Funter Bay, Admiralty Island

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Funter Bay is on the west coast of Mansfield Peninsula, on Admiralty Island, about 19 miles (31 km) southwest of Juneau, Alaska. The bay was named in 1883 by W.H. Dall, of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, for Captain Robert Funter, an English explorer who mapped parts of the Pacific Northwest in 1788.

Funter Bay was the site of a World War II internment camp for Aleuts relocated 1500 miles from their homes in the Pribilof Islands. Evacuees from the island of St. Paul were housed in an abandoned cannery, and evacuees from the island of St. George were housed at an old mine site across the bay. The injustices they suffered were the subject of the U.S. Congress' Aleut Restitution Act of 1988.

A large salmon cannery at Funter Bay was built in 1902 and operated until 1931. A lack of maintenance eventually led to the collapse of most of the large structures. Local residents salvaged some of the wood for cabins and by the 1990s most of the remaining cannery structures were razed. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Funter Bay.

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