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PICTURE PERFECT WEDDING Kim and Chris Bradshaw marry on board the Liseron.

HOPES FOR OLD LIGHTHOUSE Group works on Cape Decision Lighthouse.


POETRY By Frank Carpenter

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

W Michael McIntosh

e couldn't

Tonnage is a volume mea-

find another

surement. More specifically,


100 cu. ft. of space equals 1 ton.

minesweeper whose hull

Operations Office The Boat Company 19623 Viking Avenue NW Poulsbo, WA 98370 (360) 697-5454 phone (360) 697-4213 fax email:

(USCG) rules and regulations

was sound so, under time

state that, if a passenger boat

pressures, we stopped looking

measures 100 tons or less, the

and decided to build. Little did

vessel can be inspected under

we know another bureaucratic

one set of regulations, over 100

odyssey was in store.

tons, by others.The main prob-

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Corporate Office The Boat Company c/o The McIntosh Foundation 1730 M Street NW, Suite 404 Washington, D.C. 20036 (202) 338-8055 phone (202) 234-0745 fax

United States Coast Guard

When the word “tonnage�

lem we have with "over" is that

is used in conjunction with ships,

everything has to be made of

a common perception is that

metal, i.e., beds, chairs, tables,

it refers to weight. Either the

deck, cabinets, etc. Wood isn't

weight of the vessel or the

allowed. No more lovely

weight of the water the hull

wooden bulwarks or cap rail.

displaces. Neither is correct.

No more brass/bronze fittings

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: Staff:

Michael McIntosh, President Mark McIntosh, Vice President Steve Riehemann, Operations Manager Kathy Nissley, Sales Manager Doug Cope, Boat Construction Manager Winsome McIntosh, Editor

Architectural Rendering of Mist Cove. Board of Directors:

Michael McIntosh Winsome McIntosh Mark McIntosh Hunter McIntosh Colin McIntosh 2

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and hardware framed by var-

A short while later the

nished woods.The boat loses all

USCG told us we were still over

semblance of being a yacht and

100 tons. Seems that any space

becomes nothing more than a

(room) above the main deck

floating tin can.

that contains a bunk (bed)

To put the 100-ton measurement in context, a small house with 1,200 sq. ft. of space

has to be included in the tonnage calculation. However, there was a

(living room, kitchen with dining,

solution as there was also an

a couple of small bedrooms and

USCG rule that said if one built

one bath) along with an 8 ft. ceil-

a false main deck that was at

ing would just about come

least 6 inches above the real

to 100 tons.

main deck, then rooms with

Since most vessels over

bunks built on that deck didn't

70/80 ft. measure 100 tons, the

really exist and therefore

USCG, over a period of many

didn't count.

years, developed a set of rules

In 1996, Congress passed a

(inches thick) that attempts to

law, which amongst other things,

address the issue. But the rules

directed the Coast Guard to

are truly Byzantine.

come up with a set of regula-

Our naval architects fol-

tions that would bring the U.S.

lowed USCG regulations and

into sync with the way the rest

chopped up the below-deck

of the world calculates tonnage.

configuration of the vessel so as

Needless to say, they haven't

to preclude a great deal of its

done it.

volume from being used in ton-

Faced with the option of

nage calculations (miserable for

either building a vessel with false

the crew to live and work in).

decks, etc., or alternatively a boat

The rest of the design was like

with no wood and brass, we

our other boats and we sent

chose (being 65 and infirm in

them in.

both mind and body) a third

Your Boat Company Board of Directors.

option, i.e., to challenge the establishment. The foregoing means we are proceeding to build the vessel as it should be, while trying over the next six - twelve months to convince either the Coast Guard or Congress to

The Boat Company is moving its

give us a temporary exemption

conservation programs and sales

until the regulations are finally

functions to a new office in Seattle

written. We are comfortable

(The Boat Company, 811 First Avenue, Suite 454, Seattle, WA

with this approach as we are

98104; (206) 624-4242 phone;

constructing the vessel to

(206) 624-4141 fax) You'll find

standards far in excess of

Kathy Nissley head of sales and

current requirements. If we

marketing department at this

receive the exemption, we will

new location as of Memorial

be able to carry 24 people;

Day Weekend.

if not, we will be limited to 12 until the regulations are finally written.

