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THE MARITIME HISTORY TOURS
& SAN FRANCISCO BAY 2002

Robert Gray on the San Francisco Bay

The Robert Gray is available for charter on the San Francisco Bay for harbor cruises, dockside events or overnight excursions. Contact us for rates and availability We will be happy to put together a custom itinerary for you and your guests. We can take 12 guests while underway but can accommodate as many as 50 at dockside events.

SHIP GRAVES,YARDS,
TUGS & WORKBOAT HISTORY

Join us as one of 12 guests for weekend explorations of the industrial side of beautiful San Francisco Bay. Go where no other tour boats go!

The only tour of its kind, we will visit industrial ghost towns like Mare Island, learn the Bay's maritime history, past and present, watch water ballet performed by a 6000 horse powered tugboat. Dock below an aircraft carrier. Get free access to some of the best undiscovered tours in the Bay Area, like the Mothball fleet, Mare Island, Alamedaís aircraft carrier and a working tug boat company. Board the vintage tug, the Robert Gray for the Maritime History Tour!

TOUR SCHEDULES

Next scheduled tour is November 15-17

The Complete Tour

SF to Mare Island

Mare Island to SF

Itineraries subject to change.
Please call 415-531-8546 to confirm/reserve.
E-mail us with your questions.

ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE 2003

Whale on the port side of the
bow.

AN ALASKAN SUMMER

The fantastic wilderness of Alaska is all within your reach aboard the Robert Gray. Travel through ancient fjords, see whales feeding inside Icy Strait and discover the tiny villages that dot the coastline along the way. Discover Alaska up close from the decks of this unique vessel.

Twelve passengers and a crew of 5, allows for an intimate experience with the coastline and a chance to participate in your own adventure. The Gray is available for private charter for groups of twelve that want to create their own itinerary through Alaska's wilderness. Please call or e-mail us for these special arrangements.

Explore this pristine scenery from the water aboard the Motor Vessel, Robert Gray.

TOUR SCHEDULES

June - August 2003

Juneau to Tracy Arm

Juneau to Sitka

Sitka to Juneau

Juneau to Endicot Arm

Juneau to El Captain Caves

Open Adventures

Itineraries subject to change.
Please call 415-531-8546 to confirm/reserve.
E-mail us with your questions.





JUNEAU TO TRACEY ARM

J u n e 1 - 5

Day 1
Departing from Juneau, the Alaskan island city in the heart of the Inside Passage, we travel around Douglas Island through Stephen's Passage by Port Snettisham to Tracy Arm. Anchor overnight just outside Tracy Arm.

Day 2
We cruise through to Tracy Arm, perhaps the most breathtaking fjord in the world. Tracy Arm is a deep, narrow fjord that penetrates the heavily glaciated coastal mountain ranges in the Tongass National Forest. Alaskans have been know to say while Glacier Bay is pretty, Tracy Arm is gorgeous. A photographers heaven and a naturalists dream, watch for wildlife among jagged granite peaks and cascading waterfalls.

At the head of the Fjord is an active tide water glacier which continually calve icebergs into the blue green water below. Watch from the top decks of the Gray for these magnificent explosions from ether the top of the glacier or from below sea level. At night we'll enjoy a quiet anchorage in Fredicks Sound outside of Tracy Arm.




Day 3
Continue our voyage to Baranof Hot Springs. Known for its invigorating natural hot springs, this picturesque small community can be reached only by small vessels. One of the best outdoor hot springs that is perched along side a roaring waterfall, it is by far the most fantastic natural sulfur spring in the area.

The little town of Baranof that runs mostly via generators boast of beautiful homes built by wealthy utopian driven folk longing for a simpler life. The general store opens if you stand around long enough and the storekeeper are friendly and curious about visitors. They even have Ben & Jerry's ice cream there. We spend the night at the docks.

Day 4
Tenakee Springs. A charming fishing village known for it's rejuvenating hot springs, Tenakee Springs is tucked away in its own private inlet. Enjoy hikes along the shoreline with quaint cottages and gardens along the way. Enjoy a dip in the bathhouse, hours posted for men and women. Tenakee Springs is a utopia by any modern standards, where vehicles are not allow, one road takes you through town. It has always been a retreat for Alaskans. Anchor overnight.


