South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( M )

M P E 110 (1968)     The diesel screw M P E 110 foundered April 12, 1968 off of Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 05 N 152 30 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MACRAY (1938)     The 86 ton wooden tug Macray was blown ashore in a storm and lost at 9:00 p.m. Sunday October 16, 1938.  The vessel departed Cordova at 4:30 P.M. October 13th bound for Petersburg with six crewmen aboard towing the 247 foot scow P S B & D Co. No. 8.  The following are statements from the casualty report made my Clyde Dell, master of the Macray:

“While laying in Controller Bay holding a scow on 600’ of towline with the Macray anchored in 8 fathoms of water with a 400 lb. anchor and 60 fathoms of chain.  This anchor was backed up by a 800 lb. anchor on 200’ of 7/8 inch wire rope fast to cargo winch on forecastle head.  At approx. 8:00 P.M. Oct. 16th, 135 Meridian time, a hurricane struck of approx. 90 mi. per hour.  The engine was immediately started full ahead.  The wind was of such force that glass was blown out of windows and heavy seas were rolling over forecastle head and bulwarks.  Fifteen min. later the scow was cut adrift with ship still going full speed ahead and the auxiliary pumps were running to keep hull pumped out due to water coming in thru broken out windows above engine room and thru hatch which had covers ripped off by terrific force.  The ship was forced backward onto S.E. end of Kanak Island at approx. 9:00 P.M., 135 meridian time.  The hull and superstructure were badly pounded and broken up by the force of the seas.  At approx. 10:30 P.M. Oct. 17th the wind had died  down to approx. 60 mile gale and at approx. 2:00 A.M the one remaining life boat was launched at low water and the crew of six men got thru the surf to the S.E. end of Kanak Island.”  “Crew taken off beach at 10:00 A.M. Oct. 18, 1938 by USCG Cutter Morris.”

The Macray was valued at $25,000 at the time of the loss and had no cargo or insurance.  Nothing is mentioned in the wreck report about the scow that was cut loose or whether it was carrying any cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 08 N 144 21 W   Chart 16723

Comment: A salvage of the hulk of the Macray and the scow was attempted two months later by Captain LaGasa and the vessel Debs. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 86 Gross 49 Net, Age 16 years, Registered Seattle, ON 222149, Master Clyde Dell of Sedro-Wooley WA, Owner Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co of Seattle

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 20, 1938 at Cordova, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

MADRE DOLOROSA (1966)     The crab fishing vessel Madre Dolorosa swamped, capsized and foundered August 14, 1966 off of Karluk.  Five persons were lost including skipper and owner Donald B Vinson, his sons Boyd and William Vinson, James White and Ronald Winberg.

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

Comment: The Madre Dolorosa was salvaged and returned to service in May of 1967.  WG

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (May 16, 1967) “Raised Boat Towed Into Kodiak” Pg 11, 2. Seattle Daily Times (August 18, 1966) Pg 61

 

MAGGIE (1953)     The 12 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Maggie burned May 26, 1953 near Anchor Point in Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 46 45 N 151 49 50 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 10 Net, Length 30.3, Breadth 10.3, Depth 5, Built 1942 at Seattle WA, Former Name C-6030 (U S N), Horsepower 282, SL WB9922, Owner Seldovia Bay Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 257205

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 332, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

MAGNET (1980)     The 36 foot vessel Magnet sank September 20, 1980 in the Spiridon Bay area.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 40 N 153 52 W   Chart 16580

Source: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

MAGNUM (2007)     The 56 foot salmon seiner Magnum foundered June 23, 2007 near Cape Igvak on the Alaska Peninsula.  At 22:45 the vessel began flooding from the aft steering compartment prompting those on board to don survival suits and abandon ship to the life raft at 23:00. The Magnum sank within 15 minutes. The crew of four family members was picked up by the vessel Sea Storm three days later about 17 miles west of Halibut Bay in the Shelikof Strait.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 26 N 156 01 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 51 Gross 41 Net, Length 56, Built 1979, ON 615571

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. USCG News Release (June 23, 2007) “Crew of Overdue Fishing Boat Found Safe in Liferaft”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 356659

 

MAHINA HOU (1950)     The 162 ton 103 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Mahina Hou stranded and was lost August 24, 1950 in the first cliff west of Cape Suckling.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 162 Gross 94 Net, Length 103.6, Breadth 32.9, Depth 5.6, Built 1944 at North Tonawanda NY, Former Name LCT 6-1450 (U S N), Crew 7, Horsepower 675, Owner Alaska Allied Industries, Registered Juneau, ON 249515

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 333, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 745

 

MAIA D (1994)     The 34 foot salmon troller Maia D got line in her screw, flooded and sank May 16, 1994 in Stevenson Entrance.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the U S Coast Guard.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 47 N 152 24 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: CG045062

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

 

MAJESTIC (1956)     The 104 ton 74 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Majestic stranded and was lost August 12, 1956, 12 miles out of Puale Bay in the Shelikof Strait.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 41 N 155 29 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 104 Gross 49 Net, Length 74.1, Breadth 19.6, Depth 8.7, Built 1934 at Los Angeles CA, Horsepower 180, SL WA7542, Owner John B Jorgensen, Registered Seattle, ON 233572

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 320, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 757

 

MAJOR (1976)     The 50 ton 54 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Major foundered August 12, 1976 off of Kodiak Island.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 50 Gross 42 Net, Length 54.8, Breadth 16.4, Depth 7.7, Built 1947 at Seattle WA, Former Name Irene G, ON 254026

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Irene G” Pg 308, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2118

 

MAKO (1958)     The 9 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mako was consumed by fire May 31, 1958 at the mouth of the Kasilof River.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 30, Breadth 10.5, Depth 3.9, Built 1944 at Seldovia, Horsepower 110, Owner Glenn A Phillips, Registered Juneau, ON 265276

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 333, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 802

 

MALINA (1961)     The 165 ton 82 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Malina stranded and was lost June 14, 1961 near the Black Hills In Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 41 N 162 05 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 165 Gross 134 Net, Length 82, Breadth 26.6, Depth 8.7, Built 1943 at Seattle WA, Former Names BSP-1909 (U S A) and PB-119 (U S A), Horsepower 230, SL WA7565, Owner San Juan Fishing & Packing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 250952

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 350, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

MALOLO (1991)     The 58 foot wooden tug Malolo experienced an electrical malfunction during heavy weather in Cook Inlet causing an inability to pump bilges and subsequently sank December 21, 1991 near the southwest end of the Kenai Peninsula.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 19 45 N 151 59 45 W   Chart 16640

Comment: One report has this loss 3.5 miles north of Flat Island and another puts it in Koyuktolik Bay. Further research is warranted. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 42 Gross 33 Net,  Built 1926 Seattle, ON 226034

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979), 2. U S C G Investigation Activity Report MC92016415

 

MANHATTAN (1917)     The 129 foot steel hulled halibut steamer Mahhattan struck an uncharted rock off Lituya Bay and was lost at 2:00 a.m. Thursday November 15, 1917.  The Manhattan departed Vancouver, B.C. October 29, 1917 on a fishing venture with 34 crewmen aboard.  The vessel came across the stranded and abandoned wreck of the Al-Ki on November 1st near Point Augusta.  The crew looted the vessel, taking whatever they could find of value.  They then proceeded to the halibut fishing grounds of the Gulf of Alaska.  By the time of the disaster, they had caught 80,000 lbs. of fresh fish worth $12,000.  While heading to Cape Spencer with their newly caught load of halibut, John Kolseth of Vancouver, master of the Manhattan, lost his bearings in a gale and thick snowstorm and stranded the Manhattan off Lituya Bay.  The crew abandoned ship in dories but were unable to land because of an enraged brown bear that pursued them through the surf.  Thirty hours after the stranding they spotted the Mariposa passing and managed to attract their attention by burning an oilskin coat.  They were rescued and taken to Juneau where they were promptly arrested for looting the Al-ki.  The Mariposa had been the vessel that had rescued the crew of the Al-ki as well as those of the Manhattan.  When the crew of the Mariposa heard that the crew of the Manhattan had looted the Al-Ki they radioed ahead to the authorities.  Charges against the crew of the Manhattan were soon dropped as all of the evidence had gone down with the Manhattan somewhere near Lituya Bay.

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

Comment: The Mariposa sank several days later, November 18, 1917, near Point Baker.  Trappers reported finding the boiler of the Manhattan on the beach at Lituya Bay in 1932 but it was soon buried by moving sands.  The Manhattan was a converted steam tug out of Philadelphia.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 291 Gross 134 Net, Length 129.3, Breadth 24.1, Depth 14, Built 1906 at Philadelphia PA, Registered Portland ME, ON 202845, HP 800, SL KVGW, Service Tow, Owner New England Fish Co of Boston, Vessel Value $100,000 (Book Value $50,000), Vessel Insurance none, Cargo Insurance none

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty January 9, 1918 at Portland ME by Benjamin Thompson, clerk for New England Fish, 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 294, 3. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 142

MANZANITA (1975)     The 78 ton 76 foot wooden oil screw Manzanita foundered April 17, 1975 near Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 145 45 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 78 Gross 53 Net, Length 76.5, Breadth 18.5, Depth 8.2, Built 1899 at Seattle WA, Former Names North Star and Queen City, ON 130814

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 837, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1870

 

MAPELE (1943)     The 3,545 ton steam screw freighter Mapele grounded and was lost January 15, 1943 at Cape Devine in the Shumagin Islands.  One crewmember and one Armed Guard were lost in the surf during rescue.  48 others were taken aboard the USS Discoverer.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 22 45 N 160 09 W   Chart 16540

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MAR DEL LABRADOR (1984)     The 200 foot stern trawler Mar del Labrador sank November 2, 1984 approximately 25 miles southwest of Kodiak.   The Mar del Labrador sailed out of Vigo, Spain and carried two American and 28 Spanish crewmembers. All thirty were picked up by the fishing vessel Dona Genoveva and transported to Kodiak. From the time the vessel distress call was received at 5:30 a.m., when she was reported taking on water in the engine room, until the Mar del Labrador sank was only a matter of minutes.

