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Cruises visiting Cordova & all Cordova cruises for  2019

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Cordova is a small town (pop. 2200) at the mouth of the Copper River, Alaska. It lies at the head of the Orca Inlet (a fjord), which in turn flows into Orca Bay, which is an arm of Prince William Sound. Named Puerto Cordova by Spanish explorer Salvador Fidalgo in 1790, the town was founded in 1906 in order to ship copper ore from Kennecott to the NE. A 314 km railroad was constructed (now washed out), and 4.6 million tons of ore were mined from 1911 to 1938. The mine is now abandoned, the site declared a National Historic Landmark and a present day tourist attraction.

Today Cordova is populated with a mix of races, including Aleut Natives, Filipinos, and Caucasian European – North Americans. Commercial fishing is the main industry, salmon the main catch. Arrivals come by ferry or air and, as the waters are silted up, large vessels cannot approach Cordova. Five kilometres to the NE of Cordova is the abandoned village of Orca and its cannery. The 1964 Good Friday earthquake uplifted the land two metres leaving dry flats at high tide, the port useless, and destroying the once large Pacific razor clam beds. The Exxon Valdez oil spill occurred 70 km to the NW of Cordova in Prince William Sound.

Popular activities include skiing, heliskiing, hiking, snowshoeing, and ice skating. In town the Mt.Eyak ski area operates the oldest working ski lift in North America. The Cordova Historical Museum has exhibits on the Copper River and Northwestern Railway, the local fishing industry, and Alaska Natives. Cordova is located within the Chugach National Forest.

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