May 14, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion
A scenic sailing north through Wrangell Narrows brought us to the small fishing town of Petersburg, Alaska. The town was first established in the 1890s when a Norwegian entrepreneur came to the area and saw the potential of the location. Petersburg is near excellent fishing grounds as well as the Le Conte glacier, one which produces icebergs that were used to pack the fish on to export down to the lower 48 states.
After setting up a cannery and saltery on Mitkof Island, the area quickly became settled, earning the reputation as “the town that fish built.” During our visit we were able to walk the fishing docks and venture across the narrows to the Kupreanof Island to walk through the muskeg and street-side shops.
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