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French woman undertakes Northwest Passage


December 5, 2019

Photo courtesy of Leila Gharbi

Leila Gharbi next to the S/V Breskell.

Leila Gharbi recounted her journey from Newfoundland to Port Townsend, Washington through the Northwest Passage, while sharing pictures and stories to a captive audience at the Petersburg Public Library last Wednesday.

Gharbi was working for a film archive in Paris, one of the most famous archives in the county, when she read the book, "Woman at Sea" by Cathrine Poulain. The novel tells the story of Lili, a French woman who leaves her country in search of adventure and ends up working on a fishing vessel in Kodiak. Upon finishing the book, knew she too had to make the trip to Alaska. She di...

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