Film of the iceberg

Aug 14, 2005
a bit farfetched but what about an artscreen film about a polar bear and its cubs messing about on the iceberg and ending up out at sea and eventually starving after nibbling at rotten seal carcasses then sliding off the berg and eventually the berg rolls over and is hit by the ship.then floats away to melt.

Mark Baber

Dec 29, 2000
MAB Note: "Warr" might be a mistaken rendition of "Barr."

The New York Times, 3 August 1905

His Plight is Sad, for Ice is Drifting South
Officers of Caronia and Oceanic Sure the Marooned Animal Looked
Longingly at Their Decks
An iceberg about 200 feet long and half as high, on which is a big
polar bear, is floating somewhere in mid-Atlantic. This news was
brought to port by the Cunarder Caronia and the White Star liner
Oceanic, arrived yesterday. They both saw the iceberg and the bear, too.

According to officers and passengers of the liners, the big
snow-white animal from the arctic was almost frantic in his lonely
position, and appeared to realize that his chances of life were growing
fewer with every mile that the berg drifted southward. The animal seemed
almost famished and must have been on the drifting mountain of ice for
many days.

Many hours before the Caronia sighted the iceberg its approach could
be detected by the steady fall in the temperature.

In three hours the mercury in the thermometer dropped from 82 degrees to
55. This was the register when the liner was abreast the glistening

It was the afternoon of Sunday when the Caronia sighted the berg, she
being then about 900 miles west of Liverpool. The passengers were
notified by the stewards that a wonderful sight was in view, and
everybody who could get a position along the rail gathered there and
remained until the
great mass, with its prisoner, was lost sight of. Many of the passengers
obtained excellent photographs of the berg and the bear.

As the Caronia swept by the berg the animal shuffled to the edge and
looked longingly at the great liner, her decks peopled with hundreds of
passengers. The bear looked hungry enough, one passenger said, to have
eaten every one on board.

Capt. Warr of the Caronia got a good view of the bear and said its
predicament was one of the saddest he had ever witnessed. The berg is
drifting slowly into warmer latitudes, and, of course, gradually
melting. The bear, in the natural course of things, however, must die
long before the ice disappears altogether.

Twenty hours after the Caronia passed the berg, the Oceanic sighted
it. At that time the bear was still alive, and looked just as longingly
at the Oceanic as it did at the Caronia. The Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse
and the Minneapolis, also in yesterday, did not sight the berg.

Capt. Warr said yesterday that on Sunday he witnessed the most
awe-inspiring electrical display he had ever seen. The storm broke about
7:30 P. M. amid clouds of inky blackness. These clouds formed a
background upon which the blinding flashes of lightning that followed
each other in rapid succession stood out with a startling vividness, the
effect upon the onlookers being almost blinding at times. Fortunately
none of the bolts struck the Caronia, and the passengers, while
awe-stricken, behaved with perfect coolness.


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