The purpose of this site is to draw attention to Alaska Shipwrecks. In that effort, I have put together a number of products that shed light into a dark corner of Alaska’s past. The calendar and print books are produced on demand from LULU so allow extra time for the process. Scroll down the page to see what is now available:


  1. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750 – 2010 is now available as an eBook. It can be purchased for $5.99 at by following this link:

    Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

    It will soon be available at Barnes & Noble Nook, Apple I-Bookstore, Amazon Kindle, Kobo and others. This is the 2nd Edition and has pertinent additional information. There are over 1,000 new names  including a list of 458 passengers and crew lost from the Princess Sophia tragedy of 1918. All of the information on this site is condensed into an ebook to make it a ready reference for anyone interested in ALASKA SHIPWRECKS.

  2. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS 2017 CALENDAR is a 12 month calendar of Alaska Shipwrecks with details of more than 365 disasters. In Alaska maritime history there have been an average of more than 10 disasters per calendar day.  The most significant of these has been represented on the day that the disaster took place. A wreck of the month is chronicled in the upper right hand portion of the 12 picture areas. For prices and a preview follow this link to LULU. Calendars are printed on demand so allow time for the process.Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.
  3. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: Volume I – Southeast Alaska is an 8.5 X 11 soft cover book of 252 pages. It contains valuable information about more than 1,150 shipwrecks that took place in Southeast Alaska during the past 250 years. Most of the information has never been available to the general public. The communities of Juneau, Douglas, Ketchikan, Sitka, Skagway, Haines, Petersburg, Wrangell, Metlakatla, Craig, Klawok, Kake, Tenakee Springs, Chatham and Killisnoo all had tragic losses that are brought to light. An introduction to the book is available on the last page of the preview which can be found with pricing on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
  4. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: Volume II – South Central Alaska is an 8.5 X 11 soft cover book of 340 pages. It contains valuable information about more than 1,726 shipwrecks that took place in South Central Alaska during the past 250 years. Most of the information has never been available to the general public. The communities of Anchorage, Kodiak, Seward, Homer, Kenai, Seldovia, Yakutat, Cordova, Valdez, Chignik, Cold Bay, Sand Point, Unga, False Pass, Ugashik, Egegik, Naknek, Kvichak, Nushagak and Dillingham all had tragic losses that are brought to light. An introduction to the book is available on the last page of the preview which can be found with pricing on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
  5. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS:Volume III – Southwest, West, Central and North Alaska is an 8.5 X 11 soft cover book of 176 pages. It contains valuable information about more than 705 shipwrecks that took place in Southwest, West, Central and North Alaska during the past 250 years.. Most of the information has never been available to the general public. The communities of the Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, Alaska river system, Norton Sound and the Arctic all had tragic losses that are brought to light. An introduction to the book is available on the last page of the preview which can be found with pricing on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.
  6. ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010 is an 8.25 X 10.75 hard cover book of 739 pages detailing all Alaska shipwrecks from 1750 to 2010. It contains all of the information in the previous three volumes plus a bibliography and glossary. Additional details on many of the wrecks have been uncovered and added. An introduction to the book is available in the preview which can be found with pricing on the following link:Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.



  1. Thomas Eley says:

    Do you have the shipwrecks in an Excel format? I would like to use the dataset as an exercise in my Oceanography class using GIS.

    • captaingood says:

      The short answer is unfortunately no. I have all 3,641 Alaska Shipwrecks from my files in an old database file which I find useful for statistical analysis, but for your purposes it is almost useless. I could create such a thing but it would take time. My wrecks sites are all in degrees, minutes and seconds which is not what the GIS system would need. Smooth Sailing…Captain Warren Good

  2. Michael Ross says:

    I am looking for information on any shipwrecks from the Russian America days in the Sanak Island area. I have read three unrelated books about this area taking place in the 1800’s. I am retired know and have the time to explore the waters South of the Island. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    • captaingood says:

      I just did a word search of “Sanak” in the digital version of my “ALASKA SHIPWRECKS” book and came up with 27 hits. The significant shipwrecks from the Russian period were the SV Nikolai which was destroyed by Natives in Isanotski Strait in 1764 and the English ship Eclipse which was lost on Sanak Island in 1807. I have no doubt that there were many other less significant vessels that hit the bottom in that area as it is full of troublesome features. So there are two dangers you must heed if you are physically looking at wrecks in that area. The one that I just mentioned and the other comes in the form of assorted agencies of the State and Fed who may be upset if you molest a cultural or national “submerged maritime museum”. That is what many consider very old wreck sites to be. Be sure to check your charts and check your laws. I wish I could come along though. Smooth Sailing.

