Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( D )

DANIEL WEBSTER (1881)     The 327 ton whaling vessel Daniel Webster was crushed in the ice and sank 5 miles south of Point Barrow July 2, 1881.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W  Chart 16003

                Sources : 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961) Pg 291, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992)

 

DESMOND (1876)     The 301 ton bark Desmond was caught in the ice and abandoned NE of Point Barrow September 12, 1876 while whaling in the Arctic.  The Desmond was out of Honolulu.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W  Chart 16003

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Destruction of the Arctic Whaling Fleet, 1876

 

DUXBURY (1925)     The wooden gas screw Duxbury was crushed in the ice and lost June 5, 1925 about a half a mile NE of Cape Halkett.  The crew of six escaped but the Duxbury, valued at $5,000 and her 30 ton cargo of general merchandise became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  70 48 10 N 152 11 05 W  Chart 16003

                Additional Information : Tonnage 38 Gross 28 Net, Built 1896, Registered Seattle, ON 157456, Master C K Larson, Owner Nome Navigation Co, Last Port Pt Barrow June 1, Destination east of Pt Barrow

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome August 10, 1927 by George D Schofield Attorney and Agent for Owners

 

2 Responses to Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( D )

  1. Daniel Ellison says:

    I pulled up a plate from the Alaska steamship company off kayak island and was wondering if there was a shipwreck in the area

    • captaingood says:

      There have been many wrecks around Kayak Island over the years, but I expect the plate you found was from a passing steamer not a sinking one. Some of the vessels from the steamer period that sank off Kayak are as follows: The bark Sea Ranger 1893, seal schooner Walter A Earl 1895, schooner William and John 1905, launch Meteor 1907, sloop barge Washington 1915, New England 1924 (carrying barrels of herring), barge Berg #1 1925 and fishing vessel Kanatak in 1929. There were also quite a few vessels lost off the south end of Wingham Island just below the now abandoned village of Kayak. There were many lives lost with these wrecks, 32 with the Walter A Earl alone. The wreck sites should be treated like accident scenes, accordingly.

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