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Vancouver's Maritime Museum opens

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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To celebrate maritime history, a new museum opens up in Vancouver, showcasing the historic St. Roch vessel.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC News
Broadcast Date: June 13, 1959
Host: Frank Stalley
Duration: 1:01

Last updated: May 3, 2013

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