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.

 

Smooth Sailing….Captain Warren Good

About captaingood

Captain Warren Good is the owner and administrator of this website and the author of the book ALASKA SHIPWRECKS. He spent much of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's involved in the fisheries of Alaska. His home base was Kodiak where he made himself available as a cook, deck boss, engineer or skipper. His fishing experiences ranged from Prince William Sound to Norton Sound working on boats out of Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. King crab, tanner crab, opilio crab, shrimp, pollock, cod, sole, halibut and salmon were a few of the fisheries Captain Good was involved in. He achieved his Inspected Master Captain's License in 1988 from the United States Coast Guard. In the late 1970's after losing several close friends to shipwrecks, Captain Good began researching other shipwrecks that had taken place along the vast coastal regions of Alaska. He has retired to Florida, but his Alaska Shipwreck research is ongoing. This site is a forum for that effort.
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6 Responses to 2015 ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010

  1. James Sandin says:

    I am age 80, fished in your era in Kodiak 1957 to mid 70s. Am seeking info on wreck at 57 46 02N, 152 24 02 W near south entrance to Trident Basin between Near Is & Crooked Is., chart 16595. It was being towed into Trident basin to be worked on and struck reef where it now rests, a portion of bow exposed. I am thinking “Alderbaron”, not sure. Thanks for any info and your years of research for this terrific website, Jim S.

    • captaingood says:

      There have been a number of wrecks in that area behind Near Island. The Kay-Dee struck a submerged wreck there in 1930 and ended up losing a 100# anchor. That would be from before the one you are referring to. In September of 1948 the 60 foot scow B F No 9 was lost between Crooked and Near Island. In July of 1952 the 33 foot fishing vessel Iola burned in that vicinity. In June of 1932 the fishing vessel Olive burned while at winter quarters in the lagoon between Crooked and Near Island. These are the only ones I have records of. I think that a good percentage of wrecks from the old days went unreported. I looked in the Merchant Vessel Registration from 1960 and there was an Aldebaran out of Seattle. She was a wooden 50 foot diesel fishing vessel built in 1956. Hope that helps.

  2. James Sandin says:

    Cap’t Good: I met an old acquaintance today who was owner of the Aldebaron I enquired about. It was a 135′ wooden boat that went aground in Womens Bay, Kodiak. He purchased it for one dollar and he and Red Neputski towed it to Trident Basin (lagoon between Crooked and Near Island) where it went aground on a reef near the entrance to the lagoon, this about 30 years ago. He is Tom Dooley,now owner of Trapper Creek Inn on Parks Highway ph 907 733 1444. He would be happy to talk to you, thanks, Jim Sandin, Kodiak .You, he and I were all deck apes in the same era.

    • captaingood says:

      Thanks Jim. I would love to hear you two talk about the old days. You must know Red Nietupski was lost in 1988 when his boat Wayward Wind sank south of Tugidak. We all lost a lot of friends back in those days.

  3. Brinnen says:

    Planning on giving a talk on a maritime cruise here in Sitka Sound and was wondering if you have a list of wrecks for the Sound and surroundings? Would love to review the list, then do a follow-up call to talk about significant wrecks. Thanks for doing all the heavy lifting of compilation! Brinnen

    • captaingood says:

      I am emailing you a digital version of my ALASKA SHIPWRECKS book. It is in pdf format which makes it easy to word or phrase search by right clicking and following the “Search” prompt at the bottom of the drop down menu. Two productive searches would be “Sitka Sound” and “near Sitka”. The parentheses are not necessary. The “Sitka Sound” search reveals 18 shipwrecks and the “near Sitka” search reveals 22. Some are redundant and others irrelevant, but you should end up with several dozen wreck sites with just those two searches. I find that searching names of Capes, Islands and Bays can be productive as well. For example “Biorka” gets 10 results, “Lazaria” brings up 8, “Necker” 6 and “Edgecumbe” 4. My book covers the known wrecks from 1750 to 2010. Good Luck with your work around Sitka and smooth sailing.

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