South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( L )

LACLABELL (1912)     The 12 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw Laclabell sank at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday June 13, 1912 a mile and a half west of Guard Island.  Joseph Rose, master of the Laclabell states in the wreck report that planks opened up and the vessel sank very quickly.  The conditions at the time were no wind, calm and daylight.  The Laclabell was valued at $2,000 with no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 26 48 N 131 52 45 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 41.3, Breadth 11.4, Depth 4.8, Built 1897 Poulsbo WA, Service passenger, Registered Ketchikan, ON 141512, Owner A W Thomas of Ketchikan, Last port Ketchikan June 13, 1912, Destination Ship Island

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed June 13, 1912 at Ketchikan

LAKE BAY (1922)     The 12 ton wooden sealing gas screw Lake Bay drifted onto the rocks and was lost June 5, 1922.  Part owner John Cameron drowned in the disaster.  The Lake Bay left Sitka April 17, 1922 bound for the sealing grounds off of Biorka Island with five passengers and three crewmen.  The following are statements made by part owner and master of the Lake Bay, Don Cameron:

                “At mouth of Necker Bay, south side.  Strong westerly breeze, high sea.  Stranded on rock, slipped off, sank.”  “Attempted to swim from shore to boat, drowned.”  “The vessel lay at anchor, everyone having gone ashore but one small boy.  This lad neglected to care for the skiff which went adrift.  One of the owners then endeavored to swim out to the boat but the current carried him past.  One seeing this the boy aboard was told to loosen the anchor line and let the boat drift.  This was done but the boat did not drift near enough to the man in the water so a line or life preserver could be thrown to him.  The wind and tide carried her on the rocks from which she later slipped sinking in deep water.”

                The Lake Bay was valued at $3,500 with a cargo of only ballast and stores.  She was not insured.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 40 N 135 05 W  Chart 17328

                Additional Information : Tonnage : 12 Gross 10 Net, Built 1916, Registered Wrangell, ON 213804, Owners D Cameron, J Cameron and C Search of Sitka

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed March 20, 1925 at Sitka

LAKEWOOD (1932)     An explosion and fire destroyed the 9 ton gas screw Lakewood in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan at 11:00 p.m. February 4, 1932.  W A Rhymes, owner and Master of the vessel was the only one aboard at the time of the disaster and gave the following explanation:

                “No wind, calm, starlight.”  “I was reading and smelled gas fumes, looked at tank and discovered leak which I tried to stop with soap until could drain tank, but leak grew bigger and had to leave tank as was becoming overcome by gas.  Gas exploded and threw me on deck.  Took to skiff, vessel burned so rapidly could not extinguish and is a total loss.”  “Several small boats towed vessel out of channel.”

                The Lakewood was valued at $1,500 with no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 20 20 N 131 38 30 W  Chart 17430

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 8 Net, Age 7 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 213082

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Rhymes February 5, 1932 at Ketchikan

LANG (1939)     Ernest Nelson of Wrangell was the only one aboard when his boat, the Lang, stranded and was lost at “Passage Point, Fishwater Bay” in Chatham Strait at 5:00 p.m. Monday July 31, 1939.  Nelson had departed Port Alexander July 29, 1929 bound for Sitka.  The 7 ton wooden gas screw Lang was valued at $1,500 and had no insurance.  Nelson attributes the accident to “carelessness on keeping course”.  The conditions at the time were a “medium SE wind, moderately rough seas and cloudy”.  Nelson was picked up by the vessel Nira.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 51N 134 56 W  Chart 17300

                Comment : Probably Passage Point outside of Freshwater Bay.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Built 1923, Registered Wrangell, 232315

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell August 25, 1939

LANGLEY (1898)     The schooner Langley struck a rock in Chatham Strait and became a total loss in 1878.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 03 N 134 32 W  Chart 17320

                Comment : Some reports have this wreck in 1898.  WG

                Source : Congressional Reports 1878-1879 Public Service and Resources of Alaska (1879) Morris

LAURA (1924)     The 8 ton wooden fishing vessel Laura stranded on “Walton Rocks, on Black Island” and became a total loss.  Owner and master Ole Sivertsen of Seattle was the only one aboard when the casualty occurred.  The vessel was carrying 4,000 lbs of fresh fish worth $80.  The Laura was valued at $3,000 and was listed as a total loss with cargo.  There was no insurance.  Conditions at the time were “Wind, Gale, S.E., very dark, raining.”  Cause of the wreck was said to be “Light on Black Island was out.”  A small boat came to the assistance of Sivertsen.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 16 15 N 131 36 20 W  Chart 17434

                Comments : Probably Waldon Rocks opposite Blank Island.  See wreck same vessel 1930.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Built 1920, Registered Seattle, ON 219923

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty filed January 5, 1925 by Sivertson at Ketchikan

LAURA (1930)     The 8 ton wooden fishing vessel Laura broke her anchor cable and drifted ashore at 2 a.m. November 9, 1930 near Grindall Point outside of Kasaan Bay.  Owner and master Ole Sivertson of Ketchikan was the only one aboard at the time.  The vessel was carrying 200 pounds of fresh salmon worth $60.  The following are statements from the casualty report :

                “Near Grindall Point, Kasaan Bay, Alaska….Stranding”  “Gale blowing, dark and heavy sea running”  ”Was at anchor and cable broke and vessel drifted ashore.”  “Gale was extremely bad and vessel drifted ashore and broke up.”