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (November 7, 1984) “Boat Sinks Crew Rescued” Pg 6

 

MAR DEL ORO (1976)   The 156 ton 80 foot steel oil screw shrimper Mar del Oro foundered in the Shelikof Strait October 14, 1976.  The vessel sank within minutes.  The 6 person crew escaped to a life raft and all were hoisted to a Coast Guard helicopter two hours later.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 155 W   Char 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 156 Gross 108 Net, Length 79.9, Breadth 24.1, Depth 11.3, Built 1969 at Mobile AL, Horsepower 565, SL WY6521, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 520258

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Seattle Daily Times (October 14, 1976) “Six rescued off Kodiak Island” Pg 34, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) Pg 744

 

MAR DEL PLATA (1977)     The 156 ton 80 foot steel oil screw shrimp fishing vessel Mar del Plata grounded and foundered May 19, 1977 in the Shelikof Strait.  Crewmen were rescued by the fishing vessel Heidi J.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 155 W   Char 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 156 Gross 108 Net, Length 79.9, Breadth 24.1, Depth 11.3, Built 1969 at Mobile AL, Horsepower 565, SL WYZ5733, ON 519919

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) Pg 744, 3. BOEM Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARATHON (1925)     The 25 ton gas screw Marathon drug anchor and stranded in Kodiak at 11 a.m. November 17, 1925.  The vessel was moored in the harbor until a 45 mile an hour SW gale forced her onto the beach “about 500 feet west of Erskine’s Dock”.  The two aboard the Marathon attempted to get an anchor out but were too late.  The Ga. S. Pronto also attempted to render assistance but the Marathon had drifted onto the reef.  The engine of the Marathon was salvaged but the hull was damaged beyond repair.  The Marathon was valued at $2,500 and had no insurance.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 25 Gross 17 Net, Age 15 years, Registered Seward, ON 209474, Master Charles Gilbert of Ouzinkie, Owner John E Gilchrist of South Bend OR

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty February 18, 1926 by J E King, Agent at Kodiak

MARCONIA (1962)     The 115 ton 74 foot wooden oil screw halibut fishing vessel Marconia struck a submerged reef and sank in Unga Strait on March 25, 1962.  All 10 members of the crew abandoned ship to a life raft and paddled to a nearby sand spit where they were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 25 N 160 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 115 Gross 59 Net, Length 74.5, Breadth 20.4, Depth 9.9, Built 1937 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 200, SL WA7627, Owner and captain Arthur E Edwards, Registered Seattle, ON 236158

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 382, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 931, 3. Seattle Times (March 28, 1962) Pg 14

 

MARDI SUE LYNN (1990)     The 35 foot aluminum crab fishing vessel Mardi Sue Lynn caught fire and burned to the waterline April 25, 1990 off of Cape Chiniak.  All three crewmembers abandoned the vessel in a Zodiac.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Comment: Unknown which Cape Chiniak.  WG

Additional Information: ON 591428

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARGARET (1921)     An explosion and fire destroyed the 55 ton gas screw Margaret at the oil dock at Katalla at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday July 6, 1921.  The three crewmen aboard all suffered burns but survived the disaster.  The Margaret was being filled with “distillate oil” at the time, having loaded seven tons or $500 worth.  The crew had loaded oil many times before and could find to cause for the explosion.  About a dozen company men helped fight the blaze, but the Margaret became a total loss.  She was valued at $42,385 and had $25,000 worth of insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 12 N 144 31 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 55 Gross 37 Net, Built 1920, Registration Ketchikan, ON 220614, Master B H Durkee of Katalla, Owner Bering River Coal Co of Seattle

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 22, 1921 by Durkee at Juneau

MARGERY (1905)     The 10 ton 35 foot wooden schooner Margery was washed ashore in a westerly gale on the east side of Sanborn Harbor at 3 a.m. November 7, 1905.  The vessel departed Sand Point the day before bound for Sanborn Harbor with two aboard.  They had two anchors with 30 and 45 fathoms of chain out, but the chains parted in the heavy westerly gale.  Both crewmen survived, but the Margery, valued at $400 was a total loss and had no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 55 10 N 160 04 W   Chart 16553

Comment: There is a notation on the Wreck Report under the signature of Potter that says Eagle Harbor, Nagai Island which is one bay over from Sanborn Harbor.  This vessel is listed as Marjory or Marjorie in other wreck lists.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 10, Length 35, Breadth 11, Depth 3.7, Built 1889 in Seattle, Registered Unalaska, ON 92309, Master and Owner John Potter of Sand Point, Cargo ballast

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report July 27, 1907 by Potter at Unalaska

MARGUERITE (1936)     The 19 ton gas screw Marguerite exploded and caught fire at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday July 8, 1936 while docked at Snug Harbor.  The three crewmen escaped but the Marguerite was cut adrift and sank.  She was valued at $2,000 and was a total loss with no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 15 N 147 43 W   Chart 16701

Comments: I put this wreck on Knight Island but it could be a different Snug Harbor.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Built 1915, Registered Seward, ON 213371, Master E J Fribrock of Seattle, Owner Snug Harbor Packing Company of Seattle

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty July 29, 1936 by Fribrock at Seward

MARGUERITE (1964)     A vessel named Marguerite owned by Neal Day 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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

MARI JANA (1985)     The fishing vessel Mari Jana took a wave over the stern, flooded and sank July 26, 1985 six miles off of the mouth of the Kenai River in Cook Inlet.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARIA (1965)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Maria was consumed by fire August 25, 1965 at Naknek.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10.3, Depth 4, Built 1960 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WM8329, Owner Pierre Mercurio, Registered Juneau, ON 281273

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 427, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1171

 

MARIE JO (1942)     The 28 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Marie Jo foundered August 11, 1942 in Mill Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 30 N 152 20 30 W   Chart 16595

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 19 Net, Length 44.8, Breadth 12.5, Depth 7.2, Built 1940 at Aberdeen WA, Horsepower 110 (Brake), Owner Martinas van der Zweth, Registered Aberdeen WA, ON 239851

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 755, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 366

MARIE MAE (1989)     The 32 foot aluminum salmon fishing vessel Marie Mae rolled quickly, capsized and was lost July 5, 1989 three nautical miles off of Ninilchik in Cook Inlet.  The two crewmembers narrowly escaped to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 151 40 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 593366

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARIE N (1964)     The 10 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw pleasure vessel Marie N stranded and was lost (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 10 Gross 8 Net, Length 38, Breadth 10.7, Depth 4, Built 1925 at Seattle WA, Former Name Speedboat No. 8 (F & W L S), Horsepower 65, SL WL2316, Owner Harry Gottschalk, Registered Juneau, ON 264761

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 399, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MARINE MAID (1988)     The 32 foot gillnet fishing vessel Marine Maid sank July 4, 1988 off of Ninilchik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 151 40 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARION (1906)     The 235 ton 123 foot wooden three masted cod fishing schooner Marion foundered near Sanak at 8:40 p.m. April 11, 1906.  The vessel departed San Francisco March 18, 1906 with 8 crewman bound for Sanak.  The vessel was carrying 200 tons of food, cannery and fishing supplies worth $5,000.  The following are from the wreck report filed in San Francisco by A G Ames, Manager Owner:

“Sanak, Alaska.”  “Fresh breeze NE, swell, 8:40 p.m., snow squall.”  “Mistaken position.” “Let go both anchors”  “Foundering.”  “Total loss.”

