Murder Cove, Admiralty Island

Murder Cove is located at the southernmost portion of Admiralty Island. The cove is named after two gold prospectors who were killed here by Tlingits in 1869 in revenge for the killing of two Kake tribesmen. In retaliation the USS Saginaw destroyed three villages and two wooden forts near present-day Kake. The Tyee Whaling Company established the first shore whaling station in Alaska here in 1907. The company had the first American-built steam-powered whale chaser, the 97-foot "Tyee Junior", whose equipment included a harpoon gun on the bow. Whales were boiled into oil or ground into dog food or fertilizer. A declining catch and the sinking of the company's gas-powered schooner by a wounded whale ended the operation in 1913. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Murder Cove.