RAPHAEL (1895) The 1,542 ton 220 foot wooden ship Raphael stranded and was lost at Karluk at 3:00 a.m. Sunday July 7, 1895. The vessel was out of San Francisco and had loaded 7,117 cases of salmon worth $28,000. There were 20 crewmen aboard. The Raphael was caught at anchor, by a heavy storm and rough seas. She washed up on Tanglefoot Bay in front of Karluk and became a total wreck along with her cargo. There was no loss of life.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 57 34 30 N 154 29 30 W Chart 16599
Additional Information : Tonnage 1,542 Gross 1,465.47 Net, Length 220, Breadth 40, Depth 24.3, Built 1873 at Camden ME, SL JRLB, Registered San Francisco, ON 110265, Master C Albert Whitney of San Francisco, Owner J Schoenfeld M O of San Francisco, Vessel Insurance $12,000, Cargo Insurance $28,000
Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report September 16, 1895 at San Francisco by C Albert Whitney, 2. Salmon From Kodiak (1986) Pgs 203&207
RATTLER (1922) The 17 ton 45 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Rattler burned at the cannery dock in Cordova November 7, 1922. There was no one aboard at the time of the disaster. The blaze was “caused by lighting a match in hold which caused explosion.” The Rattler was valued at $2,500 and had no insurance.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 60 33 N 145 45 W Chart 16700
Additional Information : Tonnage 17 Gross 12 Net, Length 45, Breadth 11.7, Depth 4.6, Built 1899 at Alameda CA, IHP 60, Registered Cordova, ON 209230, Owner The Blum O’Neil Company
Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 30, 1923 by H I O’Neil, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1922) Pg 313
RAY (1924) The 142 ton scow Ray stranded and was lost at Marmot Island September 5, 1924.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 58 13 N 151 50 W Chart 16580
Additional Information : Tonnage 142 Gross and Net, Built 1917 at Anacortes WA, Registered Seattle, ON 166634
Sources : 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1924) Pg 400, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1925) Pg 839
REX (1937) The 37 net ton wooden vessel Rex was lost southwest of Ocean Cape at 4 a.m. October 12, 1937. The vessel departed the Aquay River bound for Yakutat with two aboard. Her cargo was about 12 tons of salt salmon valued at $1,500. The Rex was having machine trouble and leaking in heavy weather when she was stranded six miles S W of Ocean Cape. There was a strong SE and SW gale at the time of the casualty. George Nelson and Bill Geddes assisted the crew of the Rex and took them in a small gas boat to Yakutat for help. The Rex, valued at $5,000, was a total loss along with her cargo. There was no insurance.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 59 32 30 N 139 51 30 W Chart 16016
Comment : Aquay River now called Akwe River. WG
Additional Information : Tonnage 37 Net, Age 6 months, Registered Juneau, ON 236525, Master and Owner Ed Herman of Yakutat
Source : U S C G Report of Casualty April 15, 1938 by Ed Herman at Juneau
RITA NEWMAN (1907) The 182 ton 94 foot wooden gas screw Rita Newman stranded and was lost in the Shumagin Islands May 25, 1907. The vessel ran up on the rocks off Simeonof Island in a dense fog. The Rita Newman’s chronometer was found to be off by 7 minutes. The vessel and her cargo were valued at $27,000 and became a total loss.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 54 54 N 159 16 W Charts 16011, 16540
Additional Information : Tonnage 182 Gross 120 Net, Length 94, Breadth 29, Depth 8, Built 1903 at Oakland CA, IHP 160, Crew 11, SL KSJP, Registered San Francisco, ON 111458, Service freight
Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 137, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1906) Pg 293, 3. Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914
ROLFE (1937) The 38 ton 56 foot wooden gas screw Rolfe stranded and was lost at the entrance to the Ahrnklin River at 3:30 p.m. July 24, 1937. The vessel was leaving the Ahrnklin Inlet on her way to the Aquay Inlet with two persons aboard when the casualty occurred. The following are statements from the casualty report:
“15 mile southeast, rough sea, daylight” “Engine running slow ahead prior to stopping” “Black Sand Island, Entrance to Ahrnklin, Alaska” “Flooded engine room stopping engine” “The Rolfe was going from Ahrnklin Inlet to Aquay Inlet, Alaska and passing over the outside bar struck very heavy breakers which broke out the pilot house windows and flooded the engine room. This stopped the engine and we put out the anchors. We got the engine going again and got up one anchor when the engine started again. The heavy surf and SE wind continued to drag the anchors until the Rolfe struck the beach. Heavy weather for four days afterward made it impossible to salvage her.” “Total loss”
The Rolfe, valued at $6,000, was a total loss. There was no cargo on board. There were no casualties. The vessel was insured for $3,500.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 59 25 15 N 139 29 30 W Chart 16760
Comment : Destination probably Akwe River Inlet. WG
Additional Information : Tonnage 38 Gross 26 Net, Length 55.9, Breadth 14.8, Depth 6.2, Built 1917 at Seattle WA, Service Freight, Horsepower 40, Registered Sitka, ON 215032, Master C R Perry of Anacortes WA, Owner J Frank Wright of Anacortes WA
Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty August 17, 1937 by C R Perry at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1937) Pg 272
