Photostory #321: New Institute of Oceanography to Open on Atlantic Coast: Canadian Scientists Study Secrets of the Sea

Chris Lund
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
October 2, 1962
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
A freshening breeze of scientific interest is blowing steadily along Canada's eastern, western and arctic seaboards. With the longest national coastline in the world, bounded by three oceans and a myriad of islands large and small, Canada has a natural, urgent interest in oceanography -- the scientific study of the mysterious sea and all its wonderful ways. A neglected branch of scientific exploration but a few years ago, oceanography in Canada is now one of the newest, most exciting and vital fields of discovery. Spear-heading Canada's concerted search for knowledge is the Bedford Institute of Oceanography on the Atlantic Coast. To be officially opened October 23-25, the Institute already has at work a solid nucleus of scientists, hydrographers, technicians, men of the sea. They will range Canada's blue, green and frozen white oceans, study their physical-chemical properties, investigate the life they contain, the riches they hide. They will probe the sea's commercial use, defensive strength, far-reaching effects On mankind; provide Canada's scientific contribution to international studies of the world's seven seas.