South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( D )

D S S CO. NO. 6 (1924)     The wood scow D S S Co No 6 was “hauled out on beach and wrecked; not fit for further use” in July of 1924 at Port Althorp on the north shore of Chichagof Island.  The wreck report was filed by Thomas E Stone, agent and attorney in fact for Deep Sea Salmon Co February 1, 1929 in Seattle.

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                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 11 30 N 136 23 W  Chart  17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 17 Gross 17 Net, Built 1918, Registered Juneau, ON 167165, Value $1,000

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed February 1, 1929 at Seattle


DAN JR (1938)     It was Wednesday July 13, 1938 when the wood gas screw Dan Jr exploded and burned near Pleasant Island.  The cause of the blast was listed as “gas fumes”.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed at Juneau by an agent for the owners:

                “…Gas fumes blew up…Burned”  “Blowing strong, choppy”  “Blew up and boat caught fire.  Man and boy jumped overboard with life preservers and swam to skiff which had been blown off boat and were picked up by watchmen.”  “Trap watchmen rowed over in boat and picked man and son.”

                The Dan Jr had left Excursion Inlet and was headed to Icy Straits with two aboard.  The vessel was valued at $4,000 at the time of the casualty with no insurance.  There was no cargo listed.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 21 N 135 38 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 17 Gross 14 Net, Built 1930, Registered Juneau, ON 229420, Owner Astoria and Puget Sound Canning Co of South Bellingham Washington

                Source : Report of Casualty filed by A C Adams August 16, 1938


DARDANELLA (1934)     The gas screw Dardanella stranded and was lost Wednesday August 8, 1934 at 1:00 a.m. at Barlow Point in Stephens Passage.  The vessel had departed Juneau and was travelling to East Point in Chatham Strait with three persons aboard.  The survivors made it back to Juneau in a small boat.  According to Esther Ellsworth, the master and part owner, the vessel was overpowered by the tide rips and taken ashore.  She was laden with 7 tons of groceries and clothing valued at $400.  The Dardanella was valued at $4,000.  Both the vessel and cargo are listed as total losses with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 22 45 N 1434 53 30 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Built 1921, Registered Juneau, ON 221843, Owner James Lay of Juneau

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed August 13, 1934 by Ellsworth


DEFY (1939)     The 18 ton gas screw fish packer Defy stranded on a rock at Kaigani Point, Cordova Bay Tuesday August 29, 1939 at 2:00 a.m.  The following is an accounting of the casualty by her owner and operator Fred Nimtz of Ketchikan:

                “Light SE wind and rain…poor visibility…stranded”  “After hitting rock tried to make shore but took water too fast and got caught on another rock and had to leave boat.  As tide went out, the boat turned over on her Port side.”  “The Beloit II rendered assistance but to no avail.”  “After Beloit II found she could be of no assistance she went to Ketchikan and reported the accident to the USCG Cyane on August 29th.  On August 30th, the Cyane arrived but by that time the Defy had slid into deeper water, breaking up gradually and could not be salvaged.”

                There were two crew aboard the Defy at the time of the casualty, both survived.  They had been fishing and had 6,000 lbs of fish aboard valued at $150.  The Defy was valued at $2,000.  All was lost when the vessel sank; there was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska 54 45 10 N 132 39 10 W  Chart17409

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Built 1926, Registered Ketchikan, ON 226049

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed September 11, 1939 at Ketchikan


DELHI (1915)     The 986 ton wood steamer Delhi stranded at Straits Island Reef and was lost at 8:05 p.m. January 18, 1915.  The vessel and her crew of 27 departed Craig that day bound for Wrangell with 7.5 tons of empty oil drums and merchandise.  The crew survived the incident but not the Delhi.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed March 3, 1915 by E C Wardle, acting manager for Pacific Coast Steamship Co.:

                “SE wind blowing, misty with light snow falling – very dark.”  “Light obscured at intervals and strong ebb tide.” “Upon sighting land, ship backed at full speed.” 

                “SS Salvor attempted to save vessel but owing to heavy storms was unsuccessful.”  “During heavy storm on Feb. 5th steamer drifted off reef, was found several days later by gasoline boat Takue and towed to north side of Sumner Island, where she now lies, her hull so damaged as to be a total loss.”

                The crew survived the casualty but the Delhi, valued at $125,000 was lost.  She was insured for $90,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 24 30 N 133 48 30 W  Chart 17360

                Comment : There is a story in H W McCurdy, Pg 256, of this casualty and subsequent salvage

                Additional Information : Tonnage Gross 986, Built 1906, Registered New York, ON 203502, Master C P McCarthy of Seattle, Owner Pac Coast Co of New York

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 3, 1915


DELIGHT (1920)     The gas boat Delight was lost at Ketchikan February of 1920.  The Delight was valued at $700 with cargo.

