South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( P )

P A F #13 (1966)     The barge P A F #13 was destroyed by a storm May 28, 1966 at Sitkinak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 33 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

P A F #23 (1966)     The barge PA F #23 was destroyed by a tidal wave June 1, 1966 at Sitkinak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 33 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

P A F #27 (1944)     The 70 ton 65 foot scow P A F #27 foundered April 21, 1944 120 miles off of Cape Spencer.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 12 45 N 136 39 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 70 Gross and Net, Length 65, Breadth 23, Depth 5.8, Built 1944 at Bellingham WA, Owner Pacific American Fisheries, Registered Juneau, ON 176038

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 777, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 437

 

P G #1 (1912)     The 33 ton wooden scow P G No 1 broke loose from her towing vessel and stranded on the rocks on Montague Island at 6 p.m. April 12, 1912.  Conditions at the time were “Heavy gale, light sea, daylight”.   Also lost from the tow were the P G #4 and P G #5.  The vessels had departed Anacortes, Washington March 28th, 1912 and were bound for Ketchikan with no cargo aboard.  The P G #1 was valued at $800 and had no insurance

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 33, Built 1912, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 164720, Master W L Lippincott of Anacortes WA, Owner Fidalgo Island Packing Company of Anacortes WA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report July 30 1912 at Puget Sound by Gus Hensler, Secy. For Fidalgo Island Packing

P G #4 (1912)     The 7 ton wooden scow P G #4 broke loose from her towing vessel and stranded on the rocks on Montague Island at 6 p.m. April 12, 1912.  Conditions at the time were “Heavy gale, light sea, daylight”.   Also lost from the tow were the P G #1 and P G #5.  The vessels had departed Anacortes, Washington March 28th, 1912 and were bound for Ketchikan with no cargo aboard. The P G #4 was valued at $250 and had no insurance

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 33, Built 1912, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 164720, Master W L Lippincott of Anacortes WA, Owner Fidalgo Island Packing Company of Anacortes WA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report July 30 1912 at Puget Sound by Gus Hensler, Secy. For Fidalgo Island Packing

P G #4 (1924)     The 8 ton scow P G #4 stranded and was lost in Cook Inlet during August of 1924.  No one was aboard at the time of the casualty.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8, Built 1917 at Anacortes WA, ON 165153

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 888

 

P G #5 (1912)     The7 ton wooden scow P G #5 broke loose from her towing vessel and stranded on the rocks on Montague Island at 6 p.m. April 12, 1912.  Conditions at the time were “Heavy gale, light sea, daylight”.   Also lost from the tow were the P G #1 and P G #4.  The vessels had departed Anacortes, Washington March 28th, 1912 and were bound for Ketchikan with no cargo aboard. The P G #5 was valued at $250 and had no insurance

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 33, Built 1912, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 164720, Master W L Lippincott of Anacortes WA, Owner Fidalgo Island Packing Company of Anacortes WA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report July 30 1912 at Puget Sound by Gus Hensler, Secy. For Fidalgo Island Packing

 

P G NO 4 (1956)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel P G No 4 foundered June 24, 1956 in a storm near Egegik.

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

Comment: This vessel may have been salvaged and put back in to service, as it is listed on subsequent year vessel lists.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 104, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON263534

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 398, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 757

 

P G NO 7 (1967)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel P G No 7 was consumed by fire June 17, 1967 at King Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 03 20 N 162 19 W   Chart 16549

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 104, Owner John E Larsen, Registered Juneau, ON 263537

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 527, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

P G NO 10 (1966)     The  8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel P G No 10 stranded and was lost July 2, 1966 in the Kvichak River between King Salmon and Copenhagen Creeks.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 50 45 N 157 11 10 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 104, Owner Pacific American Fisheries, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 263540

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 527, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

P G NO 53 (1961)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel P G No 53 foundered July 2, 1951 near Port Moller.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1953 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 83, Owner Pacific American Fisheries, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 265496

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 438, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

P S F CO NO 2 (1956)     The 41 ton 60 foot wooden scow P S F Co No 2 foundered May 28, 1956 off of Foggy Cape.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 32 N 156 58 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross and Net, Length 60.3, Breadth 18, Depth 4.2, Built 1941 at Cordova, Owner Western Fisheries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 175030

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 401, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 757

 

PACIFIC (1971)     The motor vessel Pacific capsized and sank April 30, 1971 in Portage Bay, Shelikof Strait with four crewmembers on board.  Three were rescued and one was lost.  The vessel was hauling heavy construction equipment at the time of the disaster.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 31 01.29 N 156 02 42.10 W Chart 16580

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. AWOIS Wreck Map Record 50194

 

PACIFIC ANGEL (1981)     The 94 foot steel crab fishing vessel Pacific Angel stranded and was lost on Chowiet Island in the Semidi Islands March 4, 1981.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska     56 02 N 156 42 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Length 94.3, HP 1040, Built 1978 at Mobile AL, Registered Coos Bay OR, ON 598417

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List, 2. CFEC Public Lookup “Pacific Angel”

 

PACIFIC LADY (1985)     The 70 foot steel fishing vessel Pacific Lady capsized and sank near Cape Spencer early in the morning, September 6, 1985. The Pacific Lady was operating as a tender and traveling from Yakutat to Sitka with an 80,000 pound load of salmon on board. U S Coast Guard cutter Jellison intercepted the vessel’s mayday around 4:00 a.m.  Five of six crewmembers were able to escape to a life raft. Ken Cronk (28) helped others into the life raft but was unable to swim fast enough to get to the raft when it drifted away in the wind. David Vohs, Jack Swanson, Jay Hamburger, Karen Lynn Buzzy and Martin Barry were rescued by a U S Coast Guard helicopter from Sitka within hours, but Cronk was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 12 45 N 136 39 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 94 Gross 39 Net, Length 70.1, Breadth 21.0, Depth 8.6, Built 1951 at Portland OR, ON 262143, SL WF3657, HP 180, Owner Ole G. Harder

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg. 1119, 2. Sitka Sentinel (September 6, 1985) “Crewman Missing Off Sitka Fishing Vessel” Front Page, 3. Sitka Daily Sentinel (September 9, 1985) “Missing Man Credited With Helping Save Life” Front Page

 

PACIFIC LADY (2007)     The 42 foot wooden fishing vessel Pacific Lady foundered in heavy seas November 17, 2007 approximately 70 miles southwest of Kodiak in the Shelikof Strait.  The vessel was traveling from Sand Point to Kodiak.  Weather included winds of 50 to 60 knots with gusts from 70 to 80 knots. The Pacific Lady was seeking shelter at Port Wrangell when a strong gust overturned the vessel. The one person aboard made it into a life raft and was rescued by the 67 foot fishing vessel Heritage 10 hours later.  The Heritage had responded to a U S Coast Guard Urgent Marine Broadcast issued when the EPIRB signal of the Pacific Lady was received at the Coast Guard Station in Kodiak hours earlier.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 21 Gross 14 Net, Length 37.7, Breadth 12.1, Depth 6.8, Built 1972 Sequim WA, ON 537652, Call Sign WYX2875, Former Name Nimrod

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. U S C G News Release (November 17, 2007) “Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue Pacific Lady Master”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 382832, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1048

 

PACIFIC NO 1 (1960)     The 3,238 ton 272 foot steel barge Pacific No 1 stranded and was lost December 28, 1960 at Icy Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 55 N 141 33 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 3,238 Gross and Net, Length 272.1, Breadth 68.1, Depth 16.2, Built 1956 at Alameda CA, Service tanker, Owner Pacific Barging Company, Registered Seattle, ON 272315

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 441, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

PACIFIC PEARL (1973)     The 64 foot shrimper Pacific Pearl sank in rough weather June 22, 1973 in the Shelikof Strait. The vessel had a load of shrimp aboard when she began sinking from the stern. A radio call was made but the vessel sank within four minutes. It was speculated that the old wooden hull had opened up causing the vessel to sink rapidly. Captain Calvin “Slim” Sorrows and engineer John Gritman were rescued from a life raft and John “Doc” Gardner (Kodiak bartender) and Marvin Hamlin were lost.

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

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Alaska Magazine (August 1974) Pg 12

 

PACIFIC PRIDE (1979)     The 80 foot fishing vessel Pacific Pride was consumed by flames March 16, 1979 off of Harvester Island in Uyak Bay.  All four crewmen were picked up by the fishing vessel Cougar.

