I like that card in newsagencies of a family of Polar bears swimming along with the Titanic sinking in the background, with a caption reading "First holiday in years and a boat hits our bloody iceberg!"
The exact size of the iceberg will probably never be known, but according to early newspaper reports the height and length of the iceberg was approximated at 50 to 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet long.
The berg may have been quite small, as bergs go. About all that is known is that it was higher than the stemhead and lower than the crow's nest. About 70 feet high seems about right. Its length is quite unknown. It seems to have had a pointed top, rather than being a flat object.
I once did a 'back of an envelope' calculation that put its weight as low as 100,000 tons. Roy Mengot, using more elaborate methods, put it as low as 75,000 tons. Either way, it was quite big enough to do the deed.
Forget newspaper reports. They wildly exaggerated the size of the berg and the damage it did. Bergs in that region are quite small, as bergs go. They've come a long way from their parent glaciers and have been at sea for at least a year.
Chris, they must be long distance travelling penguins, a new breed, made by GM. The incident is in the Antarctic, where penguins live, though some live further north, like the ones in my local waters, where it's about 40Â°C today. Antarctic bergs can be the size of a small nation and one such has got in the way of penguins making for their feeding grounds.
On photographs of the berg that dunnit, I have about eight different photos. There's a thread about photos on this site. Personally, I don't believe any of them show the real culprit.
The iceberg afflicting the Adelies of Cape Royds in Antarctica, known as B-15A, is some 3,000 sq-km (1,200 sq-mile) in size...and, according to the BBC article above, was the largest floating object in the world when the story was written.
Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who so loved these little birds and devoted much time to them in The Worst Journey in the World, would be heartbroken. He spent a good deal of time after his Antarctic sojourn campaigning to save them from indiscriminate slaughter.
Not quite sure what you're driving at here. The Titanic's death toll was very high in sheer numbers, but this merely reflects the fact that this was a very large ship capable of carrying a lot of people. Be that as it may, the casualty figures didn't hit 100% of all aboard. The same can't be said of literally thousands of vessels of every type, large and small, which set out on a journey across the ocean and were never heard from again.
You can be certain that some of these "mysterious disappearances" were helped into Davy Jones Locker by ice.
Yeah, I agree but then again not many ships the size of the Titanic would encounter ice and sink, the Titanic was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. 10% of Titanic's death toll may well be over 100% of other smaller vessels who run into ice. Add the 'unsinkable is sinkable' label and you have a notorious shipwreck!
Its my view that the iceberg was in some respects simply another ship [admittedly made out of ice]that had full right of way for obvious reasons. At a guess it was visible for some 20 miles and the look out had at least 45 minutes to spot it. This suggests he had wrapped himself up nice and warm and was sound asleep. Because it was a very cold Evening, no passengers were on deck and therefore unable to see it coming and give warning. If the Titanic had had a fender bar fitted along it's sides that protruded say 18 inches from the hull [inc a 10 inch compression gap] this bar would have buckled but saved the ship.