ROSIE (1930) The 9 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Rosie went adrift and was lost in Prince William Sound at 10 a.m. November 18, 1930. Owner Charles Anderson was the only one aboard when the disaster occurred. The following are excerpts from the casualty report he filed at Cordova:
“Heavy gale” “Went adrift in storm and heavy seas while beached for repairs at Goose Island, in Prince William Sound, broke up and sank on Goose Island during storm” “Total loss”
The Rosie had a value of $2,000 at the time of the casualty. There was no insurance on the vessel. There was no loss of life.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 60 43 N 146 43 W Chart 16700
Additional Information : Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 33.4, Breadth 10.5, Depth 3.9, Built 1918 at Bay Center WA, Horsepower 18, Registered Petersburg, ON 216634, Master and owner Charles Anderson of Cordova
Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty April 17, 1931, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pgs 492-3
ROSYLAND (1922) The 42 ton 54 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Rosyland drug anchor and stranded on Kodiak Island at 6:00 a.m. May 25, 1922. The vessel departed Kodiak May 24, 1922 bound for Three Saints Bay with 7 passengers and 4 crewmen aboard. The Rosyland was carrying approximately two tons of merchandise and lumber as cargo. The following are excerpts from the casualty report:
“Strong NE Gale, heavy breakers” “In first bight E of entrance to Kalsin Bay approx. 5 mi. W of C Chiniak” “Vessel stranded on lea shore” “Anchors dragging” “Crew and passengers taken to Kodiak May 28th by Erskin”
The Rosyland was worth $10,000 at the time of the disaster, and her cargo $500. The vessel was a total loss but some of the cargo was salvaged. Insurance on the vessel was $7,000 with no coverage for cargo.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 57 40 N 152 21 W Chart 16580
Comment : The stretch of beach where the Rosyland stranded is now called Rosyland Beach by locals. WG
Additional Information : Tonnage 42 Gross 29 Net, Length 54.4, Breadth15.6, Depth 7.4, Built 1920 at Dockton WA, IHP 50, Registered Seattle, ON 220126, Master Fred McNeill of Kodiak, Owner John Mavich of San Pedro CA
Sources : 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Seattle, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1922) Pg 318
RUBY A COUSINS (1900) The 193 ton 112 foot wooden schooner Ruby A Cousins stranded and was lost in Prince William Sound at 8:30 p.m. Sunday October 16, 1900. The vessel departed Seattle September 22, 1900 bound for Valdez. There were 8 crewmen aboard and 275 tons of groceries, food, hay, coal and lumber. The following are excerpts from the wreck report:
“Sunken reef about 40 feet from west shore, Stanton Narrows, Prince William Sound, Alaska” “Blown on reef” “Strong north wind about 20 miles, dark” “Port anchor down, and line run to shore and fastened to tree, which carried away. Struck reef before she could get under sail” “Heavy ebb tide running at time of disaster. Survey held by U S Com. Smith at Valdez. Wreck sold by Captain for $90 to Dr Pierce of Valdez, Alaska.”
The Ruby A Cousins had a value of $8,000 and was a total loss. There were no human casualties. Her cargo was valued at $7,500 of which $7,000 was lost. The vessel was insured for $5,000 and her cargo for $6,000. The Ruby A Cousins was subsequently salvaged and renamed the Harold Blekum. She is lost again in March of 1917 on Kodiak Island. The Ruby A Cousins stranding is included in this compilation as evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 61 03 15 N 146 40 30 W Chart 16700
Comment : Stanton Narrows is now called Valdez Narrows. WG
Additional Information : Tonnage 192 Gross 185 Net, Length 112.5, Breadth 30.5, Depth 8.9, Built 1882 at Eureka CA, Registered San Francisco, ON 110554, SL JWNC, Master J D McDonald of Ballard, Owner S L Dowell of Seattle
Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report November 16, 1900 by S L Dowell at Seattle, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1900) Pg 165, 3. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 62
RUDOLPH N (1936) Fire destroyed the 29 ton 52 foot wooden gas screw Rudolph N at 10:00 p.m. Sunday June 14, 1936. The vessel was docked at the Nakeen Cannery when the blaze began. The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Charles Grundstrum, master of the Rudolph N:
“Nakeen Cannery” “Tied up at dock” “Calm daylight” “Backfiring of Delco Light Engine” “Used 6 fire extinguishers 2 ½ Gal., and 2 fire extinguishers 1 qt.” “Towed away from dock by G/B Fanny and D/V Nakeem.”
The Rudolph N had a value of $7,000 and was a total loss. She had ship stores on board valued and $120 which were also lost. The vessel was fully insured but not the ship stores. She had a crew of four at the time of the blaze who all escaped unharmed.
Mapping and Location : Southcentral Alaska 58 46 10 N 157 02 15 W Chart 16323
Comment : The Nakeem Cannery was 1 ½ miles north of Telephone Point on the west bank of the Kvichak River. WG
Additional Information : Tonnage 29 Gross 19 Net, Length 51.9, Breadth 15.2, Depth 5.8, Built 1912 at Oakland CA, IHP 100, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209625, Master Charles Gundstrum of Seattle, Owner Nakat Packing Corporation
Sources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty July 23, 1936 at Ketchikan by Gundstrum, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 546-7