Cruise of the whaler 'Herman'. Glaciers and ice sheets in the Arctic. Dogs pull men on sledges across the terrain. They reach a ship at the edge of the ice sheet. A man waiting there greets the native. Crew dancing on the ship. Native children dance. Natives load up sleds with purchases. Ship sails through open waters. Bird in the sky. Vast ocean ahead. A hunting party is sighted in the distance in East Cape. They are adrift on an ice floe. A tent on the floe. Some of the crew row in a small boat up to the floe. They find a sick man in the tent, Captain Robert Bartlett's native guide. They check the man, carry him to the boat and take him to the ship.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. The whaler enroute to Herschel Island. Captain Pedersen on the bridge. He looks through a telescope for an opening in the ice. Ice sheets. The crew rigs out the ice breaker. The ice breaker cuts through the ice sheet as the ship advances.
Cruise of the whaler Herman to the Arctic. Polar bear hunting on Herschel Island. A Polar bear eating a seal on an ice floe. He jumps into the water and swims towards the shore. The bear comes ashore and runs inward. The crew in boats follow him ashore. They shoot the bear. Men hold the bear's mouth open. The dead bear. The dead seal on the floe.
Opening scene shows a tramp steamer listing to starboard.during World War 1. She displays "India, Greece" in large letters on her side. Slate indicates that an explosives technician from a U-Boat had climbed aboard and set charges on the Greek Steamer, "India" as she is stopped in the Atlantic during World War 1. The India is carrying a cargo of coal from Cardiff Wales, to Oran. The ship is seen listing. Smoke still rises from her stack. Slate states that the cross on the hull of the sinking "India" is the Greek national emblem. The ship sinks lower and finally slides out of sight, with smoke rising above the water from her exploding boilers. (Note: This German U-boat is the SM U-35, which was operating in the western approaches to the Straits of Gibraltar after leaving the Mediterranean on 11-12 April. It carried a professional cinematographer on board. Two years earlier, on June 12, 1915 , the U-35 also sank the British ship, "Crown of India." ) The next sequence shows an image of the German Daily Express newspaper for Monday May 10, 1915. Dead! it reports in bold print: The world has a duty to conduct a Hunt for turtles. Scene shifts to deck of surfaced German U-boat, showing a dinghy arriving alongside, from which several giant sea turtles are unloaded. Crew members examine the turtles on the deck of the submarine. At least one appears to be dead. Next scene shows lookouts on conning tower of the U-Boat, as they see smoke on the horizon. (The Imperial German Naval war flag is displayed on the conning tower.) The Captain calls for full speed ahead on both engines, and the controls show that being selected. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Two U.S. submarines meet at the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. The nuclear submarines 'Skate' and 'Seadragon' arrive on the surface in the Arctic. Men stand on the surface. They exchange flags and souvenirs. They discuss amongst themselves.
Russian scientists rescued from Arctic ice-floe in the Arctic Ocean. Tents of the scientists in the frozen area. The scientists are wearing coats and woolen hats. A ship arrives for help. Two men on the ship. A scientist looks through binoculars. The scientists hold a flag and wave at the ship.