South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( D )

D L CO NO VII (1916)     The 72 ton scow D L Co No VII was wrecked at the Bering River August of 1916.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 11 N 144 15 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 72, Built 1904, ON 162371

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 269, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1921) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 456

D L CO NO XLIX (1948)     The 297 ton 110 foot wooden scow D L Co No XLIX stranded and was lost February 23, 1928 at Makchanik Island in Chignik Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 20 N 157 49 W   Chart 16566

Additional Information: Tonnage 297 Gross and Net, Length 110.1, Breadth 36, Depth 8.6, Built 1926 at Fort Blakely WA, Owner Drummond Lighterage Company, Registered Seattle, ON 169464

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) Pg 125, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 909

D & M II (1962)     The 84 ton 110 foot steel barge D & M II foundered September 4, 1962 off of Ocean Cape.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 32 30 N 139 51 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 84 Gross and Net, Length 110.2, Breadth 34.2, Depth 10.4, Built 1915 at Bremerton WA, Former Name YC-304 (U S N), Owner Don Starkweather, Registered Ketchikan, ON 281686

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 165, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1165

 

DAKOTA (2002)     The 50 foot seine fishing vessel Dakota burned September 25, 2002 in Izhut Bay on Afognak Island.  The two crewmembers aboard escaped by skiff to the beach.  A U S Coast Guard Helicopter responded to their distress call and transported them to Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 11 N 152 15 W   Chart 16580

Source: U S C G News Release (September 26, 2002) “Boat blaze strands two, Coast Guard rescues fishermen”

 

DALMATIA (1975)     The 12 ton oil screw Dalmatia foundered July 14, 1975 approximately 7 miles south of Naknek.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 43 40 N 157 00 45 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross, Built 1968, ON 517728

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1869

 

DANIELLE (1983)     The vessel Danielle was lost February 16, 1983 on the rocks near Shuyak Island north of Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 30 N 152 37 35 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

DARLINE C (1983)     The seiner Darline C was consumed by an engine room fire and lost September 5, 1983 near Old Harbor.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 12 15 N 153 18 W   Chart 16580

Comment: There is some question as to the accuracy of the location.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DASHING WAVE (1891)     The 106 foot wood schooner Dashing Wave stranded and was lost Saturday April 15, 1891 at 3:00 p.m. at Coal Bay.  The vessel had left Sand Point earlier that day with eight crew and 120 tons of general merchandise and was bound for Isatok.  Conditions at the time of the casualty are listed as “Thick snowstorm and strong currents.”  “Storm, gale, snowing, heavy seas, daylight.” No crewmen were lost, but the Dashing Wave and her cargo were.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 22 N 161 22 W   Chart 16551

Comment: Most publications put this wreck in Coal Harbor on Unga Island.  I charted it across Unga Passage on the mainland in the Coal Bay located just east of Cape Tolstoi.  Zachary Bay on Unga was sometimes called Coal Bay at the time.  The wreck of the Edward S Webster from two years before the loss of the Dashing Wave was still fresh in local lore making a wreck on the same reef doubtful.   Many early accounts have the loss listed in the Bering Sea which I am guessing is where the Dashing Wave was bound.  An account of the loss of the Dashing Wave from a Congressional Report in 1892 puts her loss at Hair Seal Cape (now Seal Cape) which further verifies the Coal Bay of the mainland near Cape Tolstoi.  WG

Additional Information: Length 106, Breadth 27, Depth 9.9, Tonnage 141.46, Built 1867 Eureka California, Registered San Francisco, ON 6546, Master F M Gaffney of San Francisco, Owner W C Lynde of San Francisco, Vessel Value $8,000, Cargo Value $5,000, Vessel Insurance $7,000, Cargo Insurance $4,000

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed at San Francisco June 3, 1891 by Gaffney

DAUNTLESS (1973)     The 91 foot halibut and crab fishing vessel Dauntless disappeared with all hands on a trip from Ketchikan to Kodiak.  The vessel left Ketchikan October 16, 1973 and was never seen again.  Lost were skipper Arne Madsen, Trond Loken, John Qvilaug and Kaare Leksas.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (November 7, 1973) “Maritime Fix-it Department” Pg C 2

