2nd September

We are in Ketchikan today, having had a mainly sunny week although a strong North-Easter greeted us at the beginning of the week while we were in the Inside Passage.  It made for an ‘interesting’ arrival and departure from Juneau, with 50 mph winds in the inner channels.

Again, this will be a medley of photos. K1 is with me this week (and the next), so I have actually put my feet on dry land, the first time I have done so since joining the Amsterdam in Seattle.  It’s ‘downhill’ soon, time has flown by, our last cruise in Alaska this year is 18th to the 25th.  

We heard this week that the Amsterdam will be on a 14-day itinerary in 2017, out of Seattle on a Monday and this pleases us enormously, it’s a great itinerary and one we have done before.

Sunset in the Hecate Straits, the Queen Charlotte Islands in the distance.

Sunset in the Hecate Straits, the Queen Charlotte Islands in the distance.

The sun's last rays illuminate a Humback wahle's blow.

The sun’s last rays illuminate a humpback whale’s blow.

Aview of the Tongass Narrows, looking south; the fishing fleet waiting off the Cannery, to unload their salmon.

A view of the Tongass Narrows, looking south; the fishing fleet waiting off the Cannery, to unload their salmon.

The Cannery

The Cannery

A passing fishing boat, this one trolls with long-lines; baited hooks and 'flashers' to attract the fish.

A passing fishing boat, this one trolls with long-lines; baited hooks and ‘flashers’ to attract the fish.

Leaving Ketchikan. Benito, our 2nd officer is taking her out; Thomas, the Staff Captain and Ted, our South-East Alaska pilot, look on.

Leaving Ketchikan. Benito, our 2nd officer is taking her out; Thomas, the Staff Captain and Ted, our South-East Alaska pilot, look on.

The Juneau ice-field with Mildenhall glacier foreground.l

The Juneau ice-field with Mendenhall glacier foreground.

Aproacking Yakutat Bay and Mount St. Elias in its glory

Approaching Yakutat Bay and Mount St. Elias in its glory

Disenchantment Bay looking south; having visited Hubbard glacier and on our way out.

Disenchantment Bay looking south; having visited Hubbard glacier and on our way out.

Henke Island, Disenchantment bay and a sea-lion rookery

Henke Island, Disenchantment bay and a sea-lion rookery

Boat drill in Sitka

Boat drill in Sitka

Berthed on the dock at Sitka

Berthed on the dock at Sitka

St. Michael's Russian Orhodox church in Sitka

St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox church in Sitka

......and its interior

……and its interior

Main Street Sitka

Main Street Sitka

Crescent Harbour, Sitka and the fishing fleet

Crescent Harbour, Sitka and the fishing fleet

A medley of command, travel and family

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