South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

S & C (1921)     The 8 ton 34 foot gas screw S & C was destroyed by ice in the spring break up on the Taku River April 20, 1921.  The vessel was hauled out on shore for winter and unoccupied.  The S & C had a value of $2,000 and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 25 30 N 133 59 W  Chart 16016

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 10.2, Depth 2.2, Built 1919 a Bellingham WA, Service Freight, IHP 20, Registered Seattle, ON 217842, Master James M Cramer of Douglas, Owner C Nottley of Seattle, Last Port Juneau December of 1920, Destination Taku River

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty April 25, 1921 at Juneau by Cramer, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1920) Pg317

 

S P #3 (1917)     The 31 ton scow S P #3 stranded and was lost on Key Reef in Clarence Strait October 28, 1917. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 09 35 N 132 49 45 W  Chart 17382

                Source : Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Loss of American Vessels Pg 442

 

SAINT ANTHONY (1911)     The 7 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw passenger vessel Saint Anthony stranded and burned near Metlakatla at 11:20 a.m. Sunday January 1, 1911.  The vessel Departed December 31, 1910 for Metlakatla with 7 passengers and 3 crewmen aboard.  There was no cargo.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by P E Timmons, master of the Saint Anthony:

                “Nichols Passage, Clarence Strait”  “Reef, about 2 mi. NW Metlakatla, Alaska”  “Strong SE wind, rough sea, dark”  “Thick snow, struck reef, gasoline exploded”  “Stranded and then burned from explosion”  “Sent boat to Metlakatla for assistance and Gas boat Eagle, Paul Mather, Master, came to rescue”  “4 hours 35 min. after vessel struck relief came”  “Total loss”

                The Saint Anthony had a value of $2,700 with no cargo.  She was a total loss with no insurance.  The passengers and crew were all rescued.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 07 45 N 131 34 30 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 31, Breadth 9.3, Depth 3.3, IHP 12, Built 1908 at Seattle WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 205275, Master P R Timmons of Ketchikan, Owner Miners & Merchants Bank of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report January 2, 1911 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) Pg 285

 

SAINT LAWRENCE (1898)     The 41 ton 65 foot wooden fishing schooner Saint Lawrence stranded and was lost in Pybus Bay at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday December 28, 1898.  The vessel departed Juneau on a fishing voyage with seven crewmen aboard.  At the time of the disaster, the Saint Lawrence had on board 25,000 pounds of fish with a value of $500.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by S Calder, master of the Saint Lawrence:

                “Pybus Bay, SW from Brother Island (Frederick Sound)”  “Stranding, chain broke”  “Blinding snowstorm and heavy SE gale”  “??miles, heavy sea, dark”  “Schooners anchor chains broke”

                The crew of the Saint Lawrence was assisted by the schooner North and all survived.  The Saint Lawrence had a value of $3,500 and was a total loss as was her cargo of fish. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 18 N 133 50 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 41 Gross 39.15 Net, Length 64.6, Breadth 16.4, Depth 7, Built 1893 at Seattle WA, Registered Seattle, ON 116554, Master S Calder of Seattle, Owner unlisted, Insurance unlisted

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report January 19, 1899 by S Calder, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1898) Pg 166

 

SAINT MARTIN (1937)     Fire destroyed the 36 ton 55 foot wooden gas screw Saint Martin in Wrangell Narrows at 6:00 a.m. April 23, 1937.  The vessel departed Petersburg that day bound for Ketchikan with two persons on board and no cargo.  Her engine caught fire across from Scow Bay Cannery in Wrangell Narrows.  Weather at the time was calm, no wind and light snow falling.  According to the casualty report, there were fire extinguishers on board but no time to use them.  The Saint Martin was a total loss.  The persons on board made it to safety.

Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 46 20 N 132 57 50 W  Chart 17375

Additional Information : Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Length 55, Breadth 16.4, Depth 6.2, Horsepower 40, Built 1912 at Dockton WA, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 210673, Master and Owner Anton Mladineo of Tacoma, Vessel Insurance $2,000-$2,500

Sources : U S C G Report of Casualty April 23, 1937 at Petersburg by Mladineo, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 352-3

 

SALLY B (1932)     The 18 ton 39 foot gas screw motor yacht Sally B was lost in “Caldera Bay” between 1:30 and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday October 5, 1932.  The vessel had departed Craig that day bound for “Caldera Bay” with three passengers and two crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by J P Valentine, managing owner:

                “Caldera Bay, Alaska”   “Stranding and Fire”  “Clear day with NW wind”  “The boat had apparently dragged and grounded at high tide, turned over and caught fire”  “Total Loss”

