Arrived in Kodiak

September 14th, 2008 by Ed Wright

The all night run up to Kodiak Island went well with the help of the moon to dimly light the water allowing us to see the horizon.  Each one of us slept for two hours followed by a four hour watch.  This allowed two of us be awake at all times as we plowed through the seas and with the help of some positive currents  we arrived at Kodiak Island by dawn.  From there we traveled up the north west side of the island with the calmest waters since I came onboard in Nome.  A most pleasant change especially since we are all tired from the sleep deprived night.  We had another whale siting today and many more birds than usual.

At the north end of Kodiak Island we headed south-east down Whale Passage with seas like glass and plenty of sunshine.  We had numerous whale and otter sightings.  The mountains on either side of the passage were coated with green vegetation and trees which we previously had not seen along the Alluctian Islands.  Behind these mountains were higher mountains with patches of snow that peaked in and out of the clouds and rain.  What gorgeous scenery.  Along the edge of the passage were several homes and buildings confirming our return to civilization.  We were blessed by favorable conditions as the tides and currents gave us a huge lift down the passage where we reached a speed as high as 13.3 knots.  Normally our speed is in the range of 7-8 knots.  This was a wonderful way for ending my part of this journey. 

The destination for tonight is Kodiak Harbor where Scott and Raime (Scott’s daughter) and Rebecca (Shane’s wife) will join us.  Kip will join the crew on Monday night and I will depart back to San Jose, probably on Tuesday, if my reservations can be changed.

Ed (second mate)

PS Arrived Kodiak, St. Paul’s Harbor at 8:30 PM rendezvoused with Raime, Scott, and Rebecca.

2 Responses to “Arrived in Kodiak”

  1. Pat Robertson Says:

    YAHOO!!!! what a great hard working team. Congratulations team on a job well done. I am so proud of all of you and count it a privilege to have served together. I am so glad Shane is reunited with his wonderful and beautiful wife Rebecca. I love you guys and miss you a lot. Ed I am glad you finally got some smooth seas, for those who don’t know Ed came on in Nome and immediately we went into some of the toughest ocean we had faced.. no easy break-in for Ed. You are a trooper bud!
    Walt you are great. I am so happy for you!
    Scott and Ramie enjoy the voyage and may you have those smooth seas and see lots of wild-life!

  2. Randy Says:

    Is that THE Time Bandit from the TV Show Deadliest Catch? Looks like it to me: — Cool!

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