Kiska Island is one of the Aleutian Islands (Rat Islands group, Alaska USA). The island has length 35 km (22 ml), width 2,5-10 km (1,5-6 ml), total land area 278 km2 (107 ml2) and is part of the Aleutians' Wilderness park, meaning special permissions to visit are required.
Kiska Island was discovered in 1741 by the Russian explorer Vitus Bering (1681-1741). Starting 1775, the island (along with mainland Alaska) became one of Russia's fur trading outposts. In 1867, the USA negotiated the purchase of Alaska from the Russian Empire, with Kiska included in the deal.
Kiska Island has an active volcano located on the northern end. In January 1962 there was an explosive eruption with lava extrusion. A second eruption with lava flow was reported in March 1964.
During WW2 (1939-1945), in 1942 (June 6) the Japanese military forces landed at Kiska. On June 7th, they captured Attu Island. During winter 1942-1943, they reinforced and fortified both islands. The US Navy started operations to cut Kiska Island's supply. In October 1942, US forces bombed the island 5 times. Following winter 1942-1943, Attu was liberated and Kiska bombed once more before a larger US force (including 95 warships and 168 aircraft) defeated the Japanese garrison on Kiska in August 1943. However, after the loss of Attu Island (in May) and the impending arrival of the Allied forces, in July the Japanese removed all their troops without being noticed.
Port Kiska Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Kiska Island, Aleutian, Alaska. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|20 June, 2021|