West Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( C )

C H BRADLEY (1904)     The steam tug C H Bradley became a total loss at Saint Michael on October 12, 1904.  The light draft 20 ton steam tug had been built at Ballard, Washington in 1898 for lighterage and harbor duties at Saint Michael.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  63 29 N 162 02 W  Chart 16200

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 32

 

CALEB CURTIS (1899)     The schooner Caleb Curtis was lost in August of 1899 at Nome.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  64 30 N 165 25 W  Chart 16200

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

 

CASCO (1919)     At 6:30 p.m. on Monday September 8, 1919 the 93 ton wood schooner Casco stranded on the SE side of King Island in the Bering Sea while seeking shelter from a NW gale.   A kedge anchor was put out to try to pull the Casco free.  “The vessel sank in two fathoms of water on the 10th day of September and remained intact until the 23rd of September when a SE gale broke her up completely.” The Casco was commanded by C L Oliver of San Francisco and had a crew of 28.  Owned by the Northern Mining & Trading Company of San Francisco, she had departed Unalaska July 4, 1919 bound for the north coast of Siberia. 

                Mapping and Location :  Westcentral Alaska  64 58 N 168 05 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information :  Built in 1878, Registration Seattle, ON 125809, Weather moderate NW gale foggy rough seas evening, Assistance none.

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty file at Nome October 4, 1919 by C L Oliver

 

CATHERINE SUDDEN (1900)     The barkentine Catherine Sudden was driven ashore at Cape Nome by a strong gale on September 7, 1900 and became a total loss.  She was valued at $50,000 with cargo at the time of the accident. The 386 ton vessel was built by Hall Brothers in 1878.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  64 26 N 165 W  Chart 16200

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 63

 

CHALLENGE (1900)     The 37 ton two masted power sealing schooner Challenge blew ashore during a storm at Nome in 1900 and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  64 30 N 165 25 W  Chart 16200

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

 

CHARLES D LANE (1901)     The 325 foot iron steamer Charles D Lane stranded in a thick fog at Cape Mohican on the NW end of Nunivak Island at 11:06 p.m. Saturday July 13, 1901.  By the evening of July 16th the vessel was filled with sand and water.  The 53 crew and passengers took refuge in the Schooner Vega, which the Charles D Lane had been towing, and returned to Nome. 

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  60 12 N 167 25 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Informaton : Tonnage 1608 Net, Length 325.5, Breadth 36.1, Depth 19.5, Built 1873 at Dumbarton Scotland, Registration San Francisco, ON 100640, Master C W Ames of Seattle, Owner Wild Goose Mining and Trading Company of San Francisco, Last Port Nome July 12 bound for Seattle, Vessel Value $140,000, Cargo none, Vessel Insurance $50,000, Weather light southerly wind with moderate swells

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed October 24, 1901 by H G Stevenson, secretary for Wild Goose Mining Company

 

CHARLES H HAMILTON (1900)     The river steamer Charles H Hamilton was lost at Point Romanoff 30 miles SW of Saint Michael on September 6, 1900.  She had left the mouth of the Yukon River bound for Saint Michael.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  63 12 N 162 50 W  Chart 16240

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 63

 

CHEECHACO (1920)     The nine ton wood schooner Cheechaco was destroyed in a storm at 6:30 p.m. on Monday November 8, 1920 at Port Gambell on Saint Lawrence Island.  She had been stored high on the beach on blocks for the winter and was attended to by her owner and master, Busha, a local native.  A strong gale and unusually high tide allowed the vessel to go adrift.  A group of natives attempted to hold the vessel with lines fore and aft but the high seas prevailed and the Cheechaco went adrift. She  ended up pounding to pieces on the rocks and beach.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  63 47 N 171 45 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Built 1902, Registration Nome, ON 200172, Vessel Value $1,000

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome June 25, 1921

 

CLEONE (1877)     The 347 ton wooden whaling bark Cleone was lost in St Lawrence Bay on St Lawrence Island in 1977.  Captain Nye was at the helm of the New Bedford vessel which was valued at $35,000 at the time of the loss.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  63 30 N 170 30 W  Chart 16006

                Source : Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914

 

CLEVELAND (1900)     The 258 foot iron steamer Cleveland stranded at Cape Rodney in a rough weather snow storm at 3:45 in the morning, Tuesday October 23, 1900.  There were 29 crew and 10 cargo handlers on board.  The Cleveland was carrying a cargo of 300 tons of coal.  The strong current and heavy weather pushed the vessel off course where she stranded and sank.  The passengers and crew were rescued from the beach by the Revenue Cutter McCullock.  One man, 27 year old 2nd Mate F Edwards of Germany was lost.  The vessel was valued at $50,000 and cargo $1,000 neither insured.  The Cleveland was anchored outside of Nome when the storm came up and put to sea for safety October 22nd.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  64 39 N 165 24 W  Chart 16200

                Additional Information : Length 258.2 feet, Breadth 26.1 feet, Depth 15.9 feet, Tonnage 1160 Gross 730 Net, Built 1865 at Hull England, Registration San Francisco, ON 127128, Master Wm H Johnk of San Francisco, Owner James Tyson of San Francisco

                Source : U S Coast Guard Wreck Report filed December 10, 1900 by master of vessel

 

CORYPHENE (1905)     The 167 foot wood bark Coryphene stranded 1.5 miles from the beach 16 miles north of Cape Prince of Wales carrying 1,000 tons of general merchandise, coal and lumber on August 5, 1905.  The Coryphene had left Nome July 26, 1905 bound for Tin City.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by the master of the Coryphene, Archie McClean:

                “10 miles, hazy, drizzling rain.  Moderate sea…Struck eight fathoms.  Tried to wear ship with wheel hard a port.”

                “Run anchor to deep water, tried to kedge off without success.  Sea and wind increasing.  Abandoned vessel 6 a.m. Aug. 6.  Wind moderate gale.  Rudder unshipped.  Stern giving away. Aug. 6, took everybody aboard at 7 a.m.”

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  65 55 N 168 W  Chart 16200

                Additional Information : Tonnage 811 Gross 733 Net, Length 160.2, Breadth 34.2, Depth 20.4, Built 1878 Millbridge Maine, Registered Seattle, ON 125653, Master Archibald McClean of Seattle, Owner W A Woodin of Anacortes Washington, Crew 15 none lost, Passengers none, Vessel Value $10,000, Cargo Value $8,000, Vessel Insurance $5,000, Cargo Insurance unknown

                Comment : The Daily Gold Digger reported August 17, 1905 that the Coryphene was being dismantled and what cargo could be, salvaged.  The Nome Nugget also had similar reports.

                Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed Aug 9, 1905 by McLean

 

CUB NO.2 (1928)     The 13 ton wood barge Cub No 2 parted an anchor line in a storm at 5:00 a.m. July 26, 1928.  She was washed ashore and quickly broke up near where she had been anchored at Saint Michael Harbor.  The Cub No 2 was empty and valued at $300 with no insurance. 

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  63 29 N 162 02 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 10 Net, Built 1924, Registered Nome, ON 169050, Master Alexander Allan of Nome, Owner Same and C S Hilfrich of Nome

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome August 21, 1928

 

 

 

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