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St. Roch II Expedition
AUGUST 2000 (See Updates Below)
Ships enter the Northwest Passage
The ships entered the Bering Strait between Alaska and Russia, but so far the wind has pushed the ice up against the shore and blocked the way.
The ice is also delaying plans to mount an archaeological expedition to try to find the lost ships of the Franklin Expedition. Franklin's ships, the Terror and the Erebus, are believed to have been crushed by the ice in 1845.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2000
A Three Week Trip!
There was so little ice that most of the trip was smooth sailing except for the occasional iceberg floating by.
The ship's trip though one of the world's most feared routes has raised questions about whether or not global warming is to blame for the changing climate in the Arctic.
What are the Throps and Squallhoots going to do if all the ice melts away?!
UPDATE: OCTOBER 2000
St. Roch II Arrives in Halifax
It took the original St. Roch 850 days to travel from Vancouver to Halifax in the 1940's.
During the voyage, a research team aboard the support vessel for the St. Roch II discovered what they think are the graves of five members of the lost Franklin Expedition.
UPDATE: DECEMBER 2000
The St. Roch II trip was not only a salute to the voyage of the original St. Roch (see above), but also an attempt to raise money for the restoration of the original vessel that is now drydocked and being destroyed by dry rot.
Archaeology, Franklin Expedition
St. Roch / Northwest Passage