Freshwater research vessel debuts in East Hartford

The Connecticut River Academy vessel "Goodwin Navigator" made its debut Monday. (WTNH)

East Hartford, Conn. (WTNH) — A very unique research ship arrived in East Hartford Monday for a special ceremony.

The ship is called the Goodwin Navigator, and it is part of the Connecticut River Academy’s student research program. This boat is the only freshwater research vessel of its kind anywhere in this area.

“We’re able to do many different experiments that we’d never be able to do from just the shoreline,” one student said. “We’re able to see the depth of the river in certain places, take samples from the bottom of the river, and even be able to see how fast the current is going at a given time.”

The ship can carry up to 30 students at a time. It is meant to travel up and down the Connecticut river on research assignments starting today.

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