Seek and Destroy?

For nearly half a century following the Titanic disaster, the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol attempted to destroy icebergs that posed a danger to shipping. This article describes some of these attempts. Over the years, attempts were made to destroy them by gunfire, mines, heat, bombs and thermite detonations. Tests were made in 1960 to cover an iceberg with carbon black to speed its solar-induced deterioration. Although some damage to the icebergs resulted, they were not completely destroyed. Following these tests, the Ice Patrol adopted the approach of monitoring the icebergs and warning mariners of their location rather than attempting to destroy them. The demolition process proved to be expensive, dangerous and only modestly successful.

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  • Accession Number: 01000442
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 2005 5:09PM