Life In Alaska – Rusty’s Harrowing Adventure (2) – August 14, 1944

Fascinating.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is the second half of a letter written by Rusty Huerlin, a family friend, to Ced. Both Rusty and Ced are living in Alaska and they have become good friends.

As most of our freight was for Wainwright, we were able to take on passengers there – storm bound Eskimos unable to return to Barrow in their boats heavily loaded with coal. So we left there towing five whale boats and had 25 Eskimos to sweeten the forecastle and share with us the four bunks when the next storm came up. We had then run into ice – icebergs 20 feet high, and got forced outside of them and land. Most of this was fields of bergs and we wound around it for a day in getting in close to land. This ice ran nearly down to Wainwright but once getting inside of it the water was smooth. 60…

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One thought on “Life In Alaska – Rusty’s Harrowing Adventure (2) – August 14, 1944

  1. Janet, I believe this is quite an interesting story about life in Alaska and the information that is included about the Eskimos Rusty encountered. Thank you for helping to spread this story.

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