R/V Hermes

R/V Hermes dockside at Point Cadet Marina, Biloxi

GCRL’s R/V Hermes is a 38-foot steel trawler that has long formed an important part of our education program.  She is U.S. Coast Guard approved to carry a crew of two and a maximum of 20 passengers.  Since her christening in 1955, she has faithfully provided steady transport on hundreds of field excursions for students and in-house projects on the Mississippi Sound.  A normal day on the R/V Hermes would include trawling for fish, shrimp, and other bottom dwelling marine life for observation/collection in the Mississippi Sound; dolphin watching; and a trip to one of the barrier islands when weather permits.

The R/V Hermes has a draft of 4.5 feet and cruises at 8 knots.  The R/V Hermes is equipped with a trawl winch, 115-VAC generator, radar, DGPS plotter, depth sounder, and VHF radiotelephone.


  • The base fee is $600 per eight-hour day plus the cost of fuel. An additional $50 per hour will be charged for trips between 8-12, and an additional $100 per hour for trips over 12 hours. 
  • Fuel is not included in the base fee for the R/V Hermes and will be charged at the purchased rate.
  • Food and drinks are not supplied for day trips.

For more information or to reserve the R/V Hermes, please contact Tiffany Bosarge at tiffany.mcneese@usm.edu or 228.872.4277.

Read more about the R/V Hermes on the Division of Coastal Sciences website.