Day 5
Return to Juneau though Chatham Strait
and Lynn Canal.

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JUNEAU TO SITKA

J u n e 8 - 13

Day 1
Departing from the Alaskan capital of Juneau, we travel around Douglas Island through Stephen's Passage by Port Snettisham to Tracy Arm.

Day 2
We cruise through Tracy Arm, perhaps the most breathtaking fjord in the world. Alaskan's have been know to say while Glacier Bay is pretty, Tracy Arm is gorgeous. At night we enjoy quiet anchorage's in this spectacular setting. Sea kayaking is at its best here and we will escort those who wish through the floating ice that meanders through the still waters.

Plan to see jagged granite peaks and cascading waterfalls, while observing soaring Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals floating on ice and catch a glimpse of Brown and Black Bears along the coastline. At the head of Tracy Arm Fjord is an active tide water glacier which continually calve icebergs into the fjord. Watch from the top decks of the Gray for these magnificent explosions from ether the top of the glacier or from below sea level. A photographer's heaven and a naturalists dream.


Day 3
Our next port of call is Kake, a small Indian town. Docking at their public float, enjoy the day at their shops and visit an impressive totem pole. Take a skiff out to fish; a well purported fishing area, your chances are high you'll come back with something the cook can clean for you. Explore and hike this beautiful region of Alaska's remote coastline.




Day 4
On to Baranof by way of Chatham Strait. Known for its invigorating natural hot springs, this picturesque small community can be reached only by small vessels. One of the best outdoor hot springs that is perched along side a roaring waterfall, it is by far the most fantastic natural sulfur spring in the area. The little town of Baranof that runs mostly via generators boast of beautiful homes built by wealthy utopian driven folk longing for a simpler life. The general store opens if you stand around long enough and the storekeeper are friendly and curious about visitors. They even have Ben & Jerry's ice cream there.


Day 5
We spend the day on the water traveling to Peril Strait in the Hoonah Sound area. Watch for whales and enjoy the tiny Alaskan fishing hamlets dot the scenic coastline along the way. We spend the night at a quiet anchorage in Peril Strait.

Day 6
Sitka, Here, you'll discover the rich mix of Russian and Tlingit Indian culture that comprise the character of Southeastern Alaska. Sheltered by a fringe of islands, Sitka is known for it's remarkable Russian architecture and dramatic waterfront setting. Disembark and enjoy the town at your leisure.

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SITKA TO JUNEAU

J u n e 15 - 20

Day 1
Departing from the Russian town of Sitka. Here, you'll discover the rich mix of Russian and Tlingit Indian culture that comprise the character of Southeastern Alaska. Sheltered by a fringe of islands, Sitka is known for it's remarkable Russian architecture and dramatic waterfront setting. We travel through Peril Straightº with their famous rapids, we travel for seven hours along the beautiful coastline of the Tongass National Forest to a serene anchorage. Excursions ashore for hiking or go fishing and kayaking.

Day 2
Onto Angoon, which means "fortress of the bears." The only permanent settlement on Admiralty Island, Angoon is a sparsely-populated Tlingit Indian village. This island has the highest brown bear population of the south east as well as the greatest number of bald eagles. This area is teeming with Alaskan wildlife

Day 3
From Angoon your ship takes you to Tenakee Springs. A charming fishing village known for it's rejuvenating hot springs, Tenakee Springs is tucked away in its own private inlet. Enjoy hikes along the shoreline with quaint cottages and gardens along the way. Enjoy a dip in the bathhouse, hours posted for men and women. Tenakee Springs is a utopia by any modern standards, where vehicles are not allow, one road takes you through town. It has long been a retreat for Alaskans.


Day 4
Funter Bay is our next destination. Anchoring out for the evening enjoy exploring an abandoned cannery, kayak along the shoreline or hike alpine meadows.

Day 5
Excursion Inlet is an old fishing village with a cannery and two resident bears living under the dock at the cannery. Take the day to explore, fish and hike alpine meadows.

