The US driven Manhattan was a Howard Hughes initiative. Driven by multi 6000 HP motors and an ice strengthened structure it embarked across the Arctic Passage.
Because of the very shallow depth of the Arctic Ocean the ship travelled empty, with just enough fuel to get by on with help by refuelling depots. The passage is too shallow for a ship like that or for a ship of any cargo tonnage.
It arrived Prudhoe Bay all cut to hell by the ice. Hull breached in a dozen places and compartments blocked off to stop the ship from sinking. Assistance was given by the Canadian Icebreaker John A MacDonald. The Manhattan would have sunk had it not been for this “assistance”. Hindsight being what it is ---
One only 45 gallon drum of Alaska crude oil was loaded aboard the Manhattan after being carried by a smaller craft several miles into the Arctic Ocean. Again, the ocean too shallow for the Manhattan to get closer to he shore.
The Manhattan’s return trip was harsh. As it moved towards New York the Master of the vessel had tanks flooded with sea water to sink the ship lower into the water making the Manhattan appear loaded on one part and to hide the holes in its sides and the much deteriorated state.
To much fan fair this “loaded and successful “trip; delivering Alaskan crude to New York was heralded by US media as the success of the century. No mention total crude moved was one drum.
A deep sea port would be a waste unless you are prepared to re shape the channels on the ocean floor up there!
Mr. Harper is watching too much TV for his information source. Deep sea Arctic port? Dig a hole in his own back yard would make more sense.
Mr. Martin on the other hand appears to be more right wing than the Conservatives but at least, he knows the issues. He’s set to open the Canada Health Act and make changes to allow for private practice. There goes your health care!
Mr. Layton offers the only second choice as I have come to see it.
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