Our Education Vessels


Your students can enjoy a floating classroom aboard any of our three U.S. Coast Guard-certified Small Passenger Vessels. Though each vessel is different, combined, our fleet is equipped with plankton nets and student microscopes for our “Plankton TV,” trawl nets, water quality testing tools, touch tanks and everything needed for an up-close experience with the Bay.

Our entire fleet is custom-built to meet or exceed rigid U.S.C.G. regulations for strength, stability, rail height and engineering. Each vessel is inspected annually by U.S.C.G. personnel for seaworthiness, safety equipment and crew training. Our captains are licensed by the U.S.C.G. to operate small passenger vessels after a rigorous course, testing and experience, and our crew perform drills quarterly. All students wear life jackets while onboard our vessels.

M/V Elizabeth Morris

Build date: 2013 by Chesapeake Boats
Hull: Fiberglass
Length: 46′
Beam: 15′
Draft: 4′
Cruising speed: 18 knots
Capacity: 40 passengers, 2 crew

M/V Alletta Morris

Build date: 2001 by Newport Shipyard
Hull: Aluminum
Length: 45′
Beam: 14.5′
Draft: 4′
Cruising speed: 20 knots
Capacity: 33 passengers, 2 crew

M/V Swift

Build date: 1998 by Oldport Marine
Hull: Fiberglass
Length: 26′
Draft: 32″
Capacity: 15 passengers, 1 crew

You have funding options!

Nothing should stand in the way of giving your students the educational experience of a lifetime: including a lack of funding. We want to support you in your search for funding and have compiled the tips and sources on this page to help you get started.

Ideas to consider:

  • Discuss funding options with your school’s PTA or PTO
  • Organize a fundraiser, such as a bake sale
  • Meet with your local Rotary Club
  • Research available grants for teachers and schools

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.