Northern Alaska Shipwrecks ( D )

DANIEL WEBSTER (1881)     The 327 ton whaling vessel Daniel Webster was crushed in the ice and sank 5 miles south of Point Barrow July 2, 1881.

Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W   Chart 16003

Sources: 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961) Pg 291, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

DESMOND (1876)     The 301 ton bark Desmond was caught in the ice and abandoned NE of Point Barrow September 12, 1876 while whaling in the Arctic.  The Desmond was out of Honolulu.

Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   71 23 29 N 156 28 30 W   Chart 16003

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. : U S Commission of Fish and Fisheries : The Fishery Industries of the United States Section 5 Volume II “Destruction of the Arctic Whaling Fleet, 1876” Pgs 83-84

DUXBURY (1925)     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 but the Duxbury, valued at $5,000 and her 30 ton cargo of general merchandise became a total loss.

Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   70 48 10 N 152 11 05 W   Chart 16003

Additional Information: Tonnage 38 Gross 28 Net, Built 1896, Registered Seattle, ON 157456, Master C K Larson, Owner Nome Navigation Co, Last Port Pt Barrow June 1, Destination east of Pt Barrow

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome August 10, 1927 by George D Schofield Attorney and Agent for Owners

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