Voyages North

22 September 2017 | Posted in Seattle
08 September 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
18 August 2017 | Posted at Spencer Spit, San Juan Islands
17 August 2017 | Olympia
22 August 2016 | posted at Prideaux Haven, Desolation Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
29 July 2016 | Posted at Hakkai, Fitz Hugh Sound
08 July 2016 | Posted at Ucluelet

Fanshaw, Cleveland Passage. June 16, 2011.

27 June 2011 | posted at Juneau
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Nothing but a few old pilings and boilers remain of the former town of Fanshaw.

In Glaciers, Bears and Totems, I wrote about the former town of Fanshaw in Cleveland Passage. But we didn’t actually go ashore at the town-site itself, which is located on the east side of Cleveland Passage. Instead we went ashore on the west side of the Passage, the site of a former fox farm. I wanted to use the visit to the Fanshaw area as an excuse to write about the brief but unsuccessful attempt at fox farming in SE Alaska (Ch 5.2 Fanshaw. A Very Short Boom).

Fanshaw itself was first settled in 1902. Several salmon canneries and salteries were built there but they all eventually closed and by 1953 the post office closed too. A 1973 book reported finding colorful wildflowers growing among abandoned houses in 1969. Would we find any trace of those houses?

We anchored in Cleveland Passage and took the dinghy ashore to where we could see a row of pilings stretching along the beach. From the pilings, we walked through a strip of thimbleberries into the forest. Thin second-growth trees shaded the forest floor punctuated by the occasional large stump. A trail led along the edge of the beach through the forest. But the only evidence of houses was the door of a wood-burning stove lying on the ground. Nature had reclaimed her own.
Vessel Name: Osprey
Vessel Make/Model: Annapolis 44 sloop
Hailing Port: Seattle
Crew: Steve and Elsie Hulsizer (author of Glaciers, Bears and Totems and Voyages to Windward)
Elsie and Steve Hulsizer have sailed northwest waters since arriving in Seattle via sailboat from Boston in 1979. [...]
2017: local cruising including South Puget Sound and San Juan Islands 2016:north up West Coast VI, across QC Sound to central BC coast 2015: trip to SE Alaska 2014: Seymour and Belize Inlets through Nakwakto Rapids 2013: SE Alaska and back. 2012: from Seattle up the west coast of Vancouver [...]
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