Captain John Tate Remembered by Friends and Family at URI
Graduate School of Oceanography Ceremony
The Tate family presented the late Captain Tate's sextant to Dean
Emeritus John Knauss for permanent display at the Bay Campus.
Narragansett, RI -- May 26, 2000 -- In a ceremony attended by many friends,
family, faculty, staff, and students at the University of Rhode Island Graduate
School of Oceanography (GSO), Judith Tate presented her father's sextant
for permanent display at the Narragansett Bay Campus. Also in attendance
were Captain Tate's wife and sister, Mary Alice Tate and Barbara Tate, former
dean of the URI College of Nursing.
The sextant, an instrument used in celestial navigation, was accepted
on behalf of GSO by Dr. John Knauss who was school's dean when Captain John
Tate was Master of the URI research vessel Endeavor. The sextant,
purchased by Tate in 1947, was a premier navigational tool in its day, using
the sun and the stars to guide ships through the oceans.
Remembered for his kindness and good humor, Captain Tate was hired as
Chief Mate of the research vessel Endeavor in March, 1979, and was
promoted to Master in February, 1980. He remained captain of the vessel
until his retirement in 1989 at age 70. He died this past February at age
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