2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar available at LULU.com

The 2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar by Captain Warren Good is now available at LULU.com. Prices are discounted for early orders.

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The 2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar is a month to month and day by day accounting of many of the shipwrecks in Alaska history. Each calendar month has a description of the worst wreck ever occurring during that month as well as photographs of significant wrecks with particulars of those disasters. Also each calendar day has the worst wreck that ever occurred on that day in Alaska history. All information is taken from my book ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010 which details over 4,000 shipwreck disasters. To order or preview this informative calendar, please click on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

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Week 31 in Alaska Maritime History July 30 – Aug 5

By Captain Warren Good

 

July 30, 1956  The 30 foot troller Linda swamped and sank. No one knew what happened to the vessel until a message in a bottle was found off of Yakutat in the Gulf of Alaska a full year later. The message came from the only occupant of the Linda, 16 year old Orville Rude, son of the owner. He had been taking his father’s boat to Inian Pass from Elfin Cove to fish when the vessel swamped.

August 1, 1969  Canadian halibut fishing vessel B C Clipper exploded and sank off of Twoheaded Island near Kodiak. Five crewmembers were rescued but three were lost. A liquid gas line from the galley freezer broke and caused the initial explosion when the gas was ignited by the galley stove. Winston Tucker and his son Clarence Tucker, both of Vancouver were lost along with Charles Stanley of New Westminster. Five survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel Peggy Jo.

August 3, 1966  the Columbia Wards Fishery Company cannery, four buildings and about 50 stored fishing vessels were destroyed by fire 10 miles north of Naknek on the Kvichak River. The buildings had not been used for canning since 1958. They were primarily used to store gillnet vessels for the North Star Fish Company and Alaska Fish Company.

August 3, 1888 the Young Phoenix, Mary&Susan, Ino, Fleetwing and Jane Grey became trapped in ice and lost. The crews were rescued by the United States Revenue Cutter Bear.

 

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Week 30 in Alaska Maritime History July 23 – July 29

Summer is a relatively calm time of year and shipwrecks are less frequent. Small boat accidents are more common and tragically sometimes multiple family members are involved. Such was the case July 25, 1976 when the 34 foot wooden gasoline powered salmon troller Miller’s Bay disappeared near Noyes Island with three family members aboard, including Robert West (31), his wife Judy (30) and their 14 year old daughter Brenda.

The number of fires increases during the summer with the increased number of small vessels active in recreation and fisheries. The maritime community is also plagued with similar tragedies when canneries and packing plants are lost to a similar fate. Several lost during week 30 are as follows:

July 25, 1921 the Libby McNeil and Libby salmon cannery at Kenai was destroyed by fire with an estimated loss of $300,000.

July 26, 1924 the Alaska Sanitary Packing Company cannery at Wrangell was destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated to be $200,000.

July 28, 1916 the Nakat cannery near Ketchikan owned by the Humes Interest was destroyed by fire. Only a few hundred cases of salmon had been packed.

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Weekly Alaska Maritime History for Week 29

We are in the middle of the 29th week of the year, which by my reckoning covers July 16th to July 22nd. I have decided to post a weekly accounting of the significant maritime events of each week in Alaska history that I have run across in my research. The three that stand out for the 29th week of the year are as follows:

July 18, 1935     The wood hulled gas screw Bessie M caught fire Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. while at the float dock at Excursion Inlet.  No one was on board at the time.   The vessel was towed away from the dock and a hole was chopped in her side subsequently sinking the Bessie M and “checking the flames”.  Because of the sinking, her engine and the lower part of the hull were saved.  The cause of the blaze has been attributed to “gas fumes”. I am including this small event because there is a lesson that many mariners should pay attention to. Literally hundreds of vessels have burned and become total losses in the Alaska marine environment without the simple action that was taken to stop the flames and save this boat. The Bessie M was put it in “Wet Storage” until she could be re-floated and the damage repaired. This method is seldom thought of in the heat of the moment. Another example I have in my files is of a vessel owner who puts out an engine room fire by blasting holes in the hull below the waterline with his shotgun.

July 19, 1903 the Kenai salmon cannery owned by Pacific Packing and Navigation Company was destroyed by fire. Once owned by Pacific Steam Whaling Company, the cannery could produce 60,000 cases of salmon a season. There was enough insurance to cover the loss.

July 20, 1784 an unknown Japanese junk out of Shiroko wrecked on Amchitka after drifting more than 7 months. The following is an excerpt from a letter written February 26, 1791 to Count Aleksandr R Vorontsov by Kyrill Laksman detailing the plight of Japanese castaways rescued in the Aleutians by Russian Promyshlenniks:

