The Northwest Passage

by Tony Soper

The Northwest Passage

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The Northwest Passage is an ice-choked waterway with spectacular landscapes and a powerful history of naval endeavour. It is also an unfolding opportunity for adventurous travel. The five-century dream of a trade route to Asia by way of a short-cut through the Arctic archipelago is, this book shows, finally a reality. Over the last decade global warming has opened this fabled passage in late summer for freight and for bold tourists. This is the first book to draw together the rich history with a guide to the region - home for the majority of the world's seabirds, enormous numbers of seals, plenty of polar bears and narwhals and more than enough mosquitoes. It is also home for Inuit, who arrived from the east, adapting superbly to a cruel climate. Today's travellers can see incomparable scenery and a wealth of wildlife.

In 1819 John Franklin commanded one of the first naval expeditions to attempt the passage. He was reduced to eating his boots in order to survive.Tony Soper was more fortunate in his own five transits of the Passage and draws on these to describe this unique and relatively unexplored territory.

About the author

Tony Soper is best known as a naturalist who has presented many programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit.

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'Compact, crucial reading for anyone considering tackling the legendary Arctic route from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Chocca with colourful information, it's as enjoyable for its epic history as much as the helpful details of sights you can expect from your expedition ship bridge.'
Food & Travel magazine

'This is surely the perfect guide for anyone wanting to venture through [the Northwest Passage], detailing the history, geography and animal and bird life of the region, and written by a man used to travelling on ice-breakers.'
Good Book Guide

'This pocketbook is for people wanting to voyage through the NW passage on commercial ships.' Yachting Monthly
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Contents

Contents
Introduction 1
Opening the passage - a historical timeline 5 The Passage today 43 Pond Inlet to Bellot Strait 48 Bellot Strait to Cambridge Bay 76 Cambridge Bay to Holman 93 Holman to Herschel 105 Herschel to Nome 130 Transits of the Northwest Passage to 2011 141 Selected references 150 Ice information 150 Expedition operators 151 Acknowledgements 151 Photographic acknowledgements 152 Index 153

Introduction 1
Opening the passage - a historical timeline 5 The Passage today 43 Pond Inlet to Bellot Strait 48 Bellot Strait to Cambridge Bay 76 Cambridge Bay to Holman 93 Holman to Herschel 105 Herschel to Nome 130 Transits of the Northwest Passage to 2011 141 Selected references 150 Ice information 150 Expedition operators 151 Acknowledgements 151 Photographic acknowledgements 152 Index 153

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