Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1984

January 22, 1984     The 96 foot trawler Mary Lou rolled over and sank off Cape Decision after being hit by a large wave on a trip from Seattle to Kodiak.  Three crewmembers survived and two were lost.

February 14, 1984     14 people were lost and 8 rescued when the Kyowa Maru No. 11 collided with the Anyo Maru No. 15 120 miles N of Atka.

March 15, 1984     Frederick Clark from Kodiak was lost when he fell overboard from the George W while working on deck in Ugak Bay.

May 21, 1984     Herring spotters Greg Curley and Walter Hansen died in a mid air collision over Togiak.

July 21, 1984     Hal Dierich, Jack Johnson, Harold Martin and Fred Monson were lost in a plane crash near Black Point, Spruce Island.

July 23, 1984     One person was lost when the cabin cruiser Wild Canary sank in Chatham Strait north of Port Alexander.

August 2, 1984     Jess Eggemeyer was lost after falling off the dock in Larsen Bay.

September 30, 1984     The 48 foot wooden fishing vessel  Curlew sank in a rescue attempt of the fishing vessel  Kelly Ann in the Shumagin Islands.  The Kelly Ann cut the towline as the Curlew foundered and managed to start her engine, avoid the nearby rocks and save Ray Miller from the sinking Curlew.  Lost from the Curlew were David Miller of Kodiak, Jeff O’Donohue and Phil O’Donohue.

November 20, 1984     One person was lost when the seiner Dolly G flipped in 90 knot winds while at anchor in Zaikof Bay on the northeast coast of Montague Island.

December 30, 1984     Butch DeGrote from the fishing vessel Scorpio drowned in the Kodiak Small Boat Harbor.

8 Responses to Alaska Commercial Fishing and other Maritime Losses of 1984

  1. Christopher Longan says:

    Why is there no listing for S.E.S. Propeller?

    Sank near Wrangle Narrows either late July or early August 1984.

    • captaingood says:

      All I have on the Sea Scout Ship Propeller is a newspaper report from August 27, 1984 with details of the grounding of the Propeller. According to the Daily Sitka Sentinel, 19 Sea Scouts and 5 others were rescued by the U S Coast Guard Cutter Cape Hatteras and the distressed vessel provided with de-watering pumps. The vessel was partially submerged but expected to be re-floated. The incident took place off of Level Island about 25 miles south of Petersburg. As far as I can see, no wreck report was filed. This vessel is still listed as active on the U S Coast Guard CGMIX PSIX website. There are hundreds of sunken vessels still on the Coast Guard vessel lists because no formal paperwork was ever filed. This may be one. Do you know for sure if this vessel was lost?

      • Reggie Sordenstone says:

        I am surprised that no paperwork was filed.
        The SES Propeller was on the reef two or three days at most. It was not likely it could be refloated because the keel was broken. Locals stripped it of valuables. Then it slipped off the reef and could not be located.

        • captaingood says:

          I will do some more research and see if I can’t find more information. In the mean time, I will add the Propeller into my lost vessel files and update all publications to reflect the loss. Thanks for the information.

  2. Debbie Moore says:

    This book the about the Propeller Down Bow, Stern High On A Reef Paperback – 2003
    by Sr. Raymond E. Gillespie (Author) Amazon

    Roster of the crew aboard the S.E.S Propeller When the vessel ran aground near Level Island, Alaska, on August 25, 1984.

    From Seattle, WA, S.E.S Propeller, #62
    Skipper: Captain Barnard A. Bruce II
    Crew:
    Chris Longen
    Lee Swanson

    From Tumwater, WA, S.E.S American Adventurer, #453
    Skipper: Raymond E. Gillespie, Sr.
    Mate: Mike Schmitz
    Crew:
    David Braley
    Jerry Brown
    David Fekter
    Peter John Fekter
    John Flanagan
    Jeff Orem
    Jeff Schmitz
    Dave Smith
    Kevin Tipton
    Dan Williams

    From Portland OR, S.E.S Genesis, #650
    Skipper: Bonnie O’Day
    Mate: Christine (Tina) Kelley
    Crew:
    Kristen Hyatt
    Katherine Kelley
    Dorena Kreitzer
    Debra (Debbie) Mowery
    Kim Roberts
    Lisa Stuva

    • captaingood says:

      Thanks Debbie. I will be entering the SES Propeller into my books and files in short order.

      • Debbie Moore says:

        The Crew was rescued by the Coast Guard Cape Hatteras (an Inflatable Boat) transferred to a fishing boat called the Defiant, then transferred to the Otter who took us in to Petersburg, Alaska. I have the video transferred to Digital and the Petersburg Pilot did a story on the Rescue August 30th, 1984. Unfortunately the Propeller slipped of the Reef to never be seen again. If you would like a copy of the book I have an extra one and the video, please send a private message.

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