National Geographic : 1948 Jan
'Round the Horn by Submarine Unofficial Insignia Proclaim Sea Robin's Trail-blazing Run 'Round the Horn Map and legend, "Cape Horn," were devised by the crew to mark the first journey of a U. S. submarine around the tip of South America. On right are the ship's campaign ribbons (page 130). Above the skipper, Comdr. Paul C. Stimson, is the ship's battle insignia, drawing of a sea robin. This fish walks along the bot tom of the ocean, using pectoral fins for "feet." In the drawing, it clutches a torpedo in its walking fins! Cold and bitter winds blow almost con stantly. The thermometer, while we were there, ranged between 30 and 40 degrees. The only source of fuel is peat. But the warmth of hospitality shown was in direct contrast to the weather. On both nights of our stay, dances were held for the crew. Our men got along famously with the Falkland girls. In the daytime the boys were entertained in the homes of the ranchers. The officers enjoyed a hunting trip and a visit to a penguin rookery. My two very small daughters were anxious to have me bring them a penguin. They had asked their grandmother if it would be reasonable and possible to keep it in the Frigidaire! But the penguin nesting season had long since passed, and their rookeries were occupied by a few big hares. In the harbor with us was a Diesel-propelled English whaler, whose men were after a load of geese for provisions to take farther southeast into the South Georgia region, a Falklands dependency, where they had their base.* Falkland Islanders receive a small bounty on every goose they kill, for the birds are un welcome-they eat up the sheep pasturage! From the Falklands we headed for Monte video, capital and port of Uruguay. En route, cruising 250 feet below the surface, well out at sea, we hit a submerged pinnacle. A sound ing taken a minute before had shown 13 fathoms below us. An Obstruction Not on the Charts Suddenly the Sea Robin jolted heavily. She was making between five and six knots. We came up a few fathoms without incident and everything seemed to be in good shape-we * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, "South Georgia, an Outpost of the Antarctic," by Robert Cushman Murphy, April, 1922.