Database of Ship Collisions With Icebergs

This database concentrates on iceberg collisions in the North Atlantic off Newfoundland and Labrador but does include a few incidents further north, around Greenland, and also in the fiords of Alaska. The format of the database follows the same style as that which appeared in the 1973 International Ice Patrol Bulletin. Now over 560 incidents, the database is comprised of the original 60 mentioned in the Bulletin plus what was found while researching material for the “Historical Record of Sea Ice and Iceberg Distribution around Newfoundland and Labrador, 1810 – 1958”, report LM-1998-02. The scope of that report was mainly limited to the winter months January through April and provided a little over 200 incidents.



And this could be the iceberg that sank the Titanic.


This iceberg was photographed by the chief steward of the liner Prinze Adelbert on the morning of April 15, 1912, just a few miles south of where the Titanic went down. The steward hadn’t yet heard about the Titanic. What caught his attention was the smear of red paint along the base of the berg, indication that it had collided with a ship sometime in the previous twelve hours.


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