After 110 Years, The Northwest Passage Is No Longer Open

Amundsen saw the Northwest Passage open in 1904

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FRANCE HONORS AMUNDSEN. – Explorer Says Northwest Passage Is Not Practicable for Trade. – View Article – NYTimes.com

This year it is closed

The tardy opening  of the Northwest Passage, and the prospect of a late arrival in the  Pacific, had persuaded them to spend the rest of the summer in Greenland  and Newfoundland and possibly give the Northwest Passage another try  next year.

A turning point – Cornell Sailing Events & Publications

h/t to Anto

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12 Responses to After 110 Years, The Northwest Passage Is No Longer Open

  1. daveandrews723 says:

    There must have been a huge spike in CO2 that year over a century ago… only explanation possible for the Northwest Passage being open briefly. 🙂

  2. Gail Combs says:

    WHAT opening of the North West Passage? I thought it remained ice clogged all summer.

  3. stpaulchuck says:

    It also opened in the late 1800’s (I can’t find the reference for that just now)

  4. Douglas Hoyt says:

    There are a lot of books on the Northwest Passage. One by Ed Struzik, published in 1991, lists many passages. After 1954, there are passages nearly every year.

    http://www.amazon.com/Northwest-Passage-Quest-Edward-Struzik/dp/0713722460/ref=la_B001K8RCES_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408112575&sr=1-3

  5. Fred Harwood says:

    “The tardy opening of the Northwest Passage, and the prospect of a late arrival in the Pacific, had persuaded them to spend the rest of the summer in Greenland and Newfoundland and possibly give the Northwest Passage another try next year.”

    What “tardy opening”? Wordsmiths at work.

  6. bit chilly says:

    the north west blockage .

  7. emsnews says:

    The polar bears put up the barriers.

  8. rw says:

    This is good, but don’t miss the page on their site, entitled “VIDEO: Aventura trapped by ice in Arctic Bay”. The link is cornellsailing.com/2014/08/video-aventura-trapped-ice-arctic-bay/”

    Another one for the files…

  9. emsnews says:

    If they continue sailing they will meet the polar bears that put up the ice floe barriers. Dinner.

  10. Anto says:

    Ah well, there’s still Unicycle Man. http://unityfortheclimate.ca/about

  11. njsnowfan says:

    Ah, you finally did a NW passage article this year,
    Captain of the Grey Goose liked it.
    http://northwestpassage2014.blogspot.com/2014/08/after-110-years-northwest-passage-is-no.html

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