Vema cruise 18, December 1961-December 1962 : part 2, May 1962-December 1962

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This item is part 2 of a two part, unbound logbook about Vema cruise 18. This item contains surface temperature summary and detailed logs from Vema cruise 18 from May 29, 1962 to December 05, 1962. The cruise starts off the coast of South Africa at 32° 20'S, 15° 01'E, near Cape Town. They sail east around the southern tip of Africa, continuing east and north into the Indian Ocean, and rounding the east coast of Madagascar and heading further east and south to the Great Australian Bight. They continue east through the Tasman Sea, through the Cook Strait, which separates the North and South Islands of New Zealand, and on into the South Pacific Ocean. They continue east and north into the North Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Mexico (near Acapulco), and then west through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean Sea, north into the Gulf of Mexico, west and north into the North Atlantic Ocean, and continue north to their last point off the coast of New Jersey at 38° 18'N, 70° 40'W. Surface temperature summary includes the following information: Cruise number, date, coordinates, temperature. 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. A set of detailed logs dated June 6 to June 16, 1962 are separated in the back. Also in the back are detailed logs from December 9 to December 14, 1961 that are stapled together with a note "special 5 samples for Dr."

Date Range


Start Date

May 29, 1962

End Date

Dec 05, 1962

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


  • Drake Passage
  • Indian Ocean
  • Southern Ocean
  • Panamá, Canal de
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Tasman Sea
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Mexico, Gulf of
  • Cook Strait
  • North Atlantic Ocean
  • Panama Canal
  • Great Australian Bight


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Logbooks

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 8