Seattle Central Community College has added a research vessel valued at between $7 million and $12 million to its fleet.
The Seattle Times reports the 224-foot-long Bold will be used for merchant-marine training and oceanographic research.
The former Navy vessel was also used by the Environmental Protection Agency for water-quality research in the Florida Keys.
Seattle Central's Maritime Academy will keep the teaching vessel near the Ballard Bridge when it's not out to sea.
The school competed with other states across the country to buy the Bold, with some help from Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. It will cost the college just $5,000.
The Bold is a Washington native, commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1989 and built in Tacoma by the Tacoma Boat Building Co.