                The Sally B had a value of $5,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo but the passengers and crew lost all of their personal effects.  There was no loss of life.  The vessel was insured for $4,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 23 N 133 10 W  Charts 17400, 17405

                Comment : There is no Caldera Bay, but there is a Calder Bay and a Port Caldera.  I charted the wreck at Port Caldera because it is closest to Craig.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 16 Net, Length 39.7, Breadth 11, Depth 4.9, Built 1927 at Seattle WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 227034, Master and owner J P Valentine of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 13, 1932, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 870-1

 

SAMSON (1923)     The 11 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Samson caught fire and was lost at Cape Augustine, Dall Island at 9:00 a.m. Sunday August 19, 1923.  The vessel departed Sitka August 12th for sea fisheries with three crewmen on board.  The vessel had 10 tons of fish, ice, bait and gear aboard with a value of $1,000 when the fire began.  The cause of the blaze was unknown.  The Samson became a total loss along with all cargo.  No lives were lost.  The vessel was insured for $3,000 but the cargo was not covered.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 57 N 133 10 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 33.4, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.9, Built 1913 at Tacoma WA, IHP 20, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211168, Master and owner Isaac Posenvold of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty August 21, 1923 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 272

 

SANDY (1928)     The 8 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw Sandy was destroyed by fire in Auke Bay at 4 a.m. Thursday August 9, 1928.  There were two persons aboard along with an illicit cargo of liquor in kegs.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by L F Morris, master and owner of the Sandy:

                “Auk Bay”  “calm, rainy, getting daylight”  “Engine backfired”  “In starting engine, backfire started fire which consumed vessel”  “Custom and prohibition officers apprehended crew and captured saved cargo”  “TOTAL LOSS”

                The Sandy, valued at $2,500, was a total loss along with all but six 10 gallon kegs of illicit liquor.  Those were taken by customs and prohibition officers.  There were no lives lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 11 N 134 34 W  Chart 17300

                Comment : Auk Bay probably Auke Bay.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 38.7, Breadth 10.7, Depth 3, Built 1919 at Funter Bay, IHP 20, Registered Juneau, ON 220229, Master and owner L F Morris of Juneau, Insurance unknown

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 15, 1928 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 492-3

 

SCHCOLD (1914)     The purse seine fishing vessel Schcold was lost in Frederick Sound in 1914.  The vessel was worth $7,000 with cargo at the time of the loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 50 N 134 25 W  Chart 17360

                Source : Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 34

 

SCOUT (1927)     Fire destroyed the 11 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Scout in the San Lorenzo Islands at noon October 28, 1927.  The vessel was at anchor with two person aboard when the fire started.  The following are comments made in the casualty report by the owner A R Bruger:

                “Hole-in-wall, San Lorenzo Island”  “Heavy rain”  “Backfire from carburetor”  “FIRE”  “TOTAL LOSS”

                Warren Wilkins, master of the Scout, and crewman A J Young tried to extinguish the blaze with Pyrene.  The Scout, valued at $4,000, became a total loss.  She was insured for $2,400.  There was no cargo and no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 35 50 N 133 36 40 W  Chart 17404

                Comment : Hole in the Wall is located on the east island of the San Lorenzo Islands of the Maurelle Islands in the Gulf of Esquibel.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 36.7, Breadth 11.2, Depth 4.6, Built 1917 at Everett WA, IHP 20, Registered Ketchikan, ON 215174, Master Warren Wilkins of Craig, Owner A R Bruger

                Sources : U S C G Report of Casualty October 31, 1927 at Craig, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 478-9

 

SEA BIRD (1909)     The tug Sea Bird was wrecked off Ketchikan and became a total loss in March of 1909.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W  Chart 17420

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 165

 

SEA BIRD (1929) SE     Fire destroyed the 12 ton 35 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sea Bird at 1:30 a.m. May 28, 1929 at Cape Strait.  The vessel departed Petersburg that morning bound for Cape Ommaney with one person aboard.  A backfire from the carburetor set the Sea Bird ablaze.  The survivor was plucked from the water by the gas screw Betty.  The Sea Bird had a value of $4,000 of which all was lost.  She was insured for $3,000.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 59 55 N 133 05 30 N  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 35.5, Breadth 10, Depth 5.5, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, IHP 20, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 227325, Master and Owner Charles Armstrong of Raymond WA

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty May 29, 1929 at Petersburg by Armstrong, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 494-5

 

