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The Misty Moorings FSE Project is a collection of scenery items for several seaplane bases in south-east Alaska. The intent was to create a bit more life in these areas, not to duplicate real world conditions. If realism is what you are looking for, this package may not be for you.

Some locations have small enhancements while others are more complex. All areas make use of seasonal and/or time of day changes and a few locations even have animation. Hopefully, you will find flying over or into these areas more enjoyable.

This package is designed for use with Misty Fjords from Holger Sandmann and FSAddon. The scenery items in this package are mostly coastal and designed with 'terrain_max_vertex_level' set to 20. Anything less could result in objects not appearing to be placed properly. (see the Misty Fjords manual for more information).

Scenery sounds make use of additional add-on sound packs so if you experience little or no sound in an area, it's possible that your FSE sound library do not have the needed files. You can find additional sound packages at:

If you do not wish to download additional sound files, feel free to make your own sound edit using the default library.

Dan Wambolt
dcwambolt@hotmail.com

 

Loring was the site of a saltery in the early 1900s. Soon after, a cannery was built and a few small cabins / homes were constructed to house the employees. The cannery shut down in 1930 but remains are still visible. Today, the seaplane base at Loring is closed but it remains an active community and recreational destination.

Across the bay, you will find John Tillman's business. For 50 years, John has built some of the best wooden boat hulls in south-east Alaska. Even if you don't have to bring in new supplies for John or transport a customer, drop by for coffee or his wife's famous corn bread.

On Dogfish Island, an abandoned communication tower still remains.

 

Yes Bay lies fifty miles north of Ketchikan and is fed from the Behm Canal. It's one of the state's premier saltwater angling locations. The famous Yes Bay Lodge is nearby overlooking Wolverine Creek.

Long before the area became a popular destination, Noel Fraser operated a bait and tackle shop a few hundred yards north of the Lodge and water runway. The business is still open but most of his time is spent on wood carvings that he sells to the Lodge's gift shop.

Drop by to see Noel sometime. He can tell you some of the best fishing tales ever to come out of Alaska. He's also likely to show you some of the wooden projects he's been working on.

 

Bell Island Hot Springs has seen great revitalization projects. Cabins dating back to the late 1800's are being brought back to life and new construction is underway to feed the surge in tourism. In it's heyday, Bell Island was a favorite getaway for the wealthy including John Wayne and Henry Fonda.

In a nearby cove, you'll find the operations outpost for Northern Preservation, a construction company specializing in environment-friendly rebuilding projects. If you have a private float plane business, you may want to pay them a visit. Almost all of their transportation needs are met by private water and air operators.

 

Thorne Bay developed as a result of a long-term timber sales contract between the U.S. Forest Service and the Ketchikan Pulp Company. A floating logging camp was built in the bay and eventually replaced the facilities in Hollis. Located 40 miles northwest of Ketchikan on Prince of Whales Island, it was named after Frank Manley Thorne, superintendent of the U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey from 1885 through 1889.

Only a small section of the old floating camp remains and can be found anchored near the town shoreline.

A few hundred yards south is the old Clydesdale Farm. Up until the 60's, Sebastian Munroe bred and raised many Clydesdale horses that were needed during the early 1900s for logging and farming. The farm is now vacant but remains the property of a descendant, now living in Ketchikan. Once a month, Elizabeth charters a flight to Thorne Bay to check on the property.

 

Hollis sits on the east side of Prince of Wales Island on Twelvemile Arm. With a population of about 140 non-natives, most employment is provided through logging operations, state ferry services and the U.S. Forest Service. It is also the location of the state ferry landing for Prince of Wales Island

On the small peninsula, there is a machine shop for ferry maintenance and several docks for boat and floatplane activities. For a small fee, the operation will cater to light metal fabrication and light engine repair for non-ferry business.

Klawock is only 20 miles northwest of Hollis.

 

 

Hydaburg is approximately 20 miles Southwest of Hollis. It was founded in 1911 when several Haida village elders decided to consolidate for better educational opportunities. Over the years, fish processing plants opened and closed but it's heritage has remained strong. Hydaburg is well-known for itís historical carvings in their Totem Park.

 

 

 

Klawock was home to the first Salmon cannery in 1878 that started the Alaska Salmon Industry. Although several have tried, only one cannery remained successful through history. Today, the community owned cannery, Southeast Seafoods) is the dominant feature on the waterfront.

If you fly over, be sure to look for the strong logging presence that evolved since the 70s. Clear-cutting and reforestation are visible although many logging activities scale back in the winter.  For small and medium size wheeled aircraft, there is a paved airstrip two miles northeast of the town.

 

 

Kasaan gets its name from the Tlingit word meaning "pretty town." Since the early 1900's, canneries have come and gone (many destroyed by fire) but today, few of the original buildings remain. Most villagers (both native and non-native) participate in subsistence or recreational activities for food sources, harvesting deer, salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab.

Population is less than 100 and there isn't much transient traffic these days. Occasionally, visitors include government officials or tribal elders. A dock is available, used mostly by small vessels looking to refuel (diesel and gasoline only) or make repairs.

 

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