 

DAVEY LYNN (1952)     The 7 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Davey Lynn stranded and was lost February 12, 1952 on Egg Island off of Whale Island Point in Marmot Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 57 N 152 47 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 32.3, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.3, Built 1951 at Kodiak, Crew 3, Horsepower 90, Owner Neil A Sargent, Registered Juneau, ON 262814

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 129, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 738

 

DAVID FOSS (1975)     The tug David Foss flooded from the stern and sank in 10 fathoms of water January 11, 1975 near Cape Kasilof in Cook Inlet.  The vessel was engaged in tending an oil rig in icy conditions.  All six crew members escaped to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 22 N 151 22 W   Chart 16660

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DAVY-J (1964)     The 13 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw Davy-J was reported lost in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964 at Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   5747 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 10 Net, Length 38.6 Breadth 10.8, Depth 4.8, Built 1937 at Seattle WA, Service passenger, Horsepower 95, SL WG3372, Owner Herman Schultz, Registered Juneau, ON 235975

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 163

 

DAWN L (1985)     The 45 foot fishing vessel Dawn L exploded and sank July 12, 1985 off of Axel Lind Island in Prince William Sound.  The Dawn L was tied to the 63 foot fishing tender Alliance and was refueling.  The Alliance also sank.  All seven persons aboard the two vessels survived.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 47 30 N 147 43 30 W   Chart 16700

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DAYDREAMER (1996)     The 39 foot fishing vessel Daydreamer stranded on a reef and was lost January 14, 1996 near Hog Island outside of Afognak Bay.  All four persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 N 152 41 W   Chart 16594

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DAY’S END (1990)     The 31 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Day’s End capsized September 29, 1990 off of Montague Island.  The operator, who had a history of blackouts, was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: ON 557543, Built 1974

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DEBBY (1972)     The 30 foot wooden diesel powered fishing vessel Debby burned June 25, 1972 at False Pass.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 30, Breadth 11, Depth 4.9, Built 1959 Eagledale WA, 97 HP, SL WL6213, ON 278615

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1254, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 172

 

DEBBY JOANN (1990)     The 38 foot fiberglass fishing vessel Debby Joann sank in five fathoms of water July 7, 1990 in Cook Inlet off of Kasilof.  The sole occupant of the vessel was rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 23 15 N 151 17 45 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: ON 584530

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DEBORAH D (1990)     The 99 foot wooden fish tender Deborah D grounded, was holed and sank while at anchor April 26, 1990 in Ursus Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 32 N 153 40 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 254569

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DEBS (1951)     The 18 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Debs exploded and burned August 9, 1951 in Valdez Arm six miles from Valdez.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 N 146 54 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 39, Breadth 12.2, Depth 4.6, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Crew 7, Horsepower 30, Owner Pete Nicholoff, Registered Juneau, ON 211858

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 129, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 955

 

DEEP SEA (1942)     The 54 ton 70 foot wooden oil screw Deep Sea stranded and was lost at Anchorage November 26, 1942.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 13 05 N 149 53 30 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 54 Gross 37 Net, Length 70.6, Breadth 16, Depth 6.5, Built 1919 at Friday Harbor WA, Service freight, Crew 4, Horsepower 160, Owner Uganik Fisheries, Registered Cordova, ON218145

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 774, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 120

DEEP SEA (1976)     The 72 foot fish tender Deep Sea sank August 26, 1976 in Whale Pass.  The vessel was on her way to Kodiak from Mush Bay.  All 8 persons on board were lost including skipper John W. Nichols of Dallas, Valerie McRae (23), her 20 month old daughter Heather McRae, Kathy McRae (19), Molly McRae (18), Earl McKee, Barney Eldridge and 5 year old Cy McAvery Rodgers.  Most of those lost were from the Helena area of Montana. Winds of 50 knots and seas 15 to 20 feet were reported in the area of the loss. The vessel was able to get out a May-Day call which was received by the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Tustamena. When responding vessels arrived on scene only life vests, the unopened canister of the life raft, a power skiff and a portion of the bridge of the Deep Sea were found. The lost vessel was a fish tender owned by the New England Fish Company.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 56 N 152 50 W   Chart 16594

