The icebreaker, USS Burton Island, heading Northeast from St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, through ice field. View from bow, as she follows "groove" where ice field has separated and refrozen enabling the icebreaker to easily make way. As she progresses, the ice thickens and she slows, until the USS Burton Island finally stops. The ship's helicopter cranks up and warms up preparing to scout out easier pathways through the ice field. View from the low-flying helicopter, of a polar bear moving across ice flows. view of the icebreaker from returning helicopter. Since no "leads" could be found, the ship must use engine power. View of the engine room where sailors start more engines to increase the icebreaker's driving power. The icebreaker backs down from the ice sheet, and then as Captain calls for more forward power, a sailor on deck advances control, and the ship begins to break her way forward, through the ice.
Commissioner Henry O' Malley's inspection trip to Alaska in 1929. The last of an old sailing fleet in Bristol Bay. Steamship at anchor off Johnson Hill, Bristol Bay waiting for salmon pack. Old raider Eitel Frederick is turned into a cannery ship. A cod schooner in the Bering Sea. United States Coast Guard Cutter Haida in the Bering Sea.
Animated pictures of a proposed bridge from Alaska to Siberia, over the Bering Sea, linking the U.S. with Russia. Interview with Dr. T.Y. Lin (Tung-Yen Lin) of the University of California, Berkeley, as he describes his Intercontinental Peace Bridge proposal. Narration by Lee Marvin.
Commissioner Henry O' Malley's inspection trip to Alaska in 1929. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Haida in the Bering Sea. Doctor Cramton on the deck of the cutter. He inspects life preservers with few other men. Dr. Cramton tries to interpret wigwagging being sent to Haida. Doctor Cramton with other men on a shore.
People gather at the California coast. The Grey Whale makes its annual migration from the Bering sea to the breeding grounds off lower California. People in observation boats as they watch the activities of the whale through binoculars.
Commissioner Henry O' Malley's inspection trip to Alaska in 1929. A tally scow receives fish from a sailboat in Bristol Bay. A flat scow numbered 2 behind the tally scow. Men on the tally scow. A boat with two men moves away leaving a trail in the sea. Fisheries patrol boat No.7 in the Bering Sea. A man on the deck. A cannery and a dock. A man on the patrol boat with the U.S. flag. Cannery buildings along the sea coast.