The Sitka Historical Museum is our sightseeing activity for today; however we are fortunate to have many different kinds of fishing vessels right before our eyes as we walk from 'our zip code' of the marina along the main dock into town.
The crew in the photo below tell me they are not mending their nets, they are enhancing them....
Herb's and my interest in the early history of Sitka is a reason why we make this cruise here, and the museum delights us with many photos, artifacts and recorded stories. The Russians first came to Sitka in 1799 in search of furs and established a colony in 1804. Their religion soon followed.
Fortunes were made in furs as the tough Siberian fur hunters established the Russian hold on Alaska. These promyshlennikii advanced eastward along the Aleutian Island chain and virtually enslaved the Aleuts to hunt the sea otter and other fur-bearing animals.
Thepromyshlennikii explained away their cruelty and lawless living with the Russian saying, "God is on high and the Tsar is far away."
In the afternoon Herb and I walk through more of the town, where we see a restoration of the Bishop's House, following its being burned. It was discovered during the rebuilding that a plant known to the Tlingit as saxt or Devil's Club (Oplopanax horridum) had been placed between the double floorboards. It was known to have medicinal properties and thought to ward off evil.
|St. Gregory Catholic Church|
|St. Peter's by the Sea Episcopal Church|
The wonderful days with Ray, Jocelyn and Brenna will soon be in our memories and photos, as we bid them safe travel south.
|Wine and Chocolate|
Willie of Willie's Tug,
and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
Wednesday, July 15, 2015