In a long-range plan for ocean sciences, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently emphasized a growing need for large research ships with global capabilities (Eos, October 1, 1985, p. 682). On a smaller scale, some research in coastal and shelf seas may benefit more from improved instruments than from grander vessels. A new generation of compact ocean instruments will encourage the use of ships of opportunity as effective alternatives to specialized ships with exotic facilities. In a curious mix, some of the new technology may be well matched with the unique capabilities of traditional sailing vessels.
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