South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( E )

 

E NIELSON (1935)     The 18 ton gas screw fishing vessel E Nielson broke her anchor line at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday October 22, 1935 near Cora Point on Coronation Island and stranded.  The crew of two escaped but the E Nielson, valued at $3,500 and her 1,100 lb cargo of fresh salmon worth $200 were lost.  There was no insurance.  The 50 mph NE wind and dark night contributed to the loss.  Owner and master John Kayser said in the Report of Casualty that he filed November 13, 1935 that he had “No time to take measures.”  The oil screw Venus assisted in the rescue of the two aboard.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 54 50 N 134 06 55 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 15 Net, Age 18 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 214682, Last Port Wrangell October 18, Destination Coronation Island

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan November 13, 1935

 

E J N (1934)     The wooden gas screw E J N parted her mooring cable, drifted ashore and was lost between 9:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. October 4th and 5th, 1934.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Thea Wilson November 14, 1934 at Juneau:

                “Vessel moored at fox ranch.”  “North side Katzehin Bar, Lynn Canal.”  “Strong SE wind, dark.”  “Anchored with one inch steel cable.”  “Between 9:00 p.m and 2:00 a.m. on the night stated she broke her cable due to the crystallization.  We could not get out to her with a skiff, as the sea was very rough before she had time to pound to pieces on the rocks.”

                The E J N was valued at $2,000 and had no insurance.     

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  59 12 N 135 17 W  Chart 17317

                Additional Information : Tonnage 24 Gross 16 Net, Built 1915, Registered Juneau, ON 213540, Master H G Dickerson of Haines, Owner Thea H Wilson of Haines

                Source : Report of Casualty filed by Wilson at Juneau

 

EDITH (1926)     The 249 ton barge Edith was lost May 12, 1926 at Big Port Walter

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 23 N 134 43 W  Chart 17333

                Source : H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 375

 

EDITH G (1915)     A shift in the wind caused the small gas screw Edith G to drag anchor, strand and break up at 9:00 a.m. November 20, 1915 at the Chilcat Cannery in Lynn Canal.  The two person crew of the Edith G had taken the vessel into the sheltered area because of engine trouble.  The wind shifted from the north to the southeast with a heavy sea causing both anchors to drag and the 5 ton Edith G stranded.  The crew made it to safety but the vessel, valued at $1,000 with no insurance, was lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  59 12 25 N 135 26 20 W  Chart 17317

                Additional Information : Tonnage 5 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Skagway, ON 204362, Master W C Wright of Skagway, Owner same, Last Port Juneau November 15, Destination Skagway

                Comment : Story In H W McCurdy Pg 256

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Juneau November 22 by P C Cleveland, agent for owner.

 

EFFORT (1919)     The 24 ton gas screw Effort caught fire at 1:00 p.m. Monday January 13, 1919 between Kasaan and Twelve Mile Arm.  The following are statements from the casualty report filed by part owner and master of the Effort, Willie Irvine:

                “Caught fire…fire from engine.”  “I am unable to state what caused the fire as it happened before we knew it.”  “While proceeding to said Twelve Mile Arm, the boat suddenly caught fire.  We used fire extinguisher.”

                “The Ga-s Andrew Z came to our assistance, and we attempted to get her ashore and sink her in shallow water, but could not control the fire.”  “Total loss.”

                The two aboard the Effort escaped, but the vessel, valued at $6,000 was lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 32 N 132 31 W  Chart 17426

                Additional Information : Tonnage 24 Gross 17 Net, Age 4 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 212532, Owners Willie Irvine & Joseph Jones of Kasaan, Vessel Insurance $5,500, Cargo none

                Source : U S Customs Report of Casualty January 14, 1919 at Ketchikan

 

EIDSVOLD (1938)     The 22 ton wooden gas screw fishing vessel Eidsvold was lost with all hands around midnight Tuesday August 23, 1938 off Cape Lookout, Dall Island in southeast Alaska.  The following are statements from the report of casualty filed by Lester O Fore, agent for surviving half owner Robert E Buschmann:

                “Vessel was seen at 8:10 p.m. Aug 23, 1938, at Security Cove, Dall Island, Alaska, when she was proceeding northward towards Meares Passage with a load of seine fish in her hold.  Immediately after a heavy fog came in from the northwest and the vessel failing to arrive at Waterfall caused searching boats to be sent out. No trace of the vessel or any member of the crew could be found but the seine was found about 3 miles westerly of Cape Lookout; Later overturned skiff, salmon pough, caps, sweaters and other articles were found along the beach of Sea Otter Harbor.  Actual cause of foundering is unknown, but on account of heavy fog it is assumed that the vessel struck one of the out-lying rocks off the northwesterly shore of Dall Island while searching for the entrance of Meares Passage and immediately sunk.”

