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Governor Murkowski ‘Emerald’ through the years

July 5, 2012 | Vol. 110, No. 27

Once upon a time in Alaska, there was a young Coast Guardsman named Frank Murkowski. His adventures on the high seas and waterways of coastal Alaska were far from great legend – but it taught him and led him to a future life of leadership in state and Federal government.

When he was 18 years old, the future U.S. Senator and chief executive of the Last Frontier received a graduation gift of a 19-foot runabout christened Emerald. The boat, which was built by...