The R/V ELAKHA is Oregon State University's first new research vessel in over 25 years. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, through a grant to OSU for the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), provided a large amount of the funds for construction of the R/V ELAKHA. Additional contributions were made by the OSU Research Office and the University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences (COAS). The R/V ELAKHA was dedicated on 31 August 2000 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.
The R/V ELAKHA is a 54-foot research vessel, powered by a 600-horsepower diesel engine. Its range is 575 miles, and its maximum endurance is 72 hours. Scientific capabilities include a 2,000- pound-capacity A-frame and winch, and a flow-through water sampling system. The boat has a small laboratory area, berthing for four, and a galley. The R/V ELAKHA is operated and maintained by COAS. Visit the COAS website to learn more about the R/V ELAKHA.
The name "elakha" honors Oregon's Native American heritage. Elakha (e-lak'ha) means sea otter in the Chinook jargon. This language was originally used in the Pacific Northwest by diverse inter-tribal groups as a common language for trading and basic communication. As a language common to most, if not all Northwest tribes, Chinook jargon is the most appropriate, inclusive, and representative tribal language.