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In search of Franklin

It's been called "the Arctic Grail." For centuries, European explorers were obsessed with the quest for a route around North America to the Orient. Norway's Roald Amundsen finally conquered the Northwest Passage in 1906. But long Arctic winters meant the route couldn't be exploited commercially. Global warming could change all that by melting the ice and making the passage a key shipping route. But as this happens, the controversial question of sovereignty becomes increasingly important. Does the Northwest Passage belong to Canada or the world?

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Captain Robert Gillan and a 51-man crew search for the grave and remains of the missing Franklin expedition.
Medium: Radio
Program: Assignment
Broadcast Date: Sept. 20, 1967
Guest(s): Robert Gillan
Reporter: Don McDermid
Duration: 4:01

Last updated: May 3, 2013

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