Voyages North

11 July 2021 | Posted in Seattle
10 April 2020 | Posted in Seattle
30 August 2019 | Posted at Port MCNeill
13 August 2019 | Posted at Prince Rupert
03 August 2019 | Posted at Ketchikan
02 August 2019 | posted in Metlakatla AK
22 July 2019 | Posted at Klawock/Craig
09 July 2019 | Posted at Juneau
09 July 2019 | Posted at Juneau

Frederick Sound. July 27, 2014

02 August 2014 | posted at Port McNeill
Elsie Hulsizer
Photo: Osprey anchored in Frederick Sound, Seymour Inlet.

Steep cliffs towered above us as we wound our way to the head of Frederick Sound in Seymour Inlet. The chart showed the Sound narrowing near its head, turning right, then left, before ending in a protected basin. I stood on the bow watching as we entered. What would we find? A beautiful anchorage? A noisy industrial logging camp? I knew we wouldn't find pristine wilderness. In Cruising the Secret Coast: Unexplored Anchorages on British Columbia's Inside Passage, Jennifer and James Hamilton had reported seeing a large logging camp here. But that would have been sometime before 2008. We were hoping to find only the abandoned site of a former industrial logging camp, not pristine but still beautiful.

And that's what we found. A steep almost bare rock dome on one side, forested hills on another and at the basin's head a green marsh. To the side of the marsh sat a large pile of slash and a row of abandoned fuel barrels. A small floating dock led to a logging road that snaked up the creek bed and disappeared around the corner.

Cruising in Seymour Belize Inlets means sharing the waters with logging camps. And that means being flexible. Logging camps come and go, parking in one spot for a few years, then moving on. No guide book can keep up with their movements. The best thing to do is be prepared to either share an anchorage, if there is room, or move on.

In this case we were lucky. We had a beautiful anchorage to ourselves. We even had a dock to land the dinghy on and a road to walk on.
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. [...]
2019 Seattle to SE Alaska 2018 San Juan Islands to Great Bear Rainforest 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: [...]
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