And lastly, Bill Harrington (the Alaskan Commercial Fisherman accompanying us) saw a comment on my blog about the new radar system being installed at Adak (an island in the Aleutians we'll be visiting), and sent this email:
That X-Band radar should be outside Adak Harbor when we get there. That is if the contractors are done soaking the government for repairs by then. The whole thing is a navigational hazard. They plunked it down right in the middle of the route most travelled when heading North out of Adak in order to go around the top and head West. Besides the platform they have a field of giant steel anchor buoys and floating fuel storage cylindrical tanks, all of which are poorly marked. They are also not on any charts that I know of. We probably won't have to worry about the actual radar gizmo as it has not been there the last two years but in Hawaii. All the associated floating junk is there though. Your tax dollar at work.
When we get to Adak my suggestion would be to anchor out if possible unless they have repaired the pier. There are broken pilings and bolts hanging out of it that never seem to get repaired. There are a few select spots that the pilings are serviceable. We can find out ahead of time what's up. They have been rebuilding a small boat harbor at the head of the bay that may have room though. My Dad actually dredged the original one in WWII when with the SeaBees.
Good luck with finishing up.
Best regards. Bill"
Bill sent some photos from Adak (or, at least I think they are from Adak. The last couple look like they are of the abandoned military base there. To see them, CLICK HERE
I couldn't resist "improving" on one of his photos by experimenting to see how Sans Souci would look at anchor.