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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

SS Klondike: 1961

SS Klondike: 1961

Stored in Whitehorse, Yukon, the SS Klondike in 1961 awaited an uncertain fate. Unlike a couple of her sisters in the background, the Klondike was eventually preserved as an historic landmark. Sternwheel paddle boats were a fixture in Alaska and Canada's Yukon territories during the first half of the 20th century. Shallow drafts of 3-4 feet overcame the problem of undrenched riverbeds, aside from the fact that the northern rivers were ice-free only five months out of the year. Their boilers burned logs; fuel supply was not a problem. Scanned Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

 
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