July 9, 2012
Another day of rain, light enough in the morning, but heavy enough in the afternoon to discourage wandering from the hotel.
Petersburg was first settled a couple thousand years ago as a Tlingit fish camp. But it earned the name Petersburg and the nickname “Alaska’s Little Norway” when Norwegian Peter Buschmann built a cannery and a sawmill here in 1900. The waters of Frederick Sound remain one of Alaska’s most productive fisheries.
Norwegian heritage runs strong in Petersburg, which still celebrates Norwegian Constitution Day. I spent the early morning trying to keep raindrops off my lens while capturing a few scenes around the Sons of Norway Hall.
We also managed a dry morning walk out to Sandy Beach to find a Tlingit petroglyph and to watch icebergs from the LeConte Glacier floating in Frederick Sound.