“On December 13, 1783, seventeen Japanese men sailed out from the town of Shiroko to trade in the capitol city of Yedo.  At the halfway point of their voyage they, like many similar vessels, stopped to spend the night in Semioda Bay.  During a violent windstorm another vessel hit them and broke off their rudder.  Without the rudder they had to cut the mast, and thus they drifted at the mercy of the waves for more than seven months, drifting in various directions.  At last on July 20, 1784 they came to the Aleutian Island of Amisachka where they dropped anchor and went ashore in a small boat.  They found seven Aleut men there who were hunting wild geese.  The Aleuts invited the five Japanese into their earthen iurts and gave them cooked goose and fish to eat.  Toward evening Russian promyshlenniks came to the island from a vessel which had been wrecked on the island, a vessel which belonged to the Totma merchant, Khodilov.  The Russians went to the Japanese vessel and spent the night in a cabin on shore, but during the night there was a storm at sea and the anchor broke away on some sharp rocks underwater.  The ship was cast adrift and then was wrecked on the coast.  Thus, deprived of their last hope, the men had to remain on that island for three years and a month, during which time the Russian promyshlenniks used planks from their wrecked vessel, and the remains of the Japanese vessel, which had been built of redwood and camphor, to build a new vessel.  In September of 1787 they took the remaining nine Japanese men with them to Nizhnekamchatsk ostrog.  Seven of the Japanese had died while they were on the Aleutian Island, and an eighth was killed during a storm at sea”

 

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ALASKA SHIPWRECKS eBook

ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750 – 2010 is now available as an eBook. It can be purchased for $5.99 at Lulu.com by following this link:

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It will soon be available at Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple I-Bookstore, Amazon Kindle, Kobo and others. This is the 2nd Edition and has pertinent additional information. There are over 1,000 new names  including a list of 458 passengers and crew lost from the Princess Sophia tragedy of 1918. All of the information on this site is condensed into an ebook to make it a ready reference for anyone interested in ALASKA SHIPWRECKS. Proceeds from the sale of this ebook will be used to perpetuate this website and initiate a non-profit foundation to take that duty over when I am no longer able. Smooth Sailing…Captain Warren Good.

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PRINCESS SOPHIA passenger list

One of the primary functions of this website is remembering not just the vessels lost in Alaskan waters but the people lost with them. That information is not just historically interesting, it is important to families and their descendants when a loved one is lost to maritime disaster in Alaska. With that in mind,  I have posted a new, never before seen list of 461 names of people that may have been lost when the Princess Sophia sank in 1918. The official counts vary from 343 to 356 persons lost.  The Sophia is Alaska’s worst maritime disaster to date.  There were no survivors, with the exception of one of the passenger’s dog. What I have done to to arrive at such a large number of people lost relative to the official count is to include all names that were published as passengers or crew lost when the vessel went to the bottom. I used newspaper publications from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. I also included the most comprehensive list published in book form. None of those lists appear to have ever been complete. There are just too many names. Many of the names on my list are of people whose bodies were identified but never included in the official count.  This list is unofficial and likely incomplete, but may prove helpful for locating a missing ancestor. Now that the list is published online, the names will come up in searches.  For the complete list go to the A to Z section and pick the letter P. Once there scroll down to PRINCESS SOPHIA. At the end of the list is a link to download the complete list, color coded and in .pdf format.

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2016 ALASKA SHIPWRECKS Calendar

The 2016 ALASKA SHIPWRECKS Calendars are available for order at LULU.com. I have added more eye popping photos and jaw dropping descriptions. Order early and avoid the Christmas Rush. Here is the link where you can review the calendar and order copies:Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

This is the upper page from January 2016:2016 January2 copy

The lower page gives details of the most significant Alaska Shipwreck for each day of the month.

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2015 ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010

Welcome to alaskashipwreck.com. Navigation buttons are on the top and right side of each page. This site is primitive but I am just an old geezer on social security. I am Captain Warren Good and this information represents 35 or 40 years worth of research. My new book, just released in January of 2015, is now available directly from the printer, LULU.com. It is 728 pages and covers all the shipwrecks I have been able to find, around 3,642. Most of the book is an alphabetical list of all the wrecks with detailed information about each one. There is also a year by year accounting beginning in 1750 covering 260 years. Following that is a year by year list of all the people who have been lost at sea since 1972. I put that in because many were friends and acquaintances from the decades that I was active in the Alaska commercial fishing industry. At the end of the book is a bibliography and glossary. I hope you find this website informative and stop by LULU and preview ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010.  I am also looking for help in getting a copy of this book to all of the public libraries in Alaska. If you are interested in helping, please click below:

Smooth Sailing….Captain Warren Good

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Books and Calendars at the Alaska Shipwreck Store

The 2015 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR is now available for purchase in the Shipwreck Store on the right. It is being printed on demand at LULU.com. There have been over 3,650 recorded shipwrecks in Alaska history. Captain Warren Good has taken the most significant 10% and chronicled each on the day of their loss. He has also written a short description of the largest disaster of each month and put together two dozen photographs of other important wrecks. Photographs were acquired from the Library of Congress, United States Coast Guard, Captain Good’s personal collection and from contributors to the alaskashipwreck.com website and Alaska Fishermen RIP on facebook. Thanks to those of you who sent them in. Please allow time for the calendar to be printed and shipped when you order. Christmas and New Year are right around the corner so do not wait too long. Previews of the ALASKA SHIPWRECKS books and calendar are available at LULU as well as the prices and shipping cost. Just click and follow the links in the Alaska Shipwreck Store in the right column.

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ALASKA SHIPWRECKS now available in three volumes

All three volumes of ALASKA SHIPWRECKS are now available in paperback at a discount directly from the printer. Links to Lulu and the three first edition volumes are in the right hand column. Prices and previews are available for each at Lulu. Order early if you want to beat the Christmas rush.

 

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