson. The bronze propeller is five feet across and weighs 1,000 pounds; a crane was required to install it in place. The R/V Rachel Carson originally operated as an oil field supply vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. MBARI purchased the ship in July 2011 and transited it from La Rose, Louisiana, to Alameda, California, for extensive refitting at the shipyard. The propeller was removed during the refit.