Results of oceanographic surveys off the Grand Banks of Newfoundland from April through June 1972 in support of International Ice Patrol and twelve occupations of Standard Sections A1-A4 are discussed. Analysis includes vertical temperature and salinity profiles for each section as well as dynamic-topographic charts for each Ice Patrol survey. Normal dynamic topography charts of the Grand Banks region are updated. Results are similar to those obtained by Soule (1964 -- AD 605 320). Finally there is a discussion of the oceanographic and meteorological conditions which caused more icebergs to drift south of 48 deg N in 1972 than in any previous year in Ice Patrol history. These conditions include iceberg supply, wind, currents, waves/sea ice, sea temperatures, air temperatures, and precipitation. It is concluded that the single most important factor effecting these conditions is the location and intensity of the Icelandic low.