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The Liseron Helps Make Picture Perfect Wedding



f Kim and Chris Bradshaw had only one word to describe

scenic backdrop in place, the bride and groom gathered – Kim wear-

their wedding aboard the Liseron, it would be “Wow!”

ing a beautiful cream-colored dress, and Chris dressed in his tuxedo.

“Only ‘Wow’ can describe nature’s ambiance when

Kim and Chris brought a dark blue, double-breasted suit for Captain

looking at the waterfall in Red Bluff Bay. And only ‘Wow’

Mark to wear, and their double-duty maid-of-honor and best man,

can describe the effort put forth by each crew member to

Dana, wore a dark blue blazer and skirt.Twenty-one passengers and

ensure that our day was not surpassed by any other day

10 crew members watched from the second and third decks wearing

imaginable. And yes, only ‘Wow’ can describe how much fun we all

aluminum foil bow ties made by Betty Groover, a passenger with

had – especially Kim and me,” said Chris.

creative genius. Because the bride and groom had their backs to the

After a year of trying to create a perfect and unique wedding day, Kim Victor and Chris Bradshaw decided to be really different and get married on the Liseron.Their friend, Dana Brinker, a crew member,

waterfalls, guests couldn’t hear, so Chris typed up the short but sweet 10-minute ceremony for people to read later. The wedding didn’t end with the ceremony, though. Behind the

orchestrated the event – ensuring that everything was as spectacular

scenes, while the soon-to-be-newlyweds were enjoying their day, Chef

as it could be. It was the first Liseron wedding,

Chad was preparing crab-stuffed halibut for dinner. A gift from a pas-

and everyone went that extra mile.

senger, Mike Sykes, the halibut was caught just four hours earlier.That’s

The Bradshaw’s wedding day was pretty typical, with all the

fresh! “Chad also whipped up a delectable triple-decker, ice-cream

typical “wedding day stuff.” They got out of bed at six a.m. to make

filled cake,” said Kim. “He insisted it was low-calorie.” The Boat

sure they did not miss any halibut fishing.Then they practiced their

Company also provided a case of Moet Chandon for the wedding

“walk down the aisle” by hiking through the remote mountain trails

dinner. Dinner tables were dressed to the nines, decorated with red,

at noon. And finally, at 3 p.m., before they took the plunge, they

green, purple and yellow wild flowers from the previous day’s nature

dipped their feet into the warm nature-made hot springs.

walk blossoming as centerpieces.

Finally, before five p.m., they had to get ready for their wedding.

Among the other great gifts from their guests was a sweatshirt,

Shortly after five p.m., First Mate Peter Boyce positioned the bow of

from Betty Groover, that was painted with little hearts. Everyone

the Liseron directly facing the waterfalls at Red Bluff Bay. With the

signed it with their own messages. When they asked where she got the shirt, Betty replied, “I’m always prepared for spontaneous gifts.”


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And what was crew member Becka doing when she wasn’t working? On the last day of the trip, she presented the couple with a cross-stitch of Alaska with a red dot noting the location of Red Bluff Bay. Also stitched in it was, “Chris & Kim, September 5, 1998, Red Bluff Bay.” It’s framed and at home on the Bradshaw’s entry table. “We knew our wedding day


would be unique,” said Chris,

“and we knew it would be picturesque. But what we didn’t

know was what our ‘wedding

guests’ would be like. We lucked out, though. We could not have picked better ‘strangers’ to be

our guests.” The ceremony was two days into the six-day trip,

L. to R. (front row) Adde Anchincloss, Bambi Hatch, Adela Wilmerding, Guy Wilmerdiup. (second row) Paul Cox, Luois Anchincloss, Joan Cox, Pierce Butler. (back row) Ron Hawk (guide), Frank Hatch, Lucius Wilmerdiup, Blaken Anchincloss and another guide.

Observer Makes for a Magical Honeymoon

and by that time, everyone

already felt like family.The day

wenty years after

be interested in the NRDC. “It

would get off the boat and fish

before the wedding, 12 of the


was a working honeymoon, split

and hike and canoe. Sometimes,

guests hiked through the woods,

aboard the

between having fun with my

small chartered planes would fly

picking wildflowers that soon

Observer, Joan and

new husband and learning as

us over the glaciers.The scenery

would become Kim’s bouquet.

