Krista and I left Ketchikan bound for our next lay over in Juneau and stopped briefly in Petersburg on August 5th. We were not exactly awake for a stop in Wrangell. We left the boat to set foot on land having about 15 minutes to do this in before re boarding with ticket and photo ID in hand. Several passengers disembarked for Petersburg and we picked up a few passengers/cars before continuing. During breaks such as these passengers with pets would get off to give their pets a quick break.
Petersburg’s motto is “Little Norway; Big Adventure” and was named after Peter Buschmann, a Norwegian immigrant who built a cannery, sawmill, docks and early buildings. Petersburg is located on the north end of Mitkof Island and is halfway between Juneau and Ketchikan. It was incorporated as a town in 1910 and had inhabitants of mostly Scandinavian origin and now incorporated as a borough in January 2013. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the town is the 15th most lucrative fisheries port in the United States.
What a surprise to see Mike again boarding in his MGA having ferried over to see a friend in Petersburg. This was just a small pit stop and then we were on our way to Juneau. What you see is waterfront views from on board the Matanuska ferry as we are pulling away from Petersburg. It will take 8 hours to reach Juneau, our next stop for 3 nights. I wish we could have had some time to explore Petersburg but away we go.
Wharf and Waterfront