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?
Mackenzie believed the river led to the Northwest Passage, but he was 200 years too early: The Arctic Ocean during his journey was an impenetrable frozen sea.
He found the remains of the failed Franklin trip, which set out to uncover a route through the Northwest Passage.
But the Northwest Passage - a sea route in the Arctic Ocean that connects the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans - was largely spared thanks to its frozen expanse.
Chinese ships will sail through the Northwest Passage "in the future", Liu added, without giving a timeframe.
This viewing, he would later argue, constituted his discovery of the Northwest Passage.
The expedition didn't find Franklin but it was able to prove, quite early on, that the Northwest Passage was more than just a myth.
Last year, Canada announced the discovery of HMS Erebus, Sir John Franklin's flagship, which disappeared during a Northwest Passage expedition in 1845.
Tybalt Peake became the youngest sailor to conquer the Northwest Passage during his epic voyage earlier this month.

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