image rs_13134_culver
Image number: RS.13134
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Research vessel Culver




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height (print): 192mm
width (print): 242mm
height (mount): 303mm
width (mount): 407mm


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The auxiliary ketch Culver in Plymouth Sound, showing the stern and starboard side of the vessel, a small boat moored to her stern. Behind, Staddon Heights, Devon and a fishing boat. The ship’s ‘R.S.’ pennant and blue ensign 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: ‘4. “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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