South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( N )

NARO (1898)     The steamer Naro was wrecked at Point Highfield on the northern tip of Wrangell Island in 1898. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 29 15 N 132 23 15 W  Chart 17384

                Comment : This may not have been a total loss, but evidence of an accident may still be on site, so I have included it in this compilation.  WG

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

 

NELLIE MARTIN (1887)     The 25 ton 48 foot wooden schooner Nellie Martin stranded on the rocks on the south end of Douglas Island at 1:00 a.m. December 24, 1887.  The vessel departed Juneau with two crewmen aboard bound for Chican (Shakan).  It was reported that the anchor chain parted in a heavy gale causing the casualty.  The Nellie Martin was valued at $1,000 and sustained $500 worth of damage. There were no losses of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 11 55 N 134 15 20 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 24.5, Built 1871 at Seattle, Length 47.9, Breadth 13.6, Depth 5.1, Registered Sitka, ON 18687, Master Fred Bahlman of Chican, Owner J B Sprague of Chican

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report March 23, 1888 at Juneau by C W Young, Agent for Owner

 

NEPTUNE (1918)     The 365 ton wooden barge Neptune parted her tow line and stranded on the rocks at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday October 30, 1918 near Gambier Island.  The barge was running between Seattle and Tyee with 9 crewmen aboard.  No lives were lost. The Neptune had 27,500 pounds of salt herring, salt, and barrels aboard worth $5,000 when the disaster occurred.  A “S E hurricane” was said to have caused the tow line to part.  The Neptune struck the rocks four miles northeast of Gambier Island and foundered.  The barge, worth $5,000, and her cargo were total losses.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 26 30 N 133 51 N  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 365, Built 1911, Registration Seattle, Master H H Hungerford of Seattle, Owner D J Halferty of Portland OR

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 1, 1918 by Halferty at Petersburg

 

NEVA (1813)     The 370 ton Russian ship Neva struck a rock and wrecked on Kruzof Island January 9, 1819 at a bay now named for the wreck.  The vessel was travelling from Okhotsk, Russia to Sitka with 77 aboard.  49 persons were lost along with a valuable cargo of bronze guns, furs and gold church vestments.  The 28 survivors were transported to Sitka by Kolosh canoe. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 02 15 N 135 50 40 W  Chart 17325

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

 

NEVERMIND (1910)     The 8 ton 41 foot wooden fishing schooner Nevermind was driven ashore in a snow storm in Lynn Canal at 10 p.m. Wednesday October 26, 1910.  The vessel and her 1,000 pound cargo of fish were lost, but the two person crew made it to safety.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by her master and owner, T Swanson:

                “Horse Island; near Douglas Island, Lynn Canal, SE Alaska.”  “Dark; high sea and wind, snowstorm. Nothing could be done.”  “Gale drove her ashore”  “Total loss”

                The Nevermind was valued at $250 and her cargo of fish $200.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location :  Southeast Alaska  58 15 15 N 134 43 30 W  Chart 17315

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8, Built 1891 Port Madison WA, Length 41.4, Breadth 11.1, Depth 3.4, Registration Juneau, ON 130535, Last Port Juneau

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report October28, 1910

 

NO 5 (1898)     Barge No 5 foundered off Cross Sound June 20, 1898.  The vessel was valued at $4,000 with cargo and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 08 N 136 35 W  Chart 16016

                Source : Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters From Records of Customs Office, Juneau Pg 35

 

NO 7 (1898)     Barge No 7 foundered off Cross Sound June 20, 1898.  The vessel was valued at $4,000 with cargo and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 08 N 136 35 W  Chart 16016

                Source : Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) List of Wrecks in Alaskan Waters From Records of Customs Office, Juneau Pg 35

 

NOOTKA (1926)     The 40 ton wooden gas screw Nootka caught fire and sank outside of Gut Bay at midnight Monday August 30, 1926.  The vessel departed Port Conclusion that day for Red Bluff Bay and herring fishing.  There were two crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

