Central Alaska Rivers Shipwrecks ( R )

ROCK ISLAND (1906)     The 533 ton 134 foot wooden stern wheel steamer Rock Island was crushed by ice and sank at the wharf at Chena on the Tanana River May 6, 1906.  The vessel had 30 persons onboard and no cargo.  There was no loss of life, but the Rock Island, valued at $5,000 was a total loss.  Repeated attempts by the owners to raise the vessel failed. 

                Mapping and Location : Central Alaska

                Additional Information : Tonnage 533 Gross 267 Net, Length 134, Breadth 32.2, Depth 5.9, Built 1898 at Seattle WA, IHP 300, Service Passenger, Registered St Michael, ON 111177

                Sources : 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 380, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1905) Pg 298, 3. Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914

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