Preserving Kodiak's Maritime Heritage

Sea Stories: True Tales from Kodiak's Maritime History

For centuries, mariners have been going down to the sea in ships around Kodiak- Alutiiq marine mammal hunters, European explorers, Russian fur traders, Yankee whalers, and modern day commercial fishermen. KMM explores that history in this ongoing series of true stories of adventure and heroism, tragedy and survival in the waters of the North Pacific and the Bering Sea. Check back regularly for new sea stories! These stories originally appeared in the Kodiak Daily Mirror, and are copyrighted by Kodiak Maritime Museum. Use by permission only.

All Sea Stories can be found on the KMM blog.

John and Olaf Iced Up
The Tragedy of the John and Olaf

A shrimp trawler experiences heavy icing in Portage Bay. Full blog post »

The Marion A, Winter 1974
Life and Death on Aiaktalik Island: The Sinking of the Marion A

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Workmen cutting into whale
Whaling for NASA on the Tom and Al

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The Karluk
Disaster in the Arctic: The Final Voyage of the Karluk.

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Sockeye (red) salmon
7,500 Years of Karluk Sockeye Salmon

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Beasely life raft, 1882
Commercial Fishing Safety Regulations and the 1985 Sinking of the Western Sea

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Tom and Al at the dock
A Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer’s Story

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Gene Viernes, early 1970s. Photo: Ron Chew, 
"Remembering Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes," 
WSU Press, 2012
Disaster in the Arctic: The Final Voyage of the Karluk.

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The sea creature observed in Uyak Bay in 1971
Here There Be Dragons: Sea Monsters of Kodiak Island

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FDR dines with the troops at Adak
The Day FDR Caught a Dolly in Buskin Lake

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Tom and Al at the dock
The Wreck of the Eclipse on Sanak Island, 1807

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Joshua Slocum
Joshua Slocum and the First American Salmon Fishing Venture in Cook Inlet.

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King Crab Fishing on the St. Mary II, late 1970s
1966: High Water Mark of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery

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Paddy Mullan holding king crab, 1966
The Early Years of the Kodiak King Crab Fishery

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