Wow, the ice coverage must be really low. I would like to blame climate change, but the timing seems wrong.
Welcome to Time Magazine, Sept 13, 1937.
Note that one of the vessels involved is called the Nascopie. Nauscopy is a mysterious 18th century technique that involves seeing over the horizon to discern the future arrival of ships. Seems a bit ironic that we have forgotten how to look BACK over the horizon to see ships that arrived 71 years ago.