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. The Sunday Oregonian (August 29, 1976) “Sea search for 8 halted” Pg C2, 3. Fairbanks Daily News Miner (August 27, 1976) “Coast Guard Joins Search for Survivors” Pg A-6, 4. Fairbanks Daily News Miner (August 28, 1976) “Search May Be Halted” Pg A-2

 

DEFIANCE (1934)     The 27 ton 47 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Defiance foundered off Anchor Point July 25 , 1934.  The three crewmen aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 46 30 N 151 51 45 W   Charts 16013, 16661

Comment: Formerly the gas screw Daisy

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 18 Net, Length 47.2, Breadth 13.4, Depth 6.3, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Alaska Year Round Canneries of Seldovia, Registered Seward, ON 215358

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1029, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) Pgs 282-3

DELAWARE (1931)     The 32 ton gas screw Delaware struck a submerged object Sunday June 14, 1931 at 6:15 p.m. and sank.  The casualty occurred 18 miles north of the Barren Islands while on a trip from Daylight Harbor in Shuyak Strait to Seldovia.  The Delaware had 4 crew aboard and 4.5 tons of cargo including barreled salt, ballast and tools.  The following is an account given in the Casualty Report filed by master John McKnab August 1, 1931:

“Moderate easterly breeze, foggy, daylight.”  “About 18 miles north from Barren Isl. Entrance to Cook Inlet…Struck submerged object.  Submerged object broke through hull.”  “After striking this object the vessel leaked faster than we could pump.  We abandoned her in a sinking condition at 7:20 p.m.  At the rate the water was coming in she could not have floated longer than ½ hour.  Owing to fog we did not see her sink but the air tank and skylight hatch were picked up on the beach in Kamishak Bay 8 days later.”

The Delaware, valued at $5,000 and her cargo were lost but the crew survived.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 55 30 N 152 15 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 25 Net, Age 14 years, Registered Seward, ON 214941, Owner Herring Bay Packing of Seldovia, Last Port Daylight Harbor June 14, Destination Seldovia, Insurance unknown

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Seward August 1, 1931

DELIVERANCE (1980)     The 40 foot fishing vessel Deliverance foundered January 22, 1980 off of Marmot Island.  Dave Dowie was the only survivor.  Lost with the Deliverance were Butch Miller and Charles Cochran of Kodiak.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   58 13 N 151 50 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DELPHINE (1903)     The launch Delphine was lost at Karluk in 1903.  The Delphine was valued at $900 with cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 34 10 N 154 27 30 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg94, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

DEMETRA M (1993)     The 34 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Demetra M rolled, filled with water and sank while at anchor July 1, 1993 in Emerald Cove, Columbia Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 57 15 N 147 02 W   Chart 16708

Additional Information: ON 251187

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DEMOCRAT (1931)     The 34 ton wooden gas screw Democrat was lost August 12, 1931 while engaged in deep sea fisheries.  The crew of six survived but the Democrat, valued at $18,000 and her 28,000 lb. cargo of halibut, valued at $2,240.00 were lost.  The following is an account of the loss detailed in the Casualty Report filed master Henry Arntzen on August 19th:

“NW breeze foggy and rough.”  “Iniskin Shoal (hit here)…hit submerged reef.”  “After hitting the rocks on the morning of the 11th, about 6 a.m. we were stranded until high tide took us off, at which time we pumped her out and gave her the once over and decided that she was seaworthy and then started across Cooks Inlet, looking for smoother water and a place to finish our trip; and arriving at the Inlet, about 6 P.M. that night, we set our gear and then anchored for the night and on the next day, the 12th, we started setting and hauling our gear for several hours, with all hands on deck, when without any warning the engine stopped from the water which she had taken on and which was the first warning we had that she was again leaking badly and, of course, with the engine stopped we had no way of using the power pumps but kept the hand or deck pump going but without avail; and, of course, with the engine stopped, we had no way of running for a haven or of beaching her.” “Foundered N.W. Yukon Island”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 31 30 N 151 29 30 W   Chart 16645

