By Matt Pearce

Warming global temperatures and melting polar ice caps have helped a trio of explorers go where few men have gone before.

In an account of their voyage posted Monday, the crew of the 31-foot Belzebub II — a fiberglass sailboat with a living space the size of a bathroom — described how they crossed through the M’Clure Strait in northern Canada, a decreasingly ice-packed route through the famed Northwest Passage.

The international three-man crew — an American, Canadian and Swede — claim to have piloted the first sailboat to do so.

The route is named after 19th century British explorer Robert McClure, the first person to cross the elusive Arctic passage that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, an arduous, frosty trek that nearly killed his men.

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