                The Laura was valued at $2,000 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 27 10 N 132 09 15 W  Chart 17426

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Built 1920, Registered Seattle, ON 219923

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed November 12, 1930 by Sivertson at Ketchikan

LAWRENCE (1938)     The 370 ton wooden barge Lawrence foundered 15 miles SE of Cape Fairweather Thursday September 22, 1938.  The barge was under tow by the oil screw McCray.  They had departed Cordova September 9th bound for Ketchikan.  The barge had two crewmen and was loaded with 20 tons of cargo consisting of dredging equipment worth $20,000.  C. Dell, master of the McCray reported the following:

                “Moderate gale.”  “Left Cordova under tow of Am. Ol. S. McCray.  Weather bound at anchor for several days.  Crossing Gulf of Alaska deck of Barge split wide open, seams of vessel opened up, and vessel foundered.  Crew of barge taken aboard towboat.”  “Coast Guard Vessel Cyane attempted to sink hull of vessel after barge foundered because deemed menace to navigation.  When last seen was drifting toward beach.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 48 30 N 137 56 45 W  Chart 16760

                Additional Information : Tonnage 370 Gross 325 Net, Built 1913, Registered Seattle, ON 165479, Master Mike Bergman of Seattle, Owner Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co of Seattle, Vessel Value $5,000, Insurance unknown

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Juneau September 29, 1938 by C Dell

LEO (1892)     The 155 ton schooner Leo struck a rock and sank in Port Houghton Bay November 27, 1892.  The machinery aboard the Leo, which was salvaged, was from the old Portland steamer Wildwood.  The Leo was eventually taken to the cove on Japonski Island in Sitka Harbor and moored for the final time.  The vessel for a time served as a quarantine station and later as a jail.  The hulk of the Leo remained until WWII construction on Japonski Island covered the remaining exposed ribs of the her hull.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 03 N 135 22 W  Chart 17327

                Additional Information : Owner Sitka Trading Company, Master Captain Whitford, Value $14,000

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961) Pg 360

LEWIS MCDONALD (1919)     The 9 ton gas screw Lewis McDonald foundered while at anchor in Red Bay at 11:55 p.m. March 2, 1919.  She had departed Petersburg February 15, 1919 bound for Red Bay on Prince of Wales Island with two aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by owner G D McDonald of Petersburg:

                “Cove SW Red Bay, Alaska…High Wind…Dark – snowstorm…wind estimate 60 miles per hour.”  “Vessel at anchor – waves broke in cabin and vessel foundered.”

                The Lewis McDonald was valued at $5,500 at the time of the foundering.  The two aboard made it to safety.  The vessel had no cargo and no insurance.  The casualty report lists the loss to the Lewis McDonald as $1,100.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 20 N 133 18 W  Chart 17381

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Built 1913, Home Port Port Townsend, Registered Juneau, ON 211078, Master T J McBryde of Petersburg

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Juneau May 19, 1919

LIAHONA (1935)     The 40 ton oil screw Liahona stranded and foundered near Red Bluff Bay in Chatham Strait at 4:00 a.m. September 29, 1935.  The vessel departed Ketchikan September 28 bound for sea fisheries with 10 crewman.  John Hanson, one third owner, was master of the vessel.  Hanson states the following in the casualty report:

                “Heavy fog…Baranof Island, Chatham Strait near Red Bluff Bay, Alaska.”  “Dark night, foggy and calm.”  “Ordinary and usual care in navigation…Stranding.”  “Vessel struck in fog causing great leakage, attempted to beach vessel to save her, but vessel foundered.”

