Collecting Vessels - The Gemma

By the time the Gemma was built in 1980, the MBL had begun a tradition of naming boats after marine species, for example, some earlier boats had been named Ciona and Limulus. The Gemma refers to the gem clam, Gemma gemma. The team that named the Gemma noted that one reason they chose the name was because it is easily pronounced and understood over the radio, which is a plus. The Gemma is still used by the MBL today.