By Jack Shea
SALISBURY — Drivers on Bridge Road may have noticed an unusual-looking, chrome-colored vessel taking shape outside Wilson Welding in recent weeks, but on Thursday, the boat was shipped off to be tested by a team of government scientists.
Conceptualized by Newburyport scientist Clifford Goudey and built by Wilson Welding owner Dan Wilson, the boat is a prototype seaweed farm vessel to be used for seeding and harvesting.
It was built with support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program as part of a project run by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole led by seaweed scientist Loretta Roberson. Read more …
Photo: MBL Associate Scientist Loretta Roberson. Credit: Megan Costello