Letter and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz: The 1891 Albatross Expedition

Agassiz, G. R. (2012) Letter and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz: The 1891 Albatross Expedition. Marine Fisheries Review, 74(1), pp. 15-31.

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Presented here is another in the list of historic accounts of iconic research cruises of the USFC Steamer Albatross, this a reminiscence of the renowned scientist Alexander Agassiz edited by his son G. R. Agassiz, a chapter from the volume “Letters and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz,” published in 1913. Agassiz made three major cruises in the Albatross in 1891, 1899–1900, and 1904–05, adding greatly to the world’s store of specimens and knowledge of thalasography, his favored term for oceangraphy, and specifically of the Pacific Ocean. Having made important cruises and studies with the Blake in the Caribbean, he sought to do comparable research in the Pacific. His opportunity came in 1890, and with the consent of President Benjamin Harrison, he took charge of this Albatross research cruise, paying much of the expense himself. In contrast with the other ships he had been on, he found the laboratories, equipment, and furnishings to be comparatively luxurious and extremely well appointed for his work. Further, the Albatross was then captained by Lieutenant Commander Zera Luther Tanner who seemed to take as much interest in the oceanographic research as did the scientists, and Agassiz appreciated working with him, too. Little of the original text has been altered, and readers are cautioned that some of the views expressed may reflect unfortunate prejudices of that era toward individuals, nationalities, etc.

Item Type: Article
Title: Letter and Recollections of Alexander Agassiz: The 1891 Albatross Expedition
Personal Creator/Author:
Agassiz, G. R.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 74
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 15-31
Date: 2012
ISSN: 0090-1830
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 9657
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 12:30
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2012 12:30
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9657

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