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The William Kennedy is the first vessel of its kind dedicated to the research of the historic Hudson Bay Region. At 20 meters in length and drawing just 4 meters, the Kennedy is able to assess shallow near shore environments, previously inaccessible to larger research vessels. Primarily operating under the Churchill Marine Observatory (CMO), the William Keenedy was purchased by the Arctic Research Foundation and retrofitted for research in rough seas by the University of Manitoba. The vessel is named after Captain William Kennedy (1814-1890), an explorer and the first Métis captain to command sea-going vessels in the Arctic. It is equipped with many scientific instruments to capture underwater video, collect samples and measure temperature, depth, pH of water and more.

For more information and a virutal tour of the research vessel (R/V), please visit the Arctic Focus site hosted by the Arctic Research Foundation.

Related Collections and Datasets

    • Autonomous CTD Dataset

      Themes: Freshwater, Marine

      Hydrographic profiles using conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) sondes were obtained across straits and along channels to best cover water column structure around the... Read more
    • James Bay pCO2 data 2021 Dataset

      Themes: Marine

      This dataset contains pCO2 data collected using a ship-based pCO2 underway system (model CO2-Pro FT, Pro-Oceanus, Halifax, NS) during the 2021 James Bay Expedition. The James... Read more
    • Rosette CTD Dataset

      Themes: Freshwater, Marine

      Hydrographic profiles using conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) sondes were obtained across straits and along channels to best cover water column structure around the... Read more
    • Thermosalinograph data - William Kennedy Dataset

      Themes: Marine

      Temperature and conductivity data collected from a thermosalinograph (TSG) on the William Kennedy platform. Salinity, density, and a variety of other variables can be derived... Read more

    Campaign

    • 2018 Fall RV William Kennedy Mooring Retrieval Campaign

      In late September 2016, five oceanographic moorings were deployed (see Chapter 1) in the eastern Hudson Bay and at the entrance to James Bay (Figure 8.1). These moorings were... Read more
    • James Bay 2021 Campaign

      Left Churchill port on 1 August, sailed to James Bay. The ship returned to Churchill on 17 August. The scientific cruise included 9 full stations, distributed conductivity,... Read more

    Instruments

    • Autonomous CTD Instrument Details

      SBE 19 plus V2 inside a protective cage, used autonomously for ocean profiles. Sensors for conductivity, temperature, pressure (CTD). Attached sensors include PAR, two ECO... Read more
    • Flow-through pCO2 system Instrument Details

      Ship-based pCO2 underway system provides CO2 mixing ratio data for near-surface water that can be used to calculate seawater CO2 partial pressure (pCO2)
    • Rosette CTD Instrument Details

      SBE 19 plus V2 attached underneath the rosette water sampler (SBE 32). Sensors for conductivity, temperature, pressure. Attached sensors include SPAR, PAR, nitrate (SUNA),... Read more
    • Thermosalinograph Instrument Details

      From SBE 21 Manual: The SBE 21 SeaCAT Thermosalinograph is an externally powered, high-accuracy, conductivity and temperature recorder, designed for shipboard determination of... Read more