RV Mary Anning


Mary Anning (1799-1847) was one of the earliest female marine biologists, fossil collector and Palaeontologists. She helped discover the Jurassic era of marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis by making some important discoveries. Which includes the skeleton of the first ichthyosaur to be recognised and the first two plesiosaur skeletons ever found, as well as many more. 

Despite this, her gender and her social class prevented her from fully participating in the scientific community in early 19th century Britain. After she died, her groundbreaking contributions to Palaeontology were largely forgotten.

In 2010, the Royal Society named her as one of the top 10 British Women to influence the history of science.

And now, thanks to 3rd-year student Alicia Laing who named our new vessel, we celebrate her history!

RV Mary Anning

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This Pinch of SALT podcast episode gives an insight into the work of the vessel and the experience, knowledge and skills of the vessel’s staff.

Episode 24 - Ship-shape in Swansea Fashion: The Learning Environment at Sea

Our R.V.Mary Anning was Christened by Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon

Iwan Rheon christens the Mary Anning
Mary Anning Cardiff Dock
Keith on board Anning

Our R.V.Mary Anning is here in Swansea

Mary Anning Boat

Fun fact! The popular tongue twister 'she sells seashells' was based on Anning

The Mary Anning in the sea
The Mary Anning

The IT Lab

The IT lab inside the Anning

Aboard the Mary Anning

Inside the mary anning control room

The bridge of the Mary Anning

Mary Anning Bridge

Follow the Mary Anning!