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

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

 

PACIFIC SURF (1977)     The 134 ton steel oil screw fishing vessel Pacific Surf foundered July 11, 1977 approximately 260 miles west of Cape Spencer.  The vessel had departed Seattle July 3rd bound for Kodiak and had made a stop in her home port of Ketchikan.  Four of the five crewmen were rescued from a life raft by the tanker Overseas Chicago, which was on her way to Valdez.  The four were found 65 miles south of Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska.  A fifth crewman, Ole Hansen of Edmonds, had died of a heart attack in the raft and been cast adrift.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 134 Gross, Built 1969, ON 520334

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) Pg 2119, 2. The Seattle Times (July 16, 1977) “Survivors to return from fishing accident” Pg D-8

 

PACIFIC TRADER (1980)     The 110 foot crab fishing vessel Pacific Trader capsized and sank February 7, 1980 north of Unimak in the Bering Sea.  Jack Seagrave and Craig Seaborn were in survival suits and rescued by the fishing vessel Provider.  Three others were lost including skipper Ben Paz of Dutch Harbor and crewmen Ken Morse of Soldotna and Carry Commack. Winds were at 40 to 50 knots and seas 10 to 15 feet. The fishing vessel Equinox was in radio contact with the Pacific Trader when she rolled over on her side. The Equinox put out a Mayday and more than a dozen fishing vessels and two U S Coast Guard aircraft responded to look for the missing men.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 45 N 165 W   Chart 16011

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Seattle Times (February 11, 1980) “Crewmen left ship over safety fears” Pg D-12, 4. Seattle Times (February 8, 1980) “Three Men Missing in Bering Sea” Pg D-11

 

PACIFIC TRAWLER (1982)     The 130 foot wooden fishing vessel Pacific Trawler was consumed by fire and sank July 23, 1982 near Latouche Island in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 N 147 55 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 191 Gross 106 Net, Length 125.5, Breadth 24.4, Depth 11.4, Built 1944 at Whitestone NY, 600 HP, Former Names PCS-1382 (USN) and Tuna Shark, ON 259604, SL WC7704

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PACIFIC VIKING (1973)     The 44 ton oil screw Pacific Viking foundered May 6, 1973 about 1.4 miles off of South Cape outside of Squaw Harbor, Baralof Bay on Unga Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 14 30 N 160 32 55 W   Chart 16553

Additional Information: Tonnage 44 Gross, Built 1966, ON 504641

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1637

 

PACIFIC VOYAGER (1985)     The crab fishing vessel Pacific Voyager struck a rock and broke up on the beach December 6, 1985 off of Cape Pankof, Unimak Island.  All four crewmembers made it to the beach in a life raft.  Their emergency flare was seen by the passing vessel Galaxy.  The Galaxy radioed the U S Coast Guard who sent a helicopter to rescue the four crewmembers.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 40 N 163 04 W   Chart 16011

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PACROVER (1972)     The Liberian cargo vessel Pacrover disappeared 760 miles south of Kodiak Island December 24, 1972 with 30 Korean officers and crewmembers on board.  All that was ever found were four overturned life boats, some debris and an oil slick.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PADGIE (1990)     The 45 foot wooden salmon troller Padgie parted an anchor line, grounded and was destroyed by heavy surf August 27, 1990 in Yakutat Bay.  There was no loss of life.

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

Additional Information: ON 234953

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PADILLA (1964)     The 20 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Padilla 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 20 Gross 13 Net, Length 38.6, Breadth 12.2, Depth 6.7, Built 1949 at Anacortes WA, Horsepower 65, SL WC7194, Owner McAlister Equipment Leasing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 257553

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 512

 

PAFCO NO 2 (1964)     The 12 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pafco No 2 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 33.4, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.9, Built 1946 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 20, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 249630

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 512, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAFCO NO 7 (1955)     The 15 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pafco No 7 foundered May 7, 1955 off of Cape Saint Elias.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 11 Net, Length 33.1, Breadth 12.1, Depth 4.8, Built 1948 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 175, SL WB 6177, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 255050

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 399, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

PAFCO NO 9 (1961)     The 14 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pafco No 9 burned September 13, 1961 at King Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 03 20 N 162 19 W   Chart 16549

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 33.1, Breadth 12.1, Depth 4.8, Built 1948 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 155, SL WC2362, Owner Herman J Mack, Registered Juneau, ON 255357

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 442, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

PAFCO NO 10 (1964)     The 28 ton 42 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco No 10 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 22 Net, Length 42, Breadth 14.1, Depth 5.7, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 80, SL WC3712, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 257751

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAFCO NO 11 (1964)     The 28 ton 42 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco No 11 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 22 Net, Length 42, Breadth 14.1, Depth 5.7, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 80, SL WC3713, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 257752

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

PAFCO NO 12 (1967)     The oil screw Pafco No 12 was consumed by fire January 25, 1967 at Kodiak.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PAFCO NO 13 (1964)     The 28 ton 42 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco No 13 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 22 Net, Length 42, Breadth 14.1, Depth 5.7, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 80, SL WC3715, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 257754

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAFCO 20 (1982)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Pafco 20 sank June 27, 1982 near Whale Pass.  The two persons aboard were picked up by the vessel New Morning.

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

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

PAFCO 21 (1964)     The 17 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco 21 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 12 Net, Length 35.6, Breadth 13.8, Depth 5.3, Built 1962 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WT3083, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 288343

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAFCO 23 (1964)     The 17 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco 23 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 12 Net, Length 35.6, Breadth 13.8, Depth 5.3, Built 1962 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WT3085, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 288379

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAFCO 24 (1964)     The 17 ton 35 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco 24 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 40 N 154 10 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 12 Net, Length 35.6, Breadth 13.8, Depth 5.3, Built 1962 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WT3086, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 288380

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

PAN 60 (1968)     The gillnet fishing vessel Pan 60 was destroyed by an out of control galley fire June 17, 1968 near the False Pass entrance of the Bering Sea.  The only person aboard, Olav Andersen (57) managed to swim a mile to shore wearing heavy wool clothing and rubber boots.  He narrowly escaped the explosion of a 300 gallon gasoline tank when he jumped overboard.  A native fisherman found Anderson partially submerged in the surf near the beach and helped him to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 04 N 163 25 W   Chart 16535

Source: Seattle Daily Times (June 25, 1968) “Lucky Fisherman Set To Go Again After Chilly Alaska Swim” Pg 25

 

PANAMA (1930)     The 51 ton 69 foot fishing oil screw vessel Panama stranded and was lost near Marmot Island at 4:10 a.m. March 26, 1930.  The vessel departed Seattle March 18, 1930 bound for sea fisheries with nine crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Henry Austrom, master and owner of the Panama:

“Marmot Island, Alaska”  “Snow storm and very dark”  “N E wind, light, very dark”  “Vessel struck reef and heavy seas started to break her up; crew manned dories and we landed on Marmot Island.  The weather commenced to get very much worse and we were compelled to stay on the island for thirty-six hours, then got off in the dories and went to Usinkie (Ouzinkie) where the Str. Starr picked us up and took us to Kodiak.  At Kodiak we were taken aboard the Str. Admiral Watson.”

The nine crewmen survived, but the Panama, valued at $30,000, was a total loss.  There was no cargo on board.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 13 N 151 50 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 51 Gross 35 Net, Length 68.7, Breadth 17.5, Depth 8.1, IHP 100, Built 1911 at Seattle, Registered Seattle, ON 209513

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 29, 1920 at Seward by Austrom, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pgs 462-3

PANKOF (1994)     The 100 foot wooden fish tender Pankof struck a rock or submerged object, flooded, capsized and sank June 22, 1994 near Egegik.  The vessel was departing the Egegik River bound for the Naknek River to refuel and drop off equipment. She was traveling with 6 or 8 feet of water under the keel when she struck and damaged planking on the hull. She began flooding from the bottom of the stern and capsized to her side in shallow water. All five crewmembers abandoned ship in survival suits to a skiff and life raft. They made their way to the Arctic III and were rescued. Weather worsened and the Pankof broke up and sank.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 145 Gross 118 Net, Length 99.2, Breadth 30, Depth 9.1, ON 256491, Built 1943 Seattle WA, Call Sign WUX6644, Former Call Sign WC2171, Former Names Deer Harbor No 1 & BSP 783 USA

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 898170, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 1126 & 1962

 

PANOCEANIC FAITH (1967)     The 8,157 ton 441 foot steel steam ship Panoceanic Faith foundered in a storm October 10, 1967 approximately 870 miles southwest of Kodiak.  37 lives were lost in the disaster.  The merchant ship was travelling from San Francisco to India with a load of fertilizer.  The Japanese vessel Igaharu Maru, Norwegian freighter Visund, Russian vessel Orkehov and U S Coast Guard cutters Dexter and Storis were some of the vessels that responded to the vessel’s distress call. Only five of 42 crewmembers were rescued.  The Panoceanic Faith’s forward hatches were compromised by the weather and efforts to remedy the problem and control flooding into the forward holds were not initiated in time to prevent the ship from sinking from the bow. A 35 degree starboard list caused by free water in the holds and shifting ammonium sulfate cargo aggravated attempts to abandon ship. Heavy weather and badly maintained life saving equipment further hindered survival after the vessel sank. In addition, poor communications between the Panoceanic Faith and ships in the area slowed the response time. The reported weather at the time of the disaster included northwest winds 35 to 40 with northwest seas 20 to 25 feet and sea and air temperatures of 48 to 50 degrees.