SEA BREEZE (1920)     The 8 ton 35 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sea Breeze was destroyed by fire in Sumner Strait August 25, 1920.  Two of her three crewmen died in the disaster.  Lost were W R Woodworth, master of the Sea Breeze, and crewman J Close.  The vessel had departed Ketchikan bound for west coast cannerys.  They had reached “Yasha Island, Sumner Strait” when the vessel caught fire. The Sea Breeze was valued at $1,500 and was a complete loss with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 58 N 1354 33 30 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 35, Breadth 9.2, Depth 4, Built 1909 at Seattle, IHP 16, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208172, Master W R Woodworth of Ketchikan, Owner D C Volie of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty June 28, 1921 at Ketchikan by Volie, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1920) Pg 321

 

SEA LIGHT (1910)     The 20 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw Sea Light stranded and was lost near Cape Ommaney the morning of Sunday November 13, 1910.  The vessel departed Ketchikan November 4th on a fishing voyage with 8 crewmembers on board.  The following are statements from the wreck report filed by John Wilson, master of the Sea Light:

                “Larch Bay, 4 mi. N Cape Ommaney, Alaska”  “Christian Sound”  “Stranded”  “Gale, 60 mi. per hr., night very dark”  “Full speed ahead but could not make headway”  “All crew took to the two boats and one proceeded to Sitka and the other to Petersburg.  Will try to get tugboat to go and get the vessel and may be able to save her” 

                The Sea Light had a value of $3,000 and was carrying a cargo of 2 tons of fresh fish worth $200.  The cargo was lost, but the vessel was salvaged and returned to service.  It is included in this compilation as evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 12 N 134 43 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 20 Gross 17 Net, Length 42.7, Breadth 14.3, Depth 4.7, Built 1894 at Hoquiam WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 116637, Master John Wilson of Ketchikan, Owner Hans Apsch

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report December 2, 1910 by Wilson, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1912) Pg 291

 

SEA LION II (1932)     The 18 ton 44 foot wooden fishing vessel Sea Lion II foundered off Point Alava at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday January 27, 1932.  Joe Burdett, master and owner of the Sea Lion II was the only one aboard.  He had departed Foggy Bay three hours earlier and was headed for Ketchikan.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report submitted by Burdett:

                “Just south of Point Alva (Alava)”  “Foundered”  “Struck submerged object while running”  “Dark, light wind, waters calm”  “While proceeding to Ketchikan, vessel struck a sunken log or some other submerged object causing vessel to leak and fill; tried to keep vessel afloat by pumping but vessel filled so rapidly that I had to take to the skiff.  After striking object vessel filled and foundered in about one hour’s time.”  “Total loss, $6,000”

                The Sea Lion II had a value of $6,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo onboard.  She was insured for $4,000.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 11 30 N 131 11 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 43.8, Breadth 12.5, Depth 5, IHP 30, Built 1911 at Poulsbo WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208827

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty January 29, 1932 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1931) Pgs 500-1

 

SEA OTTER (1933)     The 7 ton 27 foot gas screw Sea Otter stranded at Point Arden at 2:00 p.m. January 23, 1933.  The vessel departed Taku Harbor that day bound for Juneau with two passengers and one crewman aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by J L Johnson, master of the Sea Otter:

                “Point Arden, Alaska”  “Taku wind, clear and cold, freezing”  “Stranding”  “Engine broke down, vessel drifted onto rocks”  “Tried to repair engine”  “None (assistance) at time of wreck, crew and passengers taken off 4 days afterward”

                The Sea Otter was valued at $1,400 and was a total loss.  There was no insurance on the vessel and she was not carrying cargo.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 09 30 N 134 10 30 W  Chart 17300

                Comment : “Taku wind” a local expression to describe harsh northerly and northeasterly winds that occur occasionally (from mid September till around April).  Cold northern air is forced through mountain passes and over glaciers causing extremely dangerous conditions for maritime travel.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.6, Breadth 9.1, Depth 4.6, Built 1914 at Stanwood WA, IHP 20, Registered Juneau, ON 212159, Master J L Johnson of Juneau, Owner Susie M Ptack of Juneau

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 4, 1933 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 520-521

 

SEAL (1887)     The small steamer Seal was lost in Lynn Canal north of Berners Bay March 20, 1887.  12 persons were lost in the disaster.  The vessel was said to be travelling from Juneau to Dyea with passengers, freight and mining gear.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 43 N 135 W  Chart 17300

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

 

