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Nordhavn Owner/filmmaker gets set to brave the Northwest Passage
August 8, 2008
At any given moment in time, history is being made. Events, actions and discoveries shape and define our world and are what directly influence nautical history. The famous film “Around Cape Horn” by then young filmmaker Irving Johnson aboard the barque “Peking” in 1929 has become a true classic and an historically important view into the age of sail and the only circumnavigable route prior to the completion of the Panama Canal.
The treacherous Northwest Passage, a route through the ice enshrouded
islands of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, has lured centuries of
explorers who were desperate to reach the riches of the Orient. Now,
widespread climate changes have opened the Passage for the first time in
history. Not only will this have a dramatic impact on worldwide shipping,
but the region itself is rich in fish, diamonds, gold and oil. This
treasure trove of natural resources has prompted an escalating
international situation which may well close the passage to transit once
Sprague Theobald, a Nordhavn 57 owner and Emmy Award winning filmmaker, has made plans to sail through the Northwest Passage during this small opening in time.
Join us as we encourage Sprague on this adventure. While the passage seals up as each winter approaches, its biggest foe is most likely politics which could close it down for good. On January 15, 2008, it was reported that analysts at Jane's Defense Weekly claim that “Arctic sovereignty is fast becoming a high-stakes and potentially dangerous game.”
Nordhavn plans to keep you informed on the developments of this exciting, beautiful, and yes, still perilous, undertaking as the project continues.