Alaska Shipwrecks 1750-2015 Free

In the interest of “Shipwreck Awareness” and in memory of all of those lost at sea and their families, the newly released digital download version of “Alaska Shipwrecks 1750-2015” by Captain Warren Good and Michael Burwell will be available for free for the next few days at by typing in the title and clicking on the digital version. Softcover and hardcover versions are still available at discounted prices.

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ALASKA SHIPWRECKS 1750-2015 Now Available in Soft and Hard Cover

ALASKA SHIPWRECKS 1750-2015 by Captain Warren Good and Michael Burwell is now available on demand in both soft and hard cover. Hardcover books are being discounted by 20% and softcover by 30% for orders purchase directly from Please follow the yellow link to order softcover and blue for hard.
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This is the second edition of ALASKA SHIPWRECKS and contains much more information than the previous work including expanded detail and information particularly on the larger and more significant shipwrecks in Alaska history. Thousands of names of those lost have been researched and are published in this Alaska shipwreck encyclopedia that have never been available before. Captain Warren Good has combined forces with marine historian Michael Burwell to produce the largest and most complete accounting of Alaska shipwrecks ever.

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Out with the old and in with the New

The First Edition of ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010 will soon become unavailable and out of print, to make room for a new edition later this year. If anyone wants a copy of my original and first edition work for their collection, they can be purchased by going to and searching the book title or my name; Captain Warren Good. The new version will be titled ALASKA SHIPWRECKS 1750-2015 and I will be co-authoring with marine historian Michael Burwell. We hope to have that one available this summer.

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Alaska Shipwreck Coldcase

On April 3, 1979 a survival suit was manufactured in California. These suits, also called immersion suits or exposure suits were becoming popular with the Alaska fishing fleet for surviving in the icy waters of the north in the event of a shipwreck. Each was often marked with the name of the manufacturer and a serial number specific to that suit. On November 19, 1982 one of these survival suits washed up on a beach in Hawaii with the remains of a young man in his early to mid twenties in it. He was wearing a survival suit manufactured on April 3, 1979. We know because it had a serial number. He appeared to have been in the water for a very long period of time. This young man has yet to be identified. Technology and science have advanced greatly in the 36 years since that survival suit washed up in Hawaii. Studies indicate that it would take a floating object from a shipwreck near Alaska at least two years to arrive in Hawaii traveling in the Alaska Stream Current to the North Pacific Current and then on to Hawaii. It is possible that the young man who washed up in Hawaii came from a shipwreck in Alaska. I have gone over all Alaska shipwrecks after the April 3, 1979 date that the suit was manufactured until the middle of 1981. After mid-1981 it is very unlikely that something or someone would have the time to drift to Hawaii and arrive by the November 19, 1982 date when the body in a survival suit washed up in there. The wrecks that stand out from April of 1979 until mid-1981 are the Hellion of November 23, 1979, Gemini of January 15, 1980, Norel March 17, 1980 and Commander of November 21, 1980. I am looking for your help. If you know anyone or anything about these four vessels, please contact me at as soon as possible. With all the new advancements in science and technology, we may be able to solve this sad shipwreck cold case from 1982.

The names of those lost with the Hellion in 1979 were captain and owner Ronald Hoffman of Seldovia, and crewmembers Walt Laughhead of Seldovia and Aaron Going (19) of Oregon. Lost with the Gemini in 1980 were captain Roy O’Harrow and crewman Steve Holden. Lost with the Norel in 1980 were owner Joseph Gursky, Roseanna Nasello and John Estrada. Lost with the Commander in 1980 were four family members including Philip Edwards and his son Philip Jr., his brother John Edwards and his nephew Sam Bissett, all from Seattle. The smallest piece of information about these boats or the people that went missing with them may be helpful. I will keep all names and information confidential unless otherwise instructed. Thanks in advance…Captain Warren Good

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First Edition of the 2018 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR Available

The First Edition of the 2018 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR is now available at This year’s calendar features a month by month accounting of Alaska maritime disaster statistics over the past 250 years. A new addition included in the numbers is the destruction by fire of more than 70 canneries, seafood processing plants and cold storage facilities. The most significant fires are noted, particularly ones that included the burning of large numbers of vessels along with the canneries. More than 100 stunning pictures reveal some of Alaska’s worst tragedies. A special thanks goes out to those who sent in pictures of the vessels of lost friends, family and loved ones. This ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR is published with the idea that remembering disasters of the past may in some way prevent them in the future. The following is a secure link where the 2018 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR can be purchased.
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2018 Alaska Shipwreck Calendar

I am working on the 2018 Alaska Shipwreck calendars and hope to have something available by the first of December. Anyone with any input or photographs please contact me ASAP. All communications can be kept confidential upon request.

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2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar available at

The 2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar by Captain Warren Good is now available at Prices are discounted for early orders.


The 2017 ALASKA SHIPWRECK Calendar is a month to month and day by day accounting of many of the shipwrecks in Alaska history. Each calendar month has a description of the worst wreck ever occurring during that month as well as photographs of significant wrecks with particulars of those disasters. Also each calendar day has the worst wreck that ever occurred on that day in Alaska history. All information is taken from my book ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010 which details over 4,000 shipwreck disasters. To order or preview this informative calendar, please click on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

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Week 31 in Alaska Maritime History July 30 – Aug 5

By Captain Warren Good


July 30, 1956  The 30 foot troller Linda swamped and sank. No one knew what happened to the vessel until a message in a bottle was found off of Yakutat in the Gulf of Alaska a full year later. The message came from the only occupant of the Linda, 16 year old Orville Rude, son of the owner. He had been taking his father’s boat to Inian Pass from Elfin Cove to fish when the vessel swamped.

