South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( F )

FAIRLAND (1931)     The 14 ton wooden oil screw Fairland was destroyed by fire at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday July 15, 1931 in Idaho Inlet.  Owner and master R P Cipic left for a seining trip with a crew of six July 12, 1931 out of Port Althorp.  They fought the fire for an hour alone and then were assisted by the Arab and the Rio Grande but the fire had made too much headway to stop.  The Fairland was beached in Idaho Inlet where she was totally consumed by flames.  All that was left of the vessel was a small portion of the stern.  In the casualty report filed by Cipic at Ketchikan July 22, he places the value of the Fairland at $10,000 no cargo.  Insurance on the vessel was said to be $7,000.  Weather at the time of the loss was slight NE wind and daylight.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 10 N 136 12 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Built 1926, Registered Tacoma and Ketchikan, ON 227322

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 22, 1931 at Ketchikan

 

FEARLESS (1922)     90 mile an hour SE winds caused the anchor chain to carry away on a log boom that the wooden gas screw Fearless was tied to in Howkan Narrows at 5:00 a.m. September 24, 1922.  The vessel was forced ashore by the logs and lost.  The value of the Fearless at the time of the casualty was $1,500 with no cargo or insurance.  The crew of two survived.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 52 N 132 48 W  Chart 17409

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Age 14 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 203344, Master Allan MacDonald of Ketchikan, Owners CP, LM & LJ MacDonald of Ketchikan, Last Port Ketchikan June 20, Destination Howkan

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan September 30, 1922

 

FLORA (1923)     The 22 ton wooden gas screw Flora was lost at 6:10 a.m. January 24, 1923 after stranding at Duck Island.  Master and owner, Ole S Bjerke of Seattle stated “heavy snow and strong tide carried vessel off course.” The weather at the time was dead calm sea, light northeast wind, dark and snowing.  The gas screw Hideveld took the crew off of the Flora the morning after the stranding and brought them to Ketchikan.  The Flora, worth $7,000 with no cargo was a total loss.  She was insured for $4,000.  At the time of the casualty, the Flora was bound for Ketchikan, having left Prince Rupert January 23, 1923.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 59 N 131 14 30 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information :  Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Age 10 years, Registered Seattle, ON 210101

                Source : Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan January 26, 1923

 

FLORA (1927)     Fire from an unknown source destroyed the 10 ton wooden gas screw Flora at the Standard Oil Dock at Petersburg at 9:00 a.m. October 28, 1927.  The Petersburg Fire Department and the gas screw Highway rendered assistance.  The 3 person crew survived the casualty, but the Flora, valued at $1,000 was a total loss no insurance. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 48 10 N 132 58 W  Chart 17375

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Age 16 years, Registered Petersburg, ON 208964, Master C Buker, Owner Petersburg Packing Company

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed October 28, 1927 by Buker

 

FORT UNION (1930)     The 264.2 net ton wooden barge Fort Union was beached for salvage and broken up at Ship’s Cove, Port Conclusion September 1, 1930.  Her hull was said to be rotten and her value only $500 at the time.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 15 20 N 134 39 45 W  Chart 17331

                Additional Information : Age 11 years, Registration Seattle, ON 168954, Owner Puget Sound Reduction Co of Blaine Washington, Last Port Port Alexander

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by W H Snow watchman and owner January 13, 1931

 

FOX (1915)     The 15 ton gas fishing boat Fox was lost at Shelter Island near Juneau in 1915.

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

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 258

 

FRANCIS R (1920)     Engine trouble caused the 13 ton gas screw Francis R to strike a rock and strand at Lyman Point Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. March 31, 1920.  The two aboard made it to safety, but the Francis R, valued at $4,000 (no cargo) was lost with no insurance.  They had departed Ketchikan that day bound for Hadley.  Weather at the time was “heavy wind-thick snow-very dark.”  Master of the Francis R, Arthur Propp stated in the Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan “Could not avoid casualty as engine had stopped, and no way to prevent striking.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 32 30 N 132 16 35 W  Chart  17426

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208551, Owner Philip C Roessel of Ketchikan

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed April 7, 1920

 

FREDELIA IV (1918)     The 21 ton seine boat Fredelia IV was lost one mile south of Pleasant Bay in Seymour Canal at 5:00 a.m. October 31, 1918.  The Fredelia IV was towing the barge Neptune in a 60 mile an hour gale when the tow line broke and the Neptune and Fredelia IV collided.  The gas boat Baltic picked up all hands.  The owner and master, D J Halferty of Seattle and an engineer were the only two aboard the wrecked vessel. The Fredelia IV, valued between $4,500 and $6,000 was a total loss with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 38 40 N 133 59 15 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 21 Gross 14 Net, Built 1913, Registered Seattle, ON210876

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by H H Hungerford for Halferty November 12, 1918.  Hungerford, a business associate of Halferty was left in Alaska to salvage what was possible.

 

FREYEA (1918)     An explosion caused by “distillation in bilge” was the cause of the loss of the wooden gas screw Freyea at 4:00 p.m. July 3, 1918.  The vessel was on the beach at Hadley for overhauling and only Stanly Oaksmith, master and owner was aboard.  Oaksmith escaped the vessel, battened down the hatches and tried to smother the flames using a fire extinguisher.  He was joined in the effort by H L Putty, Paul Nordstrom, L R Farrell and John Anderson but they were unsuccessful.  “There was nothing under the conditions of the very hot weather that would have saved her.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 32 N 132 17 W  Chart 17426

                Comment : Hadley used to be in Lyman Anchorage. H W McCurdy has vessel as Freyer. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Built 1912 rebuilt 1915, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209772, Vessel Value $3,500, Vessel Insurance $2,500

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Oaksmith July 20, 1918

 

 

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