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

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(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


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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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For in those days America had been discovered, and the quest for the famous North-West passage had begun.
1906: Roald Amundsen, the first person to reach the South Pole, completed his sailing round Canada's North-west Passage.
Unspotted Snow is based on the ill-fated 1845 Sir John Franklin expedition to discover the North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific and its extraordinary 170-year legacy.
Arriving at Macrobert Arts Centre on Thursday April 25, Unspotted Snow explores Sir John Franklin's ill-fated expedition to discover the North-West passage from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Rae did not think mere deduction could entitle anyone "to stand number three on this list as discoverer of a north-west passage," but if such a criterion were accepted, then
Which English explorer who made three attempts to discover the North-west Passage gave his name to a bay on Baffin Island?
(11) Luke Fox, North-West Fox, or, Fox from the North-West Passage (1635), D2v.
Stein, a maritime and polar historian, traces the voyage of British Commander Robert McClure, who took the HMS Investigator in 1850 to search for the missing Franklin Expedition, which aimed to map the last uncharted section of the North-West Passage. Investigator spent three years trapped in ice in Mercy Bay, and the crew abandoned the ship on foot and was finally rescued.
The North-west Passage is a sea route between which two oceans?
Barrow was a civil servant responsible for sending several expeditions to discover the North-West Passage and the North Pole.
The sea lanes are mainly a Canadian obsession, because the government believes that the North-West Passage that weaves between Canada's Arctic islands will become a major commercial artery when the ice is gone.
His topics include frozen assets, east by north, breaking the ice, north-west passage, meltdown, and possible outcomes.

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