August 1, 1969  Canadian halibut fishing vessel B C Clipper exploded and sank off of Twoheaded Island near Kodiak. Five crewmembers were rescued but three were lost. A liquid gas line from the galley freezer broke and caused the initial explosion when the gas was ignited by the galley stove. Winston Tucker and his son Clarence Tucker, both of Vancouver were lost along with Charles Stanley of New Westminster. Five survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel Peggy Jo.

August 3, 1966  the Columbia Wards Fishery Company cannery, four buildings and about 50 stored fishing vessels were destroyed by fire 10 miles north of Naknek on the Kvichak River. The buildings had not been used for canning since 1958. They were primarily used to store gillnet vessels for the North Star Fish Company and Alaska Fish Company.

August 3, 1888 the Young Phoenix, Mary&Susan, Ino, Fleetwing and Jane Grey became trapped in ice and lost. The crews were rescued by the United States Revenue Cutter Bear.


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Week 30 in Alaska Maritime History July 23 – July 29

Summer is a relatively calm time of year and shipwrecks are less frequent. Small boat accidents are more common and tragically sometimes multiple family members are involved. Such was the case July 25, 1976 when the 34 foot wooden gasoline powered salmon troller Miller’s Bay disappeared near Noyes Island with three family members aboard, including Robert West (31), his wife Judy (30) and their 14 year old daughter Brenda.

The number of fires increases during the summer with the increased number of small vessels active in recreation and fisheries. The maritime community is also plagued with similar tragedies when canneries and packing plants are lost to a similar fate. Several lost during week 30 are as follows:

July 25, 1921 the Libby McNeil and Libby salmon cannery at Kenai was destroyed by fire with an estimated loss of $300,000.

July 26, 1924 the Alaska Sanitary Packing Company cannery at Wrangell was destroyed by fire. The loss was estimated to be $200,000.

July 28, 1916 the Nakat cannery near Ketchikan owned by the Humes Interest was destroyed by fire. Only a few hundred cases of salmon had been packed.

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Weekly Alaska Maritime History for Week 29

We are in the middle of the 29th week of the year, which by my reckoning covers July 16th to July 22nd. I have decided to post a weekly accounting of the significant maritime events of each week in Alaska history that I have run across in my research. The three that stand out for the 29th week of the year are as follows:

July 18, 1935     The wood hulled gas screw Bessie M caught fire Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. while at the float dock at Excursion Inlet.  No one was on board at the time.   The vessel was towed away from the dock and a hole was chopped in her side subsequently sinking the Bessie M and “checking the flames”.  Because of the sinking, her engine and the lower part of the hull were saved.  The cause of the blaze has been attributed to “gas fumes”. I am including this small event because there is a lesson that many mariners should pay attention to. Literally hundreds of vessels have burned and become total losses in the Alaska marine environment without the simple action that was taken to stop the flames and save this boat. The Bessie M was put it in “Wet Storage” until she could be re-floated and the damage repaired. This method is seldom thought of in the heat of the moment. Another example I have in my files is of a vessel owner who puts out an engine room fire by blasting holes in the hull below the waterline with his shotgun.

July 19, 1903 the Kenai salmon cannery owned by Pacific Packing and Navigation Company was destroyed by fire. Once owned by Pacific Steam Whaling Company, the cannery could produce 60,000 cases of salmon a season. There was enough insurance to cover the loss.

July 20, 1784 an unknown Japanese junk out of Shiroko wrecked on Amchitka after drifting more than 7 months. The following is an excerpt from a letter written February 26, 1791 to Count Aleksandr R Vorontsov by Kyrill Laksman detailing the plight of Japanese castaways rescued in the Aleutians by Russian Promyshlenniks:

“On December 13, 1783, seventeen Japanese men sailed out from the town of Shiroko to trade in the capitol city of Yedo.  At the halfway point of their voyage they, like many similar vessels, stopped to spend the night in Semioda Bay.  During a violent windstorm another vessel hit them and broke off their rudder.  Without the rudder they had to cut the mast, and thus they drifted at the mercy of the waves for more than seven months, drifting in various directions.  At last on July 20, 1784 they came to the Aleutian Island of Amisachka where they dropped anchor and went ashore in a small boat.  They found seven Aleut men there who were hunting wild geese.  The Aleuts invited the five Japanese into their earthen iurts and gave them cooked goose and fish to eat.  Toward evening Russian promyshlenniks came to the island from a vessel which had been wrecked on the island, a vessel which belonged to the Totma merchant, Khodilov.  The Russians went to the Japanese vessel and spent the night in a cabin on shore, but during the night there was a storm at sea and the anchor broke away on some sharp rocks underwater.  The ship was cast adrift and then was wrecked on the coast.  Thus, deprived of their last hope, the men had to remain on that island for three years and a month, during which time the Russian promyshlenniks used planks from their wrecked vessel, and the remains of the Japanese vessel, which had been built of redwood and camphor, to build a new vessel.  In September of 1787 they took the remaining nine Japanese men with them to Nizhnekamchatsk ostrog.  Seven of the Japanese had died while they were on the Aleutian Island, and an eighth was killed during a storm at sea”


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