Listed as crewmen of the Panoceanic Faith at the time of the disaster were:

  1. Alex A Andreshak from Meridan, MA
  2. Antonio A Apolito, Boatswain from Huntington Station, NY
  3. Julias A Batill from Hesperus, CO
  4. James Bechtold, 3rd Assistant Engineer from East Weymouth, MA
  5. Albert B. Blain from Sacramento, CA
  6. Harry K Bradley from Glendale, CA
  7. Kenneth L D Collins from Govan Glasgow
  8. Lester L. Corum, Messman from Fresno, CA
  9. Clement H. Daniels, Wiper from London, England
  10. James A Dhein from Clintonville, WI
  11. Joseph DiBlasio, Messman from Pinole, CA
  12. John P Dunphy from Eastman, MS
  13. Raymond R. Eden, Messman from Spanish Honduras
  14. Carlos Griffin from Baltimore, MD
  15. Charles R. Hood from N. Highland, CA
  16. Larry G Howard from Jacksonville, NC
  17. Robert E. Janes Jr., 3rd Assistant Engineer
  18. Robert E Jones from Danvers, MA
  19. Donald Joyce from San Jose, CA
  20. Czeslaw Kwaitkowski, Able Seaman from Detroit, MI
  21. Armas W Lahtonen from Lake Worth, FL
  22. Neil J. Leary, Able Seaman from San Francisco, CA
  23. Henry O. Limbaugh, Able Seaman from Birmingham, AL
  24. Evangelos G. Makris, Chief Electrician
  25. John R McPhee from E Orleans, MA
  26. Edward McGee from Pittsburg, PA
  27. Joseph P Nowd from Brighton, MA
  28. John F. Ogles of Alexandria, VA, Captain
  29. Leodoro E. Rabava from San Francisco, CA
  30. Vernon R Ratering from Danforth, IL
  31. Earl M Richardson Jr. from Orleans, MA
  32. Robert C. Russ from Aurora, IL, Able Seaman
  33. Morris W. Shubin of Oakland, CA
  34. John M Ward from Suffern, NY
  35. Maz E Ware from Bremerton, WA
  36. Kong C. Wong from San Francisco, CA
  37. Donald E. Wright from San Diego, CA, 3rd Cook

Crewmen who survived were:

  1. Oscar Charles Wiley from Oakland, CA rescued by motor vessel Visund
  2. Gordon L. Campbell from Oakland, CA rescued by Ingahuru Maru
  3. Lewis E. Gray Jr. from Houston, TX rescued by Ingahuru Maru
  4. Edwin D. Johnson from Marine City, MI rescued by motor vessel Visund
  5. John O M Kirk from Modesto CA rescued by Norwegian motor vessel Visund

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   North Pacific

Comment: Alex A. Andreshak and/or Robert E. Jones are often missing from the lists of the lost. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 8,157 Gross 4,832 Net, Length 441.2, Breadth 63.2, Depth 36.7, Built 1944 at Wilmington NC, Horsepower 6,000, SL KWGA, Registered NY, ON 245134

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 534, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2119, 3. The Seattle Times (October 11, 1967) “Searchers scan north Pacific for life rafts” Pg 24, 4. San Diego Union (October 27, 1967) “Survivor Says Sunken Ship Took Water for Two Weeks” Pg 8, 5. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 6. San Francisco Chronicle (October 11, 1967) “Crew List of Sunken Freighter” Pg 15, 7. Marine Casualty Report USCG Marine Board of Investigation Report (July 1, 1969)

 

PARKS NO 2 (1955)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Parks No 2 foundered August 27, 1955 at Point Harriet in Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 24 N 152 15 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 10.3, Depth 3.8, Built 1941 at Cordova, Service freight, Horsepower 90, Owner Logan W Varnell, Registered Juneau, ON 240598

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 402, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

PARKS NO 3 (1959)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Parks No 3 was destroyed by a storm in November of 1959 off of Tonki Cape, Afognak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 21 N 151 59 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 10.3, Depth 3.8, Built 1941 at Cordova, Service freight, Horsepower 90, Owner Robert L Bible, Registered Juneau, ON 240599

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 535, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PARKS NO 4 (1954)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Parks No 4 stranded and was lost December 20, 1954 near Chief Point in Spiridon Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 42 30 N 153 55 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 10.3, Depth 3.8, Built 1941 at Cordova, Horsepower 90, Owner Parks Canning Company, Registered Juneau, ON 240600

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 435, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

 

PARKS NO 5 (1965)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Parks No 5 foundered April 29, 1965 at Port Lions.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 52 N 152 53 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 10.3, Depth 3.8, Built 1941 at Cordova, Service freight, Horsepower 90, Owner Birger K Hansen, Registered Juneau, ON 240601

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 535, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PARKS NO 11 (1961)     The 12 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Parks No 11 stranded and was lost February 29, 1961 on Sitkalidak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 07 N 153 14 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 31.2, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 141, SL WG4061, Owner Arnold T Hansen, Registered Juneau, ON 257345

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 445, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

PARKS NO 15 (1983)     The fishing vessel Parks No 15 capsized in rough weather September 4, 1983 near Miners Point on the west side of Kodiak Island.  Four of the five persons aboard were rescued by a U S Coast Guard helicopter.  Archie Densmore of Kodiak was lost.  One of the survivors, a three year old girl, was found floating face down in the Shelikof Strait but was revived by the Coast Guard rescue crew.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 54 N 153 43 20 W   Chart 16580

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

 

PASQUALLE (1997)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Pasqualle foundered July 20, 1997 west of Cape Fairweather on the Fairweather fishing grounds.  Shifting gear caused the vessel to flood.  The only person on board was rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 48 30 N 137 56 45 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: ON AK0180J

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

 

PATRIOT (1972)     The fishing vessel Patriot became disabled, drifted for six days and then went aground April 21, 1972 at Gore Point.  All three crewmembers and a dog were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 12 N 150 57 30 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PATTERSON (1938)     The 604 ton 168 foot wooden oil screw Patterson stranded and was lost 8 miles north of Cape Fairweather at 11:56 p.m. December 11, 1938.  The vessel departed Kodiak bound for Seattle with 20 tons of general merchandise aboard valued at $3,000 with a number of oil drums on deck.  There were 20 crewmen aboard of which two slipped overboard and were lost in the disaster.  Lost were G F Swanson and J Moore.  Conditions at the time were “dark, SE wind, and rough seas.”  The U S Coast Guard rendered assistance.  The Patterson was valued at $50,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was fully insured.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 48 30 N 137 56 45 W   Chart 16760

Comment: Formerly the Coast and Geodetic Survey Steam Ship Patterson.  Extensive salvage has been done since the wreck.  1943 Merchant Vessels Reported Lost has this vessel listed as a stern wheeler lost 8 miles west of Cape Fairweather.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 604 Gross 416 Net, Length 168.1, Breadth 27.3, Depth 18.8, Built 1882 at Brooklyn NY, IHP 360, Registered Seattle, ON 224220, Master H H Bune of Seattle, Owner Alaska Patterson Co of Seattle, Cargo Insurance unknown

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty December 24, 1938 by H H Bune at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 508-9

PAUL L (1964)     The 65 ton 65 foot wooden oil screw crab fishing vessel Paul L was destroyed by a storm October 26, 1964 near the mouth of the Italio River, 40 miles southeast of Yakutat.  The vessel was travelling from Aberdeen, Washington to Kodiak and had stopped at Ketchikan.  The vessel stranded and broke up in the surf.   All four crewmen were lost including skipper Roy Hughes (42), Ed Whitlock (19), Bruce Holden (19) and Billy Heck (32).  All those on board were from Aberdeen, Washington.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 19 40 N 139 14 30 W   Chart 16760

Comment: This vessel is mistakenly listed as lost in 1965 by the MVUS (1968)

Additional Information: Tonnage 65 Gross 38 Net, Length 65.4, Breadth 17.6, Depth 8, Built 1926 at Gig Harbor WA, Horsepower 135, SL WA9396, Owner Ethel A Taylor, Registered Seattle, ON 225418

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 539, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173, 3. Seattle Daily Times (October 28, 1964) “Wreck may be Aberdeen missing boat” Pg 7

 

PAULA DIANE (1983)     The Seattle based 62 foot shrimp fishing vessel Paula Diane struck a log and sank August 25, 1983 in the Gulf of Alaska 60 miles southwest of Yakutat. Two crewmembers were picked up by an oil rig helicopter and sometime later three others were rescued from and overturned life raft. All were wearing survival suits and in good condition. Survivors included Don White of Seattle, Robert Dunn and Ken Wells of Portland, Steve Wolff of Lorane Or. and an unidentified fifth man from Eugene Or.

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Times (August 26, 1983) “Seattle shrimp fishermen among five men rescued in Gulf of Alaska” Pg. B1

 

PAULINE COLLINS (1881)     The 70 ton fur trading schooner Pauline Collins stranded and was lost near Karluk on Thursday October 6, 1881.  She had departed St Paul Harbor, Kodiak and was bound for Karluk via Afognak and St Augustine with six crewmen and four passengers on board.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by H R Bowen, master of the Pauline Collins :

“Karluk, North beach, Kadiak Island”  “Stranding”  “Sudden change of winds and mistaying of schooner”  “Natives of Karluk and crew recovering sails, anchors and chains”

The Pauline Collins, valued at $7,000 was a total loss.  She was in ballast with no cargo.  The crew and passengers escaped to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 69.33, Age 6 years, Registration San Francisco, ON 150044, Owner Higgins and Collins of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $6,000

Comment: Captain Bowen escaped from this tragedy but was aboard the Seventy-Six in 1885 when it disappeared with all hands on a trip from Kodiak to Kayak Island.  WG

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report October 31, 1881 at St Paul (Kodiak) by Bowen, 2. Salmon from Kodiak (1986) Pgs 6, 203

PAVLOF (1916)     The 1,300 ton 196 foot wooden cannery steamer Pavlof stranded and was lost at “Little Tugidak Island” at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday February 17, 1916.  The vessel departed King Cove February 13, 1916 bound for Excursion Inlet.  There were 26 crewmen aboard and 100 tons of coal.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by W B Knight, master of the Pavlof:

