South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( O )

O M ARNOLD (1939)     The 74 ton wooden oil screw O M Arnold foundered during a storm in Chatham Strait at 11:20 a.m. Friday August 18, 1939.  The vessel departed Chatham August 17th bound for Noyes Island with 8 crewmen aboard.  George Lee, master of the O M Arnold, Andre Lee and Ernest Kruse were lost in the disaster.  The vessel foundered a half mile off Timbered Islets loaded with 60 tons of fresh salmon worth $1,800.  Only five of the crewmen made it to safety.  The O M Arnold was valued at $20,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 41 45 N 133 48 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Tonnage 74 Gross, Age 12 years, Registered Seattle, ON 226486, Master George Lee of Seattle, Owner New England Fish Co of Portland OR, Vessel Insurance $20,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 23, 1939 at Seattle by NEFCO of Oregon

 

OAKLAND (1912)     The 146 ton 103 foot wooden gas steamer Oakland stranded and was lost at the entrance to Dry Bay just before noon October 23, 1912.  The vessel had just departed Dry Bay bound for Seattle with eleven crewmen aboard.  She was carrying a 125 ton cargo of canned salmon and supplies as well as a deck load of empty oil drums.  The Saint Elias Packing Company was operating the vessel having contracted to purchase it from the Alaska Steamship Company.  The wreck report attributes the disaster to a moderate gale and heavy snowstorm.  No lives were lost, but the Oakland, valued at $20,000 and her cargo, worth $9,475 were total losses.  The vessel was insured for $15,000 and her cargo for $9475.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  59 08 N 138 25 W  Chart 16016

                Additional Information : Tonnage 146 Gross 117 Net, Built 1905 at Marshfield OR, Length 103, Breadth 24., Depth 7.8, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 202085, Master R A Leonard of Vancouver

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report June 13, 1913 at Puget Sound by R R Piesom, Supt.

 

OAKLAND (1939)     The 18 ton wooden gas screw Oakland foundered near Cape Chacon at 6 p.m. April 29, 1939.  The vessel had departed Hydaburg with five crewmen aboard bound for Ketchikan.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report of Willis Bell, master of the Oakland:

                “500 feet S E Cape Chacon, Alaska”  “Strong breeze, drizzle, heavy sea, twilight”  “heavy seas and tide rips caused bottom planks to spring”  “Used pumps and cans for bailing”  “Foundering”  “Vessel drifted around Cape Chacon and managed to get skiff overboard and all made shore in skiff.  Built fire on beach and one member of crew proceeded along shore to McLeans Arm for help.  Ga. S. Reliance picked up rest of crew May 1.  USCG Alert went to McLeans Arm and brought other member of crew to Ketchikan the morning of May 2, 1939.”  “Total loss”

                The Oakland was valued at $3,500 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 41 30 N 132 00 50 W  Chart 16016

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 14 Net, Built 1927, Registered Ketchikan, ON 226853, Master Willis Bell of Hydaburg, Owner Peter Bell of Hydaburg

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty May 2, 1939 at Ketchikan

 

OCEANIC (1926)     The 11 ton wooden gas screw Oceanic broke loose from her moorings at Metlakatla and stranded in Sylvan (Sylburn) Harbor during the night of December 15, 1926.  There was no one aboard at the time.  The wind was high and from the southeast when the disaster occurred.  The Oceanic was valued at $2,000 and became a total loss.  There was no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 12 N 131 36 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Built 1909, Registered Ketchikan, ON 206584, Master Everett C Hudson of Metlakatla, Owner John Hudson of Metlakatla

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 24, 1930 by John Hudson at Ketchikan

 

ODUNO (1939)     The gas powered salmon fishing vessel Oduno is reported as having been lost off Noyes Island while engaged in fishing in 1939.  All 12 crewmen were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 41 45 N 133 48 W  Chart 17400

                Comment : There are similarities between this wreck and the O M Arnold (1939).  WG

                Source1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 475, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

 

OHIO (1898)     The schooner Ohio went adrift from Port Simpson, British Columbia in December of 1898.  A strong gale hit and set the vessel adrift from her place of anchorage.  The Ohio drifted and eventually ran aground on a reef off of a small uninhabited island near the south end of Revillagigedo Channel.  The crew lived on seaweed and mussels for a week before they were found by Natives.  They later returned to Port Simpson.  The vessel was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 48 N 131 06 W  Chart 17434

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

 