SEHOME (1904)     The 11 ton 38 foot wooden schooner Sehome stranded and was lost in Lynn Canal at 10 p.m. Sunday February 28, 1904.  Two persons were aboard at the time of the disaster; master Peter Sneby and one crewman.  The Sehome had departed Sitka September 1, 1903 bound for the Haines Mission.  The following are statements found on the wreck report:

                “Opposite Mexican Mills, Douglas Islands, Alaska (Lynn Canal)”  “Dark night, N W wind severe”  “Severe storm, dragged anchor, and pounded to pieces on shore” 

                The Sehome had a value of $1,200 and was reported as a total loss.  Her cargo of personal effects and tools valued at $400 were also lost.  Neither the vessel nor her cargo was insured.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 15 30 N 134 16 30 W  Chart 17300

                Comment : This vessel appears to have been salvaged and then wrecked again in 1906.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 gross 10 Net, Length 38.2, Breadth 12, Depth 4.6, Built 1891 at Sehome WA, Registered Sitka, ON 116415, Owner and master Peter Smeby of Sitka

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report March 14, 1904 by Peter Sneby at Juneau

 

SEHOME (1906)     The 11 ton 38 foot wooden schooner Sehome stranded and was lost with all hands October 26, 1906.  Lost with the Sehome were Ole Neilson, Paul Jacobson and John Engy.  The vessel departed Petersburg on a fishing trip to Frederick Sound.  The disaster occurred at Point Gardner on Admiralty Island.  Winds were high and southeasterly.  The Sehome had a value of $600.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 01 N 134 37 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 gross 10 Net, Length 38.2, Breadth 12, Depth 4.6, Built 1891 at Sehome WA, Registered Sitka, ON 116415, Master Peter Horgen of Petersburg, Owner John Gauffin of Juneau,  Insurance unknown

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report November 23, 1906 by John Gauffin at Juneau

 

SELDOVIA (1928)     The 144 ton fishing scow Seldovia foundered October 17, 1928 on Barren Island. 

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 44 45 N 131 20 30 W  Chart 17434

                Comment : Could have been Barren Islands in Southcentral.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 144, Length 57, Breadth 22.2, Depth 5.2, Built 1925 at Seldovia, Registered Seward, ON 169391, Owner John Colberg of Seward

                Sources : 1. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 392, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pg 914 Vessels Lost, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 726-7

 

SENATOR (1935)     Fire destroyed the 41 ton 58 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Senator near Nutkwa Inlet at 4:40 P.m. Tuesday August 27, 1935.  The vessel departed Ketchikan August 25th bound for Nutkwa Inlet in Cordova Bay with three crewmen aboard.  The Senator had 1,000 pounds of fresh fish aboard when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Marcus Ness, master and part owner of the Senator:

                “Light NW wind, clear”  “3/4 mile east X South off Mabel Isl., Nutkwa Inlet, Alaska”  “Caught fire and sunk”  “Caught fire in engine room and oil tanks exploded”  “(assistance) by the ol. s. Tom & Al

                The Senator was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was valued at $13,500 and her cargo of fish at $100.  She was insured for $7,000.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 59 30 N 132 35 45 W  Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 11 Net, Length 58, Breadth 16.4, Depth 7.4, Built 1911 at Seattle,  IHP 100, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208333, Master Marcus Ness Of Ketchikan, Owners Marcus Ness and Sig Ness of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty August 28, 1935 by Marcus Ness, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pgs 566-7

 

SESLIN (1884)     The 20 ton schooner Seslin stranded on a hidden rock and was lost near Howkan, Long Island May 1, 1884.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 28, 1883 for a fishing cruise in northern waters with three crewmen aboard.  The Seslin was valued at $800 at the time of the casualty.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 52 15 N 132 48 05 W  Charts 17400, 17408

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

 

SHIRLEY (1919)     The 1,049 ton barge Shirley was abandoned at Skagway in 1919.  The vessel was brought out of retirement during the gold rush of 1898.  Investors from Tacoma had the vessel towed from there to Skagway full of paying miners and supplies during the gold rush, and then used as a floating hotel.  The Shirley had been built as a bark in 1850 in Medford, Massachusetts.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  59 27 30 N 135 18 45 W  Chart 17300

                Additional Information : Tonnage 1,049 Gross 996 Net, Built 1850 at Medford MA, Registered Seattle, ON 23297

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 394

 

SITKA (1875)     The schooner Sitka was driven ashore and wrecked near Wrangell September 20, 1875.  The vessel departed Sitka April 5, 1875 bound for Hootzenoo.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 28 N 132 22 40 W  Chart 17385

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

 