“North East gale thick snow and sleet”  “Struck uncharted rock”  “Little Tugidak Island, Alaska”  “Ship lost propeller on rock dragged and lost all anchors”  “S S Alameda tried to pull ship off but hawser parted and weather would not permit another attempt to float ship”

The 1938 Coast Pilot Alaska Part II mentions the following:

“The vicinity of Geese Island is foul…An extensive reef…extends in a fan shaped manor from 2 miles east to 1 ¼ miles south of the southeast point of Aiktalik Island…It is believed that the rock on which the Pavlof struck is located near the edge of this reef”

The Pavlof was valued at $30,000 and her cargo at $500; both were complete losses.  The crew survived. News stories from the period mention watchmen at the wreck site as late as July 21, 1916 guarding the wreck.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,300 Gross 1,733 Net, Length 196, Breadth 37, Depth 14.4, Built 1889 at Detroit MI, Former Name A G Lindsay, Registered Seattle, ON 106645

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 10, 1916 at Bellingham by Knight, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) Pg 163, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 420, 4. U S Coast Pilot Alaska Part II (1938) “Sitkinak Strait” Pg 204, 5. Seattle Times (July 21, 1916) “Rescued Against His Wishes, but Johansen Escaped Again, He Did” Pg 22

PAWIK (1952)     The 18 ton 42 foot wooden gas screw Pawik foundered August 3, 1952 near Bear River above Port Moller.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 10 N 163 38 W   Chart 16363

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 42.7, Breadth 12.5, Depth 5.9, Built 1930 at Tacoma WA, Service freight, Crew 3, Horsepower 50, SL WA9398, Owner Pacific American Fisheries, Registered Seattle, ON 229556

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 438, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 746

 

PAWTUCKET (1965)     The 141 ton 97 foot steel oil screw tug Pawtucket burned December 4, 1965 near Otter Island, Nuka Bay.  The tug was built in California for the U S Navy in 1898 and served on the west coast through both world wars.  At the time of her loss she was owned by the Gulf Navigation & Towing Company out of Seward.  The vessel Departed Seward bound for Cold Bay towing a 200 foot barge.  The fire broke out in the engine room and spread throughout the vessel.  The four crewmen escaped to a skiff and rowed over to the barge that was in tow.  The Pawtucket was reported to have burned to the waterline.  The four crewmen were rescued by the U S C G Cutter Sorrell.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 21 N 150 25 W   Chart 16681

Comment: Probably Outer Island.  This vessel could not have burned to the waterline as it was of steel construction; including the hull, bulwarks and entire first level above the main deck.  The flying bridge was wood.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 141 Gross 77 Net, Length 97.6, Breadth 21.1, Depth 10.9, 1898 at Vallejo CA, Former Name YTM-7 (U S N), Horsepower 320, Owner Gulf Navigation & Towing Ltd., Registered Seattle WA, ON 261962

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 540, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173, 3. Dallas Morning News (December 6, 1965) “Tug Boat Burns; 4 Crewmen Safe” Section D Pg 7

 

PEANUT (1966)     The 12 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Peanut was consumed by fire July 27, 1966 at Uyak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 38 20 N 154 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 31.2, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 141, SL WD7624, Owner Parks Canning Company, Registered Juneau, ON 257347

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 541, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PEARL (1904)     The 87 ton 96 foot cod fishing schooner Pearl disappeared with all hands after sailing from San Francisco December 7, 1904 bound for Sanak Island.  The vessel was lost with 8 crewmen and 28 fishermen on the way to the cod fishing grounds of Alaska.  Many months passed before the schooner John F Miller reported finding evidence of the wreck on the northeast reef of Caton Island near Sanak.  Lost with the Pearl were Captain Emil Soderholm, First Mate P Lunding, Second Mate M Tierney, Crewmen A G Bjornson, T Thompson, Hans Hulm, P Jugennsen, Cook Hans Spoilman, Fishermen F Hunt, William Spear, J Moran, John Lee, Thomas Barthie, Nels Johannsen, B Olsen, C Williams, F Berg, A Castleberg, E Englebrtschen, H Morgan, R McGrath, A Thorson, F Craft, Victor Carlson, M Michaelson, A Olsen, A Johannsen, O Miller, J Deeler, C Anderson, C Johnvera, R C Forester, M Jacobson, A Zillitz, Olof Olsen and George Femerling.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 23 30 N 162 25 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 87 Gross 83 Net, Length 95.5, Breadth 23, Depth 7.5, Built 1886 at Benicia CA, Registered San Francisco, ON 150367, Master Emil Soderholm, Owner Alaska Codfishing Company

Sources: 1. Pacific Cod Fisheries (1916) Pg 108, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1904) Pg 139, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1906) Pg 384, 4. Spokane Daily Chronicle (March 18, 1905) “Schooner Pearl Probably Lost” Pg 2, 5. Los Angeles Herald (August 27, 1905) “Discover Wreckage of Schooner PearlPg 2

PEARL (1998)     The 26 foot salmon gillnet fishing vessel Pearl capsized and sank June 9, 1998 in the Copper River Flats.  The only person aboard was lost.

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

Additional Information: ON 607995

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

 

PEARL ANN (1960)     The 11 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pearl Ann burned April 22, 1960 at Cordova.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 34.7, Breadth 9.2, Depth 5.6, Built 1925 at Bremerton WA, Horsepower 140, SL WC2707, Owner Lyman L Fletcher, Registered Juneau, ON 240242

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 439, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

PEGGY (1965)     The 9 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Peggy burned August 15, 1965 at Naknek.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.7, Depth 4.4, Built 1961 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 165, SL WR9510, Owner Arctic Maid Fisheries, Registered Seattle, ON 284736

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 542, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PEGGY FOSS (1961)     The 32 ton 52 foot steel oil screw tug Peggy Foss was destroyed by ice November 24, 1961 at Anchor Point in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 22 Net, Length 51.9, Breadth 14.1, Depth 5.8, Built 1944 at Warren OH, Former Name LCM-6-C-51776 (U S N) Horsepower 450, Owner Foss Launch & Tug Company, Registered Seattle, ON 260793

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 489, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 932

 

PEGGY L (1961)     The 11 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Peggy L foundered October 17, 1961 near Homer.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 32, Breadth 11.4, Depth 3.9, Built 1944 at Cathlamet WA, Horsepower 140, Owner Thomas Taylor, Registered Juneau, ON 245708

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 489, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 932

 

PELICAN (1928)     The 20 ton 47 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pelican stranded and was lost at the mouth of the Kaliakh River at 3:00 p.m. Thursday June 21, 1928.  The vessel departed Yakutat June 19th for the Kaliakh River with three crewmen aboard.  She was carrying a 7 ton cargo of fishing equipment and salt in barrels at the time of the disaster.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Eastern spit mouth Kaliakh River”  “No wind, sea calm, day time”  “Propeller became fouled from some unknown cause”  “Stranded”  “Put out two anchors, battened all hatches and doors, cleared all cargo”  “TOTAL LOSS”

The crew of the Pelican made it to safety, but the vessel and her cargo were lost.  The Pelican had a value of $9,000 and her cargo $1,000.  The vessel was insured for $6,000.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 17 Net, Length 47.3, Breadth 13.0, Depth 5.3, Built 1917 at Seattle, Registered Juneau, ON 214756, Master Casper Norman of Juneau, Owner Nordby Supply Co of Seattle

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan by C Norman, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 446-7

PELICAN (1969)     The diesel screw Pelican was lost April 4, 1969 in the Gulf of Alaska south of Yakutat.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PEN 12 (1961)     The 8 Ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pen 12 foundered July 19, 1961 between King Salmon and Bear River.

Mapping and Location: South Central   58 41 30 N 156 39 30 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 96, Owner Global Fishing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 263487

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 451, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

PEN 14 (1963)     The gas screw Pen 14 foundered July 1, 1963 in Bristol Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PEN 18 (1958)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pen 18 foundered August 11, 1958 in False Pass.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 28.4, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.6, Built 1951 at Seattle WA, Former Name B B 2, Horsepower 95, Owner Peninsula Packers, Registered Seattle, ON 261985

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 430, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 802

 

PEN 29 (1958)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pen 29 foundered August 11, 1958 in False Pass.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 96, Owner Trans-Pacific Fishing & Packing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 263501

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 431, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 802

 

PEN 30 (1960)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pen 30 was destroyed by a storm August 2, 1960 in Port Moller.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 96, SL WH9754, Owner Trans-Pacific Fishing & Packing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 263502

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 441, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

PEN 38 (1965)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pen 38 was destroyed by a storm July 18, 1965 at Port Moller.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 59 30 N 160 34 30 W   Charts 16006, 16363

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.8, Built 1952 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 96, Owner P E Harris Company, Registered Seattle, ON 263568

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 544, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PENNSYLVANIA (1952)     The 439 foot steel Victory Ship Pennsylvania disappeared without a trace January 9, 1952 on a freight hauling trip from Seattle to Japan.  46 men were lost.  The ship sent a radio signal that her hull had cracked along the port side while laboring in a northwesterly storm south of the coast of Alaska 750 miles northwest of Seattle and 465 miles northwest of Vancouver Island.  The crew reported they were abandoning ship.  When rescuers were able to search the area, seas were reported to be as high as 60 feet.  A debris field and the overturned hulls of two lifeboats were seen by searching aircraft, but weather was too harsh to do anything but pass over. The subsequent U S Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation concluded that the cracked hull of the Pennsylvania was one element of a group that caused the loss of the ship and her crew. Also cited was the heavy weather causing the deck cargo to come adrift tearing off the forward hatch covers. The forward holds flooded created a head down condition resulting in a steering gear failure. The stress of the heavy weather coupled with the flooded holds, cracked hull and steering loss led to the foundering of the Pennsylvania with all persons on board.

