Sin­ga­porean ty­coon Anil Thadani takes his yacht through the icy, per­ilous North­west Pas­sage

Amid the spec­tac­u­lar scenery of the far north, Sin­ga­porean ty­coon Anil Thadani plies his yacht through ice jams and avoids hun­gry po­lar bears in his quest to fol­low the per­ilous 19th-cen­tury Arc­tic ex­plo­ration route

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largely un­sur­veyed wa­ter­way through the Cana­dian Arc­tic, the North­west Pas­sage has fas­ci­nated traders and ad­ven­tur­ers alike for hun­dreds of years. The wa­ter­way held the prom­ise of a short­cut from the At­lantic to the Pa­cific, and it winds through some 1,600km of breath­tak­ingly beau­ti­ful land­scapes that are home to a va­ri­ety of wildlife.

From the 15th cen­tury to the first decade of the 20th, Euro­pean sailors tried to find a nav­i­ga­ble com­mer­cial route through this en­tic­ing pas­sage. Many of them lost their lives in the at­tempt, the most well known be­ing those from the John Franklin ex­pe­di­tion that set sail from Eng­land in 1845. The voy­age ended with the dis­ap­pear­ance of both ships, the HMS Terror and the HMS Ere­bus, and all 129 crew mem­bers. (Last year, the wreck­age of the Ere­bus was fi­nally dis­cov­ered.)

ice ice baby Anil Thadani’s yacht Lat­i­tude tows sup­port boat Khisko along a nar­row strip of ice-free wa­ter in the Bel­lot Strait

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