Day 6
Juneau as our final port of call. Disembark.
A former gold-mining town, now Alaska's capital enjoy your final day shopping and drinking in the towns notorious bars.

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JUNEAU TO ENDICOTT ARM

J u n e 22 - 26


Day 1

Departing from Juneau, the Alaskan island city in the heart of the Inside Passage, we travel to the glaciers around Douglas Island through Stephen's Passage by Port Snettisham to Tracy Arm. Anchor overnight just outside Tracy Arm.

Day 2-3
We cruise through to Tracy Arm, perhaps the most breathtaking fjord in the world. Alaskans have been know to say while Glacier Bay is pretty, Tracy Arm is gorgeous. At night we enjoy quiet anchorage's in this spectacular setting. Sea kayaking is at its best here and we will escort those who wish through the floating ice that meanders through the still waters.


Day 3-4
We'll spend three days exploring the glaciers of Endicott Arm with its stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife. Plan to hike and picnic among jagged granite peaks and cascading waterfalls, while observing soaring Bald Eagles, Harbor Seals floating on ice from a kayak and catch a glimpse of Brown and Black Bears along the coastline.

At the heads of both Tracy and Endicott Fjords are active tide water glaciers which continually calve icebergs into the fjords. Watch from the top decks of the Gray for these magnificent explosions from ether the top of the glacier or from below sea level. A photographer's heaven and a naturalists dream.


Day 5
Back to Juneau to disembark.

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JUNEAU TO
EL CAPITAN CAVES

JUNE 29 - JULY 4

Day 1
Departing from Juneau we travel through Icy Strait. Here is where the whales of Alaska all make their passage. We have a very good chance of seeing humpback, Orca and the porpoises that ride our bow wake.
Arriving at our port of call, Hoonah, the largest Tlingit Indian village in Alaska, located on the northwest shore of Chichagof Island. Visit the cultural center to see Tlingit Indian art and visit the little shops in town.

Day 2
On to the picturesque and isolated sea coast village of Elfin Cove, which has no streets -- only boardwalks and docks, and is noted for its gorgeous scenery and excellent fishing. A storybook community with breathtaking views from the boardwalk. Visit the little gift shop with original art and jewelry.

Day 3
El Captain Caves. We make our way to the newly opened El Captain Caves. Forest Service guided tours of spectacular underground caves and enjoy the lush trails deep inside the Tongass National Rain Forest.


Day 4
Our next port of call is Pelican. A charming fishing village with a harbor and boardwalk that takes you the length of town. It is humming with activity in the summertime and offers a post office, cafe, bar and general store.

Day 5
Excursion Inlet is an old fishing village with a cannery and two resident bears living under the dock at the cannery. Take the day to explore, fish and hike alpine meadows.
Day 6
Juneau as our final port of call. Disembark.
A former gold-mining town, now Alaska's capital enjoy your final day shopping and drinking in the towns notorious bars.

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OPEN ADVENTURE NO. 1-3

JULY 6 - AUGUST 15

For the explorer, we offer three Open Adventure Cruises departing from different ports of call along the coast. Starting in Juneau we are taking the outside passage all the way down the coast to San Francisco. These are longer trips penetrating deeper into parts of the Alaskan coastline, that larger vessels can't reach. You'll have the opportunity to experience this enchanting and extraordinary land more intimately.

You may join us at some of the major ports of call.




Conditions:

  • Be exploratory in nature, no preset itinerary
    We will be in rough open seas at times, please bring your own sea sickness pills.
  • Passenger is responsible for paying for additional travel arrangements (float plane maybe necessary) for the following reasons:
  1. If we fall behind schedule. i.e. possibly miss a passenger's departing flight.
  2. No refunds if passenger wish to leave early for any reason.





Adventure 1

Juneau to Sitka via the outside passage 7 to 10 day exploration adventure. We will explore the coastline and enter inlets to set anchor and explore.

If we see something of interest we can pull in and check it out. This really is they way we discover Alaska and how the early explorers found there way through this wilderness.



Adventure 2
Sitka to Port Alexander.

Adventure 3
Port Alexander to Craig.



Special arrangement can be made to travel with us to Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco.




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