South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( K )

KADYAK (1860)     The 500 ton ship Kadyak (Kadiak) struck a rock off of Woody Island near Kodiak and sank in Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island nearby, March 30, 1860.  The vessel was carrying 356 tons of ice bound for San Francisco when it sank in 70 feet of water.  She was owned by the Russian-American Trading Company of San Francisco.  The Kadyak was found in 2003 and the site surveyed in 2004.  The wreck site has been called “Alaska’s first underwater archeology project” and oldest shipwreck discovered in the state to date.  The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Office of History and Archeology has a detailed description of the history, discovery and exploration of the Kadyak wreck site online.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 55 N 152 25 W  Chart 16580

                Sources1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. BOEMRE Shipwreck List (2011)

 

KANATAK (1929)     The 43 ton wooden diesel powered halibut fishing vessel Kanatak disappeared in a northeasterly storm with 9 crewmen aboard.  The vessel departed Seward about October 25, 1929 bound for deep sea fisheries and was last seen on November 11th.  Lost in the disaster were master and part owner Conrad Wold of Seattle, Swerdrup Sverdrups, Barney Vanabo, Conrad Novik, Hans Wag, Louis Furanos and Karstein Poulson.  The Kanatak was carrying 15,000 pounds of fresh halibut valued at $1,500.  The vessel was last seen 30 miles northeast of Cape St Elias.

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

                Additional Information : Tonnage 43 Gross 39 Net, Age 6 years, Registration Seward and Ketchikan, ON 223259 & 223359, Vessel Value $20,000, Vessel Insurance $15,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan by part owner Peter Wold April 2, 1930

 

KARLUK (1829)     The Russian vessel Karluk was lost November 14, 1829 in Uganik Bay on the west side of Kodiak Island.  The crew survived and salvaged the cargo and fittings from the Karluk.  The loss was attributed to a navigational error and violent winds. The Karluk was travelling from Kodiak to Katmai.

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

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

 

KARLUK (1899)     The launch Karluk was driven ashore near Cape Karluk and lost in 1899.  The Karluk was valued at $5,200 with cargo.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 35 10 N 154 30 50 W  Chart 16580

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 52

 

KATALLA QUEEN (1920)     The 7 ton gas screw Katalla Queen sank in deep water in Valdez Bay at 5:00 a.m. September 3, 1920.  George W Haynes, master and owner of the Katalla Queen says in the casualty report:

 “Struck a pile head, breaking a hole in vessel below water line.”  “Tried to tow boat to shore, but she sank before reaching shore.”  “Sunk in deep water near middle of Valdez Bay.”

The Katalla Queen was listed as worth $2,500 with no cargo or insurance.  She had departed Ellamar September 2nd bound for Valdez with 2 crewmen aboard.  The crew survived but the Katalla Queen was a total loss.

Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  61 07 N 146 16 W  Chart 16707

Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Built 1911, Registered Cordova & Juneau, ON 208836, Weather foggy with calm sea and wind

Source : U S C G Report of Casualty filed at Juneau November 5, 1926 by Haynes

 

KATE DAVENPORT (1916)     The 1170 ton wood bark Kate Davenport parted her anchor chain and stranded January 10, 1916.  The vessel was:

 “laying in the Road Stead waiting for a storm…Heavy ice flow parted chain…North west wind about 40 miles…Anchor Point Cook’s Inlet…no vessel in sight nor on the beach.”

Owner R G Doherty listed the vessel as worth $2,500 no insurance no cargo and an unknown crew.

Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 46 30 N 151 51 45 W  Chart 16013

Additional Information : Tonnage 1170, Built 1866, Registered Seattle, ON 14023, Master none, Owner R G Doherty of Anchorage

Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Anchorage July, 2, 1916 by Doherty

 

KATE & ANNA (1889)     The 45 foot wooden steam sealing schooner Kate & Anna parted her anchor chain in a heavy gale at 2:00 p.m. March 19, 1889 and stranded.  The six crewmen made it to safety, but the Kate & Anna, valued at $7,500 and her cargo, made up of a ten ton hunting and fishing outfit worth $2,500, were lost.  The tragedy took place at the SW shore of Morzovia Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 N 163 W  Chart 16535

                Comment : Now called Morzovhoi Bay.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 30.7 Gross 16.7 Net, Length 45, Breadth 14.8, Depth 5.7, NHP 8, Built 1879 Yaquina Bay Oregon, Registered Portland Oregon, ON 14376, Vessel Insurance $3,000, Cargo Insurance $1,984, Master and Owner Charles Lutjens of Portland Oregon, Last Port Morzovia Pass March 17, 1889

