South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( G )

G P HUDSON (1914)     The G P Hudson was reported lost in Chignik Bay in 1914.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 18 N 158 24 W  Chart 16566

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992


GAY HEAD (1914)     The 252 ton wood whaling bark Gay Head stranded on a reef at Castle Head at 3:40 p.m. Saturday June 27, 1914 and was lost.  The following are excerpts from the Wreck Report filed in San Francisco by G W Porter of San Francisco, master of the vessel:

                “Heavy gale, thick fog….Let go anchor, failed to hold.”  “Castle Head, Chignik Bay Alaska….went ashore on reef…Stranded…vessel refused Stays…total loss.”

                The Gay Head left San Francisco on a whaling voyage October 4, 1913 with a crew of 31.  They had accumulated 120 tons of sperm oil worth $4,787. They departed Chignik June 26, 1914 and wrecked the following day.  The Gay Head was valued at $20,000 at the time of the casualty.  All crewmen survived.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 10 N 158 20 W  Chart 16566

                Comment : Probably Castle Cape. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 252, Built 1877 at Mattapoiset Mass., Registration San Francisco, ON 85494, Owner L E James MO of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $5,000, Cargo Insurance $2,872

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed July 20, 1914


GENERAL MILLER (1882)     The 108 ton two masted schooner General Miller was wrecked in the Shumagin Islands in 1882.  Her value at the time of the casualty was $15,000 with cargo.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 10 N 160 W  Chart 16540

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


GENERAL SIGLIN (1902)     The 81 ton two masted schooner General Siglin was lost off of False Pass October 3, 1902 along with her crew of eight.  She was traveling from San Francisco to Kodiak. 

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W  Chart 16535

                Comment : This wreck is very similar to the General Siglin of 1897 in Southeast Alaska.  May be same vessel as both were built in 1894. WG

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 24


GGSY#4 (1918)     The 29 ton wooden scow GGSY#4 foundered in a heavy gale 140 miles west of Cape Spencer Wednesday May 13, 1918.  There were no passengers or crew lost.  The vessel had departed from Ketchikan March 9th bound for LaTouche.  It was 4:30 a.m. with winds at 60 mph and thick snow when the casualty occurred.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  58 12 45 N 137 39 30 W  Chart 16760

                Additional Information : Built 1917, Registered Ketchikan and Seattle, ON 166703, Master George E Sprague of Seattle, Owner San Juan Fishing & Pkg Co of Seattle, Vessel Value $2,500 no cargo, Insurance none

                Source : Report of Casualty filed at Washington


GJOA (1920)     Nine crewmen were on the beach and only the master aboard the 20 ton wood gas screw Gjoa when the anchor cable parted in a SE storm at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday August 4, 1920 34 miles east of Cape Suckling.  The Gjoa stranded and was lost with 2.5 tons of salvage equipment aboard.  Captain Hans Keil and his crew survived.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska : 59 59 30 N 143 19 W  Chart 16016

                Comment : The Gjoa could have been working salvage on one of the many wrecks along this beach including the Nellie Coleman (1905), Edith (1915), Washington (1915)and Constance (1919). WG

                Additional Information:  Tonnage 20 Gross 13 Net, Built 1907, Registered Seattle, ON 204413, Owner and Master Hans Keil of Tacoma, Last Port Ketchikan June 22, 1920, Vessel Value $5,000, Cargo Value $800, Vessel Insurance $3,000, Cargo Insurance none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed August 14, 1920 by Keil at Cordova


GLADIATOR (1931)     The 21 ton gas screw Gladiator stranded 20 miles NE of Cape Sarichef when her steering gear broke at 9:00 p.m. September 22, 1931.  The Gladiator was valued at $5,000 and her 7 ton cargo of oil, Alaska curios etc was valued at $2,500.  The vessel was on a voyage from Nome to Seattle with a crew of three when the casualty occurred.  The following are statements from the wreck report filed by Edward Webster of Seattle, owner and master of the Gladiator:

                “20 mi. NE of Cape Sarichef, Unimak Is….stranded…steering gear broke.”  “Wind blowing on shore…50 or 60 miles per hour, dark, night…did everything possible to keep off rocks; took a lone chance and landed on a soft spot on beach.”  “Sick man at boat, at that time doubtful if he would live, reached light house for assistance for sick man; got SOS to Coast Guard Cutter Chelan, at Squaw Harbor, Alaska, She responded immediately, picked me up at light house, proceeded to boat to get sick man, owing to dangerous and tricky surf, life boat was lost.  The officer in charge used good judgment in everything he tried to do but the elements were against him.  Result, everybody on beach landed OK.  Sick man taken care of, came to life, got into light house.  Chelan picked us up and brought us to Seattle, OK five days after.  We thank the officers for their efforts and in staking their all in coming to and rendering assistance for those unfortunately wrecked in Alaskan waters.  There is a lot of satisfaction to the people of Alaska to know that the Coast Guard is always willing to gladly help those wrecked in troubled waters, and at all times to go their limit.”