Additional Information: Tonnage 34 Gross 27 Net, Built 1918, Registered Ketchikan, ON 215922, Last Port Kodiak August 6, Vessel Insurance $12,000, Cargo Insurance $2,240

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed August 19, 1931 at Ketchikan

DENIA M (1961)     The 19 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Denia M foundered September 9, 1961 off of Bold Cape near King Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 01 30 N 162 15 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 16 Net, Length 38.9, Breadth 12.2, Depth 6.2, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 141, Owner Alvin Newman, Registered Juneau, ON 263167

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 140, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 902

 

DESIREE C (1996)     The 38 foot fiberglass fishing vessel Desiree C capsized and was lost in 25 foot seas April 4, 1996 one mile north of light #8 in Chiniak Bay.  The two crewmembers onboard, Jack Christiansen (41) and Larry (Lolly) Larionoff Jr (24) were lost with the Desiree C.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 42 N 152 20 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 581962

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DESTINY (1994)     The 32 foot gillnet fishing vessel Destiny caught fire and sank June 22, 1994 at Port Moller.  All four crewmembers were rescued by another fishing vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 59 30 N 160 34 30 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: ON 946624

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DESTINY (2000)     The 96 foot steel crab fishing vessel Destiny flooded and sank in 90 fathoms of water April 20, 2000 northwest of Rocky Point on the west side of Kodiak Island.  All five crewmembers donned survival suits and abandoned ship to the life raft.  They were rescued by the vessel Polar Star.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 39 45 N 154 13 50 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 590962

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DIANE LYNN (1982)     The 29 foot vessel Diane Lynn sank June 4, 1982 off of Hanin Rocks near Kodiak.  The four persons aboard swam to shore and were picked up at Spruce Cape.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 50 05 N 152 18 45 W   Chart 16594

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

DIANE O (1981)     The 26 foot fishing vessel Diane O drifted into the surf when her engine failed and broke up October 27, 1981 on the south shore of Nunivak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 N 166 W   Chart 16006

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DIOMEDES HERMAN (1882)     The 12.86 ton schooner Diomedes Herman drug anchor in a strong easterly gale November 13, 1882 in Chernabura Harbor in the Shumagin Islands.  The vessel was blown against a steep bluff which tore a hole in her side.  The Diomedes Herman was given up as a complete loss but her cargo of provisions, dry goods and firewood was salvaged.  The two passengers and two crewmembers survived the wreck.  The vessel was valued at $600 and her cargo at $1,000.  She had departed Belkofski October 30 for Chernabura Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 47 N 159 33 W   Chart 16011

Comment: There is no harbor on Chernabura Island

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

DIRECTOR (1924)     The 18 ton wooden gas screw Director ran aground during a storm at 10:00 p.m. March 2, 1924 on Hinchinbrook Island and was lost.  The crew of 4 had departed Cordova the day before for deep sea fisheries.  Captain George Walley gives this account in the wreck report filed March 6 :

“Strong gale; dark night; snowing.  Wind 80 miles hr. S. E.”  “Were sounding, last depth 20 fathoms, struck before knew where I was.”  “Between Shelter Bay and Bear Point”  “Ran aground in snow storm; heavy sea; blowing SE gale…Storm continuing, broke up.”

“Ga. S Waif stood by 3/4/24 but vessel breaking up….Abandoning wreck, recovering what gear possible.”

