Captain Bill II was built in the Spring of 1951 at Thomaston, ME for Henry Klimm, Jr., of Falmouth, MA WHOI chartered Captain Bill II for an exploratory fishing program. The vessel was used as a dragger for the collection of fish samples 150 to 550 fathoms beyond the usual range of commercial fishing depths. These investigations were instrumental in developing a successful long-line fishing program in the United States. Captian Bill II made 117 hauls during 3 cruises, each lasting a week.
Dates of Afflliation with WHOI:
Unknown, Thomaston, ME