  3. michelle norman says:

    Are your books and calendar sold in Anchorage at any specific book store by chance?

  4. Ann Dixon says:

    I’d like to thank you on behalf of the Homer Public Library for the gift of your new book. What an amazing resource! I’m sure it will be well used and much appreciated by staff and library patrons. Your books and website are quite an accomplishment.
    Ann Dixon, Library Director

  5. Bonnie Wilson says:

    I just wanted you to know that my father Howard Hayes Sr, (1911/2006) from Juneau, and prospecting in the LaTula Bay area, helped to rescue and save those who survived from the HMS Patterson in 1938. Thank you. B. Wilson

    • captaingood says:

      Thank you for remembering and sorry for your loss. I would have loved to hear your Fathers stories of his time in that area. Do you know if he was in the Lituya Bay area in 1958 when the largest tidal wave ever recorded hit? If I were a young man, I would be doing just what he was doing when the Patterson was lost. Your Father and I would have gotten along famously.

  6. Steve Price says:

    Looking for info on the WWII era transport ship leaving Excursion Inlet German POW camp and reportedly striking an explosive mine losing all hands at the end of WWII when the prisoners were being transferred for release. I fished at a lodge built on the POW campsite and saw the cabin remains in the woods behind it and heard the tale from the lodge owners. Hard to find more info on the incident.

    thanks in advance,

    • captaingood says:

      I did not know there was a POW camp in Excursion Inlet during WW II; I had to look it up. Many of the records of that period were obscured because of the War. I haven’t found the lost vessel you mentioned but will keep looking.

  7. Jeff Moustafa says:

    1980 seems to be missing the October sinking of the Prinsendam south of Yakutat, recognized by Coast Guard Historians as second in the ten all-time great rescues conducted by the Service since 1790. 519 passengers and crew went to the boats and no lives were lost. The 35th reunion of the participants is taking place in Seattle October 3-5.
    The January sinking of the Gemini was also noteworthy in that it was the first time the CASP, computer aided search program, was used. It allowed us to rapidly locate the debris and raft after four days of freezing storm which prevented searching.

    • captaingood says:

      The Prinsendam is in the alphabetical section of this website. It is not in the recent losses because there was no loss of life. Thanks for bringing them up as I am working on the 2016 calendar and will endeavor to include a photo in October of the Prinsendam. The more I hear about that rescue the more amazed I am at the outcome. I will also update my Gemini entries to include the first time use of the CASP. Thank you very much for your contributions. The loss of the Prinsendam may not have been included in some of the early copies of my books. If you would like a newer digital edition, let me know and I will email it over. The work is edited almost daily.

  8. T.parker says:

    I would like to no if u can help me I was on a ship that wrecked in 1994 the all Alaskan I would like to no if u had any arrivals or pics or anything of the sort thank u T.parker

    • captaingood says:

      The only “All Alaskan” I am aware of was the cannery ship lost March 20, 1987 when she grounded on St. Paul Island in the Bering Sea. All 142 passengers and crew were safely removed and the vessel later demolished. For pictures search “ship All Alaskan photo” on the internet and some will come up.

  9. Shelli Niemi says:

    Looking for a picture of fishing vessel Nedra, her crew? Nedra burnt near Kodiak Alaska September 13 1956.

    Thank You

  10. Marc Robinson says:

    Your information on the wreck of the Umnak Native is incorrect:
    Four people survived, including Afenogin K. Ermelov and Bishop Antonin Pokrovsky.
    A first-person account by the former, and another account by Sergei Sovoroff, tell the story. These can be online, at the Alaska Native Language Archive (ANLA).
    In addition, there are printed versions by Jay Ellis Ransom, a PDF copy of which is also on the ANLA site, and a book titled “The People Remember”.
    I’ve spent many hours researching the story for a project on the language of the people of the Aleutian Islands.

