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THE PEDERSEN FAMILY Their roots extend to Alaska

RESOLUTION ADOPTED The Central Conference of American Rabbis adopts a resolution


A LEGACY OF MINING Juneau started with a stampede for heavy metal

Notes and Comments by Michael McIntosh President, McIntosh Foundation and The Boat Company

Moving Operations Headquarters We are moving our Operations

will permit us to work on our

About a year ago, the Forest

Headquarters from the Town of

vessels regardless of weather.

Service staffed a small office

The sight we chose is

in Sitka to study the issue of

Poulsbo on Bainbridge Island,

Michael McIntosh

The Boat Company can be reached at:

Corporate Office The Boat Company c/o The McIntosh Foundation 1730 M Street NW, Suite 204 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 338-8055 phone (202) 234-0745 fax Operations Office The Boat Company 19623 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 (360) 697-5454 phone (360) 697-4213 fax email:

Washington, to Sitka, Alaska

located on the old pulp mill

the possibility of producing

(Sales and Corporate offices will

factory (shut down several years

value-added lumber products

remain in Seattle).

ago). A number of jobs were lost

from Tongass timber.

We signed a lease with the


Michael McIntosh, President Mark McIntosh, Vice President Kathy Nissley, Sales Manager Winsome McIntosh, Editor Board of Directors:

Michael McIntosh Winsome McIntosh Mark McIntosh Hunter McIntosh Colin McIntosh

when the mill closed and we

For almost fifty years

Sitka City Government on

are particularly pleased that

(further exacerbated in the last

October 11th and will now

we can now add to the

30 by Native American Logging),

begin the process of

employment rolls.

Southeast’s forests have been cut

planning/building a warehouse

We hope by next spring,

at a rate that far exceeds their

which will contain storage

when it is time to send out

ability to replenish themselves.

(wood, machinery, spare parts,

another Newsletter, we will have

These facts, that have been

et. al.) workshop facilities and a

some pictures of this facility.

known for a long time, are

small amount of office space. We

As many of you know, Sitka

now coming home to roost.

will also be constructing a float-

is a charming small town with a

However, the practical politi-

ing concrete dock on the tide-

nice group of citizens and truly

cal reality is there is still pressure

lands portion of our leased

spectacular scenery.

for some timber industry related

property to handle our three Conservation Programs and Sales Office The Boat Company 811 First Avenue Suite 454 Seattle, WA 98104 (206) 624-4242 phone (206) 624-4141 fax email:

Forestry Issues

However, for us, one of the

vessels along with a 165 ft.

greatest side benefits to Sitka is

(long) 40 ft. (wide) and 45 ft.

the size of the Coast Guard’s

(high) covered structure which

inspection office there. 1 person.

employment. In our own self-interest (cut too many pretty places and we are out of business) we decided to do a study that paralleled the

A Little Perspective Pythagorean Theorem

24 words

Archimedes’ Principle

67 words

The Ten Commandments * U.S. Coast Guard Regulations

179 words 3,000,000 words (and increasing every day)

* Calculated in pages, about 4 times the size of my Bible or Dictionary

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efforts of the Forest Service but that was far more specific i.e., could possibly even be used to start a couple of small operations. The cost was small ($75,000 to $100,000) so we decided to approach several foundations in hopes we could get some help. Unfortunately, we couldn’t even get our foot in the door so we decided rather than wasting any more time, to finance the study ourselves. We hope to have the report completed by next Spring.

For almost fifty years (further exacerbated in the last 30 by Native American Logging), Southeast’s forests have been cut at a rate that far exceeds their ability to replenish themselves. These facts, that have been known for a long time, are now coming home to roost.

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of the Pedersen Family Tree


ot everyone’s

the Pedersens spent several days

Alaska trip

exploring the towns where

includes a stop

Richard’s grandfather and father

at the family

had lived. During pre-trip

glacier. But on their recent visit

research, Richard pieced together

to Alaska, Richard Pedersen and

his grandfather’s life in Alaska,

his wife, Nelda, rode in a one-

but with the help of Seward’s

engine propeller plane from

Methodist Minister, who, as

Seward to Pedersen Glacier –

Richard said, “had a whole book

named after Richard’s grand-

of stuff from my grandfather,”

father, Lewis H. Pedersen.

added even more to family files.

