image rs_13133_culver
Image number: RS.13133
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Research vessel Culver




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height (print): 191mm
width (print): 242mm
height (mount): 303mm
width (mount): 407mm


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The auxiliary ketch Culver in Plymouth Sound, showing the starboard side of the vessel. Behind, Staddon Heights, Devon. The ship’s ‘R.S.’ pennant and blue ensign flag are displayed.

Culver, an 83 foot teak-built ketch was purchased in 1937 under the direction of a sub-committee of the Royal Society’s Bermuda Oceanographic Committee and equipped for working as a floating marine laboratory.

A contemporary account of the ship appears as ‘The Bermuda Oceanographical Committee, by S.W.Kemp, Notes and Records of the Royal Society, vol. 1 October 1938, pp.104-112. The article states that: ‘As her distinguishing flag the Culver has the arms of the Society in red on a white ground and the burgee is white with the letters R.S. in red’.

An original typescript caption reads: ‘3. “CULVER” with Staddon Heights in background’.

Stanley Wells Kemp (1882-1945) British zoologist and oceanographer was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1931.

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