Alaska’s Marine Highway is an exciting multi-year project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Alaska Marine Highway System.  The oral history and preservation aspects of Alaska Marine Highway – Golden Anniversary culminated in four one-hour public television documentary and oral history programs airing across Alaska and North America.

Transportation in Alaska has always been unique. With vast expanses of land and rugged geography, getting around the country has also been difficult.  Water, mountains, tundra, forests and ice make getting from place to place a challenge.

Since people first settled in Southeast Alaska, water travel has been a necessity and part of life.  For fifty years, a constant, stalwart and integral part of that history has been the blue and gold hulls of the Alaska Marine Highway ships.


This is a beautiful show.

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I think everyone in the audience felt like they were part of something special.

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We had a great time and the film brought back many great memories for all of us.

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The quality of the production both visually and audibly was extremely professional.

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It just hit all the right notes. A complete, entertaining package, too. Everything came together perfectly.

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I have never heard the history of our ferry system before. It is pretty amazing and the documentary did a great job of telling the story.

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It was artistic, touching, beautiful (your wildlife and scenic shots are poetry), nostalgic….great story telling.

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AMH – The Sound of Adventure

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Mike Sakarias and Lucy Peckham recorded and perfected the sound of the Alaska Marine Highway.

AMH – The Music of the Ferry

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No story–or documentary– is complete without music. Production Manager Jim Mahan volunteered for the task of finding the music and hit all the right notes.

AMH – In the Edit Suite

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With hours of footage, music, interviews and graphics, putting together a documentary can be a complex challenge. Editor, Kelli Burkinshaw was more than up for the task.

AMH – Behind the Camera

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Skip Gray, the principle photographer for the project, was there for almost every mile of the way.

AMH – Telling the Story

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Writer Lynne Lott says that the story of Alaska’s Marine Highway is not just one story, it’s the story of many.

Video Gallery

It’s a complex system

There are a lot of moving parts in the Alaska Marine Highway system.

Outtake: The Ol’ Squeaky Jib

David, our field engineer, made this great little jib the night before we went on the MV Malaspina one gorgeous afternoon.

Outtake: The Great Kite Experiment

This particular experiment never made it into the show, but the passengers got a kick out of it.

Outtake: The Classic GoPro

If you've ever worked with a GoPro, you know the classic "face shot syndrome" when checking whether the camera's recording.

The Ferry Timelapse

Time-lapse video riding the ferry from Juneau to Haines.

The Crew & Credits

Executive Producer
Tim Olson

Production Manager / Music Director
Jim Mahan

Editor / Post Production Director
Kelli Burkinshaw

Field Producer
Scott Foster

Lynne Lott

Principal Photography
Skip Gray

Additional Photography
Daniel Zatz
David Waters
Ellen Frankenstein

Dian Martin

Additional Voicing
Larry West
Andy Kline

Field Engineer / Assistant Editor
David Waters

Post Production Sound Engineering
Both Ears Live Sound
Lucy Peckham
Mike Sakarias

Graphics and Animation
Chase Shumway

Kelli Burkinshaw

Production Assistant
Kelsey Gobroski

Field Assistants
Casey Kelly
Gail Findley
Pipa Escalante

Website & Social Media
Heather Bryant

Project Underwriting Development
John Beiler

CoastAlaska Business Office
DJ Thomson
Lise Paradis
Odette Edgar

Thanks to
The Alaska Marine Highway crews and port staff
Danielle Adkins
Marie Duckworth
Pam Taft
Dan Stahl
Angela Schmidt
Dirk Tordoff
Michael Knavel
Damon Stuebner
Sandra Johnston
Bill Legere
Kenneth Checote Moriarty
Jeff Brown
Mollie Kabler
John and Penny Beiler

Historical Film and Photographs
Alaska Film Archives – University of Alaska Fairbanks
Alaska State Library Historical Collections
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities – Photos by Ray Krantz
Unified Command, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
The United States Coast Guard
Sheldon Museum
Bruck Bruckman
John Gitkov
Scott Mccauley
Mark Sheffel
Chris Gifford
Baker Jennings Films