South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( F )

F P 3 (1941)     The 33 ton 60 foot wooden scow F P 3 stranded and was lost in Pavlof Bay October 22, 1941.  There was no one aboard the scow at the time of the casualty.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 N 161 38 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 33 Gross and Net, Length 60, Breadth 16, Depth 4, Built 1931 at Seattle, Owner P E Harris & Company, Registered Juneau, ON 171283

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 510, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 354

FAIRMONT (1976)     The 34 foot vessel Fairmont burned and sank August 22, 1976 near Port Bailey.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 56 N 153 02 W   Chart 16594

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

FALCON (1950)     The 26 ton 45 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Falcon foundered 10 miles east of Mitrofania Island on May 2, 1950.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 53 N 159 50 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 18 Net, Length 45.3, Breadth 13.1, Depth 5.8, Built 1936 at Sand Point, Horsepower 60, Owner Alvin Osterback, SL WB 6667, Registered Juneau, ON 235993

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 176, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 937

 

FALCON (1964)     The 10 ton 30 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Falcon was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 144 26 30 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Length 30.4, Breadth 9.7, Depth 4.1, Built 1953 at Gardena CA, Horsepower 225, SL WJ2567, Owner Martin L Goresen, Registered Juneau, ON 271856

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 218, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1003

 

FALCON (1964)     The 17 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Falcon was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Length 35.4, Breadth 12, Depth 4.9, Built 1947 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 65, SL WF3966, Owner William Swafford, Registered Juneau, ON 251989

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 226, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1167

 

FALCON (1969)     The oil screw Falcon was consumed by fire June 19, 1969 in the harbor at Sand Point.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 15 N 160 30 W   Chart 16553

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FALCON (1970)     The oil screw seiner Falcon foundered and was lost August 13, 1970 a mile and a half northwest of Hanin Rocks just north of Kodiak.  Bill Gerow of Boston MA was lost in the disaster.  11 others on board were rescued.  The Falcon was traveling from Larson Bay to Kodiak.

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

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (August 13, 1970) “1 dies, 11 saved in sinking near Kodiak” Pg A 5, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FAR NORTH (1956)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Far North was consumed by fire August 1, 1956 in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 45 N 147 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 30.3, Breadth 9.5, Depth 3.8, Built 1939 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 40, Owner James W Nichols, Registered Juneau, ON 238081

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 175, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957)

 

FARALLON (1910)     The 158 foot 700 ton wooden steamer Farallon struck a reef and stranded in Cook Inlet at 9:40 a.m. Jan 5, 1910.  She departed Valdez January 2, 1910 with 8 passengers, 30 crew and a cargo of 30 tons of general merchandise bound for Unalaska and way ports.  The Farallon had been purchased by the Alaska Steamship Company to compete with Pacific Coast Steamship Company for Puget Sound and Alaska Gold Rush traffic.  All of those aboard made it to shore at the time of the casualty and survived for a month on the beach while waiting to be rescued.  J C Hunter, Master of the Farallon reported the following in the wreck report filed February 7, 1910:

“Snowstorm, smooth sea, light northerly wind, snow squalls.”  “Sounding and running slowly, with occasional stops.”  “North entrance Illiamna Bay, Black Reef…stranding.”

“As soon as ship struck, engines were backed, anchor put out astern, with a brand new 5” line, but unable to move her.  One hour later vessel commenced to fill.”

Hunter lists the value of the Farallon at $75,000 and her cargo at $2,000 both total losses.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 30 N 153 31 30 W   Chart 16648

Additional Information: Length 158.5, Breadth 33.8, Depth 18.5, Built 1888 San Francisco, Service passenger, HP 500, Tonnage 749 Gross 565 Net, Registered Port Townsend, ON 120724

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report February 7, 1910, 2. Pacific Coastal Liners (1959) Pg 181

“Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756

 

FARWEST (1967)     The gas screw Farwest foundered June 19, 1967 at the Copper River southeast of Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 25 N 145 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FAST LADY (1993)     The 46 foot salmon seiner Fast Lady was consumed by fire July 27, 1993 at Chignik.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 18 N 158 24 W   Chart 16013

