Book of Running Charts of the Yukon and Stewart Rivers, 1913-1950


Presented here is a book of 117 hand-drawn maps of the Yukon and Stewart Rivers in Canada and Alaska. The maps were made between 1913 and 1950 by Ralph W. Newcomb, who worked for many years as a pilot guide on these rivers. Originally part of a loose-leaf notebook, the maps show hazards on the rivers, including swift currents, eddies, mud bars, and sharp bends. They also indicate landmarks along the banks, such as rock slides, glaciers, wooded areas, and such man-made features as abandoned cabins, wagon wheels, and tailings from mining activities. The Yukon River flows through the Yukon Territory of Canada and into Alaska for 3,185 kilometers before discharging into the Bering Sea. The Stewart River rises in the Mackenzie Mountains of central Yukon and runs westward for more than 530 kilometers before flowing into the Yukon River south of Dawson City, Yukon Territory. The maps are accompanied by a typed letter to George H. Wallace that describes the work of river pilots on the Yukon and Stewart rivers.

Last updated: January 27, 2016