National Geographic : 1968 Jun
There it would be condensed, combined with other sightings, and relayed back to Argentia for broadcast to ships at sea. Coast Guard Radio Station NIK sends ice position reports in international Morse code twice a day. During the broadcasts, mariners throughout the Grand Banks region make it a point to listen. Pushing my way into the cramped, win dowless radio station, I was engulfed in a cal dron of activity as Coast Guard men moved about, ministering to banks of clacking, squawking transmitters and receivers. The first of the two daily ice bulletins was being broadcast in a tattoo of dots and dashes. A radioman gave me a partial translation: 790 "... southernmost bergs estimated at 4610'N-510 05'W; 4610'N-4940'W; 47 005'N-52 0 25 'W." "... bergs drifting southward along Avalon Peninsula south of St. John's to Cape Race." "... close pack ice north and west of 47035 'N-52 0 00'W." ' As I listened, I wondered if, at that very moment, a vessel plying the shipping lanes between North America and Europe was altering its course because of this latest infor mation. Probably so. On a clear day one can see an iceberg from a ship more than 15 miles away. But under the more normal conditions of spring and summer-when a tent of dense fog is staked out over the Grand Banks-an iceberg is seen only in that final, blinding moment of contact.