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October 23, 2008


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"Does anyone else remember the Epic Voyage of the Super Tanker, S.S. Manhatten, crossing the Arctic Ocean from New York to Prudhoe Bay in 1969? This was the first commerical transit of the "Northwest Passage".

In my 2004 book, "Alaska Agonistes - The Age of Petroleum," I wrote extensively about the historic voyages through the Northwest Passage of the S.S. Manhattan on which I sailed, including this: The Manhattan "completed her round trip between New York and Alaska on a pre-determined schedule, demonstrating the 'operational' feasibility of commercial shipping across the top of the continent which someday will be a routine occurence, chopping thousands of miles off the trip between Europe and Asia." The Mnhattan was the first ship of any kind to transit the Passage from both directions, east and west.

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