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The original Harriman Alaska Expedition used some of the latest technology, in particular glass plate photography, to record information on Alaska and the expedition's work. These photos, together with other momentos and sketches, were printed as souvenir albums and presented to the participants. A little over a century later, the Harriman Expedition Retraced sought to maintain this tradition by preparing a digital souvenir album, using digital images delivered over the Internet.


Souvenir Album (click on dates to view the day's photos).

July 22, 2001 - Seattle, WA and Prince Rupert, British Columbia
Expedition members arrived in Seattle, mostly by jet, from all over the world. After a reception and dinner in Seattle, they boarded a jet for Prince Rupert, in northern British Columbia. 

July 23, 2001 - Cape Fox, Metlakatla Village, Ketchikan, Saxman
The day began early with a "wet landing" on the shore of Cape Fox, and ended very late with a potlatch in the village of Saxman.

Tlingit headdress

A large contingent of Tlingits were on the dock in Ketchikan for the long-awaited return of their sacred objects. (Photo by Jonas K. Parker).
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July 24, 2001 - Wrangell Island
Recovering somewhat from the long previous day, the expedition enjoyed a warm reception in Wrangell, exploring the Petroglyph Beach and Chief Shakes Island before attending a reception in Wrangell.

July 25, 2001 - Tracy Arm and Juneau
Participants attended a reception held at the historic mansion of Governor Tony and First Lady Susan Knowles. Then the Governor and First Lady came onboard the Clipper Odyssey for dinner and gave a talk about current economics and politics in the state.

Walrus bowl

This silver and ivory bowl was given by the original expedition to E.A. Harriman. His son, while serving as Governor of New York, gave it to the state of Alaska in honor of Alaska's statehood. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)
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July 26, 2001 - Skagway
Skagway, at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, was the largest town in Alaska, but since then has struggled economically. At present, it is booming with tourists.

July 27, 2001 - Sitka
The capital of Alaska in the 19th century, first in Russian and then American hands, Sitka is both one of the longest-settled towns in Alaska as well as a frontier town.

Owl

This injured owl is now a resident of the Alaska Raptor Center, pending recovery. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)
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July 28, 2001 - Glacier Bay, The Glaciers
One of America's largest national parks, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can be reached only by seaplane, ship or boat. When Harriman visited in 1899, the area was virtually unknown.

July 28, 2001 - Glacier Bay, The Natural World
In addition to being a National Park, the UN designated Glacier Bay a Biosphere Reserve in 1986, and in 1992 was listed as a World Heritage Site, a recognition of the area's unique ecosystem.

July 29, 2001 - Hubbard Glacier; Yakutat
The 1899 expedition found Yakutat village to be "charming," and were awed by the vast Hubbard Glacier.

July 30, 2001 - Kayak Island
Good weather greeted the expedition as it explored this island wilderness and the waters around it.

July 31, 2001 - Orca, Cordova and Valdez
The G.W. Elder had its propeller repaired in Orca a century ago, but now the village is struggling to survive. Cordova and Valdez, on the other hand, are thriving on fish and oil.

Tanker

A supertanker takes on a load of oil at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Marine Terminal. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)
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August 1, 2001 - College Fjord
Sunny skies greeted the expedition in this fjord, with its glaciers named after Ivy League schools.

August 1, 2001 - Harriman Fjord
After spending an exciting morning exploring College Fjord, the expedition went on to climb Harriman Glacier, and ended the day with an on-deck barbecue in front of the glacier.

Harriman base

Expedition members explore the base of the Harriman Glacier. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)
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August 2, 2001 - Knight Island; La Touche Island; Tiger Glacier
The day was filled with explorations of an abandon copper mine and a wealth of wildlife, all under sunny skies.

August 3, 2001 - Chiswell Islands
Overcast skies and slightly rougher seas greeted the expedition in the remote Chiswell Islands, one of Alaska's richest seabird nesting areas.

August 4, 2001 - Homer
Some expedition participants left, and new arrivals joined the ship for the second half of the voyage. Homer proved to be a perfect place to see Alaska's past, and its future.

