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XMany ships and explorers had passed through these dangerous waters before - following the North Star in search of the Northwest Passage.

ARCTIC LIBRARY
Check out the EXPLORATION and PEOPLE sections. There's just about everything in this library that you'd ever need to know about the Arctic, listed both ALPHABETICALLY and by CATEGORY. Ideal for students. (Double-click any word on these pages for a "pop-up" definition.)

Watch out for icebergs! ARCTIC LIBRARY PAGES RELATED TO THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Northwest Passage
How icebreakers break ice
Franklin Expedition
Roald Amundsen
Roald Amundsen methods
Amundsen's ship: Gja
Arctic Explorers
S.S. Manhattan
USS Nautilus
St. Roch
St. Roch II

MAPS OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
Our maps of routes through the passage - today's route, first route discovered by Roald Amundsen, the deep water route, and the west-east route first travelled by RCMPV St. Roch.

RCMPV ST. ROCH
Between 1940 and 1942 St. Roch navigated the Northwest Passage. It was the second ship to make the passage, and the first to travel the passage from west to east.


ST. ROCH II EXPEDITION
On December 15, 2000, After 169 days and 24,000 nautical miles, the St. Roch II arrived in Victoria, British Columbia, after sailing through the Northwest Passage and then all the way around North America.

ROALD AMUNDSEN'S DISCOVERY OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
From Amundsen's diary: "The North West Passage was done. My boyhood dream - at that moment it was accomplished. A strange feeling welled up in my throat; I was somewhat over-strained and worn - it was weakness in me - but I felt tears in my eyes. 'Vessel in sight' ... Vessel in sight."

SEDNA IV SAILS THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
After two years of intense efforts and negotiations, and a five month journey, the Sedna IV sailed into Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada ending a voyage through the famous Northwest Passage.

VOYAGE OF THE PANDORA - 1876
The expedition was put together by Sir Allen Young in the hope that the yacht would be able to break through the ice-bound Northwest Passage in one season and maybe uncover further details of the fate of Sir John Franklin.

NORTHWEST PASSAGE
From Wikipedia

THE STRAIT THAT NEVER WAS
Before there was a Northwest Passage there was the Strait of Anian - or was there?

NORTHABOUT: IRISH NORTHWEST PASSAGE EXPEDITION
A team of leading Irish sailors and explorers retrace the famous Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

POLAR PASSAGE `2000 EXPEDITION
The main objective of the Polar Passage `2000 Expedition is to make a complete circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean in an open boat with outboard engines - symbolically celebrating 1000 years of the Arctic adventure.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF HENRY HUDSON
Obsessed by the vision of a northwest passage, Henry Hudson often ignored everything around him in his quest to find it. That included his crew.

THE ARCTIC GRAIL
The Northwest Passage - a water route through the islands of northern Canada connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans - was a treasure explorers sought for centuries.

WARMING OPENS NORTHWEST PASSAGE
The most direct shipping route from Europe to Asia is fully clear of ice for the first time since records began, the European Space Agency (ESA) says.

ARCTIC MELT OPENS PASSAGE
The famed Northwest Passage - a direct shipping route from Europe to Asia across the Arctic Ocean - is ice free for the first time since satellite records began in 1978, scientists reported Friday.

THE CANADIAN ENCYCLOPEDIA VERSION
The search for a water route through the Arctic, north of the Canadian mainland, to the supposed wealth of the Far East was a chapter of frustrations in the history of EXPLORATION in Canada.

ATHROPOLIS GLOSSARY (Athropolis)
See our pop-up boxes for: FRANKLIN EXPEDITION and NORTHWEST PASSAGE.

EXPLORATION OF THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE
While most of their travels remain undocumented, the Inuit and other aboriginal groups are considered the first explorers of the "Northwest Passage" and many other northern areas.

THE NORTHWEST PASSAGE AND THE SEARCH FOR FRANKLIN
After Franklin's disappearance from view in July 1845 many months passed before any concern was expressed for the safety of him and his crews as he was well provisioned and there was no serious expectation that the cruise could be completed in one season.



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