SITKA (1898)     The 17 ton two masted fur sealing trading schooner Sitka was lost off of Cape Ommaney March 30, 1898.  Her three crewmen perished with the vessel.  The Sitka was last seen in Redfish Bay.  She departed out of Sitka and was bound for Ft Wrangell.  Her masts were picked up by the schooner Northern Star.  The Sitka had a value of $800.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 10 N 134 40 20 W  Chart 17320

                Comment : H W McCurdy (Pg 40) calls this vessel City of Sitka.  This is probably the 17.44 ton 41.5 foot schooner Sitka (ON 116253) out of Sitka. WG

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1897) Pg 176 Sitka

 

SITKA (1935)     The 74 ton 73 foot wooden oil screw Sitka struck a rock in Clarence Strait at 5:15 a.m. October 3, 1935.  The Sitka departed Ketchikan the day before and was bound for Juneau with 11 crewmen aboard.  She was carrying a cargo of 1,500 pounds of general merchandise.  The vessel struck a rock near Narrow Point in Clarence Strait.  The tide was ebbing and there was a thick fog.  The Sitka was valued at $15,000 and damage to the vessel was $1,200.  She was assisted off the rock by the gas screw St Nichols.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 47 30 N 132 28 30 W  Chart 17420

                Comment : This vessel is mistakenly reported as a total loss on some wreck lists.  WG

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 12, 1935 by William Doucett, master of the Sitka

 

SKIP (1906)     The 16 ton wooden scow Skip stranded and was lost at Mount Andrew at 2 a.m. September 22, 1906.  The scow had been tied at the wharf but her lines parted during the night.  Winds were high and seas heavy when the vessel stranded and was broken up.  Her reported value was $200.  The Skip was a total loss with no insurance.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 30 N 132 20 W  Chart 17426

                Comment : Mount Andrew was a mining camp operated by the Andrew Mining Company on the Kasaan Peninsula.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 16, Age 5 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 58105, Master Nicholas Madson of Ketchikan, Owner A C Strong of Ketchikan, Last port Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report September 26, 1906 by A C Strong, 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) Pg 661 Mount Andrew

 

SOUVENIR (1939)     The 19 ton 39 foot oil screw fishing vessel Souvenir foundered in Dixon Entrance at 1:30 p.m. May 23, 1939.  There were two persons aboard travelling from Ketchikan to Hecate Strait.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Carl Holm, master of the Souvenir:

                “About 30-35 miles S S E from Duke Island in Dixon Entrance”  “S E wind 30-35 miles, moderate fair, sea choppy”  “Believe plank sprung and caulking fell out”  “Foundered”  “Tried pumps, but water filled up in about ten minutes”  “Picked up by Ol. S. Mary Ellen and brought to Ketchikan, Alaska 11:10 p.m. May 23, 1939”  “The Ol.s. Mary Ellen, Ol.s. Tillie M and Ol.s. Sunrise attempted to get line about the vessel but could not do so”

                The Souvenir had a value of $7,500 and was a total loss. There was no cargo on board.  The vessel was insured for $3,100.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 55 N 131 20 W  Chart 16016

                Additional Information : Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Length 39.7, Breadth 11.5, Depth 6.5, Built 1937 at Bremerton WA, HP 45, Registered Seattle, ON 236538, Master Chris Holm of Seattle, Owner Alfred Chray of Bremerton WA

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty May 24, 1939 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 280

 

SPOKANE (1917)     The steamer Spokane became a total loss at Farallon Bay, N E Dall Island in 1917.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 11 40 N 133 04 45 W  Chart 17400

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

 

SPRAT (1930)     The 27 ton 53 foot wooden scow Sprat foundered off of Point Hugh at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday March 18, 1930.  The vessel was in tow and had left Juneau that day bound for Wrangell.  There was no one aboard the scow and no cargo.  The following is an accounting of the loss by Earl Theile, master:

                “Strong northerly wind, heavy sea, daylight”  “Seven miles south of Point Hugh, Alaska”  “Seam opened up”  “Foundered”  “The tow line broke three times and nothing could be done.”  “Crew of the Oil Screw Margaret (assisted)”

                The Sprat had a value of $1,000 and was a total loss.  There was no insurance on the vessel.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 34 10 N 133 48 30 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 27, Length 52.8, Breadth 16.1, Depth 4.1, Built 1907 at Bellingham WA, Registered Port Townsend and Juneau, ON 163095, Master Earl Theile of Juneau, Owner Diamond Packing Co of Juneau

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty April 23 , 1930 at Wrangell, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pgs 744-5

 

SPRAY (1929)     Fire destroyed the 13 ton 50 foot wooden gas screw Spray at 4 p.m. Friday October 25, 1929.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day bound for Helm Bay with two persons aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report submitted by E B Simmons, master of the Spray:

                “S E wind, choppy sea, light rain”  “In Behm Canal, Alaska, abreast Tatoosh Point”  “Fire”  “Backfire through carburetor”  “Carburetor clogged up and stopped the engine.  When the engineer made preparations to start the engine again engine backfired throwing out a flame which ignited the entire engine room.  Used 3 extinguishers in attempt to put out fire.  Failing in this crew took to life boat and was picked up by T587 and brought to Ketchikan.”

