Breaking ice for Arctic oil : the epic voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage
- Ross Coen.
- Fairbanks : University of Alaska Press, c2012.
- Physical description
- xiii, 215 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 23 cm.
- Coen, Ross Allen.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 195-204) and index.
- Strike at Prudhoe Bay State no. 1
- No cream puff
- Submarines, blimps, trains, and ships
- "Bienvenu dans ces eaux. Welcome to Canadian waters"
- A floating laboratory
- In the passage
- Through the passage
- What did the Manhattan prove?
In 1969, an ice-breaking tanker, the SS Manhattan, was commissioned to transit the Northwest Passage in order to test the feasibility of an all-marine transportation system for Alaska North Slope crude oil. The Manhattan made two voyages to the North American Arctic and collected volumes of scientific data on ice conditions and the behavior of ships in ice. Although the Manhattan was the first commercial vessel to successfully navigate the Northwest Passage, the expedition ultimately demonstrated the impracticality of moving crude oil using ice-breaking ships. "Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil" details this historic voyage, establishing its significant impact on the future of marine traffic and resource development in the Arctic and setting the stage for the current oil crisis.
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- Publication date
- 9781602231696 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 1602231699 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 9781602231702 (e-book)
- 1602231702 (e-book)
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