Barrow residents ride a sled drawn by a snowmachine as the Soviet ice-breaking cargo ship Vladimir Arsenev makes a path through the ice pack off Point Barrow during the California gray whales rescue in October 1988.
Barrow residents ride a sled drawn by a snowmachine as the Soviet ice-breaking cargo ship Vladimir Arsenev makes a path through the ice pack off Point Barrow during the California gray whales rescue in October 1988. Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT
Barrow residents ride a sled drawn by a snowmachine as the Soviet ice-breaking cargo ship Vladimir Arsenev makes a path through the ice pack off Point Barrow during the California gray whales rescue in October 1988. Bill Roth/Anchorage Daily News/MCT

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