                The Spray was valued at $3,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo aboard.  The crew made it to safety.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 31 50 N 131 49 30 W  Chart 17422

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 50, Breadth 9.7, Depth 3.6, HP 28, Built 1904 at Sulzer AK, Service towing, Master E B Simmons of Ketchikan, Owner Amelia Hamilton of Ketchikan, Insurance unknown

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty October 26, 1929 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 506-7

 

STANDARD (1923)     The 15 ton 46 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Standard foundered off Point Vallenor at 9:00 p.m. Friday July 6, 1923.  The vessel departed Union Bay that day after having made repairs to her hull, caused from a collision on the 4th of July.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report: 

                “Light breeze, clear daylight, slight swell”  “Midway between Guard Island and Vallenar Point”  “Foundering”  “Vessel sank so quickly that cause could not be determined, but perhaps as result of collision on July 3, 1923”  “At 1:00 a.m. July 4th this vessel was in collision with the Am. Ga. S. Asike off Point Baker in Sumner Straits making a hole in the Standard from the gunnel to about two feet below the waterline.  She was then beached and a temporary patch put on after which she was towed to Union Bay, and from thence attempted to tow her to Ketchikan for permanent repairs with the foregoing result”  “Ga. S. Mabel Robb tried to tow vessel ashore”  “Total loss”

                The Standard had a value of $4,000 with no cargo on board.  She was a total loss but was fully insured.  There was only one person aboard at the time of the disaster.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 25 35 N 131 51 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 15 Gross 10, Net, Length 45.8,Breadth 11.8, Depth 4, Built 1911 at Ketchikan, IHP 30, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208487, Master Ben Rodel of Union Bay, Owner A & P Products Corporation of Seattle

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty July 7, 1923 by W B Caldwell, Agent, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 280

 

STANLEY (1938)     The 22 ton 40 foot oil screw fishing vessel Stanley foundered in Chatham Strait at 6:00 p.m. Sunday July 3, 1938.  Bert A Vig, master and owner of the Stanley, was the only one aboard at the time.  He had departed Port Alexander that day bound for Snipe Bay with no cargo.  There was no wind and seas were calm.  The Stanley foundered between Poorman’s Point and Wood (Wooden) Island in Chatham Strait.  The cause of the sinking was not known.  The oil screw Mars came to the assistance of the Stanley.  The Stanley, valued at $6,000, was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 09 40 N 134 39 30 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Length 40, Breadth 12.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1913 at Seattle, IHP 100, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211351

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 6, 1938 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) Pg 283

 

STAR (1918)     The 9 ton 34 foot gas screw fishing vessel Star stranded and was lost at Berners Bay in November of 1918.  The vessel had come to Berners Bay from Juneau and was at anchor with neither of her two crewmen aboard when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

                “Berners Bay, S E Alaska”  “Stranding”  “Storm arose, smashed vessel on beach, master and crew absent at time”  “Total loss”

                The Star had a value of $2,000 and no cargo.  There was also no insurance on the vessel.  No lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  58 43 N 135 W  Chart 17300

                Comment : Some reports put 20 person aboard at the time of the disaster which is unlikely.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 5 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4.4, IHP 17, Built 1915 at Juneau, Registered Juneau, ON 213086, Master Henry Anderson of Juneau, Owners Henry and James Anderson of Juneau

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Pg 316

 

STAR OF BENGAL (1908)     The 1,877 ton 263 foot bark Star of Bengal stranded and was lost at 9:32 a.m. Sunday September 20, 1908.  Aboard the vessel at the time were 117 passengers, including 110 Chinese cannery workers, and 20 officers and crew.  Of the 137 persons on board, 112 perished in the disaster.  The Star of Bengal departed Wrangel September 19, 1908 bound for San Francisco.  She was carrying a cargo of eighteen hundred tons of canned salmon and machinery valued at $216,000.  The following are excerpt from the wreck report submitted by N Wagner, master of the Star of Bengal:

