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    Re: Polar Possessions of the SU. was: Lunars with SNO-T
    From: Trevor Kenchington
    Date: 2004 Oct 25, 10:01 +0000

    George asked:
    > I would like to learn more about the modern Northern sea-route. Is there a
    > recommended publication in English? Does it still operate? How big are the
    > convoys? Where do the ships  over-winter?
    I once read an article about the shipping route through the North East
    Passage but, despite scratching my head for the past 24 hours, I can't
    recall where. The one point that I do remember is that the route has
    some shoal areas (between the ice edge and the land) such that ships
    must be either smaller than one would want for such a long voyage or
    else designed to be relatively shallow draft.
    In my abortive search for the article, I did come across a review of a
    book that would likely contain pointers to sources that would answer all
    of George's questions, though its focus is elsewhere:
    "The Challenge of Arctic Shipping" by D.L.Vanderzwaag & C.Lamson
    (McGill-Queens University Press, 1990). Should be available in the U.K.,
    though perhaps only from research libraries of institutions with an
    interest in the arctic, in shipping or in environmental management.
    Note that this is the North East Passage (the Northern Sea Route or
    "Glavsevmorput" to the Russians). The North West Passage is a much more
    dubious commercial prospect, partly because the heaviest ice is centred
    on the American side of the pole (thus away from the Asian side) and
    partly because of the Canadian archipelago complicating the route.
    Is ice navigation an appropriate topic for the list? From what little I
    understand of the topic, it doesn't have much to do with position fixing
    but rather finding ways to manoeuvre around the ever-changing obstacles
    created by the ice.
    Trevor Kenchington
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