Paul Cox II are still

much as I could about Alaskan

was breathtaking. We went

environmental issues,” said Joan.

ashore and tramped every day,”

Kim and Chris still keep in

reminiscing about their fabulous

touch with many of the passen-

trip and looking ahead to their

gers and crew members. “I’m

20th anniversary trip with the

and nine other passengers,

ple would spend more time

sifting through nine hours of

Boat Company in the year 2000.

including a renowned author

together kayaking and canoeing.

videotape to come up with a ‘Best Of ’ tape to send them. We made nice friends that we’ll stay in touch with. And two of the crew members have already visited us in Florida!” The Bradshaw’s wedding day on the Liseron was, indeed,

The Cox’s honeymoon was

The trip had a small crew

Louis Auchincloss and his wife,

said Joan. After dinner, the cou-

“The whole trip was extra-

unduplicable by other couples.

and a candidate for the

ordinary – the glaciers, the

“We spent our honeymoon in

Massachusetts’s governor’s seat,

whales, the porpoises, the

double-decker beds,” said Joan,

Bill Hatch. “We really enjoyed

eagles – all the things that you

laughing. “The boat was comfort-

the intimacy of the small number

don’t ordinarily get to see,”

able and ever-so-slightly ‘funky.’ ”

of people,” said Joan.

added Paul.

But the trip wasn’t all fun

“Having so few people

“It was absolutely magnifi-

and games for Joan. She spread

aboard gave us the opportunity

cent to see this big part of the

her time between work and

to really become friends with

world from such a small boat.

honeymooning since her trip

the other passengers,” added

The entire experience was

was paid for by the environmen-

Paul. For several years the Cox’s

absolutely magical. We wouldn’t

the day. “We’re already looking

tal law firm she worked for as

stayed in touch with other pas-

go again unless we could go on

forward to our anniversary trip.”

part of a fundraiser for the

sengers aboard the Observer.

a small boat.”

The couple will be celebrating

Natural Resources Defense

Every day of the honey-

their first anniversary soon.They

Council (NRDC).The law firm

moon was different. “We would

live in Bonita Springs, Florida.

offered a promotional trip for

travel for a while on the boat,

people that they thought would

and that was beautiful.Then we

perfect. “Nothing could have been improved,” said Kim.The crew’s attention to detail and the spirited passengers, perfected

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Group Has Shining Hopes for Old Lighthouse Excerpted, in part, from article by Brendan I. Jones Sentinel Staff Writer

Keith Greba, Alaskan artist

ocated in the Tsongas

lease the grounds at no charge in

Preservation Office, under the

National Forest sits,

exchange for providing insurance,

guidelines of the Secretary of the

maintain the lighthouse structure

what could be, one of

handling environmental clean-up

Interior’s Standards for

and create a public recreation

Alaska’s newest

and maintaining the facilities for

Rehabilitation, must approve all

spot for hiking and camping on

hiking, camping,

public use.The government con-

lighthouse rehabilitation and

southern Kuiu through the recon-

boating and recreational areas for

tinues to operate navigational

preservation projects.Through this

struction of the historic trails.The

Southeast Alaska’s visitors.The

aides, but the adopting organiza-

effort, the Society plans to pre-

group currently is working with

Cape Decision Lighthouse is found

tion will maintain the buildings. In

serve the natural, scenic beauty

the US Forest Service to recon-

on the end of Kuiu Island where

return, the organization will retain

and to maintain, as is, this pocket

struct the mile-long spur trail,

the Chatham and Sumner Straits

exclusive use of the buildings as a

of unspoiled wilderness.

which gives the most practical

meet, in the heart of the National

recreational facility or lodge. Cape

Forest.What was once a beacon


The goal of the society is to

A pristine setting surrounded by

access to the lighthouse.The spur

Decision was one of 11 light-

other designated wilderness areas,

trailhead is found behind a natural

of hope and a sign of life for

houses in Southeast Alaska

the land that holds the lighthouse

reef that creates a calm spot in

sailors braving the waves and

included in this program

is teeming with wildlife such as

any weather for gaining access, and

black bears, wolves, whales, sea

is the anticipated spot for recre-

undertows of these rough waters,

In the not too distant future, the

is now a burgeoning “must-see”

Society hopes to put the wilder-

otters and eagles, providing the

ationalists to gain access to the

spot on the itineraries of

ness area surrounding the Cape

perfect setting for solitude and

area.The group also hopes to

southeast Alaska visitors.

