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Ghost Ships of the the Klondike Gold Rush

Lecture: Other UCB Archaeology | October 16 | 7:30 p.m. | 370 Dwinelle Hall

Robyn Woodward, Simon Fraser University

Archaeological Institute of America

Steam-powered sternwheelers were the primary method of transportation during the great Klondike and later Alaskan Gold Rushes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Of the 290+ ships known to have plied the river, only two intact vessels survive as National Historic sites. The rest lay scattered across the northern territories and collectively represent the largest and best-preserved collection of western river steamships in North America. Dr. Woodward will present an illustrated lecture on the history, landscape and vessels of this dynamic period of North American History.