Alaska Shipwrecks (N)

               ABBREVIATIONS:  AluminumALBritish ColumbiaBCCentralCFiberglassFRPFishing VesselFVIndicated Horse PowerIHPLongliner-LLMotor VesselMVNorthNOfficial NumberONRevenue Cutter ServiceRCSSchoonerSchSignal LettersSLSouth CentralSCSoutheastSESouthwestSWSteel oil screwSOSSteam ShipSSUnknownUUnited States ArmyUSAUnited States Coast GuardUSCGUnited States NavyUSNWestcentralWCWood gas screwWGSWood oil screwWOS

N F CO NO 1 (1918)     The 30 ton scow N F Co No 1 stranded and was lost in Washington Bay December of 1918.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 43 N 134 23 20 W   Chart 17320

                Additional Information: Tonnage 30, Built 1917 at Bellingham WA, Registered Seattle WA, ON 166791

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 451, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1922) Pg 402

N P CORP NO 41 (1962)     The 38 ton 60 foot wooden barge N P Corp No 41 foundered in November of 1962 off of Cape Saint Elias.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16016

                Additional Information: Tonnage 38 Gross and Net, Length 60.2, Breadth 18, Depth 4, Built 1933 at Seattle WA, Owner Nakat Packing Corp., Registered Ketchikan, ON 171661

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 467, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

N S 10 (1966)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 10 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9, Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, Owner August P Mardesich, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 262049

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

N S 11 (1966)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 11 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9, Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, Owner August P Mardesich, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 262050

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

N S 22 (1966)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 22 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.1, Built 1952 at Deer Harbor WA, Horsepower 95, Owner North Star Fisheries, Registered Seattle WA, ON 263754

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

N S 24 (1966)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 24 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.1, Built 1952 at Deer Harbor WA, Horsepower 95, Owner North Star Fisheries, Registered Seattle WA, ON 263759

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

N S 25 (1966)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 25 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.1, Built 1952 at Deer Harbor WA, Horsepower 95, Owner North Star Fisheries, Registered Seattle WA, ON 263760

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

N S 26 (1966)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel N S 26 was destroyed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.1, Built 1952 at Deer Harbor WA, Horsepower 95, Owner North Star Fisheries, Registered Seattle WA, ON 263755

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 485, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NAGAN (1991)     The 40 foot halibut longline fishing vessel Nagan capsized and was lost September 23, 1991 off of Egg Island south of Cordova.  Both crewmembers were lost.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 23 N 145 46 W   Chart 16700

                Additional Information: ON 591057

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NAGAY (1880)     The schooner Nagay was lost in the summer of 1880 at Popof Island.  The vessel was owned by McCollum & Company and engaged working for the codfish station.  The value of the Nagay was $2,000 at the time of the disaster.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 19 N 160 24 W   Chart 16553

                Sources: 1. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 31, 2. Pacific Cod Fisheries (1916) Pg 108

NAHICHEVAN (1965)     The Russian trawler Nahichevan was lost January 20, 1965 between the Pribilof Islands and Saint Matthew Island, approximately 80 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island.  Fourteen crewmembers perished in the disaster.  The Russian trawlers Sebezh and the Sevsk were also lost with the same number of crewmembers on each.  Two of the three trawlers sank and a third was found overturned with one crewmember clinging to the hull.  The three vessels had been fishing herring south of the pack ice and delivering to the 532 foot Russian factory ship Pavel Postyshev.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16006

                Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge January 22, 1965) “U S is asked to help locate Soviet trawlers” Pg 4-B

 

NAKNEK (1987)     The 81 foot tender Naknek grounded and sank April 8, 1987 in Wells Bay, Prince William Sound.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 30 N 147 28 30 W   Chart 16700

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NAKNEK DIVA (1970)     The fishing vessel Naknek Diva was lost July 15, 1970 near Homer.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 38 40 N 151 33 W   Chart 16640

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NAN B (1967)     The 43 ton 60 foot wooden gas screw Nan B foundered March 23, 1967 in Eliza Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 09 N 134 17 W   Chart 17320

                Additional Information: Tonnage 43 Gross 36 Net, Length 60.6, Breadth 15.8, Depth 5.8, Built 1911 at Astoria WA, Service freight, Registered Wrangell, ON 208482

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 486, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NANA NICOLE (1993)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Nana Nicole struck a log and sank August 8, 1993 in Cold Bay.  The one person aboard was rescued.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 59 N 162 28 W   Chart 16011

                Source: Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NANNIE D (1981)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Nannie D sank November 27, 1981 somewhere southwest of Seward.  All three crewmembers were lost with the vessel.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16680

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NAPOLEON (1885)     The 306 ton bark Napoleon was lost in 1885 in the Bering Sea.  She was valued at $50,000 at the time of the disaster.

                Mapping and Location: Unknown Bering Sea

                Source: 1. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 32, 2. The Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914 Microcopy 641 (1966)

NAPOLEON III (1858)     The 707 ton French ship Napoleon III was stove in by ice and lost near Saint Paul Island May 20, 1858.  16 souls perished with the Napoleon III.  She was on a whaling voyage out of LaHavre, France and had a cargo of whale oil and bone when the disaster occurred.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16011

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NARO (1898)     The steamer Naro was wrecked at Point Highfield on the northern tip of Wrangell Island in 1898.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 29 15 N 132 23 15 W   Chart 17384

                Comment: This may not have been a total loss, but evidence of an accident may still be on site, so I have included it in this compilation.  WG

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NASTY HABIT (1982)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Nasty Habit capsized and sank in rough weather May 22, 1982 near Hinchinbrook Island 25 miles southwest of Cordova.  One person was lost.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska    60 23 N 146 28 W   Chart 16700

                Comment: The fishing vessels B J and Camelot were lost nearby in the same storm.  WG

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NAT&T CO NO 3 (1899)     Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route reports that the barge N A T & T Co No 3 was lost at Tugidak in 1899.  It is further stated that the value of the vessel and her cargo was $73,000 at the time of the loss.  Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) reports the 120 ton barge N A T & T Co No 3 (Built in 1897) foundered at Saint Michael in 1899.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 30 N 154 40 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 120, ON 67382

                Sources:  1. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 32, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 410

NATALIA (2006)     The 45 foot salmon seiner Natalia burned and sank August 1, 2006 approximately 16 miles north of the Ugashik River in Bristol Bay.  A stack fire had spread and gotten out of control.  The crew was forced to abandon ship in a life raft.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Belina.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 157 37 W   Chart 16006

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. U S Coast Guard Enforcement Report (August 1, 2006)

 

NATALIA JADE (1983)     The crab fishing vessel Natalia Jade caught fire and sank April 20, 1983 in the Shelikof Strait west of Raspberry Island.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 02 N 153 05 W   Chart 16580

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NATTIE (1946)     The 10 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Nattie stranded and was lost after drifting to sea from Seldovia in May of 1946.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 15 N 151 42 30 W   Chart 16640

                Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 32, Breadth 11.4, Depth 4.2, Built 1938 at Kodiak, Horsepower 140, Owner Charles Nelson, Registered Juneau, ON 237736

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 348, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 861

 

NAUGHTY MARLETTA (1950)     The 12 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Naughty Marletta foundered September 3, 1950 on a small island near the outer entrance to the eastern channel of Sitka Sound.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 N 135 30 W   Chart 17320

                Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 33.8, Breadth 9.8, Depth 5.7, Built 1936 at Olympia WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Robert Shonwald, Registered Sitka, ON 235184

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 381, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 939

 

NAVARCH (1897)     The 494 ton steam whaling bark Navarch was caught in the pack ice off Icy Cape in late July 1897 and abandoned off Blossom Shoals August 12, 1897.  The vessel departed San Francisco March 2, 1897 for whaling in the Arctic with thirty two crewmen aboard.  Sixteen of her crew perished in the attempt to reach shore over the ice.  The other half of the crew were rescued by the cutter Bear and steamer Thrasher along with shipwrecked crewmembers from eight other whaling vessel of a similar fate.  The Navarch drifted in the ice and reached the Pt Barrow area where her supplies helped the shipwrecked crews there survive.   She was eventually “set on fire by salvers” in January of 1888.  The Navarch was valued at $100,000 with cargo.

                Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W   Chart 16003

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The Cruise of the U S Revenue Cutter Bear and the Overland Expedition for the Relief of the Whalers in the Arctic Ocean from November 27, 1897 to September 13, 1898 (1899) Pg 82, 96, 102

NAVY (1871)     The 385 ton wooden whaling bark Navy was abandoned in the ice near Point Belcher September 14, 1871.  Her home port was New Bedford, Massachusetts and her value at the time of the disaster was $55,000.

                Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   70 47 40 N 159 39 02 W   Chart 16003

                Sources: 1. Harper’s Weekly (December 2, 1871) “Destruction of the Arctic Whaling Fleet”, 2. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 31

NEAH (1945)     The 42 ton 58 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Neah was consumed by fire November 29, 1945 in Boulder Bay, Prince William Sound.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 54 N 146 38 W   Chart 16700

                Additional Information: Tonnage 42 Gross 28 Net, Length 58.9, Breadth 15.1, Depth 7.1, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Crew 7, Horsepower 50, Owner Ira Rothwell, Registered Juneau, ON 214981

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) Pg 380, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 927

 

NECKERBAY (1964)     The 13 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw Neckerbay collided with a log and was lost April 13, 1964 in Krestof Sound near Sitka.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 12 N 135 35 W   Chart 17320

                Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 8 Net, Length 35.5, Breadth 12.4, Depth 3.4, Built 1915 at Sitka, Horsepower 145, SL WT8846, Owner Lura Engelman, Registered Sitka, ON 226648

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 472, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

NEDRA (1956)     The 11 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Nedra was consumed by fire September 13, 1956 on Long Island near Kodiak.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 46 N 152 17 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 33.3, Breadth 10.9, Depth 3.8, Built 1948 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 115, Owner Thomas Wick, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 255851

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 307, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 757

 

NEENAH (1938)     The 550 ton wooden scow Neenah capsized and sank south of Lituya Bay at 6:00 a.m. Monday May 23, 1938.  The Neenah had departed Hoonah May 22, 1938 under tow, bound for Controller Bay with no one aboard.  The cargo of 85 tons was said to be a floating cannery and equipment worth $15,000.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by J F Isom, master of the vessel:

                “Six mi. south of Lituya Bay”  “Moderate S E breeze Small S W swell.”  “Swell loosened planking”  “Noticed that scow was leaning.  Before reaching her she capsized, the house came to pieces and within ten minutes the hull broke up and sank.”  “Vessel foundered”  “Total Loss”

                The Neenah was valued at $10,000 at the time of the loss but Isom did not know if she or her cargo were insured when he filed the casualty report.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16760

                Additional Information: Tonnage 550, Built 1905, Registered Petersburg, Master J F Isom of Petersburg, Owner Alaskan Glacier Sea Food Co of Petersburg

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty May 25, 1938 at Cordova by J F Isom, Master and Agent

NEFCO 7 (1964)     The 80 ton 66 foot wooden barge Nefco 7 was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Point Shepard.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 38 N 145 40 W   Chart 16700

                Additional Information: Tonnage 80 Gross and Net, Length 66.3, Breadth 22.2, Depth 3.9, Built 1914 at Bellingham WA, Owner New England Fish Company, Registered Astoria OR, ON 174098

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 473, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

NEFCO 17 (1957)     The 128 ton 76 foot wooden barge Nefco 17 was consumed by fire July 10, 1957 at Ketchikan.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 128 Gross and Net, Length 75.9, Breadth 24.4, Depth 5.1, Built 1951 at Seattle WA, Owner New England Fish Company, Registered Seattle, ON 261153

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 378, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 778

 

NEFCO NO 2 (1942)     The 30 ton 55 foot wooden scow Nefco No 2 foundered off of Naked Island in Prince William Sound September 28, 1942.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 40 N 147 25 W   Chart 16700

                Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross and Net, Length 55.4, Breadth15.8, Depth 4.2, Built 1926 at Bellingham WA, Owner New England Fish Company of Oregon, Registered Seattle, ON 169459

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 350, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948 “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

NELD (1954)     The 10 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Neld foundered December 21, 1954 on the beach of Glass Peninsula, 40 miles south of Juneau.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 35 N 133 50 W   Chart 17300

                Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 34.1, Breadth 9.7, Depth 4.6, Built 1945 at Haines, Horsepower 110, Owner Eli Johnson, Registered Juneau, ON 247984

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 370, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

NELLIE COLEMAN (1905)     The 160 ton 97 foot wooden two masted cod fishing schooner Nellie Coleman departed Squaw Harbor sometime between November 7 and November 10, 1905 bound for Seattle.  Aboard were 20 crewmen, Captain Johnson and his Wife and as many as 8 passengers.  She was reported to be carrying 65,000 codfish.  The Nellie Coleman was out in the same storm that sank the Mary Ann at Unga November 13th and did severe damage to the codfish stations in the same area (S F Call).  Several days later, 15 bodies washed up on Yakataga beach and were discovered by minors (The Daily Colonist). No sign of the Nellie Coleman was found.  Some rumors of murder and foul play circulated because of a crazed Frenchman found on Unimak Island wearing a dress that had belonged to Captain Johnson’s Wife (Grey River Argus).

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16016

                Additional Information: Tonnage 160 Gross 122 Net, Length 97, Breadth 25.7, Depth 9.5, Built at Lemoyne MA 1883, Registration Seattle, ON 130285, Vessel Value $20,000 with cargo, Owner Seattle and Alaska Codfish Company of Seattle

                Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report, 2. The Daily Colonist (February 13, 1906) “Fifteen Bodies Washed Ashore From Wreck on Alaskan Coast” Pg 1, 3. San Francisco Call (March 13, 1906) “Storm Plays Havoc at Unga” Pg 11, 4. Grey River Argus (December 3, 1906) “Queer Tales of Sea Murders” Pg 4

NELLIE EDES (1885)     The 25 ton wooden schooner Nellie Edes sprung and leak and sank while taking aboard ballast at Cherni Island March 28, 1885.  The vessel had sailed out of Kodiak with three crewmen aboard and all survived.  The Nellie Edes was valued at $1,000 and had no cargo and no insurance.  William Anderson, Master and half owner of the Nellie Edes mentions in the wreck report:

                 “Southeast point of Chernabura Isl. 25 miles north of Sanak Island”  “Sprang a leak while taking in ballast.” “Northeast gale blowing made it impossible to work the empty vessel into shelter.”   “Sunk.”

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 38 N 162 22 W   Charts 16011, 16547

                Comment: This Chernabura Island had its name changed in 1936 to Cherni Island so as not to be confused with the larger Chernabura Island in the Shumagin Islands 90 miles to the northeast.

                Additional Information: Tonnage 25.30, Built 1871, Registered Kodiak, ON 130036, Master William Anderson of Kodiak, Owners William Anderson and H Vanelins of Kodiak

                Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report filed at Kodiak April 7, 1885 by master N W Anderson, 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1971) “Cherni Island” Pg 204

NELLIE JUAN #5 (1964)     The barge Nellie Juan #5 was picked up and tossed more than 100 feet inland in Mink Cove, Port Nellie Juan by a tsunami from the March 27, 1964 Good Friday Earthquake.  The vessel rests upside down covered in vegetation.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 35 N 148 14 W   Chart 16705

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NELLIE JUAN #33 (1937)     The 8 ton wooden gas screw Nellie Juan #33 foundered in Prince William Sound in January of 1937 with the loss of Andrew W Erickson of Seattle, the only person aboard.  The vessel had departed Latouche bound for Chenega Village and never arrived.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

                “Shelter Bay, Evans Island, Alaska…Foundering.”  “Westerly Gale”  “When vessel failed to arrive at destination in reasonable time had Coast Guard, an Aeroplane, and number of small boats searching for the vessel.  Body of master was found by an Indian 1/31/37 and reported to U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Commissioner at Valdez, Alaska.  Reported to owners, Feb. 4, 1937.  Vessel found completely wrecked.”

                The Nellie Juan #33 was valued at $3,000 and was a Total Loss.  She had no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 08 N 147 57 W   Chart 16700

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Age 19 years, Registered Seward, ON 216108, Master Andrew W Erickson, Owner Copper River Packing Co. of Seattle

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty February 9, 1937 by J E Most, Agent

NELLIE MARTIN (1887)     The 25 ton 48 foot wooden schooner Nellie Martin stranded on the rocks on the south end of Douglas Island at 1:00 a.m. December 24, 1887.  The vessel departed Juneau with two crewmen aboard bound for Chican (Shakan).  It was reported that the anchor chain parted in a heavy gale causing the casualty.  The Nellie Martin was valued at $1,000 and sustained $500 worth of damage. There were no losses of life.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 11 55 N 134 15 20 W   Chart 17300

                Additional Information: Tonnage 24.5, Built 1871 at Seattle, Length 47.9, Breadth 13.6, Depth 5.1, Registered Sitka, ON 18687, Master Fred Bahlman of Chican, Owner J B Sprague of Chican

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report March 23, 1888 at Juneau by C W Young, Agent for Owner

Lands End Resort on the Homer Spit 1975

Lands End Resort on the Homer Spit 1975

NELSINE (1950)    The 9 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Nelsine stranded and was lost in 1950 on the Homer Spit.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 27 W   Chart 16640

                Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 33.9, Breadth 10.4, Depth 4.2, Built 1915 at Astoria WA, Horsepower 20, Owner Harold Z Hansen, Registered Juneau, ON 213775

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 371, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

