Carbon Harbor is a fictitious town, located on the West coast, "somewhere North of San Francisco." If you want to close your eyes and imagine it, think along the lines of Bodega Bay. However, the history of Carbon Harbor is loosely—but not so loosely—based on a small town located in the Carquinez Strait.
Carbon Harbor is a fictional story, with fictional and fictionalized characters, that not so faithfully recreates actual events that occurred prior to WW II, and not at all faithfully since then. Overall, as they used to say in the old Dragnet show on radio and TV, all the names have been changed to protect the innocent. All, that is, except for the name of a Japanese oil tanker known as the Kyokuto Maru.
The Kyokuto Maru was the lead oiler that accompanied the Japanese fleet at the attack on Pearl Harbor. Also, and this is disputed though fairly well documented, prior to Pearl Harbor it was a merchant oiler, and was seen leaving San Francisco Bay after departing from the "actual" Carbon Harbor with a fresh cargo load of oil, in the midst of a U.S. oil embargo imposed against Japan, at the behest of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Carbon Harbor is also a soundtrack album, for an unfinished screenplay.
The Carbon Harbor Journal began as a Blogger site, in 2005. The journal was abandoned—more or less for good—after Google reorganized Blogger and complicated the terms for using it. The original content of the journal was archived and has now been retrieved, refactored and reformatted into a Drupal site.
Carbon Harbor Continuum revives the old story and journal, and is a (re)-work in progress.