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Ocean Institute announces Pilgrim vessel’s demise

By Dr. Wendy Marshall, President, Education and Operations

Ocean Institute

We are very sad to share this heartbreaking news. 

As we have shared in our previous communications, this has been a devastating month for Ocean Institute. Today [Sunday], we share news that hurts our hearts. 

We are very sad to announce that Pilgrim, our beloved vessel that has served as an inspiring real-world classroom to hundreds of thousands of students and visitors, keeled overnight in her slip on our dock, rendering her useful life over. 

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Ocean Institute’s Pilgrim collapses 

As part of our maintenance process, Pilgrim undergoes out-of-the water and underwater inspections. In 2016 she was hauled out for survey and repairs and in October 2019, we began a fund to support the haul out and repair scheduled to take place in January 2020. 

The haul out was postponed until June due to overload at the yard. Meanwhile, Ocean Institute maintained our certifications and the United States Coast Guard issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) in December and again in February, allowing our dockside programs to continue. Unfortunately, Pilgrim keeled on March 29th and is incapacitated beyond repair. 

We are sad to bid farewell to this iconic vessel which has been such an important part of Ocean Institute’s programs and to the children that they served. 

Our staff was informed this morning and we all feel like we lost a dear friend, as I am sure many of you do. 

We will keep you posted and welcome your stories, images, etc., on how the Pilgrim has made an impact on you. Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the hashtag #thebrigpilgrim – please. 

As previously communicated, Ocean Institute has been dealt very difficult blows this month and your stories, encouragement, and support keeps us going and lifts our spirits during this devastating time. 

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