ANGOON — Dozens of small hands and one large pair held a firm grip on the 30-foot-long dugout canoe they pushed down Front Street despite their shoes slipping on the rain-soaked road.
Neither the potholes on the road nor the rain that drizzled Wednesday morning seemed to discourage the more than 50 Chatham School District students and Angoon residents from pushing what was the first dugout canoe made in Angoon since the U.S. Navy bombardment exactly 140 years ago. The bombardment destroyed all but one of its fleet of dugout canoes and burned the village of Angoon.