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Northwest Passage / Manhattan #205552

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 17, 1969
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(Studio) USS Manhattan conquers N.W. Passage.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(N.W. Passage) Ship shown breaking up ice. [Capt, Roger STEWARD - says other ships have done it. Difficult for Manhattan. Never take eyes off ice. No ship can make it through without help. Copters, planes, and Canadian icebreaker, John A. MacDonald, helped her. [Army Ice Expert Richard NEVEL - cites getting through thick ice.] Ship stuck in McClure Strait 24 hrs. Weather rigors described. [MacDonald Captain Paul FOURNIER - says commercial ships can make it in summer. Harder in winter.] Return trip in October and possible trip and more tests in May when ice heaviest. Can ice be beaten often, quickly, and inexpensively enough to be worthwhile?
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert

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