The report lists the vessel and cargo as total losses.  The Marion was valued at $8,000 and insured for $6,000.  Her cargo was insured for $4,400.  The crew survived through great hardship on a small island near the disaster.  They were rescued by the steamer Dora and taken to Valdez. Three men died attempting to salvage some of the stores on the Marion several months after she was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 29 54 N 162 48 40 W   Chart 16547

Additional Information: Tonnage 235 Gross 223 Net, Length 123, Breadth 31.8, Depth 10.3, Built 1882 San Francisco, Registered San Francisco, ON 91487, Master F W Haus of San Francisco, Owner Alaska Codfish Co of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report June 8, 1906 at San Francisco, 2. Seattle Times (May 24, 1906) “Schooner Marion is Lost” Pg 18, 3. Seattle Daily Times (July 20, 1906) “Two Whites and Indian Meet Death in Alaska” Pg 14

MARION (1952)     The 14 ton 49 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Marion burned May 11, 1952 about three miles west of the mouth of the Kaliakh River.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 05 40 N 142 48 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Length 49.5, Breadth 11.4, Depth 3.7, Built 1905 at Astoria OR, Horsepower 100, Owner Eugene H LaMonde, Registered Seattle, ON 202121

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 389, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 931

 

MARION A (1978)     The 42 foot steel crab fishing vessel Marion A rolled over an sank in foul weather in Geese Channel off of Aiaktalik Island October 2, 1978.  Crewmen Jerry Allain (28) and Delno Oldham (25) were lost with the Marion A.  Both were from Kodiak. A third crewman, Gerald C. Bourgeois (29) of Covington, Louisiana was rescued 11 days later by the vessel Moonsong. The Marion A listed to port and capsized at 10:30 in the morning a half mile from Aiaktalik Island on October 2nd. It happened so quickly a radio distress call could not be made. With the help of skipper Allain, Bourgeois was able to wrestle into a survival suit while in the water. The two attempted to make shore but Allain succumbed to the cold before they reached the beach. Bourgeois got to shore after a long struggle and put together a makeshift shelter of driftwood. He stayed in the survival suit the entire 11 days until rescued, living on beach grass, wild celery and mussels. No one in the fleet knew that the Marion A had been lost. On Friday the 13th crewman Buddy Walton from the fishing vessel Moonsong happened to be looking through binoculars as the vessel passed the beach where Bourgeois was shipwrecked. He noticed the orange of the survival suit and passed the glasses to skipper Ole Harder who identified the orange object as having waving arms. Realizing he was about to be rescued, Bourgeois could not wait for a skiff to be launched and swam out to the Moonsong.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 45 N 153 53 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 18 Net, Length 39, Breadth 13.5, Depth 8, Built 1965 at Freeland WA, ON 299131, SL WV8323

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. Seattle Times (November 19, 1978) “Fisherman survived frigid sea, 11 days on island” Pg C3

 

MARJORY (1905) See MARGERY (1905)

MARJORIE H (1971)     The 40 ton 50 foot wooden oil screw halibut fishing vessel Marjorie H foundered May 20, 1971 off of the Kenai Peninsula 80 miles west of Resurrection Bay.  The vessel was reported to have struck a deadhead.  The five crewmen spent two days in a life raft before they were picked up by another fishing vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 48 N 149 30 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 27 Net, Length 50, Breadth 15.3, Depth 7, Built 1947 at Everett WA, Former Name Janette, ON 249527

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 433, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1636, 3. Seattle Daily Times (May 27, 1971) “5 Rescued after 2 days in life raft” Pg 34

 

MARK F (1974)     The logging barge Mark F foundered September 3, 1974 near Whittier.  The vessel became disabled in high winds and her cargo of logs broke loose causing the Mark F to founder.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 46 30 N 148 41 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARLEE (1978)     The 33 foot wooden gillnet fishing vessel Marlee disappeared some time after May 8, 1978 along with her 76 year old owner George Elias Parr. Parr made purchases in Seward and was issued an Interim Use Permit for the halibut season that opened May 11, 1978. He and the Marlee were never seen again. A missing person report was filed with the Alaska State Troopers in September of 1978 and coastal search initiated in October of 1978. No sign of Parr or his vessel have ever been found.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.4, Breadth 10.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1961 Seattle WA, 112 HP, Radio none, ON 505231

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 897, 2. Inquiry and communications with Parr Family (March 2016) alaskashipwreck.com

 

MARMOT (1931)     A fire of unknown origin destroyed the 44 ton wooden halibut fishing ketch Marmot at 9:00 p.m. Wednesday August 12, 1931.  The vessel with her crew of 7 was fishing for halibut 10 miles east of Two Headed Island near Kodiak Island when the tragedy occurred.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report filed by master and half owner Arne Larson of Ketchikan:

“Brisk westerly wind, dark, cloudy.”  “Fire”  “On discovery of fire, engineer went into engine room and discharged 2 ½ gallon “Foamite” extinguisher, but was driven back by smoke and flames.”  “After engineer was driven from engine room, all doors, companionways and ventilators were closed and sealed in the hope that the flames would be smothered.  Two dories were launched and stood by until flames burst thru the deck.  As vessel was apparently doomed, crew in the two dories started for land.  Harry Venema had been ailing for some time before the fire but had stated that it was not necessary to see a doctor.  Apparently the stress of the fire and the exposure to the dory was too much for him.  He died in the dory on the morning of August 13th, 1931.”

The Marmot was valued at $18,000 at the time of the disaster.  Her cargo of 30,000 lbs. of freshly caught halibut was valued at $2,000.  Both the vessel and her cargo were total losses.  The Marmot was insured for $16,000 and her cargo insured for $2,000.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 44 Gross 30 Net, Age 6 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 225318, Owners Arne Larson and C Hansen of Ketchikan, Last Port Ketchikan August 1, 1931

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty August 17, 1931 at Seward

MARMOT CAPE (1964)     The vessel Marmot Cape, out of Port Bailey and owned by Herman Von Scheele, was reported missing in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

MARMOT CAPE (1977)     The 27 ton 40 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Marmot Cape foundered October 15, 1977 in Astrolabe Bay 14 miles west of Cape Spencer. While headed south from Alaska to Columbia Ward in Seattle, the vessel sought shelter in Astrolabe Bay with two persons on board. Seas were running at 30 to 35 feet and winds gusting to 70 knots. The anchor line soon snapped and the two men attempted to jog around the bay in the high winds. The vessel eventually capsized and sank. Crewman Paul Stratton (27) donned a survival suit but skipper Bill Wood did not. Stratton was able to reach a nearby beach where he was rescued three days later. Bill Wood was lost along with the Marmot Cape. Stratton paced the beach in search of food and his ship mate. When the rescue helicopter picked him up days later it was observed that bear tracks were interlaced with Stratton’s tracks up and down the beach*.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 22 30 N 136 54 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 19 Net, Length 39.9, Breadth 14, Depth 7, Built 1960 at Seattle WA, ON 283812

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 435, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2118, 3. The Oregonian (October 22, 1977) “Hunt Dropped for Oregonian” Pg A20, 4. *Personal Interview WG, 5. Seattle Times “December 27, 1977) “Suit staved off death in icy sea” Pg A15

 

MARTEN (1975)     The 188 ton 82 foot wooden oil screw crab fishing vessel Marten struck a rock pinnacle, rolled over and foundered at 10:15 p.m. February 20, 1975 off of Spruce Cape, four miles north of the Kodiak Harbor.  Captain Jeff Alexander (21) of Seattle was the only survivor of the disaster.  Lost with the Marten were Jim Rich (21) of Seattle, Mike Rowe from England and Deere Alioski of Yugoslavia.  Jeff Alexander was able to survive clinging to a cliff overnight in a snow storm.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 15 N 152 20 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 188 Gross 155 Net, Length 82.2, Breadth 26.6, Depth 8.7, Built 1943 at Seattle WA, Former Name BSP-1914 (U S A), ON 250970

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 436, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2118, 3. Seattle Daily Times (February 24, 1975) “Seattle man lone survivor of sinking near Kodiak” Pg 40

 

MARTHA (1924)     The 23 ton wooden schooner Martha broke an anchor fluke in a heavy northwesterly storm and washed ashore on a reef on the E S E entrance to Catons Harbor at 6:00 a.m. April 27, 1924.  The Martha had been towed to Catons Harbor and anchored by the schooner Louise.  No one was able to get to the Martha in the northwesterly blizzard and snow storm before she washed up on the reef and was broken up by the seas.  The Martha had 17 ½ tons of fish salt worth $112.75 aboard, which were lost along with the vessel which was valued at $1,000 at the time of the tragedy.  Neither the Martha nor her cargo was insured.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 24 N 162 32 W   Chart 16547

Additional Information: Tonnage 23.3 Gross 14.71 Net, Age 19 years, Registered San Francisco, ON 204220, Owner Union Fish Co of San Francisco, Last Port towed from Pauloff Harbor

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 3, 1924 by G Schmidt, Agent

MARTHA (1939)     The 30 ton 60 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Martha stranded and was lost at Walrus Island near Nelson Lagoon at 10:00 a.m. Thursday October 19, 1939.  The vessel departed Unalaska October 14th bound for Bristol Bay with four crewmen aboard.  The rudder was carried away in a storm causing the stranding.  The four crewmen managed to escape but the Martha was a total loss.  The vessel was valued at $7,500 of which $6,000 was insured.  There was no cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 01 40 N 160 50 W   Chart 16363

Comment: The Merchant Vessels of 1941 Vessels Reported Lost Pg 510 says this vessel was wrecked at Deer Island near Nelson Lagoon.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross 16 Net, Length 60.3, Breadth 14, Depth 4.7, Built 1917 at Eureka CA, Horsepower 65 (Brake), Registered Cordova, ON 215539, Master Donald Pickard of Unalaska, Owner F Schroder of San Francisco

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 510, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 214, 3. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty December 12, 1939 by Schroder at Unalaska

MARTHA (1951)     The 40 ton 60 foot wooden oil screw Martha burned August 16, 1951 at Nelson Lagoon.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 N 161 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 32 Net, Length 60.3, Breadth 14, Depth 4.7, Built 1917 at Eureka CA, Service freight, Horsepower 165, SL WA 7854, Owner Charles Franz, Registered Juneau, ON 215539

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 354, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

 

MARTHA W TUFT (1907)     The 173 ton 105 foot wooden schooner Martha W Tuft stranded and was lost at the Katalla River during the night of October 5, 1907.  A strong storm washed the vessel up onto the sand spit at the mouth of the river.  The crew of seven was rescued from the rigging.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 12 N 144 31 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 173 Gross 164 Net, Length 105, Breadth 29.8, Depth 8.6, Built 1876 at Eureka California, Registered Seattle, ON 90924, Vessel Value with cargo $14,000

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report, 2. The San Francisco Call (October 15, 1907) Pg 11

