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14 September 2015

❖ Schooner C.S. HOLMES towing in with Furs, Ivory and Fossils, Eighty Years Ago ❖


Schooner C. S. HOLMES,
Captain John Backland,
Towing into Port of Seattle from the Arctic.
Photograph dated, September 1935.

Photographer unknown. 
Original from the archives of S.P.H.S.©
"Laden with a cargo of furs, ivory and whalebone, as well as museum pieces, including bird eggs, and fossil remains, the veteran trading schooner, C. S. HOLMES arrives home.The vessel was the sole source of supplies and contact with the outside world for natives and trappers along the bleak Alaskan coast." 
Text from the Seattle Times, 9/1935 
Trading Vessel of the Arctic,  C.S. HOLMES.
Icebound off the Northern tip of Alaska until the 
US Dept of Indian Affairs Motorship NORTH STAR towed the 
HOLMES 100 miles through the ice to Pt. Barrow, where 
both vessels discharged cargoes of winter supplies for
the inhabitants of that town.
Photo back stamped 28 September 1933.
Original photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

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