NENOHI (1942)     The 1,600 ton 359 foot Japanese destroyer Nenohi was sunk by the U S submarine Triton (SS-201) July 5, 1942 off of Cape Sabak on the southeast tip of Agattu Island.  200 crewmembers of the Nenohi were lost.  36 survivors were picked up by the Inazuma.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 21 40 N 173 43 30 W   Chart 16012

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NEOGA (1980)     The tug Neoga caught fire and burned beyond repair September 7, 1980 while beached at Halleck Point northwest of Sitka.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 13 45 N 135 30 45 W   Chart 17320

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NEPTUNE (1918)     The 365 ton wooden barge Neptune parted her tow line and stranded on the rocks at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday October 30, 1918 near Gambier Island.  The barge was running between Seattle and Tyee with 9 crewmen aboard.  No lives were lost. The Neptune had 27,500 pounds of salt herring, salt, and barrels aboard worth $5,000 when the disaster occurred.  A “S E hurricane” was said to have caused the tow line to part.  The Neptune struck the rocks four miles northeast of Gambier Island and foundered.  The barge, worth $5,000, and her cargo were total losses.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 26 30 N 133 51 W   Chart 17360

                Additional Information: Tonnage 365, Built 1911, Registration Seattle, ON 130750, Master H H Hungerford of Seattle, Owner D J Halferty of Portland OR

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 1, 1918 by Halferty at Petersburg

NEPTUNE (1943)     The 8 ton 34 foot gas screw Neptune foundered July 17, 1942 at Squaw Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 14 30 N 160 32 55 W   Chart 16553

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 34.1, Breadth 9.3, Depth 4, Built 1918 at Sand Point, Service freight, Horsepower 10 (Brake), Owner Thorwald Skulstad, Registered Cordova, ON 224105

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) Pg 234

 

NEPTUNE (1951)     The 54 ton 57 foot wooden oil screw Neptune foundered August 3, 1951 at Noblack Point in Clarence Strait.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 33 N 132 07 W   Chart 17420

                Comment: I have charted this wreck at Niblack Point.  WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 54 Gross 31 Net, Length 57.4, Breadth 16.3 Depth 8.1, Built 1924 at Tacoma WA, Service freight, Crew 4, Horsepower 100, SL WC 2351, Owner West Coast Transportation Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 223903

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 363, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 957

 

NEPTUNE (1964)     The 85 ton 70 foot wooden oil screw Neptune was reported lost at Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 85 Gross 58 Net, Length 69.9, Breadth 19.2, Depth 9.7, Built 1937 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 300, Service freight, SL WA8597, Owner Peter N Holm, Registered Seattle, ON 236221

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 474

 

NEPTUNE I (1973)     The fishing vessel Neptune I sank in the Gulf of Alaska March 4, 1973 between Cape Spencer and Kodiak Island, 150 miles south of Middleton Island.  All five crewmembers were rescued from a life raft by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 N 146 20 W   Chart 16013

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NERKA II (1998)     The 32 foot gillnet salmon fishing vessel Nerka II burned July 19, 1998 at Naknek.  The only person on board made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 43 40 N 157 00 45 W   Chart 16006

                Additional Information: ON AK3893H

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NESIKA (2001)     The fishing vessel Nesika was reported lost December 11, 2001.  Lost with the vessel were captain Robert Thompson, Steven Langlot, Ben Eder and Jarid Hamrick.

                Mapping and Location: Unknown

                Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska)

 

NETTIE H (1993)     The 58 foot crab fishing vessel Nettie H disappeared with all hands September 17, 1993 somewhere between False Pass and Saint Paul Island.  The five crewmembers lost with the Nettie H were Blake Grimstein of Bellingham WA, Julie Mereness of Colorado, Peter and David Soileau of Cottage Grove OR and Daniel Soileau of Conyers GA.  The life raft of the Nettie H was found in the Bering Sea May 11, 1994 with the body of Julie Mereness tied inside.  No other sign of the vessel was found.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 553680

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NEVA (1813)     The 370 ton Russian ship Neva struck a rock and wrecked on Kruzof Island January 9, 1813 at a bay now named for the wreck.  The vessel was travelling from Okhotsk, Russia to Sitka with 77 aboard.  49 persons were lost along with a valuable cargo of bronze guns, furs and gold church vestments.  The 28 survivors were transported to Sitka by Kolosh canoe.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 02 15 N 135 50 40 W   Chart 17325

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NEVADA (1932)     The 5,645 ton steel steam screw Nevada stranded at Amatignak Island at 8:03 p.m. September 27, 1932.  34 of her 37 crewmen were lost in the disaster.  The Nevada had departed Longview, Washington September 15, 1932 bound for Yokohama, Japan.  She was carrying a 6,648 ton cargo of lumber, flour and general merchandise.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by the executive assistant of the States Steamship Company who owned the Nevada:

                “Amatignak Island, Aleutian Group…Stranding”  “Probably due to low visibility and excessive current set.”  “SS Oregon Maru responded to radio distress signal; proceeded to scene of wreck but high seas prevented rescue of men who had washed ashore.  SS President Madison arrived on scene Sept. 29 and rescued three surviving members of the crew from Amatignak Island.  The SS Oregon, a States Line steamer, arrived at scene of the wreck on Oct. 2, 1932 and sent a party to search the wreck of the Nevada, but found to one on board; also explored Amatignak Island and found bodies of two Chinese, who were buried; continued exploration of that island, also Ulak Island, found no trace of life or remains; Coast Guard Cutter Haida arrived on scene Oct. 4th and continued search of vicinity, without results.”

                The Nevada and her cargo were total losses.  Conditions at the time of the disaster were reported to be ESE 8, High seas and dark.  The value of the cargo was unknown, but the Nevada was valued at $255,000.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 16 N 179 06 W   Chart 16460

                Additional Information: Tonnage 5645 Gross 3517 Net, Age 12 years, Registered Portland OR, ON 219522, Master T W Johanson of Portland, Owner States Steamship Co of Portland, Vessel Insurance $255,000

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty October 18, 1932 at Portland, Oregon

NEVERMIND (1910)     The 8 ton 41 foot wooden fishing schooner Nevermind was driven ashore in a snow storm in Lynn Canal at 10 p.m. Wednesday October 26, 1910.  The vessel and her 1,000 pound cargo of fish were lost, but the two person crew made it to safety.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by her master and owner, T Swanson:

                “Horse Island; near Douglas Island, Lynn Canal, SE Alaska.”  “Dark; high sea and wind, snowstorm. Nothing could be done.”  “Gale drove her ashore”  “Total loss”

                The Nevermind was valued at $250 and her cargo of fish $200.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location:  Southeast Alaska   58 15 15 N 134 43 30 W   Chart 17315

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8, Built 1891 Port Madison WA, Length 41.4, Breadth 11.1, Depth 3.4, Registration Juneau, ON 130535, Last Port Juneau

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report October28, 1910

NEW BAY BEAUTY (1966)     The 11 ton 31 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel New Bay Beauty stranded and was lost September 18, 1966 at East Amatuli Island.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 55 N 152 W   Chart 16640

                Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 8 Net, Length 31.6, Breadth 12, Depth 3.7, Built 1959 at Seattle WA, SL WL4128, Owner William Kvasnikoff, Registered Juneau, ON 278593

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 493, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NEW BEDFORD (1851)     The 351 ton whaling ship New Bedford ran aground and became a total loss near Umnak Island May 17, 1851.  Four crewmen were lost in the disaster.  The New Bedford departed New Bedford, MA October 10, 1850 on a whaling voyage.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 15 N 168 20 W   Chart 16011

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NEW DEAL (1942)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel New Deal burned in Wide Bay July of 1942.

            Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 22 N 156 11 W   Chart 16013

            Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.8, Breadth 9.5, Depth 3.6, Built 1938 at Seward, Horsepower 65, Owner Birger K Hansen, Registered Cordova, ON 237585

            Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) Pg 235

 

NEW ENGLAND (1924)     The 29 ton 52 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel New England lost her propeller six miles from Cape St Elias in an offshore northwesterly wind and the crew of six was forced to abandon the vessel.  The New England departed Latouche November 20, 1924 carrying 6,700 lbs. of herring in barrels worth $900.  The vessel was valued at $7,000.  Both the New England and her cargo were total losses.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16723

                Additional Information: Tonnage 29 Gross 19 Net, Length 52.3, Breadth 14, Depth 6.1, Built 1912 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 50, Registration Seattle, ON 209536, Master N E Sagstad of Seattle, Owner Nick Mardesich of Bellingham WA, Last Port Latouche November 20, 1924, Destination Seattle, Vessel Insurance $7,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty December 6, 1924 at Cordova by Sagstad, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 246

NEW HOPE (1988)     The 35 foot fishing vessel New Hope lost power, went adrift and flooded in heavy seas April 4, 1988 eight miles north of Sutwik Island.  Both crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter and taken to Kodiak.  The New Hope was listed as a navigational hazard and presumed to have sunk.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 34 N 157 12 W   Chart 16013

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NEW JERSEY (1914)     The 36 foot wooden freight hauling gas schooner New Jersey disappeared with all hands between Sinuk and Point Hope in October 24, 1914.  Five persons were lost in the disaster; captain John Chotok of Nome, O W Ranke of Nome, Joe Ezina, and two Eskimos; Oolock and Kopkonna.  Four of the men were returning from the recently rescued Stefansson Expedition.  Wreckage from the schooner came ashore at Cape Thompson south of Point Hope.