Decision lighthouse on the map

wildlife viewing.“Aside from the

reconstruct the Port McArthur

for people visiting southeast

lighthouse, there is not a single

Trail, the original trail used by

was adopted in April 1997, by the

Alaska.“It’s probably one of the

trace of man. A lot of people are

those who manned the lighthouse.

Cape Decision Lighthouse Society

remotest spots in the southeast,”

looking for just this kind of refuge,”

The Society also has plans to

in a preservation effort developed

said Karen Johnson, president of

added Johnson.Within a 50-mile

open the lighthouse to overnight

by the US Coast Guard in January

the Cape Decision Lighthouse

radius of the lighthouse are other

visitors and make the area accessi-

1997. Due to federal budget cuts


designated wilderness areas

ble by radio communication, as

including Warren Island,Tebenkof

well as provide a first aid station.

The Cape Decision Lighthouse

and the age of automation, the

The Society is reconstructing

Coast Guard inaugurated a pro-

the historic trails under the super-

Bay Wilderness, Hazy Islands,

However, Johnson expects it will

gram through which organizations

vision of the United States Forest

Coronation Island, and South

be at least another year before

were invited to “adopt” a light-

Service, using materials found on

Baranof Wilderness.

overnight guests will be allowed.

house. Eligible nonprofits may

the site.The State Historic


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The historical folklore surrounding the lighthouse is reason enough for people to take notice of the landmark. Near the mouth of Chatham Strait, lies a rocky beach called Poor Man’s Point. Legend had it that if a boat couldn’t make seven knots in this area, the undertow would suck it into the Gulf of Alaska. In order to aid seafarers through this rough water, a lighthouse was built on the edge of Kuiu Island. Keepers of the lighthouse spent so much time in solitude, that often drink was their only form of company, and legend has it that they would sneak liquor into the lighthouse. In 1932, the U.S. Lighthouse Service completed construction of the Cape Decision Lighthouse. The Coast Guard manned the station for the next three decades, rotating crews until 1974.That year, the light was converted to automatic operation and maintained by workers who periodically visited. The Cape Decision Lighthouse Society is run by 11 full-time volunteers, and the membership exceeds 150 people. Membership in the society is free, but donations and contributions are accepted. Benefactors’ names will be included on an engraved brass plaque placed on the lighthouse. The Boat Company plans to make this site part of their regular route. Passengers will be able to hike the wilderness trails and see the lighthouse as part of their Boat Company trip.

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Bronze Bear Guards Juneau Capital R.T. (Skip) Wallen, Artist

Bronze Bear Guards Juneau Capital


from three wellsprings, two from the wilderness of Admiralty Island, and the third from a parking lot in Florence, Italy.The artist, R.T.Wallen, recounts the history of the sculpture:

In the 1970s Alaskans worked locally to protect the wild forests of Admiralty Island.The Tlingit people call this place Xoot’s noo woo, the Brown Bear Fortress. I was in love with this island. I was in love with everything about this place except the chainsaw hanging over its old growth forest like a Sword of Damocles. I spent time on the coasts and lakes, and in the high country. In 1973, working from life drawings, I produced a lithographic study of a bear entitled the Windfall Fisherman. The image was widely reproduced in the effort to protect Admiralty Island.

Windfall Fisherman


he concept for the Windfall Fisherman sculpture drew

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This excerpt, based on my 1973 field notes, tells the story of my initial interest in Admiralty Island: A silvery-colored bear, sated with dog salmon, loafed almost completely submerged in the blue-green reflections and clear, depths of a salmon stream pool. Hemlocks and Sitka spruce, arched overhead shading the pool, but just upstream fallen trees bridged bank to bank. On my side of the pool, opposite the bear, a school of 20 salmon rested, facing upstream, recouping energies for their ascent to spawning places. Downstream, Bonaparte’s gulls squabbled for bits of salmon left in the riffles by other bears.The only stream, interrupted sometimes by

