McClure Strait


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McClure Strait,

arm of the Beaufort Sea, c.170 mi (270 km) long and 60 mi (100 km) wide, Northwest Territories, Canada. It extends W from Viscount Melville Sound, between Melville and Eglinton islands on the north and Banks Island on the south. In 1954, U.S. icebreakers cut through the strait for the first time, opening the last obstacle to the shortest water route across the Canadian arctic region.
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Looking out across an ice-choked channel 65 miles (104.6 km) wide (now called McClure Strait), he saw Melville Island, which William Edward Parry had reached from the Atlantic in 1819.
This argument carried the day--though as late as 1969, while trying to become the first vessel to pound through McClure Strait, the American ice-breaker Manhattan was forced to proceed instead down Prince of Wales Strait before continuing westward.
They believe that control must be exerted over submarine traffic, and have even suggested that listening stations be established in Lancaster Sound and the McClure Strait and in Amundsen Gulf.