Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) to
Glacier Bay (South East Alaska, USA)
extracts from the Journal of a 2500 nautical mile voyage in
the American Northwest Pacific... the adventure and challenge
of boating in glacier waters.
Late summer of 1998 and
three intrepid British explorers set out from Vancouver, Canada
with ambitions to stand where Captain James Cook first landed
on the shores of British Columbia and to navigate to where Captain
George Vancouver was stopped in his wake by tidewater glaciers
in Icy Strait in Alaska. The team navigated these chilling waters
through the labyrinth of the wilderness waterways of the Inside
Passage and the open Pacific Ocean of the Gulf of Alaska.
Decision to departure was just 6 months
which ensured frenzied research, planning and implementation
to ensure any chance of success.
1000 pices of correspondence covered the
logistical arrangements and approvals before the team boarded
the aeroplane for their 10 hour flight to rendezvous with
the Rib, previously shipped out from Liverpool, for their