Early in the development of an ocean program by U.S. government research agencies, it was recognized that the systematic collection of meaningful data would contribute tremendously to our knowledge of the oceans. The list of proponents of this approach to ocean investigations read like a Who's Who in Oceanography. Out leading the pack was Harris B. Stewart, Jr., as godfather to this country's Seamap (Scientific Exploration and Mapping Program) efforts. But these scientific greats have gone on to more challenging arenas, and no one has come forward to assume the helm. Hence, after more than a decade of valiant effort, Project Seamap was finally laid to rest in 1973.