South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

SAN JOSE (1896)     The 55 ton Canadian sealing schooner San Jose stranded and was lost near Unimak Pass September 22, 1896.  The following is a quote from the San Francisco Call of October 17, 1896:

                “October 16-A Port Townsend Special states that the sealing schooner San Jose, formerly of San Francisco but later flying the British Flag, was wrecked during a heavy gale on September 22 on the rocky beach off Akum Cove, Alaska.  The crew and 600 skins were saved, being taken off the next day by the steamer Dora.  In order to prevent her hulk from becoming a dangerous derelict Captain Colmaster set fire to the vessel before leaving it”

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  54 15 N 165 30 W  Chart 16011

                Comment : Probably Akun Cove which is now called Akun Bay.  WG

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 7, 2. The San Francisco Call October 17, 1896 Pg 3 Wrecked off Akum Cove

 

SEA LION (1892)     The 50 ton Canadian schooner Sea Lion lost six of her sealing boats, all of her water casks and her galley was stove in, when caught in a fearful storm off of Attu September 15, 1892.  She was returning from a sealing voyage off the coast of Russia.  She was able to put in at Sand Point for repairs September 25, 1892 but left abruptly when threatened with seizure for violation of sealing laws.  She delivered her cargo to Victoria, British Columbia soon after.  The Sea Lion was renamed the Diana the following year.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 56 25 N 173 15 E  Chart 16012

                Additional Information : Built 1889, ON 94811, Crew 19

                Source : 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895)  Pgs 440-1, 2. U S Dept. Of State (1896) Papers Relating to the Foreign Relations of the United States Pg 645

 

SIVUTCH (1831)     The Russian vessel Sivutch was lost east of Wall Bay on Atka Island in 1831.  Her last port was Korovin Bay.  The cargo of the Sivutch was offloaded into baidaras and the vessel broken up for wood and iron. 

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 06 30 N 174 53 10 W  Charts 17480, 17487

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

 

STAR OF FALKLAND (1928)     The 2,330 ton 277 foot steel ship Star of Falkland stranded in the fog and was lost at Akun Head, Unimak Pass at 2:00 a.m. Wednesday May 23, 1928.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 25, 1928 bound for Naknek, Alaska.  There were 288 cannery workers and 48 officers and crew aboard the ship.  She was carrying a cargo of 1,776 tons of merchandise, livestock and coal valued at $60,000.  All those aboard were rescued, but the Star of Falkland, valued at $40,000, was a complete loss along with her cargo.  There was no insurance on the vessel, but the cargo was insured for $55,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  54 17 35 N 165 37 35 W  Chart 16520

                Additional Information : Tonnage 2,330.13 Gross 1,866 Net, Length 276.8, Breadth 42, Depth 24, Built 1892 at Port Glasgow Scotland, SL LHJC, Master John Widerstrom of San Francisco, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco

                Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty at San Francisco, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 588-9

 

SUNRISE (1932)     The 23 ton diesel powered fishing vessel Sunrise is reported lost at Carlisle Island in the Aleutians in 1932.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska 52 53 30 N 170 03 30 W  Chart 16011

                Comment : This wreck has similarities to the wreck of the Eunice in 1932.  WG

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 419

 

SV ARKHISTRATI MIKHAIL (1801)     The Russian vessel Sv Arkhistrati Mikhail was lost with all hands at Unalaska Island in 1801.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 35 N 166 50 W  Chart 16011

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

 

SV EVPL (1785)     The Russian vessel Sv Evpl was lost in Pankov Harbor on the Bering Sea side of Amlia Island.  The vessel was picking up a hunting crew close to shore when the disaster occurred.  The crew survived and the cargo was salvaged.  They were returned to Okhotsk, Russia on other vessels.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 04 N 173 30 W  Chart 16480

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

 

SV KAPITON (1758)     The small Russian ship Sv Kapiton was driven onto a rocky reef near the Kiska Islands and lost September 6, 1758.  The vessel was travelling out of Bering Island in the Commander Islands of Russia.  The crew made it to shore but 17 men died while on the Island.  The survivors were rescued in 1761 by the Sv Petr I Pavel.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 58 30 N 177 34 E  Chart 16012

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

 

SV LEREMIIA (1753)     The Russian vessel Sv Leremiia parted an anchor cable and was driven onto offshore rocks at Adak September 3, 1753.  The Sv Leremiia had departed Kamchatka, Russia bound for the Aleutians. 

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 45 N 176 45 W  Chart 16012

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

 

SV LOANN (1763-4)     The Russian vessel Sv Loann was destroyed by natives the winter of 1764-1764 in Nikolski Bay on Umnak Island.  After removing some cargo and fittings, the natives burned the Sv Loann where she was anchored in the bay.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 57 30 N 168 54 W  Chart 16011

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

 

SV LOANN PRETECHA (1792)     The Russian vessel Sv Loann Pretecha was wrecked at St George Island before 1792.  The cargo was salvaged and there was no loss of life.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  56 35 N 169 35 W  Chart 16011

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

 

SV MIKHAIL (1797)     The Russian vessel Sv Mikhail wrecked and washed ashore on Umnak Island, July of 1797.  The vessel was travelling from Kodiak.

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

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

 

SV PAVEL (1789)     The Russian vessel Sv Pavel was wrecked near the Pribilof Islands in 1789.  The crew survived and the cargo was salvaged.  The Sv Pavel was travelling from Okhotsk to Kenai Bay.

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

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

 

SV PETR (1750)     The Russian lash planked shitik Sv Petr was lost in the Near Islands in 1750.  The crew was rescued.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 55 N 172 28 E  Chart 16012

                Comment : The Near Islands extend 95 miles.  WG

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

 

SV PETR I PAVEL (1762)     The Russian vessel Sv Petr I Pavel wrecked close to shore at Shemya Island In 1762.  Most of the crew survived.  Some of those made their way to Attu in a baidara.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 43 20 W  174 07 E  Chart 16012

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

 

SV ZAKHARII I ELIZAVETA (1763)     The Russian vessel Sv Zakharii I Elizaveta was burned by the Aleuts at Illiuliuk in December of 1763.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 52 48 N 166 32 40 W  Chart 16528

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

 

SWALLOW (1938)     The U S Navy minesweeper Swallow stranded on the rocks and was lost while entering Kanaga Harbor February 19, 1938.  There were 40 officers and men aboard.  All were rescued and taken to Dutch Harbor by the C G Cutter John C Spencer.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 42 30 N 177 11 30 W  Chart 16012

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 465

 

 

2 Responses to South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

  1. Robert Rippetoe says:

    Trying to find info on the Sea Belle M3277 sank Goose Island, Queen Charlett Sound 1930

    • captaingood says:

      I don’t have many Canadian Records. The closest I found in my files was a Sea Gull that foundered in Puget Sound August 16, 1930 owned by Waldo Rogers of Bremerton, WA. I will dig a little deeper.

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