South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( N )

NAPOLEON III (1858)     The 707 ton French ship Napoleon III was stove in by ice and lost near Saint Paul Island May 20, 1858.  16 souls perished with the Napoleon III.  She was on a whaling voyage out of LaHavre, France and had a cargo of whale oil and bone when the disaster occurred. 

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  57 10 N 170 15 W  Chart 16011

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

 

NEVADA (1932)     The 5645 ton steel steam screw Nevada stranded at Amatignak Island at 8:03 p.m. September 27, 1932.  34 of her 37 crewmen were lost in the disaster.  The Nevada had departed Longview, Washington September 15, 1932 bound for Yokohama, Japan.  She was carrying a 6,648 ton cargo of lumber, flour and general merchandise.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by the executive assistant of the States Steamship Company who owned the Nevada:

                “Amatignak Island, Aleutian Group…Stranding”  “Probably due to low visibility and excessive current set.”  “SS Oregon Maru responded to radio distress signal; proceeded to scene of wreck but high seas prevented rescue of men who had washed ashore.  SS President Madison arrived on scene Sept. 29 and rescued three surviving members of the crew from Amitignak Island.  The SS Oregon, a States Line steamer, arrived at scene of the wreck on Oct. 2, 1932 and sent a party to search the wreck of the Nevada, but found to one on board; also explored Amatignak Island and found bodies of two Chinese, who were buried; continued exploration of that island, also Ulak Island, found no trace of life or remains; Coast Guard Cutter Haida arrived on scene Oct. 4th and continued search of vicinity, without results.”

                The Nevada and her cargo were total losses.  Conditions at the time of the disaster were reported to be ESE 8, High seas and dark.  The value of the cargo was unknown, but the Nevada was valued at $255,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 16 N 179 06 W  Chart 16460

                Additional Information : Tonnage 5645 Gross 3517 Net, Age 12 years, Registered Portland OR, ON 219522, Master T W Johanson of Portland, Owner States Steamship Co of Portland, Vessel Insurance $255,000

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty October 18, 1932 at Portland, Oregon

 

NEW BEDFORD (1851)     The 351 ton whaling ship New Bedford ran aground and became a total loss near Umnak Island May 17, 1851.  Four crewmen were lost in the disaster.  The New Bedford departed New Bedford, MA October 10, 1850 on a whaling voyage. 

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 15 N 168 20 W  Chart 16011

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

 

NO 6 (1898)     Barge No 6 foundered near Dutch Harbor July 27, 1898.  The barge was valued at $4,000 with cargo at the time of the disaster.  The No 6 became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 54 N 166 31 W  Chart 16528

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

 

NO 8 (1898)     Barge No 8 foundered near Dutch Harbor July 28, 1898.  The barge was valued at $4,000 with cargo at the time of the disaster.  The No 8 became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 54 N 166 31 W  Chart 16528

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

 

 

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