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Glacier Bay - page 5 of 7
Vancouver to Alaska

Fishing Trawl

Navigational Hazards

Navigational hazards are in profusion in the waters of the American Northwest Pacific. Not only the natural dangers of rocks, reefs, rapids, overflows, iceflows and fog but also large (+ 25°) magnetic variations and anomalies! And, oh yes, I nearly forgot to mention the occasional Tsunami.

Many fine mariners and sturdy vessels have to to lose their life in these chilling waters. As if these challenges are not enough to chill the heart, man has made his mark with driftwood, deadheads, tugs and tows.

And when the salmon run, the fishing trawls close off the waterway so as not one fish can escape capture.

The whole experience is quite sobering particularly when in one of those infamous 'fog banks' which stretch for 30 miles or more, which I conveniently forgot to mention to the crew.

Deadheads were unique to us. Never before had we seen so much driftwood and whole tree trunks in the ocean. Timber from broken logging booms were in profusion on the shoreline waiting for a rising spring tide to sweep them out to sea just to languish on crests and rest in troughs later to become 'deadheads'. The waterlogged timber becomes heavier at one end and gradually rests just below the surface, vertically!

The Coastguard hunts and harpoons them with an orange dayglow flag but most are never found and remain waiting to catch the unsuspecting mariner.

...Log Litter - Tofino West Vancouver Island