South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( N )

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 : Southcentral 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

 

NAT&T CO NO 3 (1899)     The barge N A T & T Co No 3 was lost at Tugidak in 1899.  The value of the vessel and her cargo was $73,000 at the time of the loss.

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

                Comment : Probably Tugidak Island.  WG

                SourceMarine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 32

 

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 Osom, 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 Osom did not know if she or her cargo were insured when he filed the casualty report.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral 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

 

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 : Southcentral Alaska  58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W

                Additional Information : Tonnage 160 Gross 122 Net, Length 97, Breadth 25.7, Depth 9.5, Built at Lamoine 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 Deceember 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 Churni 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 Sannak 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 : Southcentral 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 Shumagins 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 #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 failted 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 : Southcentral 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

 

NEW ENGLAND (1924)     The 29 ton wooden gas screw 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 : Southcentral Alaska  59 54 N 144 36 W  Chart 16723

                Additional Information : Tonnage 29 Gross 19 Net, Built 1912, 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

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty December 6, 1924 at Cordova by Sagstad

 

NICHOLAS THAYER (1906)     The 584 ton 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 : Southcentral 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 

                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

 

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 : Southcentral 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

 

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 OO and she capsized.  The scow and her cargo were lost.  The No OO 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 : Southcentral 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

 

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 : Southcentral 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

 

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 : Southcentral 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 warf 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 : Southcentral 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

 

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 : Southcentral 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

 

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 : Southcentral 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 Wrangel 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, Deptuty Coll. & Insp.

 

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 : Southcentral  Alaska  5848 30 N 137 56 45 W  Chart 16760

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

 

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 : Southcentral 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

 

 

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