Sources: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

FAVORITE (1915)     There were two guests and three crew aboard the gas screw Favorite when she stranded on Hinchinbrook Island at 5: p.m. August 16, 1915.  Master and owner Bing Halleck attributed the casualty to engine trouble during an 80 mile an hour gale which forced the Favorite ashore.  The vessel had departed Douglas July 28, 1915 destined for Warm Spring Bay with 6 ½ tons of general merchandise aboard.  Passengers and crew all survived the stranding but the Favorite and her cargo were totally lost, with no insurance.  The vessel was valued at $2,200 and her cargo at $2,600.  All five survivors were taken aboard the Light House Tender Kukui at 5:00 a.m. August 21, 1915.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown Chart 16709

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Net, Age 3 years, Registered Juneau, ON 210512

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Halleck in San Francisco March 1917

FEARLESS (1960)     The 145 ton 90 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Fearless foundered January 31, 1960 off of Cape Chiniak.  Four persons were reported lost with the vessel which was returning to Kodiak from the southeast end of the island with a load of King Crab.  Lost were skipper Orville O Sandvik (49) of Seattle, Clyde Welcome(48) of Anacortes, Howard Benner (50) of Bellingham and Peter Wolkoff Jr (23) a native of Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 37 N 152 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 145 Gross 98 Net, Length 90.1, Breadth 21.3, Depth 10.2, Built 1942 at Antioch CA, Former Names Liberator (U S N), IX-202 (U S N) and Capella, Horsepower 320, SL WB6625, Owner Plumbers Supply Company, Registered Seattle, ON 255264

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 191, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 903, 3. Dallas Morning News (February 1, 1960) “4 Men Perish as Boat Sinks” Section 1 Pg 2, 4. Seattle Daily Times (February 1, 1960) “Four Drown When Seattle Boat Sinks” Pg 13

 

FEARLESS II (1974)     The 32 foot vessel Fearless II sank March 8, 1974 in Shearwater Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 20 N 152 55 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

FENWICK (1993)     The 57 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Fenwick flooded and sank June 10, 1993 approximately 40 nautical miles south of Homer.  All seven persons on board were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 38 40 N 151 33 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 215187

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

 

FERRO (1917)     The 5 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw Ferro went adrift, dragging two anchors ½ mile off the west side of Middleton Island March 22, 1917.  According to Jacob Ivach of Ketchikan, master and owner of the Ferro, the vessel drug her anchors during a heavy gale from the NE.  The gas screw Helgeland attempted to tow the Ferro but was unable and the vessel was set adrift into the dark snow filled night.  The Ferro was carrying 1,500 lbs of general cargo worth $500 which was lost along with the Ferro worth $3,000 at the time of the casualty.  Neither was insured.  The two person crew survived.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 N 146 20 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information : Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 35, Breadth 9.5, Depth 3, Service Freight, Built 1914 at Ellamar, Horsepower 15, Registered Cordova, ON 213414, Last Port Cordova, Destination Middleton Island

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Cordova June 12, 1917 by Ivach, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 232

FERRY QUEEN (1953)     The 62 ton 65 foot wooden scow Ferry Queen foundered October 7, 1953 in Iliamna Bay, Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 153 33 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 63 Gross and Net, Length 64.9, Breadth 24, Depth 4, Built 1913 at Hope, SL WC8037, Owner Seldovia Packing Company, Registered Juneau, Owner 243433

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 183, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 738

 

FIDELITY (1964)     The 48 ton 59 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Fidelity was reported lost at Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 48 Gross 33 Net, Length 59.3, Breadth 16.3, Depth 7.5, Built 1925 at Gig Harbor WA, Horsepower 75, SL WA4954, Owner Washington Fish & Oyster Company, Registered Juneau, ON 224811

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 221

 

FIERCE COMPETITOR (1994)     The 105 foot crabber Fierce Competitor went missing in the Gulf of Alaska October 26, 1994 with five crewmembers on board.  Lost were skipper Robbie Simonsen (39) and his wife Vickie along with Larry Jones (37), Keith Young (31) and Gordon Young (18). Most of the crew was from Warrenton, Oregon. The vessel’s life raft was spotted 450 miles southeast of Kodiak 50 miles from where an EPIRB signal had been heard. Heavy weather prevented retrieval of the raft, but no signs of life were reported.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 3. Daily Sitka Sentinel (October 27, 1994) “Missing Crab Boat in Gulf” Pg 1, 4. Daily Sitka Sentinel (October 31, 1994) “Fishing Village Mourns After Five Lost at Sea” Pg 7

