South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( E )

E L HURD (1930)     The 39 ton wooden diesel schooner EL Hurd stranded at Chichagof Bay 4:00 p.m. July 18, 1930. The crew of five fishermen escaped unharmed but the vessel did not fare as well.  The following is an accounting from the Report of Casualty filed at Seward August 10, 1930 by the Owner:

                “Chichagof Bay, U S Coast Pilot Book, Page 182, Chart No. 8700.” 

                “Captain states that he was not a stranger, as he had gone in and out of this Bay number of times, but that he mistook one point for another.  He staid by the vessel until the 22nd, when they came over to Sand Point for help. I then got the agent for the Skinner & Eddy Co., Seattle, Wa., to give me their power launch, and I got about 30 gas drums and took over, and placed them in her hull, and as the water rose, she finally moved off the rock, but never righted up, so never knew how badly she was damaged.  Well, we put her on the mud flat, and took the drums out of her, and on high water turned her over and found the whole bottom was gone, and side up to the guard, all the ribs for about 20 feet, also keel broken clean off in two places on the starboard side, and all but for about thirty feet loosened on the port side, so had her surveyed by three passed men and condemned as a total loss.”

                The EL Hurd was valued at $18,000 at the time of the loss with $10,000 worth of insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 39 N 160 14 W  Chart 16553

                Additional Information : Tonnage 39 Gross 26 Net, Age 34 years, Registered Seward, ON 136596, Master Eugene Martin of San Francisco, Owner Andrew Grosvold of Sand Point, Last Port Sand Point, Destination Fishing

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 10, 1930

 

EAGLE (1930)     The single masted wooded gas boat Eagle was destroyed September 23, 1930 while laid up on the grid-iron in Odiak Slough near Cordova.  The vessel was destroyed by the wind, heavy seas and extreme high tides during a southeasterly storm.  No one was aboard the Eagle at the time; she had been on the grid since July.  The Eagle was valued at $3,000 at the time of the loss and had insurance for only $1,500.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  60 32 30 N 145 46 W  Chart 16709

                Additional Information : Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Age 29 years, Registered Cordova and Seattle, ON 156857, Owner Northern Products Corp of Seattle

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 28, 1930 at Cordova

 

ECLIPSE (1807)     The 343 ton English ship Eclipse ran into a reef and sank in three fathoms of water near Sanak Island August 11, 1807.  The 300,000 rubles worth of furs that was her cargo was salvaged.  The captain of the Eclipse, Joseph O’Cain was lost with the vessel.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 25 N 162 40 W  Chart 16006

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

 

EDITH (1915)     The 2369 ton iron steam freighter Edith was lost August 29, 1915 off Cape Saint Elias near Kayak Island.  At the time, the Edith was the 2nd largest freighter in northern routes.  The Edith had taken on a cargo of copper concentrates at LaTouch valued at $150,000.  She was outbound for Tacoma when large seas and heavy weather caused her cargo to shift and the vessel to nearly capsize.  The crew abandoned the Edith in this condition and all were soon picked up by the steamer Mariposa.  The Mariposa attempted to put the Edith in tow without success.  The Edith eventually drifted ashore and broke up.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 56 N 144 23 W  Chart 16723

                Sources : 1. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 256, 2. Alaska Steam (1984) Pg 62

 

EDNA WATTS (1936)     The 20 ton wooden gas screw Edna Watts was lost at Unga July 2, 1936 to a gasoline explosion and fire.  Laurits Pedersen of Unga and his crew of three survived, but the Edna Watts, valued at $1,200 and $60 worth of salt were lost.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 11 N 160 30 10 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Tonnage 20 Gross 14 Net, Built 1898, Registered Juneau, ON 136688, Owner and master Laurits Pedersen, Last Port Baranoff Harbor July 1, 1936

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Unga

 

EDWARD S WEBSTER (1889)     The 83 foot schooner Edward S Webster struck a submerged rock near the entrance to Coal Harbor on Unga Island at 8:00 p.m. June 28, 1889 and was lost.  The vessel had departed Port Townsend May 9 of that year on a fishing and sailing voyage with 12 crew aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed at Port Townsend August 7, 1889 by William J Hudder managing owner:

                “Fresh westerly breeze and daylight.  All sail set”  “On a sunken reef of rocks off entrance to Coal Harbor, Unga Island, Alaska…Stranded on a sunken rock.”

                “There was no indication of danger.  The hidden rocks were not indicated on any chart on board the vessel, and she was bound to Coal Harbor for food and water.  The officers and crew of vessel did all that was possible to be done under the circumstances to get the vessel afloat, but without avail.”