                “1/2 mile north of Helm Pt. Coronation Island, Alaska”  “Stranding”  “Cut loose by tugs and anchor failing to hold”  “Strong breeze from SE, rough sea and dark”  “Tried to get ship on starboard tack and make sail, but tugs could not handle her.  Both anchors let go.”  “Finding that vessel was getting dangerously close to the lee shore, I endeavored to get ship on starboard tack to make use of topsails to work the ship offshore by signaling the tugs to starboard their help, but the signal was not heard on either vessel”  “Steamers Hattie Gage and Kyak (assisted)”  “Total Loss”

                The Star of Bengal was worth $70,000 and became a total loss along with her cargo.  There was no insurance on the vessel.  With the 112 who were lost, this is one of the top 5 marine disasters in Alaska History.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 49 30 N 134 17 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Tonnage 1,877 Gross 1,694 Net, Length 262.8, Breadth 40.2, Depth 23.5, Built 1873 at Belfast Ireland, SL KQCM, Registered San Francisco, ON 116974, Master N Wagner of Berkeley CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report September 24, 1908 at Wrangel, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1908) Pg 128

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA (1913)     The 2,266 ton 300 foot iron passenger steamer State of California foundered in Gambier Bay at 8:30 a.m. Sunday August 17, 1913.  The vessel was on her way out of Gambier Bay at 8:02 a.m. bound for San Francisco.  There were 74 passengers and 76 officers and crewmen aboard the State of California.  She was carrying a cargo of about 500 tons of general merchandise.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

                “Gambier Bay, Alaska”  “Foundered”  “Struck uncharted rock”  “Calm, smooth sea, daylight”  “Ship backed full speed, then went ahead full speed, to try and beach her before sinking”  “Launches from Gambier Bay and S S Jefferson (assisted)”  “Total Loss”

                32 of the 150 persons aboard perished in the disaster.  The State of California had a value of $200,000 which was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was insured for $181,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 28 N 133 55 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 2,266 Gross 1,260 Net, Length 300, Breadth 38.6, Depth 24.4, Built 1879 at Philadelphia PA, IHP 1,800, SL JTGP, Registered San Francisco, ON 115645, Master T H Cann Jr of Seattle, Owner Pacific Coast Steamship Company of San Francisco

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report at San Francisco, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1913) Pg 299

 

STRANGER (1927)     The 9 ton 42 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Stranger stranded and was lost in a storm at the southern entrance to Rocky Pass at 11:30 a.m. October 26, 1927.  The vessel departed Ketchikan October 25, 1927 bound for Kake.  There were 4 crewmen aboard and no cargo.  The strong gale and misty and heavy seas contributed to the disaster.  The Stranger had a value of $3,000 and was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 40 N 133 44 W  Charts 17360, 17372

                Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 42, Breadth 10.5, Depth 3.6, Built 1913 at Craig, IHP 25, Master and owner Allen Miller of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty November 3, 1927 by Miller at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 492-3

 

SUCCESS (1932)     The 14 ton 45 foot wooden gas screw Success stranded and was lost near Labouchere Island at 8:50 p.m. Sunday September 25, 1932.  The vessel left Wrangell September 1, 1932 on her way to Shakan with two persons aboard.  The following are statements from the casualty report filed by George W Smith, master of the Success:

                “Strong southwest wind, heavy ground swell, dense fog and raining or a kind of drizzle”  “Reef ½ mile southeast of Labouchere Island”  “Stranding”  “Went on rocky reef in dense fog”  “No time to take any measures”  “Was running under a slow bell and had lookout on bow of vessel, but he failed to notify the master In time to avoid stranding”  “One week after loss of vessel the U S Coast Guard Tallapoosa made a thorough search of the waters in the vicinity where the vessel was lost but found no trace of her”

                The Success had a value of $4,000 and was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no cargo aboard and no lives were lost.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  56 17 35 N 133 40 20 W  Chart 17360

                Additional Information : Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 45.6, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.5, Built 1906 at Bay Center WA, IHP 20, Registered Wrangell, ON 203574, Master George Smith of Wrangell, Owner J G Smith of Wrangell

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty November 7, 1932 at Wrangell, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 534-5

 

SUEMEZ (1933)     The 26 ton 42 foot gas screw fishing vessel Suemez caught fire and became a total loss November 17, 1933 at Waterfall.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 17 50 N 133 14 30 W  Chart 17407

                Additional Information : Tonnage 26 Gross 15 Net, Length 41.7, Breadth 13.6, Depth 6.5, Built 1920 at Tacoma WA, IHP 35, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219970

