North West Passage – 100 years – 100 Transits

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

The first voyage to complete a transit of the Northwest Passage, joining the waters of the Pacific Ocean and Atlantic Ocean through the Canadian Arctic archipelago and the Arctic Ocean, began in 1903. Commanded by Roald Amundsen sailing in the Norwegian sloop Gjøa, the voyage was completed on 30 August 1906. In 2005 nearly 100 […]

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The Future of The North West Passage

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The fact that we got through the NW Passage without really encountering Polar Bears let alone seeing much in the way of ice raises the question is the route going to become a passage as commonly used as the Panama Canal? The economic and ecological consequences of new trade routes opening up as a result […]

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Come into the Garden Maud

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

She may look a wreck but Maud is an important ship and after years of rotting in an arctic backwater is about to make her final voyage to stardom Maud was built at a shipyard in Asker at Usiofnord, Norway for the explorer Roald Amundsen. He was the first man to successfully navigate the Northwest […]

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Paying Back to the Community

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

As part of our onboard amusement, Ocean Endeavour is carrying some accredited and famous Inuit musicians who have entertained us well. As we approached Gjoahaven a hamlet of just 1400 people it was decided that instead of giving the ship board guests a concert we the ship should give a concert ashore for the local […]

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Polar Bears

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

While the voyage in itself is exciting for the route it takes, the highlight as got to be finding Polar Bears in their natural habitat. Not finding them would be like visiting London and not getting to see Buckingham Palace or Paris without the Eiffel Tower. We were very fortunate and saw Polar Bears on […]

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Pass the Beluga

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

One of our more unusual sightings was the beluga whale. We were extremely lucky one day to fall into a pod of these lovely white mammals as they came close inshore to scrape off their moulting skins in the sand shallow bay we were motoring in. Time and time again they approached our Zodiac showing […]

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Safety First

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

No one travelling in Ocean Endeavour is in any doubt what so ever regarding the danger a Polar Bear can potentially be. We have been lectured on the subject and it has been explained to us what we must do if ever we are confronted. Adventure Canada clearly take the threat they pose very seriously […]

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The Iceman Says No

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

One of the things you have to accept when sailing in an expedition vessel is that the published itinerary is only a guide. Each day we see our expedition staff huddled together pouring over ice distribution charts. Areas of heavy ice are shown coloured red and the charts they are studying look very red to […]

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Grave Matter

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Beechey Island is in fact only an island when the tide is high and it becomes separated from Devon island by a transient flow of icy water. Indeed had Sir Benjamin Franklin not chosen it as the sight of his first winter lie over it is quite possible it would not be remembered for much […]

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Arrival in Canada

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Grise Fjord is a peaceful hamlet 715 miles (1,150 kilometres) above the Arctic Circle. It is here we enter Canada and must clear customs and immigration hauling down the Q flag only once the formalities have been completed. The settlement is Canada’s northernmost civilian community and is often cited as the coldest inhabited place on […]

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