Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( U-V-W )

UNKNOWN 2 MASTED VESSEL (1762)     An abandoned 2 masted foreign island ship is mentioned in a report by the Cossack Savin T Ponomarev and the promyshlennik Stephan G Glotov dated September 12, 1762 concerning their discovery of new islands in the Aleutian Chain.  The inhabitants of Unalaska and Umnak reported seeing the vessel on Chikhmil Island.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Southcentral or Southwest Alaska

                Source : Russian Penetration of the North Pacific Ocean 1700-1797 (1988) Pg 222

 

UNKNOWN RUSSIAN GUNBOAT (1840)?     Several unsubstantiated reports have persisted of an unknown Russian vessel, possibly a three masted Russian gunboat that was lost at the entrance to Thomas Bay or the north end of Sergius Narrows or Midway Reef in the vicinity of Fairway Island.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral or Southeast Alaska Unknown

                Source : The BOEMRE Shipwrecks List (2011)

 

UNKNOWN SCHOONER (1869)     An unknown schooner was lost on Barren Island in 1869.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral or Southeast Alaska Unknown

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

 

UNKNOWN BARGE (1898)     An unknown barge was lost in the Bering Sea in 1898.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral or West Central Unknown

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

 

UNKNOWN NILE RIVER STEAMER (1898)     An unknown Nile River Steamer was lost in the North Pacific in 1898.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

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

 

UNKNOWN STEEL BARGE (1898)     A steel barge broke loose from her tow and foundered at sea June 28, 1898.  The vessel, owned by Empire Transportation, was travelling from Seattle to Saint Michael.  The barge was valued at $15,000 and was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Alaska

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 41

 

UNKNOWN SMALL RIVER STEAMER (1898)     An unknown small river steamer was lost overboard in heavy weather from the bark Rufus E Wood in 1898 or 1899.  The bark was on her way north to Saint Michael.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Alaska

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 41

 

UNKNOWN VESSEL (1900)     An unknown vessel was lost February 2, 1900 in Alaska.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Alaska

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

 

URANIA (1876)     The 80 ton schooner Urania departed Kodiak December 29, 1875 bound for San Francisco and was never seen again.  13 persons and a load of furs were lost along with the vessel.  On board were Captain Thomas K Lee, his Wife and 2 year old son, passengers Luke Sheerar, R L Williams, C Haretonoff, D Shirpser, Emil Shirpser and a crew of six. 

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

                Comment : An 1877 article in the Japan Weekly Mail states the passengers and crew of the Urania went missing in December of 1875 and were found on a remote south sea island in 1877.  WG

                Sources : 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961 reprint) Pg 246, 2. The Japan Weekly Mail November 17, 1877 Correspondence, 3. The Daily Morning Call (San Francisco) July 7, 1876 The Missing Schooner Urania, 4. The Weekly Bulletin (San Francisco) June 14, 1877 The Lost Schooner Urania

 

VIGILANT (1879)     The 215 ton wooden whaling bark Vigilant was lost with all hands in the Arctic October 10, 1879.  The Vigilant sailed out of the Sandwich Islands with a crew of about 30 for whaling in the Arctic.  The vessel is supposed to have been stove in by ice about 25 miles southwest of Herald Island, Siberia.  The Vigilant had a value of $22,000 which was a complete loss.  She was carrying $16,000 worth of oil and whale bone with a value of $16,000.  The vessel was fully insured but her cargo had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia  Chart 16003

                Comment : Lost along with the 325 ton bark Mount Wollaston.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 215.20, Home Port New Bedford MA, ON 25609, SL HSDV, Master Charles R Smithers of Wilkesbarre PA, Owner J H Bartlett & Sons of New Bedford MA

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report file January 23, 1882 at New Bedford by J W Bartlett & Sons, Agts.

 

WILLIAM BAYLIES (1908)     The 380 ton 118 foot steam screw whaling bark William Baylies was crushed in the ice and lost off Aniva Bay, Siberia, May 15, 1908.  The vessel carried a crew of 43.  No lives were lost.  The vessel was valued at $50,000 with cargo at the time of the loss.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia

                Addititonal Information : Tonnage 380 Gross 291 Net, Length 118.5, Breadth 28, Depth 16.5, Built 1886 at Bath ME, SL KDMJ, Registered New Bedford MA, ON 81128

                Sources : 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 212, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1908) Vessels Reported Lost Pg 383, 3. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 33

 

 

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