Namu July 28 2010
Namu is a fish Cannery that once had 2000 people working there and now is a decaying relic with 3 full time residence. We are glad we stopped there because it is a fascinating place with a complex and rich history. This is also the site where Namu the famous Orca whale was captured. The caretakers Pete and Rene’ were very friendly and Pete gave us a tour of “up town” where the vast complex of empty buildings which once hummed like a well oiled machine processing hundreds of tons of fish per year now sits quietly slipping into a sad decaying state of affairs. There is everything a town would have including a general store, large generator plant with twelve V12 diesel gen sets that once roared 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Pete and Rene have built a wonderful rustic floating party barge with a huge fire place made from a steel float ball. When we arrived René was cleaning a 38 pound Halibut which was caught on the docks by a young Kayaker Brian and his girl friend Maggie that were fishing off the dock with a buzz bomb. As you can see in the photos we had a wonder dinner featuring Brian’s halibut and salmon provided by Nat which he caught the day before. Brian and Maggie were traveling from Vancouver to Ketchikan Alaska in their 19 foot Kayaks.
A truly brave adventure for these hardy young couple.
We had a great time exploring this relic from the past and would recommend it to any one passing through this area.