• Explorer says Northwest Passage is not practicable for trade

“Nansen,” says Amundsen, “was always fascinated by the idea of the Northwest Passage, which had been attempted so many times and never found. Yet I saw it open before my ship the first year of my voyage, and would not take advantage of the chance because my programme was to make observations at the magnetic pole. In the end, it is true, I did navigate the Northwest Passage, though it was much more difficult than when I saw it the first year.”

Source: The New York Times