South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( K )

KOTCHIRA MARU (1917)     The 3478 ton Japanese steamer Kotchira Maru wrecked on the S.E. end of Amchitka Island July 27, 1917.  The vessel was traveling from Japan to San Francisco carrying $400,000 worth of general merchandise.  The crew of 49 escaped the disaster in three life boats.  One reached Unalaska, one landed on Vancouver Island and the third was picked up by the vessel Santa Ana.  The Santa Ana took the crew to Seward and then Seattle.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 32 N 179 E  Chart 16450

                Sources  : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 293

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