                Mapping and Location: Westcentral Alaska   68 08 40 N 165 58 40 W   Chart 16200, 16005

               Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 36, Breadth 11.2, Depth 3.2, Built 1910 at Ballard WA, Registered Los Angeles CA, ON 207462

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 255, 3. Daily Alaska Dispatch (June 2, 1915) “Wreck of Schooner in the Arctic Ocean” Pg 2, 4. Seattle Daily Times (September 13, 1915) “Mission Vessel Declared Lost” Pg 12, 5. Oregonian (June 11, 1915) “New Jersey Wreckage Found” Pg 5

NEW MERRIMAC (1943)     The 13 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw New Merrimac foundered November 4, 1943 off Commano Point, Ketchikan.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 10 Net, Length 32.9, Breadth 11.7, Depth 4.9, Built 1926 at Ketchikan, Service Freight, Crew 3, Horsepower 16, Owner Lars A Olin, Registered Ketchikan, ON 226051

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 267

 

NEW RACKET (1897)     The stern wheeler New Racket was lost in the breakup of the Yukon River in the spring of 1897.  The vessel ended up “in a blind slough about four miles above the trading post at Pelly, back in the timber about a quarter mile on a stump.”  The New Racket was about 50 feet in length.

                Mapping and Location: Central Alaska

                Source: The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 9

NEW STAR (1992)     The 49 foot vessel New Star was consumed by fire and sank October 14, 1992 near Mitrofania Island.  The fishing vessel Silver Bullit was towing the vessels New Star and Mary Anne when she struck a rock.  The vessels were rafted together to make repairs, but a fire broke out and all three vessels were lost.  No lives were lost in the disaster.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 53 N 158 50 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 947768

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NEW VIKING (2003)     The 52 foot crab fishing vessel New Viking flooded and sank March 24, 2003 near Sullivan Island State Marine Park, 15 miles southwest of Eldred Rock in Seymour Narrows.  The sole occupant of the vessel abandoned ship to a skiff and was later picked up by the U S Coast Guard.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 53 N 135 19 W   Chart 17300

                Additional Information: 595129

                Source: U S C G News Release (March 24, 2003) “Coast Guard rescues fisher after boat disappears in Southeast Alaska”

 

NIAGARA (1920)     The 42 foot wooden gas screw halibut boat Niagara stranded and sank January 24, 1920 near Lane’s Cannery in Moira Sound.  The vessel was later refloated and patched, but lost her cargo of halibut.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 05 N 132 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 13 Net, Length 42.5, Breadth 13.3, Depth 4.6, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 20, Owner James A Rassmusen, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211258

                Sources: 1. Juneau Empire (January 24, 1920) Pg 6, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 283

 

NICHIRYO MARU (1942)     The 2,700 ton Japanese cargo vessel Nichiryo Maru was sunk by U S aircraft August 30, 1942 approximately 140 miles west northwest of Attu Island.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 55 N 172 55 E   Chart 16012

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NICHOLAS (1880)     The schooner Nicholas was driven ashore and became a total loss at Elainia Island April 6, 1880.

                Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters from Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 32

NICHOLAS THAYER (1906)     The 584 ton 139 foot bark Nicholas Thayer was lost with all hands in March of 1906, possibly near Kodiak Island.  The vessel departed Seattle January 10, 1906 bound for Seward with a crew of 16 men.  Her cargo was 150 tons of coal, 425,000 feet of lumber and 150 tons of general merchandise.   The Nicholas Thayer was presumed by many to have been lost near Kodiak because of floating wreckage and cargo found near the east side of Kodiak Island by Natives.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   53 09 N 152 53 W   Chart 16013

                Comment: I have charted this wreck at the NE point of Sitkalidak Island as wreckage was found in the area.  It is possible the wreckage was from the ill fated Marion which was damaged and then lost about the same time on the way from San Francisco to Sanak.  The Nicholas Thayer should have been travelling much further to the east along the Gulf of Alaska on her way to Seward from Seattle.  WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 584 Gross 555 Net, Length 138.9, Breadth 31, Depth 19.3, Built 1868 Thomaston ME, Registered San Francisco, ON 18554

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The Day (New London, Conn.) (January 15, 1907) “Many Ships Lost During Year 1906” Pg 12, 3. Fairbanks Daily Times (September 4, 1906) “Find Drifting Spar” Pg 4, 4. Victoria Daily Colonist (April 4, 1906) “Wreckage of Thayer” Pg 3, 5. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1905) Pg 131

NIGHT HAWK (1952)     The 16 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Night Hawk stranded and was lost February 1, 1952 at Slate Island.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 05 45 N 131 03 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 16 Gross 15 Net, Length35.9, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.6, Built 1925 at Norfolk VA, Former Name No. 10980 (U S N), Horsepower 40, SL WC4827, Owner Maurice D Ingman, Registered Ketchikan, ON 241230

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 400, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

NIGHT OWL (1986)     The gillnet fishing vessel Night Owl flooded and sank August 12, 1986 in Cook Inlet.  All three crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 05 N 152 30 W   Chart 16013

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NIGHT RIDER (1998)     The 31 foot gillnet salmon fishing vessel Night Rider burned and was lost August 7, 1998 in Stepovak Bay.  The fire was thought to have been electrical in origin.  The only person on board made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 40 N 159 50 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 539463

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NIGHTMARE (1966)     The fishing vessel Nightmare went missing November 30, 1966 on a trip from Seldovia to Halibut Cove.  Missing with the vessel were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kroll.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 14 W   Chart 16647

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NIKA NAH (1939)     The 36 ton gas screw Nika Nah was destroyed by an explosion and fire at 9:00 a.m. Saturday July 22, 1939 near Seward.  The crew of four escaped the disaster.  Albert Clements, master of the vessel, made the following statements in his casualty report:

                “1/4 mile off San Juan Dock”  “Testing engines”  “Explosion and fire”  “Ignition of gas in bilge; cause unknown”  “Rev. A.G. Clements, J.K. Phillips, Tracy Clark and James Watts were all aboard, and were trying out the engines so as to have everything in readiness for the Western cruise of the mission boat.  The tanks had just been filled with gas and repairs about complete.  The captain of the Morris said the cause was spontaneous combustion but this we think impossible.  There must have been a gas leak and in some manner it was ignited.”  “Total loss”

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Charts 16013, 16682

                Additional Information: Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Built 1912, Registered Cordova, ON 236108, Master Albert J Clements of Seward, Owner Walter Torbet of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $1,500 plus indemnity clauses

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 8, 1939 by Clements at Cordova

NIRA (1967)     The 9 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Nira collided with a submerged object in Wrangell Narrows and was lost May 16, 1967, south of Ketchikan.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 31 N 132 55 W   Chart 17420

                Comment: The entry of the loss states Wrangell Narrows south of Ketchikan which is not correct.  Further research is warranted.  WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 32.4, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4.7, Built 1934 at Port Townsend WA, Horsepower 125, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 233363

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 497, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NISSAN MARU (1942)     The 6,537 ton Japanese fleet tanker Nissan Maru was hit by a United States bombing raid, burned and sank in 100 feet of water June 19, 1942 in Kiska Harbor.  The raid was carried out by 3 B-17’s, 4 B-24’s and an LB-30.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 58 N 177 34 E   Chart 16012

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NISSEI MARU (1971)     The 90 ton Japanese fishing vessel Nissei Maru capsized and sank north of Unalaska with 18 crewmembers aboard.  Eight of the crewmembers were rescued by other vessels in the fleet of 18 ships.  Ten crewmembers were lost with the Nissei Maru.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 52 30 N 166 32 W   Chart 16011

                Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Anchorage Daily News (March 11, 1971) “Reports Say 10 Japanese Missing at Sea” Pg 2

 

NITTO MARU NO 67 (1970)     The 96 ton Japanese fishing vessel Nitto Maru No 67 capsized and sank April 21, 1970 approximately 20 miles off of Unimak Island.  All 17 crewmembers were lost.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 45 N 165 W   Chart 16011

                Comment: Some news reports have this vessel sinking off of the Kamchatka Peninsula.  WG

                Sources: 1. The Oregonian (April 22, 1970) “Fishing craft crew missing” Pg 1, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NO 00 (1931)     The 98 ton wooden barge No 00 foundered at Cape Greig July 17, 1931.  The barge was being towed by the vessel Kvichak from Nushagak to Ugashik.  The weather was good at departure but a strong gale was encountered off Cape Greig which carried away the bits of the No 00 and she capsized.  The scow and her cargo were lost.  The No 00 was carrying an 80 ton load of cans, can ends, boxes and can tops worth $6,600.  The scow was reported to be worth $2,000.  There was no insurance.  No crew was aboard at the time of the disaster.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 43 30 N 157 41 30 W   Chart 16006

                Additional Information: Tonnage 98, Built 1909, Registered Unalaska, ON 164654, Master Carl Johannesen of Alameda CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco, Last Port Nushagak July 17, 1931, Destination Ugashik

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 21, 1931 by A K Tichener, Vice President and General Mgr Alaska Packers Association

NO 1 (1898)     The steel barge No 1 foundered at sea in Alaskan waters June 17, 1898.  Her value at the time of the disaster was $17,000 with cargo.

