National Geographic : 1938 Mar
Photograph by B.Anthony Stewart ISLANDERS AND SAILORS CLASH AT WATER POLO IN A FLOATING COURT LAID OUT IN THE HARBOR OF ST. PETER PORT In what is often called the most grueling of all sports, swimmers from H. M. S. Nelson (right background) try their luck against the Guernsey "sea dogs." Onlookers marvel at the stamina and ability of the contestants; almost anything is legal but drowning! The most thrilling moment insuch agame, perhaps, iswhen aplayer takes the ball, submerges, and, after swimming under water, suddenly pops up alongside the surprised goalee and scores. From asmall boat on the side lines game officials watch for such infractions as ducking a player who is more than four feet from the ball or deliberately kicking an opponent,but they will permit acontestant tohold another under water until he lets go the ball. Guy ropes hold the side lines and wooden goal posts in place.