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    Three cutters of the US Coast guard open Northwest passage in Arctic waters.

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    GV. Three US Coast guard cutters making their way through icy Arctic waters. LV. Pan shot of ships advancing through water. SV. Engineer at control panel onboard one of the cutters. CU. Ships engine working. AS. Cutters making their way through ice filled waters in the Bellot Strait. LV. One of the cutters 'Spar' making its way through the ice. CU. Chunks of ice floating in the water. GV. 'Spar' cuts its way through ice. CU. Map showing passage of the cutters through the Bellot Strait - the passage is a shortcut route to strategic military point along the upper rim of North America. It dissolves into close shot. LV. One of the cutters churning its way through ice. SV. Pan, helicopter from one of the cutters flying over Arctic waters. CU. Chunks of ice floating in the water. GV. Three cutters on their way home in clear water having completed mission. LV. Cutter 'Storis' entering Boston Harbour. SV. Small motor launch travelling up harbour carrying personnel. SV. Cutter 'Bramble' entering Boston Harbour. SCU. Three women waving from quayside. SV. Crew lined up on deck as cutter docks, one bearded man is seen. CU. Another bearded sailor in crew. AS. Members of the crew coming down gangway and saluting as they leave the ship. SV. Two bearded officers kissing their wives on the quayside.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:30:14:00 / 01:31:28:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    The narrator doesn't mention the role of the Royal Canadian Navy icebreaker HMCS Labrador (later transferred to the Canadian Coast Guard as CCGS Labrador) in escorting these ships through the heavier ice they encountered, or that their Arctic passage was entirely through Canadian waters.

    Visit Vintage CCG on Facebook.com to learn more about the history of the Canadian Coast Guard and its predecessor Canadian Government Marine and Fisheries service.

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