In 1998, a second of my bronzes was dedicated in Juneau. Entitled Gang Of Four, the study of a mother brown bead and three cubs can be seen at the Salmon Creek Hatchery on Gastinau Channel two miles north of downtown.

a blast of air and water as the

Monument.The pro-development

like this for Alaska? A bear in the

tion in Juneau, Windfall Fisherman

bear exhaled.

side lamented the loss of a pulp

center of the capital city might tap

has stood guard in front of the

sounds were the purl of the swift

Presently the bear floated to

mill. Resentment smoldered.

a sense of pride in Alaskans – in

Alaska Capitol. Following the

the opposite bank and, feeling

Threats were made; people lost

our stewardship of wildlife. Alaska

installation of the large bronze

with her paws among a windfall’s

jobs; and “Sierra Club Kiss My Ax”

had something that Italy had long

bear, I began work on an edition

sunken roots where several fish

bumper stickers enjoyed popularity.

since lost.Where were the great

of 150 casts from the maquette

were lodged, gaffed out a dead

Now, Juneau found itself poised as

forests and wildlife of Europe? A

(or working model) used to

salmon. Perhaps the roots snagged

a “gateway city” to this wilderness.

bronze bear in Alaska would be a

make the large sculpture.The

weak and dead fish as they drifted

Some common ground approach

celebration of our wildlife – not a

85th cast of this edition has since

by. In any case, she knew about

to the subject of Admiralty

memorial to it.

been completed.

this larder, and with the fish in her

Island – to help sooth and heal

mouth she hauled out, shook her-

the bitterness in the community –

we returned home reminded me

Note from the editor:

self, and lay heavily to bake on the

was needed.

of this plight. 1984 was the 25th

Skip Wallen’s work is highly respected

anniversary of Alaska statehood,

and coveted in Alaska. Michael and I

sunlit log.The salmon, which had

This brings us to Italy, where

A notice in the paper after

scattered during this activity, quick-

Lynn and I were married in 1982.

and the Silver Anniversary

own one of the small edition

ly regrouped all facing upstream.

We stopped in Florence, and in a

Committee was soliciting propos-

Windfall Fisherman bronzes and just

The second source, more

piazza outside the Uffizi Gallery, I

als for the celebration. Lynn and

love it. Unless his price has changed,

impetus than inspiration, was the

saw a bronze of a wild boar – a

several of my friends said,“This is

they list for $3,000 and are a won-

aftermath of the decades-long

cast of a work copied by Pietro

the chance. Do it.” I submitted my

derful addition to the home.You may

Admiralty Island battle.The timber

Tacca in 1612.The work was not

proposal, and it was accepted. I

contact him at the following address:

sale, of which Admiralty had previ-

enshrined in any particular way; it

volunteered my time and the


ously been a part, would have

just stood there with cars parked

foundry costs with the hope that

PO Box 21063

been the largest timber sale ever

around it and cigarette butts

some of the costs might be

Juneau, Alaska 99802

– anywhere; however, in 1978,

stubbed out on its plinth. Its appeal

recouped through the sale of

(907) 586-6517

President Carter proclaimed

released my imagination.Wouldn’t

smaller sculptures. Since its dedica-

Admiralty Island a National

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2000 M/V LISERON SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Dates May 24 - May 29 10 June 1 - June 6 10 June 8 - June 15 June 18 - June 24 June 26 - July 1 July 4 - July 9 July 11 - July 17 July 20 - July 28 July 30 - August 6 August 9 - August 14 August 16 - August 22 August 25 - September September. 5 - September. 10 September. 12 - September 17

Boarding 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

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

2000 M/V OBSERVER SOUTHEAST ALASKA CHARTER SCHEDULE Trip # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Dates May 22 --May 27 May 29 - June 3 June 6 - June 11 June 13 - June 18 June 21 - June 26 June 28 - July 5 July 8 - July 13 July 15 - July 20 July 23 - July 30 August 1- August 9 August 12 - August 17 August 19 - August 25 August 28 - September 5 September 7 - September 12

Boarding 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

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



Dates July 26 - August 3 August 6 - August 13 August 15 - August 22 August 25 - September 2 September 4 - September 9 September 12 - September 18

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Boarding Ketchikan Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Juneau