                Lost with the Eidsvold were half owner and master Frederick Buschmann, John Budinich, J W Budinich, J R MacKie, Mike Pucinich, Edwin Fox and John Simicich.  The Eidsvold was valued at $5,000 at the time of the tragedy with $4,000 insured.  There was no insurance on the load of salmon.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 07 N 133 12 W  Chart 17400

                Comment : H W McCurdy has this vessel spelled Erdswold Pg 467

                Additional Information : Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Age 25 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211137, Last Port Waterfall Alaska August 23, 1938, Destination Security Cove and return, Cargo Salmon

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed August 27, 1938 at Ketchikan

 

ELINA (1918)     The wooden gas screw Elina swamped April 3, 1918 at 10 a.m. two miles SW of South Vallenar Point.  The Elina and two scows were being towed by the launch Chomley from Chomley to Yes Bay when the bow stem pulled out of the Elina.  The towboat had slowed to half speed to try to get the Elina to Vallener Bay.  When the Elina broke free the Chomley continued to Vallener Bay and dropped off the two scows.  The Chomley was able to return to the Elina seven hours later but was only able to salvage the engine.  The Elina was effectively a total loss.  There was no crew or cargo aboard

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 25 35 N w31 51 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Built 1905, Registered Ketchikan, ON 202538, Master John Henry of Ketchikan, Owner Alaska Pacific Fisheries of Portland Oregon, Last Port Chomley April 3, Destination Yes Bay, Vessel Value $2,500, Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan July 8, 1918 By Ira W Kelly, superintendent Alaska Pacific Fisheries

 

ELIZA (1938)     The 12 ton gas screw Eliza foundered and was lost off of Point Hugh Light at 4:00 p.m. Friday October 28, 1938.  The following are statements taken from the report of casualty filed at Petersburg by Frank S James, owner and master of the Eliza:

                “Gusty fairly high sea, getting dark.”  “Holding in fairly close to shore but started to head out just before reaching Pt Hugh Light.  At that time engine failed due to battery connection breaking because of heavy rolling.  Before repairs could be made ship foundered and went down.”  “Engine stopped due to broken battery connection.  High wind and sea carried her into rocks and she foundered.”

                The Eliza had departed Juneau at 10:00 a.m. that morning with two aboard bound for Klawock. The vessel was valued at $2,000 and had 300# or $100 worth of machine parts on board.  The crew survived but all else was lost as the vessel had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 34 10 N 133 48 30 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Built 1928, Registration Wrangell, ON 228222

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed November 5, 1938

 

ELLA ROHLFFS (1906)     The 76 foot steamer Ella Rohlffs stranded in a snow storm at the north end of Long Island about 10 miles north of Howkan about 7 p.m. December 7, 1906.  The vessel was traveling from Howkan to Ketchikan via Coppermount when the accident occurred. There were 12 crew and 10 passengers on board as well as a ten ton cargo of empty beer kegs, timbers and misc. boxes. The cause of the stranding that was listed was a heater that had been brought into the wheelhouse during the snow strorm which had put the compass off.  The following day all ten passengers were taken aboard the steamer Cordova to Coppermount.  The wreck report does not specify the amount of damage to the vessel or its cargo.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 58 15 N 132 51 45 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Length 75.5, Breadth 20, Depth 8, Service tow, IHP 80, Built 1889 at San Francisco, Tonnage 149 Gross, Registered Ketchikan, Master Captain Brown of Ketchikan, Owner Union Steamship Co of Ketchikan, Vessel Value $15,000, Cargo Value $100, Vessel Insurance $5,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed December 13, 1906 by Frank H Bold, Mgr.

