We were approaching from the north and as we neared town we passed by this very handsome motor vessel named "Air Snipe". It looked for all the world like it could once have been a military vessel of some sort so once we arrived back home I did a little digging. This vessel had her keel laid down in December 1942 as submarine chaser SC-1068. In 1946 she was transferred to the US Coast Guard as USCGC Air Snipe and in 1948 was sold to Boyer Towing in Ketchikan, Alaska as a towing vessel.
This is just one example of the interesting sights that can be seen during the run in to Ketchikan along the Tongass Narrows.