Photo: SS Northwestern, 1916

Images from another time

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

This photograph turned postcard shows an ice-covered SS Northwestern in 1916. The Northwest Steamship Company vessel was built in 1889 in Chester, Pa., and was originally named the Orizaba. On a trip south from Skagway in July 1933, it struck the reef off Sentinel Island, north of Juneau, tearing a hole in its hull and beaching at the mouth of Eagle River. The ship's 86 passengers were taken to Juneau by a U.S. destroyer, and then on to Seattle by the SS Aleutian. The SS Northwestern was repaired and returned to service.

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