                “Heavy SE Storm, strong wind, dark and raining”  “Engine backfired and burned”  “3 miles south and 1 ½ miles off shore from Gut Bay, Alaska”  “Burned and sank”

                The Nootka had 30 ton of fresh herring aboard worth $300 when she sank.  The vessel was worth $14,000.  The crew made it to safety but the Nootka and her cargo were total losses.  The gas boat Ellrington stood by and took the crew to Red Bluff Bay.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 44 N 134 38 30 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 40 Gross 30 Net, Age 9 years, Registration Seattle, ON 214683, Master Rudolph Frannlovich of Anacortes WA, Owner Barnard Packaging of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $11,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty October 23, 1926 at Seattle by J H Wakefield, Supt.

 

NORMAN A (1929)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Norman A stranded, caught fire and sank near Kelp Island at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday July 31, 1929.  The vessel departed at 7:00 a.m. that same day from Ketchikan bound for George Inlet and Duke Island with three crewmen aboard.  Master and owner P A Olsen of Ketchikan made the following statements in his casualty report:

                “Cove on northeasterly side of Kelp Island”  “Running very slow”  “Attempted to turn around dolphin #3 on inside”  “Stranding and fire”  “Threw a line around the dolphin; used power of boat and winch but to no avail.  When the tide went out some water in her; bailed out the water; fixed up in best condition we know how to raise her; put scow along side.  Work unsuccessful.  Tide came in and filled her about half full of water.  About 8 A.M. observed smoke coming out of boat which fire consumed about half of the boat.”  “…Ga. S. Salmora tried to pull boat off rock”  “Total loss”

                The Norman A was valued at $6,000 and insured for $4,700.  The crew escaped to safety.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 52 N 131 16 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Net, Built 1891, Registered Ketchikan, ON 116553, Cargo none, Weather southwester, no sea

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty August 3, 1929 at Ketchikan by Olsen

 

NORMAN SUNDE (1900)     The schooner Norman Sunde was wrecked and became a total loss at Five Fingers Island in 1900 or 1901.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 17 30 N 133 40 15 W  Chart 17360

                Comment : A schooner of the same name is active in subsequent years after this wreck, which may have been salvaged. I have included the entry because evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.  WG

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 72

 

NORTH (1926)     The gas power schooner North was lost at Great Bay August 30, 1926.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 08 N 135 22 30 W  Chart 17324

                Comment : I have charted this wreck at Starrigavan Bay which used to be called Great Bay.  WG

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

 

NORTHLAND (1916)     The 608 ton schooner Northland sank in Kake Harbor June 25, 1916.  She was built in 1908 and originally owned by the Northland Steamship Company. The vessel was salvaged the following year.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 58 30 N 133 56 30 W  Chart 17368

                Comment : I have included this entry because evidence of the sinking may still be on site and of interest. WG

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 269

 

NORTHWIND (1913)     The schooner Northwind was wrecked at Wrangell in 1913 and became a total loss.

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

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 231, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

 

NORWESTER (1897)     The 32.52 ton cod fishing schooner Nor’Wester was blown onto the rocks and lost in Clarence Strait December 5, 1897.  The vessel departed Sitka October 6, 1897 with four crewmen and seven passengers.  She had 10 tons of codfish aboard worth $500 at the time of the tragedy.  All passengers and crew made it to Sitka in a small boat.  The Nor’Wester, valued at $2,400, became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 45 N 131 42 W  Chart 17420

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

 

NYMPH (1907)     The 10 ton 31 foot wooden sloop Nymph stranded at Hadley and became a total loss January 7, 1907.  The one person aboard made it to safety, but the Nymph, valued at $3,000 with cargo, became a total loss.

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

                Comment : Hadley was a settlement at Lyman Anchorage on Kasaan Peninsula. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross and Net, Built 1905 Wrangell, Length 30.6, Breadth 11.6, Depth 3.5, Registered Wrangell, ON 202716

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. U S Customs Wreck Report, 3. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) Hadley Pg 399

 

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