This was the means for getting fuel, engines and supplies to the Aleutian Islands
for the DWCs that were to fly down the chain before breaking
into the open North Pacific Ocean.PETER M. BOWERS COLLECTION
The three remaining DWCs were beached at Dutch Harbor
for protection from the terrible Aleutian weather. PETER M. BOWERS COLLECTION
Two ships that helped the World Fliers were (left) the USS Brookdale and the Eider.
The Eider was provided by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries. (Photo: Wade/Morrow Collection, U.S. Air force Acadamy)
S.S. Eider History - 1921
The POWER SCHOONER "EIDER" assisted "USS Saturn AG-4" in unloading and transferring cargo at the Pribilof Islands and at Unalaska. Other ships working the area were Coast Guard Cutter "Unalga", the auxiliary schooner "Ruby", and the "Oregon". The Bureau of Fisheries greatly appreciates the courteous cooperation extended by the Navy and the Coast guard in transporting supplies and persons to the Pribilof Islands.
At the beginning of the year the bureau's power chooner "Eider" was at Kodiak undergoing repairs. After leaving there the Eider located the missing mail boat "Pulitzer" at Chignik. A large amount of mail and several passengers were taken from the disabled vessel and transported to Unga and Unalaska.
Very valuable service was rendered by the "Eider" during the calendar year 1921, some of the work being under particularly arduous conditions. A total of t,300 miles was covered and 134 passengers carried. In September the "Eider" proceeded to Kodiak for necessary annual overhauling and returned to Unalaska in December. The more important repairs or changes were an increase in the area of iron bark on the hull, enlarging of engine room space, installation of engine room ventilators, rearrangement and increase in number and size of state rooms, raising forecastle deck rail 12 inches, and raising and remounting the winch. The vessel was at Unalaska at the close of the year. Book: "Alaska Fishery and Fur Industries" by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.