National Geographic : 1931 Jan
Photograph byCapt. A.W.Stevens LIKE A BIG BLACK ROPE, A WATERSPOUT DROPPED FROM THE CLOUDS AND DANGLED OVER THE OILY SEA There had been no wind. The sky was overcast, the air surcharged with moisture. The sea ran inlong, greasy swells. Suddenly, from alow, pitch-black cloud at the plane's left, the narrow ribbon of a waterspout ran down, writhing and twisting till ittouched theocean. Steering closer and closer to the fantastic phenomenon, Pilot Hawkins wheeled and banked his plane that these amazing photographs might bemade. Taken atsea, between Key West and Havana, about 3:30 p. m ., May 31, 1930 (see text, pages I and 3, and illustration on opposite page).