One of the great perils of the North Atlantic shipping lanes is caused by the great masses of ice which break off from Arctic glaciers and float down on southern currents until they melt.
AERIAL VIEW iceberg
SV INTERIOR plane: observer recording size and position of berg
AERIAL VIEW survey boat
SV INTERIOR: observers
AERIAL VIEW bergs
CU INTERIOR operations room sign
SV Plotters logging icebergs' positions (6 shots)
SV on board aircraft looking down at floes
GV Iceberg with crewman in foreground in Conception Bay (2 shots)
AERIAL VIEW giant iceberg
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Background: One of the great perils of the North Atlantic shipping lanes is caused by the great masses of ice which break off from Arctic glaciers and float down on southern currents until they melt. The icebergs are watched constantly by the International Ice Patrol. This film is from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
SYNOPSIS: This is perhaps the greatest peril to North Atlantic shipping -- a giant iceberg floating relentlessly south with the currents.
The International Ice Patrol says roughly six thousand individual sightings have been made so far this year off the North American coast.
All sightings now are sent to the Patrol's headquarters in New York City, whore the information is carefully logged by plotters and the icebergs' movements are pinpointed. Daily advisories are sent to ships in the area. This way, vessels at sea can take evasive action if necessary.
It is not unusual for icebergs to float into harbours along the coast of Newfoundland, such as Conception Bay. Sixty years ago, an iceberg sank the Titanic not far off this coast and today, despite man's progress in technology, he can only watch helplessly as such giants move south.