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Monks Lagoon is on Icon Bay, on the eastern shore of Spruce Island, Alaska. Spruce Island is northeast and across the Narrow Strait from Kodiak Island.
There is a Russian Orthodox Church and monastery at Monks Lagoon. From 1808 to 1818, Spruce Island was the hermitage of Herman of Alaska, later glorified as a saint and considered the patron saint of the Orthodox Church in the Americas. The island is now a pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians.
The Kad'yak was a wooden-hulled sailing merchant ship belonging to the Russian-American Company and used to transport personnel and supplies among its settlements in Russian Alaska. On April 2, 1860, she was carrying a load of ice from Kodiak and trade goods destined for San Francisco and sank in Monks Lagoon. The shipwreck was discovered in 2003. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Monks Lagoon and Spruce Island.