Voyages North

03 June 2018
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

Hydaburg, west coast Prince of Wales. July 26-27, 2013

31 July 2013 | posted at Metlakatla, Ak
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Hydaburg’s new marina under construction; part of the old marina in foreground.

A rap on the side of Osprey’s hull woke me at 6:30 in the morning.

“You have to get out of here,” a man told me when I stuck my head out the main hatch. “We’re demolishing this dock today. You won’t want to be anywhere near.”

I was surprised. Last night we had moved from another dock the town had told us was being demolished to this one where we were surrounded by Hydaburg boats. “You’ll be okay here,” the owner of a fishing boat next to us told us.”

“What about the other boats?” I asked.
“They’ve been told and told,” he answered.

I woke Steve, made some coffee and we left. We’d planned to stay another day for the annual Hydbaburg Cultural Festival, but when we looked for an anchorage, the only one we could be sure of was too close to the construction. The chart here doesn’t give much information and the tide was going out which didn’t make for safe exploring, so we kept on going. The evening before we’d attended a huge potluck with native dancing in celebration of two new totem poles. So we’d had our culture, it was time to move on.

Haida dancers

Photo: Young Haida dancers.

There was still no one else moving boats in the old marina when we left. We don’t know what happened to the Hydaburg boats.

By next summer, Hydaburg will have a first class marina. For now, if you visit, be prepared to anchor with limited information.
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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