                The Coast Guard vessel Cyane assisted in the rescue of the crewmen of the Liahona.  The vessel was valued at $20,000 with no cargo aboard.  The loss to the vessel is noted as $4,000 in the report.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 50 30 N 134 42 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 40 Net, Built 1929, Registered Seattle, ON 228492, Owners Dave Daneman 2/3 and John Hansen 1/3, Vessel Insurance estimated at $15,000

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan October 12, 1935

LIBBY MCNEIL & LIBBY No 1 (1929)     The 11 ton wooden scow Libby, McNeill & Libby No 1 foundered and sank in Dixons Entrance at 2:15 a.m. Saturday September 7, 1929.  The vessel had just departed Kelp Island and was being towed by the tug North Star.  They were bound for George Inlet with no persons or cargo aboard the No 1. Upon entering Dixon Entrance they encountered strong winds and heavy northwesterly weather and the scow, valued at $1,600 was lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 52 10 N 131 15 15 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11, Built 1913, Registered Ketchikan and Seattle, ON 165419, Owners Libby, McNeil & Libby of Seattle, Master D W Branch of Seattle, Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty September 12, 1929 by F Svensson, General Supt.

LILLY (1928)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Lilly caught fire and was lost in Badger Bay at 8:00 a.m. February 29, 1928.  The vessel departed Ketchikan February 23rd with two aboard bound for Boca De Quadra.  According to owner operator Charles F Wilson, Captain George Steele of the gas screw Palmer S loaned him a hammer and cold chisel so he could cut the anchor cable and tow the hull of the Lilly to shore.  The Lilly was valued at $6,500 before she burned.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 08 38 N 130 49 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Built 1919, Registered Seattle, ON 218556

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty by Wilson at Ketchikan March 1, 1928

LIMIT (1937)     The 50 ton wooden purse seiner Limit disappeared with all hands during the night of September 28-29, 1937.  The following is a statement from the casualty report filed by the owners:

                “The Diesel boat Limit with a crew of eight men aboard, disappeared during the night of September 28-29, 1937.  They had been fishing in vicinity of Larch Bay, on the southwesterly side of Baranof Island.  Late in the evening of September 28 they presumably started back toward the Company’s fishing reduction plant at Washington Bay.  So far as any definite information goes, they were never seen again.  A strong, northerly wind was blowing in Chatham Strait and the Limit undoubtedly met this after rounding Cape Ommaney.”

                “Careful and persistent search has revealed nothing, except some floating articles such as three hatch covers, side light and screens, identified as belonging to the Limit.  The inevitable conclusion is that the boat sank with all hands so suddenly that the crew did not even have time to cut loose or untie the skiff they carried on the stern.”

                Lost in the disaster were Olaf Storfold, Gust Edwardsen, Carl H Carlson, S Birkeland, Ole Saterhaug, John Hansen, Oscar Torheim and Chris Solheim.  The Limit was valued at $9,000 and had an unknown amount of freshly caught herring aboard.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 43 N 134 23 20 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 50 Gross 34 Net, Age 10 years, Registered Seattle, ON 226780, Master Olof Storfold of Seattle, Owners Storfold & Grondahl Packing Co of Seattle, Last Port Washington Bay September 28, 1937, Vessel Insurance $8,000, Cargo Insurance none, Conditions strong northeast wind and dark night

                Source : U S C G Casualty Report filed by John W Storfold, President, Storfold & Grondahl Packing on October 14, 1937 in Seattle

LINCOLN ROCK (1932)     The 9 ton wooden gas screw Lincoln Rock caught fire and was destroyed while at anchor in Wrangell Harbor at 9:00 a.m. Saturday August 20, 1932.  The five crewmen escaped the blaze and got ashore, but the Lincoln Rock, valued at $1,650, became a total loss.  The vessel had no cargo and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 28 N 133 23 W  Charts 16382 & 16384

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 8 Net, Built at Lake Bay 1915, Registered Wrangell, ON 213805, Master John McCullough of Wrangell, Owner Wrangell Packing Corp..

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 24, 1932 by W T Hale, Secretary for Owners

LINNET (1929)     The diesel fishing vessel Linnet was lost in Chatham Strait September 28, 1929.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 03 N 134 32 W  Chart 17320

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 403

LIZZIE S SORENSON (1900)     The 83 ton 84 foot wooden schooner Lizzie S Sorenson ran up on the reef at Killisnoo Monday March 12, 1900.  The vessel departed Seattle and was “fishing off Alaska” with a crew of 15.  Captain Frank Forward of Seattle was at the helm when “wind and rip tides” sent the vessel onto the rocks.  According to the wreck report filed by owner John P Fay of Seattle, the Lizzie S Sorenson was worth $6,000 and her cargo of fish, salt and supplies for fishing worth $2,000.  Fay further states the damage to the vessel was $6,000 and her cargo $2,000.  The vessel was insured for $2,500 and her outfit and cargo for $1,500.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 28 N 134 34 W  Chart 17320

                Comment : Vessel refloated and sold, repowered and sinks again May 10, 1910 Southeast Alaska

                Additional Information : Tonnage 83, Length 84.2, Breadth 20, Depth 8, Built 1898 Ballard Washington, Registered Seattle, ON 141523

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report January 24, 1901 by John P Fay

