Pen Hadow’s Arctic Mission Gives Up—Blocked By Sea Ice!

CCD Editor’s Note: See 9/1/17 update* at the end with more information.

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http://www.arcticmission.com/arctic-mission-reaches-furthest-north/

Pen Hadow’s attempt to sail to the North Pole has been rather embarrassingly brought to an abrupt halt by sea ice!

The furthest North they got was 80 degrees 10 minutes, and after being moored to an ice floe for a day, the decision was made to turn tail and head south.

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http://www.arcticmission.com/follow-arctic-mission/

The Arctic Mission website tries to put the best spin on it:

Arctic Mission’s furthest North was 80 degrees 10 minutes North, 148 degrees 51 minutes West, reached at 22:04:12 (Alaskan Time, GMT-9hours) on 29 August 2017 by yachts, Bagheera and Snow Dragon II.

Arctic Mission moored its yachts to an ice floe on 29 August to conduct one of its 24-hour marine science surveys, while drifting with the sea ice. The strategy for any future northward progress had been to monitor the sea surface currents, sea ice, and weather conditions (both observed from the yachts and through satellites imagery downloaded onto our computers), and decide how to proceed as we approached the end of the 24-hour survey.

A meeting of the four skippers was held led by Erik de Jong, with Pen Hadow present, and it was agreed further northward progress would increase considerably the risks to the expedition, with very limited scientific reward. The decision to head south, back to an area of less concentrated sea ice in the vicinity of 79 degrees 30 minutes North, was made at 18.30 (Alaskan time).

Arctic Mission has demonstrated that commercial fishing and shipping vessels can now access and exploit a new, unexplored and vulnerable ocean region on the planet, the Central Arctic Ocean, due to the melting of its sea-ice cover. Approximately 1 million square kilometres of the Central Arctic Ocean is likely to have been ice-free this summer, having had year-round ice cover throughout human history until the 1980s, and likely has had for many tens of thousands of years.

The commercial activities made possible by this loss of summer sea ice puts at risk the extraordinary wildlife that has evolved to survive in this extreme environment. Polar bears, whales, seals, fishes, seabirds, invertebrates and microbes all contribute to a unique and special ecosystem which is unlike any other on earth.

Arctic Mission has undertaken an extensive oceanographic, wildlife and ecosystem research programme during the voyage, led by Tim Gordon of the University of Exeter (UK). This has included work on acoustic ecology, copepod distributions and physiology, microplastic pollution surveying, inorganic carbon chemistry, seabird range expansion and microbial DNA sequencing. Scientific findings will be released following comprehensive data analysis and formal publication in peer-reviewed journals in 2018/19.

It is believed Arctic Mission has sailed further north from the coastlines surrounding the Arctic Ocean than any vessel in history without icebreaker support.

Its vessels were the first to reach the international waters surrounding the North Pole (aka the Central Arctic Ocean), without icebreaker support and without freezing in.

Its vessels have set the first furthest north within the Central Arctic Ocean without icebreaker support.

Arctic Mission’s northernmost position was 590 nautical miles (678.5 statute miles) from the North Pole.”

http://www.arcticmission.com/arctic-mission-reaches-furthest-north/

Much of what they claim is sheer drivel. There is absolutely no evidence that this part of the ocean has not been ice free many times in recent human history. We do know that the Arctic was been much warmer in the Middle Ages, for instance.

They also claim that they have sailed further north without ice breaker support than anybody else. But I am not aware of anyone who has actually tried to. And certainly not in boats specially built to sail in waters with sea ice.

Despite repeated claims of ice free seas, the writing has been on the wall for the expedition for several days, during which they have been meandering around the same area of ocean, presumably trying to find a way through the ice.

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2-Hourly Plots from 26th August

They are now retreating to 79 degrees 30 minutes North, and it is possible they may make another attempt if the ice miraculously disappears. However, there is no sign of this, and NORSEX even shows the sea ice extent increasing in recent days, and well above last year’s levels.

