Cruise inventory

RRS Discovery D53

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Discovery (74E3)
Cruise identifierD53
Cruise period1973-04-01 — 1973-06-14
Port of departureSt. George's, Bermuda
Port of returnSouthampton, United Kingdom
ObjectivesTo contribute to the first Mid-Ocean dynamics experiment, MODE-1. This project is part of the Environmental Forcasting Program of the International Decade of Ocean Exploration. Its purpose is to study the role of medium-scale geostrophic eddies in the general circulation of the oceans.
Chief scientistJohn C Swallow (Institute of Oceanographic Sciences Wormley Laboratory)
Cruise reportRRS Discovery D53 cruise report d53.pdf — access key 'C' (0.90 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralCaribbean Sea
Track chartsRRS Discovery D53 cruise track — d53track.pdf (0.02 MB) 
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 24
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 143
Current metersQuantity: number of deployments = 16
Description: 60 days duration
Neutrally buoyant floatsQuantity: number of deployments = 52
Description: neutrally buoyant floats
Occasional standard measurements
Geology and geophysics 
Multi-beam echosounding
Magnetic measurementsQuantity: activity duration in days = 13
Description: Continuous measurements taken from 2-14 Jun between Bermuda and Southampton