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This grand old beast used to ply the Yukon
river on the run to Dawson for the
Klondike goldfields, supplying food, booze,
floozies, you name it, to keep the gold
diggers happy (or at least not quite so
miserable, given the dire straits most of
them were in). Now run up onto the hard
standing at Whitehorse, capital of Yukon
Territory and not even a half-way stage on
the gruelling march to the goldfields, the
‘Klondike’ has been a target for arsonists and vandals ever since. I'm not even sure if
she's still there (it was a good thirty years since I saw her, and I recall that I later saw a
news item that two such sternwheelers had both been destroyed by fire, but I can’t now
remember the details of which boats were involved).
There’s more than a few of these surviving from those heady days of 1897/8; one, the
‘Discovery II’ takes passengers for a guided tour of the river and its environs. Above your
head in the seating area is a lifejacket for every passenger, just in case. I suppose it’s just
in case the skipper takes off down the rapids in a fit of joie-de-vivre. Otherwise the sights
include Athabaskan villages dependent for their own survival on river fishing and making
qiviut mukluks (the warmest boots you will ever find) and carved reproduction tribal
artifacts. You have been warned.
This grand old beast used to ply the Yukon river on the run to Dawson for the Klondike
goldfields, supplying food, booze, floozies, you name it, to keep the gold diggers happy (or
at least not quite so miserable, given the dire straits most of them were in). Now run up
onto the hard standing at Whitehorse, capital of Yukon Territory and not even a
half-way stage on the gruelling march to the goldfields, the ‘Klondike’ has been a target
for arsonists and vandals ever since. I'm not even sure if she's still there (it was a good
thirty years since I saw her, and I recall that I later saw a news item that two such
sternwheelers had both been destroyed by fire, but I can’t now remember the details of
which boats were involved).
There’s more than a few of these surviving from those heady days of 1897/8; one, the
‘Discovery II’ takes passengers for a guided tour of the river and its environs. Above your
head in the seating area is a lifejacket for every passenger, just in case. I suppose it’s just
in case the skipper takes off down the rapids in a fit of joie-de-vivre. Otherwise the sights
include Athabaskan villages dependent for their own survival on river fishing and making
qiviut mukluks (the warmest boots you will ever find) and carved reproduction tribal
artifacts. You have been warned.
This grand old beast used to ply the Yukon
river on the run to Dawson for the
Klondike goldfields, supplying food, booze,
floozies, you name it, to keep the gold
diggers happy (or at least not quite so
miserable, given the dire straits most of
them were in). Now run up onto the hard
standing at Whitehorse, capital of Yukon
Territory and not even a half-way stage on
the gruelling march to the goldfields, the
‘Klondike’ has been a target for arsonists and vandals ever since. I'm not even sure if
she's still there (it was a good thirty years since I saw her, and I recall that I later saw a
news item that two such sternwheelers had both been destroyed by fire, but I can’t now
remember the details of which boats were involved).
There’s more than a few of these surviving from those heady days of 1897/8; one, the
‘Discovery II’ takes passengers for a guided tour of the river and its environs. Above your
head in the seating area is a lifejacket for every passenger, just in case. I suppose it’s just
in case the skipper takes off down the rapids in a fit of joie-de-vivre. Otherwise the sights
include Athabaskan villages dependent for their own survival on river fishing and making
qiviut mukluks (the warmest boots you will ever find) and carved reproduction tribal
artifacts. You have been warned.

Yukon sternwheeler

This grand old beast used to ply the Yukon river on the run to Dawson for the Klondike goldfields, supplying food, booze, floozies, you name it, to keep the gold diggers happy (or at least not quite so miserable, given the dire straits most of them were in).  Now run up onto the hard standing at Whitehorse, capital of Yukon Territory and not even a half-way stage on the gruelling march to the goldfields, the ‘Klondike’ has been a target for arsonists and vandals ever since. I'm not even sure if she's still there (it was a good thirty years since I saw her, and I recall that I later saw a news item that two such sternwheelers had both been destroyed by fire, but I can’t now remember the details of which boats were involved).

There’s more than a few of these surviving from those heady days of 1897/8; one, the ‘Discovery II’ takes passengers for a guided tour of the river and its environs. Above your head in the seating area is a lifejacket for every passenger, just in case. I suppose it’s just in case the skipper takes off down the rapids in a fit of joie-de-vivre.  Otherwise the sights include Athabaskan villages dependent for their own survival on river fishing and making qiviut mukluks (the warmest boots you will ever find) and carved reproduction tribal artifacts. You have been warned.  

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