In 1902, Richard’s grandfather traveled to Alaska as a Methodist

from preaching so he could live

Missionary. At his church, Lewis

in Alaska, Richard’s grandfather

met a man who would forever

sold photographs. Following in

keep the family name a part of

Lewis’ footsteps, Richard’s father

the Alaskan frontier. “The man

and uncle also became profes-

in charge of the geologic survey

sional photographers, but were

was a friend of my grandfather

never as prolific as Lewis.

and attended his church. He


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To supplement his wages

The family collection of

liked my grandfather and named

photographs led Richard to an

a glacier after him,” Richard said.

interesting discovery. Among his

Richard already had decided

family photos is a picture of his

to go to Alaska to investigate his

father from 1908. In Seward, he

family history when his son’s

saw a reproduction of this same

father-in-law, Irwin Garsten,

photo painted on the wall of a

began planning a Boat Company

building.“My father is in the middle

trip for his extended family,

of the photo, but his image had

which includes the Pedersens.

been changed into a Russian with

Before meeting the rest of the

a mustache with some kind of

family in Juneau for the boat trip,

Russian hat on him,” said Richard.

Top: Jonathon, Christopher and Willie Pedersen in front of Pedersen Glacier Middle: Patty and Jon Pedersen on a hike. Bottom: Pedersen Glacier from the air.


Extend to

From 1913-1919, Richard’s

population dropped to 2,500.

came to Alaska for the Boat

grandfather preached in Skagway.

“There just wasn’t enough to do

Company adventure.The

During that time, the church

up there,” Pedersen said, and his

Pedersens have added another

changed from Methodist to

father and uncle left Alaska to

chapter to their family history.

Presbyterian, and Lewis switched

go to college. Around the same

denominations, too. Pre-trip

time, Lewis moved to

research included reading copies

Washington. Prior to leaving

of the Skagway newspaper from

Skagway, Pedersen’s father and

1917-1918, when Richard’s

uncle ran a photography store.

father had been editor at the

When Pedersen saw an old

paper. Articles in the newspaper

photography shop on his trip,

explained the denomination

he tried to determine if it was

change. “Skagway had been a big

theirs. However, with no solid

city during the Gold Rush. It was

answer, he noted that he’s “still

where miners left for the Yukon,

sorting that out.”

so there were 15,000 people or

Richard and Nelda

so, but by the early 1900s, that

Pedersen met the rest of the

was over and the population

extended family in Juneau for the

went down,” Pedersen said. “The

Boat Company trip to Ketchikan.

Presbyterian and Methodist

Garsten family members

churches divided up the work,

traveled from as far as Hong

and my grandfather changed

Kong and Ireland for this gathering.

denominations to stay in

To celebrate, the Garstens had

Skagway and remained

special blue jackets emblazoned

Presbyterian the rest of his life.”

with “Alaska 2000 Family

This denomination change did

Adventure” made for the

not stick with the rest of the

entire group.

family – Both his brother and uncle are Methodist ministers. In 1918 when the First World War began, the Skagway

For Richard Pedersen, this trip continues the family adventure that began in 1902 and now includes the grandchildren who

Top: Rev. Lewis Pedersen was a member of the Alaska Brotherhood in 1913. Bottom:The Pedersens and the other passengers on their trip. The Boat Company


Our heritage calls on us to serve as protectors and defenders of God’s magnificent creations, ensuring safe passage of all creatures from one era to the next by protecting their habitats.


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Resolution Adopted At the 111th Convention of the Central Conference of American Rabbis March, 2000


n a brief moment in the life of our planet, we have destroyed

all but a remnant of Earth’s ancient forests. Over the last 300 years, the majestic ancient forests that once covered our continent have been reduced to a small remnant.The United States has already lost a stunning 96% of its old growth forests. Worldwide, 80% of old growth forests have been destroyed, and every year another 16 million hectares fall to the ax, torch, bulldozer or chain saw. As a result, thousands of creatures are at risk of extinction. Worldwide, 25% of mammals,

today have ever stood in an

It is our duty-as people of faith,

holiday (such as Tu B’Shevat or

ancient forest.

and citizens of our nation, our

Sukkot) to learning about

world, and our biosphere-to

environmental issues and Jewish environmental ethics.

