South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( H )

HALCYON (1918)     The 68 ton wooden gas screw Halcyon broke her mooring chains in a strong SW storm and foundered Tuesday November 12, 1918 at Akutan.  No one was aboard the vessel at the time of the disaster.  The following are remarks from the report of casualty filed by T Williamson, foreman of the North Pacific Sea Products Whaling Station at Akutan:

                “Severe SW storm towards evening and very dark.”  “Akutan Bay, Akutan, Alaska….vessel broke mooring…foundered.”  “Vessel was laid up at mooring for winter, had two anchors down, no one on board.  Vessel must have broken anchor chains.”  “Unable to do anything as no vessel was available to assist and weather was too bad for the small boat we had.”  “Total loss”

                It was not known if the Halcyon, valued at $25,000 was insured.  She was owned by North Pacific Sea Products of Seattle.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  54 11 N 165 43 W  Chart 16531

                Additional Information : Tonnage 68 Gross 50 Net, Built 1887, Registered St Paul Minn and Seattle Wash, ON 95914, Master John Berntzen of Seattle, Crew 12, Last Port Seattle May 1918

                Source : U S Customs Report of Casualty November 15, 1918 by Williamson

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