Unalaska and the Aleutian islands
- across time zones
That remoteness is also
the source of their
fabulous fisheries, mainly
crab and halibut..
The Aleutian Islands are a streched
archipelago of volcanic islands that reach
far into the Bering sea.
The islands have frequently changed sovereignty, but they were integrated in
U.S.Alaska in 1867.
The main settlement is Unalaska / Dutch Harbour, a bustling community of
about 4,000 residents located along the Aleutian Chain, approximately 800
miles southwest of Anchorage
Unalaska's economy is based on commercial fishing, fish processing, fleet
services, and transportation. Because it is centrally located in the North
Pacific directly on shipping routes between the West Coast and Pacific Rim
nations, the city enjoys a strategic position near the center of the nation's
most productive fishing grounds and is the hub of the transshipment of
cargo between Pacific Rim trading partners
the official name of
the city's port, is
connected by the
Amaknak bridge to
the community center
on Unalaska Island.
Most of the islands are uninhabitated but have splendid sceneries for
the visitor, especially when seen from tehe air.
In winter, access by sea can be tricky or impossible, depending on the
freezing of the Bering Sea; U.S coast guard and russian icebreakers
Frequent air flights are the more common means of transport to and from
Dutch Harbor, the official name of
the city's port, is often applied to the
portion of the City of Unalaska
located on Amaknak Island, which is
connected by bridge to the rest of the
community on Unalaska Island
Viewed from above, Unalaska, the Dutch Harbour and the large bay.
Unalaska is located at 53 53′20″N, 166 31′38″W
Nine thousand years ago, the Unangan people, ancestors of the Aleuts, settled here
and throughout the Aleutian Islands. Russian explorers arrived in 1759 and the
Russian influence has remained strong ever since..
The Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Ascension, built in 1896, is the
oldest cathedral in Alaska
Started in 1826 under Father Veniaminov (St. Innocent), the current
structure was completed only 70 years later.
By the 1990's, the cathedral had become so deteriorated that it was place on the
American Heritage Most Endangered List. In 1996, the church was extensively
renovated and many of the icons have been restored.
Some bald eagle is always sitting on top of the cathedral’s crosses over the
Another historic house is the Bishop's House, built in San Francisco,
dismantled and shipped to Unalaska in 1882
There are no native trees in the Aleutians, as they are above the arctic
Tree Line; some planted ones resist as they can….
The Amaknak bridge from Unalaska to the Harbour
is the main part of
the local economy
and, for the 16th
year in a row, they
are the No. 1
fishing port in the
nation for seafood
of Dutch Harbour
have also become
a destination for
fishers and birders.
Bald eagles abound and several can be seen even in a short
Many of the fishing
vessels became famous
in the TV Discovery
• Built in 1977 in Seattle, Washington
• Gross tons is 197/net tons is 134
• The Northestern is made of iron/steel/alloy
These trawlers’ crew
often risk their lifes in
the Bering sea
tempests; a season of
catch can be
Huge king salmon and monster trophy
halibut weighing to 400-plus pounds call
the area home for good reason – an
endless supply of food and wilderness
waterways and because of their close
proximity to two major bodies of
water, the Pacific Ocean and the
Unalaska / Dutch Harbor is home of the
world record halibut, 459 pounds,
caught in 1996 just ten minutes from the
This is a working man's restaurant and you'll see mechanics in grease
covered overalls, fisherman (usually not smelly), local business people,
and tourists. They come for the food - it must be great!
The Elbow Room,
once called the
dangerous bar on the
Unalaska recently bid farewell to one of the most storied drinking
establishments in modern Alaskan history. It used to be called the
Elbow Room, a notorious bar that was synonymous with the high-
rolling, often violent culture of Bering Sea crab fishing in the late 70s
and early 80s.
It was renamed Latitudes in its final years
Now the bar closed its
doors once and for all
The museum is a must see for both locals and visitors. Perhaps the best small
town museum in Alaska, it has a great archaeology collection, Unangan crafts,
WWII memoriabilia, and historical displays.
The large collection of Aleut baskets, just recently expanded by a
generous donation from the Ounalashka Corporation. Aleut basketry is
renowned for it's intricate weaving.
Mt Shishaldin is a moderately active volcano on Unimak Island with
nearly 40 historic eruptions, which have been brief and explosive.
The most symmetrical cone-shaped glacier covered large
mountain on earth, the volcano's topographic contour lines are
nearly perfect circles above 6 500 feet