Resurrection Bay

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Sailboats on Resurrection Bay
View of Resurrection Bay from Miller's Landing

Resurrection Bay is a bay on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, United States. Its main settlement is Seward, located at the head of the bay. It received its name from Alexandr Baranov, who was forced to retreat into the bay during a bad storm in the Gulf of Alaska. When the storm settled it was Easter Sunday, so the bay and nearby Resurrection River were named in honor of it.

Resurrection Bay is the location of Caines Head, at the summit of which Fort McGilvray is situated (650 feet above sea level). This fortification was constructed by the United States Armed Forces to defend against a possible invasion by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The Bay remains ice-free even in winter, making it easily navigable.[1]

The opening of the film The Hunt for Red October was filmed in Resurrection Bay, with the bay serving as a stand-in for Russia's Murmansk Fjord.

It is the central theme to the song "Resurrection Bay" by John Craigie on his album Montana Tale.


Coordinates: 59°58′12″N 149°22′52″W / 59.970°N 149.381°W / 59.970; -149.381