UConn Research Vessel Lengthened at Blount Boats
May 8, 2017
The Day: Inside a cavernous shed at Blount Boats, a 14’-wide chasm has opened between 2 halves of the R/V Connecticut, now connected only by a single steel beam and a narrow wooden walkway used by work crews.
“Torches,” said Luther Blount, project engineer at the boat-building company, explaining on Wednesday how the 76’ steel research vessel had been severed in two earlier this month. “We’ve never cut a boat in half before, but we have a lot of knowledge working with steel and we’ve built vessels like this, and certainly some that are bigger.”