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Columbia Bay, Alaska
M/V E.L. Bartlett in Columbia Bay, Prince William Sound, Alaska, 1995


Showing up on a whim without a reservation, I rather luckily managed to obtain the very last spot on the M/V E.L. Bartlett, the Alaska State ferry crossing Prince William Sound on a warm sunny June day headed from Valdez to Whittier. Though soon after leaving the harbor, the fog set in.
This photograph crossing Columbia Bay to visit the
Columbia Glacier (a rapidly retreating tidewater glacier), was made at the point where glacial drifted, brash ice first began appearing in the water. A Columbia Glacier visit by a AMHS ferry is not always done, but ours was a wonderful diversion. For a brief spell, leaving behind the main marine highway of the Valdez Arm running past Bligh Reef, we escaped that initial, and most obvious reminder of the ongoing Exxon Valdez disaster.

Related Links:

Wikipedia - Columbia Glacier

Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - Riki Ott

Sound Truth and Corporate Myth$: the Legacy of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - Riki Ott

Out of the Channel - John Keeble

A Wild Promise - Prince William Sound - Hugh Rose, Debbie Mille

In the Wake of the Exxon Valdez - Art Davidson

The Heart of the Sound: An Alaskan Paradise Found and Nearly Lost - Marybeth Holleman

Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss among Vanishing Orcas - Eva Saulitis

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30 May 2014

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