The Director was valued at $3,000 and her stores and fuel at $800; both lost no insurance.  The crew survived the accident.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 26 N 146 39 W   Chart 16709

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Built 1911, Registered at Seattle and Ketchikan, ON 207129, Owner A Soriana of Prince Rupert

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Cordova March 6, 1924

DISCOVERER (1929)     The oil screw Discoverer stranded 12 miles SW of Gore Point April 5, 1929.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 12 N 150 57 30 W   Chart 16645

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 403, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

DISCOVERER (1932)     The 38 ton 55 foot oil screw passenger vessel Discoverer foundered at Ninilchik December 23, 1932.  The four persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 151 40 W   Chart 16661

Additional Information: Tonnage 38 Gross 26 Net, Length 55.4, Breadth 14, Depth 6.6, Built 1914 at Seabeck WA, Brake Horsepower 60, Owner Heinie Berger, Registered Seward, ON

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Vessels Reported Lost Pg 989, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 284-5, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg419

DISCOVERY (1903)     The 209 ton wood steamer Discovery is “supposed to have been lost during the night of November 1, 1903.”  The vessel departed Yakutat November 1, 1903 with about 14 passengers and about 16 crewmembers.  She was never heard from again.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed at Port Townsend, Washington by B Hasting, President of the Discovery Transportation Company who owned the Discovery:

“Supposed to be between Yakutat and Cross Sound.”   “Supposed to have foundered.  Heavy gale from ENE with southeast & southwest cross sea running. Wind 60 mi.; dark night”

“Revenue Cutter Rush was sent from Sitka after some weeks, but found no tidings.  Since then report comes of Indians finding hull of vessel.  This has not been confirmed.  Parties coming from Cape Yakataga to Kayak, in November report finding doors, windows, and broken parts of steamers house on beach, also life preservers marked Str Discovery.  This is same way the Discovery life preservers were marked.”

“We are convinced the Discovery is lost with all hands on board.  The exact time and how the accident occurred will never be known.”

According to the wreck report, along with the Discovery an estimated 30 passengers and crew were lost including J W McGrath, Charles Mokler, Ed Nord, Guy Trolford, Ed Van Dice, R Price, Christ Judson, — Shady, A Dergin, William Dangerfield, Albert R Cassell, Robert Carlson, — Hans; Joe Birry and wife, Captain Seabery and George Powell.  The Discovery was valued at $24,000 at the time of the loss and was insured for $12,000.

Other reports of the fate of the Discovery state that all but one of the passengers who had started with the vessel at Nome, had quit the trip at Unga, Kodiak and Valdez claiming that the Discovery was not seaworthy.  The remaining 26 persons aboard, mostly crew, were lost with the vessel somewhere between Middleton Island and Cross Sound. One questionable report from a claimed survivor has the vessel striking an iceberg at Cross Sound.  The cabin of the Discovery was reported found in August of 1904, storm ravaged and buried in beach sand on Middleton Island.

A second more credible report was published a year after the disappearance. Chief John of the Lituya Bay Native Tribe was said to have witnessed the loss of the Discovery the afternoon of November 2, 1903 outside of Lituya Bay. His story did not reach the south until late the following year. According to a credible source, the Chief watched as the Discovery attempted to enter the bay but the waterlogged vessel seemed out of control. After an hour or so the steamer was said to have gone down in the stormy seas with no chance for survivors. She was last seen attempting to round the point on the southern side of Lituya Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 32 30 N 139 51 30 W   Chart 16760

Additional Information: Tonnage 209 Gross 111 Net, Length 90, Built 1889, Registered  Port Townsend Washington, ON 157263, Master M R Walters of Port Townsend, Last Port Yakutat November 1, 1903, Destination Port Townsend via Cross Sound

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report January 22, 1904, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 3. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 5, 1904) “Discovery Wreck Found” Front Page, 4. Morning Olympian (October 6, 1904) “Saw Discovery Sink in Stream” Pgs 1&3

DIT OUT (1985)     The fiberglass boat Dit Out was lost when her engine exploded July 23, 1985 just off of the Homer Harbor fuel dock.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 27 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DOLORES (1992)     The 28 foot salmon seiner Dolores became disabled in heavy seas and sank May 25, 1992 in Strawberry Channel.  Both crewmembers were lifted to safety by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 24 N 146 03 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON AK5160K

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DOLPHIN (1977)     The 38 ton 41 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Dolphin foundered November 11, 1977 in Marmot Bay, Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 N 152 06 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 25 Net, Length 41.6, Breadth 14.5, Depth 8.5, Built 1964 at Tacoma WA, Former Name Dorotha Louise, ON 295395

