image rs_13135_culver
Image number: RS.13135
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Research vessel Culver

Date

1938

Creator

Unknown, Photographer

Object type

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height (print): 249mm
width (print): 199mm
height (mount): 303mm
width (mount): 407mm

Subject

Content object

transport
   > ship

Description

The auxiliary ketch Culver in Plymouth Sound, showing the stern and starboard side of the vessel in near silhouette. 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: ‘5. “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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