The following crewmembers were lost with the Pennsylvania:

  1. Fritz Alt, 4th Engineer, Seattle WA
  2. Norman J. Anderson, 2nd Mate, Portland OR
  3. Burwell G. Atwood, Radio Operator, Edmonds WA
  4. Esteban Barrelier, 1st Engineer, Seattle WA
  5. Walter S. Beyers, Chief Electrician, Woodhaven NY
  6. Neil M. Blunk, Junior 3rd Engineer, Reickle, MT
  7. Zacariah Buokstein, Messman, Portland OR
  8. Howard J. Burns, 3rd Mate, San Jose CA
  9. Edward D. Crawford, Oiler, Mammoth OR
  10. Thomas Cueto, Cook, Quezon City, Philippine Islands
  11. George T. Elliott, Chief Mate, Portland OR
  12. Elmer J. Ellsworth, Wiper, Portland OR
  13. Felix Garcia, Wiper
  14. Knut Gatzwiller, A.B., Oakdale CA
  15. Manuel H. Givens, Steward, Seattle WA
  16. Rufus W. Holmes, Messman, Norfolk VA
  17. William N. Howe, 2nd Engineer, Portland OR
  18. Eugene J. Jacobson, O. S., Portland OR
  19. Lawrence H. Jeannin, Dk. Maintenance, Blasdale NY
  20. Gardar Johannesson, A.B., Seattle WA
  21. Alexander B. Jozso, Oiler, Passaic NJ
  22. Frederick W. Kahn, Carpenter, Rochester MN
  23. Henry Lems, Dk. Maintenance, Renton, WA
  24. Okira Lida, A.B., Honolulu HI
  25. Lloyd D. Lignitz, A.B., Seattle WA
  26. Horace Lincoln, Jr. Messman, Seattle WA
  27. Richard L. Lindsay, Fireman, Seattle WA
  28. Pedro D. R. Magtulis, A.B., San Marcilmo, Philippine Islands
  29. Augustin J. Martin, Messman, Owensboro KY
  30. Victor M. Moreno, Messman, San Francisco CA
  31. Melvin D. Mullins, Seattle WA
  32. Leung Nam, 2nd Cook, San Francisco CA
  33. Einar O. Nordness, O.S., Seattle WA
  34. George Plover, Master, Portland OR
  35. Lynn W. Poindexter, Bos’n, Sumner WA
  36. Richard R. Reed, Chief Engineer, Portland OR
  37. Austia A. Ridge, Wiper, Detroit MI
  38. James R. Shepard, Fireman, Seattle
  39. Walter K. Scates, Fireman, LaConner, WA
  40. Francis E. Sullivan, 2nd Electrician, Great Falls MT
  41. Elbert Threadgill, Oiler, Seattle WA
  42. Ward M. Tweed, Greely CO
  43. Dino H. Vaisanen, Dk. Maintenance, Mikkeli, Finland
  44. Donald R. Wilkins, Dk. Maintenance, Messman, North Bend WA
  45. Ray G. Williams, 3rd Engineer, Port Orchard WA
  46. Ming Yiu, Messman, San Francisco CA

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   51 09 N 141 31 W   Chart INT 500

Additional Information: Tonnage 7,608 Gross 4,551 Net, Length 439.1, Breadth 62.1, Depth 34.5, Built 1944 at Portland OR, Horsepower 8,500, ON 245327

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the US (1952) Pg 442, 2. The Oregonian (January 17, 1952) “Search Dwindles For Pennsylvania” Front Page, 3. State Times Advocate (January 11, 1952) “Hunt Continues For Lost Ship” Front Page, 4. Marine Board of Investigation (July 16, 1952), 5. Oregonian (January 10, 1952) Shipping “Line Names Crew” Pg 10

 

PEP (1929)     The 10 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pep foundered at Sheep Bay at 4:45 p.m. Monday July 22, 1929.  The vessel departed Cordova at 3:00 that morning bound for Gravina Inlet with three crewmen aboard.  The Pep had 2,000 pounds of fresh fish on board when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filled out by the master of the Pep, L M Isom:

“Entrance to Sheep Bay”  “Broad daylight no sea and no weather”  “Flooded and foundered”  “Cause unknown”  “Crew picked up by Geo. Pittas”

The Pep and her cargo were total losses.  The Pep was valued at $2,400 and her cargo of fresh fish at $100.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 38 N 146 04 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 31.7, Breadth 9.6, Depth 4.4, Built 1918 at Anacortes WA, Registered Petersburg, ON 216628, Owners JS JE & M Isom

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty July 23, 1929 at Cordova by L N Isom, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pgs 466-7

PEP (1954)     The 9 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Pep burned July 15, 1954 at False Cape near Seldovia.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 9.9, Depth 4, Built 1928 at Seldovia, Horsepower 30, Owner Leonard L Lange, Registered Juneau, ON236083

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 442, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 740

 

PEREGRIN (1946)     The 13 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw Peregrin burned at Naknek August 1, 1946.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 12 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 10.4, Depth 4.8, Built 1938 at Oakland CA, Service misc., Horsepower 175, Owner Red Salmon Canning Company, Registered Juneau, ON 237435

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) Pg 384, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

PERIL CAPE (1964)     The 27 ton 40 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Peril Cape was reported missing out of Port Bailey in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 19 Net, Length 39.9, Breadth 14, Depth 7, Built 1960 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WP9296, Owner Kadiak Fisheries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 283290

Sources: 1.Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 526

 

PERIL CAPE (1996)     The 44 foot fishing vessel Peril Cape experience hull failure and sank quickly January 4, 1996 off of Sitkalidak Island.  All three crewmembers abandoned ship to a raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Golden Nugget.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 07 N 153 14 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 283290

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

 

PERIPHERY (1981)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Periphery foundered September 19, 1981 in the Shelikof Strait.  The Periphery was being towed by the vessel Billy Don when rough seas caused her to break up and sink.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 155 W   Chart 16013

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

 

PERSEVERANCE (1928)     The 18 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw Perseverance caught fire and was lost near Montague Island at 7:00 a.m. September 8, 1929.  The vessel departed Cordova with three crewmen aboard bound for Middleton Island.  Her cargo was listed as 1.5 tons of clothing, personal effects and food valued at $3,500.  The following are statements made by J P Ibach, master and owner of the Perseverance:

“Near Nellie Martin River, on outside of Montague Isl.”  “Rough sea, blowing gale”  “Vessel’s gasoline tank broke loose from bow and broke connections, causing vessel to catch afire, burning completely”  “No one at hand, all 3 on boat left for shore arriving there safely in dory”

The Perseverance was worth $1,000 at the time of the disaster and was a total loss along with her cargo.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 55 N 147 30 W   Chart 16701

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 33, Breadth 13, Depth 5.2, Built 1913 Seattle, IHP 30, Registered Juneau, ON 211294, Master and Owner J P Ibach of Lemesurier Island

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 19, 1929 at Juneau by J P Ibach, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 461-2

PERSEVERANCE (1994)     The 36 foot fishing vessel Perseverance caught fire and was lost on the beach July 24, 1994 at False Pass.  All three crewmen escaped to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 51 15 N 163 24 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 593686

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

 

PETE TIDE (1970)     The oil rig supply boat Pete Tide collided with an oil platform on Middle Ground Shoal, capsized and sank January 10, 1970 in Cook Inlet.  All five crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 N 151 23 W   Chart 16660

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PETER H (1991)     The 36 foot wooden harbor tug Peter H broke up and sank December 8, 1991 in Kachemak Bay near Hesketh Island and Barbara Point.  The vessel was traveling from Homer to Seldovia. Owner Cynthia Stults of Seldovia and Donald Huitt were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 30 30 N 151 31 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 36.6, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.9, Built 1926 at San Francisco CA, Call Sign WYC8757, ON 576994

Sources: 1. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1154, 3. Daily Sitka Sentinel (December 10, 1991) “2 Bodies Recovered After Boat Sinks in Kachemak Bay” Pg 5

 

PETER PAN (1968)     The oil screw Peter Pan foundered and was lost September 1, 1968 off of Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 20 N 153 22 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PETROLEUM #1 (1903)     The 18 ton wooden scow Petroleum #1 foundered near Kayak Island at 3:00 p.m. Monday November 2, 1903.  The vessel departed Katalla that day bound for Kayak being towed by a power launch.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Off shore from Kayak, Alaska”  “Heavy sea…E Gale”  “Scow broke from launch towing and foundered in heavy sea”  “Anchored, but would not hold”  “Foundering”  “Total loss”

The Petroleum #1 had a value of $700 and had a 3 ton cargo of misc. merchandise with a value of $50.  There was no insurance on the vessel or cargo.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Net, Built 1902 at Seattle, Registered Seattle, ON 54673, Master R J Mahoney of Katalla, Owner Alaska Petroleum & Coal Co. of Seattle

