Crystal Serenity Blocked By Ice

With their route through the Northwest Passage blocked by ice, the Crystal Serenity is zig-zagging . They have made three approaches, and turned back each time.

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16 Responses to Crystal Serenity Blocked By Ice

  1. Buck Turgidson says:

    We started an office pool for the date on which CS gets stuck and throws in the towel. Good stuff

    • Stewart Pid says:

      Folks update … I think the zig zag was only killing time while the ice breakers checked out the channel. They were going through the channel first thing this AM at 7 knots … pretty cool pictures as it is quite narrow and are now on the eastern side and cruising at 11.6 knots. I haven’t looked for ice the rest of the way but I think I remember the path being relatively ice free from here on.

  2. AndyG55 says:

    I hope it closes in around them :-)

  3. RAH says:

    Bagheera and Snow Dragon II are also meandering back and forth right now.

    • Martin says:

      I think the headline on that page has been changed to:
      Follow Arctic Mission on its
      voyage around the North Pole

      ……more wishful thinking

  4. Martin says:

    Pen Haddow has given up trying to sail to the North Pole having made the scientific discovery that the ice from 80 degrees North is pretty solid. So the “Arctic Mission” is now to sail around a bit and take some nice pictures to send home.

    • AndyG55 says:

      from that page…

      “Arctic Mission has demonstrated that commercial fishing and shipping vessels can now access and exploit a new, unexplored and (unproven junk word) ocean region on the planet,”

      Unexplored?…. There use to be abundant fishing grounds there in the MWP !!
      (learn some history, clueless ones)

      Glad to see that they realise the MASSIVE benefits of fishing and travel and commerce if the Arctic sea ice dropped back more toward the lower levels of the pre-LIA Holocene.

      The extreme levels since the LIA have been a real problem in this regard..

      Pity the recovery from those debilitating extremes has stalled. :-(

  5. griff says:

    you can check out the local ice conditions provided by the Canadian Ice Service here:

    Yesterday’s chart shows that there are a couple of patches of 30% or 405 ice cover across the passage… which are still likely to melt out

    • RAH says:

      They have already failed in their original mission which was to sail to the N. Pole. Now there is a 50-50 chance they will fail in their revised mission to sail around the N. Pole.

      • Colorado Wellington says:

        Dr. Griff’s own models show that if she eliminates upper outliers in sea ice data for the last 30 years and homogenizes the rest, a normalized yacht could motor through the combined temporary polynyas of the period and sail around the North Pole.

        There is something wrong with the actual Arctic ice not conforming to the computerized data.

    • AndyG55 says:

      Yep griff .LOTS of sea ice up there.

      FAR more than before the LIA.

      Di you know that there is a 14% INCREASE in 70% or more sea ice this year over last year? That is a BIG increase, wouldn’t you agree, griff. !!

      Or are you STILL the IGNORANT , brain-washed yapper you always have been.

      Or perhaps you could look at the route followed by Larsen in 1944 and the SS Manhattan in 1969.

      How’s that route going , griff ??

  6. John of Cloverdale, WA, Australia says:

    Bugger the fishing, send a seismic vessel in to explore for oil. Then drill, baby.

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