Photos of the M/V Acania


ACANIA, designed by J.H. Wells as a luxury diesel yacht, was launched in 1929. Her outfitting reflects the opulence of the 1920's. In 1931 ACANIA became the private yacht of movie actress Constance Bennett. The yacht was taken over by the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. After the war, ACANIA was used by the Stanford Research Institute for upper-atmospheric research in the Central Pacific until 1971. She was then transferred to the U.S. Navy and operated as an oceanographic research vessel by the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

In 1986, Intersea Research Inc. purchased ACANIA from the U.S. government, for research operations in the Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska. To enhance her research and education capabilities, the ship was refitted with state-of-the-art electronics, and wherever it didn't interfere with her research capabilities, her accommodations were restored to their former luxury. From:

Owner History

1, Nov 1957 I flew Lambert to Long Beach to look at the ship. A shadow of Lambert on the fantail. (Roy Long)

2, March 1959 Acania at dock in San Francisco.

3. March 1959 Acania at dock in San Francisco.

4, Apr 1959 Acania outside the gate leaving San Francisco for Antigua, BWI.

5, Jun 1959 Lambert writing a report in his stateroom on the Port side forward.

6, Oct 1959 A Sunday evening party on the fantail in Antigua. Cpt Bert near center.

7, Aug 1961, Acania on station out of American Samoa.

8. Aug 1961, Acania on station out of American Samoa.

9, Jun 1962 At dock in American Samoa. That's Woody lying down.

10, Jun 1962 A view of the boat deck.

11, Sep 1970 Acania at dock in Oakland.

12, Sep 1970 At dock in Oakland.

Photos courtesy of Roy A. Long, ( June 2, 2002

The R/V Acania in Seattle, June 2001

June 3, 2002