Saturday, August 20, 2011


Guns, gold and opium marked the highlights of the wooden-hulled Portland's checkered career.  Seen above ice-bound in Northern Alaska where she earned her greatest fame, she is today remembered as the ship which brought word of the discovery of gold in the Klondike to the "lower 48" in 1897.  After plying Alaskan waters for 13-years carrying miners and supplies to and from the gold fields, Portland struck a rock and had to be beached near the Katala River 50-mi southeast of Cordova.

Yes'er re-bob....anything that would float was used when that four letter word "GOLD" finally filtered down to the lower 48.  If you were an were looking for some means to get to those fabled gold fields....but to get from point "A" to point "B" one had to travel those treacherous inland rivers and streams....and from what I read gold or no gold I don't think I would be the first one on any of them vessels.

Anyway it you'd care to give it a going over and see what one had to do ....just to "think about" becoming a 'rich man'....I'm sure your going to be enlightened.

Just click on the link below and you'll have 9 or so pages of reading