McLean Arm Bay, Prince of Wales Island

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McLean Arm Bay is a narrow inlet that extends 6.5 miles (10.5 km) west from Clarence Strait, on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. The inlet was named in 1885 by Lieutenant Commander R. Clover, of the U.S. Navy, for Ensign Walter McLean, a member of the survey team.

Historically, logging was the mainstay of the collective Prince of Wales economy through most of the 20th century. Remote logging camps proliferated and in many cases the most efficient means to provide support to logging crews was with floating facilities. McLean Arm Bay provided an excellent anchorage, protected from the williwaw winds caused by the adjacent mountains, and water could be obtained from several streams.

Old ships were often used as floating bunkhouses at remote logging camps. Deteriorating ship hulls can still be found as docks and breakwaters throughout Alaska and British Columbia. More often they were abandoned such as the derelict vessel exposed at low tide in McLean Arm. Converted ships are still available to serve as floating camps. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore McLean Arm Bay.


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