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Field Activity Details for field activity 1985-020-FA

Other ID: 85-9

Status: Completed

Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Funding Program(s):

Principal Investigator(s): John Moody

Affiliate Investigator(s):

Information Specialist(s):

Data Type(s): Imagery: Photo, Time Series: Mooring (physical oceanography)

Scientific Purpose/Goals: Deploy tripods #298, 299 and 300. Recover tripods #293, 294 and 295. Confirm location of tripod #298.


Start Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

End Port/Location: Woods Hole, MA

Start Date: 1985-06-19

End Date: 1985-06-28

Equipment Used: Camera- deep sea, Bottom platform

Information to be Derived: Time series data;

Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Moorings deployed: 3 (#298, 299 and 300, no recovery logs). Moorings recovered: 3 (#293, 294 and 295, all deployed FA 85006 ASTERIAS Mar. 28 - Apr. 9, 1985). LEG 1 - 06/19/1985 No response from tripod #294 release, no surface float, despite repeated attempts. Tripod #298 deployed. Subsurface mooring #293 released, did not surface and was recovered by dragging. Mooring #298 confirmed at bottom. Tripod #295 recovered. LEG 2 - 06/26/1985 Tripod #299 released. Start search for tripod #294. Place buoy on anchor at possible #294 site for possible underwater search later. LEG 3 - 06/28/1985 Divers search for tripod #294. Located and recovered.

Staff: Bradford Butman, John Larson, John Moody, Joseph S. Newell, William J. Strahle

Affiliate Staff:
WHOI: Val Wilson
Cheryl Ann Butman (Leg 3)
Charlotte Fuller (Leg 3)

Notes: Cruise had 3 legs: Leg 1, June 19; Leg 2, June 26; and Leg 3, June 28, 1985. Original Center People field contained: John Moody, William Strahle, John Larson, Brad Butman (Legs 1 and 3), Joseph Newell (Legs 1 and 2).


Cleveland Ledge, Phinney Rock, Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, United States, North America, North Atlantic;

North: 41.65649719 South: 41.53096962 West: -70.8805825 East: -70.69290161


photo of Asterias


Butman, B., Signell, R., Shoukimas, P., and Beardsley, R.C., 1988, Current observations in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, 1982-1986; data report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-5, 211 p., URL:


Documents associated with this activity

Title Survey Equipment Description
Cruise report (document not focused on specific equipment) Chief Scientist's report indicating personnel, daily narrative, and tabulated information..

Data Acquired

Survey EquipmentSurvey InfoData Type(s)Data Collected
Camera- deep sea --- Photo
1985-020-FA-PH-001 (film collection of TRIPOD 299; 19850626-19850814)
Bottom platform --- Mooring (physical oceanography)
1985-020-FA-OM-001 (Buzzards Bay mooring data)

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