                “When the vessel was abandoned the crew all went to Sand Point, Popoff Island, where they proceeded to return to home port.”

                There were no human casualties but the Edward S Webster, valued at $8,000 and her fishing and hunting outfit, valued at $5,000 were lost.  The vessel was insured for $6,000 and her cargo for $5,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 20 30 N 160 39 30 W Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Length 83, Breadth 23, Depth 8, Tonnage 93.86 Net, Built 1875 Gloucester Mass, Registered Port Townsend Washington Territory, ON 37, Master Henry McAlmond of Port Townsend, Owner William Hudder

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed August 7, 1889

 

ELEVERA (1917)     The wooden gas powered vessel Elevera stranded and was lost at Cape Cleare Montague Island Tuesday June 12, 1917 at 1:00 a.m.  The crew of two survived the loss of the vessel.  Owner and master of the Elevera, W S Pay reported the following:

                “Calm fog… thick fog adverse current…going slow struck rock no chance to do anything.”

                The Elevera was valued at $1,500 with no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 47 N 147 54 W  Chart 16701

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Net, Age 11 years, Registered Juneau, ON 136876, Last Port Latouche, Destination Montague Island

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed August 15, 1917

 

ELIZABETH MARY (1892)     The 49 foot wooden steamer Elizabeth Mary was lost at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday October 18, 1892 in Cook Inlet.  The vessel stranded in a strong gale with heavy seas.  The Elizabeth Mary had been taken apart and shipped on board the bark Alexander M Neil to Alaska.  Her last port is listed as San Francisco April 20, 1892 on the wreck report filed in San Francisco by manager W H Eastland of the Alaska Coal Company.  The value of the Elizabeth Mary at the time of the loss was posted as $1,500 with $1,000 insured.  The crew of three survived the loss and there was no cargo.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  Unknown Cook Inlet

                Additional Information : Length 49, Breadth 11.6, Depth 3.1, NHP 10, Built 1876 San Francisco, Tonnage 7.31, Registered San Francisco, ON 135258, Master George W Love of San Francisco, Owner California Dry Dock Company

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed February 7, 1894 in San Francisco

 

ELIZAVETA (1805)     The Russian vessel Elizaveta (Zakharii I Elizaveta) was wrecked between Kodiak and Sitka (New Archangel) December of 1805.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  Unknown

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

 

ELLA M (1926)     The 17 ton gas screw Ella M drug anchor in a heavy gale and broke up on shore at Afognak Beach Wednesday May 19, 1926.  There was no one aboard at the time of the casualty.  The Ella M was valued at $1,500 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  58 00 30 N 152 46 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 17, Age 17 years, Registered Seward, ON 224129, Master and Owner Robert VonSheele of Afognak

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Seward June 14, 1926 by VonSheele

 

ELLIDA (1913)     The 19 ton wooden gas screw Ellida stranded and was lost at 3 a.m. October 17, 1913 on the NE side of Unga Island.  The following is an accounting taken from the wreck report filed by owner and master N H Johnson of Juneau:

                “Hurricane, rough sea… dark”  “Broke loose from moorings 10 o’clock p.m. Set sail… beat off shore about 2 miles… hove too under reefed forsail.  Topmast broke about 2 o’clock a.m.  Engine too small to be of any use under the circumstances.” “Stranded…Dismasted…NE side Unga Island… Total Loss”

                The crew of three survived the wreck, but the Ellida, valued at $2,000 was a total loss.  Some of the 20 tons of cargo worth $2,200 was salvaged.  The wreck report lists the cargo as salt, lumber and general merchandise of which only $600 worth was saved. 

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 15 N 160 40 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Age 19 years, Registered Juneau, ON 136434, Last Port Juneau September 15, 1913, Destination Sand Point

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed January 2, 1914 by Johnson

 

ELSIE (1898)     The 68 foot wooden schooner Elsie ran ashore at 2 a.m. on the NE side of Chirikof Island Sunday April 25, 1898.  The Elsie had departed Seattle March 25, 1898 bound for Unalaska and was carrying 24 miners and 80,000 lbs of lumber and miners supplies.  Explanations of the wreck were listed as “wrong reckoning…moderate sailing breeze…no moon or starlight…casualty unexpected.”  The vessel was valued at $3,600 and her cargo at $15,000.  The vessel is cited as a total loss and her cargo was estimated at 75% lost.  All of the 24 miners and 5 crew survived.  The Elsie had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 50 N 155 37 W  Chart 16580

                Comment : H W McCurdy has the Elsie’s destination as Kotzbue Sound (Pg 40)

