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The Tage

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1950 - 1979


A 40 foot 6 inch "gray marine diesel-powered" boat capable of collecting in the deeper waters of the bay was acquired and named the "Tage" in honor ofthe late Professor Tage Skogsberg (1925-1949). Professor Skogsberg carried on hydrographic work for many years in Monterey Bay. Donald P. Abbott who also arrived in 1950 (retired 1983) used the Tage extensively. 

A wooden hulled cabin deck launch, built in 1934 for the U. S. Government as a Public Health Service quarantine boat, the Tage was  modified in 1958 with the addition of a deck and wheel house. With a beam extreme of 11 feet and a draft of 4 feet, the research vessels maximum speed was 10 knots; and a minimum working speed of 2 knots. Capable of sleeping 3-4 on deck, the boat was used only for inshore work and short cruises close to home port. The Tage was maintained by a crew of one (the ship's Captain, Joseph Balesteri), and accomodated up to 8 scientists aboard for short cruises; working space on deck for perhaps 4 scientists. Navigational instruments included magnetic compass and Karr Radio direction finder. Communication was by Karr Radio. A single hydrographic winch (Northern Line Anchor Winch Model 1222, made by the Tacoma Boat Building Co. Inc. Tacoma. Wash.), operated by  a power take off from the Gray diesel, holding 1300 meters of 1/4 inch stainless steel wire rope. Located just aft of midship. Echosounder by Bendix fathometer, 100 fms. max. depth The equipment was used for hydrographic casts, plankton hauls surface to 800m., light dredging and midwater trawling. Ptimary use of the vessel was for weekly cruises on Monterey Bay, taking water samples, temperatures, and plankton hauls. Also used to collect research material used for biological studies at Hopkins Marine Station, and to take specimens used in summer classes at the Station. 


Eleven minute video of research conducted aboard the Tage (c1956)

Like the Proteus, oceanographic data was collected:


  • 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

Hydrological work for CalCOFI (1951-1974) was done.
List of data in the Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station.

CalCOFI stations performed by the Tage can be seen on this map:
















Publications Resulting From R/V Tage Having Been Available For Research

Gunter, G. (1953). Observations on Fish Turning Flips over a Line. Copeia. Vol. 1953, No. 3 (Aug. 26, 1953), pp. 188-190.

Aughtry, Robert H. (1953). A Note on Mass Mortality of the Myctophid Fish Tarletonbeania crenularis. Copeia. Vol. 1953, No. 3 (Aug. 26, 1953), pp. 190-192.

McGowan, John A. (1953). The relationship of the distribution of the planktonic worm, Poeobius meseres Heath, to the water masses of the North Pacific. Deep Sea Research. (1953). Volume 6, 1959–1960, Pages 125-139.

O' Connell, Charles P. (1953). The Life History of the Cabezon Scorpaenichthys marmoratus (Ayres) Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University. 1953 State Of California Department of Fish And Game Marine Fisheries Branch Fish Bulletin No. 93.

Bolin, Rolf. (1954). Notes: Report on a Fatal Attack by a Shark. Pacific Science, Vol. VIII, January, 1954 Pgs. 105-108

Barham, Eric George (1957).  The Ecology of Sonic Scattering Layers in the Monterey Bay Area Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, 1957

Fink, Bernard (1959). Notes: Observation of Porpoise Predation On A School of Pacific Sardines. California  Fish and Game. Volume 45, No. 3 Pgs. 216-217.

Boolootian, R.A, A. C. Giese, J. S. Tucker & A. Farmanfarmaian (1959). A contribution to the biology of deep sea echinoid, Allocentrotus fragilis (Jackson). Biol. Bull, 116, 362-372.

Jennings, Feenan D. and Schwartzlose, Richard A. (1960).  Shorter communication. Measurements of the California current in March 1958. Deep Sea Research Volume 7, Issue 1, August 1960, Pages 42-47.

Bolin, Rolf L. and Donald P. Abbott. (1963). Studies on the marine climate and phytoplankton of the central coastal area of California 1954–1960. Calif. Coop. Oceanic Fish. Invest. Rep., 9:23–45.

Yancey, T. E. (1968). Recent Sediments Of Monterey Bay, California. Berkeley, California, July 1968.

Dearborn, John H. (1968). An Unusual Leap by a Pacific White-Sided Dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens). Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 49, Issue 2, 20 May 1968, Pages 328–329.

Morejohn, G. Victor. (1968). A Killer Whale: Gray Whale Encounter Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 49, Issue 2, 20 May 1968, Pages 327–328.

VanBrackle, Vernon Lamar  (1969). A gravity corer release mechanism : design and testing. Monterey, California: U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

Childress, James J. (1971). Respiratory rate and depth of occurrence of midwater animals. Limnology and Oceanography 16 (1) 104-106. 

Hermans, Colin O. and Eakin,  Richard M. (1974). Fine structure of the eyes of an alciopid polychaete, Vanadis tagensis (Annelida). Zeitschrift für Morphologie der Tiere December 1974, Volume 79, Issue 4, pp 245–267

Recksiek CW, Frey HW (eds) (1978). Biological, oceanographic, and acoustic aspects of the market squid, Loligo opalescens Berry. Calif Fish and Game. Fish Bull 169:1–189.

Recksiek, Conrad and Kashiwada, Jerry (1979). Distribution Of Nearshore Loligo Opalescens Distribution of Larval Squid, Lollgo Opalescens, In Various Nearshore Locations. CalCOFI Rep., Vol. XX, 1979

Braham, E. G. (1982). Marine mammals in Monterey Bay, California, during the years 1950-1955. Cal. Fish and Game. 68(4): 213-223.