Vema cruise 18, December 1961-December 1962 : part 1, December 1961-July 1962

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This item is part 1 of a two part unbound logbook about Vema cruise 18. This item contains summaries , detailed logs, and other supporting documentation and instructional materials from Vema cruise 18 from December 03, 1961 to May 29, 1962. The cruise starts off at 37° 28' N, 71° 37' W, off the coast of Delaware in the North Atlantic Ocean, then sails south along the east coasts of North and South America. The cruise either sails through the Strait of Magellan or through the Drake Passage to the Southern Ocean off the west coast of South America. They sail farther south and back west through the Drake Passage, and then north back into the South Atlantic Ocean. They then continue slightly north and further west across the South Atlantic and end off the coast of South Africa at 32° 20'S, 15° 01'E, near Cape Town. Summary log includes the following information: Station, type of tow, reading (revs.), length (min.), Revs/min., wind force, sea condition, vol. H20 filtered, and remarks. The detailed log includes the following information: cruise number, station number, date, type, 1M net in, out, 1M meter reading, 1/2M net in, out, 1/2M meter reading, coordinates, median local time, 1M length tow, 1/2M length tow, wire angle at depth, corrected depth, corrected depth, 1M displ. vol., 1/2M displ. vol., corrected displ. vol., vol. H20 filt. 1M, vol. H20 filt. 1/2M, comments (whether or not the haul was successful), net clogged, net tears, No. bottles used, surface temp. (occasionally), and observer. Other supporting documents include "Proposed schedule of plankton sampling on V-18", a chart illustrating the Bathymetric Sampling for zooplankton, sample sheets for detailed log, "objectives of plankton sampling in the North Atlantic Ocean" by Allan W. H. Be, a diagram of the Atlas Flowmeter with instructions on how to read the it, "Plankton Sampling Procedure", Fahrenheit to Celsius conversion scale, and "Equipment for plankton sampling".

Date Range


Start Date

Dec 03, 1961

End Date

May 29, 1962

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  • Marine Biology
  • Plankton
  • Invertebrates
  • Marine biologists
  • Marine biology


  • Drake Passage
  • South Atlantic Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Southern Ocean
  • North Atlantic Ocean


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Logbooks
  • Bathymetric maps

Accession #

SIA Acc. 09-008

Collection name

Allan W. H. Bé papers, circa 1953-1969

Physical Description

1 logbook

Physical Location

Smithsonian Institution Archives


Box 2 Folder 7