Ocean Bay, Sitkalidak Island

Ocean Bay, Sitkalidak Island

by | Sep 10, 2018

Ocean Bay is on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago, about 56 miles (90 km) southwest of Kodiak and 9 miles (15 km) southeast of the village of Old Harbor. The beach at the head of the bay is about 4 miles (6 km) long and is backed by a succession of ancient beach ridges. The north end of the beach is about 2 miles (3 km) west of historically significant Partition Cove and Refuge Rock.

A trail follows a salmon stream through a low mountain pass and connects Ocean Bay with McCord Bay in Port Hobron. The trail cuts through the beach ridges, and this is where archeological evidence was first found for ancient people that arrived in the Kodiak archipelago at least 7,500 years ago. Archaeologists believe these people came from southwestern Alaska and were well adapted to life along the coast. Like their descendants, they used barbed harpoons, chipped stone points, and ground slate lances to hunt sea mammals, delicate bone hooks to jig for cod and halibut, and large bone picks to dig for clams.

On December 31, 2012, the ice-class mobile offshore drilling rig Kulluk, owned by Shell Offshore, Inc., and operated by Noble Drilling, grounded at the north end of Ocean Bay during a severe winter storm. The Kulluk was under tow by the supply vessel Aiviq and had departed Captains Bay near Dutch Harbor, Alaska 10 days earlier for maintenance and repairs in Seattle, Washington. Read more about Ocean Bay here and here. Explore more of Ocean Bay and Sitkalidak Island here:

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