National Geographic : 1926 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Lieut. Commander F. A. Zeusler GYMNASTICS OFF THE GRAND BANKS This young athlete of the Ice Patrol dares the other n of the crew to do this. tipped over to one side during a period of mo eight minutes, and then tipped back again. Mo This continued for seven hours. Then, ' with a tremendous crash, it fell over on qu its side, exposing its erstwhile keel. wat The solid bergs assume shapes of sleep- flag ing dogs or lions, King Tutankhamen in the his tomb, and perfect profiles. The dry- wit dock bergs, on the other hand, give us con towered castles and lofty pinnacles (see in pages 2 and 17). acr The drydock type, as the name implies, i consists of two high sides with a low pas- the sage in between. Sometimes this "valley" of is awash. These bergs do not turn over, the but sail on as majestically as a well- icel ballasted ship. The pinnacles are always gro sharp, as if cut by some giant ax. Drydock bergs deteriorate S chiefly by ice sloughing off the Steep cliffs and the warm water eating away the water line, when the lightened berg rises, leaving * series of water lines circling the a base. The bergs of the drydock type 4 gave us most trouble last year, probably because they are such sturdy sailing craft that the sea cannot attack them as easily as it can their rolling brothers. Icebergs are not all frosty white. Scattered through most of them are strata of deep-blue ice of varying widths. The effect of indigo blue contrasted against the soft white is startling and ex quisite. Smaller bergs, remnants of broken ice monarchs, are called "growlers." They are almost as dangerous to shipping as larger bergs (see page 14). MEMORIAL SERVICES HELD FOR THIE "TITANIC" Tongues of ice project from the sides of most bergs. These projections are usually long, pointed ledges capable of mor tally wounding any vessel that runs onto them. That one of these underwater daggers sent the Titanic to her doom is a ten aen able theory. On April 14, the day following our sight of the berg field, me rial services were held on board the 'doc for the Titanic. The crew was called to quarters on the arter-deck, while the church pennant s raised on staff above the American ,. The ship's surgeon spoke to us to accompaniment of a biting northeast id howling through the rigging; the nmanding officer led officers and men prayer, and three rifle volleys barked oss the water. All across the Atlantic ships silenced ir radio for five minutes, at the request the Modoc, to honor the memory of liner and her 1,513 victims. A large berg close astern afforded fitting back und for the service (see page 28).