Climate change helps local man set Arctic sailing record ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page A Passage Through Ice Morgan Peissel, Nicolas Peissel, and Edvin Buregren stood on the ice in the McClure Strait in front of their sailboat, the Belzebub II. Morgan Peissel The crew saw polar bears and narwhals as they navigated the icy waters at the top of the world. Morgan Peissel The three men crewing the Belzebub II were the first sailors known to have sailed the Northwest Passage via the McClure Straight. Morgan Peissel Only a handful of other ships have ever been through the McClure, and none of them went on to make the Northwest Passage. Morgan Peissel The crew's 31-foot fiberglass boat made it through the strait when the pack ice shifted during a 36-hour window. A Passage Through Ice By the time the sailors made it through, the pack ice had already closed up behind them.