                Mapping and Location: Alaska Unknown

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters from Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 35

NO 1 (1929)     The 11 ton scow No 1 foundered September 7, 1929 near Dixon Entrance.  No one was aboard at the time of the casualty and no lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 30 N 133 W   Chart 16016

                Additional Information: Tonnage 11, Built 1913, ON 165419

                Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1930) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 920

NO 5 (1898)     Barge No 5 foundered off Cross Sound June 20, 1898.  The vessel was valued at $4,000 with cargo and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 08 N 136 35 W   Chart 16016

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters From Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 35

NO 6 (1898)     Barge No 6 foundered near Dutch Harbor July 27, 1898.  The barge was valued at $4,000 with cargo at the time of the disaster.  The No 6 became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16528

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters from Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 35

NO 7 (1898)     Barge No 7 foundered off Cross Sound June 20, 1898.  The vessel was valued at $4,000 with cargo and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 08 N 136 35 W   Chart 16016

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters from Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 35

 

NO 8 (1898)     Barge No 8 foundered near Dutch Harbor July 28, 1898.  The barge was valued at $4,000 with cargo at the time of the disaster.  The No 8 became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16528

                Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) “List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters from Records of Customs Office, Juneau” Pg 35

 

NO NEWS (2000)     The 20 foot boat No News capsized and was lost June 22, 2000 on the way up the Whiting River to Crescent Lake.  Both persons aboard were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 20 N 132 30 W   Chart 17300

                Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (June 22, 2000) “Coast Guard rescues stranded Juneau boaters”, 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NOME (1900)     The barge Nome was lost in the storm of October 31, 1900 on the beach at Nome along with a great many other vessels.

                Mapping and Location: Westcentral Alaska   64 30 N 165 25 W   Chart 16006

                Source: Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914 (Microcopy 641) “Vessels lost Bering Sea Summer 1900”

NOME (1900-1901)     The 231 ton two masted schooner Nome was believed lost in Alaskan Waters between 1900 and 1901.

                Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

                Comment: This may be the 45 foot Nome Schooner York or New York.  WG

                Sources: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NONPAREIL (1915)     The 52 ton wooden gas powered steam cod fishing schooner Nonpareil foundered at Unga Island at 3:30 a.m. March 13, 1915.  She departed Baranoff Harbor on a cod fishing trip with seven crewmen aboard.  The vessel was attempting to lower sails and anchor when her chains parted and she drifted ashore and sank by her stern.  It was a dark night with heavy seas and a gale blowing at the time of the disaster.  The Nonpareil was valued at $8,000 and her 30 ton cargo of salt and provisions at $600.  The crew made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 11 N 160 30 10 W   Charts 16011, 16553

                Additional Information: Tonnage 52 Gross 31 Net, Age 15 years, Registered San Francisco, ON 130894, Master P E Timmons of Unga, Owner Alaska Codfish Company of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $7,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report April 20, 1915 at San Francisco by A Greenebaum, President, Alaska Codfish Company

NOOTKA (1926)     The 40 ton wooden gas screw Nootka caught fire and sank outside of Gut Bay at midnight Monday August 30, 1926.  The vessel departed Port Conclusion that day for Red Bluff Bay and herring fishing.  There were two crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

                “Heavy SE Storm, strong wind, dark and raining”  “Engine backfired and burned”  “3 miles south and 1 ½ miles off shore from Gut Bay, Alaska”  “Burned and sank”

                The Nootka had 30 ton of fresh herring aboard worth $300 when she sank.  The vessel was worth $14,000.  The crew made it to safety but the Nootka and her cargo were total losses.  The gas boat Ellrington stood by and took the crew to Red Bluff Bay.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 44 N 134 38 30 W   Chart 17320

                Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 30 Net, Age 9 years, Registration Seattle, ON 214683, Master Rudolph Frannlovich of Anacortes WA, Owner Barnard Packaging of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $11,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty October 23, 1926 at Seattle by J H Wakefield, Supt.

NORA (1913)     The undocumented gas screw Nora was lost while towing the 16 ton wooden schooner Princess October 12, 1913.  Both vessels were found bottom up on the beach a few miles west of Nome.  The Nora and Princess departed St Michael October 9, 1913 bound for the Kuskokwim River with three persons aboard the two vessels.  It is assumed that the vessels were overcome by the southerly gale blowing at the time in Norton Sound.  There were no survivors to give particulars.  Lost were Martin Brimhall, Charles Green and an Eskimo Boy.

                Mapping and Location: Westcentral Alaska   64 30 N 165 25 W   Chart 16006

                Comment: See Wreck Report for Princess (1913) Westcentral Alaska.  WG

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report for the Princess filed September 5, 1914 at St Michael by Frank Williams, Agent

NORA (1948)     The 62 ton 68 foot wooden oil screw Nora foundered October 6, 1948 off Middleton Island.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 N 146 20 W   Chart 16013

                Additional Information: Tonnage 62 Gross 47 Net, Length 68, Breadth 16.1, Depth 7.5, Built 1912 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 200, SL WPVP, Owner Frederick R Deveau, Registered Juneau, ON 209622

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) Pg 369, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 911

 

NORCO (1944)     The 615 ton 150 foot wooden oil screw Norco burned March 8, 1944 in Tongass Harbor, Annette Island.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 46 30 N 130 14 30 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 615 Gross 479 Net, Length 150.3, Breadth 28, Depth 16.2, Built 1911 at North Bend OR, Former Name Tillamook, Service freight, Crew 15, Horsepower 400 (Brake), Owner Whiz Fish Products Company, Registered Seattle, ON 208718

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 270

 

NORD (1992)     The 38 foot longline fishing vessel Nord flooded, capsized and sank September 18, 1992 off of Point Couverden.  Waves broke over the gunwales, the scuppers plugged with fish and the vessel rolled over and sank in less than four minutes.  All five crewmembers were rescued.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 11 25 N 135 03 10 W   Chart 17300

                Additional Information: ON 223177

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NORDFJORD (1987)     The 127 foot trawler Nordfjord disappeared with all hands September 19, 1987 approximately 200 miles south of Valdez in the Gulf of Alaska.  The vessel was travelling from Seattle to Unimak Pass with five persons aboard.  Gudjonsson spoke to his father, owner of the Nordfjord, September 18th as they were travelling about 900 miles east of Unimak Pass.  A brief mayday was heard early on the 19th at the Coast Guard Station in Kodiak.   Weather at the time of the disaster was 14 to 16 knot winds and 4 to 6 foot seas.  All that was ever found was a single orange buoy.  Lost were skipper Gudjonroy Gudjonsson (28) of Bellevue WA, Marty Mercer (24) of Seattle, Chris Boss (21) of Seattle, Greta Halgorsson (40) of Iceland and Bill Schmalfeldt.

