Alaska Shipwrecks 1729-2011

This section contains chronological tables of all known, referenced or recorded shipwrecks in Alaskan waters.  The seven tables are the product of many years of research by Captain Warren Good.  Each entry contains the Year, Vessel Name, Area of Alaska, Vessel Size, Vessel Type, Lives Lost and Number of Survivors.  Additional details about specific wrecks can be found by looking up the vessel name in the A-Z section of this site.

(1750-1799)    (1800-1899)    (1900-1925)    (1926-1950)    (1951-1975)    

(1976-2000)    (2000-2011) 

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Much of the information available on this site can be found and substantiated in Marine Historian Michael Burwell’s maritime research while with the Federal Government and the BOEM from 1984 until 2010.  Some of Mr Burwell’s work is available in a 610 page chronological shipwreck table published by the United States Department of Interior, Bureau of Energy Management.   The 2011 version  is available as a pdf file by clicking on the following link:

http://www.boem gov uploadedFiles BOEM About Regions Alaska Region Ships 2011 Shipwreck

18 Responses to Alaska Shipwrecks 1729-2011

  1. Carl Schoch says:

    I am trying to find out the history of the ship aground at Twin Hills Alaska. If you have any information then please let me know. A picture of it is here: https://paulcolors.photoshelter.com/image/I00008RXXjzyF2Ks
    and here:
    https://cview.app.link/H8byiXY8KJ

    Thank you!

    • captaingood says:

      Great picture. I do not know for sure what vessel that is. The only one I can think of would be the Ocean Venture which blew ashore in 1982. It was an old Army power barge built in 1943 as the BSP2077 USA. Most of power barges that the fleet used were “bow pickers” with wider more square looking bows than this. It is sitting flat which would make you think that it was a flat bottomed vessel like a power barge would be. I will have to do some research.

    • captaingood says:

      I found some pictures of the Ocean Venture and it is definitely not that one. I will keep digging.

  2. Carl Schoch says:

    Okay thanks, thats much appreciated. Maybe you could help with this one too, the stern section of a fishing vessel in Pumicestone Bay on Unalaska. It still has paint on it but I can’t make out the name:

    • captaingood says:

      I am not familiar with that wreck. I have nothing in my files listed for Pumicestone Bay. There are many wrecks where location is generalized so I would look for a wreck on south or west Unalaska Island. I do not allow the use of links in posts on this site.

    • captaingood says:

      I looked around for wrecks in that area of Unalaska Island and found two. One is the Selendang Ayu which broke in two just north of the bay you mentioned. The other is the Chil Bo San No 6 which went ashore south of Spray Cape which is at the entrance to Pumicestone Bay. My computer blocked the use of the link you posted so I did not see the picture. If you could send it to me in an email at warren@alaskashipwreck.com I may be able to identify it.

  3. Quinn says:

    I’m looking for the father of someone in Alaska. All she knows is that he was lost at sea in a fishing vessel 1955 in Bristol Bay, Alaska and his last name was Peterson. I’ve narrowed that down to two ships, the RUTH and the HAROLD J. Can anyone possibly tell me how to find the names of the people on board who died? His nickname was “Sven the Swede”.
    Thank you,
    D.C.

    • captaingood says:

      I have the names of those lost on the Ruth and Harold J. and none are Peterson. I will do some further research. Any other information could be useful. What he may have been fishing for, the time of year, where the vessel was from like what country or what state…anything can help. I will keep looking.

      • Quinn says:

        There is no Peterson on the Ruth? Ok. I had found an archive with the names of the people who died on the Harold J. Maybe if I could see the names of the people who died on the Ruth please? Thank you.

        • captaingood says:

          The 30 foot Hydaburg troller Ruth exploded and burned September 9, 1955 near
          San Juan Bautista Island between Craig and Hydaburg. Only Paul Deeds of the vessels five
          crewmembers was rescued. Three others were killed in the explosion including Duke Helmer (63),
          Al Lehman and Raymond Haldane (39). Owner Chester Bull (59) went missing and was presumed
          lost when he attempted to swim to shore. The explosion was caused by a dislodged gas line to the
          vessel’s engine leaking near the galley stove.

          • Quinn says:

            Wow, I don’t know how you found all that info, but I know it was some work. I really appreciate what you did for me. Thanks.

            • captaingood says:

              I will keep looking for information and contact you if I find any. My records from this period are somewhat lacking. Your specific information should be sufficient to find out what boat was lost and who was on it. I have many cold cases like this and solve them as more newspapers go digital and my searches bear fruit.

    • captaingood says:

      The only vessel in my records that was lost in Bristol Bay in 1955 was the 49 foot Ugashik Three which burned at Ugashik July 20, 1955. My records are far from complete and much of what I have found has not yet been edited onto this website. I will keep looking.

  4. Melinda Dietlein says:

    I have been looking for years for any information regarding the fishing vessel
    (Reina). My uncle Victor Hansen was the Skipper and two young men were on their
    Way to Alaskan waters to fish The Reina was lost November 13 1965 at Seguam Island. I look forward to a reply.

    • captaingood says:

      The information on the Reina on this site has not been updated from my files. I have two newspaper articles I will email you. One is regarding the search for the Reina and the other is an obituary article.

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