South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( J )

J J (1926)     The 15 ton gas screw JJ was broken up and abandoned as unfit after the engine and fittings were salvaged on August 16, 1926 at Kodiak by owner and master J A Johnson. 

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 47 15 N 152 24 W  Chart 16594

                Additional Information : Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Age 4 years, Registered Seward, ON 222365

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Johnson August 16, 1926


J T ROBINSON (1921)     The 18 ton wooden gas screw J T Robinson foundered and was lost along with five crew at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday October 5, 1921 on the Ahrnklin River Bar.  The salmon vessel was departing the Ahrnklin River bound for Yakutat and had no cargo aboard.  Weather was reported as bad with a southerly heavy wind and sea.  Lost were Bernard Knudsen, Andy Bergford, Ed Batton, John Terwick and Albert Iverson.  The J T Robinson was valued at $6,000 and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  59 25 45 N 139 32 20 W  Chart 16760

                Additional Information : Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Built 1908, Registered Seattle, ON 209749, Master B A Williams of Seattle, Owners Libby, McNeill & Libby

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by B Svensson, General Superintendent for Libby, McNeill & Libby on October 29, 1921 in Seattle


JABEZ HOWES (1911)     The 219 foot three masted wooden sloop and cannery tender Jabez Howes drug anchor in a heavy storm at 4 a.m. Friday April 7, 1911 in Anchorage Bay near Chignik Alaska.  The vessel departed Astoria March 14, 1911 with a Chinese Cannery crew of 87 men aboard and a ship’s crew of 37 bound for Chignik Bay.  She was carrying supplies and machinery for a cannery and fishing supplies valued at $90,000 as cargo.  All those aboard were safely removed during the heavy storm that stranded the Jabez Howes, but the vessel later slipped into deep water and became a total loss.  Some cargo was salvaged.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 19 N 158 23 W  Chart 16566

                Additional Information : Tonnage 1648 Gross 1521 Net, Built 1877 Newburyport Mass, Length 218.8, Breadth 40.1, Depth 26, Registered Astoria Oregon, ON 75966, Master Oscar Johnson of San Francisco, Owner Columbia River Packers Association of Astoria, Vessel Value $15,000, Vessel Insurance none, Cargo Insurance $90,000

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed by George H George, VP Columbia River Packers Association on July 15, 1911 at Astoria


JAMES A BORLAND (1896)     The 145 foot 670 ton wooden bark James A Borland stranded at Tugidak Island and was lost at 4 p.m. Thursday September 10, 1896.  The crew of 13 and 4 passengers all survived.  The cargo of 27,333 cases of canned salmon worth $105,000 was lost along with the vessel valued at $9,000.  Conditions at the time of the tragedy were “thick fog, strong current…Light wind, no sea.” 

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 30 N 154 40 W  Chart 16580

                Additional Information : Tonnage 670 Gross 636.69 Net, Length 145, Breadth 33, Depth 19, Built 1869 NY NY, Registered San Francisco, ON 75131, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Master F P Anderson of San Francisco, Last Port Karluk Alaska September 7, 1896, Destination San Francisco, Vessel Insurance none, Cargo Insurance $102,498

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed October 8, 1896 at San Francisco by vessel’s master


JAMES SENNETT (1901)     The 195 foot 693 ton wooden four masted schooner James Sennett stranded in Unimak Pass and was lost at 10 p.m. Wednesday August 7, 1901 midway between Scotch Cap and Cape Sarichef.

                “The schooner was on a return trip from Nome, Alaska, in ballast.  After passing through Unimak Pass in a light fog, while attempting to about ship, the vessel struck, two miles above Scotch Cap.  Captain Colstrup manned a boat and sailed to Dutch Harbor, then to Seattle for assistance.  Went back to attempt salvage of vessel, but found her all broken up.”

