Museum Memories: Forest Service’s original ranger boat

Recently the Society published a photo of the M/V Chugach, the US Forest Service’s original ranger boat in Prince William Sound. The Cordova Historical Society recently completed a proposal to the US Forest Service to bring the M/V Chugach home to port in Cordova. Ellen Jacobsen Blendheim, of Vashon Island, Washington got wind of the proposal and called to talk!

Ellen, who will turn 93 next month, grew up in Cordova where her father Earl Jacobsen was the Forest Service District Ranger when the Chugach arrived. Ellen said, “At home, Mama was the boss, but on the boat, Dad was in in charge.”  Ellen reflected on how life in Cordova was so safe, warm and wonderful and how she cherished growing up here. This photo shows Ellen and her sister and some other Forest Service children at their beautiful CCC constructed home on the hill.

This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society.