Floatplanes

Floatplanes are the taxi cabs of Alaska: they are everywhere, and frequently they are the only way to get anywhere. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA)
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August 5, 2001 - Kenai Fjords and Barren Islands
Participants took Zodiacs to Surprise Bay in the Kenai Fjords National Park. On shore, they hiked across the rocky beach into a forest populated with old, moss-covered spruce trees to an abandoned cabin at Sunny Fox gold mine.

August 6, 2001 - Triplet Islands and Kodiak Island
After birdwatching around the Triplet Islands, the expedition members spent the day in Kodiak where they visited museums and enjoyed dancing by Alutiiq dancers at a welcome reception.

August 7, 2001 - Geographic Harbor and Kukak Bay
Expedition members learned about brown bears on a tour of Geographic Harbor. Later they visited Kukak Bay.

bear

Brown bear eating on shoreline in Geographic Harbor. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 8, 2001 - Semidi Islands and Chignik Harbor
Harriman Retraced participants enjoyed birdwatching around the Semidi Islands and then hiked or went to a cannery in Chignik Harbor.

August 9, 2001 - Unga Island
Participants enjoyed learning about the petrified forest on Unga Island and later visited an abandoned fishing village.

houses

Abandoned fishing village on Unga Island. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 10, 2001 - Unimak Island
The group hiked a beach and through the tundra on Unimak Island. The summit of Mt. Shishaldin, which is nearly 9,400 feet high, was visible in the distance.

August 11, 2001 - Unalaska/Dutch Harbor
Passengers from the Clipper Odyssey visited the Russian Orthodox Church, Museum of Aleutians, and Memorial Park.

Russian Orthodox Church

Church of the Holy Ascension of Christ, a Russian Orthodox Church, in Dutch Harbor. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 12, 2001 - St. George Island, Pribilofs
The Harriman Retraced participants toured the seal plant, visited the fur seal blind, and some went on a long hike to the High Bluffs to view various species of birds nesting on cliffs.

fur seal

St. George Island is famous for incredible fur seal rookeries. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 13, 2001 - St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
The village of St. Paul, the northernmost of the Pribilofs, is home to the largest Aleut community in the country, with approximately 800 Aleuts.

puffins

Two puffins perch on a cliff above the ocean. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 14, 2001 - St. Matthew Island and Hall Island
St. Matthew Island, 230 miles northwest of the Pribilofs, is 35 miles long and 4 miles wide. Eight miles off the northwest tip, lies smaller Hall Island. Both islands host seabird colonies, but are treeless and uninhabited.

August 15, 2001 - Gambell, St. Lawrence Island
The town of Gambell is located on the northwest tip of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. It is very remote, with fewer than one hundred people living there year-round.

August 16, 2001 - Teller and Little Diomede Island
The populations of Teller and Little Diomede Island are mainly Eskimo. Passengers enjoyed Native dancing and presentations at both stops.

August 17, 2001 - Cape Dezhnev and Lorino Village, Russian Far East
The first day in the Russian Far East the Clipper Odyssey made two stops, first at an archeological site on Cape Dezhnev and second at the village of Lorino, where the Chukchi community greeted Harriman participants with traditional dancing and music.

Town of Lorino

Village of Lorino, Russian Far East. Note the soviet era housing, 1950s style baby carriage and rusty oil barrels. (Photo by National Ocean Service, NOAA).
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August 18, 2001 - Itygran Island and Yanrakino, Russian Far East
Harriman Retraced participants visited an archaeological site on Itygran Island called "Whale Bone Alley" and later went ashore at the village of Yanrakino, where villagers shared their local customs.

August 19, 2001 - Nome and Anchorage
After disembarking the Clipper Odyssey for the final time in Nome, Harriman Retraced participants explored the town. In the afternoon, they flew to Anchorage for a final night of festivities and farewells at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Technology of Harriman Retraced
Exploring Alaska in 2001 involves -- usually -- quite different equipment from that used in 1899.


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