Delarof Harbor, Unga Island

Unga is now a ghost town on the north shore of Delarof Harbor, on Unga Island in the Shumagin Island group, about two miles west of Sand Point. It was settled by Aleuts in 1833 as a fur trading post and named Delarov, for the Greek-born mariner Evstratii Ivanovich Delarov of the Shelikhov-Golikov Company. Delarov was the first documented Greek explorer and merchant to arrive in Alaska. He was an accomplished mariner who explored the Alaska coast in the late 18th and early 19th century on behalf of the Russian-American Company. In 1894, the town of Delarov changed its name to Unga. The post office was closed in 1958, and most people moved to Sand Point. In 1969, the last family left Unga and now the town is no longer occupied year-round. The area is still a subsistence-use site, and the only means of transportation is by float plane or boat. Learn more about Evstratii Delarov here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore more of Unga and Delarof Harbor.