My third night at Portage Bay was peaceful, the wind died down late last night and I was able to get a good night’s sleep. The sun tried to break through the clouds today but didn’t succeed. I could detect a bit of warmth and my solar panel registered a one-amp charge briefly. It’s no wonder the population of Alaska is so small, I mean who wants to live in a place where the sun doesn’t shine for a whole week in summer.
I sailed out of Portage Bay on the last of the ebb tide. On the east shore, by a disused logging camp I saw a Black Bear. This is the second time I have seen bears around disused buildings, maybe there is some attraction for them once the humans have departed. I suppose a disused hut may be a decent substitute for a cave in winter.
In Frederick Sound I saw icebergs again and some more Orca’s, what magnificent creatures they are. There was plenty of boat traffic towards Petersburg, fishing boats, recreational fishers, ferries and tour excursion boats. In Petersburg I refuelled, the current alongside the fuel dock is wicked, Truce is now topped up for the next part of the voyage.
Tomorrow I will head down Wrangell Narrows, it’s a twenty-mile channel and quite narrow in places. Interestingly the tide meets in the middle, the trick is to use the last of the flood to the midpoint and then ride the ebb down the other side. After Wrangell narrows I will be heading over the Wrangell town.
Truce is booked to be lifted out the water in Wrangell on Thursday. The hull is dirty and needs cleaning and a new coating of antifouling paint. Hopefully when complete she will have her speed back and won’t be using so much diesel pushing an undersea garden through the water. The growth on the hull has built up very quickly since visiting Glacier Bay, maybe there is something in the water causing rapid growth. Total voyage distance 182.2 miles.