Author Archives: Season Osborne

About Season Osborne

I am a writer with a passion for Arctic history. After finding a photo of Capt. Joseph-Elzéar Bernier, who claimed the Arctic for Canada in 1909, I was inspired to write my master’s thesis on Bernier’s contribution to Arctic sovereignty. This ultimately led to extensive research into Canadian and ‘foreign’ expeditions to the North, which morphed into my recent book, In the Shadow of the Pole: An Early History of Arctic Expeditions, 1871-1912.

NWP – East to West

Eight weeks from now I’ll board the Ocean Endeavour in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, to head through the Northwest Passage. This will be my third voyage through the NWP, but the first time heading west into the passage — the route the … Continue reading

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Monday, September 26

Kangerlussuaq – Sondrestrom Fjord 66°57’N  50°57’W -3°C 2 knot winds We anchored at the head of Sondrestrom Fjord. Bags are packed and left outside our cabin doors to be picked up and delivered to the dock where we’ll catch the … Continue reading

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

  En route to Sismiut 67°35’N  54°09’ W 1°C  / 33°F Light winds, four knots Cloud cover, chance of rain Sunrise 7:58, Sunset 19:23 We were woken at 02:00 with a quiet announcement that the northern lights were visible, but … Continue reading

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

En route to Ilulissat 69°13’N  51°36’W -3°C / 25°F Four km winds from the north Partial cloud Sunrise 7:14, Sunset 19:16 “It is better to travel alone than with a bad companion,” announced Stefan Kindberg at our 07:00 wake up … Continue reading

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Friday, September 23

Karat Fiord 71°24’N   54°2’W -4°C / 38°F Partial cloudy Sunrise at 07:14, sunset at 19:25 It was a very early wake up, 06:30, but we planned to go ashore and explore Karat Fjord early. We sailed past towering icebergs during … Continue reading

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Still at sea in Melville Bay 73°42’N  61°06’W 4°C /39°F Overcast sky, light winds from the southeast Moderate swell Clocks ahead one hour We awoke at sea again. “Some of us are over the seasick stage and no longer want … Continue reading

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Melville Bay 76°13’N   72°14’W 2°C / 36°F 30 knot strong southerly winds Six to seven meter swells Enormous waves and excessively strong winds continued though the night, resulting in little advancement in our travels. TV screens outside the lounge and … Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

North Baffin Bay 76° 20’N   73°W -5°C  / 23°F 35 knot winds, SSE 6 metre swells (18 feet) Time change: clocks ahead one hour It was a rough sea that carried us across Baffin Bay to Greenland. It was the … Continue reading

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Lancaster Sound 73°58’N   83°06’W -2°C / 28°F 13knot winds from the east Overcast with a likelihood of snow We got our wake up call as we were entering Lancaster Sound.  Stefan started our day with words of wisdom, “Every day … Continue reading

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Admiralty Inlet 73°47’N   84°32’W -3°C /26°F Overcast, Winds – 30 Knots South Ice Another bear was spotted before breakfast – this one on an ice floe en route to Arctic Bay. The bear stretched and rolled around on the jumbled … Continue reading

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