Cruise inventory

FRV Explorer 3/78

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)FRV Explorer (74EX)
Cruise identifier3/78
Cruise period1978-03-04 — 1978-03-10
StatusCompleted
Port of departureAberdeen, United Kingdom
Port of returnAberdeen, United Kingdom
PurposeTrials
Objectives1) To install and comission a data logging system based on the PDP 11/34 computer
2) To measure the towing loads and geometry of a modified wing trawl
3) To test sub-surface buoys and sedimentation rigs
4) To demonstrate various aspects of research work at sea (training exercise for new members of staff)


The installation of the PDP 11/34 computer system began on the 28/02/1978 and the explorer remained in port until the installation and preliminary testing of the sytem were completed on the 03/03/1978. ''Explorer'' berthed in Aberdeen on the 06/03/1978 till the 07/03/1978 to undergo the first part of the acceptance trials. The official acceptance test was completed and the ship returned to Aberdeen berthing on the 08/03/1978. ''Explorer'' set sail again on the 09/03/1978. The ship docked in Aberdeen on the 10/03/1978 to await the staff joining for the training exercise on the 13/03/1978 to the 14/03/1978 when the vessel made 2 trips.
Chief scientistD N MacLennan (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), James A Adams (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory), Rodney Payne (Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Cruise reportFRV Explorer 3/78 cruise report explorer3_78.pdf — access key 'C' (0.10 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth Sea
SpecificBuchan Deeps
Measurements 
Physical oceanography 
Other physical oceanographic measurementsQuantity: number of hauls = 2