The Sadie Ann
The Sadie Ann is a catamaran-style ship that leads both educational and research-based voyages into the icy waters of Lake Superior. The vessel – which is overseen by the Lake Superior Research Institute at UW-Superior – serves as a “floating classroom” and is designed with state-of-the-art technology to support research and education by any discipline.
- The 65-foot aluminum catamaran-style vessel will have capacity for 49 people.
- The hybrid battery propulsion system is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Maximum speed of 18 knots and range of 690 miles at 12 knots.
- The main deck is home to both wet and dry research labs, a moon pool opening and a hydraulic winch and A-frame.
- The upper deck includes a 310 square foot classwork and internet and communication technologies.
After a year and a half of planning, the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Floating Classroom has entered the construction phase. The state-of-the-art catamaran designed with a hybrid engine will be used for education and research on Lake Superior. The plan for a floating classroom became a reality after a successful fundraising campaign conducted by the UW-Superior Foundation.
The ship will be designed by Incat Crowther and built by Midship Marine in Harvey, Louisiana. It is slated to be completed in spring of 2024 and will be sailed to Superior after ice-out where it will be docked at the LSRI’s ballast water research facility at Montreal Pier.