Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( P )

PIONEER (1898)     The 25 ton sealing schooner Pioneer was lost with all hands December 8, 1898 on upper Vancouver Island, British Columbia.  The vessel and her crew were last seen in the Bering Sea in September of 1898.  The Pioneer was valued at $45,000 at the time of the disaster.  The wreckage and 8 skeletons of those lost were found in 1899 by local Natives.

                Mapping and Location : British Columbia

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 52, 2. BOEMRE List, 3. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

 

PORCIA (1871)     The vessel Porcia was lost in the Arctic in 1871.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska Unknown

                Comment : Name included on RCS lost vessel list with no particulars.  WG

                Source : Alaska File of the U S Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914  Arctic Losses from 1868-1888

 

PROSPECTOR (1937)     The 7 ton 34 foot gas screw mail boat Prospector sank in a heavy gale in Prince William Sound in 1937.  The 5 passengers and one crewman were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Morris.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska Unknown

                Comment : This vessel is in service in subsequent years so must have been salvaged.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 7 Net, Length 34, Breadth 10, Depth 4, Built 1911 at Ellamar AK, Registered Juneau, ON 211266, Owner Ethelyn C Bettles of Koyukuk, Master James M Dolan

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 522-3, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg458, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 252

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