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In the Path of the St. Roch

During World War II, the Canadian police schooner St. Roch made the first trip through the Northwest Passage from west to east. The journey took 27 months (1940-42) and the ship spent two winters trapped in Arctic ice.

In the summer of 2000, the St. Roch II (picture) set out to recreate that famous voyage, but this time there was very little ice. The journey, through one of the world's most dangerous sea routes, was shortened to just three weeks!

That trip raised some interesting questions. Is global warming to blame for the changing climate in the Arctic, and will the Northwest Passage eventually become a practical shipping route that will allow passage without icebreakers?

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