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

                Sources : 1. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg313, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992)


DETROIT (1898)     The 81 foot wood steamer Detroit struck a reef at the north end of Shelter Island in Lynn Canal about noon November 25, 1898 during a snowstorm and sunk.  She was carrying about 27 passengers and a crew of 10 but no lives were lost.  The Detroit left Skagway November 24th bound for Juneau.  The following are excerpts from the Wreck Report filed by C B Russell of the Seattle Wharf and Land Co of Seattle, the owners of the vessel:

                “The steamer was off her regular course ½ mile or more.  Steamer is in water supposed to be 50 feet deep.”  “Engines slowed down to about 2 miles an hour and sharp lookout kept.”  “Not a heavy wind or sea running, though some of both.”  “Occurred during snowstorm.  Pilot is supposed to have lost his bearings.” “Struck rock, hung, and sunk by heavy seas some hours later.”  “Crew took steamer’s lifeboats and took passengers to Shelter Island, ½ mile distant.”

                The Detroit was valued at $14,200 at the time of the wreck and had neither cargo nor insurance.

                Mapping and Location :  Southeast Alaska  58 26 N 134 52 W  Chart 17316

                Comment : It is mentioned on the wreck report “hope to recover portion of her machinery.”

                Additional Information : Length 81, Breadth 15.3, Depth 6.9, Built Detroit Washington 1889, Rebuilt 1897, Tonnage 109 Gross 74.76 Net, Registered Seattle, ON 157264, Master Thomas Latham of Juneau

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed February 8, 1898 in Seattle


DEWET (1909)     The gas boat DeWet was lost at Ketchikan October 24, 1909.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W  Chart 17428

                Sources : 1. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg169, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992)


DIAMOND C (1930)     The wooden gas screw Diamond C caught fire and exploded while taking fuel at The Union Oil Dock at Wrangell Thursday April 17, 1930 at 4 p.m.  The two man crew could do nothing but cut the vessel adrift from the dock.  The Diamond C was valued at $1,600 with no cargo or insurance.

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

                Additional Information : Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Built 1916, Registered Wrangell, ON 214223, Master Carl Christiansen of Juneau, Owner Harry R Coulter of Wrangell

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty file at Wrangell April 18, 1930 by Christiansen


DIRIGO (1914)     The 843 ton steam powered schooner Dirigo foundered while in tow of the vessel Cordova off of Cape Spencer November16, 1914.  The crew of 13 was taken aboard the Cordova

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 12 45 N 136 39 30 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 843 Gross 823 Net, Built 1898, Owner Alaska Steamship Co, Rebuilt 1912, Last Port Seward, Destination Puget Sound

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pgs 208&247, 3. Pacific Coastal Liners (1959) Pg 99


DISCOVERY (1926)     The 17 ton wooden gas screw fishing vessel Discovery hit a rock in Chatham Straits on the morning of August 4, 1926 and sank.  The crew of four survived the casualty but the Discovery valued at $3,000 was lost along with 10 tons or $800 worth of fresh caught salmon.  The rock that punched the hole in the Discovery was said to be “On Kingamill shore…Chatham Strait.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 50 N 134 25 10 W  Chart 17368

                Comment : Probably Kingsmill Point on NW Kuiu Island. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Age 15 years, Registered Seattle, ON 208681, Master Frank Rose of Kake, Owner Fidalgo Island Packing of Anacortes Washington

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed Sept 29, 1926 signed by W J Hansen secretary for the owners. 


DISPATCH (1890)     The 10.27 ton wood steamer Dispatch dragged anchor in a storm, blew ashore and was wrecked January 22, 1890.  The casualty occurred on the east shore of Seymour Canal On Admiralty Island, 15 miles NW of the mouth of the canal.  None of the three crew were lost but the Dispatch, valued at $4,500 was damaged to the tune of $3,000.  She was towing a barge from Juneau, having left December 9, 1889.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 32 N 133 50 W  Chart 17300

                Sources1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest 1895/1961 Pg 383


DOVE (1920)     The small gas screw salmon boat Dove was lost at Cape Ommaney March 15, 1920

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 10 N 134 40 20 W  Chart 17360

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


DREADNAUGHT (1930)     The gas screw wood vessel Dreadnaught broke a plank in rough seas Wednesday June 1, 1930 at 10:00 a.m. and sank.  The crew of two made it to safety but the vessel, valued at $1,000 with no cargo or insurance was lost.  The report of casualty filed by the master of the Dreadnaught lists the location of the casualty as “other side Kletachekoff Island, near Leo’s Anchorage, Chichagoff Island.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 25 20 N 135 51 30 W  Chart 17320

                Comment : Probably Klokachef Island opposite Leo Anchorage. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Age about 30 years, Registered Sitka, ON 213620, Owner/master Lester Boyd of Sitka

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed March 25, 1930 at Sitka


DREAMER (1925)     The wooden gas screw Dreamer caught fire and became a total loss Sunday August 2, 1925 at 1:50 p.m. at Gravina Island opposite Peninsula Point.  Wallace W Noyes, owner and master of the vessel was the only one aboard at the time of the loss.  The following are statements from the report he filed with the Coast Guard at Ketchikan August 11, 1925:

                “Gravina Island opposite Peninsula Point Revilegagedo Island…burning…Fire from Delco Light Plant.”  “Mr Scrimsher and son of Ketchikan and the deck hand tried to put fire out but unsuccessful.”  “Before fire was noticed it had too much of a start to put out with the fire fighting ajpparatus carried on board.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 23 N 131 44 W  Chart 17428

                Additional Information : Tonnage 23, Age nine years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 214496, Last Port Ketchikan, Destination Gravina Island, Vessel Value $6,000 no cargo, Insurance $5,000

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 11, 1925



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