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Oil-burning sternwheeler Susie


The oil-burning sternwheeler Susie transported passengers along the
Yukon River between St. Michael and Dawson City. In 1910, photographer
Lawyer Rivenburg noted on the back of this image: “This view was taken
at Eagle, the first town on the Yukon in Alaska. A U.S. Customs officer
is stationed here, also Ft. Egbert, an army post. This boat set us
ashore at midnight across the river from our destination. The river was a
mile wide and no one expecting us. After I had kindled a fire on the
beach, one of the traders came for us with a canoe and we did not have to
spend the night in the open.” Archives, University of Alaska

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