Polar Dissonance UK

The Ship of Fools sees all of the historical structures along the Northeast Passage, notes that there are no ships there now due to all the ice, and concludes that there has been a large reduction in sea ice – which will continue.


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The ice extent is nearly identical to what it was 45 years ago.


DMI Modelled ice thickness

Just like 1971.

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In the 1730’s and 1740’s people were able to sail to places which are currently inaccessible.


The Ship of Fools believe that the ice is disappearing, because the experts tell them it is. What they see with their own eyes is ignored.

I don’t know what’s the matter with people: they don’t learn by understanding; they learn by some other way – by rote, or something. Their knowledge is so fragile!

Richard P. Feynman

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33 Responses to Polar Dissonance UK

  1. Lawrenec13 says:

    To be fair to Hempleman-Adam. I think he meant that the Soviet Arctic activity was due to the cold war tensions rather than sea ice changes.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Maybe or maybe not. I have respect for Hempleman-Adams because of his accomplishments and I’m trying to like the man but I find some of his posts hard to swallow. All this comrade here, comrade there, idealism of the day, Bolshevik Island, great names—is he really so clueless?

      Is he really so holed up in his insular “famous adventurer” world to know nothing about the history of the Soviet Far East and Far North? Many of the same explorers who preceded him there ended up in the Gulag just like the man after whom their island is named, polar pilot Vasily Makhotkin. Does he not know the “wooden structures” he is seeing along the coast were built by zeks, the Gulag prisoners who were dying by the thousands of hunger, cold and exhaustion in the very same places?

      Does Hempleman-Adams not know that Gulag prisoners were sent by the shiploads via the Arctic route to the Soviet Far East slave labor camps in Kolyma?


      • Jason Calley says:

        A thousand years from now, some researcher will examine the well-fertilized rings of a tree that grew next to a Soviet mass grave and sagely pronounce, “Yes… the middle of the 20th century was a particularly warm spell in Siberia…”

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Location of Kolyma, in the Arctic Circle in Siberia not far from Alaska:

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Here’s is the idealism of the day:

      • Lawrenec13 says:

        Good point actually as the “idealism” H-Adams talks of was only shared among people like Stalin -mass murderer, Beria not only a cold mass murderer but a sexual deviant who raped, murdered under aged girls and then disposed of the bodies on the ample state building grounds and the other corrupt murdering cronies who came and went. I’d wager that the whole crew are fairly left-wing as its tends to go with the AGW territory.

        • Jason Calley says:

          “I’d wager that the whole crew are fairly left-wing as its tends to go with the AGW territory.”

          Both belief systems require the same mental acuity.

    • Colorado Wellington says:

      Or is it possible Hempleman-Adams does not even know what Gulag was?

      The arrival at the corrective labor camp turned out to be the culmination of the humiliation. First we were made to strip naked and were shoved into some roofless enclosures made out of planks. Above our heads the stars twinkled; below our bare feet lay frozen excrement. An enclosure measured 3 square feet. Each held three to four naked, shivering, and frightened men and women. Then these ’kennel cages’ were opened one after the other and the naked people were led across a courtyard ‘the camp version of a foyer‘ into a special building where our documents were ’formulated’ and our things were ’searched.’

      The goal of the search was to leave us with rags, and to take the good things ’sweaters, mittens, socks, scarves, vests, and good shoes’ for themselves. Ten thieves shamelessly fleeced these destitute and barely alive people.

      ‘Corrective‘ is something that should make you better, and ‘labor‘ ennobles you. But ‘camp‘? A camp wasn‘t a jail. So then what on earth was going on?

      A drawing by Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia, a former Gulag prisoner
      Courtesy of Evfrosiniia Kersnovskaia Foundation, Moscow.


      Below is a drawing of Gulag arrival made by one of the prisoners. It may reminds people of the more idealist days of heroic Soviet past …

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Errata: It may reminds

        I was getting sicker and sicker as I was typing. There could be more typos but I have to step away from this so I don’t throw up.

  2. Jim Hunt says:

    I understood that you don’t believe National Geographic maps of the Arctic?


  3. annieoakley says:

    “National Geographic” is owned by Rupert Murdock and his Progressive children. They will promote Man-Made Climate regardless of the facts.

  4. EternalOptimist says:

    They need a higher yard arm on that boat. They seem to be hitting the bottle very early in the day.

  5. Neal S says:

    There seems to be a new log entry.


    They say they are expecting new ice charts tomorrow.

  6. Lawrenec13 says:

    Another update from H-Adams

    “Had a great meal of Pizza, with every topping under the Sun, Vodka flowed for Navy day, and wine flowed for British day. Music played in the background for the first time from our iPods and everyone very chilled.” and then shortly followed by

    “Its getting to that Vodka hour. I might treat the boys to a slurp and sausage.”

    All I can say is Thank F**k its a dry boat or otherwise the AA would have to sponsor the whole thing.

    The ice chart update is due tomorrow which begs the question when asked if the Northabout is having problems with the ice will Hemple-Adams answered no we have plenty in the ice -box its the vodka running low that concerns us.

    • Lawrenec13 says:

      And I hope ‘slurp and sausage’ is not old seaman’s code concerning the cabin boy; being in this case Ben.

      • RAH says:

        From a rather obscene old Army Jody:
        “The captain had a cabin boy-a dirty little nipper- the crew packed his ass full of glass-and circumcised the skipper”

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