Northern Alaska Shipwrecks ( H )

HAE HAWAII (1868)     The 368 ton whaling bark Hae Hawaii drug anchor and went ashore in a gale September 22, 1868 in the Seahorse Islands.  The vessel departed Honolulu March 30, 1868 for whaling in the Arctic.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  70 53 N 158 42 W  Chart 16005

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)


HELEN JOHNSON (1910)     The 58 foot 39 ton wooden gas screw Helen Johnson was lost in the ice at 5 a.m. Friday July 29, 1910 seven miles east of Point Hope.  The crew of 10 was rescued at the scene of the wreck by the Revenue Cutter Bear and taken to Nome.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by part owner and master L L Lane of Seattle:

                “7 miles East of Point Hope…Strong SE gale, foggy; gale continued for five days.” “Kept careful and constant watch, moving slowly and trying to get out of ice.”  “Surrounded with ice; foggy weather”  “After lying in the ice for 5 days the vessel was gradually ground to pieces.”  “Pounded to pieces by heavy ice”

                The Helen Johnson was valued at $7,500 at the time of the casualty.  The crew was able to salvage the 50 horsepower engine which was valued at $2,500.  There was no cargo or insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  68 20 20 N 166 50 40 W  Chart 16005

                Comment : May be the same L L Lane who wrecks the Great Bear in 1916 at Saint Mathews Island. WG

                Additional Information : Length 58, Breadth 15.6, Depth 6.1, Built 1909 at Tacoma, Service fish, Tonnage 39 Gross 27 Net, IHP 50, Registered Seattle, ON 206672, Owners LL Lane of Seattle and A D Sheldon of Seattle, Last Port Nome July 21st, Destination Point Hope

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed at Nome August 21, 1910 by Lane


HELEN MAR (1892)     The whaling bark Helen Mar was crushed between two icebergs in a swift current and lost along with 27 of her crew in the Chukchi Sea October 6, 1892 northwest of Point Barrow.  The fifth mate, a boat steerer, the cook and two crewmen clung to the main mast as the Helen Mar sank and escaped onto the ice.  They were picked up two days later by the steam whaler Orca.  Two of the survivors were then taken to San Francisco aboard the Beluga.  Lost with the Helen Mar were E O Thaxter – Captain, W E Hardy – First Mate, Richard L Ellis – Second Mate, Joaquin Minia – Third Mate, John O’Hara – Fourth Mate, William Ward – Fifth Mate, Antonio Leitz, Antonio Paugaline, Louis Antone, Frank Birch and C Nelson – Boatsteerers, G Cooper – Carpenter, William Bray – Steward and Asa Kershaw – Cook.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  71 30 N 169 30 W  Chart 16003

                Source : Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895)(1961 reprint) Pg 406


HENRY TABER (1871)     The 296 ton wooden bark Henry Taber was  abandoned in the ice around Point Belcher September 14, 1871.  The bark was in the whaling trade out of New Bedford, Mass. and valued at $52,000 at the time of the disaster.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  70 47 40 N 159 39 02 W  Chart 16005

                Source : Destruction of the Arctic Whaling Fleet, 1871


HENRY THOMPSON (1851)     The 315 ton whaling ship Henry Thompson was lost in the ice near Diomede Island July 15, 1851.  She had left New London October 22, 1850 bound for whaling in the Arctic.  AT the time of the disaster the Henry Thompson was worth $30,000 with her cargo of whale oil and bone.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  65 47 N 169 W  Chart 16005

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)


HIBERNIA (1870)     The 256 ton ship Hibernia was lost two miles SW of Point Barrow August 28, 1870.  Ice stove a hole in her bow and the vessel ran aground.  She was valued at $25,000 with cargo at the time of the loss.  She had departed New Bedford May 3, 1866 and had 500 barrels of whale oil and 5000 pounds of whale bone aboard.  The wreck was sold at auction for $150

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

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)


HIDALGO (1896)     The 101 foot 175 ton wooden brigantine Hidalgo was forced ashore by ice and broken up at 6 p.m. Sunday July 24, 1896 eight miles west of Cape Thompson.  The crew of 27 used every means at hand to prevent being forced onto the beach.  Master of the Hidalgo, C F Gifford of San Francisco stated in his wreck report:

 “8 miles West of Cape Thompson, Arctic Ocean, Point Hope, Alaska, forced ashore by ice, and broke up by force of the sea when the ice washed away after pounding on the beach for 3 days.”  “U S R Cutter Bear arrived August 4 and took measures to take care of the crew till her return from Point Burrows, when she took the men and cargo saved to Unalaska, and from there sent to the U S.”

The Hidalgo was valued at $4,000 and had and $8,000 (100 ton) cargo of provisions, gear and whale bone aboard.  The Hidalgo and half of the cargo was lost with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  68 08 40 N 165 58 40 W  Chart 16005

                Additional Information : Length 101, Breadth 27, Depth 8.5, Built 1855 at East Machias ME, Tonnage 174.69 Gross 165.97 Net, Registered San Francisco, ON 11669, Owner Lewis W Williams of San Francisco, Last Port San Francisco April 9, 1896, Destination Arctic Ocean

                Source : U S  Customs Wreck Report filed in San Francisco November 10, 1896 by Gifford


HOQUA (1851)     The 339 ton ship Hoqua was wrecked near Cape Oliver in the Arctic Ocean July of 1851.  The vessel departed New Bedford September 8, 1849 on a whaling voyage and was valued at $40,000 with cargo.  The Hoqua had 2,700 barrels of whale oil aboard of which only 1,100 were saved.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Alaska  Unknown

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)



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