 

FISH MULE (1957)     The 34 ton 46 foot steel oil screw tug Fish Mule foundered December 25, 1957 at the entrance to Resurrection Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 48 N 149 30 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: Tonnage 34 Gross 23 Net, Length 46.2, Breadth 14, Depth 5.6, Built 1945 at Wilmington DE, Former Name LCM-3-C-51974 (U S N), Service towing, Horsepower 330, Owner Cook Inlet Tug & Barge Company, Registered Juneau, ON 261670

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 184, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 801

 

FLAMINGO (1964)     The 11 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw Flamingo was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 31.1, Breadth 11, Depth 3.8, Built 1945 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Horsepower 107, SL WA4993, Owner Harold W Dierich, Registered Juneau, ON 247748

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 223, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1003

 

FLATTERY (1951)     The 12 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Flattery was consumed by fire August 7, 1951 at Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 35 N 145 45 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 10 Net, Length 35.9, Breadth 10.7, Depth 5.5, Built 1918 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 30, Owner Frederick L Bennett, Registered Juneau, ON 216297

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 185, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

FLEET COMMANDER (1989)     The 32 foot salmon fishing vessel Fleet Commander got caught in heavy weather with a full load of lumber, capsized and sank June 2, 1989 southeast of Chisik Island. The vessel was hauling freight from Kenai to Chinitna on the west side of Cook Inlet. Laura Murphy was lost. Owner operator Paul Traxinger managed to climb into a life raft and drifted into Dry Bay 27 miles from the capsizing.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 57 N 152 15 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (June 5, 1989) “Coast Guard Searching for Missing Boater” Pg 3

 

FLINT (1957)     The 35 ton 52 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Flint stranded and was lost September 1, 1957 outside Womans Bay Channel, Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 43 N 152 31 W   Chart 16596

Additional Information: Tonnage 35 Gross 24 Net, Length 51.9, Breadth 15, Depth 6.9, Built 1927 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WA5011, Owner Harry S Larson, Registered Seattle, ON 226367

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 181, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 778

 

FLYIN’ LION (1993)     The 30 foot seiner Flyin’ Lion capsized and sank June 24, 1993 in the Egegik River.  An improperly connected towline was blamed for the disaster.  All three crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 13 N 157 22 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 604133

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

 

FLYING CLOUD (1949)     The 105 foot power barge Flying Cloud stranded off of Grass Island in the Copper River Flats February 22, 1949 with four persons aboard. Leonard Holeman, the engineer of the vessel hiked 30 miles through sloughs and waist deep snow to get help. The vessel had departed Cordova for Seattle where it was to be outfitted for cold storage. The heavy southeasterly winds, sleet and snow forced the vessel ashore. Holeman fashioned snow shoes from spruce branches in order to plow through the deep snow to seek aid for the other three persons aboard. All were eventually rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 17 30 N 145 11 30 W   Chart 16013

Comment: This vessel is also called North Cloud in the same news story. She had been purchased recently as “Army Surplus”. WG

Source:  Sitka Sentinel (February 23, 1949) “Barge Aground Near Cordova”

 

FLYING SCUD (1886)     The 25 ton 50 foot wooden schooner Flying Scud was lost with 26 souls between Cape Douglas and Kodiak in November of 1886.  The schooner departed Douglas Station near Cape Douglas November 14, 1886 bound for Kodiak.  On board were owner Captain H Anderson, master Nels Hansen, Vasilli Griznoff, Vassili Griznof Jr., 15 native hunters from Afognak, Akhiok and Karluk and the Wife and five Children of John W Smith, the Alaska Commercial Company’s agent at Douglas Station. The Smith children ranged in age from a toddler to a girl of 17. The Flying Scud never made it to Kodiak even though weather was reported fair when she departed the Alaska Peninsula. The company agent at Kodiak, not knowing that the vessel had departed the Cape Douglas area for Kodiak in November, reported that all was well and the Flying Scud busy hunting into the winter. It was not until broken bidarkas and wreckage was found on area beaches many weeks later that the alarm was sounded.  The weather had been particularly cold and severe that winter.  The reality of the loss was not fully known or reported until the spring of 1887 when traffic between the outer settlements and Kodiak resumed, following the storms of the winter.

