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16/06/1903 Amundsen sets sail for the Northwest Passage

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Roald Amundsen through the Northwest Passage with Gjøa

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Amundsen and The Northwest Passage

The Northwest Passage is the sea route to the Pacific Ocean through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America. The first explorer to conquer the Northwest Passage solely by ship was the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen. In a three-year journey between 1903 and 1906, Amundsen explored the passage with a crew of six. Amundsen, who had sailed to escape creditors seeking to stop the expedition, completed the voyage in a converted herring boat christened Gjøa.
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    • Thinning ice cover and the Northwest Passage