                Mapping and Location: Alaska Unknown

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Oregonian (September 22, 1987) “Search resumes for missing fish boat” Pg B7, 4. Oregonian (September 29, 1987) “Search for boat called off” Pg B4

 

NORDIC DANCER (1999)     The charter vessel Nordic Dancer flooded and sank at 2:26 p.m. June 17, 1999 near the tip of Spruce Cape northeast of Kodiak.  All five persons on board were rescued by the motor vessel Popeye.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 15 N 152 20 W   Chart 16594

                Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (June 17, 1999) “M/V Popeye assists Coast Guard with rescue”, 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NORDIC PRIDE (1985)     The fishing vessel Nordic Pride sank March 26, 1985 just west of the Pribilof Islands.  All five crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Starlite.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 N 170 W   Chart 16011

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NOREEN ANN (1983)     The trawler Noreen Ann flooded and sank when a port plank cracked May 16, 1983 five miles west of Cape Lookout near Dall Island.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 06 N 133 14 W   Chart 17400

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NOREL (1980)     The crab fishing vessel Norel disappeared with all hands March 17, 1980 near Cape Saint Elias.  No trace of the vessel or crew was found despite an intensive search by the U S Coast Guard and local fishermen.  Lost with the Norel were Joseph Gursky, Roseanna Nasello and John Estrada.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16013

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORLAND (1971)     The fishing vessel Norland ran aground and broke up January 27, 1971 on Barlow Island 18 miles northwest of Juneau.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the U S Coast Guard Cutter Clover.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 23 30 N 134 54 W   Chart 17300

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORMA (1944)     The 19 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Norma foundered at the mouth of the Duncan Canal October 3, 1944.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 30 N 133 03 W   Chart 17360

                Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 15 Net, Length 43.6, Breadth 11.5, Depth 5.2, Built 1930 at Ketchikan, Horsepower 20, SL KELH, Owner Richard Thompson, Registered Ketchikan, ON 230061

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 270

 

NORMAN A (1929)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Norman A stranded, caught fire and sank near Kelp Island at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday July 31, 1929.  The vessel departed at 7:00 a.m. that same day from Ketchikan bound for George Inlet and Duke Island with three crewmen aboard.  Master and owner P A Olsen of Ketchikan made the following statements in his casualty report:

                “Cove on northeasterly side of Kelp Island”  “Running very slow”  “Attempted to turn around dolphin #3 on inside”  “Stranding and fire”  “Threw a line around the dolphin; used power of boat and winch but to no avail.  When the tide went out some water in her; bailed out the water; fixed up in best condition we know how to raise her; put scow along side.  Work unsuccessful.  Tide came in and filled her about half full of water.  About 8 A.M. observed smoke coming out of boat which fire consumed about half of the boat.”  “…Ga. S. Salmora tried to pull boat off rock”  “Total loss”

                The Norman A was valued at $6,000 and insured for $4,700.  The crew escaped to safety.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 52 N 131 16 W   Chart 17434

                Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Net, Built 1891, Registered Ketchikan, ON 116553, Cargo none, Weather southwester, no sea

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty August 3, 1929 at Ketchikan by Olsen

NORMAN J (1964)     The 18 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Norman J was reported lost at Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 14 Net, Length 35.7, Breadth 13.5, Depth 4.8, Built 1957 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 100, SL WR9340, Owner Kenneth W Klockenbrink, Registered Juneau, ON 274254

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 500

 

NORMAN SUNDE (1900)     The schooner Norman Sunde was wrecked and became a total loss at Five Fingers Island in 1900 or 1901.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 17 30 N 133 40 15 W   Chart 17360

                Comment: A schooner of the same name is active in subsequent years after this wreck, which may have been salvaged. I have included the entry because evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.  WG

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 72

NORMAR (1974)     The 95 foot wooden shrimp trawler Normar iced up, capsized, caught fire and was lost February 13, 1974 in the Shelikof Strait less than 20 miles from Jute Bay where the John and Olaf experienced a similar fate less than a month before .  All five crewmembers of the Normar were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.  All were suffering from hypothermia and frostbite.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 32 30 N 155 51 50 W   Chart 16013

                Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (February 14, 1974) “Crew of shrimp boat rescued in Alaska Strait” Pg H 9

 

NORMAR II (1986)     The fishing vessel Normar II swamped and capsized September 11, 1986 approximately 120 miles northeast of Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea.  Four crewmen were lost with the vessel.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 07 20 N 170 16 30 W   Chart 16011

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORRONA (1979)     The herring packer Norrona submerged her stern in heavy seas, healed over and sank December 6, 1979 three miles off of North Cape near Whale Bay on the southwest coast of Baranof Island.  The Norrona sank in minutes.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Lazaria.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 35 45 N 135 08 15 W   Chart 17320

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORTH (1926)     The gas power schooner North was lost at Great Bay August 30, 1926.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 08 N 135 22 30 W   Chart 17324

                Comment: I have charted this wreck at Starrigavan Bay which used to be called Great Bay.  WG

                Source: The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 375

NORTH CAPE (1966)     The 86 ton 109 foot steel barge North Cape was destroyed by a tidal wave November 1, 1966 in Cook Inlet near Anchorage.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 13 05 N 149 53 30 W   Chart 16660

                Additional Information: Tonnage 86 Gross and Net, Length 109.7, Breadth 30, Depth 6.8, Built 1942 at Renton WA, Former Name YC-745 (U S N), Owner Cook Inlet Tug and Barge Company, Registered Juneau, ON 287739

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 501, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NORTH DAKOTA (1937)     The 18 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw freight vessel North Dakota foundered 12 miles northwest of Barren Island August 17, 1937.  The 4 persons aboard made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 44 45 N 131 20 30 W   Chart 17420

                Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 41.5, Breadth 11.6, Depth 6.2, Built 1928 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Oceanic Fisheries Company of Washington, Registered Seattle, ON 227712

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 512, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pg 247

 

NORTH KING (1955)     The 256 ton 99 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel North King stranded and was lost August 10, 1955 on Unimak Island between Sennett Point and Scotch Cap.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 29 N 164 54 30 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: Tonnage 256 Gross 213 Net, Length 99, Breadth 30, Depth 10.1, Built 1943 at Seattle WA, Former Name BSP-785 (U S A), Horsepower 270, SL WA8795, Owner Uganik Fisheries Inc., Registered Seattle WA, ON 250120

                 Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 379, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

NORTH PASS (1947)     The 32 ton 46 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel North Pass burned November 22, 1947, 1.1 miles at 9 degrees true from Rocky Island Light and one half mile from Point Couverden.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 11 25 N 135 03 10 W   Chart 17300

                Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 21 Net, Length 46.6, Breadth 14.6, Depth 5.7, Built 1947 at Juneau, Crew 7, Horsepower 80, Owner Jimmie Marks, Registered Juneau, ON 253362

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 406, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

NORTH SEA (1968)     The wooden diesel screw crab fishing vessel North Sea stranded and was lost December 12, 1968 on Unimak Island near Cape Sarichef.  Three crewmembers were lost including skipper Edwin T Grabowski of Bellevue WA, Elmer Thomas Olsen of Seattle WA and Paul Hansen of Seattle WA.  Ben Golodoff (Golodov) of Unalaska was the sole survivor.  Golodoff made his way to Sennett Point and was found by a group of Coast Guard personnel.  He suffered from hypothermia and frostbite.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 45 N 165 W   Chart 16011

                Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Daily Times (December 15, 1968) “3 Seattle Men Lost as Crab Boat Sinks” Pg 18

 

NORTH WIND (1944)     The 2,448 ton 298 foot oil powered passenger steamer North Wind stranded and was lost December 14, 1944 near Simeonof Island at Lat. 54 52 Long. 159 10.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 52 N 159 10 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: Tonnage 2,448 Gross 1,465 Net, Length 298.6, Breadth 40, Depth 22.9, Built 1918 at Camden NJ, Former Names Mincola and Nosa Duke,  Service passenger, Crew 34, Horsepower 1,450, SL WLER, Owner Northland Transportation Company, Registered Seattle, ON 216514

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 69

NORTH WIND (1964)     The 21 ton 45 foot wooden oil screw pleasure vessel North Wind was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16680

                Additional Information: Tonnage 21 Gross 14 Net, Length 45.8, Breadth 10.7, Depth 5.6, Built 1919 at New York NY, Former Names No. 5436 (U S N),Idaho and Naha, Horsepower 65, SL WB5874, Owner Charles G White, Registered Juneau, ON 226732

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 484, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

NORTH WIND (1964)     The 32 ton 50 foot steel oil screw tug North Wind foundered December 17, 1964 about five miles east of Cape Spencer.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 12 45 N 136 39 30 W   Chart 16016

                Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 21 Net, Length 50.1, Breadth 17, Depth 5.5, Built 1958 at LaConner WA, Service Tow, Former Name White Bear, Horsepower 500, SL WF8796, Owner Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Company, Registered Juneau, ON 276327

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 484, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

NORTH WIND (1996)     The 86 foot power scow North Wind grounded and sank September 2, 1996 in Fancy Cove.