MARTIE (1996)     The 43 foot salmon seiner Martie sank August 2, 1996 at Evans Island in Prince William Sound.  All five persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 148 04 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 249005

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

 

MARTY N (1983)     The fishing vessel Marty N caught fire while under way and was abandoned January 1, 1983 west of Glacier Island.  The crew was rescued by the caretaker at the Fairmont Cannery who had heard the Mayday broadcast.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 N 147 11 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARY AND IDA (1904)     The 110 foot wooden cod fishing schooner Mary and Ida drug anchor, stranded and was lost on Kelly’s Rock at Unga Island at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday February 23, 1904.  The vessel was anchored just off the codfish station at Unga Island when the disaster occurred.  A violent hurricane force storm with 90 mile an hour NW winds and rough seas stranded the Mary and Ida.  She was carrying 78,000 fish or 200 tons of salted codfish valued at $12,000.  The Mary and Ida was valued at $7,000 and became a total loss along with her cargo.  The crew of 8 was helped to safety by the employees of the codfish station and all survived.  The wrecked vessel was sold for $90 and stripped.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 11 40 N 160 27 25 W   Chart 16553

Comment: H W McCurdy (Pg 94) has this vessel lost in the Bering Sea February 28, 1904. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 174 Net, Built 1882 at San Francisco, Length 110.2, Breadth 29.4, Depth 9.7, Registered San Francisco, ON 91524, Master M Ipsen of San Francisco, Owner Pacific Marine Supply Co of San Francisco, Last Port Sand Point February 8, 1904, Destination San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $7,000, Cargo Insurance $10,000

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report March 30, 1904 by Ipsen, 2. Daily Alaska Dispatch (April 5, 1904) “Schooner Wrecked” Pg 3

MARY ANN (1905)     The 96 ton 88 foot wooden cod fishing schooner Mary Ann stranded and was lost at Unga at 11:45 a.m. Monday November 13, 1905.  She had sailed from Seattle September 19, 1905 on a fishing trip to the North Pacific with ten crewmen aboard.  At the time of the disaster she was carrying 85 tons of salt and salt codfish worth $3,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by John Russel, master and owner of the Mary Ann:

“In the outer harbor of Unga, Alaska…Hurricane from the NE…In day time, heavy sea and strong undertow.  Barometer 27.85, lowest in history of Alaska.”  “Had 2 anchors out, 35 fathoms chain on 515# anchor, 8 fathoms chain and 70 fathoms hawser on 613# anchor.  7 fathoms water where anchored.”  “Port anchor broke shank 6 in. from crown of anchor; then began to drift and left go third anchor with 65 fathoms chain.  But wind increasing and vessel diving badly and dragging all the time, and 11:48 a.m. struck her stern on a rock.  The next sea she struck under her cabin, and the next 4 feet forward of the main mast, and that broke her back.  She began to fill with water, so let go cables and let her drive up on the shore.  2:40 p.m. we got on shore ourselves.”  “Total loss”

The crew all survived the disaster, but the Mary Ann, valued at $5,000 and her cargo were lost.  The vessel was insured for $2,500 and her cargo for $2,000.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 11 N 160 30 10 W   Chart 16553

Additional Information: Tonnage 96.18 Net, Length 88.3, Breadth 19.8, Depth 9.8, Built 1852 Philadelphia PA, Registered Seattle, ON 17438, Owner and Master John Fussel of Ballard WA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report April 2, 1906 by John Fussel

MARY ANNE (1986)     The 34 foot fishing vessel Mary Anne was lost September 10, 1986 between Karluk and the Red River Lagoon.

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

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

MARY ANNE (1992)     On October 14, 1992 the 49 foot vessel New Star, the 29 foot fishing vessel Mary Ann and 32 foot vessel Silver Bullet were traveling together when the Mary Anne got line in her prop. The Silver Bullit took the Mary Anne in tow. While towing the Mary Anne into Mitrofania Bay the Silver Bullit struck a rock.  The three vessels tied side by side to keep the Silver Bullit afloat. They then beached all three to make repairs when the tide went out.  While the others slept, the owner of the Silver Bullit attempted to heat up his fiberglass hull to dry it out and make repairs. Unfortunately, the Silver Bullit was set on fire and all three burned.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 53 N 158 50 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 600078, Length 29.1

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 897203

 

MARY C FISHER (1931)     The 12 ton two masted vessel Mary C Fisher foundered and sank in a storm in the Shelikof Strait at 12:10 p.m. Friday August 28, 1931.  Owner and master Cliff Sumerlin of Cordova and two others had departed Kodiak the evening of August 24th.  They were bound for Dutch Harbor and Unalaska.  They were carrying a ton of coal and six tons of grocery supplies, fishing gear and gasoline valued at $900.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“3 miles E Cape Kubugukli Shelikof Strait Pnei. Alaska.”  “Wind 60 mile gale sweeping mist and rain.  High tide, heavy broken cross seas running, midday.”  “S.E. storm that swung sharply to So. West causing heavy cross seas that swept deck, damaged vessel, and filled it.”  “Took every measure possible to save vessel until last minute of hope.”  “Foundered and sank.”  “Two seamen, Names George Tapper and Olaf Hansen and myself worked along coast in open skiff for 7 days to reach Kanatak.  Our eats were pilot bread and coffee only.  Made report of foundered vessel to Captain Anderson on S.S. Starr

The Mary C Fisher was valued at $5,500 at the time of the tragedy.  There was no insurance on the vessel or her cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 53 50 N  155 03 35 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Age 4 years 3 months, Registered Juneau, ON 226258, Vessel and Cargo loss total

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty March 4, 1932 at Cordova by Sumerlin

MARY ELLEN (1890)     The 77 ton Canadian schooner Mary Ellen was wrecked on a reef at Sand Point July 23, 1890.  The wreck was sold for $150.  The purchaser raised the Mary Ellen and sold her at a big advance to Jacobson of Victoria.

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

Sources: 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895) Pg 435, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

MARY ELLEN (1942)     The 18 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mary Ellen burned July 30, 1942 at Hinchinbrook Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 23 N 146 28 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 15 Net, Length 39.6, Breadth 14.2, Depth 4.6, Built 1903 at Whatcom WA, Horsepower 25, Owner Edward E Haltness, Registered Cordova, ON 200435

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 211

MARY G (1933)     The 31 ton 51 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mary G  foundered in 1933 southwest of the Alaska Peninsula near the Shumagin Islands.  There was no one aboard at the time of the disaster.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 10 N 160 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 31 Gross 21 Net, Length 51.4, Breadth 14.2, Depth 6.4, Built 1915 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Northern Fisheries of Washington, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 213372

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 216, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 425

MARY HELEN (1999)     The 50 foot fiberglass codfish trawler Mary Helen was consumed by a stateroom fire and lost February 22, 1999 approximately 15 nautical miles southwest of King Cove.  The master of the burning vessel was able to run her aground on outer Iliasik Island. Both crewmembers waded to shore, were picked up by the fishing vessel Melony Sue and transported to King Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 N 161 53 W   Chart 16540

Additional Information: Tonnage 35 Gross 28 Net, ON 991700, Call Sign WBV3836

Sources: 1. USCG Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 842765

 

MARY J (2002)     The 65 foot aluminum oceanographic research vessel Mary J was lost October 10, 2002 on the rocks in Windy Bay near Chugach Passage. She had been under tow by the charter fishing vessel Shenandoah from Homer to Seward with no one aboard. The Shenandoah and the two persons aboard were never located. The Mary J was found washed up on the rocks in Windy Bay with a broken tow line still attached. She eventually broke up on the rocks.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 13 30 N 151 27 30 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 55 Gross  37 Net, Length 62.4, Breadth 16.2, Depth 8, ON 517334, Call Sign KUS51733, Built 1968 Berwick LA, Former Names Risk & Lois Tide

Sources: 1. USCG MISLE Case #93994, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 835 & 1934

 

MARY L (1964)     The 8 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mary L 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 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 31.3, Breadth 9.3, Depth 4.2, Built 1961 at Larsen Bay, Horsepower 83, SL WR3846, Owner Peter Larionoff, Registered Juneau, ON 284927

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 425

 

MARY L (1989)     The 38 foot fiberglass fishing vessel Mary L flooded her lazarette and sank October 25, 1989 in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak.  Both crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 944045

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MARY LEE (1927)     The 11 ton wooden gas screw Mary Lee was lost at the entrance to Shoup Bay the evening of November 9, 1927.  The vessel departed Valdez bound for Shoup Bay, only a few miles distant, and never reached her destination.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“The Mary Lee left Valdez at about 4 o’clock in the evening of November 9, 1927 with Harry Balgrave as a passenger and with supplies for the Lealey-Daivs mine at Shoup Bay.  Nothing further was heard from them until Monday, the 14th, when Robert Schraeder, one of the men employed at the mine came to town to learn why the supplies had not been sent down.  The U.S. Marshal wired Gov. Parks for authority to send out a search party and upon receiving such authority a boat was sent out.  Later on another party found the boat and the body of Harry Balgrave.  Efforts to raise the boat had to be abandoned owing to a severe storm.  After the storm subsided it was found that the boat had entirely disappeared evidently having slipped off into deep water.”  “Calm moonlight”  “Ran onto rock; slipped off into deep water at high tide.”  “Inside entrance to Shoup Bay.”  “Total Loss”

Lost with the Mary Lee were her master Al de Hart and passenger Harry Balgrave.  The Mary Lee was valued at $2,000 and was carrying camp supplies.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 15 N 146 35 30 W   Chart 16707

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Built 1914, Registered Juneau, ON 212040, Owner and master Al de Hart of Latouche, Cargo value unknown, Insurance unknown

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty January 12, 1928 by C J Todd, admin. of estate of Al de Hart

MARY LOU (1991)     The 66 foot fishing vessel Mary Lou grounded, was refloated, tied to a buoy in the channel and then sank July 16, 1991 near Dillingham.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 02 30 N 158 27 30 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: ON 226391

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

 

MARY PAT (1953)     The 10 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw Mary Pat burned June 26, 1953 in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 N 162 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Length 27.7, Breadth 9.8, Depth 4.6, Built 1944 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Horsepower 143, SL WA7970, Owner Nakat Packing Corp., Registered Ketchikan, ON 245706

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 356, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

MARY-RUBY (1964)     The 119 ton 78 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Mary-Ruby was reported lost in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 119 Gross 59 Net, Length 78.2, Breadth 23.9, Depth 9.1, Built 1943 at San Francisco CA, Former Name Fleetwood, Horsepower 270, WA5003, Owner Russell Sharp, Registered Juneau, ON 244142

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 427

 

MARY WOOD (1894)     The schooner Mary Wood stranded and was lost near Kodiak January 18, 1894.  The vessel was valued at $800 with cargo at the time of the disaster.

