Vema cruise 27 : plankton data sheets, October 1969-November 1969

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This unbound logbook contains "plankton collection inventory" and plankton sample data sheets from Vema cruise 27, May 31, 1969 to May 17, 1969. Also included is a 13 sheet plankton identification chart illustrating types of plankton.|Summary of route: The cruise begins at 42°n 68°w off the coast of New England. They sail north around Iceland into the Norwegian Sea and into the northern region of the sea formerly known as Greenland Sea near Svalbard. They sail south and pass Norway, the Celtic Sea, the Bay of Biscay, and end off the coast of Portugal at 38°n 9°w. "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. Plankton 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

May 31, 1969

End Date

May 17, 1969

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


  • Greenland Sea
  • Norwegian Sea
  • North Atlantic Ocean


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Logbooks
  • Illustrations

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 6