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Juneau in Juneau Borough, Alaska — Northwest (North America)
 

Passenger Traffic

Sea & Sky: Juneau's Links to the World

 
 
Passenger Traffic Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
1. Passenger Traffic Marker
Inscription.  Steamships brought passengers as well as goods. During the heyday of steam travel, there was a ship at the dock almost every day. In 1918, the Canadian Pacific Line's Princess Sophia was bound for this harbor when the ship foundered on a reef and sank. All 353 people aboard were lost.

Today, cruise ships bring in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. To ensure safe navigation of Alaska's Inside Passage, pilots with local knowledge board each cruise ship or cargo vessel and join the captain in the wheelhouse. Smaller boats take the pilot to meet the incoming ship, which the pilot often has to board by climbing a rope ladder with wooden steps. This is no easy feat in seas that move the two vessels up and down, not always in unison. A pilot repeats the transfer in reverse from each outbound ship.

Captions
(Left) The Princess Sophia in Gastineau Channel. (Early Prints Collection, Alaska State Library, PCA 87-1699)
(Right)
• Tourists – then called "excursionists” – came early to Juneau. Here, dressed for adventure, a visitor poses on the Juneau dock. Telephone
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Hill and Mt. Juneau stand in the background. (C. L. Andrews Collection, UAF 1972-154-195)
• A menu from an early passenger steamer featured art by local artists. Even then, good food was a featured attraction. (Early Prints Collections, Alaska State Library-M61-08)
• Luggage Label Juneau-Douglas City Museum Collection
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
 
Location. 58° 17.948′ N, 134° 24.398′ W. Marker is in Juneau, Alaska, in Juneau Borough. Marker can be reached from Marine Way. Marker is on the Juneau Harbor Boardwalk in Marine Park, north of the cruise ship berths. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 144 Marine Way, Juneau AK 99801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Marine Highway (here, next to this marker); Waterfront Commerce (here, next to this marker); U.S. Military Presence (here, next to this marker); Gold Mining (here, next to this marker); Floating Hangars (here, next to this marker); Beginnings (here, next to this marker); Local Airlines (here, next to this marker); Alaska Airlines (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Juneau.
 
Also see . . .  The Princess Sophia: The Unknown Titanic of the West Coast
Passenger Traffic Marker detail (orginal) image. Click for full size.
Winter and Pond (via Alaska State Library, Early Print Collections)
2. Passenger Traffic Marker detail (orginal)
The Princess Sophia in Gastineau Channel.
. Overview with photographs of the ill-fated steamship's last voyage, by the National Parks Services' Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park unit. (Submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.) 
 
Passenger Traffic Marker image. Click for full size.
via University of Alaska Fairbanks, Clarence L. Andrews Papers
3. Passenger Traffic Marker
Clarence Leroy Andrews poses on the Juneau waterfront.
Passenger Traffic Marker detail (orginal) image. Click for full size.
via Alaska State Library, Early Prints Collection
4. Passenger Traffic Marker detail (orginal)
The May 28, 1942 dinner menu for the Alaska Steamship Co.'s S.S. Columbia cruise through the Inside Passage, featuring "Wolf" by Josephine Crumrine on the cover.
Passenger Traffic Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, September 3, 2021
5. Passenger Traffic Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   5. submitted on September 13, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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Sep. 30, 2023