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Two men in a bidarka canoe, Prince William Sound 1895-1903

Bidarka crossing the Prince William Sound, and two men can be seen in the boat. Note: The Gompertz family came to Alaska in 1895. Chas. Wm. Gompertz was in charge of building canneries for the Pacific Steam Whaling Co. (later the Alaska Packers). He acted as superintendent until September 1903 when an arsonist set fire to the cannery causing a total loss. These photos by Dr. Kate Gompertz were mounted on the pages of an old Chinese account book, and most of them were taken with an old 4x5 camera.




Kate Gompertz & KPC 


Prince William Sound, Alaska 


Circa 1895-1903 


Kay Gompertz 

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State Library and Alan Boraas 

Date Cataloged


Archive Location

KPC Anthropology Lab 

Use Agreement and Restrictions

All of the photographs in this collection are for personal, educational, or research use only. These images cannot be used for political, commercial, or advertising purposes. At the present time the college does not have the capabilities to reproduce prints from the image scans. For technical inquiries, or to report errors, please contact

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