Saint Nicholas Chapel, Ekuk

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Saint Nicholas Chapel, Ekuk

by | Jul 11, 2020

Ekuk is a community on Ekuk Spit, on the eastern shore of Nushagak Bay, about 16 miles (26 km) south-southwest of Dillingham and 2 miles (3.2 km) south-southwest of Clarks Point, Alaska. The village was originally a native settlement first reported in 1828 by Friedrich Benjamin Lutke, a Baltic German navigator, geographer, and Arctic explorer in the service of the Imperial Russian Navy.

Ekuk is now inhabited mainly by seasonal fishing families who set gillnets in the nearby waters of the Nushagak Bay for mid-summer runs of sockeye salmon, early season runs of king salmon and late season runs of silver salmon. The community is also the location of a cannery important to the local and regional economy.

Saint Nicholas Chapel is located on a bluff overlooking Bristol Bay near the village of Ekuk. The chapel is a small single story wood frame building constructed in 1918 or 1919, replacing an earlier church. When originally was built it was 16 feet (4.9 m) wide and 21 feet (6.4 m) long, but the chamber was subsequently lengthened and is now 34 feet (10.4 m) long. If it were not for its modest exterior religious symbols, it might be mistaken for a rural schoolhouse. Read more here and here. Explore more of Ekuk and the shores of Bristol Bay here:

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