                Mapping and Location: British Columbia

                Source: Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NORTHERN (1931)     The halibut schooner Northern was consumed by fire July 20, 1931 in Sumner Strait.  The crew was taken to Ketchikan by the schooner Akutan.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   Unknown

                Source: Juneau Empire (July 22, 1931) Pg 7

 

NORTHERN AURORA (1999)     The 30 foot wooden long line cod fishing vessel Northern Aurora iced up and overturned 150 yards off of Caines Head Beach February 3, 1999 and washed up approximately eight miles south of Seward on the west shore of Fox Island.  Ed Cantrell (26) was lost in the disaster.  Neil Marolt (28) was rescued after two and a half hours in the water.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 59 N 149 23 W   Chart 16680

                Additional Information: ON AK4061A, Built 1947

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORTHERN BELLE (2010)     The fishing vessel Northern Belle flooded and sank April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Alaska 50 nautical miles southeast of Montague Island.  The U S Coast Guard responded to the distressed vessel and was able to retrieve all four of her crewmembers.  Three survived with severe hypothermia.  Captain of the Northern Belle, Robert Royer was not able to survive his injuries and the hypothermia.  An eight year old Cocker Spaniel named Baxter that belonged to Royer was lost with the Northern Belle.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16013

                Sources: 1. U S C G District 17 Enforcement Report (April 21, 2010), 2. Anchorage Daily News (April 21, 2010) “Survivors recall sinking of the Northern Belle”

 

NORTHERN CHALLENGER (1987)     The 80 foot fishing vessel Northern Challenger sank March 6, 1987 off of Ugak Island.  The four crewmembers aboard were picked up by the fishing vessel Saint Janet.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 23 N 152 17 W   Chart 16580

                Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

NORTHERN DAWN (2006)     The 50 foot crab fishing vessel Northern Dawn disappeared with two crewmen aboard February 23, 2006 in the vicinity of Cape Kovrizhka on the northwest coast of Unalaska Island.  The vessels EPIRB, a life ring and an oil slick were all that were found.  Lost with the Northern Dawn were Scott Trible (35) of Anchorage and Frank Richard (43) of Federal Way WA.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 50 40 N 167 09 W   Chart 16011

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Kodiak Daily Mirror (February 27, 2006) “Troopers identify men presumed lost at sea”

 

NORTHERN DAWN (2002)     The 33 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Northern Dawn began taking water over the stern and foundered March 23, 2002 approximately 54 nautical miles southwest of Sitka off of Cape Ommaney.  There were two crewmen aboard hauling gear when the disaster occurred.  Both donned survival suits and abandoned ship to a life raft.  They were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 10 N 134 40 20 W   Chart 16016

                Additional Information: ON 597665

                Source: U S C G News Release (March 24, 2002) “Coast Guard rescues 2 after fishing boat sinks near Sitka”

 

NORTHERN DREAM (1978)     The 21 foot Northern Dream caught fire May 29, 1978 on the east side of Crooked Island near Kodiak.  The three crewmen were rescued by a “Goose” from Kodiak Western Airlines.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 46 30 N 152 23 30 W   Chart 16594

                Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

NORTHERN EAGLE (1799)     The Russian schooner Northern Eagle (Severnyi Orel) was blown onto the rocks and lost near Prince William Sound in 1799.  Six crewmen were lost along with a 22,000 ruble cargo of furs.  The vessel was travelling between Yakutat and Kodiak via Prince William Sound when the tragedy occurred.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Unknown

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NORTHERN KING (1928)     An explosion and fire destroyed the 11 ton gas screw Northern King at the wharf in Shearwater Bay at 10 a.m. October 20, 1928.  The vessel had a crew of four, but only the engineer was aboard when the casualty occurred.  He was able to escape without injury.  Gasoline in the engine room caused the explosion.  The Northern King was valued at $3,000 and had no cargo aboard at the time of the loss.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 20 N 152 55 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Built 1919, Registered Seward, ON 218047, Master and Owner C E Anderson of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $3,000

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty 1928 at Seldovia by Anderson

Web Northern King 1976NORTHERN KING (1981)     The 96 foot aluminum trawler processor Northern King capsized and foundered August 21, 1981 near Nelson Lagoon.  The vessel developed a heavy list during a storm off of Cape Lieskof in the Bering Sea.  Her seven crewmen abandoned the vessel when she was four miles off of the Alaska Peninsula.  Lost in the disaster were James A Eiden (55) of Everett WA and Eric Willis of Anchorage.  Five others made shore in a life raft and survived until rescued.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 50 N 162 05 W   Chart 16011

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Seattle Times (August 23, 1981) “2nd victim of sunken boat found” Pg A 28

 

NORTHERN LADY (1995)     The 98 foot steel crab fishing vessel Northern Lady caught fire and sank February 13, 1995 in the Bering Sea northwest of Saint Paul Island.  All six crewmembers were rescued by another fishing vessel.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 591140

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NORTHERN REEL (1951)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Northern Reel was consumed by fire December 13, 1951 at Wosnesenski Island in the Shumagin Island Group.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 11 N 161 22 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 30.4, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1948 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 131, SL WB9422, Owner John Gardner Jr., Registered Juneau, ON 257058

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 405, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 746

 

NORTHERN TRAVELER (1999)     The 29 foot fiberglass longline halibut fishing vessel Northern Traveler took on water and sank September 23, 1999 at Round Island in Bristol Bay.  No one was aboard at the time of the disaster.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 N 159 58 W   Chart 16006

                Additional Information: ON 526454

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NORTHLAND (1916)     The 608 ton schooner Northland sank in Kake Harbor June 25, 1916.  She was built in 1908 and originally owned by the Northland Steamship Company. The vessel was salvaged the following year.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 58 30 N 133 56 30 W   Chart 17368

                Comment: I have included this entry because evidence of the sinking may still be on site and of interest. WG

                Source: The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 269

NORTHLAND (1954)     The 47 ton 55 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Northland foundered July 15, 1954 off of Elizabeth Island in Cook Inlet.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 10 N 151 50 W   Chart 16640

                Additional Information: Tonnage 47 Gross 31 Net, Length 55.8, Breadth 16.7, Depth 7.2, Built 1904 at Ballard WA, Horsepower 290, SL WA8796, Owner Western Fisheries Company, Registered Seattle, ON 200670

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 383, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 757

 

NORTHLAND (1966)     The diesel screw Northland foundered May 8, 1965 off of Baranof Island.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 45 N 135 10 W   Chart 16016

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORTHSTAR (1882)     The 489 ton steam bark North Star was crushed in the ice two and a half miles from shore at Point Barrow July 8, 1882.  She was on her maiden voyage out of New Bedford, having departed August 2, 1882 for whaling in the Arctic.  The force of ice was so great that her timbers cracking could be heard on shore.  The crew made it over the ice to the U S Army Signal Service Station.

                Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W   Chart 16003

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NORTHSTAR (1920)     The 11 ton gas powered Northstar struck a reef and was lost on Latouche Island Friday January 9, 1920.  Master of the Northstar, Frank Brown, was the only one aboard at the time.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

                “Sleepy Bay, Latouche Island, Alaska”  “Stormy – at night – dark”  “STRANDED”  “Striking reef”  “Brown was at the wheel in Pilot House.  Went down into engine room to look at engine.  A piece of iron fell on his head and knocked him out, and when he came to the vessel was on the reef.”  “Constructive total loss”  “Salvaged engine”

                The Northstar was valued at $2,500 at the time of the casualty and had neither cargo nor insurance.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 04 30 N 147 50 W   Chart 16702

                Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Age 7 years, Registered Cordova, ON 211408, Master Frank Brown of Cordova, Owner Ohm Fish & Packing Company, Last Port Cordova, Destination Latouche

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty August 2, 1920 at Cordova by President, Ohm Fish & Packing

NORTHWEST MARINER (1995)     The 93 foot crab fishing vessel Northwest Mariner was lost with all hands January 15, 1995 off of Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea.  It was the first day of Opilio crab season.  An EPIRB signal was picked up approximately 140 nautical miles northwest of Saint Paul Island.  There were six crewmembers from Washington State lost with the vessel including Jim C Foster (37) of Seattle, Larry Johnston (36) of Bellevue, Bruce Forde (38) of Edmonds, Rob Olsen (26) of Seattle, Bob Peterson (35) of Seattle and Troy Collins (30) of Everett.  Two deceased crewmen were found in the vessel’s life raft.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 625268

                Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORTHWESTERN (1942)     The 336 foot steamer/civilian barracks ship Northwestern was struck by a Japanese carrier aircraft attack, caught fire and was heavily damaged June 4, 1942 at Dutch Harbor.  After the war the vessel was towed to the head of Captains Bay and sunk.  It is now a National Historic Site.  The Northwestern was an iron and steel ship built in 1889 in Chester, Pennsylvania as the Orizaba.  Her first sailings were out of New York for Cuba.  After several years the Orizaba was brought around the Horn to Alaska as a freight and passenger steamer for the Alaska Steamship Company.  She was rechristened and renamed the Northwestern around 1906.  She operated for more than 25 years in the Alaska trade retiring in 1938.  The Northwestern had the infamous reputation of having struck every reef on the inside passage.  In 1940 she was refurbished and brought to Dutch Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 52 N 166 34 W   Chart 16520

                Sources: 1. Oregonian (July 20, 1942) “Northwestern Real Veteran” Pg 8, 2. Alaska Steam (1984) Pg 37, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORTHWIND (1913)     The schooner Northwind was wrecked at Wrangell in 1913 and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 132 22 40 W   Chart 17360

                Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 231, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NORWEGIAN WOOD (1981)     The 58 foot crab fishing vessel Norwegian Wood capsized and sank November 29, 1981 approximately 45 miles southwest of Homer.  Four of five crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Mary M.  One crewman was lost.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 38 40 N 151 33 W   Chart 16640

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NORWEST (1903)     The 8 ton 35 foot wooden schooner Nor’West drug anchor and stranded in Wrangel Bay during the winter of 1902-1903.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

                “Head of Wrangel Bay, Alaska”  “Wind, anchor dragged.”  “Stranded”  “Laid up for the winter with both anchors out, wind took her inland so far that she could not be launched.  Sept. 1902 Agent stripped her and abandoned the hull.”