Judaism teaches that we

20% of reptiles, 25% of amphibians,

have a sacred obligation to the

safeguard and weave together

and 34% of fish are in danger of

Creator, to Creation, and to

the patchwork of remnant forests

extinction. Destruction of forests

future generations to safeguard

as best we can.

is a leading cause. Water around

and protect Earth’s ecosystems.

Therefore, the Central

the world is polluted with the soil

Before the Flood, Noah and his

Conference of American Rabbis

that washes off bare mountains.

family protected at least two of

calls upon all Reform house-

Clinton’s initiative to protect

The biological inheritance of

every animal species, enabling all

holds, schools, synagogues, and

roadless areas in National

human-kind is being forever

creatures to make safe passage

camps to:

Forests in a manner that

diminished, reducing potential

from one era of human history

• Recycle waste paper and buy

protects all roadless areas over

sources of medicines, foods

to the next. After the Flood, God

only those paper products that

1,000 acres, including those in

and fibers.

said to Noah: “Behold, I establish

are made with a high percent-

Alaska, from all logging, mining,

My covenant with you, and with

age of post-consumer content

and other commercial use;

are refuges for thousands of

your seed after you, and with

recycled paper;

threatened creatures and plants,

every living creature that is with

and are vital to the protection of

you, of the birds, of the cattle, and

sustainably harvested by the

and restores biological

clean water sources for tens of

of every wild animal of the earth

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diversity; and,

millions of North Americans.

with you”(Genesis 9:9).

Council for all construction

The remaining wild forests

Wild forests also serve as refuges

Our heritage calls on us

• Use only wood certified as


Furthermore, the CCAR calls upon the Federal Government to: • Move forward with President

• Manage all public lands in a such manner that preserves

• End all subsidies for logging and mining on public lands and

for the human spirit, places where

to serve as protectors and

we can witness the Creator’s

defenders of God’s magnificent

whose activities contribute to

activities in all old-growth

majesty, reflect upon the mystery

creations, ensuring safe passage of

the destruction of forests in

forests and other threatened

of life, and hear the small, still

all creatures from one era to the

the U.S. and abroad; and,

habitats on public lands.

voice within.Tragically, few alive

next by protecting their habitats.

• Dedicate one Shabbat or

• Divest from corporations

immediately suspend all such

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Be It Enacted by the

Senate and House of Representatives Michael and Winsome McIntosh began the history of the Boat Company with exploratory trips in the late 1970s on chartered vessels with friends and associates in tow. A wooden W.W. II Navy minesweeper, the Observer, was purchased in 1980 from a US oil company.The vessel was redesigned to accommodate 12 passengers and eight crew. Seven years later, a second, larger US Navy minesweeper was purchased and rebuilt from the hull up to accommodate 20 passengers with a crew of 10. We retained the name, the Liseron, given by the French government (to whom it had been leased). Because commercial wooden hulled vessels are rare in this country, the regulations written by the Coast Guard were not appropriate for the Liseron.Therefore, in 1993, the Boat Company, sought a special exception, and Congress passed a bill authorizing the Coast Guard to write appropriate regulations solely for the Liseron. Several years ago it became apparent that the Company needed to add another vessel to accommodate the increasing demand for limited bookings. For a year, Michael researched and sought another wooden hulled Navy minesweeper to add to the “fleet.” We discovered fewer than 50 of these wooden hulls remained in the world, and all were in service to foreign allies, but none were available for purchase. What to do? We wanted the same style of vessel because their profiles naturally fit into SouthEast Alaska.The only solution was to build a replica from scratch. We assembled a team in Florida to build and outfit the boat (very heavy aluminum hull). Little did we know what a complicated task we were