Disembarking Juneau Ketchikan Juneau Sitka Juneau Sitka

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

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

Dates May 16 - June 1 June 2 - June 7 June 8 - June 14 June 15 - June 20 June 23 - June 28 June 29 - July 4 July 5 - July 13 July 15 - July 23 July 24 - August 1 August 3 - August 8 August 9 - August 16 August 17 - August 22 August 25 - August 31 September. 1 - September 6 September 8 - September 14

Boarding 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

Trip Length 7 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 6 days 9 days 9 days 9 days 6 days 8 days 6 days 7 days 6 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 23 --May 29 May 30 - June 4 June 5 - June 10 June 11 - June 16 June 18 - June 24 June 25 - June 30 July 1 - July 6 July 7 - July 13 July 15 - July 20 July 21 - July 29 July 30 - August 4 August 6 - August 14 August 15 - August 20 August 21 - August 27 August 29 - September 4 September 5 - September 10

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 6 days 6 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 6 days 7 days 6 days 9 days 6 days 9 days 6 days 7 days 7 days 6 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

Dates May 27 - June 3 June 5 - June 12 June 13 - June 20 June 22 - June 27 June 29 - July 6 July 7 - July 12 July 14 - July 22 July 24 - August 1 August 3 - August 10 August 11 - August 18 August 19 - August 24 August 25 - September 2 September 3 - September 8 September 10 - September 17

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

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

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

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“ “ Guest Quotes

Bobbie Coats-Wondrasch Liseron 98 Duluth, Georgia

“My husband loves to fish, and this was the culmination of a fantastic adventure in Southeast Alaska. We had a wonderful time!”

Frank Wondrasch

Kim Groover and family Liseron 98 Birmingham, Alabama

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“...there was fun to be had and we had it. Let me just remind those behind the desks that this adventure filled with eagles, King, Silver, Halibut, sunsets, bear, find wine and dine, comfy couches, long hikes, rainbows, movies, whales, music, down comforters, hot spring wading, sea lions, wild flowers, canoeing, waterfalls and on and on and on...hold little meaning without the memory of the people sharing it with us. It’s the memories of galley laughter, engine room explanations, muddy hike giggles, first catches, games of cribbage, the gift of a book with inscription, gabbing in the wheelhouse, renaming the salon “The Saloon,” etc. Without your hand- chosen crew, simple pleasures might have gone unnoticed.”

People are Talking! Make sure you pick up the May/June issue of National Geographic

Traveler magazine. It will include a 10-page article on the Tongass and the Boat Company trips.

Marcy Brown Liseron 98 Worton, Maryland “...words are inadequate to prepare one for the flexibility and hospitality of the crew, the breathtaking beauty of the land, and the exhilarating excitement at watching wildlife at play.”

The Langford Family Don and Joyce Omer Observer 98 LaCygne, Kansas “Within the last several months I have repeated over and over more group trips! So of course, we would find ourselves on the Observer falling into the company of several other who, from the beginning, seemed like old friends. Go figure! Live is always interesting. Thanks.”

The Hood Family Observer 98 Orlando, Florida

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Shannon Sadler Hull

“What an incredible introduction to Alaska for our family! We have learned and enjoyed...and we will carry the knowledge and experience with us. Thank you for giving us a renewed appreciation for the beauty and balance of our environment!”



“I simply fell in love with Alaska,” he said. Dividing his time between his tasks as Operations Manager and his duty as Captain, Steve gets a taste of both worlds – overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Boat Company and spending time out on the water. As Operations Manager, he literally ensures that things flow smoothly for others and himself. Steve organizes all boat maintenance, hires crew, makes sure that they have the proper permits, oversees Coast Guard inspections and acts as purchasing manager. And with the addition of Mist Cove, these tasks are bound to increase. “The old wooden boats are a challenge to maintain,” he says. “Although I don’t get to do much hands-on maintenance work anymore, it’s always fun to restore and maintain the old equipment. That’s why I’m still here. If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t stay.” The other half of his time is spent on the water guiding the passengers and overseeing the crew on trips aboard the Observer and the Liseron.The challenge and the excitement of this keeps Steve coming back – no two days are ever alike.“There is never any monotony. Out on the boat, you get to see new things every day.” For this reason, Steve can’t choose just one day or event that has been the most exciting.“One day you’re on the water and you’re greeted by a group of whales doing a show for you, and the next day you’re hiking in a part of the Alaskan forest that you’ve never been in


ll roads must lead to the Boat Company, or else why is it

and seeing things you’ve never seen.” Seeing Alaska and meeting different people are important to

that Steve Riehemann has come from Sarasota, Florida to Seattle,Washington to become the Operations Manager for the Boat Company? Steve, a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University,