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report February 13, 1904 in Puget Sound by Clark Davis, Mgr. of Alaska Petroleum and Coal

PHALLUS (1970)     The vessel Phallus struck an iceberg and was lost January 1, 1970 in Columbia Bay, Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 56 30 N 147 05 30 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PHOENIX (1799)     The 73 foot three masted two decked 180 ton Russian frigate Phoenix disappeared between Kamchatka and Kodiak in late 1799 or early 1800. Some records indicate the Phoenix was lost in a storm between May 21 and May 24, 1800 north of Kodiak Island with all hands. 88 crewmen and 2 passengers were lost including head of the Kodiak Mission Archimandrite Joseph and Lieutenant Joseph Shields. Joseph Shields was an Englishman who was responsible for the construction of the Phoenix. The vessel was the first built in Russian America and was constructed at Voskresenskaia Gavan, now know as Seward. The Phoenix was travelling from Okhotsk carrying supplies for Russian outposts in Alaska. Many suffered hardship as a result of the loss. The cargo of the Phoenix was said to be worth over $500,000. Wreckage washed ashore on Shuyak Island, Kodiak Island, along the Shelikof Strait, in the Trinity Islands and as far south and west as Unalaska Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 55 30 N 155 W   Chart 16580

Comment: I have charted this wreck in the lower Shelikof Strait for lack of a better place.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 180, Length 73, Breadth 23, Depth 13.5

Sources: 1.Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. A History of the Russian American Company Vol 2 Translated by Dmitri Krenov

PHYLLIS S (1934)     The 46 ton 60 foot oil screw fishing vessel Phyllis S stranded in heavy fog on outer Left Cape on the night of Tuesday May 22, 1934.  The crew of three left Kodiak that day on a round trip to Shearwater Bay.  The vessel was valued at $9,000 at the time of the tragedy, and sustained $7,000 in damages.  There was no insurance.  The crew made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 15 30 N 152 57 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 46 Gross 31 Net, Length 59.7, Breadth 15.5, Depth 7.3, Built 1927 Paulsbo WA, Registered Seward, ON 226781, Master Herman Ponchene, Owner J E Shields of Seattle, Chartered by Kodiak Fisheries Co

Source: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty by Herman Ponchene at Seward, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1933) Pgs 492-3

PHYLLIS S (1942)     The 46 ton 60 foot wooden oil screw Phyllis S was lost in a collision with the U S Navy destroyer AVD6 (USS Hulbert) December 17, 1942 near Kodiak.  The Phyllis S was hauling mail and passengers and was cut in half in Kupreanof Strait by the Navy destroyer USS Hulbert.  Passengers and crew aboard the Phyllis S were Robert Von Scheele, Master, Kodiak; Tom Von Scheele, Deckhand, Afognak; Monroe Rongvid, Engineer, Kodiak; Peter Heitman, Cook, Kodiak; George Scroggs, Passenger, Uyak; Mrs. Albert Reft, Passenger, Karluk; John Reft, Child, Karluk; Catherine Katelnikoff, Child, Ouzinkie; Miss Annie Naumoff, Passenger, Karluk; Daniel Naumoff, Child, Karluk; E.M. Naumoff, Passenger, Karluk; Victor Carlson, Passenger, Larsen Bay; Charles Aga, Passenger, Larsen Bay; Mary (Mrs. Alf) Paakkanen, Passenger, Larsen Bay and Helen Agik, Child Passenger, Larsen Bay. Mary Paakkanen and Helen Agik of Larsen Bay were lost from the Phyllis S.

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

Comment: Memorial Day in the spring of 2011 a memorial service (Panikhida) was held in honor of the casualties from the Phyllis S. The ceremony was held aboard the U S Coast Guard cutter Spar near the site of the disaster. Members of the Sun’Aq Tribe, U S Coast Guard personnel and local citizens were in attendance.

Additional Information: Tonnage 46 Gross 31 Net, Length 59.7, Breadth 15.5, Depth 7.3, Built 1927 at Poulsbo WA, Horsepower 75 (Brake), Service freight, SL KDIA, Owner O L Grimes, Registered Cordova, ON 226781

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) Pg 251, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 4. Michael Burwell research notes (unpublished), 5. Kodiak Daily Mirror (July 1, 2011) “Phyllis S Memorial brings closure” by Mike Rostad

 

PIERSON PETROLEUM (1950)     The 85 ton 59 foot steel tanker scow Pierson Petroleum foundered October 27, 1950 off of Naknek.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 85 Gross and Net, Length 59.5, Breadth 26, Depth 6.4, Built 1937 at Olympia WA, Owner G D Pierson, Registered Seattle, ON 173719

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 446, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 746

 

PILGRIM (1931)     The 12 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw Pilgrim exploded and sank at 11:00 a.m. Thursday November 19, 1931 at “Malina Straits”.  The vessel departed Afognak that day with two persons aboard bound for “Adjoining beaches”.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Malina Straits”  “No severe wind”  “Engine backfired, igniting engine room”  “Engine functioned properly at start of trip.  After proceeding about 200 yards engine stopped.  When started again, engine backfired and engine room burst into flames.  An explosion of gas tank was feared, crew took to life boat.  When 100 feet from vessel gas tank did explode, blowing out port side of vessel, which filled and sank.”

The Pilgrim was valued at $4,000 with no cargo.  She was insured for $3,500.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 00 30 N 152 46 W   Chart 16604

Comment: Malina Strait probably local name for Raspberry Strait.  WG

Additional Information:  Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 35.2, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.7, Built 1915 Seattle WA, Registered Seward, ON 213021, Master Charles W Pajoman of Afognak, Owners Charles W Pajoman and Roy Trout of Afognak

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty December 22, 1931 by Pajoman at Seward, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1930) Pgs 468-9

PILLAR CAPE (1979)     The 32 foot seiner Pillar Cape sank May 26, 1979 off of Cold Bay.  The vessel was returning from Togiak.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

PIONEER (1912)     The gas launch Pioneer sank in Port Wells July 18, 1912.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 48 N 148 14 W   Chart 16700

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

PIONEER (1918)     The 12 ton 46 foot gas screw Pioneer stranded and was lost on Katalla Bar October 2, 1918.  No one was aboard at the time of the disaster.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 12 N 144 31 W   Chart 16013

Comment: This wreck was not reported until 1926.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 45.9, Breadth 9.9, Depth 2.9, Service passenger, Crew 2, Built 1906 at Tacoma WA, Registered Cordova, ON 203100

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1926) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 855, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Pg 297

PIONEER (1927)     The 37 ton 61 foot wooden gas screw Pioneer stranded and was lost near Hinchinbrook Island about December 19, 1927.  Her two crewmen perished in the disaster.  They had departed Katalla that day bound for Cordova with a cargo of 27 tons of gasoline.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Strawberry Bar, Hinchinbrook Island”  “Stranding”  “Gale of wind, snowing and dark”  “Heavy snowstorm, dark, missed channel on account no lights or other markers”  “Pilot house washed ashore and part of stern counter only parts of the vessel that have been recovered.  Crew washed ashore drowned.  Both bodies had life preservers securely tied on.  Life boat found right side up with both oars, a lantern and other gear inside.  This report is made by owner on his arrival in Cordova from Seattle.  Information based on fact as far as the vessel is concerned.  Other information received from Salvage and searching parties”

The two lost with the Pioneer were Captain William Y Taylor and engineer Harry Hart.  The Pioneer had a value of $20,000 and her cargo $1,260.  Half of the cargo was salvaged.  The Pioneer was insured for $5,500, but reports indicate that three crewmen were required for the insurance to be valid.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 24 N 146 03 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 37 Gross 25 Net, Length 60.8, Breadth 15, Depth 4.9, Built 1916 at Tacoma WA, Registered Juneau, ON 214277, Master W Y Taylor of Cordova, Owner W J Crocker of Cordova

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty February 24, 1928 by W J Crocker, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1927) Pgs 450-1, 3. Captain Lloyd H “Kinky” Bayers Collection (1898-1967) Pg 49

PIONEER (2003)     The 80 foot wooden 1914 halibut schooner Pioneer was scuttled by her owner January 5, 2003 approximately six miles off of Cape Chiniak in 260 feet of water.  The vessel had fallen into disrepair and was in danger of sinking in the Kodiak boat harbor.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 74 Gross 50 Net, Length 82.1, Breadth 17.5, Depth 8.4, Built 1914 at Poulsbo WA, ON 212074, SL WA9551

Sources: 1. Anchorage Daily News (January 10, 2003) “Gone to glory, owner sinks one of the last of the West Coast wooden schooners”, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U.S. (1979) Pg 1174

 

PIONEER #2 (1923)     The 21 ton wooden scow Pioneer #2 foundered off of Cape Hinchinbrook in a gale the evening of April 9, 1923.  She was being towed by the steamer North Star from Bellingham, Washington to Snug Harbor, Alaska.  No one was on board and there was no cargo.  The vessel broke loose and sank in the rough seas from a heavy gale.  The Pioneer #2 was valued at $1,200 and had $1,200 worth of insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 14 N 146 39 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 21, Built 1922, Registered Juneau and Seattle, ON 168590, Master S Pederson, Owner Pioneer Canneries

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty December 5, 1923 at Seattle by President of Pioneer Canneries

