South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( F )

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 : Southcentral 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 700 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


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 : Southcentral Alaska  Unknown Chart 16709

                Additional Informaton : 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


FERRO (1917)     The 5 ton wooden vessel 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 : Southcentral Alaska  59 26 N 146 20 W  Chart 16700

                Additional Informaton : Age 3 years, Registered Cordova, ON 213414, Last Port Cordova, Destination Middleton Island

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Cordova June 12, 1917 by Ivach


FLYER (1919)     The 6 ton wooden scow Flyer “was blown from her moorings, cast on shore, and broken up by the ice and water” at 9:00 a.m. October 9, 1919 at the mouth of the Kiwalik River.  There was no one aboard at the time and no cargo.  The vessel was a total loss valued at $500 no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Westcentral Alaska  66 N 161 51 W  Chart 16005

                Additional Information : Built 1905, Registered at Nome, ON 205771, Master L A Sundquist of Candle, Owner Candle Creek Mining

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome November 3, 1919


FLYING SCUD (1886)     The schooner Flying Scud was lost with 18 souls near Karluk in 1886.

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

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


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 andhad 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 : Southcentral 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



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