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Captain’s Log: Alert Bay

On our way back to Vancouver I always like to cruise by Alert Bay, a small originally First Nation community of the Namgis or Nimpkish on Cormorant Island at the north end of Johnstone Strait.

It was first visited by George Vancouver in 1792, who made friendly contact with the Namgis tribe. The island was a favored trading post for sea otter furs and later on loggers and fishermen. It has a rich cultural heritage and apart from the native “Big House” that houses a museum and a totem cemetery it also sports the tallest totempole in the world, standing proud at 173 feet.

I anchored here once with the old Noordam in 1984.

Here is the big house and the tallest totem pole:

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And this is the totem cemetery:

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Best Regards,
Captain Werner Timmers
Master ms Zuiderdam

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