UConn Research Vessel Lengthened at Blount Boats

R/V Connecticut, shown here prior to lengthening project. Photo by University of CT Marine Sciences Program, via marinesciences.uconn.edu

 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.”

Read more about the UConn research vessel that was cut in half so it could be lengthened at Blount Boats.