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http://web.nersc.no/WebData/arctic-roos.org/observation/ssmi_ice_ext.png

The ice to the north of them is very thick:

http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icethickness/thk.uk.php

And Arctic temperatures are well below zero:

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http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/weather/arcticweather_imagecontainer.php

https://i0.wp.com/ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/meanTarchive/meanT_2017.png

http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/meant80n.uk.php

Hadow will doubtlessly return home to be feted by the BBC, where he will claim that the objective was never to reach the North Pole, but only to do scientific research.

But let’s not forget what the headlines on their own website say:

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http://www.arcticmission.com/

Just one more abysmal failure, which will join the list of all the other failed attempts to walk, row and sail to the North Pole.

Read more at Not a lot of People Know That

*CCD UPDATE: Breitbart’s James Delingpole details previous ‘Ship of Fools’ Arctic failures as well as this one:

This is not the first time Hadow has been denied the “bittersweet achievement” of pinning Arctic melt on “climate change.” In 2009 – with encouragement from the Prince of Wales – Hadow led the Catlin Arctic Survey expedition which had to be cancelled less than half way into its 800-mile trek because the equipment broke in the freezing temperatures.

His latest failure comes a year after yet another sailing expedition – this one called The Polar Ocean Challenge, led by veteran explorer David Hempleman-Adams – was also frustrated by unexpectedly large quantities of ice.

That was Ship of Fools II.

Ship of Fools I was, of course, the glorious December 2013 expedition to Antarctica – led by an Australian alarmist called Chris Turney, one of the correspondents in the Climategate scandal  – which had to be called off after becoming stuck in ice which Turney insisted could not have been predicted.

Then earlier this summer, we learned of Ship of Fools III – a Canadian research expedition which had to be cancelled because, you guessed it, of “unprecedented” summer sea ice.

Why are these hapless fools such suckers for punishment?

Short answer: because that’s where the money is.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    This just gets better with the Climate Change/Global Warming nutcases and trying to prove their crack-pot theory just like with Evolution their having their Piltdown Man/Archoraptor moments when their speiemens turn out to be total fakes

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    Spurwing Plover

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    One of the biggist fruads and misconceptions of today is cartoons and comicstrips that show Penguins and Polarbears living in the same enviroment becuase Penguins live in the south pole polarbears in the North Pole and Arctic Terns know this

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    Amber

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    And now the polar bears are dying of laughter . Ships stuck in ice . Geez
    humans are slow learners . You would think after Franklin’s demise the only ships to take on the north are massive ice breakers . But oh no every year
    some goofs who have been drinking spiked global warming cool-aid have to see if they can dodge ice bergs .
    This is one story that won’t make an Al Gore earth has a fever movie .
    It’s absolutely amazing after being chronically wrong for decades Al Gore can even leave his mansion without being laughed off the street .

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    G

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    Their website says they are taking their yachts to the North Pole “to conduct vital scientific research”. Hmmmm… if this research is so vital why the hell would anyone take a sailing yacht to get there?

    Until they can show a more plausible purpose, let’s go with the obvious… This is just another Hollywood-style attempt to grab political headlines in the name of science.

    #Ship of Fools

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    Spurwing Plover

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    hat ever became of the nit-wit who was going to sail about on the Iceberg to call attention to the Global Warming its kind of reminds me of that sillly and dumb art piece Spaceship Earth which called out the so called Fragile Earth and the dumb thing fell apart disapointing the fool who designed it

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    Steelman

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    Sad thing is that the purpose is served. Average people don’t care that much, they go with the rest of the sheep. By just announcing they are going to sail to the NP, the average newsreader, thinks that the ice extent must be real low and eat the cookie, served by MSM.
    Off cause, they don’t announce their retreat in the same, bold manner. And that’s how the cookie crumbles. Hyping, hyping and hyping.

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    Gerry

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    “Arctic Mission’s northernmost position was 590 nautical miles (678.5 statute miles) from the North Pole.”??? Somebody screwed up. That’s a lot of fecking ice!!! I’m thinking they should get satellite data from a more reliable source next time. Or check with all those commercial vessels polluting the place to see what the ice extent from the NP really is.

    They are going to do this again…right???

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Lets them get stranded in the arctic so the Arctic Terns,Skuas and Polar-bears can use the amusment

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    Me

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    These morons never never fail to fail! Amazing isn’t it!

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