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In case you missed it, you can view The Northwest Passage: a tale of two transits, 21 years apart on Vimeo at this link.

A big thanks to Linda Nicklin and Theresa Svancara for presenting, and to Bill Leighty, of the Leighty Foundation, for recording the show for all to see.

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The Northwest Passage:
a tale of two transits, 21 years apart

with Theresa Svancara & Linda Nicklin

The Northwest Passage – It took several centuries to find, as well as the lives of many men, but the route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans over the top of North America does indeed exist. Join two Juneau women who have transited the Northwest Passage to see images of their journeys and hear about changes occurring in the Arctic.

The first transit of the famed Northwest Passage was completed in 1906 (it took three years), but it wasn’t until the 1980’s that voyages through the Passage became an annual event. About half a dozen vessels now carry paying passengers into the Northwest Passage each year, some multiple times. Most are small, expedition-style cruise ships. Recent decades have seen a dramatic increase in travel to the Arctic, a trend which looks likely to continue.

In 1995, as a naturalist and zodiac driver, Theresa Svancara spent 35 days working on a 240’ ice strengthened ecotour vessel transiting the passage twice (from east to west and then back to the east). The ship, carrying 40 passengers, encountered a great deal of sea ice and required the services of a Canadian ice breaker.

In 2016, Linda Nicklin was a lecturer on board the 820’ Crystal Serenity, carrying 1,000 passengers, the biggest cruise ship to transit the passage to date. The ship was escorted by the icebreaker Earnest Shackleton, but had very little contact with ice.

These two journeys, 21 years apart, give perspective on changes and constants in Arctic travel, conditions, and human impacts and interactions in this beautiful region of the world.


WHEN: March 25th at 7:00pm

WHERE: Egan Lecture Hall, UAS campus

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $20

Seating is limited! Please plan to come early!


THANK YOU for joining us for
The Northwest Passage: a tale of two transits, 21 years apart,
and for supporting land conservation and the Southeast Alaska Land Trust.