Share Ideas to Name Thomas Nelson’s New Research Vessel

September 8, 2017

Thomas Nelson’s Geology Department is excited to announce the acquisition of a research vessel for the College’s oceanography and science programs. The 24-foot power boat will expand opportunities for students to conduct marine science through water sampling, bottom sediment mapping, ecological inventories and more.

“We are thrilled to be able to enhance the science experience students will have here at Thomas Nelson, and hope the entire college community will join us as we seek a name for the new boat,” said Geology Chair Pete Berquist. “Oftentimes, vessels are named after iconic or meaningful people, locations or organisms. We are an institution rich with history in an area full of natural beauty, so we hope the college community will have fun helping us determine a fitting name.”

To share your ideas, click here. You may submit several names and provide rationale for your choices, if you like. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 25. A committee will review suggestions and select the name that best fits the vessel, its intended use and the Thomas Nelson community.

The endeavor was supported by Thomas Nelson Educational Foundation’s Faculty-Staff Innovator Grant, Dominion Energy and Langley Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact Berquist at