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Dorotha Louise” Pg 188, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2241

 

DOMINION (1998)     The 66 foot salmon seiner Dominion capsized and sank January 26, 1998 in the Shelikof Strait off of Cape Karluk.  A bin board broke allowing the catch to shift causing the disaster.  All three crewmembers aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 35 10 N 154 30 50 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 620062

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DONNA ANN (2003)     The 58 foot wooden fishing vessel Donna Ann drug anchor and washed up on the beach at 2:40 a.m. August 20, 2003 in Tanglefoot Bay near Karluk. The crew abandoned ship and walked to Karluk.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 34 30 N 154 29 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 47 Gross 32 Net, Length 49.7, Breadth 16.2, Depth 8.2, Built 1947 Seattle WA, SL WB3588, ON 252018, Former name Tasmania

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg684, 2. ADEC Incident Report (August 20, 2003)

 

DONNA B (1992)     The 33 foot fishing vessel Donna B capsized and sank July 21, 1992 at the entrance to the Kenai River.  The five adults and infant that were on board all made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 151 16 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: ON 557618

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DONNA LEE (1954)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Donna Lee foundered July 16, 1954 off of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 28 N 151 55 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 8.8, Depth 3.9, Built 1939 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 85, Owner Charles S Wells, Registered Juneau, ON 252234

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 137, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

 

DONNA R (1973)     The fishing vessel Donna R flooded and was lost January 1, 1973 in Port Etches, Prince William Sound.  The vessel had a full load of fish and was waiting for a tender when she took on so much water that the crew couldn’t save her.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 20 N 146 37 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DONNIE (1964)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas powered fishing vessel Donnie was destroyed by the earthquake and tidal wave of March 27, 1964 at Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle, SL WJ3089, ON 263557

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 898, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 171

 

DONNY BOY (1982)     The fish tender Donny Boy grounded in high winds and was lost June 27, 1982 off of Castle Cape near Chignik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 10 N 158 20 W   Chart 16011

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DORA B (1900)     The small schooner Dora B broke her towline April 15, 1900 while being towed by the steamer Excelsior. They were at the entrance to Lituya Bay when the line parted and the Dora B was never heard from again.  There were five persons aboard and a load of supplies bound for Lituya Bay miners.  Lost with the schooner were Peter VanBuerden, Frank Rankin, George Cannon, a Japanese cook and an unknown miner.  Wreckage was sighted outside of Yakutat and one body recovered.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16760

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Seattle Daily Times (May 7, 1900) “Further News of the Unfortunate Drowning of Crew of the Schooner Dora B” Pg 8

DORA H (1991)     The 53 foot halibut longliner Dora H sank May 9, 1991 off of Chirikof Island.  The crew was halibut fishing when the vessel began to take on water.  They were unable to release their old life raft from its bracket but had a new life raft on board that was still in its crate.  The four crewmembers struggled with the new raft in the water for over an hour before it was properly deployed.  They were all rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 50 N 155 37 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 209544

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DOROTHY H (1963)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Dorothy H was consumed by fire July 9, 1963 at Chignik Lagoon.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 20 N 158 29 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4, Built 1952 at Seldovia, Horsepower 110, SL WR4332, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered Juneau, ON 263603

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 173, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 963

 

DOTTY G (1984)     The seiner Dotty G capsized and sank while at anchor November 20, 1984 in Zaikof Bay on Montague Island.  Winds were blowing at 90 knots when the vessel flipped.  Darrel Dickenson (11) was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 19 N 146 58 W   Chart 16700

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (November 23, 1984) “After Capsizing Boy Dies In Boat” Pg 5

 

DOUBLE KNOT (1950)     The 15 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Double Knot stranded and was lost May 24, 1950, 15 miles east of Cape Saint Elias.  Richard Albert Drisner (24) of Milwaukee OR was lost with the vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16016

Comment: This vessel is salvaged, put back into service and sinks again in 1973.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 13 Net, Length 34.1, Breadth 12, Depth 4.5, Built 1947 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 143, Owner O L Grimes, Registered Juneau, ON 254470