                “To Commandant, U S Coast Guard….I want to thank you, also to say, being familiar with Alaskan waters, it was a pleasure to come across men of caliber of those we met at Cape Sarichef, viz Mr Pederson, Mr Dickman, Mr Moore, also Mr Perry and Staff of the Cutter Chelan

                The Gladiator, valued at $5,000 was a total loss as was her cargo.  Neither had insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 54 35 50 N 164 55 30 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Tonnage 21 Gross 19 Net, Built 1910, Registration Seattle, ON 207939

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Seattle May 25, 1932 by Webster


GLEN (1907)     The 107 foot 127 ton wooden codfishing schooner Glen stranded in a heavy NE gale when her anchor cables parted at East Anchor Cove on Unimak Island at 7:30 p.m. Monday September 30, 1907.  The Glen departed San Francisco August 25 of that year with a crew of eight and had stowed about 85 tons of codfish when the casualty occurred.  One crewman, a 14 year old boy named But Machili was lost.  Weather at the time was reported to be a NE hurricane force gale, overcast, cloudy with heavy seas.  At the time the accident report was filed in San Francisco by a secretary for the owners, the Glen was high and dry and some of her cargo had been removed.  Vessel Value was listed at $6,000 with damage somewhere between $2,000 and $6,000 depending on whether she could be salvaged.  The report also states that only $1,700 of her $7,000 worth of codfish was lost.  Insurance on the vessel was listed at $3,000 and cargo at $1,504.  The John F Miller was reported wrecked January 8, 1908 trying to salvage the Glen.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 41 30 N 163 04 W  Chart 16535

                Additional Information : Length 106.6, Breadth 29, Depth 8.3, Built 1883 Marshfield Oregon, Tonnage 127.38 Gross 121.02 Net, Registered San Francisco, ON 85796, Master F G Buckman of San Francisco, Owner Pacific States Trading Co of San Francisco, Destination Bear Harbor

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed July 27, 1908


GO GET (1930)     The 29 ton wooden gas screw Go Get caught fire and was destroyed at the dock at Kukak Bay Cannery at 2 a.m. August 13, 1930. The crew of four escaped but the Go Get, valued at $4,000 was lost.  John Fraser, J A Kelton and other cannery crew assisted in the effort to put out the blaze using fire extinguishers and water but the Go Get became a total loss beyond repair.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  58 19 05 N 154 11 15 W  Chart 16603

                Additional Information : Tonnage 29 Gross 11 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Seward, ON 221206, Master William Stone of Kukak, Owner F J Comeau of Seattle, Last Port Anchorage May 14, 1930, Destination Kukak, Insurance $3,500

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Juneau September 27, 1930 by Comeau


GOLDEN FOREST (1929)     The 5658 ton Steam Ship Golden Forest stranded and was lost at Cape Ilktugitak at 3:04 a.m. September 5, 1929.  The ship had departed Akutan August 30th bound for Victoria British Comumbia with 34 crew and 6,413 tons or $300,000 worth of cargo.  Fog and strong currents were blamed for the casualty. The following are excerpts from the report of casualty filed at Seward September 16, 1929 by master L C Drewson:

                “Gentle breeze, small sea, moderate southeast swell, very dark.  Had taken soundings at 9 o’clock and 10 o’clock and found no bottom, and assumed that vessel was in middle of Shelikof Straits, course 43 true from Cape Karluk”

                “Vessel struck rock at Avatak Island, Alaska on July 24, 1929, when bound from San Francisco, Cal., to Yokohama, Japan.  Had diverted course of ship to meet USS Haida at Unimak Pass on account of sick member of crew.  Vessel was badly damaged and was being convoyed by Br. Str. Salvage King which had been sent up from Victoria for repairs.  We were proceeding along the coast via Seward and Cape Spencer and thence via inside passage.”  “Br Str. Salvage King and motor vessel took off crew of Golden Forest and took us to Kukak, Alaska.”

                The Golden Forest, valued at $300,000 was a total loss as was her cargo.  The vessel can still be seen on the rocks slowly rusting away at Cape Ilktugitak on the west side of the Shelikof Straits.  Insurance was unknown by the master at the time of this casualty report but another report was filed in San Francisco in October by the owners.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  58 01 15 N 154 34 45 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 5658 Gross 3493 Net, Age 10 years, Registration San Francisco, ON 217737, Master L C Drewson of San Francisco, Owner Oceanic and Oriental Navigation Co of San Francisco

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty September 16, 1929 at Seward


GOLDHUNTER (1881)    The 8.1 ton schooner Goldhunter lost her rudder in a storm and was driven ashore “about 30 miles east of entrance of Behrings Bay” Saturday April 2, 1881.  Aboard were James Hollywood of Sitka and four other crew. The crew survived the casualty but the Goldhunter, valued at $800 was a total loss with no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 40 N 140 W  Chart 16016

                Comment : Probably Yakutat Bay. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8.1, Registered Sitka, Owner/Master James Hollywood of Sitka, Port last sailed from “Coasting from Behring Bay”

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed by James Hollywood June 3, 1881


GRIZZLY (1922)     The 28 ton wooden gas screw Grizzly was driven onto the beach to avoid loss of life at noon November 12, 1922 in Jute Bay in the Shelikof Strait.  The Grizzly was on her way from Kodiak to Kanatak loaded with 29 tons of lumber when she began icing heavily and then sprung a leak.  The crew of four was captained by Walter Johnson of Kodiak.  The weather at the time was said to be heavy seas, freezing weather, heavy SW wind, dark, no moon and thick. The Grizzly, worth $12,000 and her cargo were reported as total losses.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 32 30 N 155 51 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 28 Gross 19 Net, Built 1912, Registered Juneau, ON 209663, Owner S S Robertson of Pittsburg PA, Last Port Kodiak November 12, 1922, Insurance doubtful unknown

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Kodiak February 25, 1923 by Johnson


GUNNER (1920)     The gas screw whaling boat Gunner was lost in Prince William Sound in 1920 when a whale gun exploded.  The Gunner was used to secure whale meat for fox farmers.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska Unknown

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



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