 

ELLA ROHLFFS (1907)     The steamer Ella Rohlffs is reported lost in 1907 in San Alberto Bay near Craig

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 28 N 133 14 W Chart 17400

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

 

ELMIRA (1937)     The 14 ton gas screw Elmira broke her mooring chain in a 50 mile an hour wind with heavy sea and drifted ashore at Fanshaw Beach and broke up at 6:00 p.m. January 3, 1937.  The crew of two escaped the wreck, but the Elmira, valued at $2,000 was a total loss.  The vessel had neither cargo nor insurance.  The Elmira had departed Petersburg October 12, 1936 bound for Cleveland Passage.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 12 N 133 33 W Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Built 1913, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211163, Master Fred Miller of Fanshaw, Owners Fred and Alec Miller of Fanshaw

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty February 12, 1937 at Ketchikan

 

ELMO II (1930)     The wooden gas screw Elmo II had her anchor line break Thursday October 2, 1930 at 3 p.m. and she drifted ashore at Comet.  The following are excerpts from the report of casualty filed by R J Frey, owner and master:

                “Heavy wind from northwest, heavy seas.  Captain went ashore before accident leaving one crew aboard.  Anchor line parted, crewman attempted without success to start engine, vessel drifted ashore and vessel broke up completely.”

                The crewman escaped injury, but the Elmo II, valued at $1,000 was a total loss and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 52 05 N 135 08 25 W  Chart 17317

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Built 1914, Registered Juneau, ON 227528, Master and Owner R J Frey of Juneau

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 6, 1930 at Juneau

 

EMPRESS (1922)     It was 1:30 in the morning July 27, 1922 when the 23 ton wooden gas screw Empress collided with the 25 ton gas screw Vega off Angle Point, Bold Island.  The Vega, captained by Mike Ukropane was headed from Ketchikan to Smeaton Bay and the fishing grounds with four crew.  The Empress captained by F H Simonds had been fishing in Smeaton Bay and had 20 tons of fresh fish aboard and one crewman and was headed back to Ketchikan. The following are the two accounts of the accident from the two captains taken from the wreck reports filed by each in Ketchikan the day of the accident.

                Captain Simonds of the Empress :  “Pilot on Empress saw Ga. S. Vega coming head-on and in an endeavor to keep green to green threw his wheel hard over but could not clear, and the Vega hit the Empress astern cutting the stern off and sinking the Empress within two minutes.  The crew of the Vega brought the crew of the Empress to Ketchikan.  As soon as the two vessels came together, a line was bent on the Vega in an effort to hold the Empress but the weight was too great and the vessel sank.”

                Captain Ukropane of the Vega :  “Was keeping the Empress on port all of the time with plenty of room for clearance, when suddenly the Empress cut across our bow and it was impossible to miss the vessel although I threw the wheel hard over.  We got a line on the Empress but could not hold her and she sank in about two minutes after the accident.”

                The Vega accident report has the Vega’s damage at $10.  The Empress, valued at $5,000 and her cargo of fresh fish valued at $500 were both completely lost.  The Empress had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 14 20 N 131 25 30 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 23 Gross 15 Net, Age 8 years, Registered Seattle, ON 211839, Owner Annette Island Packing Co of Seattle, Last Port Ketchikan July 25th, Destination Smeaton Bay for fish

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan July 27, 1922    

 

ERDSWOLD (1938) See EIDSVOLD

 

ESSU (1925)     The 10 ton gas screw Essu caught fire at was destroyed at the wharf at Port Alexander at 4:00 p.m. June 7, 1925.  The following are comments found on the report of casualty filed at Ketchikan by the master of the Essu, Maude Mezich:

                “Calm, warm, smooth sea….Wharf Port Alexander, Alaska.”  “Vessel was filling oil, no fire in stove and no one smoking, very warm day, but cause of fire and how it started not known.”  “Crew of Am. Ga. S. Lief II used fire extinguishers and sand and sunk vessel.”

