Category Archives: Alaskan History

Exploring the past

Inside Passage – Echoes of the Past

SE Alaska and the coast of British Columbia are a place where the past does not get wiped away. Ruins, wrecks, and abandoned places are often left for nature to reclaim rather than scrapped or redeveloped. When traveling the waterways … Continue reading

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Newspaper Cottage

I was almost ready to turn around and head back, my father had several minutes ago. Hidden in the trees ahead I spot a dark shape… Another structure? Drawing closer it is indeed a building, this one is not collapsed … Continue reading

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Changes in Tenakee

I realize things change, but sometimes the “improvements” seem to involve a loss.  A loss of what was, a loss of a little piece of history. The Snyder Mercantile was a time capsule of another era.  Built over a century … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – Sentinels of the Past

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Calder Bay Mining Operation

When entering Shakan Strait and Dry Pass from Sumner Strait to visit El Capitan Caves, one will notice a large mining operation on Prince of Wales Island. This mine has a long history of resource extraction. It was originally developed by the Alaskan Marble … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – Crane

I have crossed paths with the Crane for decades, from Ketchikan to Juneau. Built in 1928 at Port Blakely, Washington by J. C. Johnson Bros. she was originally used for fisheries patrol and maintenance by the US Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading

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Sea Otter in SE Alaska–Good or Bad Reintroduction?

Sea otters are loved by out-of-state boaters and other tourists because they are cute and curious, furry little things and a rare sight. Guests on my boat first spot something floating and then get excited watching them float on their backs, … Continue reading

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Photo of the Week – Humpback Breakfast Time

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Photo of the Week – Ghosts of the Past in Union Bay

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Photo of the Week – Petroglyph

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