OLGA (1927)     The 8 ton wooden gas screw Olga stranded and was lost in Lynn Canal at 7:00 p.m. July 19, 1927.  The vessel departed Juneau that day with three crewmen aboard to fish for halibut.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report;

                “N.W. end Hump Isld, Lynn Canal”  “good weather, daylight”  “Broken steering gear”  “Stranding”  “Strong tide running and engine failed allowing vessel to drift on beach.  Six lines put ashore and stern anchor failed to hold vessel upright and she tilled on the following tide”  “Vessel pounded badly after stranding in exposed position”

                The Olga was valued at $3,000 and reported as a total loss.  There was fishing gear and personal effects aboard worth $700, some of which were salvaged.  The vessel was insured for $2,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 27 30 N 134 59 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1913, Registered Juneau, ON 211093, Master and Owner O C Oberg of Juneau

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty July 23, 1927 at Juneau by Oberg

 

OLYMPIC (1936)     The 12 ton wooden gas screw Olympic drug anchor and washed ashore in Sitka Harbor at 10:00 a.m. Thursday October 15, 1936.  There was a strong northerly wind and not much sea.  George Hobson, master and owner of the Olympic, said in his casualty report:

                ‘Got to vessel too late to do anything, went on rocks and part of side gone when we arrived.”  “Total loss”

                The Olympic was valued at $500 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 03 15 N 135 21 W  Chart 17327

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Age 19 years, Registered Sitka, ON 216480

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty June 22, 1937 at Sitka by Hobson

 

ONWARD HO (1916)     The 323 ton 143 foot halibut steam trawler Onward Ho was lost off of Cape Fairweather January 18, 1916 with all hands.  The vessel had departed Vancouver, British Columbia January 6, 1916 with 34 crewmen aboard.  The Onward Ho was on her way to the fishing grounds near Cape Spencer when she was caught in a gale.  She was sighted by the schooner Alaska and steamer Manhattan carrying a load of ice on deck and in her rigging.  She was never seen again.  It is presumed the Onward Ho became top heavy, rolled over and sank. Lost were Captain Fred Fredericksen, Mate H Hughes, Pilot Sid Ulstein, Chief Engineer Thomas Shiminin, Fireman Matthew Walker, Cook Jens Bendicksen Aas, and the following fishermen: P Andersen, H Aune, P Beck, B Benson, R Brandal, C Bravak, D Brown, E Edmunsen, O Hessen, J Knudsen, K Knudsen, H Larvik, O Longfelt, George Mackie, J March, O Olson, J S Petersen, H Rudd, B Schjie, S Simonsen, W Snow, M Stronstad, S Swanson, H Ulstein and H Westvik.

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

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Maritimequest.com Daily Event for January 18 (2010)

 

OREGON CITY (1922)     The 23 ton wooden power sloop Oregon City was destroyed by fire at 2:00 p.m. Friday November 10, 1922 at Warm Springs Bay.  The vessel departed Evans Bay November 3rd bound for Tacoma, Washington with seven crewmen aboard.  She had four tons of herring aboard worth $500.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

                “Warm Springs Bay, Alaska”  “Day light, good weather”  “Backfire of engine”  “Flames too far advanced to prevent catching of oil tanks.  Crew taken on board Monitor.”  “Total loss”

                The Oregon City, valued at $6,000, was a total loss along with her cargo.  The crew made it to safety aboard the gas boat Monitor.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 05 N 134 47 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 23 Gross 17 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Seattle, ON 211365, Master A B Andrewson of Gig Harbor WA, Owner Nick Begnolinevich of Gig Harbor WA, Vessel Insurance $6,000, Cargo Insurance $465

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 23, 1922 at Seattle by Begnolinevich

 

OSPREY (1936)     The 12 ton 41 foot gas screw Osprey was lost in San Alberto Bay between Prince of Wales Island and San Fernando Island August 27, 1936 after a collision with the gas boat Leba.  The Osprey had departed Klawok that day bound for Point San Francisco on Noyes Island with 6 crewmen aboard.  The crew all survived the disaster, but the Osprey, valued at $10,000, sank and was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 28 N 133 14 W  Chart 17405  

Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 11, Net, Length 41, Breadth 12, Depth 4, Built 1918 at Shakan, Owner George Demmert of Klawock, Registered Wrangell, ON 216595

Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 449, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 3. Merchant Vessels of the United States 1935 & 1936

 

 

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