Students aboard Corwith Cramer prepare for month-long journey

The SEA Semester ship Corwith Cramer is in Woods Hole for the first time in a year before it leaves for Ireland.  Steve Haines/Cape Cod Times
The SEA Semester ship Corwith Cramer is in Woods Hole for the first time in a year before it leaves for Ireland. Steve Haines/Cape Cod Times

This village is no stranger to ships of all shapes and sizes on its waterfront. Barely anyone strolling down the street blinks an eye at ferry boats, deep-sea submersibles or Coast Guard cutters launching or landing from its docks.

But even for Woods Hole, the sight of a brigantine’s mast poking above the rooftops is far from an ordinary sight. Read more.

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Cash-strapped municipalities eye nonprofit groups

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In 2015, Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole paid about $145,000 to Falmouth under a PILOT agreement; its total tax bill would have been $1.1 million without its tax exemption. Joel Bissell/Cape Cod Time file

 

Heritage Museums & Gardens is worth $27 million yet doesn’t pay a dime in property taxes to its host town of Sandwich. Neither does Cape Cod Hospital pay Barnstable, nor does the 300 Committee pay Falmouth.

That’s because the institutions, like hundreds of others on the Cape and Islands, are nonprofit and aren’t required to pay tax on their property. Millions of potential tax dollars are lost to local cities and towns each year on the nearly $145 billion in untaxable land here, even though in many cases the organizations benefit from town services such as police, fire and road maintenance. Read more.

Sea change: Woods Hole’s new scientific leaders take the helm

Two institutions in the Woods Hole scientific community are welcoming new leadership this year, and both men say their biggest challenge will be to find new ways to fund their science without relying on government grants.

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After a million miles for science, the Knorr comes home

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As the research vessel Knorr approached the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution dock Wednesday morning, it spun to flip its orientation and back into port.

The move wasn’t strictly necessary, Capt. Kent Sheasley later admitted. But amid the welcoming sounds of fireworks and the boom of blank cannon shells, the twirl wasn’t entirely out of place as the ship came home officially for the last time. Read more.

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Exosuit aids WHOI scientists explore Greek shipwreck

Yes, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is taking the first archaeological expedition in 40 years to explore an ancient Greek shipwreck. Yes, it promises to be the most exhaustive examination of the famous site ever done. And yes, the last person to officially visit the site was Jacques Cousteau.

But all anyone wants to talk about is the exosuit. Read more.

Children of Woods Hole scientists explore Cape Cod

When Natalie Boelman had the chance to spend a summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory working at the Ecosystems Center, it was a no-brainer. It meant discussing the ecological puzzles of the Alaskan tundra with mentors and collaborators just a few doors away instead of having them spread across the country.

That’s what got her to Woods Hole. What keeps the scientist coming back each year from her home base at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York City is swimming with her children in the ocean, walking them to their summer camp in the morning and back home at night and dining as a family at the picnic table just steps away from their back door. Read more.