Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq prepares for final trials

February 27, 2015 7:03 PM

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SEWARD, Alaska (AP) — A floating Arctic laboratory four decades in the making has arrived at its home port and stands poised to begin unlocking mysteries of one of the wildest places on Earth.

The 261-foot Sikuliaq (see-KOO'-lee-ak) next month will leave Seward, sail around the Aleutian Islands and tuck into sea ice in the Bering Sea. The voyage will be the final trial for its reinforced hull, propulsion system and array of cranes and booms that will deploy instruments ranging from small ...

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