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

Source:  Washington Historical Quarterly “Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route” (1916) Pg 35

MARYLAND (1928)     The 29 ton wooden gas screw Maryland stranded and was lost near Ocean Cape at 8:45 p.m. December 15, 1928. The crew of four departed Cordova December 11th bound for Seattle.  The vessel had three tons or $125 worth of gasoline listed as its only cargo.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report filed by Carl Johnson, master of the Maryland:

“5 ½ miles east of Ocean light Cape.”  “Easterly and south easterly gales, very dark.”  “Snow storm and very dark and weak light, could not get bearing.”  “Stranded.”  “Could do nothing…No assistance rendered as it was all we could do to save ourselves.”  “Total loss.”

The Maryland was valued at $4,000 and became a total loss with no insurance.  The crew made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 29 Gross 20 Net, Built 1918, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 209980, Master Carl Johnson of Tacoma, Owner Joseph Johnson of Tacoma

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty January 2, 1929 at Juneau by Carl Johnson

MARYLEE (1964)     The 11 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Marylee 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 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 29.3, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.3, Built 1948 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, SL WD3772, Owner E E Erwin, Registered Juneau, ON 254733

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 428, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MASSACRE BAY (1993)     The 86 foot steel crab fishing vessel Massacre Bay grounded, capsized and sank January 16, 1993 at 02:30 in Alitak Bay.  Matt Corriere (23) of Kodiak was the sole survivor of the crew of four.  Lost were skipper Jock H Bevis (42), Tom Salisbury (48) and William Corbin (45), all from Kodiak. The Massacre Bay was later destroyed by divers using explosives to minimize environmental damage.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 135 Gross 118 Net, Length 71.8, Breadth 24, Depth 7.1, Pilothouse and propulsion aft, Built 1977 Seattle WA, ON 583865, Call Sign WYL6405

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 52974

 

MASTER CARL (1976)     The 131 ton 72 foot steel crabber Master Carl overturned and sank in high seas and 90 knot winds on April 26, 1976 approximately 6 miles southeast of Cape Suckling near Kayak Island.  Her four crewmen managed to escape to a life raft, but two perished when the small craft capsized in the surf near shore.  Lost were Tom Miller of Cordova and Tom Davidson of Westport.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 59 59 30 N 143 53 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 131 Gross 89 Net, Length 72.7, Breadth 22.4, Depth 11.6, Built 1968 at Mobile AL, Horsepower 365, SL WY2934, Owner Francis L Miller, Registered Aberdeen WA, ON 512768

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 686, 2. BOEMRE Wreck List (2011) “4/26/1976”, 3. Unofficial Wreck List

 

MATTIE (1916)     The steam mail launch Mattie was lost February 9, 1916 just north of Kodiak with all hands. The vessel departed the salmon hatchery at Litnik on Afognak Island with skipper John Pajoman (43 year old native of Pernan, Russia), Mr. Jesse Robins (U S Government employee manager of the hatchery), Mrs. John Orloff of Afognak and Miss Sarah Larsen of Larsen’s Island. All four were part of a wedding party. After a stop at Ouzinki village, the Mattie departed for the final leg of her journey around 5:00 p.m. A snow squall came up as the launch approached Mill Bay just north of the town of Kodiak. The contrary weather forced the vessel onto the rocks and all aboard were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 30 N 152 20 30 W   Chart 16595

Comment: This same storm caused the loss of the Pavlof down on Tugidak. WG

Additional Information: Owner Charles Pajoman, 10 HP

Sources: 1. Cordova Daily Times (February 24, 1916) “Wedding Party at Afognak Drowned” Pg 1, 2. Valdez Daily Prospector ( March 4, 1916) “Afognak Correspondence Tells of Tragedy” Pg 4

 

MATTIE J (1962)     The 14 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mattie J foundered October 1, 1962 off of the cannery dock at Chilkat.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 11 N 144 12 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 12 Net, Length 32.6, Breadth 11.6, Depth 4.6, Built 1924 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Pete Howard, Registered Juneau, ON 224323

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 402, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 931

 

MAUREEN GREER (1971)     The crab fishing vessel Maureen Greer foundered and sank February 28, 1971 at the entrance to Uganik Bay on Kodiak Island.  All three crewmembers escaped injury.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MAX (1958)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Max was consumed by fire August 8, 1958 approximately 6 miles from Port San Juan.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 148 04 W   Charts 16700, 16702

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 30.5, Breadth 9.5, Depth 3.7, Built 1922 at Cordova, Horsepower 110, Owner Kenneth L Scoggin, Registered Juneau, ON 239478

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 364, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

MAX (1980)     The 95 foot trawler Max capsized March 15, 1980 off of Green Island in Prince William Sound.  The captain of the vessel managed to beach her on Green Island.  The crew of five was picked up by a U S Coast Guard helicopter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 15 N 147 28 30 W   Chart 16700

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

 

MAX (1991)     The 91 foot longline fishing vessel Max capsized and sank May 14, 1991 near Hinchinbrook Entrance, Prince William Sound.  All four crewmen were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 20 N 146 50 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 585066

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

 

MAXINE (1965)     The gas screw Maxine burned September 2, 1965 at Copper River Flats, southeast of Cordova.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MAYFLOWER (1905)     According to a U S Customs Wreck Report filed November 12, 1905, the 14 ton 35 foot wooden schooner Mayflower was stranded and lost at “Chignik Bay, Kalsinsia Reef” at 9 p.m. Saturday November 4, 1905.  The vessel departed Kodiak November 1st with three aboard bound for “Kaguyak” with a cargo of 5 tons of general merchandise worth $1,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“High wind and rain, sea rough, very dark, lost bearings and struck reef.”  “Trying to get in Bay to get anchored.”  “Stranding”  “Lat. 56-30 Long 158-30 West of the Semendi Islands.”  “Most of cargo was brought ashore but badly damaged by water.  Some of the gear saved, schooner abandoned.”

The Mayflower was valued at $325 and became a total loss.  There is conflicting information on this wreck report making it possible for the Mayflower to have been lost in Chignik Bay on the mainland or in Chiniak Bay near Kodiak.  Kalsin Reef in Chiniak Bay looks more logical.  To further confuse the issue, the American Vessels Reported Lost During 1906 list has the same vessel lost October 24, 1905 at Solomon (near Nome).  It is subsequently posted in H W McCurdy at the Solomon location.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 8 Net, Built 1891 at Tacoma WA, Length 34.6, Breadth 12.4, Depth 4.4, Registered Port Townsend, ON 92305, Master and Owner William Paul Panoloff of Kodiak, Insurance none

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report November 12, 1905 by Panoloff, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1906) Pg 384, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 115

MAYO (1947)     The 23 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Mayo foundered August 20, 1947 one mile off Ninilchik Light.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 151 40 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 16 Net, Length 42.9, Breadth 12.3, Depth 6.2, Built 1920 at Olympia WA, Horsepower 70, Owner Everd Jones, Registered Juneau, ON 220219

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) Pg 331, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 911

 

MEDINA (1967)     The diesel screw Medina foundered February 6, 1967 a quarter mile off of Spruce Cape northeast of Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 15 N 152 20 W   Chart 16594

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MELISSA RAE (1995)     The 50 foot fiberglass cod trawler Melissa Rae iced up, rolled over and sank March 17, 1995 about 45 miles from King Cove near Cold Bay.  The vessel was returning from a two day fishing trip near Sanak.  All four persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 59 N 162 28 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 647038

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

 

MELODY (1964)     The 9 ton 31 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Melody 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 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 31, Breadth 11.5, Depth 3.5, Built 1961 at Seward, Horsepower 100, SL WR8175, Owner Chignik Fisheries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 285050

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 434, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MELODY (1989)     The fishing vessel Melody capsized and was lost May 11, 1989 near Homer.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MEMORIES (1963)     The 13 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Memories was consumed by fire September 21, 1963 at Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 145 45 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 8 Net, Length 35.2, Breadth 10.1, Depth 5.2, Built 1938 at Cordova, Horsepower 121, SL WA8071, Owner Robert Glud, Registered Juneau, ON 238024

