ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750 – 2010 is now available as an eBook. It can be purchased for $5.99 at Lulu.com by following this link:
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. Proceeds from the sale of this ebook will be used to perpetuate this website and initiate a non-profit foundation to take that duty over when I am no longer able. Smooth Sailing…Captain Warren Good.
One of the primary functions of this website is remembering not just the vessels lost in Alaskan waters but the people lost with them. That information is not just historically interesting, it is important to families and their descendants when a loved one is lost to maritime disaster in Alaska. With that in mind, I have posted a new, never before seen list of 461 names of people that may have been lost when the Princess Sophia sank in 1918. The official counts vary from 343 to 356 persons lost. The Sophia is Alaska’s worst maritime disaster to date. There were no survivors, with the exception of one of the passenger’s dog. What I have done to to arrive at such a large number of people lost relative to the official count is to include all names that were published as passengers or crew lost when the vessel went to the bottom. I used newspaper publications from Alaska, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia. I also included the most comprehensive list published in book form. None of those lists appear to have ever been complete. There are just too many names. Many of the names on my list are of people whose bodies were identified but never included in the official count. This list is unofficial and likely incomplete, but may prove helpful for locating a missing ancestor. Now that the list is published online, the names will come up in searches. For the complete list go to the A to Z section and pick the letter P. Once there scroll down to PRINCESS SOPHIA. At the end of the list is a link to download the complete list, color coded and in .pdf format.
The 2016 ALASKA SHIPWRECKS Calendars are available for order at LULU.com. I have added more eye popping photos and jaw dropping descriptions. Order early and avoid the Christmas Rush. Here is the link where you can review the calendar and order copies:
This is the upper page from January 2016:
The lower page gives details of the most significant Alaska Shipwreck for each day of the month.
Welcome to alaskashipwreck.com. Navigation buttons are on the top and right side of each page. This site is primitive but I am just an old geezer on social security. I am Captain Warren Good and this information represents 35 or 40 years worth of research. My new book, just released in January of 2015, is now available directly from the printer, LULU.com. It is 728 pages and covers all the shipwrecks I have been able to find, around 3,642. Most of the book is an alphabetical list of all the wrecks with detailed information about each one. There is also a year by year accounting beginning in 1750 covering 260 years. Following that is a year by year list of all the people who have been lost at sea since 1972. I put that in because many were friends and acquaintances from the decades that I was active in the Alaska commercial fishing industry. At the end of the book is a bibliography and glossary. I hope you find this website informative and stop by LULU and preview ALASKA SHIPWRECKS: 1750-2010.
Smooth Sailing….Captain Warren Good
The 2015 ALASKA SHIPWRECK CALENDAR is now available for purchase in the Shipwreck Store on the right. It is being printed on demand at LULU.com. There have been over 3,650 recorded shipwrecks in Alaska history. Captain Warren Good has taken the most significant 10% and chronicled each on the day of their loss. He has also written a short description of the largest disaster of each month and put together two dozen photographs of other important wrecks. Photographs were acquired from the Library of Congress, United States Coast Guard, Captain Good’s personal collection and from contributors to the alaskashipwreck.com website and Alaska Fishermen RIP on facebook. Thanks to those of you who sent them in. Please allow time for the calendar to be printed and shipped when you order. Christmas and New Year are right around the corner so do not wait too long. Previews of the ALASKA SHIPWRECKS books and calendar are available at LULU as well as the prices and shipping cost. Just click and follow the links in the Alaska Shipwreck Store in the right column.
All three volumes of ALASKA SHIPWRECKS are now available in paperback at a discount directly from the printer. Links to Lulu and the three first edition volumes are in the right hand column. Prices and previews are available for each at Lulu. Order early if you want to beat the Christmas rush.