Steve.“It’s the people and the natural beauty of the area that make this job so worthwhile.These aspects are often more important to me than taking care of the boats.” Steve considers his job to be much like a hobby – his love for

earned his degree in Wildlife Management. From his first job out of college working as a biologist in a marine lab in Florida, Steve picked up his boating experience and his love for the water and boats. “At first they kept me doing lab work, but I liked being out on the water, so after a while, I got my captain’s license and was able to get out to sea more often,” Steve said. At the same time that Steve was working in the lab in Florida, the captain of the Observer, Craig Starns, who was from Tampa, was searching for naturalists to develop a natural history program for him in Baja, California. He hired Steve, and from 1985-1989, Steve continued to work on and off, in conjunction with other naturalists, to complete the program. It was during this time that Steve’s relationship with the Boat Company grew and new opportunities kept coming up as the company expanded. Eight years ago he began working year-round with the Boat Company, and in 1991, he had the good fortune of taking over as Captain of the Observer, which led to the captain’s job on the

Liseron in 1996. 14

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the outdoors, hiking, fishing and boats creates a perfect blend of work and fun.

Poetry by Frank Carpenter

Newport Beach, CA, Observer Guest 1998

Slip and Slide Into the interior... Through bog and swamp we trudge Meandering the muddy miles We slog through sloughs of sludge We slip and slide up sloppy slopes Galoshes gobbed with goo We trek in trackless troughs of tripe Through slime of every hue We march on marshy, messy moss Our clogs, a carnage caked in crud We dip, we trip, we flip, we slip Did I mention there is mud? Ah, hiking in Alaska What a pleasant thing to do “Folks, it’s rubber boots again today And wear your waders too!”

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Recipes From Alaskan Waters These recipes are taken from Gustavus Inn at Glacier Bay, Alaska. Innkeepers David and JoAnn Lesh and their extended family have lived and worked in the Salmon River meadow for many years.The Inn is a delightful place to stay while visiting Glacier Bay National Park.The Inn maintains its own garden, root cellar and fishing operation to provide the finest food in the area.They even make their own root beer! GRAVLAX Two - approximately one pound, unskinned fillets of salmon Fresh dill, enough to completely cover one fillet Mix together: 1 cup rock salt 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon grated black pepper

Separate and turn the fillets over twice a day.The salt/sugar mixture will pull most of the liquid out of the fish and create a brine.This dill-flavored brine is what cures the salmon. When the fillet is nice and firm, it is ready to eat. How much you like it cured is a matter of personal taste, often the middle thicker part of the fillet will be less cured than the tail and side portions.Thinner fillets will cure much faster. Serve sliced very thinly on a bagel or cracker with cream cheese, or dip in Dill Mustard sauce. Gravlax may be kept in the refrigerator for a week and may be frozen up to six months if wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.

Spread 1/2 cup of salt/sugar mixture on the bottom of a glass or plastic flat-bottomed pan.The pan should be close to the size of the fillet and the sides must extend above the level of both fillets lying on top of each other. Lay one fillet, skin side down, on top of the mixture, and cover completely with fresh dill. Sprinkle one cup of the salt/sugar mixture over and around the dill covered fillet.

DILL MUSTARD SAUCE Place into a blender: 3 tablespoons Dijon style mustard 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 cup cider vinegar 3 tablespoons sugar 5 to 10 fresh dill sprigs

Place the second fillet, skin side up, on top of the dill. Sprinkle the rest of the salt/sugar mixture over everything.

Blend for a minute, then slowly add: 1 cup vegetable oil

Place a wooden board over the two fillets and weigh down with some clean heavy items that you can wash off, about 2-3 pounds will do. Cover with plastic wrap and cure in refrigerator for two to three days.

Chill, serve with sliced gravlax.

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