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 434, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MENLO (1971)     According to the List of Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974), the 23 ton 47 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Menlo was lost during June of 1971 after a collision with an unknown object 45 miles southeast of Juneau.  Newspaper articles from the period report the vessel as lost April 24, 1971 “near Portlock Bank”, “off of the south end of the Kenai Peninsula” and “near Seldovia”.  Three people were lost with the Menlo including Jack Cremin, his son and Hal Painter.  The Cremens were living in Anchorage but all three of those on board were from Port Orchard, Washington.  The vessel departed Seattle April 14, 1971 bound for the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 25 N 150 15 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 15 Net, Length 47.4, Breadth 13.8, Depth 5.6, Built 1915 at Everett WA, ON 213160

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 451, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1636, 3. Seattle Daily Times (April 29, 1971) “Fishing-vessel search suspended” Pg C 2, 4. Anchorage Daily News (April 30, 1971) “Search ends for missing vessel” Pg 2

 

MERCURY (1900)     The 1050 ton 193 foot wooden ship Mercury sprung a leak and was beached on Unimak Island at 12 noon August 12, 1900.  The vessel departed Nome August 3rd with seven crewmen and no cargo aboard.  They were bound for Seattle.  The crew escaped to safety, but the Mercury was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 45 N 165 W   Chart 16520

Additional Information: Tonnage 1050, Length 193, Breadth 39, Depth 22.2, Built 1851 at NY NY, Registered Seattle, ON 16948, Master Frank Anderson of San Francisco, Owner Pacific Clipper Line of Seattle

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report September 8, 1900 at Puget Sound by Anderson

MERCURY (1958)     The 73 ton 72 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Mercury burned June 26, 1958 at Seldovia.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 15 N 151 42 30 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 73 Gross 50 Net, Length 72, Breadth 17.2, Depth 9.1, Built 1912 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 125, SL WA8081, Owner Curtis F Kirkendall, Registered Juneau, ON 209681

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 377, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

MERCURY (2001)     The 60 foot tug Mercury flooded and was abandoned September 5, 2001 approximately 26 miles southwest of the Ugashik River in Bristol Bay.  The two crewmen aboard were rescued by U S C G Helicopter and taken to King Salmon.  The Mercury had been towing a crane barge when heavy seas began flooding the tug.  The barge was cut loose and tug abandoned.  Salvage efforts for both vessels were under consideration.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 45 N 157 23 45 W   Chart 16006

Source: U S C G News Release (September 5, 2001) “Coast Guard rescues two men from sinking tug”

 

MERIDIAN (2002)     The 52 foot fishing vessel Meridian flooded her engine room and sank January 18, 2002 approximately 14 miles north of Kodiak in Marmot Bay.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Carlsen Point.

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

Additional Information: ON 283545

Source: U S C G News Release (January 18, 2002) “Three safe after fishing boat sinks near Kodiak”

 

MERIT (1998)     The 32 foot salmon gillnet fishing vessel Merit was consumed by fire and lost May 28, 1998 near Port Nellie Juan in Prince William Sound. Both crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 148 09 45 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 681405

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

 

MERKA (1961)     The 8 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Merka was destroyed by fire August 23, 1961 at Controller Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 05 N 144 15 W   Charts 16016, 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 34, Breadth 9.7, Depth 4.4, Horsepower 85, Owner Stephen Pytel, Registered Juneau, ON 229759

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 408, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 931

 

MERMAID (1913)     The launch Mermaid was lost in Valdez Narrows January 24, 1913 with two aboard.  Charles Rua, owner of the mine at Rua Bay on Knight Island was lost.  Charles Lindquist was rescued by Natives in a bidarka.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 03 15 N 146 40 30 W   Chart 16707

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. BOEMRE Shipwreck Lists (2011) Pg 111

 

MERMAID (1964)     The 24 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Mermaid burned May 23, 1964 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 24 Gross 18 Net, Length 41.3, Breadth 13.5, Depth 6, Built 1943 at West Mystic CT, Former Name C-8316 (U S N), Horsepower 120, SL WP7766, Owner Charles Reft, Registered Juneau, ON280556

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 435, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MEROM (1900)     The 1,158 ton 179 foot wooden bark Merom stranded and was lost in the Karluk Harbor at 3 p.m. Saturday October 6, 1900.  The vessel departed San Francisco August 29, 1900 bound for Karluk with 16 crewmen.  One crewman, 34 year old William Booke from Germany was lost in the stranding.  The Merom had 500 tons of cargo including 12,574 cases of canned salmon worth $50,000 on board at the time of the disaster.  The Merom, valued at $14,000, and her cargo were listed as total losses.  The vessel was owned by Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco and had no insurance.  A Peterson, master of the Merom, attributed the losses to a “severe storm”.  Conditions at the time were listed as a strong gale, clear weather and high seas.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 1158 Net, Length 179.2, Breadth 37.6, Depth 23.9, Built 1870 at Phippsburg ME, Registered San Francisco, ON 90070, Master A Peterson of Oakland

Comment: This may be the same master A Peterson of Oakland that is lost with the bark Hadn Brown in 1912 on Montague Island

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report November 7, 1900 by Peterson in San Francisco.

METEOR (1907)     The launch Meteor was lost on Kayak Island July of 1907

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 56 N 144 23 W   Chart 16723

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

METEOR (1953)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Meteor was consumed by fire November 7, 1953 off of Rocky Point on Montague Island in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 21 30 N 147 03 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.4, Breadth 9.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1940 at Valdez, Horsepower 45, Owner Lyle Swanson, Registered Juneau, ON 239842

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 365, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

METEOR (1963)     The 83 ton 75 foot wooden oil screw Meteor stranded and was lost August 1, 1963 at Coal Harbor, Zacher (Zachary) Bay, Unga Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 22 N 160 38 W   Chart 16553

Additional Information: Tonnage 83 Gross 50 Net, Length 75.5, Breadth 17.7, Depth 7.1, Built 1900 at San Francisco CA, Horsepower 220, Service Freight, Owner Gulf Navigation & Towing Ltd., Registered Juneau, ON 93031

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 422, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 965

 

METEOR (1978)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Meteor burned and sank in Whale Pass July 1, 1978.  The same vessel hit a snag and tore a hole in her bottom a week earlier near Long Island.

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

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

 

MIA DAWN (1984)     The seiner Mia Dawn grounded and sank in bad weather February 25, 1984 at Tolstoi Point, Unga Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 22 N 161 30 W   Chart 16551

Comment: Bearings are for Cape Tolstoi not far from Unga Island.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MIAMI (1906)     The 82 ton 72 foot wooden steam tug Miami stranded on a sand bar and was lost at 2:55 a.m. Sunday June 10, 1906 near Kvichak.  The vessel left Tacoma Washington in April of 1904 with seven crewmen bound for Bristol Bay.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by the master of the Miami, John A Horgen of Seattle:

“Thick fog, calm, smooth.”  “On Sand Bar 14 miles above mouth of Kvichak River, Alaska…Stranded.”  “Grounded on Sand Bar, sprung a leak.”  “Pumps started, bailed with buckets.”

The Miami was valued at $10,000 at the time of the loss.  The damage to the vessel was reported as $10,000.  She was not carrying cargo.  The crew made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 20 N 161 28 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 81.77 Gross 52.7 Net, Length 71.6, Breadth 18.5, Depth 6.9, Service fish, Built 1898 Tillamook OR, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 92845, Owner Union Packing Co of Tacoma, Insurance unknown

Comment: Some reports put the value of the loss of the Miami at $25,000.  WG

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report September 11, 1906 by Horgen at Puget Sound

MICHAEL LEE (1980)     The 93 foot fishing vessel Michael Lee foundered and sank June 14, 1980 near Clarks Point in Nushagak Bay.  Four of the five crewmembers on board were rescued by the Soviet processing ship Soyuz V.  Cory Kaldestad (62) of Seattle, skipper of the Michael Lee, was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 50 30 N 158 33 W   Chart 16006

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (June 16, 1980) “Four U S fishermen rescued by Soviet vessel” Pg C 1

 

MICHELLINDA (1983)     The fishing vessel Michellinda burned and became a total loss August 28, 1983 outside of Whittier.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 46 30 N 148 41 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MIDNIGHT SUN (1989)     The 38 foot wooden salmon fishing vessel Midnight Sun sank due to overloading and insecure hatches July 22, 1989 in Cook Inlet.  All four crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 05 N 152 30 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MIDNIGHT SUN (2011)     The 68 foot fishing vessel Midnight Sun stranded and was lost February 10, 2011 at Cape Paramanof on the west side of Afognak Island.  All five crewmembers were rescued by U S Coast Guard Helicopter CG6007.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 18 20 N 153 03 30 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Kodiak Daily Mirror (February 14, 2011) “Midnight rescue for grounded Midnight Sun

 

MIKI MIKI (1989)     The 126 foot wooden fishing vessel Miki Miki flooded and was abandoned January 6, 1989 ten miles off of the Kenai Peninsula.  The vessel was being transported from the Cook Inlet to Seward when she started taking on water. The crew alerted the U.S.  Coast Guard that they were taking on water in the heavy weather. Helicopters arrived on scene and were monitoring their travel when the vessel began losing the battle with her pumps. Winds were at 70 mph and seas to 25 feet when the Coast Guard helicopters plucked the crew from the Miki Miki as it traveled slowly to the northwest. She was presumed to have sunk. The rescued crewmembers were identified as Gregory Holta, Mike Holta, Randy Madison and Bjorn Nagel.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   Unknown

