Blue Dolphin Labrador Expeditions (1949-1952)

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The expeditions were a cooperative effort of the Arctic Institute of North America, funded by the American and Canadian Government. They took place over four summers from 1949 to 1952, aboard the research vessel, Blue Dolphin, commanded by David C. Nutt. Expeditions studied the fresh and marine biology of selected regions along the coast of Labrador, and examined the relationships between inlets and coastal waters. Specimen collecting documented area birds, marine life, and mammals. The expeditions were carried out under the auspices of the Arctic Institute of North America with funds and assistance provided by the U. S. Hydrographic Office and the Office of Naval Research. Scientific work was a cooperative effort of the Smithsonian Institution, Canadian Geographical Bureau, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Dartmouth College, and Cornell University. In 1949 and 1951, teams were sent to Nain Bay and Hebron Fjord. For 1949 - 1950, scientific staff came from Cornell University, Yale University, Dartmouth College, and University of Michigan. C. O. Handley was a member of the team in 1950. In 1952, teams studied the Hamilton Inlet-Lake Melville estuary as well as previously studied locations. Staff included Lawrence K. Coachman (hydrographer, Dartmouth College), Edgar Miller, Jr. (Oceanographic chemist, Dartmouth Medical School), and William Z. Lidicker, Jr. (Zoologist, Cornell University).


  • Nutt David C. (May 1951). The Blue Dolphin Labrador Expeditions, 1949 and 1950. Arctic. Vol. 4, No. 1. Page 3 of 2-11. Retrieved from
  • Nutt, David C. (1952). Blue Dolphin Labrador Expedition, 1952 : final report. Retrieved from
  • Grainger, E. H. (1964). Asteroidea of the blue dolphin expeditions to Labrador. Proceedings of the United States National Museum. 115 (3478). Retrieved from

Date Range

1949 - 1952


  • Animals
  • Oceans
  • Birds
  • Ichthyology
  • Mammalogy
  • Hydrography
  • Ornithology
  • Oceanography


  • Canada
  • Labrador


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