CGC Rockaway and Spencer

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This item contains cruise data from two different Coast Guard Cutter vessels Rockaway (November 13, 1959 to October 30, 1963) and Spencer (November 10, 1959 to March 28, 1963). A plotting chart maps the 46 stations Rockaway took samples from in the North Atlantic Ocean near the mid-Altantic and New England United States, Ireland, Morocco, and Canary Islands. Additional sampling areas off Canada near the Labrador Sea. Spencer took plankton samples from the North Atlantic Ocean, some from near the mid-Atlantic region and near the Labrador Sea. Two graphs record temperatures from March 27 and March 28, 1963. The bulk of the collection consists of data sheets recording the following information: "opening and closing plankton tows", "Nansen bottles", ship and cruise no., station no., sample number, total no. samples, coordinates, date, local time, tow type, net in, net out, length of tow, wire angle at max depth, flowmeter reading, corrected depth range, flowmeter no., displacement vol., flowmeter calibration factor, corrected displ. vol., vol. H20 filtered, wire angle information, sky condition, sea condition, surface water temperature, BT slide data, BT temperatures, surface salinity, core no., comments (successful? If not why?), observer name.

Date Range


Start Date

Nov 13, 1959

End Date

Oct 30, 1963

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


  • Labrador Sea
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • North Atlantic Ocean


  • Fieldbook record
  • Field notes
  • Logbooks
  • Graphs
  • Plotting charts

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 8 Folder 6