Vema cruise 26 : plankton sample data sheets, August 1968-May 1969

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This unbound logbook contains "plankton collection inventory" and plankton sample data sheets from Vema cruise 26, July 25, 1968 to May 17, 1969. Summary of route: cruise begins off coast of the mid-Atlantic US and sails south and east into the South Atlantic Ocean. At around 15 degrees west, the head back east and north, eventually sailing into the Caribbean Sean and the Gulf of Mexico. They sail back east into the Atlantic near Bermuda, then north and west to near their starting location. "Plankton collection inventory" taken from May 16 to June 5 by George Albin records the following information : sample no., status, pH, no. jars, whether or not sample agrees with ship log, and remarks. Sample data sheets record the following information: IBM serial number, card no., species data format, species data format, ship code, cruise, sta. no., sta. code, sample number, no. samples, coordinates, upper sampling depth, deeper sampling depth, date, local time, duration sampling, sampling device, mesh size, tow type, water volume filtered, and ship speed. The back (verso) of these forms records wire angle data and hydro station data. Some data 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

Jul 25, 1968

End Date

May 17, 1969

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


  • South Atlantic Ocean
  • Gulf of Mexico
  • Caribbean Sea
  • Mexico, Gulf of
  • North Atlantic Ocean


  • 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 5 Folder 3