Seward Shipyard, Resurrection Bay

Seward Shipyard, Resurrection Bay

by | Jan 4, 2019

The Seward Shipyard is located on 11-acres (4.5 ha) near the head of Resurrection Bay, and across from Seward, Alaska. The shipyard provides fabrication and repair services for the fishing, marine transportation, and oil and gas industries. The strategic location of Seward dates to the early settlement of Russian-America.

Resurrection Bay is a deep fjord on the Kenai Peninsula, named by Alexander Baranov in 1792, who was forced to retreat into the bay during a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. The bay and nearby Resurrection River were named to honor Easter Sunday, the day the storm subsided. Baranov established a fur trading post where the community of Seward is today. He had a three-masted vessel built in 1794, named the Phoenix, by James Shields who was an English shipwright in Russian service. Seward became an important port for the military buildup in Alaska during World War II. Fort Raymond was established to protect the community and an Army airfield was built that later became Walseth Air Force Base. A large portion of Seward was damaged by shaking and a local tsunami during the 1964 Alaska earthquake.

Today the bay is the “gateway to Kenai Fjords” with many water taxis, kayak tours, anglers, and recreational boaters using the bay to access nearby Kenai Fjords National Park. The Seward economy is based on tourism and fishing and is also the home of the Alaska Sealife Center and the University of Alaska research vessel Sikuliaq. Read more here and here. Explore more of Resurrection Bay here:

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