WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – After 32 years, Cape Fear Community College's research vessel, the Dan Moore, has a new home.
The college says they sold the R/V Dan Moore last month and the new owners picked up the ship Friday afternoon.
It was the first time the 85-foot ship left CFCC'S dock without any students aboard. It was used for offshore training for students in CFCC's Marine Technology program for more than 30 years.
The Dan Moore was retired last February after the college purchased a larger ship named the Cape Hatteras. The Dan Moore was built in 1968 and was sold at a state-managed auction on EBay on Dec 9. The winning bid was $45,600 from Black Water Divers based in Charleston, South Carolina. The college will use that money for future equipment needs.
The Black Water Divers specialize in commercial salvage and treasure hunting.
A small group of CFCC Marine Technology crew and students were on hand to help the Black Water Divers crew prepare the ship and watched as the Dan Moore cruised down the Cape Fear River.
College officials say they are pleased to see that the ship will have a career after CFCC and they look forward to reading about her future exploits.
Since 1982, the Dan Moore has taken more than 1,500 CFCC students on 419 training voyages for a total of 2,500 days at sea. While at CFCC, the ship traveled more than 240,000 miles to ports as far north as Portland, Maine and as far south as the Bahamas. The last voyage of the ship for the college was especially historic as students helped lift two 300-year old cannons from the shipwreck of Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge.
Training voyages aboard the college's current research vessel, the R/V Cape Hatteras, began last fall and will continue starting next month.
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