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (January 9, 1989) “Coast Guard Rescues Four From Sinking Boat Off Kenai” Pg 3

 

MILLIE M (1974)     The 27 foot vessel Millie M burned and sank July 16, 1974 near Kodiak.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

MILLIE S (1964)     The 21 ton 43 foot wooden oil screw passenger vessel Millie S 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 21 Gross 15 Net, Length 43, Breadth 13, Depth 4.5, Built 1942 at Mystic CT, Former Name C-7594 (U S N), Horsepower 450, SL WP5710, Owner Chris Sorenson, Registered Juneau, ON 283140

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 440, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MINNEAPOLIS (1927)     The single masted 20 ton wooden gas screw Minneapolis foundered in a storm in Cook Inlet at 3:00 a.m. Sunday October 16, 1927.  The vessel departed Seldovia October 12, 1927 bound for Halibut Cove with 6 crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by the master of the Minneapolis, Arne Vegen of Seldovia:

“Halibut Cove, Alaska”  “Storm and bad weather, due to gale blowing from the NW down Cooks Inlet, Alaska.”  “Gale from the NW; NW storm, heavy sea, 3 a.m. snow storm and dark.  Every precaution taken to save ship and attempt made to beach vessel.  This was a failure as ship sunk before we could beach her.”  “TOTAL LOSS”

The crew of the Minneapolis had 12 tons or 200 bbls. of herring aboard and a seine on deck when the disaster occurred.  They all managed to get to safety, but the vessel and her cargo were lost.  The value of the Minneapolis was $2,500 and her cargo $5,000.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 14 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 13 Net, Built 1909, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 206833, Owner Peter Carlson of Tacoma WA

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty January 10, 1928 at Seldovia by Vegen

MINNIE S (1964)     The 17 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Minnie S foundered July 12, 1964 northwest of Green Island in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 15 N 147 28 30 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Length 38.4, Breadth 11.4, Depth 5.6, Built 1936 at Cosmopolis WA, Horsepower 165, SL WJ9841, Owner Allen D Sprague, Registered Juneau, ON 235127

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 441, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1004

 

MINOTAUR (1993)     The 32 foot longline fishing vessel Minotaur flooded and sank September 9, 1993 near the entrance to Prince William Sound.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Dr Jack.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 45 N 147 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 589351

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

 

MIRANDA ROSE (1995)     The 42 foot fiberglass salmon seiner Miranda Rose collided with the fishing vessel Primus and sank July 27, 1995 west of Rocky Point in the Shelikof Strait.  All four crewmembers made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 607370

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

 

MISERABLE SKUNK (1982)     The 19 foot cabin cruiser Miserable Skunk capsized while pulling a crab pot July 3, 1982 five miles east of Homer in Kachemak Bay.  Grant Chapel (74) of Apache, Arizona and Martha E Hall (74) of Eagle River were lost in the disaster. Hall was the owner of the vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 38 40 N 151 33 W   Chart 11640

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (July 6, 1982) “Two Drown in Accident” Pg 3

 

MISS ALASKA (1974)     The 197 ton oil screw Miss Alaska foundered June 23, 1974 off of Kodiak Island. The entire crew was rescued by a U S Coast Guard helicopter.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 197 Gross, Built 1973, ON 549940

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2243

 

MISS ANNGEL (1992)     The 65 foot trawler Miss Anngel sank October 14, 1992 approximately 70 miles southwest of Kodiak Island.  The vessel took a series of waves that flooded and sank her.  Her three crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 29 48 N 153 45 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 607807

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

 

MISS ARCTIC (1964)     The 31 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Miss Arctic 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

Comment: This vessel may have been salvaged and fishing in Alaska until 1981. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 31 Gross 21 Net, Length 44.1, Breadth 14.2, Depth 8, Built 1945 at Anacortes WA, Horsepower 160, SL WA8254, Owner McAlister Equipment Leasing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 248146

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 443

 

MISS BELLE (1978)     The double ended fishing vessel Miss Belle was hit broadside by a huge wave, capsized and sank May 2, 1978 on the west side of Cape Suckling.  The double ender had blown her engine and drifted for three days with two crewmembers on board.  The fishing vessel Pacific Sea found the Miss Belle and was towing her to safety when the disaster occurred.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the Pacific Sea.  The Fish and Wildlife Patrol Vessel Enforcer brought the two men back to Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 59 30 N 143 53 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MISS BRENDA (1982)     The 38 foot fishing vessel Miss Brenda sank December 7, 1982 in Duck Bay on Afognak Island.   The eight persons aboard were picked up by the fishing vessel Ruff & Reddy.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 06 N 152 28 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

MISS CARROLL (2007)     The 50 foot fishing vessel Miss Carroll was consumed by fire and sank July 16, 2007 40 nautical miles east of Cape Resurrection. Heavy smoke was discovered by the four crewmembers at 3 a.m. requiring an immediate abandonment of the vessel to her seine skiff. A hand held radio was used to issue a May-Day. The fishing vessel Barwell responded, rescued the crew of the Miss Carroll and transported them to Seward. It was the belief of crewmen aboard the lost vessel that the fire originated in the area aft of the main engine where the cabin stove pump was located. Storm Chasers arrived on scene and concluded that the Miss Carroll had gone to the bottom. They were only able to retrieve the lost vessel’s seine.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 52 N 149 17 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 21 Net, Length 50, Breadth 15.8, Depth 5, Built 1988, ON 927791

Sources: 1. U S C G Marine Information Exchange “Miss Carroll”, 2. U S C G Investigation Activity Report “Miss Carroll, Fire and Sinking”, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MISS D (1946)     The 23 ton 50 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Miss D was consumed by fire at Anchorage June 28, 1946.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 16 Net, Length 49.9, Breadth 12.9, Depth 4.7, Built 1917 at Norfolk VA, Former Name 3902 (U S N), Horsepower 45, Owner W R Gilbert Co. Inc., Registered Juneau. ON 228059

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) Pg 323, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

MISS IN SOO (1988)     The 85 foot fishing vessel Miss In Soo disappeared and was presumed sunk November 30, 1988.  The vessel was abandoned by her crew of four approximately three miles south southwest of Narrow Cape.  The crew was picked up by the fishing vessel Kristine Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 25 30 N 152 20 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

MISS MARI (1997)     The 28 foot longline fishing vessel Miss Mari flooded from the stern and foundered July 20, 1997 southwest of Elrington Island in Prince William Sound.  The only person on board was rescued by the fishing vessel Coho II.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 N 148 03 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON AK9718C

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

 

MISS UNIVERSE (1987)     The 85 foot fishing vessel Miss Universe was lost June 16, 1987 on a trip from Chignik Lagoon to Alitak Bay.  A Coast Guard search spotted her submerged pilothouse in the Semidi Islands and two days later her beached raft.  There were no survivors.  Lost with the Miss Universe were Howard Broadway of Kodiak, Karen Spector of Madison WI and Leonard Gridley.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 10 N 156 47 W   Chart 16013

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

 

MIST (1963)     The 20 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Mist foundered March 15, 1963 off of Spruce Island near Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 13 Net, Length 41.8, Breadth 11.7, Depth 5.9, Built Douglas, Horsepower 120, SL WA8315, Owner W B Cuthbert, Registered Juneau, ON 251551

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 439, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 965

 

MISTY (1981)     The 86 foot trawler Misty caught fire and sank September 7, 1981 in Marmot Bay while dragging for scallops.  The five crewmen aboard were picked up by the fishing vessel Trailblazer.

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

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

 

MIZPAH (1910)     The 64 ton 70 foot gas powered schooner Mizpah caught fire and burned after an explosion aboard May 25, 1910 at Kvichak.  The schooner had been converted to gas power in 1902.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 58 N 156 56 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 64 Gross 41 Net, Length 70, Breadth 22.9, Depth 7, Service freight, Crew 6, Built 1898 at Prosper OR, Registered San Francisco, ON 92843

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 180, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) Pg 251, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1911) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 413

MOJO (1975)     The 26 foot vessel Mojo sank August 10, 1975 in Ugak Bay.  All on board were picked up by the fishing vessel Mariner.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 25 N 152 35 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

MONROE (1931)     The 34 ton wooden oil screw Monroe drug anchor, stranded and was lost at 2 a.m. March 21, 1931 at the south end of Wingham Island.  The Monroe departed Seward February 24, 1931 with two aboard bound for Juneau.  She had a cargo of salt, barrels and tierces weighing 20 tons, worth $1,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by O P Brown of Seattle WA, master of the Monroe:

“Reef at S E Point of Wingam Is.”  “75 mile wind, dark, snowing and sleeting.”  “Dragging of anchors in heavy gale”  “Stranding”  “Started engine, wheel turned about two minutes when the vessel struck and then went dead.”  “Two men clung to wreckage to daylight then went ashore to Fox Island camp.”  “Total loss”

The crew survived the disaster, but the Monroe, valued at $10,000 was a total loss as was her cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 59 45 N 144 22 10 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 34 Gross 28 Net, Built 1894, Registered Juneau, ON 157393, Owner M B Dahl of Tacoma WA, Vessel Insurance unknown, Cargo Insurance $1,000

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty April 21, 1931 at Cordova

MONSTER (1992)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Monster was consumed by fire and sank June 23, 1992 at the mouth of the Egegik River.  All crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 13 N 157 22 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: ON 614781

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

 

MONTANA (1885)     The 628 ton wooden bark Montana stranded and was lost on the “New Shagak” River at 11 a.m. Thursday June 11, 1885.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 27, 1885 with 23 crewmen and 73 passengers bound for the “New Shagak” River.  She was carrying a 500 ton cargo of “General Merchandise” valued at $30,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by John Stenberg, master of the Montana:

“New Shagak River, Alaska; 58.59 N, 159 West…Stranded.”  “Error of Pilot”  “Gentle breeze; misty weather…no sea.”  “The vessel was in charge of an Esquimaux pilot who was unable to explain the channel, the consequence being that the vessel went ashore and became a total loss.”