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undertaking! We discovered that in 1996 Congress had mandated that the Coast Guard revise US regulations to conform to the rest of the world’s international standards as our domestic shipbuilding industry was becoming noncompetitive because of the disparities. However, the Coast Guard still had not converted those regulations.We had decided early on that we wanted to build the new vessel in this country (support our own industry), assuming that it ultimately would have to meet international standards. Hence, we instructed our architects and shipbuilders to design the boat to those standards. As the work began, the Coast Guard informed us that it did not foresee establishing the new regulations for some time.We were in a catch - 22 – trying to build a boat for the future which would meet the new standards if and when the Coast Guard got around to doing what Congress asked.We needed to seek legislative relief again from Congress. Unfortunately, some of our contacts from the Liseron days no longer served on the Hill, and we were starting over. After studying the committees of both houses, we began explaining our dilemma and seeking sponsors for another exception.To our rescue came two good friends, Caroline Gabel and Marion Brown.With their help, we began working with John Cullather (House minority staff director of the Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure), Sloan Rappoport (Senate Senior Counsel of the Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation) and Jane Calderwood, Legislative Director for Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine. Congressman Oberstar and Senator Snowe would champion our cause.They proposed having an exception

attached to the reauthorization of the Coast Guard, a yearly requirement. Unfortunately, in an election year, the likelihood of this bill passing in a timely manner was problematic. Now what to do? Our deadline was June 1 for getting this relief so the new boat, the Mist Cove, could be put into service in Alaska on July 1.The Coast Guard delayed construction at various intervals, even as they watched the progress of the bill’s introduction, passage out of committees, and attachment to legislation. By February we were beginning to “sweat bullets.” John Cullather proposed new strategy: Go for a special stand alone private bill, and since this is an Alaskan business, ask Congressman Don Young to sponsor it. Made sense! Fortunately, our attorney, Hal Mesirow, who represents other members of the shipping industry, had contacts in Congressman Young’s office where he was well regarded. In short order, we met Congressman Young, gathered supporters on the committees and received Congressman Young’s sponsorship of a private bill. Because we had decided as a company to move our operations to Sitka, the town authorities also assured Congressman Young that this was indeed an effort that ultimately would help the town with new job opportunities. About the first of June, with the help of Levon Boyagian (Legislative Director for Congressman Young), Colin Chapman (Chief of Staff for Congressman Young), Rebecca Dye (Majority Counsel, Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation), Marlene Campbell (City Administrator of Sikta), Larry Markley (Counsel to the City of Sitka), Rob Freeman (Aide to Senator Stevens), David Russell (Chief of Staff to Senator Stevens) and Senator Ted Stevens, the bill HR 3903 was introduced and passed, sent to the Senate, passed out of committee and then held at the Majority’s desk for a final Senate vote...Where it stopped, dead in its tracks, put on hold by Senator Fritz Hollings! Now what to do? At this point our bill was held political hostage. Senator Hollings’ staff had placed a hold, not only on our bill, but a number of others in an effort to move a piece of legislation the Senator was interested in, which was totally unrelated to our issue. As July approached, we watched our bill “hang in the wind.” No need to tell you how frustrated we felt after a year of working to get this done.The irony of it was that Senator Hollings sponsored the exception for the Liseron seven years earlier! Our friend, Walter Montgomery of Spartenburg, SC, had been our knight in shining armor that last time around, and Senator Hollings’ office had helped us get the legislative relief we needed then. Again we sought Walter’s advice. He was, as always, gracious and helpful, pleading our case to Senator Hollings’ office.We called everyone we could think of to jar loose the bill. We still had to get it to the White House and signed by President Clinton, and that usually took another two weeks, once reported out. The bill languished for five weeks before Senator Hollings lifted his hold; it was then sent to the White House and finally signed on July 6,