                Additional Information : Length 67.7, Breadth 26.6, Depth 7.5, Built 1894 at Port Townsend Washington, Tonnage 59.87, Registered Seattle, ON 136486, Master L M Larson of Seattle, Owner L W Stetson of Seattle

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed June 9, 1898 by Stetson

 

ELSIE (1910)     The 159 ton wood steamer Elsie sank while at anchor December 31, 1910 in Valdez Bay.  The watchman of the vessel was temporarily absent when a strong wind, heavy snow and ice caused the vessel to lay over and fill with water.  She was valued at $20,000 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  61 07 N 146 16 W  Chart 16700

                Additional Information : Tonnage 159 Gross 101 Net, Age 21 years, Built Portland Oregon, Registered Juneau, ON 136031, Master D C Morris of Cordova, Last Port Cordova, Destination Valdez, Owner Hugh Murray of Valdez

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed by Viola Murray Sullivan, administratrix of Hugh Murray estate on September 17, 1911

 

ELVIN A THOMPSON (1900)     The steamer Elvin A Thompson wrecked near Cape Newenham August 14, 1900.  The vessel was valued at $1,400 with cargo at the time of the loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  58 39 N 162 10 30 W  Chart 16006

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 63

 

EMERSON (1936)     The 17 ton gas screw Emerson foundered near Chignik August 4, 1936

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 22 N 158 W  Chart 16006

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 449

 

EMMA & LOUISA (1900)     The 83 foot wooden schooner Emma & Louisa grounded 1/8th mile from Hope City on an ebb tide Friday October 12, 1900 at 1 p.m. and broke in two when the tide went out.  The vessel departed Seattle September 15, 1900 bound for Cook Inlet with a crew of six and 110 tons of lumber, coal and general merchandise.  When the Emma & Louisa grounded the crew and some men from shore attempted to free her by discharging her deck load.  In the end only some of her cargo was salvaged.  The vessel, valued at $4,000 became a total loss, as did most of her cargo worth $9,500.  The crew made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  60 55 15 N 149 38 30 W Chart 16013

                Comment : H W McCurdy lists this vessel as Emma Louise (Pg 63)

                Additional Information : Length 83, Breadth 26, Depth 7.1, Built 1874 Little River, California, Tonnage 84, Registered Seattle, ON 135066, Master Sam’l L Waltz of Seattle, Owner J G Pacy, Vessel Insurance $3,000, Cargo Insurance $7,700

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed November 28, 1900 at Seattle by Waltz

 

ESTHER (1933)     The salmon canning vessel and historic schooner Esther sank at her moorings in Uganik Bay in 1933.  The Esther was originally the wooden brig Harriet G which capsized off Cape Flattery with a load of lumber.  The Harriet G was re-rigged as a 3-Master and re-named Esther. She was later purchased by fishing businessman Ottar Hofstad who had been active in the fisheries since 1905.  He first used the Esther to pack salt herring.  In 1927 he established the North Pacific Packing Company and converted the Esther to a salmon canning concern off Amook Island where he purchased salmon directly from local fishermen.  Holstad eventually went backrupt and the Esther fell into disrepair, sinking in 1933 in Uganik Bay.  The engine was reported salvaged in 1934

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 50 N 153 32 W  Chart 16580

                Source : Salmon From Kodiak (1986) Pgs 75-76

 

EXCELSIOR (1906)     The 138 foot three masted schooner Excelsior stranded on a bar and was lost in NE side channel Nelsons Lagoon at 7 p.m. August 30, 1906.  The vessel left San Francisco April 15th with a crew of 19 and 301 tons of cargo for Nelsons Lagoon.  When the Excelsior stranded she was reported to be carrying 2105 barrels of salt salmon.  The following are excerpts from the Wreck Report filed October 31, 1906 in San Francisco by managing owner Z B Frisbie of Alameda:

                “Moderate breeze, but daylight, heavy swell…Sudden changing of wind to head.”  “When wind changed endeavored to return to Lagoon with sail and towboat.”  Driven ashore in NE side channel Nelsons Lagoon (Cape Rodgnof)..stranded on bar.”  “ No further particulars, save that the cargo was lightered ashore and stored under cover, except 240 barrels under tarpaulin.”

                The wreck report has the Excelcior, valued at $5,000 and her cargo, valued at $18,000 listed as total losses.  At the time of the report the insurance was unknown.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 N 161 W  Chart 16011

                Comment :  Nelson Lagoon and Cape Rozhnof.  WG

                Additional Information : Length 138, Breadth 32.5, Depth 11, Built 1876 at Fairhaven California, Tonnage 348 Gross 330 Net, Registered San Francisco, ON 135245, Master J Christiansen of San Francisco, Casualties none

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed October 31, 1906

 

 

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