                According to the Wreck Report filed by Captain John F Colstrup October 15, 1901, the crew of 12 all survived the disaster.  The James Sennett was valued at $56,000 of which almost all was lost, no insurance.  They had departed Saint Michaels July 27, 1901 bound for Port Townsend, Washington.  The vessel was in ballast with no cargo.  The conditions at the time were said to be thick weather, dark, tide rips and scuttle breeze.  Charts are now marked Sennett Point just north of the wreck site.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  54 29 N 164 54 30 W  Chart 16520

                Additional Information : Tonnage 693, Length 194.5, Breadth 40, Depth 15.2, Built 1901 Marshfield Oregon, Registered San Francisco, ON 77453, Master J F Colstrup of San Francisco, Owner W G Tibbetts of Pacific Shipping of San Francisco

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed October 15, 1901 by Colstrup


JESSIE MINOR (1911)     The 129 foot 261 ton wooden schooner Jessie Minor was blown ashore in a gale in Nelson Lagoon at noon Thursday August 3, 1911.  The crew of 11, with owner W S E Jorgensen of San Francisco as master, all survived the tragedy.  The Jessie Minor, valued at $10,000 became a total loss.  The $20,000 worth of salt and empty barrels weighing 200 tons was salvaged.  Conditions at the time were reported as a 40 mile wind and rough seas.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 N 161 W  Chart 16011

                Additional Information : Tonnage 261 Gross 219 Net, Length 129, Breadth 32.5, Depth 9.2, Built 1883 at Fairhaven California, Registered San Francisco, ON 76473, Last Port San Francisco April 13, 1911, Destination Nelson Lagoon

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed September 18, 1911 by Jorgensen in San Francisco


JOHN CURRIER (1907)     The 236 foot 1945 ton wooden ship John Currier stranded on a sand bar near Cape Rozhnof near Nelson Lagoon at 1:30 a.m. Friday August 9, 1907.  She had departed Nushagak August 4, 1904 with a crew of 105 and 140 other employees, bound for Astoria, Oregon.  She also had a cargo of about 2,200 tons of canned salmon worth $125,000.  At the time of the tragedy there was a strong inshore current, fresh westerly wind, thick fog and rough sea.  The ship was full of water two hours after striking.  All hands were landed in ship’s boats August 9th.  The Revenue cutter McCullough took them from Nelson’s Lagoon September 11, 1907 to Unalaska.  The John Currier broke up in a SW gale September 10, 1907.  The vessel was worth $20,000 and had no insurance.  The cargo was insured for about $125,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  55 58 N 160 57 W  Chart 16006

                Additional Information : Tonnage 1945 Gross 1812 Net, Length 235.8, Breadth 42.8, Depth 26.8, Built 1882 Newburyport MA, Registered San Francisco, ON 76358, Master P S Murchison of San Francisco, Owner California Shipping Co of San Francisco

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed October 17, 1907 by C Ryder, President of California Shipping


JOHN F MILLER (1908)     The 107 foot 170 ton wooden schooner John F Miller parted her anchor chains in a severe gale and stranded at East Anchor Cove on Unimak Island January 8, 1908.  There were 7 crew and 30 fishermen aboard bound for Bear Harbor.  The crew of the John F Miller was attempting to salvage the 127 ton cod schooner Glen, which had wrecked in East Anchor Cove under similar conditions several months before.  Both vessels were owned by Pacific States Trading Company.  Survivors were picked up by boats from the fishing station after daylight.  Lost were Harry Hanson (48) of Sweden, Pete Johnson (24) of Norway, Samuel Smith (42) of the U.S., Charles Stoppy (23 ) of Finland, C Flink (38) of Finland, K Lund (27) of Norway, A Christensen (26) of Norway, Gust. Holmlom (48) of Finland, F Wideken (32) of Germany and C. Nelson (28) of Denmark.  The John F Miller was valued at $6,000 and was carrying a 220 ton cargo of salt and provisions valued at $4,000.  All was lost.  The insurance on the vessel was $1,500 and there was none on the cargo.

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

                Additional Information : Tonnage 170, Length 107, Breadth 30.6, Depth 9, Built 1882 San Francisco, Registered San Francisco, ON 76311, Master M G Kelton of Oakland, Owner Pacific State Trading of San Francisco, Last Port San Francisco November 23, 1907

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report filed by Kelton at San Francisco March 24, 1908, 2. Pacific Cod Fisheries DOC Document # 830 (1916) Pg 107


