Finding an Alaska Shipwreck or Lost Alaskan Fisherman

If you are looking for a boat or ship and know the name, click on the Alaska Shipwrecks A-Z link above and search the alphabetical listings.  If you know a fisherman’s name and about when they were lost click on the Alaska Recent Maritime Losses 1972-2009 link above and read through the years when the loss occurred.  If you are interested in shipwrecks from a particular area click on the Shipwrecks by Area 1740-1940 link above and search in the area of your particular interest.  If you are interested in a particular period in history or an individual year click on the Alaska Shipwrecks 1729-2010 and download the chronological pdf file of the BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List by clicking on the link shown.

This website is far from complete but contains thousands of pages of useful information about Alaska Shipwrecks.  ALASKA SHIPWRECKS is now available as a pdf file book that can be purchased and downloaded.  Just click on the book store link on the right side of this page and you will be directed to the Alaska Shipwrecks Bookstore page.    Thank You for Visiting and Smooth Sailing….  Captain Warren Good

Those lost overboard, off of the dock, and out of skiffs are listed in the 1972-2010 Maritime Losses Section

Those lost overboard, off of the dock, and out of skiffs are listed in the 1972-2010 Maritime Losses Section

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About captaingood

Captain Warren Good is the owner and administrator of this website and the author of the book ALASKA SHIPWRECKS. He spent much of the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's involved in the fisheries of Alaska. His home base was Kodiak where he made himself available as a cook, deck boss, engineer or skipper. His fishing experiences ranged from Prince William Sound to Norton Sound working on boats out of Kodiak and Dutch Harbor. King crab, tanner crab, opilio crab, shrimp, pollock, cod, sole, halibut and salmon were a few of the fisheries Captain Good was involved in. He achieved his Inspected Master Captain's License in 1988 from the United States Coast Guard. In the late 1970's after losing several close friends to shipwrecks, Captain Good began researching other shipwrecks that had taken place along the vast coastal regions of Alaska. He has retired to Florida, but his Alaska Shipwreck research is ongoing. This site is a forum for that effort.
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6 Responses to Finding an Alaska Shipwreck or Lost Alaskan Fisherman

  1. Kathy Pool says:

    Hello Captain Good, I have just come across your extensive website. I was looking for information about the F/V Gjoa, a purse seiner out of Petersburg, AK. “This” Gjoa was built before 1924 and owned by a series of different folks in Petersburg. The last owner was Andy Worwath. The Gjoa sank about 1970 in the vicinity of Chatham Straits with a load of blackcod. I’m trying to determine the survival/outcome of this incident. Thanks.

    • captaingood says:

      The 34.5 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel GJOA, owned by Andrew Horwath, was built in 1935 at Petersburg; official number 235605. I tracked the vessel’s history from when she was built through many owners ending with Mr Horwath but cannot find her final outcome. I will continue to search with the information you have given me.

  2. Hippie says:

    Aloha Captain Good,

    I’m searching for information regarding a fishing vessel involved in a collision with a large freighter, possibly in/near Unimak Pass. I’ve heard the name of the vessel given as “AK 1” or “Alaska One” but am very uncertain.

    I was also told the vessel was owned/operated by FCA (Fishing Company of Alaska).

    I have searched this website, but have not found any information, although I’m confident it’s probably here somewhere….


    • captaingood says:

      There was a collision in Unimak Pass September 6, 1942 in the fog involving the merchant freighter Derblay and the patrol and training craft YP-74 (ex Endeavor) carrying a crew of Sea-Bees. Four Sea-Bees were lost. It would be much easier to search if I knew the rough time period and if there was loss of life. I have no records of a company called FCA or Fishing Company of Alaska or AK 1… Alaska One. I will dig around.

    • captaingood says:

      Further research reveals there was a collision between the 198 foot longline freezer ship ALASKA 1 (Official Number 539567)and a tramper February 12, 1998 in Unimak Pass. All 33 on board were safe. This accident is not in my records because the account I used does not mention that any vessel was lost and I only post records where I can evidence the “total loss” of a vessel. I will follow up and see if I can find anything more.

    • captaingood says:

      The ALASKA I was registered for Alaska Fisheries until 2006. In 1998 it was owned by ALASKA I Inc. 200 W Thomas #440, Seattle WA 98119. The owner name was changed in about 2005 to The Fishing Company of Alaska but the address remained the same. I am getting this information from the State of Alaska CFEC Public Lookup. The name of the vessel for digital searching is ALASKA I with the capital letter I (i) instead of the number 1. Good luck with your search.

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