RRS Challenger CH14B/78

Cruise summary report

Cruise Info. 
Ship name (ship code)RRS Challenger (74CH)
Cruise identifierCH14B/78
Cruise period1978-11-04 — 1978-11-11
Port of departureDunstaffnage, United Kingdom
Port of returnSouth Shields, United Kingdom
ObjectivesThe objectives of this cruise were:
(1) To service the shelf current meter mooring at 57N, 9W. Accomplished.
(2) To recover the deep water mooring from 57° 18 min N, 10° 23 min W. Accomplished.
(3) To work the Rockall via Anton Dohrn Seamount (Ellett Line) STD section. Western portion of the section (station J to station R) profiled.
(4) To collect large-volume surface seawater samples across the Scottish continental shelf. Accomplished with STD profiles on all but one station.
(5) To work an STD section from the SMBA permanent benthos station (54° 40 min N, 12 deg, 16 min W) to the continental shelf. Not accomplished.
(6) Obtain an ebibethtic sled sample of benthic macrofauna at the SMBA permanent benthos station. Not accomplished.
(7) Obtain sediment box cores at the SMBA permanent benthos station. Not accomplished.
(8) Obtain near-surface and deep plankton hauls with the rectangular mid-water trawl at the SMBA permanent benthos station. Not accomplished.
(9) Obtain Assagiz trawl hauls between the Anton Dohrn Seamount and the St. Kilda continental slope. Not accomplished.
Chief scientistDavid J Ellett (Scottish Marine Biological Association)
Cruise reportRRS Challenger CH14B/78 cruise report ch14b_78.pdf (0.15 MB) 
Ocean/sea areas 
GeneralNorth East Atlantic Ocean (limit 40W)
Track chartsRRS Challenger CH14B/78 cruise track — trk2340.html
Physical oceanography 
Water bottle stationsQuantity: number of stations = 26
Description: S surface only
CTD stationsQuantity: number of stations = 17
Current metersQuantity: number of stations = 2
Description: 2x88 days & 4x115 days
Chemical oceanography 
RadioactivityDescription: surface water samples for radio-caesium analysis.