|Sounds of Silence |
Photograph by Brian J. Skerry
Underwater explorer Bertrand Sciboz holds a bronze horn found in the wreck of the U.S. minesweeper YMS- 304, sunk on July 30, more than a month after D-Day. Because small minesweepers of that class had wooden hulls, they were safe from magnetic minesbut not from acoustic mines such as the one that exploded as the YMS-304 came near. Stan Broilo was eating breakfast in the galley that day. "Something blew me up to the ceiling," he recalls. I couldnt move. My back was broken. The next thing I knew, two guys were getting a life jacket on me. Then they dragged me and just walked off the ship. They didnt have to jump. Someone in a British rescue boat pulled Broilo out of the water. Another minesweeper and a French fishing boat also hauled crewmen out of the sea. Rescuers saved 36 of 42 men on the YMS-304. Broken in half, it sank in a little more than a minute.
|Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Velvia
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/5.6
||Weather Conditions: Overcast, rainy|
Time of Day: 10 a.m.
Lighting Techniques: Two 300 watt second underwater strobes on camera