International Ice Patrol

While little known today, in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster, the International Ice Patrol was established to locate and broadcast the location of icebergs to marine traffic. One hundred years later, the US Coast Guard is still at it.

After Titanic: On iceberg patrol

The International Ice Patrol was set up in the wake of the sinking of the Titanic 100 years ago after her collision with an iceberg. The liner was on her maiden voyage sailing from Southampton to New York. After the tragedy and the loss of more than 1,500 lives the international community was galvanised to prevent such a disaster from happening again.

In its early days the ice patrol teams used boats, but now they use planes and satellites to make sure ships crossing the ocean are safe, using their vantage point in the sky to spot icebergs posing any potential risk to shipping.

The US Coast Guard has a video clip from Air Station Elizabeth City that discusses their role in the International Ice Patrol:

[Source: ITV Meridian.]

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Charles McCain

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