May 23, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion
Sailing south 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 named Peter Bushman came to the area seeing then the potential its location. Petersburg sits near excellent fishing grounds as well as the Le Conte glacier, one whose many icebergs were once used to pack the fish on to send them down to the lower 48 states before ship trade. After establishing a cannery and saltery on Mitkof Island the area quickly became settled, earning the title “The town that fish built.” During our visit we were able to walk the fishing docks, venture across the narrows to the Kupreanof Island to walk through the muskeg and explore the town’s local shops on foot and through photography.
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