Canada at War: THE ARCTIC: Northwest Passage, 1944

For days the ship crept along an invisible coast. A leather-faced man with icy blue eyes and a perpetual squint strained for the leadsman's cry. Out of the fog that shrouded the Arctic sea, the muffled call came back: "Seven fathoms. ..." Suddenly the leadsman's cry changed: "The bottom has gone away."

Master Mariner Henry Asbjorn Larsen knew then that he had turned Point Barrow into the Bering Sea. He knew that he had done what no other man had done: navigated the legendary Northwest Passage from west to east and back again. Last week Staff Sergeant Larsen piloted the weather-beaten...

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