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

Comment: The Douglas Station reported as the point of departure for the Flying Scud may have been the now abandoned village of Kaguyak on the northeast coast of the Alaska Peninsula. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 25.96 Gross 24 Net, Length 50.2, Breadth 16.5, Depth 6.7, Built 1881 at Kodiak, Registered at Kodiak, ON 120605

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1885) Pg 138, 3. Daily Alta California (May 18, 1887) “From the Far North”, 4. San Francisco Bulletin (May 16, 1887) “Alaska Territory” Pg 4

FOAM (1899)     The 6 ton 31 foot wooden schooner Foam sprung a leak and was beached at Nakchamik Island at 8:00 a.m. Saturday April 1, 1899.  Master and owner Mark Morris of Unga was the sole person aboard and reported the following in his wreck report filed April 27, 1899:

“SW gale, snowstorm, sprung a leak….20 miles from Anchorage Bay (Nakchamik Island) stranded Shanachu Island…went ashore at daylight 8 a.m.”  “Sprung a leak and had to run for the beach to save my life….Had no assistance.”  “Prior to stranding I anchored but was unable to keep the vessel free, so had to run for the beach.”

The wreck report mentions that the 3 tons of stores, guns and ammunition aboard was saved.  The Foam, valued at $400 was lost no insurance.

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

Additional Information: Length 30.6, Breadth 10, Depth 4, Built 1882 at Kodiak, Tonnage 6, Registered Unga, ON 120607, Last Port Sand Point March 28, 1899, Destination Island Bay

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed by Morris April 27, 1899

FOG (1976)     The 28 foot vessel Fog was reported to have foundered December 11, 1976.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

 

FORCE FIVE (2000)     The 32 foot aluminum salmon fishing vessel Force Five was consumed by an engine room fire and lost July 13, 2000 near Port Moller.  Both crewmembers abandoned ship and were rescued by another vessel.

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

Additional Information: ON 992204, AK8839K

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

 

FORT YUKON (1981)     The barge Fort Yukon was lost in rough weather August 20, 1981 approximately 60 miles southeast of Yakutat.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 33 N 139 44 W   Chart 16016

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FORT YUKON (2007)   The 197 foot steel fish tender barge Fort Yukon stranded and was lost on Titcliff Island outside of Wide Bay November 27, 2007. The F/V Ladie Blackie had the Fort Yukon in tow in Wide Bay November 27, 2007 and was attempting to dewater and repair the barge. High winds and seas forced the two vessels between the islands outside of Wide Bay. The Ladie Blackie lost power when water plugged her fuel filters and she grounded on shoals. The tow line parted and the Fort Yukon drifted free. A day later she washed up on the beach on Titcliff Island and was lost. The Lady Blackie was lost as well. There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 19 45 N 156 20 10 W   Chart 16570

Additional Information: Tonnage 1403, Length 197, Breadth 40.1, Depth 13, Built 1963 Portland OR, ON 291359, Former Name YB 24

Sources: 1. USCG MISLE Case # 383772 Lady Blackie sinking, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 530 & 1901

 

FORWARD (1964)     The 22 ton 47 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Forward was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 18 Net, Length 47.5, Breadth 12.5, Depth 5.9, Built 1917 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 50, SL WK4652, Owner Paul R Jensen, Registered Seattle, ON 214883

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 228, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1003

 

