Name: Petrel
Namesake: Petrel, an aquatic bird from Argentina’s littoral.
Builder: Cadenazzi Shipyard, Argentina
Commissioned: 1965
Homeport: Buenos Aires
Status: Decommissioned
General characteristics
Type: Hydrographic survey vessel
Displacement: 54 tons
Length: 19.6 m (64.3 ft)
Beam: 4.3 m (14.1 ft)
Draft: 1.9 m (6.2 ft)
Propulsion: 2-shaft, 2 × Diesel engines, 340 hp (250 kW)
Speed: 12 knots (14 mph; 22 km/h)
Range: 1,152 nautical miles @ 9kn
Complement: 8
Notes: Career and characteristics data from “Histarmar”.[1]

ARA Petrel was a hydrographic survey boat of the Argentine Navy, built in the Cadenazzi Shipyard and based in Buenos Aires. The vessel is named after the petrel, a seabird that inhabits Argentina’s littoral, and is the third Argentine naval ship with this name. [1]


Petrel was a coastal and fluvial research ship designed by the engineering team at Cadenazzi Shipyard, where it was built. [1]

It was powered by two diesel engines driving two propellers. [1]


Petrel was built in the Cadenazzi Shipyard, in Tigre, Buenos Aires. Commissioned by the Argentine Navy in July 1965, she was assigned to the Naval Hydrographic Service ((in Spanish) Servicio de Hidrografía Naval). [1]

She undertook several campaigns, which included sounding, current measuring, water sampling and bottom sampling; same as the survey launch Cormorán. [1]

As of late 2015, Petrel has been decommissioned. [1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Buque Hidrográfico A.R.A. "Petrel"". Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-02-13.


  • Amendolara Bourdette, Ignacio (2005). Guia de los buques de la Armada Argentina 2005-2006 (in Spanish and English). Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN 987-43-9400-5. Retrieved 2014-09-13.

Other sources

  • "Buque Hidrográfico A.R.A. "Petrel"" [Hydrographic Ship A.R.A. "Petrel"]. Histarmar - Historia y Arqueología Marítima (in Spanish). Argentina: Fundación Histarmar. Retrieved 2016-02-12.

See also

Further reading

  • Arguindeguy, Pablo (1972). Apuntes sobre los buques de la Armada Argentina (1810-1970) (in Spanish). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Comando en Jefe de la Armada.