Oregon State University established the Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, in 1965 as a marine laboratory. In 1983, the Marine Science Center was officially re-named as the Hatfield Marine Science Center for Oregon Governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield. The Center serves as Oregon State University's campus for research, education, and outreach in marine and coastal sciences.
The 180-foot Yaquina research vessel was commissioned by the OSU Department of Oceanography in 1964.
The Totem buoy was an OSU Department of Oceanography project in the late 1960s to construct a 30-ton 194-foot research buoy. The Totem was towed to sea in a horizontal position, forced to a vertical position, and used for oceanographic research.
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