The NOAA Ship Rainier is designed and outfitted primarily for conducting hydrographic surveys in support of nautical charting. The ship operates off the U.S. Pacific Coast, and in Alaskan coastal waters. The Rainier is named for Mount Rainier.
You never know what you might find on a beach. Just ask Keith Moreis. During a winter stroll along the beach last December, Mr. Moreis found a bottle cast adrift 54 years ago. But who cast the bottle into the ocean?