                There was no loss of life, but the Essu, valued at $3,000 was a total loss with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 15 N 133 38 40 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Age 7 years, Registered Seattle, ON 216534, Master Maude Mezich of Ketchikan, Owner John K Peterson of Portland Oregon

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty June 18, 1925

 

ESTELLA (1939)     An engine backfire caused an explosion and fire which destroyed the 13 ton gas screw Estella at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday August 22, 1939.  Owner and master Claude Yeisley of Ketchikan and his only crewman, Charles Kennedy were thrown from the cabin of the Estella when the blast occurred and were able to escape the vessel.  The Estella, valued at $3,500 burned where she sat in a small cove immediately north of Wards Cove.  There was no cargo and the Estella was insured for $2,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 24 30 N 131 43 30 W  Chart 17430

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Age 35 years, Registration Ketchikan, ON 201127, Last Port Ketchikan August 21, 1939, Destination Wards Cove

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan August 22, 1939 by Yeisley

 

ETOLIN (1938)     The 24 ton wooden gas screw Etolin was destroyed by fire at 11 a.m. Saturday October 22, 1938 in Red Bay, southeast Alaska. The vessel was outbound from Wrangell with 12 tons of oil in drums, ice and groceries headed for Keku Island.  When the fire occurred, the two aboard were able to escape.  Manuel Loftas, master of the Etolin made the following statements in his casualty report filed at Wrangell:

                “Red Bay, SE Alaska…SW light breeze, sea fairly calm.”  “Backfire from engine….fire”  “Put Pyrene on it; broke small bulb extinguisher in engine room; had life boat towing behind.  Ga. S. Caesar alongside about hour later.  Guns were borrowed to shoot holes thru hull to sink vessel to prevent further burning.  Tried to pull vessel over by putting line around mast, but unable to do so; drum exploded aft at this time.  Brought to Snow Pass by Caesar to await further transportation to town.”

                According to the casualty report, the Etolin was valued at $2,500 and her cargo at $50.  Insurance on the vessel, which was a total loss, was $1,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 20 N 133 18 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 24 Gross 16 Net, Built 1912, Registered Wrangell, ON 209947, Owner C B Wyatt of Wrangell

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed October 26, 1938 at Wrangell

 

EURUS (1927)     The 18 ton oil screw Eurus was lost in Dixon Harbor at 12:05 p.m. Friday November 4, 1927 after a collision with the USCG Cutter Unalga.  The Unalga had towed the Eurus into safety after the Eurus broke down in Cross Sound near Cape Spencer.  The tow line parted in Dixon Harbor and while attempting to get another aboard the Eurus, the Unalga punched a hole into the Eurus which sank in 20 minutes.  The crew of two from the Eurus was taken aboard the Unalga.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 20 15 N 136 52 W  Chart 17301

                Additional Information : Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Built 1902, Registered Juneau, ON 156995, Master P Kegel of Juneau, Owner same, Last Port Cordova October 28, 1927, Destination Juneau, Cargo none, Vessel Value $9,000, Insurance $2,000, Weather moderate SW breeze, considerable swell

                Source :  U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Kegel November 5, 1927 at Juneau

 

EVELYN G (1921)     The 13 ton wooden gas screw Evelyn G stranded and was lost at Point Arden, Stephens Passage 7:00 p.m. Sunday November 20, 1921.  According to the casualty report filed by owner and master Paul Kegel of Douglas, “water in gas froze and cut off fuel supply.” “Endeavored to start engine, lost rudder and vessel drifted ashore.”  Kegel and one other crewman were on their way from Petersburg to Juneau with no cargo.  The crew survived but the Evelyn G was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 09 30 N 134 10 30 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 11 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Juneau, ON 213724, Vessel Value $2,000, Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Juneau November 28, 1921

 

EXPLORA (1929)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Explora caught fire and was lost at 9 p.m. Tuesday November 5, 1929 at Herring Creek on the east side of Wrangell Island.  The two person crew survived, but the Explora, valued at $1,500 was a total loss with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location :  Southeast Alaska  Unknown

                Comment : Probably Herring Cove east of Ketchikan.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross, 8 Net, Age 16 years, Registered Ketchikan and Seattle, ON 218191, Master Carl Helm of Ketchikan, Owner Charles Eltman of Ketchikan, Last Port November 4, 1929, Destination Herring Creek

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed November 12, 1929 at Ketchikan

 

 

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