Report of the Operations of the U.S. Revenue Steamer Nunivak on the Yukon River Station, Alaska, 1899-1901. ALASKA, J. C. Cantwell.

Report of the Operations of the U.S. Revenue Steamer Nunivak on the Yukon River Station, Alaska, 1899-1901

Washington: Government Printing Office, 1904.

First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 58th Congress 2d Session, Senate Document No. 155. 8vo, 325 pp, with many plates from photographs. Specially bound in 3/4 navy morocco and navy cloth, gilt spine and marbled edges. Partial cup ring on front board, internally very clean, but bound with margins a bit close to the gutter. Bookplate of Emery L. Frazier on front pastedown and his name stamped on rear pastedown. Frazier (1896-1973) was a Kentucky politician who worked for many years as Clerk and then Secretary of the United States Senate. Beginning in August 1899, the Nunivak operated as a revenue and patrol boat to serve the large population brought to the Yukon Valley by the gold rush. Its crew had the primary responsibility of enforcing customs and navigation regulations on the Yukon River and a secondary mission to enforce the laws of the United States and render assistance (such as providing medical aid) where needed. This work includes a narrative describing the vessel and notable incidents during two years of service; general information about the Yukon Valley regions; information on mines and mining; ethnological notes; and a report by B.H, Camden on a reconnaissance of the Koyukuk River. Appendices include a comparative vocabulary of the Eskimo and Ingalik tribes, notes on natural history, a meteorological record, and a list of vessels engaged in commerce. Arctic Bib. 18403; Wickersham 7607.

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