Edward Harriman was a railroad magnate and type-A personality. When his physician suggested he take a vacation, rather than relax in the Caribbean or tour Europe, he pulled together a group of the finest scientists and artists of that generation and took them with his family along the southern coast of Alaska all the way to Siberia.
The Harriman Expedition of 1899 allowed John Burroughs, John Muir and others to study the glaciers and other natural features of Alaska. That group produced extensive notes that we still use today to study the evolution of glaciers, wildlife, and other things. It also gave us many of the names we still use in Prince William Sound: Harriman Fjord, Harriman, Coxe and Barry Glaciers, and Surprise Glacier. See Alaskan author Nancy Lord’s book Green Alaska to learn more about this expedition (http://www.writernancylord.com/-green-alaska-dreams-from-the-far-coast.html) .
Prince William Sound is my favorite place in Alaska. I recently took a tour with Major Marine Tours from Whittier to Harriman Fjord including Surprise Glacier. I posted a short video of Surprise Glacier on my Facebook page and YouTube channel. Here are some photos from Harriman Fjord below—hope you enjoy them!