South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( H )

HAZEL B NO2 (1932)     The 135 ton wooden gas screw Hazel B No 2 caught fire alongside of the Anderson Boat Shop in Wrangell at 10:30 p.m. Saturday January 23, 1932.  The vessel was out of commission and on the ways for winter storage when the casualty occurred.  “The Wrangell fire department and citizens did everything in their power to hold the fire in check as well as to extinguish it.”  The Hazel B No 2 became a total loss.  Weather at the time was “very little wind, if any, light snow falling, weather cloudy and dark.”  S C Barrington, owner and master of the vessel, stated in the report of casualty he filed at Wrangell that the vessel was worth $60,000 with $30,000 in insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 28 N 132 22 40 W  Chart 17382

                Additional Information : Tonnage 135 Gross 86 Net, Built 1916, Registered Wrangell, ON 214262

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell January 29, 1932 by Barrington and Federal Agent A M Smith

 

HELAN PAYNE (1935)     An explosion and fire destroyed the 9 ton gas screw Helan Payne in Salmon Bay on Prince of Wales Island at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday August 14, 1935.  The crew of three narrowly escaped the violent gas explosion, but the Helan Payne, valued at $1,500 was a total loss with no insurance.  They had left Wrangell for the fishing grounds and had no cargo at the time of the casualty.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska 56 18 15 N 133 09 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9, Age 34 years, Registered Wrangell, ON 96563, Master Roy Hearst of Wrangell, Owners Columbia River Packers Assoc of Lake Bay

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell August 19, 1935 by Hearst

 

HELEN A (1929)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Helen A drug anchor during a storm and broke up on the beach at 8 p.m. Monday October 14, 1929 in Pyramid Harbor four miles SW of Haines.  No one was aboard the vessel when the casualty occurred.  Master of the Helen A, J M Adamson of Juneau said the following in the report of casualty:

                “Pyramid Harbor, Alaska…at anchor…no one on board.”  “Vessel dragged anchor during storm…high wind…southeast gale.”  “Vessel was at anchor, unable to get to vessel with dory: vessel broke up completely on beach.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 10 50 N 135 28 30 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Built 1917, Registered Juneau, ON 228176, Owner H Adamson of Juneau, Vessel Value $1,200, Cargo and Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed November 1, 1929

 

HELGA CAROLINE (1914)     The 16 ton wooden gas screw Helga Caroline got off course and stranded in Revillagigedo Channel in the fog at 1:30 p.m. May 9, 1914.  The vessel became a complete loss but the crew of two was able to save themselves and the engine of the Helga Caroline.  The sea was calm and the weather fair with fog.  Henry Roy Thompson, master and owner of the vessel said he “Put ship about, but too late.”  The Helga Caroline departed Ketchikan May 8, 1914 bound for Boca De Quadra in ballast with no cargo.  The wreck occurred on the Mainland inside Slate Island.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 05 45 N 131 03 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 16, Age 20 years, Registered Port Townsend Washington, ON 96229, Vessel Value $800, Insurance none

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed June 2, 1914 by Thompson at Ketchikan

 

HERCULES (1932)     The 11 ton wooden gas screw Hercules suffered engine failure at 3 a.m. Friday November 18, 1932 and went on the beach ½ mile south of Red Bay.  The two person crew and one passenger made it to safety but the Hercules, valued at $500 was a total loss with no insurance.  They left Craig November 10, 1932 bound for Wrangell.  On scene weather was hazy, strong wind, rough seas and not very dark.  W L Gross, master of the Hercules states in the report of casualty “The vessel went ashore at 3:00 a.m. on the morning of November 18, 1932, and very soon a heavy sea tore her to pieces.”

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

                Additional Information :  Tonnage 11 Gross 8 Net, Built 1923, Registered at Ketchikan, ON 223252, Master W L Gross of Wrangell, Owner John Nickerson of Klawock

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed December 3, 1932 at Wrangell

 

HERTHA (1939)     The 19 ton oil screw fishing vessel Hertha foundered in rough seas at 10:30 a.m. Thursday August 3, 1939 three miles west of Cape Bartolome.  Six of the seven aboard were rescued by the oil screw fishing vessel Argus.  Oscar Casperson, master of the Hertha was lost.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by owner Joe Burdette:

                “Daylight; SE wind and heavy seas…tried to run for shelter.”  “Heavy seas came aboard vessel over the stern which caused her to sink…vessel foundered in heavy seas.”

                The Hertha had only a fishing seine on the back deck.  She was valued at $8,500 at the time of the loss with no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 14 N 133 37 W  Chart 17406

                Additional Information : Tonnage 19 Gross 15 Net, Built 1925, Registered Ketchikan, ON 224900, Master Oscar Casperson of Ketchikan, Owner Joe Burdette of Ketchikan, Last Port Craig July 30, 1939, Destination fishing grounds

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan August 7, 1939 by Burdette

 

HIAWATHA (1936)     The 8 ton gas screw fishing vessel Hiawatha foundered in rough seas at 5 p.m. Thursday May 14, 1936 about one and a half miles off Caamano Point.  The two person crew survived the tragedy, but the Hiawatha, valued at $800 and her 7300 pound cargo of fresh salmon, valued at $359 were lost.  There was no insurance.  The vessel’s last port was Myers Chuck and destination Ketchikan.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 30 N 131 58 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1920, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219629,Master Lars A Olin of Myers Chuck, Owner Estate of S B Carr of Seattle

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed May 16, 1936 by Olin

 

HILDA (1931)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Hilda parted an anchor line and foundered on the rocks at Cape Ulitka at 2 a.m. June 20, 1931.  Owner and master Albert Johnson of Craig was the only one aboard at the time of the casualty.  John Eckloff took Johnson off the wreck.  It was a moonlit night with 25 per hour winds and high seas.  The Hilda was valued at $1,000 no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 33 45 N 133 43 35 W  Chart 17406

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Age 13, Registered Ketchikan, ON 216593, Last Port Craig June 19th, Destination Noyes Island

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Craig July 2, 1931 by Johnson

 

HOMER (1919)     The 34 ton gas screw Homer caught fire and was lost at 1 a.m. October 1, 1919 in Security Bay.  The three men aboard barely escaped to the gas screw Milleville which was laying alongside when the fire broke out in the engine room of the Homer.  The Homer, valued at $12,000 was damaged $6,500 and her two ton cargo of fresh fish valued at $250 was lost. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 53 N 134 21 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 34 Gross 23 Net, Age 2 years, Registered Seattle, ON 214758, Master M C Klabo of Petersburg, Owner Marathon Fishing and Packing Co of Seattle, Last Port Cape Fanshaw September 30, 1919, Destination Security Bay, Vessel Insurance $6,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Petersburg by Klabo October 10, 1919

 

HUNTER (1914)     The 6 ton wooden gas screw Hunter was forced onto the beach by a tidal eddy at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday October 21, 1914 at Salt Chuck, Traitors Cove .  Otto Houcken of Ketchikan was the only one aboard on a trip from Ketchikan to Traitors Cove.  Houcken survived but the Hunter, valued at $600 was a total loss with no insurance. James Greenslate assisted with the gas screw Lkunk.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 42 N 131 39 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 6, Age 4 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209647, Owners W J Bland, Persly Black and Otto Houcken of Ketchikan

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed October 27, 1914

 

 

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