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1963 - 1965



The R.V. "Xhosa Coast"
converted from a coaster
in Capetown in late 1963




"ROCKEATER", the World's
first dedicated marine mineral
sampling vessel


DIAMONDS FROM THE SEA



a "Sparker" record showing seafloor sediment thicknesses


BACKGROUND

In early 1963,

Ocean Science and Engineering

of Washington, D.C. contracted with the

De Beers Diamond Corporation

to evaluate the diamond potential of two areas :

(1) the present-day beaches along the Namib coast
in the concession area of the
Consolidated Diamond Mines

a n d

(2) the offshore concession area mined by the
Marine Diamond Corporation


(above): deployment of the suction pipe carriage at Oranjemund, Namibia

(left): Willard Bascom, President of
Ocean Science and Engineering, Inc.
helping SCUBA diver/marine geologist Ben Oostdam




BLO fecit 9805; add.20010126, 20021203

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