The history of ships named "Pelican" dates back to
the early 1700's during colonization and settlement of the Louisiana
Le Pelican (1693-1704)
In April of 1704, Le Pelican set sail from Rocheport, France, carrying
some 24 "well-bred" girls to the fledgling colony of Louisiana.
The founder of the colony requested that the Minister of Marine
send the women colonists to increase the birth rate and to provide
the restless Canadians incentive to settle down and become permanent
residents of the colony.
M/V Pelican (1938)
This U.S Bureau of Fisheries vessel
was built for fisheries research exploration in Newport News, Virginia.
She was assigned to the Gulf Of Mexico in 1938. Working out of Gulfport,
Mississippi, she conducted research resulting in the discovery of
large populations of brown shrimp off the Louisiana coast.
Pelican (1985- )
The newest Pelican evolved from a research vessel concept developed
by a group of scientists from universities throughout the Gulf coast.
She has four laboratories and is capable of taking 16 scientists to
sea for periods up to three weeks at a time. R/V Pelican is based
at LUMCON's DeFelice Marine Center in Cocodrie, LA.