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Day 13 – Shearwater to Rescue Bay

Airship Goes to Alaska – Day 13

Today was a 34 mile passage from Shearwater to Rescue Bay. We left Shearwater at 8am and went through Perceval Narrows (20 miles away) at slack tide. Once again the morning started out gray with low clouds and ended up warm and sunny.

This is one of two eagles at Shearwater that were hanging out in a short tree on the waterfront waiting for handouts:


Also, in yesterday’s post I forgot to include this photo of the large mural here in Shearwater depicting some of the important people in Shearwater history (painted by Paul Ygartua).

Shearwater-3220Scenic Reid Passage in grays:


And now with some sun:


Rescue Bay is large and there’s room for many boats.

We all anchored and settled in for an afternoon with no plans. Here’s Larry’s very photogenic Monk, at anchor in Rescue Bay:


We set out two crab traps and then went exploring by dinghy.


Near the opening to the bay there were a whole bunch of seals hanging out and splashing around. We went over to get a closer look, but the seals stopped what they were doing to get a closer look at us.



We checked the crab traps and we’d caught one very large Dungeness (7.5 inches) and a feisty, too-small male. We left the crab traps in for a couple more hours, checking twice, and only came up with another female and another too-small male.


We cooked this guy up with a small side of tortellini and some grilled zucchini.

Here's today's track (33.5 nautical miles):

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Next stop: Fjordland!


  1. I’m really enjoying your trip! Thanks for the photos and commentary. I toyed with kayaking from Desolation Sound to Ketch several years ago, but decided the very steep shores and very large barnacles weren’t a good mix with a wood-strip boat. Your trip is the next best thing for me!

    • Thanks for your note, John! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the trip. 🙂 Wow…kayaking that stretch sounds….ambitious!!

      Thanks for following along…it’s nice to have company!

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