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Prince William Sound

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Prince William Sound in Detail.


extends N off Gulf of Alaska, E of Kenai Peninsula, bounded on S by Montague I. and Hinchinbrook I. 70 miles wide and 30 miles long.


Named by Captain Cook (1785, v.2, p. 366), RN, about May 20, 1778. It was called Entrada del Prince Guillermo by Laperouse in 1786. The Eskimo name, published by Lieutenant Sarichev (1826, map 5), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), was Guba Chugatskaya or Chugach Gulf.

Prince William Sound Gallery

Pictures of, from, or near Prince William Sound.

Places Near Prince William Sound

McPherson Bay, Prince William Sound,


East Point, Elk Head Point,


McPherson Passage,


Peak Island, Smith Island,