About the Company

North Pacific Expeditions

Captains Aspin & Erik Teevin

Owners and Captains Erik and Aspin Teevin envisioned a lifelong dream of sharing their passion of sea journeys with others which led to the creation of North Pacific Expeditions.

Erik has spent much of his life on the water where he has learned to listen and feel the nuances of the sea. This ingrained knowledge and experience enables Erik to navigate confidently while his enthusiasm and personable demeanor creates a delightful and inviting atmosphere. While skippering the F/V North American in Prince William Sound for salmon tendering season, he fell in love with the dramatic beauty and diversity of wildlife of Southcentral Alaska and his vision of providing small vessel cruises became a reality.

Aspin hails originally from Telluride, Colorado where growing up in a pristine mountain environment has made her particularly attuned to the specialness of wild places. She has also always felt an affinity for the ocean and its creatures, especially the whales and dolphins. Having both mountains and the sea, Alaska became the perfect magical place for exploration. With a guest services background, Aspin understands the details and needs of what guests desire for an exceptionally wonderful trip.

Erik and Aspin look forward to offering specialty wilderness cruises with North Pacific Expeditions aboard the classic M/V Sea Star.  They hope to exceed your expectations and are excited to share their home away from home.


About the Crew

Erik Teevin – Captain & Engineer

Captain Erik – SS Virginia V

Captain Erik Teevin fell in love with the sea when he went on his first sailboat ride at the age of ten in Southern California. He continued to sail after moving to the Seattle area at the age of 13 around the Puget Sound area and greater Pacific Northwest and spent over 10 years racing sailboats.

He also has served many days skippering the Fishing Vessel (F/V) North American, a 110 foot Marco built vessel (that was featured on the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch”) through the Inside Passage, and in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Captain Erik also volunteers his time as captain of the well-known 125 foot wooden Steamship Virginia V built in 1922; a Seattle and National Historic Landmark that is the last steam-powered, propeller driven vessel on the west coast.

Erik’s knowledge, experience and passion of the sea along with his navigational skills ensures a pleasurable and safe cruise aboard the M/Y Sea Star.  Erik currently holds a US Coast Guard 200 ton Masters – Near Coastal Merchant Mariner Credential (license) and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Captain Erik is always excited to share his lifelong passion with others in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Doug Brusig – Mate

Doug fell in love with sailing during the year of 1982. He started his sea adventure aboard small sail boats racing Santana 20’s, J22’s, Thistles as well as the small Lasers. As the sea grew upon Doug, he later became the sailing instructor for the Neptune Sailing Club in Kirkland, Washington and was known to be called “Spinologist” given his attention to detail and love of trimming and teaching in the art of flying the spinnaker.

As an avid Aerial Helicopter photographer, Doug worked with the local magazine, 48 Degrees North, San Francisco for the Big Boat Series, and in Hawaii for the Kenwood Cup capturing the action photographs of the sailboat races. Doug also has been an active volunteer of the historic Steamship Virginia V for since 2008 making his way from deckhand to captain. It is a great pleasure to have Doug as mate aboard Sea Star during our Inside Passage cruises. Doug currently holds a US Coast Guard 100 ton Masters, 200 ton Mate – Inland  Merchant Mariner Credential (license).

Doug with be assisting North Pacific Expeditions on Sea Star on the Inside Passage journeys.

Rob Runn – Chef

Picture and Bio coming soon!

Liberty Miller – Naturalist

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Liberty Elias Miller is a true nomad in her worldly adventures and enthusiasm for life. With her home base being Seattle, Washington, Liberty chases the seasonal journeys enabling her to experience these various adventures. Her passion for the ocean led her to many life opportunities related to the sea. As a Certified Marine Naturalist, professional kayak guide and instructor, and avid photographer, she strives to live life to the fullest. Liberty regularly crews aboard other vessels and holds a US Coast Guard 100 ton Masters Merchant Mariner Credential (license) as well as she is an Advanced Open Water Certified PADI scuba diver. Hailing from a family of writers and photographers, Liberty naturally picked up those skills at a young age, eventually serving as a foreign correspondent in Japan in her late 20’s and early 30’s. She has traveled the world and blogged about it every step of the way.

It is a great pleasure to have Liberty as part of the North Pacific Expedition crew.

Visit Liberty’s personal website at: https://www.libertyeliasmiller.com

Chris Burgis – Deckhand

Chris has currently been a yacht broker since 2012 in Anacortes, WA and is looking to be out on the water more. Chris’s background includes a career in the U.S. Navy where he acted as an aircraft mechanic initially, and retired as a Naval Flight Officer, deploying /operating in the fast-paced aircraft carrier environment. He has a BS degree in General Science with a strong emphasis in marine biology from the University of Oregon, and a MS degree in Education from Old Dominion University.

Chris is currently pursuing his US Coast Guard 200 ton Masters – Near Coastal Merchant Mariner Credential.

Chris is an avid boater, diver, fisherman/crabber/shrimper, and needless to say, loves all things on the water.  He is looking forward to this exciting opportunity with Erik and Aspin and their wonderful vessel, SEA STAR.