October 05, 2012
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.
The crew saw polar bears and narwhals as they navigated the icy waters at the top of the world.
The three men crewing the Belzebub II were the first sailors known to have sailed the Northwest Passage via the McClure Straight.
Only a handful of other ships have ever been through the McClure, and none of them went on to make the Northwest Passage.
The crew's 31-foot fiberglass boat made it through the strait when the pack ice shifted during a 36-hour window.
By the time the sailors made it through, the pack ice had already closed up behind them.