February 19, 1973 Three crewmembers were reported lost when an unnamed trawler sank in Blank Cove, eight miles southwest of Ketchikan.
March 27, 1973 The fishing vessel Double Knot disappeared with four crewmembers on board near Nuka Bay. The cause and exact location of the disaster are unknown.
May 16, 1973 Two crewmembers were lost and the gillnetter Sonia Gail swamped and grounded at the mouth of the Tsivat River, 120 miles east of Cordova. The vessel was found abandoned with the running lights still on. An eight foot dingy and life jackets were found nearby. The body of one of the men, Larry Hackman was found at Seal River a week later.
May 26, 1973 An unnamed small pleasure craft was lost along with all six persons aboard May 26, 1973 in Two Arm Bay, 60 miles southwest of Seward. The body of Floyd Harper was found a week later on Rabbit Island. An empty life raft was located on Natoa Island.
June 22, 1973 The shrimp fishing vessel Pacific Pearl foundered in rough weather and heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska. The vessel sank within five minutes. Two of her crewmembers were rescued after seven hours in a life raft. Two others were lost.
September 14, 1973 Two persons were lost when an unnamed small boat sank near the Beluga River in Cook Inlet.
October 1, 1973 The 160 foot freighter Growler capsized in rough seas during a savage winter storm in the Bering Strait 11 miles north of Wales. The converted Navy patrol vessel and landing craft was hauling construction equipment between Nome, Kotzebue and Bethel. All three crewmembers were lost including captain James Halliger of Seward, engineer Harry Germeau of Port Townsend WA and Ralph Geiger of Sequim WA. An empty life raft washed ashore at Wales.
October 16, 1973 The 91 foot halibut and crab fishing vessel Dauntless left Ketchikan on October 16th bound for Kodiak and disappeared. No trace was found of the 186 ton vessel or the four crewmembers on board. Lost were skipper Arne Madsen, Trond Loken, John Qvilaug, and Kaare Leksas.
December 27, 1973 Three crewmembers from the oil tanker Chevron Mississippi were lost during a storm 390 miles southeast of Homer. Captain C W Pemberton and chief mate George K Gann were washed overboard while attempting to tie down barrels in rough seas. Mario Romersa was fatally injured on deck.