                Sources : 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934)  Vessels Lost Pg 1008, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 556-7

 

SUMNER (1931)     Fire destroyed the 11 ton 46 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sumner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday February 7, 1931.  The vessel departed Ketchikan February 5th bound for Percy Island with one person aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by L A Miller, master of the Sumner and the only one aboard at the time of the disaster:

                “3 miles N NW Pt. Percy S E Alaska”  “Strong easterly breeze, heavy seas, dark”  “Struck unknown submerged object, vessel broke out in flames”  “Was engaged in searching for wrecked plane and body of Pat (Robin) Renahan.  Sailed from Ketchikan Thursday, February 5, 1931, and anchored first night in Canoe Cove on Annette Island.  Next afternoon ran to anchorage behind Davidson Point and stayed all night.  The next afternoon, February 7th, started for Percy Island at about five o’clock and when about one mile off Davidson Pt. I struck some submerged object with great force and to prevent losing wheel, I immediately released clutch, racing engine for a second until I got throttle closed.  I think an intake valve stuck open and that the force of the collision broke gas line, for after a short inspection to determine damage, which revealed the fact that the vessel was making water rapidly, I let in clutch and opened throttle.  Fire broke out immediately and blew me out of the pilot house, whereupon I closed the door and took to the lifeboat.  Vessel burned several hours and then sank in about 100 fathoms of water.”  “Closed pilot house door, took to lifeboat and stood by for 2 hours”  “Vessel burnt and sank”  “Total loss”

                The Sumner had a value of $2,700 and had no cargo.  She had insurance for $1,500.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  54 56 50 N 131 37 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 11 Gross 8 Net, Length 46.7, Breadth 10, Depth 4.1, Built 1906 at Everett WA, IHP 32, Registered Ketchikan, ON 203476, Master L A Miller of Ketchikan, Owner Dave Bevan of Bellingham WA

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty February 10, 1931 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1930) Pgs 518-9

 

SUNNY POINT (1928)     The 26 ton 47 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sunny Point was destroyed by fire at 4:30 p.m. Friday January 13, 1928 near Ward Cove.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day on her way to Ward Cove with one person aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by W W Noyes, master and owner of the Sunny Point and the only one aboard at the time of the disaster:

                “Peninsula Point, near Ward Cove, Alaska”  “Fire”  “Engine backfired causing explosion”  “TOTAL LOSS”

                The Sunny Point was valued at $5,000 with no cargo aboard.  She was insured for $3,500.  There was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 23 N 131 44 W  Chart 17428

                Additional Information : Tonnage 26 Gross 18 Net, Length 47.2, Breadth 13.9, Depth 5.8, Built 1914 at Tacoma WA, Registered at Ketchikan, ON 211934, Master and owner W W Noyes of Ketchikan

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty January 14, 1928 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 494-5

 

SWALLOW (1924)     The 10 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Swallow stranded and was lost in Nichols Passage at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday February 20, 1924.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day bound for Metlakatla with three crewmen aboard.  The following is an accounting from the casualty report filed by Silas Booth, master of the Swallow:

                “Driest Point, Nichols Passage, S E Alaska”  “Strong east wind with rain and rough sea.  Dark”  “Stranding”  “Engine stopped and vessel drifted on the rock”  “When engines stopped threw out an anchor but vessel stranded before fetching up on anchor cable.  After stranding attempted to put out a kedge anchor in endeavor to pull vessel off but owing to rough sea was unable to do so”  “After stranding vessel slid off into deep water leaving only the mast visible.  On the third day vessel disappeared completely”  “Total loss”

                The Swallow had a value of $3,000 and was a total loss.  She had no cargo aboard.  There was no loss of life.

                 Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 10 40 N 131 36 15 W  Chart 17434

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 11.2, Depth 3.7, IHP 35, Built 1907 at Dockton WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 204153, Master Silas Booth of Metlakatla, Owner Annette Island Packing Company of Metlakatla, Insurance unknown

                Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 17, 1924 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 283

 

 

 

2 Responses to South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

  1. barry roman says:

    two canadian longliners lost one in the bearing sea sea ranger with all crew and the blue ocean in unimak pass in 1966 i sea no record i was there on the western king there was a lot of boats damaged that year

    • captaingood says:

      I am looking for records of these losses but have not found them yet. I don’t have many Canadian sources of information. Thank You for posting. I will keep looking for the Blue Ocean and the Sea Ranger. There have to be many more Canadian vessels that were lost that were not recorded in the United States lists that I have used.

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