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From Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University: Bulletin 1971:

Research Vessels involved in the Program in Biological Oceanography

The research vessel PROTEUS, a 96-foot motor vessel with a 6000 mile range, provides the base for graduate training in biological oceanography. The ship carries a scientific party of 9 and is outfitted as a floating laboratory for observation, collection, experimentation, and teaching. Deep-sea trawling and hydrographic winches permit sampling at depths of up to 6000 meters. The ship is equipped with a variety of gear for physical measurement, chemical analysis, and the collection, examination, and maintenance of living organisms. In addition a small reference library is carried which is changed to suit the needs of each cruise. Several skiffs and a launch and diving equipment are carried for inshore work.

Each summer the vessel conducts a major cruise into foreign waters. During the first 5 weeks of the cruise, corresponding to the first half of the summer session, a 10 unit course in Problems in Biological Oceanography is taught during which students participate as coinvestigators in the study of a particular problem in biological oceanography. In 1970 the RIV PROTEUS will conduct oceanographic studies in the California Current System, the Channel Island Basins, and the Monterey Submarine Canyon, in addition to the major expedition into British Columbia waters.

Two smaller research vessels, the TAGE, a 40.5 foot launch, and a 26 foot whaler are equipped with winches and oceanographic equipment for more limited studies in Monterey Bay. Several small skiffs are available for inshore work.



  • bongo trawl
  • hydrocast
  • dazzler cast
  • tucker trawl
  • bottom grab
  • corer
  • otter trawl
  • dredge

Water Analytes

  • bathythermograph
  • salinity
  • oxygen
  • phosphate
  • nitrate
  • nitrite
  • ammonia
  • silcate


  • productivity
  • centrifuge
  • zooplankton
  • plankton
  • shipek
  • sharks
  • phytoplankton


NOTE: Not all sampling points shown on maps or spreadsheets

Master Spreadsheet. Will be updated as more information is found.


The Stanford Daily, Volume 154, Issue 54, 10 January 1969

Stanford Buys Tuna Clipper

A 96-foot tuna clipper is being purchased by Stanford University to replace the sailing schooner Te Vega in the biological oceanographic teaching and research program conducted by Stanford's Hopkins Marine Station at Pacific Grove. The National Science Foundation (NSF) will support the program in operations of the new research vessel—to be named the "Proteus" after the Greek sea god. The Proteus will accommodate nine oceanographers and a crew of seven, while the Te Vega carried 15 of each. The new vessel is better suited for investigations in biological oceanography than the Te Vega. It will provide the same speed and range of operation combined with better working space. The new program will recruit qualified faculty and students in biological oceanography from within the University rather than nationally and internationally as before. Two courses already have been planned for teaching aboard the ship. At least one major oceanographic expedition of three months or more into foreign waters will be scheduled each year, said Professor Malvern Gilmartin, the program's director.