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed May 7, 1889 by Lutjens

 

KAYAK (1913)     The 91 foot 225 hp wooden steam tug Kayak stranded in a strong gale at “Cape Carew inside Ocean Cape” in Yakutat Bay at 9:25 p.m. August 26, 1913.  The crew of 10 escaped in lifeboats, but the Kayak, valued at $25,000 became a total loss.  The vessel had departed Seldovia in ballast August 22, 1913 bound for Seattle. The Kayak reported the following:

                “Vessel pulling in for shelter, but could not see lights or land and struck beach.”  “Strong gale very heavy sea, dark and rainy.”  “Various courses were tried, but on account of heavy weather Master could not keep on course.  When boat struck Engines stopped and put full speed astern.”

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 33 30 N 139 50 15 W  Chart 16761

                Comment : Point Carrew is just inside Ocean Cape. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 115 Gross, Length 91, Breadth 23.5, Depth 10, Service Passenger, HP 225, Built 1901 Alameda California, Registered Seattle, ON 161177, Vessel Insurance $20,000, Master John F Wall of Seattle, Owner Seldovia Salmon Company of Seattle

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed by E F Randolph, Secretary for Seldovia Salmon October 9, 1913 in Washington

 

KEY WEST (1917)     The vessel Key West was lost in Unimak Pass near Scotch Cap in 1917.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 24 15 N 164 47 30 W  Chart 16520

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

 

KIMBACK (1917)     The motor vessel Kimback (possibly Kumback) was lost December 19, 1917 at Anchorage.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  61 13 05 N 149 53 30 W  Chart 16663

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 294, 3. BOEMRE Shipwreck List 2011

 

KODIAK (1895)     The 103 ton 93 foot wooden schooner Kodiak was lost on the beach at the SE point of Geese Island at 8:30 a.m. Sunday April 14, 1895.  The vessel departed Kodiak’s Saint Paul Harbor April 10th bound for Ajaktalik with 8 crewmen and one passenger.  The vessel was carrying 40 tons of cargo and 45 tons of ballast.  The cargo consisted of 10M. of lumber , general merchandise and furs worth $2,000.  The following are excerpts from the Wreck Report filed by the vessels master R Petersen of San Francisco:

                “On Geese Island on SE point, Alaska.”  “Stranding…anchors could not hold…Heavy gale, snow, heavy sea from WNW, daylight.”  “Got under way when storm commenced.  Carried away sails.  Had to come to, anchors dragged and in order to save lives had to slip and run her ashore on Sand spit.”

                Those aboard made it to safety but the Kodiak, worth $9,000 was a total loss.  Her cargo is reported as partially salvaged.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 44 N 153 53 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 102.89, Length 93, Breadth 25, Depth 8.2, Built 1881 San Francisco, Registered San Francisco, ON 14396, Owner Alaska Commercial Company of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $7,500, Cargo fully insured

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed at San Francisco August 21, 1895 by Petersen

 

KODIAK (1937)     The 16 ton wooden gas screw Kodiak was completely destroyed by fire at 11:30 a.m. Thursday September 9, 1937 at Womans Bay near Kodiak.  The vessel had departed Kodiak with three crewmen aboard and was headed toward Chiniak Bay to pick up fish at various points along the way.  W J Erskine, owner of the Kodiak made the following statements on the casualty report:

                “Moderate NE gale…Entrance to Womans Bay, Kodiak Is…Backfire in engine room ignited bilges and gasoline tanks…Caught fire entrance Woman’s Bay…towed to beach where she burned.”  “Attempted extinguish flames with fire extinguishers, got assistance, towed vessel to beach.”  “Ray Harmon, operating power skiff, took vessel in tow and beached her in Womans Bay.”  “Shortly after beaching vessel fire reached gasoline tanks in stern, containing about 700 gals. and exploded, causing complete destruction of vessel.”

                All of the crewmen escaped to safety, but the Kodiak, worth $12,000 was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 43 N 152 31 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 16 Gross 11 Net, Built 1922, Registered Seward, ON 222366, Master W W Bourke of Kodiak, Owner W J Erskine of Kodiak, Vessel Insurance $8,000, Cargo none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Kodiak October 5, 1937

 

KOSHUN MARU (1930)     The Japanese steamer Koshun Maru broke in two near Scotch Cap in Unimak Pass in 1930.  The vessel was traveling from Puget Sound to the Orient with a cargo of lumber.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 24 15 N 164 47 30 W  Chart 16520

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 404

 

 

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