Naga Expedition Records, 1949-1963 (SAC 53)

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Extent: 0.4 Linear feet (1 archive box and 2 map case folders)

The Naga Expedition records consist of one box and two folders of expedition documentation, including correspondence, reports and data, ship guestbook, ocean depth and bottom profiles, and annotated maps.

The Naga Expedition (1959-1961) was conducted as part of a series of efforts to survey and develop marine resources in the Gulf of Thailand and portions of the South China Sea, near South Vietnam. These efforts were initiated through an agreement between the governments of the United States, South Vietnam, and Thailand; signed in June, 1958. Scripps Institution of Oceanography was invited to submit a proposal to conduct the investigation and a contract was signed on August 26, 1960. The Naga Expedition began on June 15, 1959 and concluded on June 24, 1961. The R/V Stranger was the primary vessel used. The expedition was led by Anton Bruun, until his death in 1961. James L. Faughn took over as project officer after Bruun.

For more information, please see: Faughn, J. L. Naga Expedition: station index and data.

The Naga Expedition records consist of one box and two folders of expedition documentation, including correspondence, reports and data, a talk by James L. Faughn on the status of research, ship guestbook, ocean depth and bottom profiles, and annotated maps. The majority of these records were collected by James L. Faughn, who served as project officer and master of the R/V Stranger. The leather-bound guestbook was kept by Faughn during the expedition; and includes signatures of participants and illustrations by Supee Rasutanavin and Sheila Clampitt. Many of the ocean depth and bottom profiles were hand drawn by Faughn. Some of the correspondence and reports were collected by Francis Theodore Haxo, who participated in the expedition.

SIO Photographic Laboratory Collection, SAC 44. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

SIO Photographs Collection, SMC 59. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

Container List

NAGA EXPEDITION RECORDS

Box 1 Folder 1
Correspondence, 1959-1960

Includes notice of research project submitted to United States Department of Heath, Education, and Welfare.

Box 1 Folder 2-3
Reports and data, 1959-1961
Box 1 Folder 4
Talk - Faughn, James L. Current marine research, South East Asia, 1960 July 20
Box 1 Folder 5

Kept by Captain James L. Faughn during the expedition. Includes illustrations by Supee Rasutanavin & Sheila Clampitt, as well as signatures of expedition participants and visitors.

Oversize SIO MC-033-03
Ocean depth and bottom profiles, 1949-1963

Includes South China Sea, Gulf of Thailand, continental shelf off Vietnam, Triton Island area, Argo Passage, Luzon Strait, and Bashi Channel.

Oversize SIO MC-033-04
Maps, ca. 1949-1963

Includes maps of Thailand, topographical map of South East Asia, current map, and vertical profile of Argo Passage.