Princess Sophia

A memorial to the passengers and crew of the S.S. Princess Sophia at the Eagle Beach Recreation Area on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, 100 years after the ship hit Vanderbilt Reef and sunk in Favorite Channel. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sophia centennial and day of sinking share stormy weather

Weather on Thursday’s centennial and the day of the Princess Sophia’s sinking shared a bit in common — but not to an eerie degree, said… Continue reading

 

Mary Lou Spartz reads the names of victims buried at the Evergreen Cemetery during a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Princess Sophia. The service takes place at the gravesite of Walter Harper and his wife, Frances Wells. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

‘Important and terrible’: Princess Sophia memorial brings attendees from near, far

Windy weather wasn’t enough to deter people from paying their respects.

 

A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)
A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)

‘The Princess Sophia’ commemorates shipwreck 100 years later

“The Princess Sophia” is nearly ready for its maiden voyage. The opera named for the ill-fated ship makes its world premiere 8 p.m. Thursday in… Continue reading

Katy Giorgio, president for Orpheus Project and producer for the upcoming “Princess Sophia” opera, speaks in front of a slide of Vanderbilt Reef, where the Princess Sophia sunk in 1918. The opera, which opens on the 100th anniversary of the wreck that claimed at least 350 lives, was the subject of an Evening at Egan lecture series talk. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)

5 takeways from Princess Sophia opera Evening at Egan

Katy Giorgio spoke Friday at University of Alaska Southeast for the Evening at Egan lecture series about the “Princess Sophia” opera.

Katy Giorgio, president for Orpheus Project and producer for the upcoming “Princess Sophia” opera, speaks in front of a slide of Vanderbilt Reef, where the Princess Sophia sunk in 1918. The opera, which opens on the 100th anniversary of the wreck that claimed at least 350 lives, was the subject of an Evening at Egan lecture series talk. (Ben Hohenstatt | Capital City Weekly)
This April 2017 photo shows the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Museum Day includes book signing, free admission

This Saturday, Juneauites can take a look into local history for free. Admission to the Juneau-Douglas City Museum is free all day Saturday in celebration… Continue reading

This April 2017 photo shows the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)