The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory invites former students and instructors to take a cruise down memory
lane - or boat channel - during a rechristening celebration for the lab's oldest
research vessel on April 16 at 11:45 a.m.
college students from states along the Mississippi and Ohio rivers have come to
the GCRL and boarded the 38-foot trawler R/V Hermes to learn firsthand about Mississippi's
The Hermes Homecoming will be celebrated
by a full day of events in honor of the boat's 50 years of service to the Mississippi
marine education and research. A highlight will be the rechristening ceremony
in anticipation of the next half century of service.
of the celebration, marine biologist David Burke will present a look at the vessel's
role in the history of the lab, the community and the lives of students and instructors.
Burke has become an authority on the boat, which he suspects is the oldest piece
of equipment in continuous use on the state's inventory.
Hermes was named in honor of Senator Hermes Gautier, a Jackson County legislator
who worked diligently to secure the boat for the lab.
for participants in the homecoming will also include cruises on the Hermes, a
hospitality room of photos, displays and antique scientific equipment, free admission
to the GCRL's J.L. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, and a Hermes Reunion
Reception in the evening.
Marie Caylor Wilson, daughter of
GCRL founder Richard L. Caylor, originally christened the Hermes and will return
to rechristen the newly refurbished vessel.
Cost per person
for day activities only, including light lunch, is $10. Cost per person for all
day and evening activities or for the evening Hermes Reunion Reception is $25.
For more information or a registration form, call (228) 872-4200 or visit www.usm.edu/gcrl.
GCRL is a unit of the university's College of Science and Technology.