Northern Alaska Shipwrecks ( P )

PAIEA (1871)     The 386 ton bark Paiea (Paira Kahola) was trapped in the ice and abandoned September 14, 1871 at Pt Belcher near Wainright Inlet.  The Paiea was valued a $20,000 and was carrying a cargo of whale oil and bone.  Her stores were transferred to the Carlotta in an unsuccessful attempt to lighten the vessel and get her over the bar at Wainright Inlet.  The Paiea had departed Honolulu January 7, 1871 bound for whaling in the Arctic.

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

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Alaska File of the U S Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914

PFEIL (1869)     The Hawaiian brig Pfeil was lost August 6, 1869 at Cape York.  The crew was rescued and taken to San Francisco aboard the bark Menshikoff.  The Pfeil had been operating as a trading vessel in northern waters.

Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska   65 25 N 167 28 W   Chart 16003

Sources: 1. Lewis & Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895) Pg 180, 2. Alta California Daily (October 6, 1869) “Total Loss of the Hawaiian Brig Pfeil” Pg 1

PORCIA (1871)     The vessel Porcia was lost in the Arctic in 1871.

Mapping and Location: Northern Alaska Unknown

Comment: Name included on RCS lost vessel list with no particulars.  WG

Source: Alaska File of the U S Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914 “Arctic Losses from 1868-1888”

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