Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1972

March 7, 1972     While on a trip from Ketchikan to Metlakatla, the 52 foot seiner Gloria Jean went missing and was presumed sunk.  An oil slick was spotted near Walden Rocks, Gravina Island, Nichols Passage and is likely the site of the tragedy.  All three onboard were lost including owner/operator Norman P Milne (49) of Metlakatla.

May 18, 1972     The 32 foot wooden troller-gillnetter Toni Jean swamped, was swept into the surf and washed ashore on Kayak Island.  Bill Smith (50) of Seattle was lost.  Jeff Miller, also of Seattle was able to swim to shore near the St Elias light station.

May 27, 1972     The 65 foot crab fishing vessel Addington was lost off of Cape Uganik on the west side of Kodiak Island in the Shelikof Straits.  Three crewmembers went down with the vessel including skipper Melvin Torson of Kodiak, Leonard Neimi of Anchorage and John Cheplak of Kodiak.

November 1, 1972     The crab fishing vessel Lazarette flooded in rough weather and sank in Peril Strait north of Sitka.  Two persons on board were lost.

November 19, 1972     The 53 foot seiner Dora R sank north of Sitka in Peril Strait at Dead Man’s Reef with the loss of two of her three crewmembers.  Ronald Hanson, skipper of the vessel was “plucked out of the water” by a helicopter crew and taken to a hospital with extreme exposure.  Crewmembers James Pope and Roy Robal were lost with the Dora R.

December 24, 1972     The Liberian cargo vessel Pacrover disappeared 760 miles south of Kodiak Island with 30 Korean officers and crew on board.  All that was ever found were four overturned life boats, some debris and an oil slick.

2 Responses to Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1972

  1. Jeff Ransom says:

    Looking for any written record of my brother’s death from an accident in or near Kethcikan Alaska, August 1, 1972. Don’t know the name of the ship….brother name is Bryce Ransom. Any help is appreciated

    • captaingood says:

      I haven’t been able to find anything yet. I searched many of the old newspapers but came up empty. Not all cities have digitized their old newspapers but will in time. You can also contact the Alaska State Troopers and fill out an information form to get their records of what happened. I will keep searching. RIP Bryce Ransom.

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