2000. The bill states:To deem the vessel m/v Mist Cove to be less than 100 gross tons, as measured under chapter 145 of title 46, United States Code. It was signed into law by Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the House; Strom Thurmond, President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and William J. Clinton, President of the United States. Because of delays by the Coast Guard and passage of our private bill, we were forced to cancel the first three scheduled charters this summer.We are grateful to our guests who were able to make other vacation plans at the last minute, or reschedule their trips for later in the season. Even the best-laid plans can go awry, but at least the future of the Mist Cove is now assured. I might add, Michael and our management team have a few more grey hairs as well!!! The Boat Company




lthough he never thought that he would ever have a need to call the U.S. Department of Defense and say, “I need to buy a minesweeper,” that’s exactly what Bob Vey, Boat Company controller found himself doing one day after Michael McIntosh said that he wanted to

add a second boat to the fleet. “At first they didn’t believe me, but we travelled to Europe to place a bid, and now, that’s the Liseron – purchased in 1989.” Bob Vey joined the Boat Company 13 years ago after receiving a call from a “headhunter” who was helping him search for a job. Working from his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, Bob admits that his job with the Boat Company has provided him with opportunities that he had never dreamed of before – only one of which is helping


purchase the Liseron. From Florida, he handles the Boat Company’s accounting state-

ments, payroll, taxes and other financial aspects involved in running the nonprofit. On Boat Company trips, Bob sets sail to a whole new world. “I’ve been on trips with several different captains, and each time I learn so much. It’s a whole different world,” he says. “I call Alaska a place where I can see ‘real trees.’ When I see an area that has been clear cut, I can’t help but ask, ‘How can someone do that?’” Bob has seen a lot of changes take place with the Boat Company since he joined. “The trips are filled to capacity now,” he says. But one of the biggest changes has been the proactive stances the Boat Company has been taking. “There’s been more of a direct involvement in conservation issues over the years.” Bob and his wife, Sandi, a kindergarten teacher, have two sons and a daughter. An avid volunteer with the Boy Scouts, he recently took a troop backpacking through 63 miles of the New Mexico mountains, an adventure that took 11 days, adding another stop on Vey’s journeys.


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A Legacy of Mining:

Juneau Started with a Stampede for Heavy Metal.

Southeast Alaska is a cultural

went underground and made

crossroads, as the Alaska Native,

Juneau one of the world’s

struck the when the Treadwell,

English, Spanish and Russian

hard-rock mining capitals, with

the Mexican and 700 other

names on the map testify.

the Alaska-Juneau mill near the

mines on Douglas Island flooded

However, Juneau, the first town

south end of Juneau and the

with seawater. Miraculously, no

founded in Alaska after the U.S.

Alaska-Gastineau mill at Thane.

one was killed, but more than

purchased the territory from

On Douglas, 960 machines

1,000 miners were thrown out

Russia, has a French name.

pounded and crushed rock from

of work.

Alaska’s capital city should be named Kowee (the anglicized

the mammoth Treadwell Gold Mining Complex.

On April 21, 1917, disaster

The Alaska-Juneau mine continued to prosper until

version of, after a

In its heyday,Treadwell

World War II, when many of the

Tlingit man who showed Joe

employed 2,000 men paid $100

miners joined the Army or were

Juneau and Richard Harris gold

a month, the highest mining

drafted, and others left to work

nuggets in Gold Creek. Kowee

wages in the world at the time.

on war construction projects

led the two miners up Snow

Between 1881 and 1944,

that paid higher wages.

Slide Gulch through the Devil’s

the Juneau Gold Belt produced

Club to the mother lode in

6.7 million ounces of gold, worth

force had dwindled to fewer

Quartz Gulch and Silverbow

over $3 billion at today’s prices.

than 275 men and the mine

Basin in 1880.

It also produced 3.1 million


“Juneau and myself could

ounces of silver – only 13 years

By 1944, the mine’s work

Juneau’s mining industry has

hardly believe our eyes,” Harris

after Seward was ridiculed for

slowed, but in recent years a sil-

later wrote. “We knew it was

proposing the purchase of Alaska

ver mine was opened at Greens

gold, but so much and not fine

for $7.2 million. Seward’s folly,

Creek on Admiralty Island, and a

particles, streaks running through


gold mine is planned for an area

the rock and little lumps as large as peas and beans.”

