Cannery Cove, North Arm Moira Sound

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Cannery Cove, North Arm Moira Sound

by | Dec 5, 2020

Cannery Cove is on the southeastern shore and near the head of North Arm Moira Sound, about 28 miles (45 km) east-southeast of Hydaburg and 25 miles (40 km) southwest of Ketchikan, Alaska. The local name was reported in 1905 by E.F. Dickins of the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. North Arm Moira Sound is a fjord that extends northwest for 4 miles (6.5 km) from Moira Sound on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island.

In 1912, the Starr brothers of Portland Oregon organized the Starr-Collinson Packing Company that built a cannery in Moira Sound. In 1917, World War I created a demand throughout the world for canned foods resulting in a considerable increase in the number of new canneries in Alaska. Nine new canneries were built in Southeast Alaska including the Lane & Williams facility in Moira Sound. In 1926, there were also four floating canneries operating in Moira Sound. The Starr-Collinson cannery burned in 1929, and the Lane & Williams cannery closed in 1936.

In 1915, a small mining prospect was developed at the head of North Arm Moira Sound. The working consisted of an inclined shaft with horizontal drifts at 30 feet (9 m) and 90 feet (27 m). The lower drift extended southeastward along the ore vein for 96 feet (29 m). The workings on the upper drift were more extensive. The ore was hoisted through the shaft and then transported downhill by aerial tram to ore bunkers at tidewater, a distance of about 0.75 miles (1.2 km). Read more here and here. Explore more of Cannery Cove here:

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