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Slowboat Flotilla to Alaska - Wrangell to Petersburg - Day 14

by Slowboat Team 8 Jun 22:16 PDT
Flotilla to Alaska - Wrangell to Petersburg - Day 14 © Laura Domela

The shortest navigable route from Wrangell to Petersburg is through Wrangell Narrows, a narrow, winding, rock-laden 22 nautical mile passageway with swift current and lots of traffic. In order to minimize opposing current, we typically time our departure from Wrangell so that we arrive at Papke's Landing, where the flooding from the north and south meets, at high tide. That way we ride the dying flood into Wrangell Narrows, and get flushed out by the freshening ebb.

The improving weather trend continued, and we had calm seas and occasionally sunny skies.

Traffic was lighter than we've often seen in Wrangell Narrows. No ferries, few fish boats, and just a couple other pleasure boats. There weren't even many sport fishing boats.

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