PIONEER NO 4 (1957)     The 30 ton 54 foot wooden scow Pioneer No 4 stranded and was lost December 2, 1957 at Windy Bay in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross and Net, Length 54, Breadth 16, Depth 4.3, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Owner Alaska Shellfish Inc., Registered Juneau, ON 170555

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 447, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

 

PIRATE (1905)     The 20 ton 45 foot wooden scow schooner Pirate was lost in the Shumagin Islands at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday December 20, 1905.  The vessel departed Eagle Harbor December 10, 1905 bound for Pirate Cove with two persons on board.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Red Bluff, Popoff Island, Alaska”  “Failed to weather a rocky point”  “Went on lee shore”  “Snow squall, daylight”  “Total loss”

The Pirate was carrying 20 tons of salt codfish worth $1,000.  The crew managed to get to safety with half of the salt codfish.  The Pirate, which was valued at $500, was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 17 30 N 160 26 30 W   Chart 16553

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 17 Net, Length 45.4, Breadth 15.5, Depth 4.7, Built 1900 at San Francisco CA, Registered Unga, ON 150883, Master R Hoelke of Pirate Cove, Owner Union Fish Company of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report April 12, 1906 at San Francisco by Gashuia, Pres., Union Fish Company, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1905) Pg 139

PISCES (1980)     The sailboat Pisces sank in Resurrection Bay September 27, 1980.  Both of those on board were rescued.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PISCES (1990)     The fishing vessel Pisces burned, capsized and was abandoned November 25, 1990 in the Bering Sea.  All five crewmembers were rescued from a life raft.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PLATON (1944)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Platon was consumed by fire at Chignik July 2, 1944.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 18 N 158 24 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.7, Breadth 9.5, Depth 4.5, Built 1928 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 12, Owner J E Shields, Registered Juneau, ON 227966

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 286

 

POINT SOPHIA (1992)     The 60 foot fishing vessel Point Sophia struck a submerged object, capsized and sank May 12, 1992 in Dog Bay Harbor, Kodiak.  All three persons aboard were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 226790

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

 

POLAR BEAR (1935)     The 162 ton 84 foot wooden oil screw Polar Bear stranded and was lost in Kupreanof Strait at 4:05 p.m. Friday July 19, 1935.  The vessel had departed Kodiak that day bound for Seattle with 10 crewmen aboard.  She was carrying a 55 ton cargo of fish and trading goods valued at $15,000.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed J H Petrich, mate of the Polar Bear:

“Strong breeze; misty; poor visibility; choppy sea”  “West end Dry Spruce Island, Kupreanof Straits, S W Alaska”  “Stranded on rock”  “Error in navigation by mate”  “Engines reversed on striking”  “C G Cutter Aurora took crew off beach and transferred them to the C G Cutter Morris at Kodiak, which vessel transported crew to Seward, Alaska”  “Total Loss”

The Polar Bear was valued at $65,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  The insurance was reported to be “blanket coverage” for the vessel and her cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 57 20 N 153 02 30 W   Charts 16580, 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 162 Gross 130 Net, Length 83.6, Breadth 21.8, Depth 14.4, Built 1926 at Port Blakely WA, Registered Seward, ON 225956, Master C E Anderson of Seattle, Owner United Trading & Fishing Co of Seattle

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty July 23, 1935 at Seward

POLAR EXPRESS (1989)     The fishing vessel Polar Express sank April 28, 1989 off of Cape Cleare.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 46 25 N 147 54 30 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

POLAR HUSKY (1990)     The 44 foot tug Polar Husky capsized and sank April 29, 1990 in Bristol Bay.  Her crewmember was rescued by a nearby fishing vessel.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

POLAR STORM (1985)     The 52 foot fishing vessel Polar Storm burned and sank 120 miles northeast of Kodiak on May 22, 1985.  The four crewmen aboard were picked up by the fishing vessel Trident.

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

Comment: The location of this loss needs further research.  WG

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

 

POLLY (1965)     The 12 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Polly foundered June 27, 1965 about 5 miles north of 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 11 Net, Length 33.5, Breadth 12.1, Depth 3.4, Built 1950 at Seldovia, Horsepower 130, Owner Whitney & Company, Registered Juneau, ON 260501

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 555, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1173

 

PORFICO NO 1 (1959)     The 9 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw Porfico No 1 burned August 5, 1959 at Ninilchik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 02 N 151 42 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 31.1, Breadth 10.9, Depth 3.8, Built 1945 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Horsepower 95, SL WF4373, Owner David Cooper, Registered Juneau, ON 248404

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 451, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 825

 

PORTLAND (1910)     The 1,420 ton 192 foot steamer Portland stranded and was lost In Katalla Bay at 6:30 a.m. Saturday November 12, 1910.  The vessel was travelling between Juneau and Cordova with 30 passengers and 53 crewmen aboard.  She had a 300 ton cargo of general merchandise valued at $30,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Katalla Bay; sunken rock off Palm Point”  “Light NE wind, moderate sea”  “After vessel struck she floated off and was beached on sandy beach”  “About 12 hours later vessel began to break up in surf”

The Portland, valued at $90,000, became a total loss.  All passengers and crew made it to safety.  All but $15,000 worth of the cargo was salvaged.  The 1938 U S Coast Pilot Alaska Part II says the following:

“The engine of the wreck of the Portland can be seen at a good low water. It has not been accurately located, but it is reported to lie in the vicinity of the 5-fathom (9.1 meter) curve as shown on the chart, about 1 mile northeastward of Palm Point.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 11 N 144 33 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,420 Gross 966 Net, Length 191.8, Breadth 36.1, Depth 20.2, Built 1885 at Bath ME, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 95844,Master F S Moore of Seattle, Owner Alaska Coast Co of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $41,500, Cargo Insurance $16,000, Formerly the steam ship Haytien Republic

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report November 19, 1910 by F S Moore, 2. U S Coast Pilot Alaska Part II (1938) Pg 48

PREMIER (1891)     The 308 ton 142 foot wooden 3 masted schooner Premier stranded in the Shumagin Islands at midnight on Monday  April 6, 1891.  There were 18 fishermen and 7 crewmen aboard on a trip from “Ocernoy, Alaska Ty.” to “Selinas River, Alaska Ty.”  The Premier was carrying about 350 tons of cannery supplies valued at $12,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by Peter Poulsen, master of the Premier:

“Between Shumagin Islands (25 mi. N. of Cape John), Alaska”  “Snowstorm”  “35 or 40 knots per hour; thick; rough daylight”  “All precautions taken that could be taken, but when she struck the shore she soon filled with water”  “We stayed with the vessel about 24 hours, some stayed longer, and I then sold the wreck at public auction”  “Total loss”

The Premier was valued at $16,000 and listed as a total loss along with her cargo.  The crewmen and fishermen, that were aboard, made it to safety.  The wrecked vessel was sold at auction for $150.  The purchasers were able to save the Premier and most of her cargo.

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

Comment: The Premier was put back into service and sank again May 13, 1919 near Unimak Island.  I have included it in this compilation, as evidence of the 1891 wreck may still be on site and of interest.  According to a Congressional Report this wreck happened at Ramsey Bay.  The Coast Pilot from 1932 mentions a cannery ship lost in Ramsey Bay.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 307.69 Gross 292.35 Net, Length 141.7, Breadth 33.4, Depth 10.8, Built 1876 at Port Ludlow WA, Registered San Francisco, ON 50087, SL JRVK, Master Peter Paulsen of San Francisco, Owner Jacob Grusen of Alameda CA, Vessel Insurance $16,000, Cargo Insurance $10,500

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report May 8, 1891 at Port Angeles WA, 2. Lewis & Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895) Pg 394, 3. Report of the Secretary of the Interior Volume III (1892) “Shipwrecks” Pgs 493-4, 4. United States Coast Pilot Alaska Part II (1938) “Ramsey Bay” Pg 258

PREMIER (1919)     The 307.69 ton 141.7 foot wooden schooner Premier stranded and was lost on Unimak Island at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday May 13, 1919.  The vessel departed Greys Harbor, Washington April 23, 1919 bound for Ugashik, Bristol Bay, Alaska.  There were 10 crewmen aboard including Otto Phillipsen, master of the Premier.  Her cargo was 426 tons of lumber and salt valued at $8,450.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“At Cape Lutke, Unimak Island, Alaska 18 miles to the east Scotch Cap LH”  “Stranding”  “Very thick weather, with contrary set of current”  “Heavy seas breaking over vessel”  “Master reports that he had run too far to heave to with contrary current”  “Our S S Kvichak stood by and removed crew, but seas breaking too badly to salvage cargo”  “Vessel commenced breaking up immediately”  “Total loss”

The Premier was valued at $25,000.  She and her cargo were total losses.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 29 10 N 164 20 15 W   Charts 16011, 16520

Additional Information: Tonnage 307.69 Gross 292.35 Net, Length 141.7, Breadth 33.4, Depth 10.8, Built 1876 at Port Ludlow WA, Registered San Francisco, ON 50087, SL JRVK, Master Otto Phillipson of Alameda CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 19, 1919 at San Francisco by A K Tichener, Vice President & General Supt., Alaska Packers Association

PRESIDENT (1923)     The 50 ton 72 foot wooden gas screw President was wrecked during a heavy storm while laid up in winter quarters at Graveyard Point in Bristol Bay, January 12, 1923.  The President was a fishing vessel valued at $12,000 at the time of the loss

