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2009-10-30 05:55:00

Polar shipping routes have finally been unblocked, thanks to the virtual disappearance of the multiyear ice spanning the Arctic Ocean, according to an Arctic expert. For centuries, enormous sheets of multiyear ice reaching up to 260 feet thick have impeded the way of ships looking for a short cut through the fabled Northwest Passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific. However, Canada's Research Chair in Arctic System Science at the University of Manitoba, David Barber, noted that the ice is...

2009-09-08 17:52:00

ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- After 13 weeks, 5 days since departing Seattle on May 31 bound for the Arctic, the Ocean Watch crew successfully completes the first of four legs of the Around the Americas expedition including the challenging transit through the Northwest Passage. The Around the Americas expedition is the first environmental project of its kind to take an intimate, often scientifically focused, look at the health of the world's oceans and the impact of...

2009-08-18 13:24:00

SEATTLE, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Now traversing the Northwest Passage, the Ocean Watch crew - four professional sailors, a scientist and an educator - recently completed the deployment of three NOAA Global Drifter Program buoys. Dr. Ignatius Rigor, research scientist at the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory (UW-APL) Polar Science Center and Coordinator of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP) is directing these activities. This project, one of 8 scientific projects...

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2009-08-10 06:25:00

Scientists continue to keep a close eye on the Arctic Ocean, which has given up tens of thousands of square miles of ice this summer. Eddie Gruben, a local observer in far northwest Canada, told the Associated Press he has watched the summer ice retreat for years. By this weekend the ice edge lay 80 miles at sea. "Forty years ago, it was 40 miles (64 kilometers) out," added Gruben, 89. According to researchers, the global average temperature rose 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past century, but...

2009-07-28 14:54:00

SEATTLE, July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- After eight weeks at sea following its departure on May 31 from Seattle, the crew of Ocean Watch - the 64-foot steel-hulled sailboat - representing the 13 month- long Around the Americas expedition has turned east into the ice-filled Northwest Passage after travelling a predominently northerly course. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-a) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090728/SF53142-b) The Realities of the...

2009-04-20 13:41:00

IQALUIT, NU, April 20 /PRNewswire/ - Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping (www.NEAS.ca) is pleased to announce that starting this 2009 season, customers in Nunavut's Kitikmeot region can now benefit from NEAS' reliable sealift services and significant cost savings. "Beginning this season, NEAS will run a new route through the Northwest Passage and deliver significant savings for the people of the Kitikmeot region," said David Ell, NEAS' Director of Nunavut Marketing. "We are proud and excited to...

2009-03-31 18:39:00

SEATTLE, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, March 31 at 12 noon, the sailing vessel Ocean Watch officially launched from Ballard's Seaview East Boatyard to begin sea trials in Puget Sound. On May 31, the boat and crew will leave Shilshole Marina for the first-ever circumnavigation of the Americas through the Northwest Passage, around Cape Horn and back to Seattle in July, 2010. This unique voyage, called Around the Americas, has two primary objectives: 1) Engage and educate citizens...

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2009-03-14 08:45:00

Scientists preparing to explore Mars are also planning another trip: history's first-ever land vehicle drive through the notorious Northwest Passage, which they say will provide data about climate change and man's impact on other planets beyond Earth.The experts will make their trip in a customized armored Humvee vehicle, which will provide data about the ice thickness in the waterway through Canada's high Arctic, according to Pascal Lee, the expedition's leader and chairman of Mars...

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2009-01-13 14:18:58

President George W. Bush released a document on Monday that explains US policy toward the Arctic's natural gas and oil resources. "The United States is an Arctic nation, with varied and compelling interests in the region," according to the first presidential declaration of Arctic policy since 1994. "When it comes to energy, the notion isn't a race to the Arctic to put our flags down," said Benjamin Chang, deputy spokesman for the National Security Council. The directive calls Canada's claim...

2008-10-27 15:00:15

SEATTLE, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned non-profit organizations, the Pacific Science Center (http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/ )and Sailors for the Sea (http://www.sailorsforthesea.org/), announced locally today a one-year environmental sailing expedition and circumnavigation around-the-Americas. This education-based voyage and awareness project is the brainchild of David Rockefeller, Jr., noted sailor, philanthropist and member of the Pew Ocean Commission, and Stanwood, Wash. resident...


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Admiral Sir George Back
2014-01-07 10:58:04

Admiral Sir George Back FRS, born November 6th of 1796 and died on June 23rd of 1878, was a British naval officer, naturalist, artist, and explorer of the Canadian Arctic. He was born in Stockport. When he was a boy, he went to sea as a volunteer in the frigate HMS Arethusa in the year 1808 and participated in the destruction of batteries on the Spanish coast. In the following year he was involved in the fighting in the Bay of Biscay up until he was captured by the French. He remained a...

Roald Amundsen
2013-10-29 11:20:57

Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer that was known for his expeditions into polar regions. He is best known for his discovery of the South Pole, being the first recognized explorer to reach the North Pole, and being the first explorer to travel along the Northwest Passage. He was born to Jens Amundsen and Hanna Sahlqvist in July of 1872. His family owned and managed a number of ships, but his mother did not want him to join the family trade, encouraging him to become a doctor. Amundsen...

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