Cruises from Cordova
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.