King Salmon to Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Dutch Harbor Travel Blog

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Dutch Harbor airport

     This was the third leg of our journey to Akutan, Alaska and by now I was getting a little tired of taking photos out the window of the plane, thank goodness! Plus it became mostly overcast and I couldn’t see the ground anyway. So I dozed off and before I knew it we were told to prepare for landing in Dutch as the locals called it.

 

    We met the company representative at the airport and after we gathered up all our baggage, he took us to the company bunk house. On the way he explained to us that Akutan was back about 40 miles east of us, we had passed over it on the way in to Dutch, but that Akutan had no airport.

Dutch Harbor airport
The only way to get there was by seaplane and only when the weather was good enough to fly VFR, Visual Flight Rules, or by fishing boat. Well mentally I pictured a small fishing boat but that was not the case as it turned out.

 

   We spent the night at the bunkhouse which had a TV but it was pretty dirty and I spent a few hours cleaning up the kitchen and my room. The next day, we went back to the airport and just waited around all day for the weather to break. So a dead day but as a technical person, my pay had started as soon as the wheels went up in Anchorage so I was not too upset and spent some time at the war museum next to the airport and taking pictures of flowers around the airport grounds. For some reason it struck me as odd that there are flowers in Alaska! I don’t know why! We also took a cab into town and got some more souvenirs, now my bag is getting more and more heavy.

Me by the Dutch Harbor airport sign. Many of the airports in Alaska are named for bush pilots who have died in plane crashes.

 

    On the next day the company jet flew in with some VIP buyers from Germany so the management rustled up a fishing boat to take us to Akutan. The boat turned out to be a multi million dollar 150’ long boat that could haul 700,000 pounds of  Pollock at a time and the Captain said they caught that many a couple of times per week in the good season. More on that on the next blog.

 

Oh Yeah, a little about Dutch Harbor. It is located on the Island of Unalaska in the Aleutian Island chain nearly halfway from the mainland of Alaska towards the tip of the Aleutian Island chain. It is a historic place and the site of several military sites from WWII. Check out Google and Wikapedia for more techincal details. It is a cool place and has a lot of fun places to go at night. Someday I am going back there on holiday.

bigmac993 says:
Akutan is boring, population 89 not counting the workers from Trident's Seafood Processing Plant, and only has one bar and one store.I don't know about Adak but must be better!
Posted on: Dec 23, 2012
mavicmongers says:
the Trident Bunk house is right next to our boat. you have to let me know, how Akutan is...im thinking of relocating in Jan...might be looking at Adak!! Well good luck to you!
Posted on: Sep 07, 2012
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Dutch Harbor airport
Dutch Harbor airport
Dutch Harbor airport
Dutch Harbor airport
Me by the Dutch Harbor airport sig…
Me by the Dutch Harbor airport si…
Some kind of drilling ship in Dutc…
Some kind of drilling ship in Dut…
Me in front of the fire station
Me in front of the fire station
The military museum
The military museum
The military museum
The military museum
This is a WWII era dog tag making …
This is a WWII era dog tag making…
View from the bunk house
View from the bunk house
Inside the airport terminal
Inside the airport terminal
A Sealift container ship coming in…
A Sealift container ship coming i…
Me next to the bathroom door.
Me next to the "bathroom door".
Our company jet is coming in for l…
Our company jet is coming in for …
Our SAAB we flew on. Only plane I …
Our SAAB we flew on. Only plane I…
Our bunk house
Our bunk house
She made it down
"She made it down"
The company jet
The company jet
The VIPs from Germany have arrived.
The VIPs from Germany have arrived.
Dutch Harbor airport parking lot.
Dutch Harbor airport parking lot.
Dutch Harbor. Huge piles of crab t…
Dutch Harbor. Huge piles of crab …
This is some kind of fish processi…
This is some kind of fish process…
The bunk houses
The bunk houses
View back towards the airport from…
View back towards the airport fro…
Dutch Harbor. Some Akutan producti…
Dutch Harbor. Some Akutan product…
Dutch Harbor. Some Akutan producti…
Dutch Harbor. Some Akutan product…
Souvenir photo
Souvenir photo
Beautiful flowers near the Dutch H…
Beautiful flowers near the Dutch …
Beautiful flowers near the airport
Beautiful flowers near the airport
Beautiful flowers near the airport
Beautiful flowers near the airport
Beautiful flowers near the airport
Beautiful flowers near the airport
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One of the islands generating pla…
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
Views of the harbor
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View of the bunk houses and crab …
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More views of the harbor faciliti…
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