Eagle Beach, Favorite Channel

Eagle Beach, Favorite Channel

by | Nov 3, 2018

Eagle Beach is at the mouth of Eagle River, about 20 miles (32 km) northeast of the city of Juneau, Alaska. The Eagle River starts at Eagle Glacier in the Coast Mountains and flows about 5 miles (8 km) southwest through the Tongass National Forest to Favorite Channel. The river mouth is opposite Shelter and Lincoln Islands, which separate Favorite Channel from Saginaw Channel to the west.

On July 25, 1933, SS Northwestern ran aground on a reef near Sentinel Island in Lynn Canal. The vessel was then purposely driven onto the sandy bottom of Eagle Beach to prevent sinking, and 180 passengers were put in lifeboats and lowered over the side. At low tide, salvage crews managed to stop the hull leaks with concrete. When it was apparent the ship would remain upright, passengers were reboarded and with the flood tide, the ship was refloated and went to Seattle for repairs.

In July 2018, a memorial was dedicated at Eagle Beach State Recreation Area to the passengers and crew that perished on October 25, 1918, when SS Princess Sophia sank at Vanderbilt Reef in Lynn Canal. Read more here and here. Explore more of Eagle Beach here:

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