Northwest Passage


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Northwest Passage

A water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific through the Arctic Archipelago of northern Canada and along the northern coast of Alaska. It was long sought by European navigators seeking to reach India and China.

Northwest Passage

n
(Navigation) the passage by sea from the Atlantic to the Pacific along the N coast of America: attempted for over 300 years by Europeans seeking a short route to the Far East, before being successfully navigated by Amundsen (1903–06)

North′west Pas′sage


n.
a ship route along the Arctic coast of Canada and Alaska, joining the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
[1545–55]
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Noun1.Northwest Passage - a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North AmericaNorthwest Passage - a water route between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean along the northern coast of North America; Europeans since the 16th century had searched for a short route to the Far East before it was successfully traversed by Roald Amundsen (1903-1906)
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This is the ninth of October, and they have not found her yet: they will as soon find the Northwest Passage.
Will the Second Sight oblige me by seeing the shortest way to the Northwest Passage, before we leave England?
You see, it was just the Northwest Passage of that day, as you may say; that was all.
Is it the source of the Nile, or the Niger, or the Mississippi, or a Northwest Passage around this continent, that we would find?
Their journey took them along the Northwest Passage - a sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America and Canadian Arctic archipelago.
Franklin's next attempt to find the the Northwest Passage was the ill-fated one in 1845.
The Northwest Passage is a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, sought by explorers for centuries as a possible trade route.
Mr Harper's government began searching for Franklin's ships as it looked to assert Canada's sovereignty over the Northwest Passage, where melting Arctic ice has unlocked the very shipping route Franklin was after.
Currently, the majority of ships and their crews lack adequate experience, are unprepared, and the support facilities are not yet in place for full-scale commercial voyages through the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage.
The project takes advantage of international economic opportunities to route via the Northwest Passage and North Arctic.
The High North also holds the promise of a shorter transit between the Far East and Europe: the centuries-old dream of the Northwest Passage (fig.
The film depicts the unsuccessful expedition to find the last link of the Northwest Passage that crosses from the Pacific to Atlantic oceans through the Canadian Arctic.

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