Anonymous donor commits $10M for UW-Milwaukee research vessel

NOW: Anonymous donor commits $10M for UW-Milwaukee research vessel

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An anonymous donor of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation committed $10 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences for a new research vessel.

This is the single largest gift ever received by UWM. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation worked in strong partnership with UWM to help meet the donor's wishes in making the transformative gift. 

In recognition of the donation, the vessel will be named the research vessel named Maggi Sue. 

The Maggi Sue measures 120-feet in length and will include technology that will help scientists understand, explore, and manage our freshwater resources. 

It will have sensors that collect real-time data, interchangeable lab pods and a dynamic positioning system that allows the vessel to stay in one place despite the current, wind and waves. 

Onboard classrooms will allow groups of university students as well as K-12 students the opportunity to learn at sea. 

The Maggi Sue will also have sleeping accommodations for up to 18 people. 

The Maggi Sue will replace the Neeskay, a converted Army T-boat that is more than 65 years old. The 71-foot Neeskay was purchased by UWM in 1970. 

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