Military Records

Logbooks of the Vessels of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (and US Coast and Geodetic Survey)

Logbooks of US Government vessels charged with hydrographic and oceanographic surveys and studies may be found primarily in three series all located at our Archives II facility in College Park, Maryland. These logs, with some variance, include daily entries of the ship's position, weather conditions, remarks on the status of each department of the ship, notations of any mechanical problems or unusual weather conditions, and descriptions of the day's hydrographic and oceanographic surveying activities. Links to those series descriptions are below, and series lists are forthcoming.

Ships' Records 1846 - 1963
RG 23 (Records of US Coast and Geodetic Survey) entry (PI 105) 102, National Archives Identifier 563391

Ships' Deck Logs 1964 -1970
RG 23 (Records of US Coast and Geodetic Survey) entry (A1) 50, National Archives Identifier 562824

Ships' Deck Logs 1971 - 1991
RG 370 (Records of US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin) entry P1, National Archives Identifier 5812409

For information regarding records located at Archives II, researchers may email to, or write to:

National Archives
Archives II Reference Section
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740.