FOSS 209 (1975)     The barge Foss 209 overturned while in tow of the Leslie Foss September 26, 1975.  She was towed 60 miles off shore near Cape Saint Elias and sunken with explosives.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FOX RIVER (2000)     The 116 foot landing craft Fox River caught fire in her engine room at 3:30 p.m. November 29, 2000 while traveling on a hunting trip to Shuyak Island. The two persons aboard, Willie Flyum and Allen Smith, were unable to radio for help as the fire spread to the wheelhouse where the radios were. The men activated one of the vessel’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons and donned survival suits. The signal was picked up at 5:39 p.m. and a U S Coast Guard helicopter went in search of the distressed vessel, not knowing the circumstances. Winds were blowing at 30 miles an hour and seas were 15 feet. Using night vision goggles, the Coast Guard chopper was able to locate the smoldering Fox River and evacuate the two crewmembers from the deck. Both of their survival suit’s feet were melted.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 31 N 152 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 93 Gross 63 Net, Length 100.3,  Built 1944, ON 559497, SL WUU8864, Service Freight

Sources: 1. Juneau Empire (December 1, 2000) “Homer Men Rescued from Burning Boat”, 2. U S Coast Guard Information Exchange (Internet 2018) “Fox River”

 

FOXFIRE (1990)     The 30 foot wooden fishing vessel Foxfire burned and sank May 27, 1990 at Point Pigot in Prince William Sound.  The only person aboard abandoned ship and was rescued by the vessel Azuma Searay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 48 15 N 148 20 45 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 634160

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FRANCES K (1980)     The 67 foot wooden diesel powered fishing vessel Frances K was lost with all hands May 18, 1980 approximately 25 miles south of Yakutat. The Frances K departed Pelican May 17 on a fishing trip with four crewmembers aboard. Wreckage was spotted the following day by the pilot of a light aircraft. Lost were John Holgate Jr. (20), Ron Tseifser (25-30), Tom Bears (20) and Tracy Beach (24) all from Haines.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 33 N 139 44 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 74 Gross 34 Net, Length 67.2, Breadth 20.3, Depth 7.7, Built 1953 St Augustine Fl, ON 265999, Owner Robert H Stickler, SL WF2500

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (May 21, 1980) “Search Ends” Pg 5, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 537

 

FRANCES LEE (1993)     The 107 foot steel crab fishing vessel Frances Lee stranded near Knoll Point July 22, 1993 while traveling from Newman Bay to Alitak.  All six crewmembers abandoned ship and were taken aboard the fishing vessel Macanaw.  The Lucky Island, Midnight Sun and Resolution also responded to the distress call. Four of Frances Lee’s crewmembers returned to the stranded vessel with dewatering pumps from the Resolution and Midnight Sun. Others from the U S Coast Guard cutter Mustang and a Coast Guard helo assisted in the dewatering attempt. The tug Ardie and fishing vessel Barb M arrived on scene and assisted in removing fuel from the Frances Lee. The vessel was refloated and put in tow of the Ardie and Barb M in an attempt to take her to a more protected location for salvage. On July 25, 1993, during the salvage attempt, the Frances Lee capsized between Knoll Point and Twoheaded Island. The tow was taken over by the Coast Guard cutter Mustang who towed her out to deeper water and scuttled the Frances Lee in 50 fathoms using 112 rounds from her 25 MM guns.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 54 N 153 35 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 194 Gross 132 Net, Length 94.3, Breadth 30, Depth 11, 1040 HP, Built 1978 Mobile AL, ON 600732, Call Sign WSX6947

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 55546

 

FREDERICK C (1966)     The 73 ton 69 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Frederick C stranded and was lost June 8, 1966 east of Ocean Cape at 59 32 N 139 51 W.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 73 Gross 49 Net, Length 69.1, Breadth 17.6, Depth7.5, Built 1919 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 150, SL WA5165, Registered Juneau, ON 218353

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 244, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1167

 

FRIEDA (1964)     The 67 ton 69 foot wooden oil screw Frieda was reported missing out of Port Bailey in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 56 N 153 02 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 67 Gross 48 Net, Length 68.9, Breadth 17.3, Depth 7.9, Built 1925 at Dockton WA, Service freight, Horsepower 100, SL WA5183, Owner Kadiak Fisheries Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 224649

Sources: 1.Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 236

 

FRISCO (1972)     The 26 ton 46 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Frisco foundered October 24, 1972 approximately 11 miles southeast of Kodiak in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 10 Net, Length 46.3, Breadth 14, Depth 4.8, Built 1944 at Portland OR, Former Name LCM-3-C-52445 (U S N), ON 278594

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 245, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1635

 

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