Cruise inventory

RRS Discovery D59

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD59
Cruise period1974-02-01 — 1974-02-19
Port of departureBarry, United Kingdom
Port of returnBarry, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo test under realistic oceanographic conditions a number of new or modified instruments and their associtated hardware. Opportunity would also be taken to lay a mooring with one current meter on the shelf, a mooring with two current meters in deeper water and a deep sea tide gauge. All three units will be recovered in late March on a cruise of RRS John Murray
Chief scientistBrian S McCartney (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D59 cruise report d59.pdf — access key 'C' (0.54 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralEnglish Channel
Bristol Channel
Track chartsRRS Discovery D59 cruise track — trk1323.html
Physical oceanography 
Surface measurements underway (T,S)Description: T only
BathythermographQuantity: number of profiles = 5
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 4
Current metersQuantity: 2
Surface drifters/drifting buoysQuantity: 1
Description: surface drogues
Sea level (inc. bot. press., inverted echosounder)Quantity: 1
Description: deep-sea tide gauge
Other physical oceanographic measurementsQuantity: number of stations = 2
Description: acoustic stations
Routine standard measurements
Other meteorological measurementsDescription: sea and swell
Geology and geophysics 
Single-beam echosounding
Long/short range side scan sonar
Other geological/geophysical measurementsDescription: instrument development