A medium bomb (probably dropped by a U.S. Navy aircraft) is seen hitting the German Battleship Ostfriesland on July 20, 1921 in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States. A formation of U.S. Navy Curtiss F5L flying boats is seen in the air. The following day, July 21, 1921, 2000 lb. bomb is seen exploding near the Ostfriesland. The bomb is dropped by an airplane from an Air Corps unit commanded by Army Brigadier General Billy Mitchell (neither seen). Several other 2000 lb. bombs explode on and near the Ostfriesland, causing it to roll over and sink.
'Aerial bombing of obsolete battleship'. Bombing of an old United States Navy battleship USS Alabama (BB-8) in the Chesapeake Bay of the Atlantic Ocean in 1921. General William L Mitchell on the bridge of United States Mine Planter Schofield. Secretary of Navy Denby's yacht underway at sea. Planes maneuver off to Tangier Island, Virginia. A plane drops a chemical bomb, it strikes the forward deck and explosion occurs. An aircraft drops smoke bombs in water and smoke rises. White phosphorus bombs dropped and a massive explosion occurs.
Sir Ernest Shackleton's last expedition to Antarctica. Ship Quest underway at sea after stopping at Lisbon, Portugal. The Quest underway in the Atlantic Ocean. View from Quest as it passes the five masted sailing ship "France II" (stated as"La France" in the film slates), the largest sailing ship in the world, as it approaches St. Paul Rocks off the coast of Brazil. (France II was built by Chantiers et Ateliers de la Gironde in Bordeaux, and was launched November 9, 1911.)
A film about Sir Ernest Shackleton's last expedition to Antarctica. A number of whales in the Atlantic Ocean. Crew members of ship Quest on a whaling mission as they try to catch a whale. A gunner on the bow of Quest as he handles a harpoon. He shoots the projectile and a whale is hit. A rope along a pulley being rolled as the whale is being towed aboard the ship. The whale along the side the ship as men try to pull it aboard. A man cuts flukes of the whale to make towing easier. Another whale being sighted and a carcass with a flag being released. The gunner handles a harpoon as he shoots a projectile at the whale.
Sinking of USS Ostfriesland in the Atlantic Ocean. Line of Felixstowe F5L flying boat aircraft parked at a flight hangar. Bombs loaded underneath the aircraft. Formation of F5L aircraft in flight overhead approaching target battleship. The battleship is bombed. Heavy columns of smoke rise as the battleship explodes. The aircraft in formation flight. Aerial view of the burning battleship. A bomb explodes on the stern of USS Ostfriesland. Aerial view of the burning ship. The ship sinks.
A film about Sir Ernest Shackleton's last expedition to Antarctica. A view of St. Paul's Rocks off the coast of Brazil. Booby birds seated on St. Paul's Rocks. The birds take off.