JOHN HANCOCK (1893)     The 144 foot 168 ton wood cod fishing schooner John Hancock broke loose from her moorings at the Sand Point Wharf and stranded during a hurricane at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday March 7, 1893.  The eight crewmen escaped to safety, but the vessel, valued at $6,000 and her 80 ton cargo of salt and provisions, valued at $2,000 were totally lost.  There was no insurance on the John Hancock and only $1,000 worth on her cargo.  The John Hancock had been constructed at the Boston Navy Yard as a government tug in 1850 and then became a practice ship at Annapolis MD at the Naval Academy a year later.  She was later armed with brass six pound cannon and sent to the Gulf of Mexico as a man-of-war.  She returned to New York and then on to Boston where she was refitted and became Commodore Perry’s Flagship.  Later the John Hancock was in service with the state department and finally acted as a powder magazine in Mission Bay on the west coast.  Her colorful career was ended as a cod schooner at Sand Point, Alaska March 7, 1893.

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

                Additional Information : Tonnage 167.62, Length 143.7, Breadth 23.5, Depth 8.5, Built 1850 Charlston, Mass., Master F M Gaffney of San Francisco, Owners Lynde and Hough, Last Port San Francisco February 8, 1893, Destination Sand Point

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report filed by Gaffney May 1, 1893 at San Francisco, 2. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961) Pg 412


JOSEPH PULITZER (1920)     The 73 ton two masted power schooner Joseph Pulitzer foundered at Aniakchak Bay December 18, 1920 while on a mail run from Seward westward.  The vessel was originally built for N Y Times publisher Joseph Pulitzer as a gaff rigged schooner but later became a pilot boat in New York and later the Columbia Bar.  Power was added in 1920 and the vessel was put to service as a mail carrier between Seward and the Aleutians.

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  56 42 N 157 22 W  Chart 16568

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 313


JOSEPH RUSS (1912)     The 124 foot 247 ton wooden schooner Joseph Russ stranded on the NE coast of Chirikof Island and was lost at 12:30 a.m. April 21, 1912.  35 of the 36 crew made it to safety, but John Jorgenson perished in the disaster.  The Joseph Russ had departed Seattle April 7, 1912 bound for Lost Harbor and cod fishing in the Bering Sea.  She was carrying a cargo of 300 tons of salt, dories and fishing gear valued at $5,000.  The following are excerpts from the Wreck Report filed by W T Robinson, President of Robinson Fisheries, and owner of the Joseph Russ:

                “NE coast of Cherikof Island, Alaska.”  “Stranded”  “30 miles (wind), dark thick night, currents; tides and possible deviation in compass (causes)”  “Was in breakers and everything done to save her.”  “2 dories with 6 men rowed to Chignik Bay for assistance, and were successful in having the Str. Dora rescue the men and take them to Seattle by Str. Bertha.”

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

                Additional Information : Tonnage 247 Gross 235 Net, Length 124, Breadth 30, Depth 9.6, Built 1881 Eureka CA, Registered Seattle, ON 76283, Master C Foss of Seattle, Vessel Value $8,500, Vessel Insurance $7,500, Cargo Insurance $3,500

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed June 8, 1912 at Puget Sound Collection District


JULIA FOARD (1888)     The 137 foot 446 ton wooden bark Julia Foard stranded in the Karluk River and was lost at 4 p.m. Thursday April 27, 1888.  She had departed Astoria, Oregon April 12, 1888 with a crew of 12, 25 Chinese cannery workers and 450 tons of general merchandise for the salmon cannery.  There were 17 aboard when the tragedy occurred, but all escaped to safety.  The Julia Foard, worth $12,000 and her cargo, worth $30,000 were reported as total losses.  The crews were taken to San Francisco by the Francis Alice

                Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska  57 34 10 N 154 27 30 W  Chart 16598

                Additional Information : Tonnage 445.97, Length 136.7, Breadth 29.4, Depth 17.2, Built 1864 LaRoque France, Master C A Treanor of San Francisco, Owner A P Lorentsen MO of Alameda, Vessel Insurance $8,000, Cargo Insurance $25,000

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed at San Francisco by C A Lions, Master on June 7, 1888



2 Replies to “South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( J )”

  1. i have found part of what i think is the jabez howes. it is a small chunk of the mast, and i dont know where to go from here.

    1. I would let Dave McMahon, who is the current State Archaeologist know about your discovery. His is retiring at the end of the month, so time is of the essence. I have heard he is very helpful in these matters, and I don’t know who his replacement will be. I will send you an email with his email and phone number.

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