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 141, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 937, 3. The Oregonian (June 29, 1950) “Oregon Man’s Body Found” Pg 6

 

DOUBLE KNOT (1973)     The 15 ton 34 foot wooden oil screw Double Knot disappeared with all hands March 27, 1973 near Nuka Bay, 60 miles south of Seward.  The cause and exact location where the Double Knot and her four crewmembers were lost is not known.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 19 N 150 33 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 13 Net, Length 34.1, Breadth 12, Depth 4.5, Built 1947 at Seattle WA, ON 254470

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 190, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1869

 

DOVE (1998)     The 30 foot salmon gillnetter Dove capsized in the surf and was lost June 2, 1998 off of the Kokinhenik Bar in the Copper River Flats.  The only person aboard was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 18 30 N 145 05 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: ON 643875

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

DREAM GIRL (1967)     The 14 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Dream Girl burned July 23, 1967 at False Pass.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Length 35.3, Breadth 12, Depth 4.4, Built 1950 at Ikatan, Horsepower 43, SL WD3744, Owner Peter Pan Seafood, Registered Juneau, ON 260679

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 191, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1166

 

DUCHESS (1996)     The 79 foot wooden fishing vessel Duchess caught fire near Spruce Cape the evening of April 15, 1996. The three crewmembers were airlifted from the burning vessel by a helicopter from U S Coast Guard Kodiak Air Station. The Coast Guard cutter Storis responded and attempted to fight the fire but high winds and heavy seas hampered their efforts. The tug Chenaille Rouge arrived on scene and took the Duchess in tow but the vessel capsized and parted the towline. On April 17, 1996 the flooded Duchess grounded on Spruce Island and became a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 55 N 152 25 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 142 Gross 120 Net, Length 79, Breadth 25.9, Depth 7.7, Built 1941 Seattle WA, ON 240529, Call Sign WA4402

Sources: 1. USCG MISLE Case # 74493, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 440

 

DUCK (1964)     The barge Duck was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 145 45 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DUE NORTH (1980)     The 58 foot fishing vessel Due North drug anchor and stranded October 6, 1980 in Alitak Bay.  The crew was able to jump from the vessel to shore when the tide went out.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 50 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

DUPONT (1961)     The 71 ton 59 foot wooden oil screw Dupont foundered July 8, 1961 approximately one mile south of Cape Suckling.  All three crew members were removed safely by the tug Barbara Foss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 59 30 N 143 53 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 71 Gross 48 Net, Length 59.8, Breadth 18.1, Depth 8.6, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Horsepower 150, SL WC551, Owner I E DuPont de Nemours & Company, Registered Seattle, ON 230080

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 154, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 903, 3. Seattle Sunday Times (July 9, 1961) “Disabled Seattle Ship Sinks Off Alaska” Pg 19

 

DUTCHESS (1992)     The 79 foot fishing vessel Dutchess sank near Uganik Bay in the Shelikof Strait May 17, 1992.  A four persons aboard were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 50 N 153 32 W   Chart 16580

Comment: This vessel may have been towed into Port Bailey and salvaged.  WG

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DUTCHESS (1996)     *See Duchess (1996)

 

DYLAN’S DREAM (1994)     The 50 foot salmon seiner Dylan’s Dream was consumed by fire August 4, 1994 in Izhut Bay, Afognak Island.  The five crewmembers abandoned the vessel in a skiff and were rescued by the fishing vessel Cape Lookout.  The Cape Lookout took the Dylan’s Dream under tow but the vessel burned to the waterline and became a complete loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 11 N 152 15 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 968176

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

DYNAMITE KID (1964)     The 33 ton 50 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Dynamite Kid foundered May 4, 1964 about 16 miles off of Point Pogibshi in Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 25 30 N 151 53 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 33 Gross 26 Net, Length 50.1, Breadth 12.8, Depth 7.1, Built 1932 at Bremerton WA, Horsepower 80, SL WC7536, Owner Port Chatham Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 259660

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 195, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1166

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