BASIL (1950) The 28 ton 47 foot steel oil screw Basil stranded and was lost September 7, 1950 on the beach at Cape Lisburne.
Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska 68 53 N 166 13 W Chart 16005
Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 19 Net, Length 47, Breadth 14, Depth 5, Built unknown, Former Name LCM-3-500004 (U S N), Horsepower 330, Owner Gaasland Company, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 260855
Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 48, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744
BAYCHIMO (1931) The trading supply steamer Baychimo was caught in the ice and abandoned in the Arctic Ocean in the fall of 1931. One report was that she drifted for 52 months along with the arctic ice pack until she finally disappeared in 1934. Others have the Baychimo sighted as late as 1969. She is often referred to as the “Ghost Ship of the Arctic”.
Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska Somewhere in the Arctic
Additional Information: Construction steel, Tonnage 1322, Built 1914 Sweden, Owner Hudson Bay Company, Length 230 feet
Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pgs 419&432, 2. Wikipedia.org (2013)
BOWHEAD (1884) The 533 ton steam whaling bark Bowhead was lost on August 11, 1884 at Blossom Shoals near Icy Cape. She had departed San Francisco December 16, 1883 bound for a whaling voyage in the Arctic. The crew had made the Bowhead fast to ground ice to clean her boilers when she was struck and holed by a piece of drifting ice. She sank quickly. The crew was rescued by the vessels Narwhal and Balaena nearby. Some of the cargo of whale oil, bone and whaling station supplies was salvaged but the Bowhead, said to be worth more than $100,000, was lost.
Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska 70 23 N 161 57 W Chart 16003
Sources: 1. U S Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914 Microcopy 641 (1966), 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)