Welcome to alaskashipwreck.com. This Alaska Shipwreck web site is loaded with information, stories, details and comments about all of the shipwrecks known to have taken place on the waters in and near Alaska. Most of the information is new to the public, particularly the names of those lost and other important facts. Knowing the details of past shipwrecks can help prevent future shipwrecks. The ALASKA SHIPWRECKS book on CD, available in the right hand column, is a concentration of all of the information on this site. The book is not yet in print. The ALASKA SHIPWRECK CD is a digital copy of the ALASKA SHIPWRECK Book before final edit. There are no pictures and it is in pdf format, which is common to most computers and other digital devices. If you require html, jpeg or some other format, please contact me. I respond immediately. Email email@example.com
The reference book ALASKA SHIPWRECKS is now available for purchase in digital format. Just click the link on the right hand side of this page that says ALASKA SHIPWRECKS book. It is an 864 page 10 MB download that condenses all of the information available on this website into a pdf file reference book for personal use. Most of the information detailed in this volume has never before been available to the general public. The book that can be downloaded here is in pdf format. There are 3,624 Alaska Shipwrecks listed alphabetically A to Z and chronologically from 1750 to 2011. The wrecks include names, places, people and other information of interest. Many wrecks have first hand stories of the disasters. There is a list toward the back of the book with the names of all people lost in maritime accidents from 1972 to 2009. These also have supporting information. This list includes all of the fishermen lost in the boom years of the crab industry. I have downloaded ALASKA SHIPWRECKS to my cell phone, a Samsung smart phone, and was able to do word searches. I did a phrase search of the Month and Day of my birthday and found 33 shipwrecks that happened that same Month and Day.
For those of you who use the ALASKA SHIPWRECKS book on a digital device with applications or software, more informational searches can be done depending on what you are using. The file available here on alaskashipwreck.com is in Adobe pdf format which is compatible with most systems. A free copy of Adobe Reader can be downloaded from the internet in many places. In Adobe Reader there is a drop-down menu on the find box that allows you to use a full reader search. This counts and list all of your hits when you do a search and displays them alongside whichever one you are reviewing. For example, if you search Shelikof Strait it tells you you have 52 instances where that phrase is found and lists them all with a few introductory words from each. That is displayed in a column on the right side of the page and the first item on the list is displayed on the left. You simply highlight an item on the list to the right and that item shows up on the left. You can search things like canned salmon or copper ore and find out what boats sank carrying that cargo. You can search a family name such as Petersen and find how many Petersens survived, were lost, owned or had something to do with a shipwreck. You can search a location like Middleton Island and find all the boats that were lost at that location. Oddly enough even words like sea serpent or moose have shipwrecks that involve those creatures.
The possible uses for ALASKA SHIPWRECKS in digital format are endless. A much larger version with pictures and revisions will be available in print some time in the future.
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
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Many thousands of boats and ships have keeled over and been lost in Alaskan waters. Along with those were thousands of crew members and passengers who lost their lives with little or no warning. A good percentage of the tragedies have no known evidence to be reviewed to prevent the same disaster from striking again. Alaska hides her violent past within a rugged marine wilderness and treacherous weather environment.
In addition to the lives lost, there are tens of thousands of lives that have been changed by the psychological insult that an Alaskan Shipwreck provides. By my estimates there are between five and ten thousand living Survivors of Alaskan Shipwrecks. If you are one of those shipwreck survivors, your story needs to be told. You may unknowingly hold the key to preventing another loss of life. You may remember an odd or bizarre thing that happened during the wreck that may be very important.
It is within the realm of possibility that the documented explanations of many shipwrecks are slightly short of the mark when it comes to explaining the exact circumstances that led to disasters being reported. Government agencies shouldered with the responsibility of documenting maritime disaster often use expressions like “operator error”, “unstable due to overloading” or “captain was disoriented” to explain a loss. They are catch-all phrases commonly used when something unexplained happens and often no survivors are there to tell the story. “Unexplained” is not an acceptable answer on agency forms that must be filled out for a shipwreck report. If you saw, experienced or were told about a shipwreck, I would like to hear from you. You may have explanations or a piece of the puzzle that you may not be aware of. No matter how minuscule the observation or ridiculous the information, I would like to have the chance to compare your story to other stories I have heard or seen. It could be very important. Nothing sent in will be posted without your consent.
This is about saving lives, not making headlines. I have been working at this Alaska Shipwreck project for more than three decades. I have studied all the known shipwreck reports and lists from the past 200 years. I worked in the Alaskan commercial fishing fleet for several decades as well. Many of my close and personal friends disappeared or were lost with little or no explanation. Some of the explanations given on the formal reports just don’t fit the circumstances in cases where I have personally known the captains and crews lost. I am desperate for explanations. Tell your grand kid the story and let them send it in. I don’t care, just send it. Nothing can be posted on this alaskashipwreck.com site without my approval. Thanks in advance…Captain Warren “Pogo” Good