LIZZIE S SORENSON (1910)     The 76 ton 84 foot wooden gas screw Lizzie S Sorenson was struck by a whale and foundered at 8 p.m. May 10, 1910 in Iphigenia Bay.  The vessel departed Tyee and was cruising for whales with a crew of seven.  The following is an accounting found in the wreck report:

                “8 miles SW of Cape Addington (Iphigenia Bay, Alaska).”  “Vessel was engaged in whaling and had harpooned a whale, which in its endeavor to get away, turned and stove a hole in her, on the starboard side.”  “Tried to plug the hole, but without success.  Pumps worked, but would not keep her free.  Gasoline tanks emptied, hoping they would keep her afloat.”  “No assistance rendered.  Vessel’s crew landed in ship’s boat and picked up May 12th by the tug Fearless.”

                The Lizzie S Sorenson was valued at $25,000 and became a total loss with no insurance.  A wreck report was filed by William Walker, manager for Alaska for the the Tyee Company of San Francisco.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 26 15 N 133 24 15 W  Chart 17400

                Comment : Same vessel lost March 12, 1900 at Killisnoo.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 76.1 Gross, Length 84.2, Breadth 20, Depth 8, Built 1898 Ballard Washington, Registered San Francisco, ON 141523, Master A Selness of Seattle, Owners Tyee Co. of San Francisco

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report May 18, 1910

LOIS (1924)     The 21 ton gas screw Lois was destroyed by fire in Hoonah Harbor at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday February 20, 1924.  The vessel was at anchor with no one aboard prior to the tragedy.  The following are statements made in the casualty report by George J Beck, master of the vessel:

                “Pitt Island, Hoonah Harbor, Alaska.”  “Driven ashore by heavy ice floe coming from head of bay, at 9 o’clock master entered vessel with lantern; explosion and fire followed; vessel total loss; master escaped with burns about head.  Apparently leaky gasoline tank allowing oil to be ignited by lantern.”  “Great assistance rendered by natives after the fire, in raising the hull. Vessels documents destroyed.”

                The Lois was valued at $12,000 with no cargo.  The amount of insurance was not known at the time the casualty report was filed.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 07 N 135 27 45 W  Chart 17302

                Additional Information : Tonnage 21 Gross 14 Net, Built 1911, Registered Juneau, ON 209196, Master George J Beck of Hoonah, Owner Presbyterian Church of U S A, Cargo none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 3, 1920 at Juneau

LORRAINE (1930)     The gas screw Lorraine was lost at Saginaw Bay on the north coast of Kuiu Island February 18, 1930.  The vessel was valued at $1,200 at the time of the tragedy.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 55 N 134 16 W  Chart 17368

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

LOS ANGELES (1881)     The vessel Los Angeles went down in Peril Strait in 1881

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 30 N 135 13 W  Chart 17320

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

LUMMI BAY (1938)     The 43 ton wooden oil screw Lummi Bay foundered three miles north of Tree Point Light at 9:00 p.m. Friday August 19, 1938.  Her six crewmen escaped to safety, but the vessel, worth $15,000 was a total loss.  She was also carrying 15,000 salmon worth $900, also lost.  The following is an accounting by H D Stackpole, master of the Lummi Bay:

                “Wind strong SW.  Sea Heavy. Night Dark.”  “1/4 mile north of “the reef”.  3 miles north of Tree Point Light, southeastern Alaska.”  “Vessel leaking”  “Believe damage was caused to vessel’s hull by pounding against fish trap while brailing.  Probably opened seams.  Attempted to beach vessel immediately after noticing that she was leaking.”  “Trap watchman took crew ashore in trap skiff in answer to distress signals.”

                The Lummi Bay was insured for $8,000.  Her last port was Hidden Inlet that day.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 48 15 N 130 55 45 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 43 Gross 29 Net, Age 21 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 215290, Master H D Stackpole of Seattle, Owner Nakat Packing Corporation of Seattle

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty August 22, 1938 at Ketchikan by Stackpole

LUNA (1932)     The 19 ton gas screw Luna was consumed by fire at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday March 30, 1932 at Osten Island.  The two aboard made it to safety but the Luna, valued at $4,000 was a total loss.  The following are comments taken from the casualty report by W H Roessel, owner and master of the Luna:

                “Osten Island, Carroll Inlet…explosion of gas.”  “Calm and clear, light breeze.”  “Vessel completely burned, caused by explosion of gas after lighting galley stove.  Impossible to extinguish flames on account of danger of further explosions; vessel burned to water’s edge and beached on north end of Osten Island.”

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 24 45 N 131 19 28 W  Chart 17428

                Additional Information : Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Age 20 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209816, Last  Port Ketchikan March 27, 1932, Destination Carroll Inlet

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty April 4, 1932 by Roessel at Ketchikan

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