Vema cruise 21, February 1965-December 1965 : part 3, June 1965 to August 1995


Narrow Your Results


Filter Your Results

Smithsonian Secretaries Information

Close Browse records and papers of the Smithsonian Secretaries, from 1846 until today. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by individuals who have held that office.

Expeditions Information

Close Browse records and papers documenting scientific and collecting expeditions either affiliated with the Smithsonian, or with which Smithsonian researchers participated. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by geographic regions predominantly represented in expedition records.

Professional Societies Information

Close Browse records of professional societies closely associated with the Smithsonian, that focus on areas of scientific research and museum studies. Pre-set filters help narrow searches by major topics and disciplines.


Bé, Allan W.H., 1921-1983

Alternate Title

Vema cruise 21, February 1965-December 1965


This item is part 3 of the 4 part, unbound logbook for Vema cruise 21 from February 1965 to December 1965. Part 3 covers the cruise information from June 30 to August 30, 1965. Summary of route: during this portion of Vema 21, the cruise begins at 23° 32'n, 134° 14'e in the Philippine Sea, and sail further east and north off the coast of Naha (Okinawa). They eventually continue east and south, entering into the South China Sea. They then sail back north and west, passing Japan, and continuing north into the Bering Sea, ending at 57° 21'n, 168° 19'e. This item mostly consists of detailed logs recording information about hauls at various stations. Detailed logs record the following types of information: Ship and cruise number, station number, sample number, coordinates, total number of samples, date, median local time, type of tow, sample type, commence sampling, terminate sampling, length of tow, wire angle at max. depth, flowmeter reading, corrected depth range, flowmeter number, displacement vol., flowmeter calib. factor, corrected displ., vol., Vol. H20 filtered, sky conditions, sea conditions, surface water temperature, Bt slide no., BT serial no., BT temperatures (on reverse side of sheet), Nansen hydro sta. number, no. samples, max. depth, surface salinity, core no., secchi disk, comments, successful haul? (yes or no), if not successful, what was wrong?, observer name. Some detailed logs are accompanied by sheets entitled "Lamont multiple opening-and-closing plankton tows", which record the following information: action, time, calc. depth, wire rate, wire angle, wire out, depth upper, depth middle, depth lower, depth, total time, meter reading, meter factor, mater number, vol. filtered, label no., remarks. The back (verso) of the detailed log sheets records BT slide no., depth, temperature, salinity in a table. Some detailed logs sheets include time-depth recorders (made by Benthos, Inc), which are approximately 3 inches in diameter. Each of these has a date, time, coordinates, ship name, recorder number, (and a place to record calibration).

Date Range


Start Date

Jun 30, 1965

End Date

Aug 30, 1965

Access Information

Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at


  • Marine biology
  • Invertebrates
  • Plankton
  • Marine biologists


  • North Pacific Ocean
  • Bering Sea
  • Philippine Sea
  • South China Sea


  • 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 4 Folder 3