Port Moller, Moller Bay

Port Moller, Moller Bay

by | Mar 2, 2019

Port Moller is a small community located on Moller Bay (Port Moller), near the southwest end of the Alaska Peninsula, about 30 miles (48 km) east of Nelson Lagoon and approximately 525 miles (847 km) southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The village is named after the bay, which was named for the sloop Moller, used by Captain M.N. Staniukovich, of Captain F.P. Lutke’s expedition, to explore the bay in 1828.

In 1880, Ivan Petrof documented a small village of Aleuts living at a hot spring between Moller Bay and Herendeen Bay. Pacific American Fisheries built a cannery at the current location of Port Moller in 1912. Operations started in 1913 and continue today under the ownership of Peter Pan Seafoods. The seasonal community is based entirely on the operations of the salmon processing (freezing) plant. Approximately 400 individuals are present between May and September as seasonal workers including cannery employees and fishermen. The 100-year-old cannery was destroyed by fire in 2017, and Peter Pan Seafoods rebuilt the plant in 2018.

The Port Moller Air Force Station was built in 1958 during the Cold War to support a Distant Early Warning Line radar station. The station was operated by Detachment 4, 714th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron based at Cold Bay, Alaska. The radar station was deactivated in September 1969, ending military use of the airport. The Air Force remediated the site around 2000, removing all abandoned military structures and returning the site to a natural condition. Read more here and here. Explore more of Port Moller here:

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