A Tragedy in the 49th State Remembered


April 3, 2019

Prior to the 1970 Gold Medal Basketball Tournament, in Juneau, Alaska, three men, one of which intended to play in the tournament, decided to spend a few days hunting seals in Seymour Canal on Admiralty Island.

The weather was calm and many seals had been seen the previous spring in that area. For safety purposes, three men took two small boats nine miles from the Juneau Harbor down Gastineau Channel, around Marmion Island, five miles across Stephens Passage, three miles up Oliver's Inlet and over a rail tram to Seymour Canal.

The trip over was uneventful, the men saw no seals; it was a poo...

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