    • captaingood says:

      Thank you for the information. I only had several news accounts and they were in conflict. I will research the sources you have provided and edit this site and my book accordingly.

  11. James R Sandin says:

    Do you have any info on a vessel ‘Sergei’? it was on the beach at Ouzinkie village, Kodiak Is. during the 1950s and 1960s. As I recall, it had the lines of a tug, but maybe was a seiner. I am also seeking info on small seiner called Popeye II of Kodiak. It looked like a harbor tug, I assume military WWII vintage. It was abandoned near Port Baily. These vessels probably had no loss of life, so may not be in your records. Thanks for any help, James Sandin, Kodiak

    • captaingood says:

      I don’t see any vessel from the period you mentioned that was registered as the Sergei. Could there be a different spelling? The closest I could find was a Sargif out of Wrangel back in the 1950’s. The Popeye II was built at Aberdeen, Washington in 1943 as the towing vessel MT-317 (U.S.A.), and in 1950 was owned by Wilfred L. Feek of Cordova. The official number was 255786, tonnage 11 gross 7 net, Length 31.2, Breadth 11.1, Depth 3.9.

  12. Steve Butler says:

    Your entry for the Al-Ki ends with ” In a final twist of fate, the Mariposa which had brought in the crews from both lost vessels, struck a reef and was lost on the next voyage” but the entries on the Manhattan and Mariposa (and other sources) state that that the Mariposa was lost with both rescued crews aboard.

    This is a WONDERFUL site with excellent history.

    I suggest that you add the story of the Al-Ki and Manhattan crews to the Wikipedia entry for the Manhattan with a reference to this site. I was amazed that such a great story wasn’t already there. It might generate some traffic and sales for this site.

    I was thinking of doing it, but I’m sure you’d rather do it in your own form.

    Great site. Already sucked down two hours. I’ll be back!

    • captaingood says:

      Even more interesting, many of the crewmen going south from the wrecked vessels Al-Ki, Manhattan and Mariposa, took passage on the steamer Spokane which also wrecked. On the way down the Spokane crashed on Idol Point in Mill Bank Sound and they were rescued by the Princess May and taken to Prince Rupert, where they were taken over by the Princess Sophia and brought south.
      The final sad note to this string of coincidences is the fate of the Princess Sophia a year later. It was a terrible time with many lost in WWI and Alaskan villages being decimated by the Spanish Flu pandemic.

  13. kevin masters says:

    My grandfather was on the Silver Wave that went down in 1924.
    I have a photo of it laying on its side on the beach

  14. Joe Duxbury says:

    Dear Captain Good,
    Your shipwreck list says ‘The wooden gas screw Duxbury was crushed in the ice and lost June 5, 1925 about a half a mile NE of Cape Halkett. The crew of six escaped …’
    Where did they escape to? There’s nothing there. How long was it before they either got to habitation or were rescued?

    • captaingood says:

      George D Schofield of the Nome Navigation Company (who owned the Duxbury) filed the accident report for the loss of that vessel on August 10, 1927, more than two years after the wreck. The vessel had originally been trapped in the ice in February of 1925 about 30 miles east of Point Barrow. She had been on her way to Flaxman Island and Demarcation Point on a trading voyage. Her cargo and all those on board were transported to shore over the ice with dog teams. The ice entrapped vessel was declared a total loss June 5, 1925 near Cape Halkett. It appears from reports and news articles that there had been no one aboard the vessel since she had been trapped in the ice in February.

  15. John Hillas says:

    Greetings. I am looking for info on the f/v Sea Spirit out of Homer. It was lost off of Chignik in the early 1980s. It was a navy surplus landing craft outfitted to tender salmon. It was on charter to Whitney Fidalgo Seafoods out of Homer, and was on the way back to Homer from Bristol Bay. It went down early in the morning, the two on board were rescued by a boat traveling with them (the Donna Marie.)

    • captaingood says:

      I do not have this loss in my files. I will do some research and see if I can find anything. I have records of more than two dozen of these converted landing craft that were lost including at least six or eight during the 1980’s. I will let you know what I am able to find…

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