Hubbard Glacier

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Dan Kenneth Phillips on July 1, 2002

We came as close as 1/3 mile from the glacier. It took nearly 3 hours to see it all. It was named after Bernard Hubbard, a Jesuit priest in the early 20th century, one of the most distinguished, renowned, and fascinating figures in the history of Santa Clara University. A Jesuit priest and professor, Hubbard was a man whose vocation included faith and science, exploration and study; and his contributions benefited students, colleagues, national leaders, circumpolar peoples, and the Society of Jesus. "Half the year he was the highest paid lecturer in the world, the other half a wanderer among treacherous craters and glaciers. His annual Alaskan expeditions featured scientific observations, thrills and adventure, wonder, and liturgies."

He is best known for documenting the land and native peoples of Alaska from 1927 through 1962 and bringing Alaska to the forefront of America's attention. The Smithsonian Institution continues to preserves Hubbard's 200,000 feet of raw film footage, 50 film shorts, and feature films. Hubbard also wrote three books about his adventures.

The weather was clear and the sun came out for a few minutes, a rareity say others who have been here previously. This was really a stimulating event. Ice floes were beside the ship, the temperature dropping to around 30 degrees, and my hat tightly tied to my head to keep it from flying across the sea and drowning. A beautiful experience.

Hubbard Glacier
Yakutat City
Yukon Canada and Eastern Alaska

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