                The Nor’West was valued at $200 and her 5 ton cargo of general merchandise at $500.  The cargo was salvaged but the vessel became a total loss.  There was no insurance.  The Nor’West had last departed Kodiak with a crew of three headed for Wrangel Bay.  The crew all made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 01 N 156 31 W   Chart 16013

                Comment: I have charted this wreck at Port Wrangell (Wrangel Bay) because of its proximity to Kodiak where the owner lived.  It could just as easily be Wrangell Harbor in southeastern Alaska.  WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 8, Built 1884 at Kodiak, Length 35.4, Breadth 11.6, Depth 4.4, Registered Kodiak, ON none, Master Frank Lowell of Wrangel, Owner M L Washburn of Kodiak

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report January 13, 1903 at Kodiak by K W Sargent, Deputy Coll. & Insp.

NORWESTER (1897)     The 32.52 ton cod fishing schooner Nor’Wester was blown onto the rocks and lost in Clarence Strait December 5, 1897.  The vessel departed Sitka October 6, 1897 with four crewmen and seven passengers.  She had 10 ton of codfish aboard worth $500 at the time of the tragedy.  All passengers and crew made it to Sitka in a small boat.  The Nor’Wester, valued at $2,400, became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 45 N 131 42 W   Chart 17420

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NOR-KAP (1922)     The 15 ton wooden gas screw Nor-Kap caught fire on the gridiron in Triangle Bay and became a total loss July 7, 1922.  The vessel, valued at $1,500 had not been run in over a month.  The blaze was of unknown origin.  The Nor-Kap had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location: Unknown

                Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 12 Net, Age 11 years, Registered Everett, ON 208960, Master and Owner John Mackie of Stanwood

                Source: U S C G Report of Casualty August 1, 1922 at Seattle by Mackie

 

NOVIC (1997)     The 37 foot longline cod fishing vessel Novic flooded and sank March 1, 1997 in English Bay.  Both crewmembers made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 21 15 N 151 56 W   Chart 16640

                Additional Information: ON 591056

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NOWITNA (1999)     The 125 foot steel opilio crab fishing vessel Nowitna took on water through an open hatch on the bow, flooded the engine room causing the engine to die, and then sank in heavy weather January 22, 1999 approximately 70 nautical miles west of Cold Bay in the Bering Sea.  All six crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter and taken to Cold Bay.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 12 N 162 42 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: ON 608699

                Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

NOZIMA MARU (1942)     The 449 foot Japanese freight and troop transport ship Nozima (Nojima) Maru was sunk by a raid by USAAF aircraft September 14-15, 1942 in Kiska Harbor.  In October and November of 1956 the stern portion of the Nozima Maru was refloated by the vessel Salvage Chief and taken in tow by the tug Sudbury for delivery to Japan but capsized and sank a day short of her destination.  The bow section of the Nozima Maru remains at Trout Lagoon in Kiska Harbor.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 58 25 N 177 32 W   Chart 16012

Additional Information: Length 449, Breadth 62, Depth 34, Built 1935 by Nippon Yusen K.K. by Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kaisha

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Times (November 9, 1956) “Old Ship Being Towed to Japan is Lost” Pg 28

 

NUGGET (1909)     The sloop Nugget was abandoned 75 miles off Cape Fairweather February 14, 1909.  Seven crewmen were rescued by the steamer Northwestern, who had sighted the flare of the Nugget.  The Nugget had departed Lituya Bay February 8, 1909 bound for Juneau but had gotten blown out to sea off Cross Sound the following day.  A second storm struck the vessel February 14 destroying most of her sails and rigging.  The rescued crewmen of the Nugget were transported by the Northwestern to Juneau, arriving on February 15, 1909.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   5848 30 N 137 56 45 W   Chart 16760

                Source: Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

NUGGET (1941)     The 10 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw Nugget burned March 23, 1941 at Sukoi Island.  The one person on board made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska Unknown

                Comment: Could be either Sukoi Inlet or Sukoi Islets.  WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 34.4, Breadth 9.8, Depth 5.5, Built 1918 at Juneau, Original Name Ja Ka Dan, Horsepower 16, Owner Joseph L Hill, Registered Juneau, ON 216665

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported” Lost Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 234

 

NUKANU (1989)     The fishing vessel Nukanu sank June 1, 1989 off of the Copper River Flats.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 25 N 145 W   Chart 16013

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NUMBER TWO (1942)     The 74 ton 70 foot wooden scow Number Two was sunk by enemy action March 13, 1942 near Dutch Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: Tonnage 74 Gross and Net, Length 70, Breadth 24, Depth 5.4, Built 1929 at Alameda CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered San Francisco, ON 171252

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 385

 

NUMBER FOUR (1942)     The 74 ton wooden scow Number Four was sunk by enemy action March 13, 1942 in the vicinity of Dutch Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska 53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16011

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

NUMBER 242 (1923)     The halibut boat No. 242 was lost in a storm at Point Retreat December of 1923.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 24 45 N 134 57 15 W   Chart 17300

                Source: The Juneau Empire (December 24, 1923) Pg 6

 

NUMBER FOUR (1942)     The 74 ton 70 foot wooden scow Number Four was sunk by enemy action March 13, 1942 in the vicinity of Dutch Harbor.

                Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16011

                Additional Information: Tonnage 74 Gross and Net, Length 70, Breadth 24, Depth 5.4, Built 1927 at Alameda CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered San Francisco, ON 171254

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 386

 

NUNIVAK (1909)     The 681 ton 180 foot wooden stern wheel steamer Nunivak stranded at Nenana on the Tanana River May 7, 1909 and became a total loss.  The seven persons aboard made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location: Central Alaska

                 Additional Information: Tonnage 681 Gross 429 Net, Built 1898 San Francisco, Length 180, Breadth 37, Depth 7, Registered Seattle, ON 200528

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. U S Custom Wreck Report

NUNIVAK (1955)     The 49 ton 51 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Nunivak foundered November 11, 1955 at Kodiak.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

                Additional Information: Tonnage 49 Gross 40 Net, Length 51, Breadth 16, Depth 7.1, Built 1915 at Seattle, Horsepower 200, SL WC2945, Owner Benjamin P Mahlum, Registered Juneau, ON 213054

                Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 393, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 779

 

NUTEN (1927)     The 22 ton wooden gas screw Nuten was destroyed by fire at Nushagak at 6 a.m. July 3, 1927.  The vessel was moored in front of the Libby, McNeill & Libby Cannery with three crewmen aboard when the disaster occurred.  The following is an explanation of the event from the casualty report:

                “Fire was started in stove in forecastle by deck hand and to further the blaze, he intended to pour a small quantity of coal oil into the wood, but unintentionally used gasoline instead of coal oil”

                The crewmen escaped to safety, but the Nuten, valued at $10,000, was a total loss.  The only insurance the vessel had was $10,000 worth of fire insurance.

                Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 57 N 158 29 W   Chart 16006

                Additional Informaton : Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Built 1901, Registered Seattle, ON 130896, Master D W Branch of Seattle, Owner Libby, McNeill & Libby of Seattle

                Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty September 9, 1927 at Seattle by F Swenson, General Superintendent

NYMPH (1907)     The 10 ton 31 foot wooden sloop Nymph stranded at Hadley and became a total loss January 7, 1907.  The one person aboard made it to safety, but the Nymph, valued at $3,000 with cargo, became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 32 N 132 17 W   Chart 17426

                Comment: Hadley was a settlement at Lyman Anchorage on Kasaan Peninsula. WG

                Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross and Net, Built 1905 Wrangell, Length 30.6, Breadth 11.6, Depth 3.5, Registered Wrangell, ON 202716

                Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. U S Customs Wreck Report, 3. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) “Hadley” Pg 399

NYMPH (1941)     The 30 foot gas troller Nymph struck a reef and foundered January 19, 1941 near Point Retreat.  Both crewmembers made it to the Point Retreat light station and were picked up by the U S Coast Guard cutter Haida.

                Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 24 45 N 134 57 15 W   Chart 17316

                Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

2 Responses to Alaska Shipwrecks (N)

  1. Austin Dwyer says:

    Can anyone help with information on a bark called the Wildwood that went down…I believe that it was in the 1800’s …I believe that A. Meigs was the owner? I wish to paint this situation and have no information on the ship.

    • captaingood says:

      The Wildwood stranded and was lost August 9, 1889 in the Nushagak River. I will email you the wreck report which has the particulars of the disaster and information about the ship. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

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