The wreck report goes on to report that there was no loss of life.  The Montana was valued at $12,000 and was a total loss.  It was not known at the time how much of the cargo was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 02 30 N 158 27 30 W   Chart 16322

Comment: I have charted this wreck at Dillingham on the Nushagak River as the longitude and latitude on the wreck report would put it inland, southwest of there.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 628 Gross 596 Net, Built 1864, Registered San Francisco, ON 17316, Master John Stenberg of San Francisco, Owner Chas. Nutsen of San Francisco

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report November 2, 1885 at San Francisco

MONTCLAIR (1972)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Montclair was consumed by fire July 20, 1972 at Kvichak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 58 N 156 56 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1953 at Fletcher Bay WA, Former Name E P C 21, ON 265100

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “E P C 21” Pg 197, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1636

 

MOON (1964)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Moon 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 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 30, breadth 11, Depth 3.3, Built LaConner WA, Horsepower 141, SL WD6320, Owner Earl Heatherington, Registered Juneau, ON 259580

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 459, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

MOON SONG (1985)     The 50 foot seiner Moon Song sank April 27, 1985 off of Cape Chiniak near Kodiak.  All six persons aboard were rescued.

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

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

 

MORENGEN (1922)     The 25 ton gas screw fishing vessel Morengen was lost with all hands November of 1922 between Cape Spencer and Yakutat.  The vessel departed Sitka October 19, 1922 bound for the Yakutat fishing banks with 6 crewmen aboard.  The Morengen had about 9 tons of ice and bait aboard when she left port.  She was last seen by the gas boat Caroline steering eastward of Yakutat.  Lost with the Morengen were master Hans Walderhaug of Petersburg, Jack Refenes, Carl Hagan, Charley Peterson, Olaf Vallum and one other.  No wreckage was found.  The Morengen was valued at $6,000 and had no insurance.

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

Comment: This same storm claimed the Valorous, Convention and Washington.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 25 Gross 17 Net, Built 1914, Registered Juneau, ON 212011, Owners Hans Walderhaug, Fred Sorensen of Seattle and L Peterson of Sitka

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty February 24, 1923 by S T Peterson ½ owner

MORNING STAR (1989)     The 42 foot fishing vessel Morning Star capsized and sank January 14, 1989 in Uyak Bay.  Owner, Francisco (Frank) Beeman (50) of Kodiak, was lost.  The second crewman, Joe Talien survived.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 48 N 154 04 W   Chart 16580

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

 

MORNING STAR (1992)   The 34 foot salmon seiner Morning Star ran up on the rocks and sank February 23, 1992 at Seldovia Point.  Ricky Maerz (37) from Homer was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 28 15 N 151 42 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 503856

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

 

MOUNT MCKINLEY (1942)     The 4,861 ton 360 foot steam ship Mount McKinley stranded and was lost off of Scotch Cap beach March 11, 1942.  She had been following a zigzag course during a submarine alert when the disaster occurred.  All passengers and crew were removed before the vessel broke up in spring storms.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 24 15 N  164 47 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 4,861 Gross 2,851 Net, Length 360.2, Breadth 51.6, Depth 22.8, Built 1918 at Philadelphia PA, Service passenger, Crew 83, Horsepower 3,400, Owner Alaska Steamship Company, SL KJEU, Registered New York, ON 216215

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 45, 3. Alaska Steam (1984) Pg 93

MOUNT MCKINLEY (1965)     The 39 ton 60 foot wooden barge Mount McKinley foundered in May of 1965 off of Seldovia.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 15 N 151 42 30 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 39 Gross and Net, Length 60, Breadth 22, Depth 3.5, Built 1938 at Seattle WA, Owner Odin Jensen & Sons, Registered Ketchikan, ON 173933

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 479, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1172

 

MR GEORGE (1973)     The 13 ton oil screw Mr. George stranded and was lost July 20, 1973 at Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 05 N 152 30 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross, Built 1971, ON 538121

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1636

 

MS ARIES (1990)     The 42 foot salmon seiner Ms Aries sank in September of 1990 on a trip from Chignik to Kodiak.  All persons aboard were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

MS B HAVEN (1982)     The fishing vessel Ms B Haven sank January 1, 1982 in Prince of Wales Passage.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 05 N 148 05 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

MS FORTUNE (1996)     The 38 foot fishing vessel MS Fortune was consumed by fire and lost July 16, 1996 at Cape Seniavin in the Bering Sea.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 24 N 160 09 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: ON 912141

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

 

MURRE (1958)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Murre burned December 30, 1958 at Cordova.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.6, Breadth 9.4, Depth 3.5, Built 1925 at Cordova, Horsepower 40, Owner Charles C Sherman, Registered Juneau, ON 262714

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 390, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

 

MUTUAL (1992)     The 85 foot longline fishing vessel Mutual was consumed by fire and sank July 25, 1992 approximately 40 nautical miles southeast of Seward.  Both persons aboard were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 20 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: ON 219947

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

 

MYRA (1948)     The 10 ton 39 foot wooden oil screw Myra burned in August of 1948 in the harbor at Whittier.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 46 30 N 148 41 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 gross 7 Net, Length 39.6, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1942 at Benton Harbor MI, Service freight, Former Name C-23 (U S N), Horsepower 75, Owner Dan H Moller, Registered Sitka, ON 254589

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 377, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 939

 

MYRA JEAN (2003)     The 42 foot Pollack trawler Myra Jean struck a rock, capsized and sank February 18, 2003 at the head of Wells Bay, Prince William Sound.  The vessel was engaged in pot fishing for shrimp.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Anna Lee.  Pollution mitigation was undertaken and salvage was under consideration.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 30 N 147 28 30 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 602792

Sources: 1. A D E C Situation Report (February 20, 2003) “F/V Myra Jean sinking”, 2. Anchorage Daily News (February 19, 2003) “Fishing vessel sinks near Valdez, two person crew picked up by boat”

 

MYRTLE (1932)   The 9 ton wooden gas screw Myrtle stranded and was lost a mile south of East Foreland at 11:30 a.m. August 6, 1932.  E Sandvik, master and owner, was the only one aboard at the time of the disaster.  He had departed Swanson Creek in Cook Inlet and was bound for Kenai and Seldovia.  The cargo aboard the Myrtle was 2 ½ tons of canned salmon valued at $500.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“1 mile south of East Foreland, Alaska.”  “From gentle breeze of S.W. at 9 a.m. increasing to storm in the afternoon.”  “Stranding occurred about 1 hr. and 15 min. before low water at which time wind had increased to strong breeze with moderate ground swell.  Ebb current somewhat offset ground swell for a distance of approximately 4 miles south of East Foreland.  Flood current set ground swell in to beach with full force of wind and current.”  “Rowed out kedge anchor with 40 fms of line.  No other boat near by at time of stranding.”  “Libby McNeill & Libby cannery tenders Indiana and Flyer offered assistance but came too late and could not be accepted.”  “Total loss of hull”

The Myrtle had a value of $3,000 at the time of the loss.  Much of the cargo was salvaged.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 43 N 151 24 W   Chart 16662

Comment: The 1933 Merchant Vessels of the U S dates this wreck September 20, 1932.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Age 5 years, Registered Seward, ON 227866,Master and owner E Sandvik of Seldovia

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty September 12, 1932 by Sandvik

MYRTLE H (1926)     The 23 ton wooden gas screw Myrtle H foundered near Hinchinbrook Island at 10:30 p.m. Saturday July 23, 1926.  The vessel departed Cordova bound for Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse with two aboard and was on a return trip when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“2 miles from Boswell Bay on Hinchinbrook Island”  “Foundering”  “Strong breeze with heavy swell”  “First we had engine trouble, the engine stopping; boat drifting on bar, and dropped anchor to keep from going aground; at this time boat was in shallow water; Heavy ground swell lifted boat and it settled down on the anchor; the fluke of the anchor going thru the hull about amidships; boat filled up with water and Henderson and deckhand took to skiff; rowed ashore; took another went out and stood by; tried to drag Myrtle H up on beach but did not have power enough; owing to strong tied vessel dragged anchor approximately half mile seawards; boat then in breakers where she was battered to pieces and totally destroyed.  Was returning from Cape Hinchinbrook Lighthouse when accident happenend.”

The Myrtle H was valued at $6,000 at the time of the disaster.  The crew made it to safety but the vessel was a total loss.  There was no cargo aboard

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 24 N 146 08 W   Chart 16709

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 21 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Juneau, ON 215923, Master R B Eisner of Cordova, Owner O W Henderson of Cordova, Vessel Insurance $4,000

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 24, 1926 at Cordova by O W Henderson

MYSTIC LADY (1994)     The 40 foot fishing vessel Mystic Lady burned to the waterline September 9, 1994 in Kitoi Bay near Kodiak.  The fire originated from a stove.  No one was aboard at the time of the blaze.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 11 30 N 152 21 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: ON 578731

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

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