So strong was the influence

about 45 miles north of Juneau,

of mining on the community

the Kensington Mine, which

that practically anything that

could employ 265 people.The

stampede was on. Miners dug,

happened in the industry was

price of gold and the expense

scooped, washed and swirled

news. For example, payday for

of extracting it are factors in the

the cold waters to gather their

the 1,000 miners working at the

plan to open that mine.

gold. When the loose nuggets

Alaska-Juneau mine rated a page

thinned out, mining companies

one story in the fall of 1913.

Word leaked, and the

Reproduced from website

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2001 M/V LISERON SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Dates May 18 - May 25 May 27 - June 1 June 3 - June 8 June 10 - June 15 June 16 – June 21 June 23 – June 28 June 30 – July 7 July 9 - July 16 July 19 – July 25 July 27 - August 1 August 3 - August 8 August 10 – August 15 August 17 – August 22 August 24 – August 29 August 31 – September 7 September 9 – September 15

Boarding Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

Disembarking Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Trip Length 8 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 8 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 7 days

2001 M/V OBSERVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Dates May 16 – May 22 May 24 - May 31 June 2 - June 8 June 10 - June 15 June 17 - June 22 June 24 – June 29 July 1 - July 6 July 8 - July 13 July 14 - July 19 July 22 – July 28 July 30 - August 4 August 6 - August 11 August 13 – August 20 August 21 – August 27 August 29 – September 5 September 7 – September 14

Boarding Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Disembarking Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

Trip Length 7 days 8 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 7days 6 days 6 days 8 days 7 days 8 days 8 days

2001 M/V MIST COVE SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15

Dates May 17 – May 24 May 26 - June 2 June 4 - June 11 June 13 - June 20 June 22 – June 27 June 28 - July 3 July 5 - July 13 July 15 – July 22 July 25 – July 31 August 2 - August 7 August 9 – August 14 August 16 – August 24 August 26 - September 3 September 5 – September 11 September 13 – September 19

Boarding Sitka Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Disembarking Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan

*In the event of a cancellation, if you would like to be wait listed for any of the trips already reserved or booked please let us know. 12

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Trip Length 8 days 8 days 8 days 8 days 6 days 6 days 9 days 8 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 9 days 9 days 7 days 7 days

2002 M/V LISERON SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Dates May 17 - May 25 May 27 - June 1 June 3 - June 8 June 10 - June 16 June 18 - June 23 June 25 - June 30 July 3 - July 10 July 12 - July 20 July 22 - July 27 July 29 - August 3 August 5 - August 10 August 12 - August 17 August 19 - August 26 August 28 - Sept. 4 Sept. 6 - Sept. 13 Sept. 15 - Sept. 20

Boarding Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Juneau

Disembarking Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Sitka

Trip Length 9 days 6 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 9 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 8 days 8 days 6 days

2002 M/V OBSERVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17

Dates May 17 - May 23 May 25 - May 30 June 1 - June 7 June 9 - June 14 June 16 - June 21 June 23 - June 30 July 2 - July 7 July 9 - July 15 July 17 - July 22 July 24 - July 29 August 2 - August 8 August 10 - August 15 August 17 - August 24 August 26 - August 31 Sept. 2 - Sept. 8 Sept. 10 - Sept. 15 Sept. 17 - Sept. 22

Boarding Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Disembarking Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

Trip Length 7 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 8 days 6 days 7 days 6 day 6 days

2002 M/V MIST COVE SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Dates May 12 - May 19 May 21 - May 28 May 30 - June 4 June 6 - June 11 June 13 - June 20 June 22 - June 29 July 1 - July 6 July 8 - July 13 July 16 - July 24 July 26 - August 3 August 6 - August 13 August 15 - August 22 August 24 - August 29 August 31 - Sept. 5 Sept. 7 - Sept. 12 Sept. 14 - Sept. 20

Boarding Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

Disembarking Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau Ketchikan Sitka Juneau Sitka Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka Juneau

Trip Length 8 days 8 days 6 days 6 days 8 days 8 days 6 days 6 days 9 days 9 days 8 days 8 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 6 days