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 01 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 50 Gross 34 Net, Length 72.2, Breadth 17.2, Depth 6.5, Built 1902 at Tacoma WA, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 93271

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty September 26, 1923 by C K Bowen for Owners Libby McNeill & Libby, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1922) Pg 310

PRESTON BROOKS (1993)     The 90 foot fish tender Preston Brooks flooded and sank August 7, 1993 in the Barren Islands.  The owner and skipper of the vessel, Clarence Jasper (62) was lost to hypothermia from a torn survival suit.  The other two crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 57 N 152 15 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: ON 294297

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

 

PRILIP (1924)     The 33 ton 53 foot wooden gas screw Prilip caught fire after striking a rock at 9:00 a.m. Friday July 18, 1924.  She departed Bidarka Point July 15, 1924 with 5 crewmen aboard bound for “Eshomy Bay”.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Eshomy Bay, Alaska”  “Stranding and later fire”  “No wind of any consequence; daylight”  “After vessel struck rock she was towed to shore and beached, where she later caught fire which at once became beyond control”  “Charterer of the vessel had her towed ashore and beached, intending to make repairs, but fire broke out before repairs started”  “Boat was left in charge of Engineer, and he was only member of crew present at the time of fire.  Master and agents of charterer had gone to commence to prepare for repairs, when fire occurred”

The Prilip was valued at $12,500 and had about 12 tons of fish aboard valued at $250.  The vessel and her cargo were total losses.  Insurance on the Prilip was $10,000.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 28 30 N 147 58 30 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 33 Gross 26 Net, Length 52.6, Breadth 15.2, Depth 6.6, Built 1917 Gig Harbor WA, Registered Astoria OR, ON 214826, Master William Reynolds of Latouche, Owner Steve Kukura of Brookfield OR

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty November 20, 1924 by Chris Lacos, Engineer of Prilip, 2. Merchant Vessels of the United States (1924) Pg 255

PRINCE WILLIAM (2006)     The 44 foot seiner Prince William stranded and was lost August 28, 2006 on Applegate Rock in Montague Strait.  All five crewmembers abandoned ship to a skiff and were rescued by the fishing vessel Orion.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 21 20 N 147 23 30 W   Chart 16700

Comment: This vessel was refloated by R&R Diving and towed to Cordova. WG

Additional Information: ON 646834

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Enforcement Report (August 28, 2006), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 311524

 

PRINCESS ARLINE (1985)     All four crewmembers abandoned the fishing vessel Princess Arline December 16, 1985 approximately 40 miles south of Seward.  The vessel was taking on water in 55 knot winds and 26 foot seas and began to sink.  The crew was rescued from their life raft by a United States Coast Guard Helicopter.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PRINCESS TAMARA (1983)     The 125 foot fishing vessel Princess Tamara caught fire and sank August 12, 1983 two miles west of the Barren Islands.  The four persons aboard were rescued by the fishing vessel Caprice.

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

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

 

PRINSENDAM (1980)     The 427 foot Holland America passenger cruise ship Prinsendam caught fire in her engine room while crossing the Gulf of Alaska October 4, 1980. 320 passengers and 190 crewmembers were forced to evacuate to life boats 150 miles west of Sitka and 130 miles south of Yakutat. The United States Coast Guard cutter Boutwell and oil tanker Williamsburg were early on scene and central in the rescue of passengers and crewmembers. A coordinated effort was conducted by the U S Coast Guard, U S Air Force Air Rescue Service, Royal Canadian Air Force and several private concerns. Ship respondents included the USCG cutters Boutwell, Mellon and Woodrush as well as oil industry vessels Williamsburg and Sohio Intrepid. All 510 persons on board the Prinsendam were successfully evacuated as the weather deteriorated. An attempt was made to tow the smoldering ship to Sitka but she sank in 9,000 feet of water 80 miles southwest of port. There were no casualties, but many of the survivors suffered from hypothermia.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 38 N 140 25 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Built 1973

            Sources: 1. Seattle Times (October 12, 1980) “Prinsendam, A Human Triumph” Pg C 2, 2. Wikipedia.com (2014), 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PROSPECTOR (1937)     The 7 ton 34 foot gas screw mail boat Prospector sank in a heavy gale in Prince William Sound in 1937.  The 5 passengers and one crewman were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Morris.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska Unknown

Comment: This vessel is in service in subsequent years so must have been salvaged.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 7 Net, Length 34, Breadth 10, Depth 4, Built 1911 at Ellamar AK, Registered Juneau, ON 211266, Owner Ethelyn C Bettles of Koyukuk, Master James M Dolan

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 522-3, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg458, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 252

PROSPECTOR (1960)     The 12 ton 37 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Prospector foundered September 2, 1960 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 10 Net, Length 37.4, Breadth 11.4, Depth 4.6, Built 1943 at New Bedford MA, Former Name C-16543 (U S N), Horsepower 143, Owner John S Mansuy, Registered Juneau, ON 258280

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 465, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 904

 

PROVISION (2004)     The operator of the 92 foot fish tender Provision fell asleep and ran aground August 4, 2004 on the northwest end of Long Island near Kodiak.  She rolled over and sank two days later.  All fuel was removed and the overturned vessel towed off the rocks September 9, 2004 and scuttled intentionally by her owner.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 46 N 152 17 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Kodiak Daily Mirror (August 18, 2004) “Fishing boat update: Java case is closed, Provision to scuttle”

 

PSB&D CO #5 (1944)     The 150 ton 78 foot wooden scow PSB&D Co #5 foundered November 20, 1943 ten miles, 265 degrees true from Yakutat entrance buoy.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 150 Gross and Net, Length 78, Breadth 28, Depth 8, Built 1906 at Seattle WA, Owner Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, Registered Seattle, ON 163039

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 777, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 420

 

PSB&D CO #6 (1942)     The 247 ton 92 foot wooden freight scow PSB&D Co #6 stranded and was lost in September of 1942 at Unimak Bight.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 35 N 164 10 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 247 Gross and Net, Length 92, Breadth 32, Depth 9.6, Built 1924 at Seattle WA, Former Name Washington No 2, Owner Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, Registered Seatttle, ON 168923

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 777, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 420, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) “Former Names” Pg 563

 

PSB&D CO #8 (1938)     The 247 ton 92 foot wooden freight scow PSB&D Co #8 stranded and was lost October 14, 1938 on Kanak Island in Controller Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 247 Gross and Net, Length 92, Breadth 32, Depth 9.6, Built 1924 at Seattle, Former Name Washington No 3, Registered Seattle, ON 168924

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 513, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) “Former Names” Pg 563

PSB&D CO #8 (1943)     The 185 ton 100 foot wooden freight scow PSB&D Co #8 foundered November 20, 1943 ten miles, 165 degrees true from the Yakutat entrance buoy.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 185 Gross and Net, Length 99.8, Breadth 29.8, Depth 8.2, Built 1927 at Oakland CA, Owner Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging Company, Registered Seattle, ON 174719

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 777, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 420

 

PSB&D CO #11 (1939)     The 234.75 ton freight scow PSB&D Co #11 foundered between 10:00 and 12:00 p.m. September 27, 1939.  The vessel was being towed.  She had departed Cordova September 26, 1939 bound for Seward with no one aboard.  Her cargo was 60 tons of various machinery, valued at $15,500.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Towing scow”  “Light easterly swell”  “10 miles Southwest by South of Johnston Point”  “Foundering”  “Probably hit a deadhead”  “Looked three days for scow; also used airplane in search”  “Total loss”

The PSB&D Co #11, valued at $4,000 was a total loss, along with the cargo on board. The vessel was insured for $4,000 and her cargo for $15,500.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 28 N 146 37 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 234.75, Age 16 years, Registered Seattle, ON 168718, Master Roy Hall of Arlington WA, Owner Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Company of Seattle

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty October 28, 1939 by Roy Hall

PUCK (1990)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Puck capsized September 9, 1990 in Prince William Sound.  The operator was found atop the overturned hull and rescued by the fishing vessel Controller Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

PURITAN (1918)     The 78 ton 81 foot gas screw fishing vessel Puritan stranded and was lost on Montague Island March 4, 1918.  All 17 crewmen made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 147 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 78 Gross 53 Net, Length 80.6, Breadth 20.2, Depth 9.1, IHP 125, Built 1911 at Tacoma WA, Registered Tacoma, ON209088

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) “Loss of American Vessels Reported During Fiscal Year 1921” Pg 455, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) Pg 299

PUSHKA (1981)     The 58 foot vessel Pushka stranded and was lost August 26, 1981 at Sanak Point.  The three crewmen aboard were rescued by the fishing vessel Cascade.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 23 N 162 35 W   Chart 16011

Comment: Likely off of Sanak Island.  WG

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

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

  1. The mail boat Phyllis S. (60′ 46 tons) was sunk with the loss of two lives on Dec. 17, 1942, after being struck and cut in two by the U.S.S. Hubert, a Navy destroyer, in Whale Pass, Kodiak Island. There’s a detailed account of this incident, “The Wreck of the Phyllis S: Anatomy of a Shipwreck Narrative” by Mike Burwell, at Kadiak.org.

    Thank you for this excellent site.

    1. Thank you Daniel. Michael Burwell helps me with much of the research and information that is presented on this website. This work is only partially done, so what is listed here for the Phyllis S. may be added to from the files Michael Burwell and I have built up over the past 30 or 40 years. It is a work in progress.

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