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The Queen of the MSRC fleet and the first research vessel operated by MSRC was the R/V Frump, an apparently aptly-named 23′ inboard.  The first captain was MSRC building manager Peter K. deNyse.

The R/V Frump was found to be severely damaged when she was being prepared for launching in the spring of 1969. The R/V Frump was at this point considered by consultants to be no longer seaworthy. Inasmuch as she had been constructed for pleasure purposes rather than as a work boat, the decision was made to replace her. The R/V Frump was replaced with the R/V Mic Mac, a 40′ wood-hulled Nova Scotia lobster boat whose operations were restricted to the protected environs of Long Island’s various embayments and Long Island Sound.

References to the R/V Frump:

R/V Frump

From “Stony Brook State University of New York College History Series“: Stony Brook University’s Marine Research Division utilized the 28-foot long vessel Frump to facilitate its scientific research.

R/V Frump

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Biology Department Adds “Frump”

From Bio. Dept. Adds "Frump" on the SB Statesman, May 14, 1963. There has been a new addition to the Biology staff of State University at Stony Brook recently. No, it's not another professor, but a new boat for marine biological research. The 28-foot boat, named...

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