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“ “ Guest Quotes

My heart to my wife; my life to my family; my soul to Alaska. Sean P. Judge Islip, New York Mist Cove 2000

The Boat: absolutely gorgeous. I cannot think of any negative; the cabin was larger than we expected (we only used it for sleeping and changing – there was too much other stuff to do – didn’t find time to read the information packet on the desk in the room until we got home – the caps and the binoculars were a really nice touch); everything else on the Liseron was so well thought out that it gave chills to a perfectionist like me! Norm and Terry Schroeder Los Angeles, California Liseron 2000

Photo Credit: Jack Hanley, Roariy Gap, NC Mist Cove 2000

“Our experience on the M/V Observer was truly an awesome one. The natural beauty of the Tongass National Forest and the multiple sightings of wildlife overwhelmed us. We learned about many environmental issues and the preservation and conservation of Southeast Alaska.The trip was more rewarding than we ever imagined it to be and the congeniality of the other passengers greatly added to our enjoyment.” Jim and Maureen Moran Delmar, New York Observer 2000 14

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Willie Edminston on Liseron with Chris 8.10.00. Background Photo Credit:Terri Shuck

Photo Credit:Terri Shuck

BALD EAGLE JOKE One day there was a man who was walking through the forest and got lost. He wandered around for over a week, and was beginning to starve. He spotted a Bald Eagle who had just caught a fish and chased it, hoping to get it to drop the fish so he could eat it.Then he saw the bird land on a tree stump not far from him, so he picked up a stone to toss at it – hoping the bird would be frightened and fly away without the fish. But, weak as he was, his aim was off and he hit the poor bird square on the head, and killed it.

So, the day of his trial he told the judge, “Please your Honor, it was a life or death situation! I was lost and starving, and I didn’t mean to harm the bird – I only wanted the fish! And when I accidentally killed it, well, I felt terrible but couldn’t see any reason to let it go to waste!” The judge listened to the man’s story and deemed him, “Not guilty, on the grounds of extenuating circumstances.” The man was very grateful, and thanked the judge for his fairness.

“Well,” he thought to himself, “no sense letting it go to waste, if I leave it here it will just rot, and it could save my life if I eat it.”

Then, the judge leaned over and quietly asked the man, “Just between you and me, what DOES a Bald Eagle taste like anyway??”

So, he built himself a little fire – using a couple of stones – and cooked the eagle to eat.While it was cooking a ranger stumbled upon the man, and when he saw what he was up to, he immediately arrested him – because as you know, that is quite illegal!

The man comtemplated this for a moment and then spoke, “Well, it’s kind of hard to explain... but, I would say somewhere between a California Condor and a Spotted Owl.”

The man told the ranger what had happened, and asked for a trial so he could explain the situation to a judge. The Boat Company



From Alaskan Waters

Daniel van Hamersfeld first worked for the Boat Company 10 years ago when his uncle, Jan Mantel from Amsterdam arranged for him to visit the United States and work as a chef on the Observer.The next 10 years found him honing his skills as a chef in the Seattle area and much to our pleasure, returning to the Boat Company to do a repeat performance on our newest vessel, the Mist Cove. Daniel is an excellent chef, serving low fat continental cuisine. Below is a marvelous sauce to serve beneath a portion of baked halibut (fast baked for 20 minutes at 450). Enjoy the recipe! Fennel beurre blanc Makes enough for 10-12 dinners. Great with halibut.

dissolved and you have a nice creamy looking sauce. Add pepper and


salt to taste.

bottle Chardonnay


lb. cold butter cut into small pieces


cup heavy cream


cup diced onion


bay leaves


tsp thyme


tbs fennel seeds

Pinch tumeric

Fennel beurre blanc It’s very important that you whisk while adding the butter, stirring does not work. It will only result in melted butter. The tumeric is only for color.

If your sauce is too tart, add a tiny bit of sugar.

Pepper and salt Pour chardonnay in a sauce pan, add bay leaves, thyme, fennel, tumeric and onion. Reduce all until about 1/4 size, add cream. Reduce again until 1/2 the size. On low fire, add the butter and whisk it in until all

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