The R/V Clifford A. Barnes is owned by the National Science Foundation and operated under a Charter Party agreement by the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington as part of the UNOLS fleet. It is intended for use primarily in the sheltered waters of Western Washington and British Columbia.
R/V Clifford A. Barnes began life as USCGC Bitt WYTL 65613. She was built in 1965 at Western boat in Tacoma Washington. There were 15 of her class built, most of the class remained in Coast Guard service until 1995. The class's major missions were: Ice Ops, Search/Rescue and Pollution Response. Bitt's first duty station was Bellingham, WA. Her last duty station was Valdez, AK. She was decommissioned in 1982 and surplused to the National Science Foundation.
Nearing the end of its service, the University of Washington intends to design and build a more capable research vessel to replace the Barnes. Efforts to raise funds for construction of a new ship are underway, click here for more information.
Updated 2014 April 15 by Port Captain