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1966 Aerojet-General Ex Oceanographer

US$ 950,000*
Cruising Mexico, CA
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Engine/Fuel Type:
4 engines / diesel
Located In:
Cruising Mexico, CA
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Current Price:
US$ 950,000 

M/V Sahara

Last Chance !

The price of Steel is up and Sahara will soon be History( Jan/Feb). Sahara was just recently had her hull surveyed and tanks cleaned and tested. All reported to be in great shape. 

Designed by the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), as Oceanographer and laid down on 22 July 1963 by Gibbs Shipyards at JacksonvilleFL under contract to Aerojet General Shipyards and launched on 18 April 1964. Constructed under MARAD's supervision, she was completed on 20 April 1966, at 303 feet (92 meters) in length the largest vessel constructed for research purposes to date. Renamed in 2005 M/V Sahara began a refit project at a Seattle, WA shipyard to become a luxury cruise ship. Vessel is currently located on the west coast of Mexico.


Oceanographer and NOAA Ships Discover and Malcolm Baldbridge, ex-Researcher, were replaced by NOAAS Ronald H. Brown under the NOAA Fleet Modernization Program in the 1990s. After being decommissioned in 1996, Oceanographer was sold to the Kirkland Yacht Club Marina of Kirkland Washington, to act as a breakwater and was renamed M/V Protector. Protector was tied up at the marina from 1997 to 2005.


In August 2005, Protector was renamed M/V Sahara and towed to a Seattle, Washington, shipyard to be refitted as a luxury cruise ship.


In 2010 Lia Hawkins died while working to convert the M/V Sahara to a luxury cruise ship. Courts awarded $3.45 million to the estate. The ship’s owner, G Shipping Ltd., a Malta company controlled by Italian race-car driver and hotelier Emanuele Garosci appears to have had the ship claimed by the courts in lieu of payment.

As of 2016, the project has been canceled and the ship is for sale.


Please contact Owner's Agent Scott Eginton for additional details.

Please contact owner's agent, "Scott Eginton", for more details or to schedule a showing call 619-832-2628.

Please contact Scott Eginton at 619-832-2628

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