Fords Terror is a fjord that starts in the Coast Mountains, and trends south for 7.5 miles (12 km) to Endicott Arm, about 66 miles (106 km) southeast of Juneau, Alaska. The fjord was named in 1889 by Lieutenant Commander H.B. Mansfield, of the U.S. Navy, for H.L. Ford, the Master-of-Arms and a member of his surveying party. While exploring and charting the fjord in small boats, Ford encountered a tidal rapid in the narrows jammed with floating glacier ice, giving it the name “Fords Terror”.
The Brown Glacier was near tidewater at the time of Ford’s exploration but has retreated and is no longer visible. The entrance to the upper inlet of Fords Terror is still dangerous except at high slack tide. Tidal currents rush with great velocity through the narrow part of the inlet. Fords Terror has magnificent scenery and affords a relatively safe anchorage in its upper reaches.
Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness contains 653,179 acres (264,332 ha) and consists of Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. Both fjords are over 30 miles (48 km) long and one-fifth of their area is covered in ice. During the summer, the fjords have considerable floating ice ranging from hand-sized to pieces as large as a three-story building. Endicott Arm extends for 33 miles (53 km) from the terminus of Dawes Glacier to Holkham Bay. Endicott Arm was named in 1889 by Mansfield, for William Crowninshield Endicott, the Secretary of War under President Grover Cleveland. The Dawes Glacier was originally named the Young Glacier in 1880 by John Muir, for a travel companion Reverend S. Hall Young, but in 1891 the name was changed by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Read more here and here. Explore more of Fords Terror here: