South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

S #2 (1918)     The 54 ton wooden barge S #2 was lost between Kodiak and Chignik March 1, 1918.  The vessel was under tow when she iced down, the tow line parted and she foundered.  She was carrying 11,000 pounds, 10 drums of distillates, valued at $275.  The S #2 had a value of $5,000.  There was no insurance on the vessel or her cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 54 Gross and Net, Built 1918 at Seattle WA, Registered Seattle, ON 167153, Master H Knudsen, Owner Sockeye Salmon Co of Seattle, Last Port Seattle February 14, 1914, Destination Morzhovia Bay, Alaska

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty March 17, 1919 at Seattle by N B Doue for Frank W Doue Co, Agent

S B P CO NO 12 (1965)     The 38 ton 49 foot steel barge S B P Co No 12 was consumed by fire August 22, 1965 at Kenai.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 38 Gross and Net, Length 49, Breadth 14, Depth 5.5, Built 1943 at New Orleans LA, Owner C W C Fisheries, Registered Juneau, ON 259697

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 600, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174

 

S-E (1960)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel S-E burned February 24, 1960 at Port Ashton.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 30 N 148 03 W   Chart 16702

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.5, Breadth 9.4, Depth 3.9, Built 1942 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 95, SL WG2163, Owner Carl A Mills, Registered Sitka, ON 241642

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 499, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

S J NO 5 (1964)     The gas screw S J No 5 foundered August 11, 1964 four miles off of Harvester Island in Uyak Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

S J NO 7 (1964)     The 9 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel S J No 7 was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 30, Breadth 11, Depth 3.9, Built 1944 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 105, SL WK5625, Owner San Juan Fishing & Packing Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 245686

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 582, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

S J NO 8 (1974)     The 32 foot oil screw S J No 8 burned February 19, 1974 and sank March 3, 1974 in Afognak Strait.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 59 N 152 48 W   Chart 16580

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

 

S J NO 9 (1966)     The 12 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel S J No 9 was destroyed by a storm October 15, 1966 off of Aiaktalik Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 42 N 154 03 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 10 Net, Length 31.1, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 141, SL WC3078, Owner San Juan Fishing & Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 257777

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 604, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174

 

S R 22 (1962)     The 650 ton 110 foot steel barge S R 22 foundered October 12, 1962 near Chirikof Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 650 Gross and Net, Length 110.3, Breadth 34, Depth 10.3, Built 1914 at Vallejo CA, Former Name YR-22 (U S N), Owner Ira Rothwell, Registered Juneau, ON 257613

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 564, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 966

 

S S VIKING (1996)     The 55 foot hatchery vessel S S Viking struck a rock and sank February 3, 1996 at Montague Island.

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

Source: Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

SABLE (1991)     The 82 foot fish tender Sable burned to the waterline and sank July 17, 1991 in Bristol Bay.  All four crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 249618

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

 

SACCO (1983)     The fishing vessel Sacco caught fire and burned September 5, 1983 while traveling between King Cove and False Pass.  The crewmembers abandoned ship in a skiff and were rescued by the fishing vessel Kodiak Queen.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SACCO NO 3 (1953)     The 28 ton 55 foot wooden scow Sacco No 3 stranded and was lost August 11, 1953 two and a half miles southeast of Ocean Cape in the Gulf of Alaska.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross and Net, Length 55.2, Breadth 16, Depth 3.6, Built 1927 at Seattle, Owner Whiz Fish Products Company, Registered Juneau, ON 169699

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 490, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 740

 

SACKETT’S HARBOR (1946)     See Saketts Harbor (1946)

 

SACRED HEART (1964)     The 14 ton 34 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sacred Heart was destroyed in a fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 12 Net, Length 34, Breadth 13.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1957 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 100, SL WJ5279, Owner Joe N Survan, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 274266

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 585, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

SADIE F CALLER (1891)     The 413 ton 132 foot wooden schooner Sadie F Caller stranded and was lost near Chignik at 2 p.m. Saturday May 2, 1891.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 11, 1891 bound for Chignik Bay, Alaska.  She had 158 passengers and 10 officers and crew.  Her passengers were cannery workers.  Her 450 ton cargo was a salmon canning outfit valued at $50,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Entrance of Chignik Bay Harbor”  “56 50 N Lat, 156 W Long”  “Stranded on bar, owing to change of channel”  “Strong breeze, clear weather, rough sea”  “Str. Polar Bear towed the vessel to beach about 2 hours after casualty”

The Sadie F Caller had a value of $16,000 at the time of the disaster and was reported a total loss.  Loss to the cargo was reported at $40,000.  Insurance on the vessel was $9,000 and there was $45,000 of coverage on the cargo.  H W McCurdy mentions an effort to salvage cargo from the Sadie F Caller was attempted in 1913 in 60 feet of water.

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

Comment: Latitude and Longitude given on wreck report wrong.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 413.81 Gross 393.25 Net, Length 131.9, Breadth 31.5, Depth 15.1, Built 1873 at Essex MA, SL JMDQ, Registered San Francisco, ON 115162, Master John C Young of San Francisco, Owner A B Peterson MO of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report October 5, 1891 by J C Young at San Francisco, 2. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pgs 229-30

SAINT ANDREW (1934)     The 40 ton 54 foot wooden fishing vessel Saint Andrew stranded and was lost the night of October 9, 1934 in Unga Bay.  The vessel departed Mist Harbor on her way to Unga with eight on board.  Lost with the Saint Andrew were crewmen Ed. Heince, master Jalmar Hirvir and 3 of her 6 passengers.  The Saint Andrew was valued at $6,750 with damages estimated at $4,200.  She was insured for $4,200.

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

Comment: Probably Delarof Harbor.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 27 Net, Length 54.3, Breadth 15.8, Depth 7, Built 1920 at Gig Harbor WA, Horsepower 50, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219841, Master J Hirvir of Mist Harbor, Owner Associated Fishermen of Alaska, Seattle

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty October 25, 1934 at Seattle by M Jaseplison, secretary for Associated Fishermen of Alaska, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) Pgs 542-3

SAINT ANTHONY (1967)     The 75 foot oil screw fishing vessel Saint Anthony was destroyed by a storm December 3, 1967 at Puale Bay.  Winds of 85 miles an hour and sub zero temperatures hindered any possible assistance.  The fishing vessel Ethel S, who reported the plight of the Saint Anthony to the U S Coast Guard, also went missing in the same storm.  Owner operator Harry Larson of Seattle, Henry Moller of Gig Harbor and a third crewmember named Charles were aboard the Saint Anthony when she was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 41 N 155 29 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (December 7, 1967) “Seattle vessel still missing off Alaska” Pg 49, 3. The Seattle Times (December 6, 1967) Pg 22

 

SAINT AUGUSTINE (1978)     The 42 foot vessel Saint Augustine stranded and sank in Danger Bay on Afognak Island September 27, 1978.  The two crewmen were picked up by the U S Coast Guard.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 06 N 152 55 W   Chart 16594

Comment: Danger Bay more commonly known as Kazakof Bay. WG

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

SAINT DAVID (1917)     The 1,576 ton ore barge Saint David stranded and was lost near Yakutat October 31, 1917.  The Saint David had been under tow of the tug Commodore from Valdez bound to Anyok, but the Commodore became disabled.  The barge was in tow of a second tug, the Kern, when it broke free and stranded on Khantaak Island and was pounded to pieces by heavy seas.  The Saint David had a value of $40,000 with cargo, and was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 36 N 139 46 W   Chart 16761

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,576, Built 1877, ON 115568

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 294, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Pg 437

SAINT FRANCIS (1917)     The 1,898 ton 231 foot wooden ship Saint Francis stranded and was lost on Unimak Island at 2:15 a.m. Monday May 14, 1917.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 21, 1917 bound for Kvichak, Bristol Bay with a crew of 17.  She was carrying a 1,500 ton cargo of general merchandise and cannery supplies valued at $150,000.  The following are comments taken from the casualty report filed by J A Rosengren, master of the Saint Francis:

“At night and dark, fresh SW, dark and misty, moderate”  “1 mile south Middle Point, Unimak Island, Alaska”  “STRANDING”  “Missed tack, in veering vessel went ashore”  “Unable to do anything, dropped one anchor but too late to do anything”  “St. s. Norwood and St. s. Goliah stood by and rescued people from ship, and took all on board”  “Total loss”

The Saint Francis had a value of $75,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  Both were insured for an unknown amount.

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

Comment: Middle Point now called Sennett Point.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,898 Gross 1,757 Net, Length 231.4, Breadth 41.8, Depth 17.7, Built 1882 at Bath ME, Registered San Francisco, ON 115835, SL JWBF, Master J A Rosengren of Seattle, Owner Alaska Fisherman’s Packing Company of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty May 15, 1916 by J A Rosengren, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 65

SAINT GEORGE (1881)     The 100.41 ton schooner Saint George wrecked on a rock near Kodiak on Wednesday April 27, 1881.  The vessel had departed Kodiak bound for English Bay and Nutchick with 3 passengers and 7 crewmen aboard.  She was carrying $9,000 worth of general merchandise as cargo.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by John Wessels, master of the Saint George:

“Struck unknown sunken rock off Twin Rocks”  “Stove large hole in bottom, causing her to fill and be unmanageable”  “Schooner Pauline Collins towed her to Long Island”  “The rock apparently unknown by anyone seems to be very pointed rock over which we would have passed had it not been dead low tide”

The Saint George had a value of $12,000.  Both the vessel and her cargo are listed as nearly total losses.   The Saint George was insured for $10,000 and her cargo for the same amount.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 50 05 N 152 18 45 W   Chart 16580

Comment: Probably hit Hutchinson Reef near Hanin Rocks which used to be called the Twins, just north of Kodiak.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 100.41, Built 1878 at San Francisco CA, SL JTBM, Registered San Francisco, ON 15607, Master John Wessels of San Francisco, Owner Alaska Commercial Company of San Francisco

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report April 30, 1881 by Wessels at Kodiak

 

SAINT GEORGE (1992)     The 77 foot steel crab fishing vessel Saint George disappeared with all hands January 5, 1992 in the Bering Sea.  The vessel departed Dutch Harbor January 2, 1992 for the crab grounds and was never seen again.  An EPIRB and life raft were found 165 miles northwest of Cold Bay but no sign of the Saint George or her crew.  Lost were skipper David C Parkes of Blaine WA, Terry James of Blaine WA, Brian Schouten of Blaine WA, Kevin Clark of Ferndale WA, George Dahl of Bellingham WA and Shawn McWethy of Soldotna.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 N 164 48 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 603711

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Daily Sitka Sentinel (January 9, 1992) “Search Made for Crab Boat” Page 5, 4. USCG MISLE Case # 872711

 

SAINT GEORGE II (1945)     The 26 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Saint George II stranded and was lost at the Kasilof River in Cook Inlet August 24, 1945.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 18 Net, Length 40.5, Breadth 14.2, Depth 5.7, Built 1912 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 40, SL WDOA, Owner Arne Wick, Registered Juneau, ON 210843

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 305

 

SAINT KATHERINE (1917)     The 1,201 ton 202 foot wooden bark Saint Katherine “grounded and broke her back” at Ugashik May 14, 1917.  The vessel was raised late that summer and repaired.  Evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,201 Gross 1090 Net, Length 202.8, Breadth 39.3, Depth 19.1, Built 1890 at Bath ME, SL KHPV, Registered San Francisco, ON 116362

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pgs 293-4, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Pg 58

SAINT MARK (1971)     The 83 foot Seattle based wooden crab fishing vessel St. Mark disappeared with four crewmembers on board December 16, 1971 on a trip from Kodiak to Seward.  The vessel was last seen attempting to escape rough seas near Port William on Shuyak Island.  Missing with the St. Mark was skipper Mike Johnson, Dolly Jorgenson, Nels Brandle and Gabriel Balumotoff.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 29 20 N 152 35 W   Chart 16604

Additional Information: Tonnage 139 Gross 72 Net, Length 79.6, Breadth 22.4, Depth 10, Built 1945 at Tacoma WA, SL WA6266, Horsepower 300, ON 247398

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (December 30, 1971) “Weather hinders search for boat” Pg D 4

 

SAINT PATRICK (1981)     10 crewmen were lost when the 138 foot steel diesel screw scallop fishing trawler Saint Patrick was abandoned November 30, 1981 five miles east of Marmot Island near Kodiak.  The vessel had been laboring in heavy weather when she took a wave that laid her over and prompted the captain to order all to abandon ship.  Only two of the 12 person crew survived.  Lost were skipper Cornelius Green (37) of Hampton VA, mate James Jobe (23) of Norfolk VA, engineer Wilson Pair (28) of Hampton VA, deck boss Clifford Steigal (32) of South Bend WA, cook Vanessa Sandin (23) of Kodiak, Randal Ryker (21) of Springfield OR, deckhand Tom Kauppinen (20) of Norfolk VA, deckhand Charles Parlett (24) of West Point VA, deckhand Ronald Newton (23) of Lexington NE and deckhand Gary Todd Stallings of Live Oak FL.  The vessel was found to be substantially lacking in lifesaving gear and crew experience.  Wallace R Thomas (23) of Saint Augustine FL and Robert Kidd (28) of Warwick RI were the only survivors.  The two suffered from severe frostbite and hypothermia when rescued from frozen beaches more than a day after the disaster.   The Saint Patrick was found damaged and adrift in outer Marmot Bay days later.  She was towed to Womans Bay and subsequently sank.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 43 N 152 31 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 458 Gross 240 Net, Length 138.2, Breadth 27.2, Depth 13.8, Built 1948 at Bath ME, Former Name Saint Patrick French, Horsepower 750, SL WO5233, ON 293243

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) Pg 1106, 4. The Greensboro Record (December 3, 1981) “Seven still missing from shipwreck” Pg C 14

 

SAINT PAUL (1884)     The 13.92 ton schooner Saint Paul was driven ashore and lost “Near Nikolaisosk settlement, Alas. 10 miles N of Belkopsky” on April 28, 1884.  The vessel departed Belkofski bound for Kodiak with two aboard.  A northeast gale caused the vessel to lose her anchors and be driven ashore.  The schooner’s papers were lost with the vessel.  There were two crewmen aboard who made it to safety.  The Saint Paul had a value of $1,800 and her cargo of provisions was worth $400.  Both the vessel and cargo were total losses.  There was no insurance.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 14 N 161 26 W   Chart 16549

Comment: Nikolaief Settlement was in Dushkin Lagoon in Volcano Bay 11 miles NNE of Belkofski. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 13.92, Age 7 years, Registered Kodiak, ON 115679, Master and owner Paul Pauloff of Kodiak

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report June 17, 1884 by Pauloff at Kodiak

SAINT PAUL (1907)     The 48 ton 63 foot wooden schooner Saint Paul was blown ashore and lost in the Semidi Islands at 5 p.m. October 6, 1907.  The vessel departed Kodiak September 22, 1907 bound for Chowiet Island with 9 crewmen aboard.  The vessel was carrying 30 tons of merchandise valued at $2,000.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by Andy Anderson, master of the Saint Paul:

“West side of Chowiet Island, Alas.”  “Heavy wind blowing, high seas”  “Anchor chains parted, blew ashore”  “Northwest gale, high seas running, getting dark, and cloudy”  “Both anchors down”  “Total loss”

The Saint Paul had a value of $2,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  There were no lives lost in the disaster.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 48 Gross 46 Net, Length 63.5, Breadth 20, Depth 4, Built 1890 at Benicia CA, Registered Kodiak, ON 116316, Master Andy Anderson of Kodiak, Owner Alaska Commercial Company of San Francisco

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report November 13, 1907 at Unalaska

SAINT PETER (1977)     The 81 ton 62 foot steel oil screw Saint Peter foundered March 9, 1977 in Orca Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 31 N 145 52 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 81 Gross 55 Net, Length 62,6, Breadth 21.2, Depth 8, Built 1958 at Costa Mesa CA, Former Name Packer,  ON 277400

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Packer” Pg 531, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2120

 

SAINT THERESE (1964)     The 14 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Saint Therese was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 near Chenega in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 16 45 N 148 04 30 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, length 33.1, Breadth 11.8, Depth 4.5, Built 1946 at Cordova, Horsepower 145, SL WE7625, Owner Eddie Viasoff, Registered Juneau, ON 252354

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 588, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

SAKETTS HARBOR (1946)     The 10,488 ton steel hulled electric screw steam tanker Saketts Harbor broke in two in a storm March 1, 1946 southeast of Attu.  The bow portion of the ship was eventually sunk with gunfire from the Navy frigate Orlando.  The stern section was rescued by the tug Sarsi near Adak.  It was eventually towed to Anchorage and used as a power plant.  After 9 years it was towed to Seattle.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 10,448 Gross and Net, Built 1923, ON 243882

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 861, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

SALLY (1954)     The 10 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sally was consumed by fire August 13, 1954 at Malina Bay near Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 13 N 153 05 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 9 Net, Length 33.2, Breadth 10.5, Depth 3.6, Built 1948 at Seldovia, Horsepower 91, Owner Alaska Shell Fish Inc., Registered Juneau, ON 262912

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 493, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 826

 

SALLY J (1996)     The 45 foot fiberglass salmon seiner Sally J was consumed by fire and sank January 23, 1996 a mile from shore in Uganik Bay.  All four persons on board made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 612645

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

 

SALMO (1925)     Fire completely destroyed the 14 ton 36 foot fishing vessel Salmo near the Kasilof River at 5 p.m. Monday September28, 1925.  The vessel departed Kenai at 3:00 p.m. that day bound for Seldovia and way ports.  There were six passengers and three crewmen aboard.  The Salmo was also carrying 1 ½ tons of miscellaneous merchandise valued at $500.   The following are excerpts from the casualty report submitted by T O Perry, master and owner of the Salmo:

“Mouth of Kasilof River, Alaska”  “Light wind off shore”  “Gasoline explosion and fire”  “Started in after cabin presumably from leak in gasoline feed pipe”  “Used two Pyrene fire extinguishers without effect”  “Watchman at cannery came with small boat to take everyone off”  “Vessel completely destroyed by fire”  “Total Loss”

The Salmo had a value of $2,500 which was a total loss along with cargo.  There were no lives lost.  Neither the Salmo nor her cargo was insured.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 36, Breadth 11.9, Depth 3.4, Built 1910 at Seattle WA, Registered Seward, ON 207531, Master and owner T O Perry of Seldovia

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty October 10, 1925 at Seward, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1925) Pgs 488-9

SALMO POINT (1990)     The 85 foot fishing vessel Salmo Point sank September 27, 1990 near Yakutat.  All three crewmembers donned survival suits and were hoisted to a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SALMORA (1949)     The 63 foot fishing vessel Salmora was reported lost November 27, 1949 on a trip from Kodiak to Seattle.  The Salmora was seen at Cordova October 5, 1949.  Missing and presumed lost with the vessel were skipper Edward Warren, Virginia Lee Edwards and Clint Rowley.

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Register-Republic (Rockford IL November 24, 1949) “No Trace of Fishing Boat Missing 17 Days” Pg 4

 

SALTY DOG (1964)     The 23 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Salty Dog was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Valdez.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 N 146 16 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 15 Net, Length 44.1, Breadth 13.5, Depth 6.8, Built 1944 at Arverne NY, Former Names C-60202 (U S N) and Pat II, Horsepower 330, SL WC4887, Owner Walter R Farmer, Registered Juneau, ON 258375

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 590, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1005

 

SALU (1977)     The shrimp fishing vessel Salu swamped and sank in rough weather January 3, 1977 approximately 20 miles off of Cape Chiniak south of Kodiak.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SALVATOR (1935)     The 467 ton 160 foot four masted schooner Salvator stranded and was lost in Seldovia Bay in 1935.  The Salvator operated as a fishing and salmon packing vessel with 8 crewmen out of Seward and Seldovia.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 27 45 N 151 43 30 W   Chart 16645

Additional Information: Tonnage 467 Gross 385 Net, Length 160, Breadth 36, Depth 11, Built 1890 at Eureka CA, SL KNXL, Owner Axel Anderson of Seldovia, Registered Seward, ON 116364

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) Pgs 656-7

SAN (1970)     The gas screw San was destroyed by a storm November 28, 1970 in Uganik Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SAN JUAN #1 (1919)     The 26 ton scow barge San Juan #1 was lost in the Gulf of Alaska in 1919

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska Unknown

Comment: This vessel wasn’t reported lost until 1928.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 26, Built 1912, ON 164944

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 312, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 888

SAN JUAN #3 (1920)     The 24 ton wooden deck scow San Juan #3 foundered in the Gulf of Alaska at 5 a.m. Thursday March 11, 1920.  The vessel departed March 10th from Port Althorp bound for Unakwik Inlet in Prince William Sound.  The master of the San Juan #3 was aboard the tug towing the scow.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report submitted by I D Nordyke, master:

“About 6 miles off shore Lat. 59 11 N Long. 139 05 W”  “Wind about 4, coming daylight, cross swell”  “FOUNDERED”  “Scows not recaulked since built and not sheeted on bottom”  “Stood by 7 hours, then wind and sea increasing and scow drifting inshore, had to leave”  “Two men in shallow 14 ft. skiff did not take any water when sent alongside scow.  Too heavy swell to handle both scows with one foundered”  “total loss”

The San Juan #3 had a 10 ton deck load of cannery supplies worth $1,690.  The scow was valued at $1,000.  Both scow and cargo were total losses.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 11 N 139 05 W   Chart 16016

Comment: These coordinates put the wreck offshore between Dangerous River and Dry Bay.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 24, Built 1915, Registered Friday Harbor WA, ON 165976, Master I D Nordyke of Friday Harbor WA, Owner San Juan Canning Company of Friday Harbor WA

Source: U S C G Report of Casualty April 11, 1920 at Juneau

SAN JUAN #4 (1964)     The barge San Juan #4 was reported destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SAN MARCO (1923)     The 30 ton 50 foot gas screw fishing vessel San Marco stranded and was lost at Kanak Island December 9, 1923.  No lives were lost from the crew of 8.

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

Comment: This vessel was salvaged and lost again in 1938 (see).  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross 20 Net, Length 49.8, Breadth 14.4, Depth 6.3, IHP 40, Built 1915 at Dockton WA, Home Port Tacoma WA, ON 213320

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 272, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1924) Pg 438

SAN MARCO (1938)     The 30 ton 50 foot wooden gas screw San Marco broke her moorings and stranded on a reef at 4 a.m. Friday February 4, 1938 near Seldovia.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report submitted by Jack Anderson, master and owner of the San Marco:

“Broke mooring cable, drug anchor, Seldovia, Alaska”  “Northwest gale, night, dark”  “San Marco was moored after a cable about 800 pound weight, also a 150 pound anchor.  With a fathom of line and 8 fathom of chain.  Was anchored at about 2 fathoms of water at low tide.  Northwest gale broke cable and she drug her anchor and landed on a reef, across from Seldovia”

The San Marco had a value of $3,500 and was a total loss.  She was insured for $3,000.  There was no loss of life.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross 20 Net, Length 49.8, Breadth 14.4, Depth 6.3, IHP 40, Built 1915 at Dockton WA, Registered Cordova, ON 213320, Master and owner John(Jack) Conrad Anderson of Seldovia

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 9, 1938 at Cordova by Anderson, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) Pg 270

SANDA (1990)     The 44 foot wooden longline halibut fishing vessel Sanda drug anchor, grounded and broke up in the surf September 16, 1990 in Main Bay.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Rain Song.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 33 N 148 02 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 256218, Built 1948

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SANDAB (1975)     The 40 foot concrete fishing vessel Sandab foundered at Yakutat in 1975.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 33 N 139 44 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 31 Gross 21 Net, Length 40.6, Breadth 14.6, Depth 8.4, Built 1970 Southpoint WA, 190 HP, ON 527781

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1696, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 986

 

SANDRA (1963)     The 10 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sandra stranded and was lost July 11, 1963 off of Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 28 N 151 55 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 9 Net, Length 30, Breadth 12.3, Depth 3.7, Built 1950 at Seldovia, Horsepower 115, Owner George J Tschertner, Registered Juneau, ON 260293

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 574, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 966

 

SANDRA J (1988)     The halibut fishing vessel Sandra J flooded and sank May 24, 1988 near Cape Junken.  The crew was rescued by a fishing vessel that was nearby.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 55 N 148 38 W   Chart 16680

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SANDRA MARIE (1970)     The oil screw Sandra Marie was consumed by fire May 4, 1970 off of Cordova.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SANDRA W (1997)     The 49 foot fishing vessel Sandra W capsized and sank January 21, 1997 approximately 10 miles east of Sitkalidak Island.  The Sandra W was fishing when her load shifted and something gave way causing the vessel to flood.  Her three crewmembers escaped to a life raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Green Hope.

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

Comment: This vessel may have been more east of Twoheaded Island.  WG

Additional Information: ON 519547

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

 

SANDY JOY (1966)     The 9 ton 31 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sandy Joy stranded and was lost July 1, 1966 at Aniakchak Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 42 N 157 22 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 8 Net, Length 31.4, Breadth 10.9, Depth 3.5, Built 1955 at Seattle WA, Former Name Cecelia G, Horsepower 87, SL WG2509, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 269298

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 617, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174

 

SANTIAGO (1941)     The 979 ton 207 foot iron bark Santiago began leaking and was beached in Monashka Bay near Kodiak in 1941.  She had been in service to the U S Navy as an oil storage barge.  The Santiago was built in 1885 at Belfast, Ireland and became known as one of the speediest schooners that ever sailed the high seas while in service in the England and South America trade.   She worked her way into the Pacific and was used for a short time as a passenger and freight hauler between Hawaii and the west coast of the United States.  In 1905 after the speedier steamers had begun to replace sailing vessels the Santiago had her masts removed and was converted to an oil barge.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 50 N 152 25 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 979 Gross 928 Net, Length 198.1, Breadth 33.5, Depth 19.8, Built 1885 Belfast Ireland, ON 116973

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pg 736, 2. American Merchant Ships 1850-1900 (1987) Pg 218, 3. Tacoma Sunday Ledger (September 4, 1927) “Once Queen of the Ocean, Now Only an Oil Barge” Pg A 5

 

SARA B (1962)     The 9 ton 34 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sara B was consumed by fire August 4, 1962 on the west side of Renard Island approximately 15 miles from Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 55 N 149 20 W   Chart 16670

Comment: Renard (fox in French) Island is also called Fox Island on charts. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 9.8, Depth 3.8, Built 1920 at Ilwaco WA, Horsepower 38, SL WR9691, Owner Harvey P Seaberg, Registered Astoria OR, ON 234862

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 578, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 966

 

SARATOGA (1908)     The 2,820 ton 298 foot iron steam ship Saratoga stranded and was lost in Prince William Sound at 2:28 p.m. Friday March 20, 1908.  The vessel departed Valdez that morning at 12:01 bound for Cordova.  There were 78 officers and crewmen aboard and 300 tons of copper ore and general merchandise.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report submitted by L J Schage, master of the Saratoga:

“Southwest end of Busby Island, Prince William Sound, Alaska’  “Snowstorm”  “Stranded”  “Strong breeze, daylight, moderate sea, heavy snowstorm”  “Reversed engine”  “Run out anchor and tried to heavy ship off”  “S S Elsie took off passengers”

The Saratoga had a value of $200,000 of which the loss was listed as “probably total”.  The cargo had a value of $7,000 of which $5,000 was reported lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 53 30 N 146 42 W   Chart 16708

Comment: The 47 foot wooden schooner Olga is lost in 1909 while doing salvage work on the Saratoga the following year.  In 1910 the 335 foot iron steam ship Olympia is lost on adjacent Bligh Reef.  In 1989 the Exxon Valdez fetched up hard aground in the same location creating one of the largest oil spills in U S history.  Salvage operations in 1914 by Tacoma diver Walter McCray recovered 14 tons of bronze, a tail shaft, anchors and chains from the Olympia and 64 tons of copper ore from the Saratoga.

Additional Information: Tonnage 2,820 Gross 1973 Net, Length 298, Breadth 38.6, Depth 23.5, Built 1878 at Chester PA, Ex Port Valdez, SL JTDP, Decks 2, Masts 3, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 115630, Master L J Schage of Seattle, Owner Alaska Steamship Company of Seattle (purchased from Northwestern Steamship Company and renamed in 1906)

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report March 23, 1908, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 31, 3. Alaska Steam (1984) Pg 43, 4. The Daily Times of Ann Arbor MI (April 10, 1914) “Rich Salvage” Front Page

SARATOGA (1971)     The fishing vessel Saratoga ran up on the rocks and was lost November 8, 1971 near the mouth of Little Tonki Bay on Afognak Island.  There were seven men on board on a hunting trip.  They were all able to escape to a nearby rock where they were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 20 N 152 04 W   Chart 16580

Comment: Little Tonki Bay is a local name for the smaller of the two inlets that make up Tonki Bay.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SARATOGA (1993)     The 51 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Saratoga shifted her load, flooded and sank June 11, 1993 near Yakutat.  All five crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 561435

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

 

SATSUMA MARU (1907)     The Japanese sealing schooner Satsuma Maru broke her anchor cable in a gale, was driven ashore and lost at Point Manby November 5, 1907.  Captain Fiji of the Satsuma Maru and four of his men made their way to Yakutat in a sampan in January in search of help while the 11 other survivors stayed at the wreck site below the Malaspina Glacier.  Constant winter gales and the precarious location of the other survivors made getting to the beach impossible. Several attempts were made by Captain Fiji but it wasn’t until March 3 that the rest of the crew was rescued by the cutter Thetis.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 41 30 N 140 18 15 W   Chart 16016

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 137, 3. Kalamazoo Gazette (March 19, 1908) “Held On Wreck Three Months Is Rescued” Pg 8, 4. Seattle Daily Times (March 9, 1908) Pg 8

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

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.4, Breadth 10.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1961 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WR5773, Owner Tim Aliotti, Registered Juneau, ON 284854

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 620, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SCANDIA (1920)     The 116 ton 91 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Scandia (Skandia)  stranded on the north end of Montague Island at 8:45 p.m. March 19, 1920.  The vessel departed Ketchikan March 16, 1920 bound for deep sea fishing with 17 crewmembers.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by A Mornas, master of the Scandia:

“Stranding”  “Snow storm and tides”  “Moderate breeze, 15 knot, dark”  “Ran off Middle Point 10 minutes before changing course”  “Reason we were on northern side of Montague was to make a quick run to Latouche, having sick man aboard who needed prompt medical attention.  Picked up Zaikof Point and Middle Point and were trying to pick up Montague in order to shape course for Smith Island Light”  “Gas boat Sunset, Capt. Hofstad took sick man to Latouche, and also message to get oil drums to float boat.  Could not get drums but returned later after storm had put vessel in such shape she could not be taken off”

The Scandia had a value of $35,000 and damage was reported at $15,000.  She had a 55 ton cargo of stores, ice, bait and oil valued at $2,500 which was a total loss.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 20 40 N 147 W   Chart 16700

Comment: The Scandia was salvaged and then lost again in 1927.  Evidence of this earlier disaster may still be on site and of interest.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 116 Gross 79 Net, Length 90.8, Breadth 19.8, Depth 9.3, Built 1913 at Seattle, Registered Seattle, ON 211919, IHP 140, Master A Mornas of Seattle, Owner National Independent Fisheries Corp. of Seattle, Insurance unknown

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 23, 1920 at Cordova, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1920) Pg 320

SCANDIA (1927)     The 116 ton 91 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Scandia stranded and was lost near Kodiak at 11:58 p.m. February 23, 1927.  The vessel departed Seward bound for Kodiak with 15 crewmen aboard and $300 worth of ice and frozen herring.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report submitted by O O Hvatum, part owner and master of the Scandia:

“Wind 25-30 miles, dark about midnight”  “Had lookout on forecastle, tried to locate buoy with searchlight”  “Outer rocks, entrance to Kodiak”  “Stranding”  “Bell buoy on reef adrift and snow thick with NE wind”  “(assistance) from Capt. Stone on Duncan 1”  “Capt. Wm. Stone showed remarkable presence of mind in going inside reef in passage only about 200 yards wide and standing by until we all got on board his boat.  As we lost two of our three dories in the breakers we had to make two trips to land all of the men on the Duncan.  By that time a strong gale was blowing with danger of the Duncan having the same fate as the Scandia”  “TOTAL LOSS”

The Scandia had a value of $45,000 which was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was insured for $19,000.  Thanks to the efforts of the crew of the Duncan 1, there was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 49 45 N 152 18 W   Chart 16595

Comment: Possibly hit the same rocks at the northern entrance to Kodiak that the 100 ton schooner St George hit in 1881 and the 90 foot Marten in 1975.  The Scandia (Skandia) had serious damage done to her when she struck a rock and stranded on the north end of Montague Island March 19, 1920.  Her crew was assisted by the gas screw Sunset.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 116 Gross 79 Net, Length 90.8, Breadth 19.8, Depth 9.3, Built 1913 at Seattle, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211919, IHP 140, Master O O Hvatum of Seattle, Owners O O Hvatum and Egill Eriksen of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 14, 1927 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1926) Pgs 494-5

SCENIC (1967)     The 14 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Scenic was destroyed by a storm March 17, 1967 off of the Barren Islands.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 38, Breadth 11.3, Depth 4.7, Built 1949 at Petersburg, Horsepower 150, SL WC7197, Registered Juneau, ON 259487

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 621, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SEA BIRD (1929) SC     The 41 ton 51 foot wooden oil screw halibut schooner Sea Bird was destroyed in a gale near Cape St Elias at 10 p.m. Monday November 11, 1929.  The vessel was returning from the fishing banks to Juneau, where they had departed on November 5th.  The Sea Bird had a 15 ton load of fresh halibut on board valued at $3,500. Two of the seven crewmen were lost in the disaster.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report submitted by H M Reitan, master of the Sea Bird:

“Estimate a 90 mile gale blowing a northeasterly, sea extremely rough, dark”  “35 miles east of Cape St Elias, Alaska”  “Sea carried away pilot house and other deck structures in heavy gale carrying away two members of crew.  Remainder of crew managed to reach Wingham Id., Prince Wm. Sound with what remained of vessel on November 14, 1929”  “Gale came up suddenly, the barometer not giving any previous warning.  During accident pump was disabled, bailed water out of hold for six hours straight”  “After vessel reached Wingham Id., shelter was given the members of crew by a fox farmer.  Vessel was anchored in harbor & on Nov. 20th another heavy gale blew vessel ashore.”  “U S Coast Guard Cutter Unalga reached Wingate Is. on Nov. 27th and took members of crew to Juneau, Alaska”  “The Sea Bird was not equipped with radio”  “Believe will be total loss”

Lost with the Sea Bird and her cargo were crewmen Louis Dyb and Elias Dyb.  The vessel had a value of $22,000.  She was insured for $16,000 with no insurance for the cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 54 N 144 36 W   Chart 16013s

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 28 Net, Length 51.6, Breadth 16.1, Depth 8.3, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, IHP 90, Registered Seattle, ON 227223, Master H M Reitan of Seattle, Owner Kveite Fish Company of Seattle

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty November 30, 1929 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 494-5

SEA BIRD (1964)     The 41 ton 51 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sea Bird was lost in a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Woody Island near Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 28 Net, Length 51.6, Breadth 16.1, Depth 8.3, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 176, SL WB2598, Owner D C Serwold, Registered Seattle, ON 227223

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 601, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SEA-BREEZE (1992)     The 47 foot wooden longline halibut fishing vessel Sea-Breeze sank without a trace September 11, 1992 near Yakutat.  All three crewmembers were lost including owner Walter “Scooter” Prichard (36), Jay Mattila and Dave Harris.  The skipper’s body later was found on Middleton Island and one of the crewmembers in Resurrection Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Length 39.9, Breadth 11.4, Depth 5.4, Built 1941 at Everett WA, HP 120, SL WB2614, Registered Astoria OR, ON 240592

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. Daily Sitka Sentinel (September 14, 1992) “Search Suspended For Five Fishermen” Pg 1

 

SEA DANCER (1985)     One person was lost August 7, 1985 when the 90 foot barge tender Sea Dancer took on water in heavy seas and sank 60 miles north of False Pass.

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

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

 

SEA ERMINE (1968)     The crab fishing vessel Sea Ermine ran aground and was lost December 21, 1968 on Marmot Island near Kodiak.  All five persons aboard, including a 10 year old boy were rescued by the United States Coast Guard.

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

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (December 25, 1968) “Crab Boat Grounded; Five Rescued” Pg 77, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA FAIR (1970)     The vessel Sea Fair grounded and was lost January 1, 1970 on the south end of Montague Island.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA FISHER (1980)     The 54 foot fishing vessel Sea Fisher ran aground October 11, 1980 at Terror Bay.  The crew was picked up by the vessel Cold Stream.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 46 N 153 12 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

SEA FOX (1991)     The 48 foot fishing vessel Sea Fox foundered August 17, 1991 north of Point Nowell in Knight Island Passage.  The vessel, heavily loaded with fish, rolled over on her side and sank in rough seas.  All five crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 26 15 N 147 56 05 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 615127

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

 

SEA GLIDER (1997)     The 32 foot salmon seiner Sea Glider sank October 11, 1997 near the Barren Islands.  All four crewmembers, a father and his three sons, abandoned ship to a life raft and were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter only 200 yards from shore.

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

Additional Information: ON 961228

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

 

SEA HAWK (1991)     The 38 foot salmon seiner Sea Hawk grounded and broke up September 26, 1991 near Valdez.  A clogged fuel filter caused the vessel to lose power.  Both crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 N 146 16 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 252224, Built 1947

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

 

SEA HAWK (1992)     The 38 foot fishing vessel Sea Hawk struck a submerged reef and sank June 24, 1992 in the Copper River Delta.  Both crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 952644, Built 1989

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

 

SEA HORSE (1955)     The 142 ton 100 foot steel oil screw barge Sea Horse foundered December 18, 1955 approximately 10 miles off of East Chugach Island in the Gulf of Alaska.  Four crewmembers were lost including barge captain Rexford Peters of Kodiak, barge engineer Arlo Kee of Seattle, a man from Seward and another from Afognak.  The Sea Horse was being towed by the tug Pawtucket when she sank in rough weather off of Point Gore on the way to Cordova from Kodiak.  She was carrying dredging supplies.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 08 N 151 28 W   Chart 16640

Comment: The Pawtucket was lost 10 years later in December of 1965 in the same area.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 142 Gross 122 Net, Length 100.2, Breadth 32, Depth5.1, Built 1943 at Memphis TN, Former Name LCT-583 (U S N), Service freight, Horsepower 675, SL WB2692, Owner Kodiak Aleutian Salvage Company, Registered Juneau, ON 250904

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 473, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 758

 

SEA HUNT (1964)     The 29 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sea Hunt was destroyed at Valdez in the earthquake tidal wave of March 27, 1964.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 N 146 16 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Length 29.4, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.3, Built 1960 Poulsbo WA, ON 281493

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 901, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 586

 

SEA IDLE (1964)     The 11 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Sea Idle was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 10 Net, Length 29.1, Breadth 9.8, Depth 4.8, Built 1941 at Holland MI, Service pleasure, Horsepower 130, Owner George H Edmondson, Registered Juneau, ON 241251

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 628, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SEA LADY (1990)     The 36 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Sea Lady was consumed by an engine room fire and sank September 1, 1990 approximately 28 nautical miles from Kalgin Island off of Ninilchik.  Both crewmembers abandoned ship to a raft and were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 151 40 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: ON 604388

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA LION (1996)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Sea Lion grounded and became a total loss September 12, 1996 at Fox Island near Katalla.  Both those aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 10 N 144 37 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: ON 972645

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

 

SEA MAID (1965)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sea Maid was destroyed by fire August 1, 1965 at the Arctic Maid Fisheries warehouse at Naknek.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10.3, Depth 4, Built 1960 at Seattle WA, Former Name Jennie D, Horsepower165, SL WM8398, Owner Antonio A Aiello, Registered Juneau, ON 281272

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 630, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SEA MINT (1997)     The 54 foot salmon seiner Sea Mint flooded and sank April 16, 1997 off of Sitkalidak Island on her way to Alitak.  There was no one on board at the time of the sinking.

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

Additional Information: ON 570654

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

 

SEA NOTE (1992)     The 35 foot sea cucumber and urchin dive boat Sea Note sank October 20, 1992 near Yakutat.  Both crewmembers were lost.

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

Additional Information: ON AK6539C

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

 

SEA OTTER (1786)     The 100 ton two masted British snow Sea Otter disappeared from Snug Harbor Cove in September of 1786.  She was purchased by “a society of investors in Bengal” headed by Captain John Mears, January 20, 1786 along with the 200 ton vessel Nootka (also snow rigged). The vessels were to be used for fur trading on the northwest coast of America.  The Sea Otter was commanded by William Tipping, a lieutenant in the Royal English Navy.  The Nootka was commanded by Captain John Meares also a lieutenant in the Royal English Navy.  After parting ways with the Nootka February 20, 1786 in Calcutta, the Sea Otter was off to Malacca with trade goods (opium).  The Sea Otter arrived in Prince William Sound in September.  She was scheduled to meet with the Nootka in Snug Harbor Cove.  The Nootka arrived at the rendezvous site September 20, 1786, but the Sea Otter had already departed.  The Sea Otter is reported to have met with the vessels Captain Cook and Experiment earlier in September in Prince William Sound.  She then departed for Cooks River (Cook Inlet) and nothing has been heard of her since.  The Sea Otter was lost with all hands.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 45 N 146 39 W   Chart 16700

Comment: In the Memorial for John Mears there is a reference mentioning the loss of the Sea Otter at Kamchatka.  WG

Sources: 1. Meares Voyages (1791) London, 2. The European Magazine and London Review (November 1788) Pg 332-4 “New Fur Trade”, 3. Charlston SC City Gazette (September 1, 1790) “London” Pg 4

SEA OTTER (1957)     The 17 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sea Otter foundered August 3, 1957 in Montague Strait, Prince William Sound.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 13 Net, Length 40.2, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1916 at Seattle WA, Former Names Sea Otter (U S Agriculture Dept.) and Institute I (U S Interior Dept.), Horsepower 140, SL WG5516, Owner Allen D Spraque, Registered Juneau, ON 253334

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 483, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 779

 

SEA PARROT (1956)     The 25 ton 46 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Sea Parrot foundered December 14, 1956 at Prince William Sound.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 25 Gross 17 Net, Length 46, Breadth 14.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1943 at Emoryville CA, Former Name LCMC-21184 (U S N), Horsepower 330, SL WE6020, Owner Guy G Beedle, Registered Juneau, ON 257998

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 508, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 826

 

SEA QUAIL (1999)     The 74 foot wooden fishing vessel Sea Quail struck Ilkognak Rock and sank February 18, 1999 in Whale Passage near Kodiak.  The vessel was enroute to the fishing Gray Cod. A crewman sleeping at the wheel was the cause of the disaster.  All four crewmembers abandoned ship to a life raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Midnight Sun.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 120 Gross 81 Net, Length 74.4, Breadth 21.9, Depth 10.2, Built 1945 Seattle WA, ON 248228, Call Sign WB4667, Former Name Yukon Maid

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 1349 & 1982

 

SEA RAIDER (1986)     The fishing vessel Sea Raider was struck by a huge wave, flooded and capsized May 30, 1986 near Matushka Island south of Seward.  Two crewmembers were picked up by the fishing vessel Grand Mariner and three others by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 149 37 W   Chart 16680

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA RAIDER (1989)     The 38 foot halibut longline fishing vessel Sea Raider capsized in heavy seas and was lost October 13, 1989 off of Ugak Island.  Two crewmembers and a 6 year old were rescued from the overturned hull.  A third crewmember, David Lee Tanner (18) of Kodiak, was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 23 N 152 17 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 571053

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

 

SEA RANGER (1893)     273 ton 106 foot wooden bark Sea Ranger stranded and was lost near Kayak Island at 9 a.m. May 26, 1893.  The vessel departed San Francisco March 23, 1893 bound for Kodiak, Bristol Bay and the Arctic Ocean.  She had a crew of 40 on board and 30 tons of whale oil and bone when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by Charles H Foley, master of the Sea Ranger:

“3 miles W of Kayak Island, Alaska”  “Stranded on ledge not on chart”  “Attempting to get close to land to bury one of the crew”  “Moderate breeze, slight swell, morning”  “Impossible to do anything after striking”  “We were totally unprepared for accident of any kind.  On chart showed 20 fathoms of water within one mile of beach and no rocks or ledges in that vicinity”

The Sea Ranger had a value of $25,000 and her cargo between $10,000 and $15,000.  Both the vessel and her cargo were total losses.  James McKee was the crewman that the crew was attempting to bury.

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

Comment: Sea Ranger Reef is now on the Chart NNW of Cape St Elias off Kayak Island.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 273.12 Gross 259.46 Net, Length 106.8, Breadth 27.3, Depth 16.3, Built 1856 at Rochester MA, SL HRBQ, Registered San Francisco, ON 22612, Master Charles H Foley of New Bedford MA, Owner Robert W Bartlett of New Bedford MA, Insurance Unknown

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report June 6, 1893 at Sitka by Foley, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1892) Pg 236, 3. The Victoria Colonist (June 17, 1893) “Loss of the Sea Ranger” Page 7, 4. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1895) Pg 413

SEA ROOTER (1978)     The Bayliner sport cruiser Sea Rooter ran aground and was capsized by the surf July 5, 1978 in Strawberry Channel two miles from Point Bentinck.  The one person aboard was lost.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA ROSE (1963)     The 128 ton 80 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sea Rose stranded and was lost June 8, 1963 on a reef at Seal Cape, Shumagin Islands.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 21 45 N 161 18 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 128 Gross 71 Net, Length 80.5, Breadth 22.4, Depth 10.4, Built 1946 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 400, SL WB2784, Owner A E Bertelsen, Registered Seattle WA, ON 250772

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 589, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 966

 

SEA SCOUT BOAT (1964)     A vessel referred to as Sea Scout Boat was reported missing at Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

SEA SPRAY (1954)     The 20 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sea Spray burned July 19, 1954, 70 miles north of Chignik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 18 N 158 24 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 16 Net, Length 43 .6, Breadth 13.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Former Name C-25386 (U S N), Horsepower 110, Owner Joseph I Harrington, Registered Juneau, ON 257686

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 514, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 740

 

SEA SPRAY (2002)     The 32 foot bowpicker Sea Spray was consumed by fire May 8, 2002 in Nushagak Bay.  The only person aboard managed to ground the vessel when it caught on fire.  The survivor walked to a nearby cannery to report the disaster.

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

Additional Information: ON 635052

Source: U S C G Enforcement Report (May 8, 2002)

 

SEA TIGER (1980)     The oil screw Sea Tiger was destroyed by a storm August 17, 1980 at Pederson Point northwest of Naknek.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 46 15 N 157 03 45 W   Chart 16323

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA TURTLE (1987)     The 22 foot houseboat Sea Turtle sank June 29, 1987 in western Cook Inlet.  Owner Willfried Stache (52) and Rodney Launders were lost in the disaster.  Stache and Launders were traveling across Cook Inlet and were intending to truck the house boat up a haul road to his Stache’s home at Nondalton on Lake Iliamna.  Debris from the vessel washed up on the beach at Dry Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 40 N 153 08 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA VENTURE I (1992)     The 39 foot fishing vessel Sea Venture I capsized and sank February 4, 1992 south of Homer near Seldovia.  Todd Jensen (35) was lost.  Two other crewmen were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 621187

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

 

SEA WIFE (1982)     The fishing vessel Sea Wife sank June 28, 1982 approximately 50 miles southwest of Homer.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Lobo del Mar.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA ZZZS (1985)     The gillnet fishing vessel Sea ZZZs exploded and burned July 13, 1985 in the small boat harbor at Valdez.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 N 146 16 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEAFARER (1973)     The shrimper Seafarer flooded from the stern and sank November 18, 1973 on the west side of Kodiak Island two miles north of Uganik Bay.  All four crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEAL (1945)     The 43 ton 58 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Seal foundered in the harbor at Seldovia November 1, 1945.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 43 Gross 29 Net, Length 58, Breadth 13.2, Depth 6.8, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 140, Owner Merrill W Henington, Registered Juneau, ON 211289

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) Pg 443, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

SEALEE (1975)     The fishing vessel Sealee was lost in severe weather December 3, 1975 in Culross Passage near Night Island.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   60 41 N 148 14 W   Chart 16700

Comment: Probably Knight Island. Sharkay lost same place same day.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEAMILL (1970)     The 50 foot crab fishing vessel Seamill was lost in heavy seas when her navigation gear failed October 26, 1970.  The vessel issued a distress call when her radar and depth sounder quit working near Spruce Island and the crew was unsure of their position.  Seas were at 30 feet and wind 60 miles an hour.  Debris was sighted off of Spruce Island near Kodiak but the two persons on board were never found.  Lost were skipper Paul Dick Knowles (28) of Anacortes WA and Roscoe Balance (45) of Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 22 Net, Length 47.8, Breadth 14.5, Depth 5.7, Built 1918 at Seattle WA, HP 160, Owner Samuel J Selvog, SL WB5938, Registered Juneau, ON 216471

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (October 31, 1970) “Search for missing fishermen canceled”, 2. Seattle Daily Times (October 27, 1970) “Debris from missing boat is sighted” Pg B 10, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 637

 

SEATTLE (1956)     The 21 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Seattle stranded and was lost in King Cove September 12, 1956.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 21 Gross 16 Net, Length 44.4, Breadth 13.2, Depth 5.6, Built 1915 at Seattle WA, Former Name Kate Mirkovicha, Horsepower 60, SL WB2822, Owner Andrew D Hotovitzky, Registered Juneau, ON 212993

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 480, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 758

 

SEATTLE (1968)     The 1,357 ton barge Seattle burned January 1, 1968 at Ugashik.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEBANUS (1972)     The 50 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sebanus burned in Izhut Bay May 4, 1972.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 11 N 152 15 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 39 Gross 26 Net, Length 49.9, Breadth 15.4, Depth 5.9, Built 1941 at Wrangell, 165 HP, SL WB2847, ON 241269

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) Pg 1431, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 637

 

SELDOVIA (1958)     The 10 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Seldovia burned July 1, 1958 near Elizabeth Island at the mouth of Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 10 N 151 50 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.7, Breadth 12.5, Depth 4.2, Built 1945 at Seldovia, Horsepower 115, SL WH7875, Owner Alaska Year Round Canneries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 265692

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 502, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 803

 

SELENA (1969)     The oil screw Selena foundered and was lost June 25, 1969 south of Yakutat in the Gulf of Alaska.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SELIEF (1964)     The 163 ton 82 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Selief was reported lost in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 163 Gross 131 Net, Length 82.2, Breadth 26.6, Depth 8.7, Built 1942 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 115, SL WA2206, Owner Personal Property Leasing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 251230

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 615

 

SELIEF (1992)     The 86 foot fishing vessel Selief was reported to have grounded and become a total loss July 26, 1992 on Shag Rock in Whale Pass near Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 54 30 N 152 47 25 W   Chart 16594

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

SENORA SUE (1978)     The 35 ton oil screw Senora Sue foundered May 29, 1978 in Lituya Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 35 Gross, Built 1977, ON 582878

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2244

 

SENTINEL (1982)     The fishing vessel Sentinel sank May 13, 1982 six miles south of Danger Island.  Both crewmembers were rescued by Chisolm Flying Service out of Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 55 30 N 148 05 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEQUEL (1989)     The 67 foot steel trawler and tender Sequel capsized and sank August 15, 1989 in Prince William Sound northwest of Naked Island.  A transfer of ballast water was reported to have precipitated the disaster.  Three of the four persons on board were lost including a man, woman and child. The sole survivor was picked up from a life raft by the vessel Discovery which witnessed the capsizing. The survivor was transported to the hospital at Valdez by a U S Coast Guard cutter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 40 N 147 25 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 97 Gross 66 Net,  Length 67.3, Breadth 22, Depth 9.9, ON 511260, SL WY2182, Built 1967 at Mobile AL, Former Names Sky Wave & Capt. Harold, Owner Kris Hvatum

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (August 17, 1989) “Search Ended” Pg 3, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1410, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 763, 5. Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission Public Lookup (2016)

 

SERENDIPITY (1983)     The gillnet fishing vessel Serendipity caught fire and became a total loss August 25, 1983 off of Port Moller.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 53 N 160 28 W   Chart 16006

Comment: The fishing vessel Show Girl burned the same day in the same area.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SERENITY (1994)     The 36 foot halibut longliner Serenity flooded, capsized and sank June 8, 1994 in the lower Shelikof Strait.  The vessel was under tow by the fishing vessel Royal Baron.  All five crewmembers were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 29 N 155 06 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 252372

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

 

SERVIA (1907)     The 1,866 ton 234 foot wooden bark Servia was blown onto the beach at Karluk and destroyed at 2 p.m. November 6, 1907.  The vessel departed San Francisco August 23, 1907 bound for Karluk with 20 officers and crew aboard.  The vessel was anchored off of Karluk taking on the last of the year’s salmon canning production.  Her cargo at the time of the disaster was 1,450 tons of cases of canned salmon worth $170,000.  A strong northeasterly gale broke the two anchor chains of the Servia and forced her onto the shore at Julia Foard Point.  The vessel began breaking up immediately.  Some of the crew was taken aboard Alaska Packers Association cannery tenders and some swam for their lives.  17 of the crew survived.  Lost were Gust Headland (35) of Sweden, Louis Huron (27) and Olof Fenning (30).  The Servia had a value of $35,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo of canned salmon.  The vessel was insured for $3,000 and her cargo for $160,000.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 34 10 N 154 27 30 W   Charts 16580, 16599

Comment: Julia Foard Point is a local name of the point of land near Karluk where the 446 ton 136 foot bark Julia Foard was lost in 1888.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,866 Gross, 1,736 Net, Length 234.1, Breadth 41.1, Depth 18.1, Built 1883 at Bath ME, SL KCBH, Registered San Francisco, ON 115972, Master Andrew Aas of San Francisco, Owner Henry Nelson MO of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report at San Francisco, 2. Salmon From Kodiak (1986) Pg 203, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 134

SEVEN SEAS (1971)     The fishing vessel Seven Seas disappeared with four people on board December 3, 1971 on her way to Wide Bay near Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 22 N 156 11 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEVENTY-SIX (1895)     The 38 ton 60 foot schooner Seventy Six departed Wooded (Woody) Island December 11, 1895 with six crewmen and one passenger aboard. The Seventy-Six was bound for Kayak Island continuing on to Prince William Sound on a trading voyage.  The vessel disappeared with all hands.  The Seventy-Six was owned by the North American Commercial Company whose principal station was at Woody Island. Weather was fair when the vessel departed the island but deteriorated into a terrific northerly gale soon after. Friends of the Seventy-Six crew reported their concern that the vessel had no extra sails and that those they were using were not in good condition and may not be able to withstand a storm. Lost with the Seventy-Six were Captain Henry R. Bowen (45) of Massachusetts and North American Commercial Company’s foreman who was in charge of the expedition, Charles Whittier (27) master from England, Nelson Davies (35) mate from England, Fred Chapman (23) steward from California, Martin Johnson (40) seaman from Sweden, Gustav O. Carlson seaman from Sweden and Otto (Adolph) Anderson (35) storekeeper from Sweden who was to take charge of the store at Kayak.  Anderson left behind a wife and two children at Kodiak. Mrs. Anderson had lost her previous husband to a shipwreck. Captain Bowen left behind a wife and nine children. The steamer Dora reported that wreckage from the vessel drifted ashore near Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska Unknown

Comment: Captain Bowen is the same captain who was in command of the fur trading schooner Pauline Collins when she broke up on the rocks at Karluk, October 6, 1881. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 38.11 Gross 36.22 Net, Length 60, Breadth 21, Depth 5, Built 1876 at Mayhew Landing CA, Registered Kodiak, ON 115475

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Salmon from Kodiak (1986) Pg 6, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1895) Pg 183, 4. San Francisco Chronicle (May 18, 1896) “No News of the Seventy-Six” Pg 5, 5. The Repository (November 11, 1896) “All On Board Perished” Pg 6

 

SHAKTOOLIK (1980)     The processing barge Shaktoolik sank August 1, 1980 between Dillingham and Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central   Unknown

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHAMROCK (1929)     The 13 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw Shamrock stranded and was lost near Ninilchik April 22, 1929.  The vessel departed Seldovia the day before bound for Ninilchik with two persons aboard and no cargo.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report filed by W R Harris, master and owner:

“About two miles southerly from Ninilchik”  “Force of wind about 50 miles” “Stormy weather and rough sea”  “Bad weather, strong N W wind and strong ebbing tide”  “Stranding”  “Engine run at full speed.  Anchors thrown out and everything possible done to avoid disaster”  “No assistance rendered”  “Total loss”

The Shamrock had a value of $3,400 and was a total loss.  There was $1,600 worth of insurance on the vessel.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 02 N 151 42 W   Chart 16661

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 38.5, Breadth 11.9, Depth 4.6, Built 1912 at Tacoma WA, IHP 27, Registered Juneau, ON 209578, Master and owner W R Harris of Seldovia

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty May 28, 1929 at Seldovia, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 500-501

SHANNON BELLE (1949)     The troller Shannon Belle went aground and wrecked September 20, 1949 at the entrance to Lituya Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16016

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHAPACY (1978)     The 90 foot steel oil screw crab fishing vessel Shapacy rolled over and sank December 7, 1978 in Kachemak Bay 2 miles off the Homer Spit.  Crewmen Woody Smith and Shaun E Kirby were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 27 W   Chart 16640

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

 

SHARK (1915)     Fire destroyed the 19 ton 47 foot gas screw fishing vessel Shark at Seldovia October 29, 1915.  The two persons aboard made it to safety, but the Shark was a complete loss.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Length 46.7, Breadth 11.9, Depth 4.8, IHP 30, Built 1910 At Port Orchard WA, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 217995

Sources: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 421, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) Pg 311

SHARKAY (1975)     The fishing vessel Sharkay was lost in severe weather December 3, 1975 in Culross Passage near Night Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 41 N 148 14 W   Chart 16700

Comment: Probably Knight Island.  Sealee lost same place same day.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHARON D (1984)     The fishing vessel Sharon D took a wave over the stern, flooded and sank April 28, 1984 approximately 50 miles south of Kodiak.  The vessel and her crew of 3 were traveling from Dillingham to Kodiak.  The 3 crewmembers were plucked from the wheelhouse roof by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHARON PATRICIA (1969)     The diesel screw Sharon Patricia capsized and was lost August 22, 1969 in the Shelikof Strait.  Gordon Lauritzen of Portland, Oregon was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 155 00 W   Chart 16580

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHARON W (2004)     The 52 foot steel fishing vessel Sharon W capsized and sank July 24, 2004 in Marmot Bay off of Peril Cape.  She had developed a starboard list and took a wave from the starboard side flooding her fish hold. The list and flooding progressed until the Sharon W sunk. All four persons on board escaped to a skiff and were picked up by the fishing vessel Kathleen K.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 07 30 N 152 16 20 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 42 Gross 29 Net, Length 41.5, Breadth 14.5, Depth 7.5, ON 291399, Call Sign WN3081, Built 1963 Tacoma WA, Former Name Martini

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Alaska Daily News (July 25, 2004) “Tour boat evacuated; fishing boat goes down”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 204419, 4. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 1386 & 1986

 

SHELIKOF (1966)     The 72 foot crab fishing vessel Shelikof foundered, was driven ashore and pounded to pieces by heavy seas December 15, 1966 at Cape Lazaref on Unimak Island.  All four crewmembers reached the beach safely.  Two were picked up by the tug Trojan and two by the U S Coast Guard cutter Storis.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 37 N 163 35 10 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Built 1944, Owner Wakefield Seafood

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Daily Times (December 17, 1966) “Shelikof Reported Total Loss” Pg 10

 

SHELLY ANN (1975)     The 34 foot vessel Shelly Ann sank July 23, 1975 at Narrow Cape.  There was no loss of life.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

SHENANDOAH (1986)     The fishing vessel Shenandoah sank May 30, 1986 near Seward.  All three persons on board donned survival suits and were rescued by the U S Coast Guard.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHENANDOAH (2002)     The 48 foot charter fishing vessel Shenandoah disappeared with two persons aboard October 11, 2002.  The vessel was towing the 65 foot oceanographic research vessel Mary J from Homer to Seward.  The U S Coast Guard responded to a weak EPIRB signal from the Shenandoah in the vicinity of Chugach Bay.  Debris from the Shenandoah was found in and near Chugach Bay.  The Mary J was found washed ashore at the entrance to Windy Bay.  Lost with the Shenandoah were Mark Thibault (31) of Nashua NH and Pat DiMichele of Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 11 N 151 34 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 607362

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (October 12, 2002) “Coast Guard suspends search for two missing from sunken fishing vessel”, 2. Anchorage Daily News (October 16, 2002) “Storm likely tore apart fishing boat The Shenandoah, experts say”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 93994

 

SHIN YANG HO (1990)     The 261 foot South Korean fishing vessel Shin Yang Ho sank June 27, 1990 after colliding with the Japanese vessel Shinei Maru No 63 approximately 60 miles south of Dillingham in Bristol Bay.  All 55 crewmembers were rescued.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHINKOKU MARU (1923)     The steamer Shinkoku Maru was lost November 26, 1923 off Montague Island.  The vessel was on a voyage from Yokahama, Japan to Portland, Oregon when she became disabled in the Aleutians with a broken tail shaft.  She was taken in tow by the tug Humaconna.  They encountered a furious gale off of Montague Island and the Shinkoku Maru had to be cut loose.  She was blown onto the rocks and became a complete loss.  All but one of the crew survived escaping to the shore.

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

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 343

SHOOTING STAR (1980)     The 56 foot blue hulled landing craft Shooting Star sank in a storm May 12, 1980 one half mile offshore in Nunavachak Bay.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska 58 52 N 160 03 W Chart 16315

Source: NOAA AWOIS Record #50928

 

SHOWGIRL (1983)     The fishing vessel Showgirl caught fire and became a total loss August 25, 1983 ten miles off of Port Moller.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 53 N 160 28 W   Chart 16006

Comment: The fishing vessel Serendipity burned the same day in the same area.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SHUYAK (1964)     The 31 ton 53 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Shuyak 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 31 Gross 21 Net, Length 53.8, Breadth 14.3, Depth 6, Built 1926 at Port Ashton AK, Horsepower 165, SL WB2994, Owner Margarete von Scheele, Executrix, Estate of Robert von Scheele, Registered Juneau, ON 225854

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 623

 

SIDNEY (1970)     The oil screw Sidney foundered and was lost May 2, 1970 off of Orca.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 39 50 N 145 43 W   Chart 16710

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

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

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 27 Gross 21 Net, ON 949111

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

 

SILVER CHALICE (1992)     The 83 foot steel fishing vessel Silver Chalice flooded and sank January 13, 1992 60 miles east of Kodiak.  The vessel began taking on water through her shaft alley and issued a distress call.  The U S Coast Guard responded and dropped pumps in an effort to save the vessel but to no avail.  The crew worked for several hours attempting to dewater the flooding bilge. The Coast Guard stood by as it became necessary to abandon ship in the 15 foot seas. The Coast Guard had scrambled a C-130, two helicopters and the cutter Mustang to the scene. The four person crew of the Silver Chalice donned survival suits and took to the water where they were picked up by Coast Guard helicopter. Rescued were Paul A. Smith (46) of Lynwood WA, William W. Smith (40) of Oak Harbor WA, Nathan Baker (34) of Seattle and Susan Bogden (27) of Anchorage. They were taken to the base clinic at Kodiak to be treated for mild hypothermia.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 132 Gross 90 Net, Length 71.5, Breadth 22.3, Depth 11.5, Built 1978 Ft George Island FL, ON 598904

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Daily Sitka Sentinel (January 14, 1992) “4 Fishermen Rescued After Abandoning Sinking Vessel” Pg 3, 4. USCG MISLE Case # 858950, 5. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1398

 

SILVER EAGLE (1991)     The 29 foot fishing vessel Silver Eagle sank in heavy seas July 10, 1991 in Bristol Bay.

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

Additional Information: ON 595585

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

 

SILVER SPRAY (1964)     The 14 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Silver Spray was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 35, Breadth 10.2, Depth 5.3, Built 1941 at Point Roberts WA, Horsepower 103, SL WB3030, Owner Theodore J Sires Jr., Registered Juneau, ON 240664

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 625, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SILVER STAR (1961)     The 37 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Silver Star foundered some time after October 8, 1961 near Sukoi Bay.  The vessel was reported missing by the Seldovia Wakefield Cannery October 12th.  The Ruth L, another vessel fishing for the Wakefield Cannery, found the wreckage October 14, 1961 strewn along the beach near Cape Douglas.  Lost with the Silver Star were owner Raymond Martin as well as crewmembers Charles Nelson Jr. and Benny Bowers.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 153 16 W   Chart 16013

Comments:  The Ruth L sank in the same area a month later with the loss of her crew of three.  There are two dangerous submerged pinnacles just north of Sukoi Bay toward Shaw Island that were not marked on charts in use at that time.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 37 Gross 30 Net, Length 43.9, Breadth 14.2, Depth 9, Built 1945 at Everett WA, Horsepower 165, SL WC 8296, Owner Raymond Martin, Registered Juneau, ON 248474

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 584, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 932, 3. Seattle Daily Times (October 16, 1961) “Maritime News around the World” Pg 21

 

SILVER STAR (1992)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Silver Star stranded and sank March 25, 1992 in Whale Pass toward Kupreanof Strait. All persons aboard abandoned ship to a life raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Polaris.

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

Comment: This vessel was salvaged, renamed Sylvia Star and is back working. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 75 Gross 60 Net, Length 58, ON 965562

Sources: 1. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 938055

 

SINBAD (1954)     The 9 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sinbad foundered May 9, 1954 at Gravina Point in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 37 30 N 146 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.6, Breadth 10, Depth 3.7, Built 1945 at Cordova, Horsepower 90, Owner Western Fisheries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 253526

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 803

 

SINTRAM (1915)     The 1,656 ton 215 foot wooden ship Sintram stranded and was lost near the Egegik River at 1:30 a.m. May 2, 1915.  The vessel departed from San Francisco bound for Naknek, Bristol Bay, Alaska.  There were 105 cannery hands and 74 officers and crewmen aboard.  The Sintram was also carrying 1,400 tons of salmon cannery supplies including tin plate, cans, shooks, etc.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“About 7 miles north and west of Egegik river, Alaska”  “Stranding”  “Foggy and thick weather”  “Light wind, dark and rainy, choppy sea”  “Had taken soundings and found an average of 17 fms. water”  “Steamer Kadiak, belonging to the Alaska Packers Assn. took off crew and landed them at Nakuck”  “Steamer Kadiak took off crew and some part of provisions the day following the stranding.  Subsequently the Company got ashore nearly all cargo but in damaged condition”

The Sintram had a value of $20,000 and became a total loss.  Her cargo had a value of $68,000 and was about 50% lost or damaged.  No lives were lost in the disaster.  The Sintram had vessel insurance for $5,000 and cargo insurance for $55,000.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 12 N 157 24 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,656 Gross 1,495 Net, Length 215.4, Breadth 42.9, 24.2, SL JSQD, Built 1877 Freeport ME, Registered San Francisco, ON 115575, Master Oskar Anderson of Oakland CA

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty by Ferd. C Peterson for owners at San Francisco, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 81

SIRIUS (1979)     The Seattle based 72 foot steel crab fishing vessel Sirius stranded and broke up February 28, 1979 on Douglas Reef north of Kodiak.  Fishing vessels Sea Wolf and Polar Shell responded to the site of the distressed vessel along with two helicopters and two fix winged aircraft from the U S Coast Guard Station at Elmendorf Airbase at Anchorage. Using one of the helicopters, the Coast Guard air lifted the six crew members and a diver (from the Polar Shell) who had joined them on the beach. Rescued were skipper Ronald H. Orth of Seattle, Michael K. Orth of Seattle, Sharon D. Hallet of Homer, Jack Prince and Bruce Geiger of California, an unidentified Sirius crewman and Seattle diver Tom E. Morgan from the Polar Shell.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 45 45 N 153 16 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 144 Gross 107 Net, Length 72.6, Breadth 23, Depth 10.8, Built 1963 Jacksonville FL, ON 290517, SL WN5182, 350 HP, Owners Karl J. Sjodin & Gene O. Higgins

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (March 2, 1979) “7 lifted from crab vessel in Alaska” Pg E10, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1404

 

SITKA (1964)     A vessel named Sitka was reported missing out of Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

SKANDIA (1920)     (see Scandia 1920)

SKARSTONE (1948)     The 261 ton 98 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Skarstone stranded and was lost October 15, 1948 on Yakataga Beach, 40 miles west of Yakutat.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 40 N 142 26 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 261 Gross 222 Net, Length 98.6, Breadth 30, Depth 10.1, Built 1943 at San Francisco CA, Former Name BSP-1052 (U S A), Crew 8, Horsepower 270, SL KIYD, Owner Cape Douglas Canning, Registered Juneau, ON 252402

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 527, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 750

 

SKILAK (1969)     The oil screw Skilak foundered and was lost August 26, 1969 between Chinitna Point and Anchor Point in Cook Inlet.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SKIPPY (1968)     The 37 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Skippy stranded and was lost at Shakmanof Point November 23, 1968.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 55 30 N 152 35 15 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 15 Net, Length 37.2, Breadth 12.6, Depth 4.7, Built 1945 Seattle WA, 55 HP, SL WB3092, ON 247808

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1260, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 652

 

SKIPPY JACK (1974)     The gas screw Skippy Jack foundered and was lost August 2, 1974 at the mouth of Resurrection Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SKREAMIN DEAMON (1978)     The 27 foot vessel Skreamin Deamon foundered October 9, 1978 off of Spruce Island near Monashka Bay while under tow.  There was no loss of life.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

SMITH (1951)     The 94 ton 105 foot wooden oil screw Smith foundered August 16, 1951, 10 miles east of Middleton Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 N 146 20 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 94 Gross 63 Net, Length 105.1, Breadth 14.8, Depth 8.3, Built 1917 at Jacksonville FL, Former Names Smith (U S C G) and SC-155 (U S N), Service freight, Horsepower 590, SL WB3110, Owner H J Emard, Registered Juneau, ON 237195

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 489, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 745

 

SMOKWA (1990)     The 167 foot fish processor Smokwa was towed out of Kizhuyak Bay to 1,000 fathoms of water and scuttled May 15, 1990.  The 1,588 ton vessel had been moved to Port Lions to process seafood.  She sank near Port Lions and was raised by the Salvage Chief but was found to be beyond repair.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Additional Information: Built 1946, ON 655811

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SNAKE RIVER RED (2010)     The 36 foot fiberglass pleasure craft Snake River Red was consumed by fire July 23, 2010 about 13 miles west of Homer in Kachemak Bay. Three adults and two children were rescued by the vessel Happy Hooker who responded to the distress call of the Snake River Red within five minutes. An Urgent Marine Broadcast was issued by the U S Coast Guard when the distress call came in. A C-130 aircraft was diverted and a fast boat from the U S Coast Guard cutter Hickory was dispatched immediately. The Happy Hooker of Nikiski was the first on scene and able to rescue all five on board. The Snake River Red burned to the waterline.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 35 N 151 52 W   Chart 16640

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard News Release (July 22, 2010) “Good Samaritan saves five Kenai boaters from vessel fire near Homer”, 2. Homer News (July 23, 2010) Internet

 

SNOQUALMIE (1974)     The 98 foot wooden former Seattle fire boat Snoqualmie was destroyed by fire in late February of 1974 at Kodiak.  The vessel was Seattle’s first fireboat, built there in 1890 as a response to the great Seattle fire of 1889.  Snoqualmie was launched on August 1st of 1890.  She was retired from the Seattle Fire Department in 1932 and worked after that in many capacities.  The Snoqualmie was most recently used as a shrimp hauler for Northern Processors.  She was at the fuel dock in Kodiak when fire broke out.  The U S Coast Guard towed the vessel a safe distance from the dock where she burned for 36 hours and was lost.

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (March 6, 1974) “Fireboat comes to a flaming end off Kodiak docks” Pg E 15

 

SNUG (1966)     The 6 ton 27 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Snug foundered August 14, 1966 in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 6 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.8, Breadth 10.3, Depth 2.8, Built 1957at Winslow WA, Horsepower 60, SL WH9508, Owner Simon F Josefsen, Registered Juneau, ON 273993

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 655, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SOFTUK (1971)     The gas screw Softuk was found abandoned October 16, 1971 at Orca Inlet in Prince William sound.  One person was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 31 N 145 52 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOGN (1986)     The 70 foot fishing vessel Sogn burned and sank February 25, 1986 off of Sitkalidak Island.  The three crewmen aboard were rescued.

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

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

SOLAR (1952)     The 36 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Solar stranded and was lost July 10, 1952 in Oil Bay, Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 38 N 153 17 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Length 43.7, Breadth 14.5, Depth 9.8, Built 1947 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 165, SL WB5965, Owner Daniel Twiet, Registered Juneau, ON 252878

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 531, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 746

 

SOLAR (1967)     The gas screw Solar was destroyed by a storm June 15, 1967 in Anchorage Bay west of Chignik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 19 N 158 23 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SONAR (1994)     The 46 foot salmon seiner Sonar ran aground and sank August 21, 1994 on Entrance Island near Sea Otter Harbor.  All five crewmembers were rescued by another fishing vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 06 35 N 133 14 30 W   Chart 17407

Additional Information: ON 261606

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

 

SOPHIA KING (1964)     A vessel named Sophia King owned by Freddie Katelnikoff was reported lost at Kodiak in the Good Friday earthquake of March 27, 1964.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

SORA (1957)     The 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sora foundered near Chignik in August of 1957.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 9 Net, Length 31, Breadth 11.1, Depth 4.3, Built 1947 Seattle WA, 122 HP, SL WH9985, ON 252120

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1260, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 657

 

SORTLAND (1953)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sortland was consumed by fire September 30, 1953 at Driftwood Bay in Day Harbor.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 56 N 149 13 W   Chart 16683

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 28.5, Breadth 9.2, Depth 4.1, Built 1919 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Earl A Moore Jr., Registered Juneau, ON 217959

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 532, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 750

 

SOUND INVESTOR (1989)     The 40 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Sound Investor capsized suddenly and foundered June 20, 1989 in Port Valdez.  One of the three crewmembers on board was lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 05 N 146 39 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 647661

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOUTH WIND (1967)     The tug South Wind struck the mooring line of the barge it was towing and capsized May 6, 1967 in Cook Inlet.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the U S Coast Guard buoy tender Sorrel.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOUTH WIND (1997)     The 32 foot salmon seiner South Wind grounded and was lost when a plank gave way August 25, 1997 near Sand Point.  Both crewmembers made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 270021

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

 

SOUTHERN EXPLORER (1968)     The diesel screw Southern Exposure was consumed by fire July 5, 1968 in the Gulf of Alaska 190 miles east of Cape Chiniak on Kodiak Island.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOUTHERN EXPLORER (1974)     The 87 foot vessel Southern Explorer sank near Sand Point.  All crewmen were safe.

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

Source: Unofficial Wreck List

 

SOUTHERN VIKING (1987)     The fish tender Southern Viking struck a rock near Sutwik Island and sank June 11, 1987.  All four crewmembers abandoned ship to a life raft in their survival suits.  They were later picked up by a passing fish processor.

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

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

 

SPARKY (1961)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sparky stranded and was lost November 16, 1961 on Copper River Flats.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 20 N 145 35 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 9.7, Depth 4.2, Built 1921 at Cordova, Horsepower 90, SL WF4370, Registered Juneau, ON 266272

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 545, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 905

 

SPEED QUEEN (1958)     The skiff of the Speed Queen was set ablaze and the vessel herself set adrift to break up on nearby rocks February 7, 1958 near the village of Afognak. The Speed Queen had been attributed for the deaths of six Afognak villagers. Four young men were the most recent losses when the boat they were rowing to shore from the Speed Queen capsized January 20, 1958 and all drowned. Two other lives had been lost in an earlier accident. The four lost were John Larsen Jr., Roy Noya, Sammy Lukin and Walter Jeevan.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 00 30 N 152 46 W   Chart 16580

Sources:  1. Seattle Times (February 7, 1958) “Boat Burned In Revenge For 4 Deaths” Pg 23, 2. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (January 22, 1958) “Four Fishermen Reported Drowned Near Afognak” Pg 1

 

SPENCER (1947)     The 61 ton 64 foot wooden oil screw Spencer foundered December 31, 1947 at Cape Kanatak.  The vessel had 10 persons aboard.  Captain Axel Carlson was bringing his bride-to-be, Ava Skonberg and her family from Chignik to Kodiak for their wedding.  All ten were rescued after four days on the icy cape.  Most were suffering from frozen limbs, frostbite and hypothermia.  When asked about the wedding, captain Carlson replied “We planned to get married this week, but now we’ll just have to wait until my frozen feet thaw out.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 32 10 N 155 54 20 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 61 Gross 48 Net, Length 64.5, Breadth 16, Depth 7.1, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Crew 6, Horsepower 75, SL WNJN, Owner William McKinley Jones, Registered Seattle WA, ON 210996

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) Pg 492, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 911, 3. Seattle Daily Times (March 23, 1948) “Girl Has Honeymoon Because 5 Men Lost Feet To Save Her Life”, Pgs 1&4

 

SPENCER F BAIRD (1890)     The 7.91 ton 32 foot wooden schooner Spencer F Baird stranded and was lost near Sankin Island at 10:30 p.m. Sunday August 17, 1890.  The vessel departed Pauloff Harbor, Sanak Island that day bound for Tigalda Island with her master and one seaman aboard.  They were carrying 2 ½ tons of provisions and mining tools.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Moderate gale, rough, dark”  “2 ½ miles east of Sankin Island”  “Stranding”  “Making a harbor in thick weather”  “Out of reckoning, mistook a low place between two bluffs for entrance to harbor”  “Total loss”

The Spencer F Baird was worth $700 and her cargo $350.  Both were total losses with no insurance.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 58 30 N 163 16 20 W   Chart 16535

Additional Information: Tonnage 7.91 Gross 7.53 Net, Length 31.8, Breadth 10, Depth 4.4, Built 1885 at Port Ludlow WA, Registered San Francisco, ON 116043, Master Harry Martin of San Francisco, Owner The McCollam Fishing and Trading Company of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report November 17, 1890 at San Francisco by George Tasheira, Manager, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1888) Pg 236

SPIRIT (1979)     The 50 foot fishing vessel Spirit capsized and sank June 12, 1979 approximately 6 miles north of the Barren Islands.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 57 N 152 15 W   Charts 16013 and 16580

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

 

SPIRIT (1994)     The 54 foot halibut long line fishing vessel Spirit flooded and sank in a storm September 14, 1994 near Perl Island.  The five crewmembers were rescued from a life raft by the U S Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 07 N 151 40 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: ON 265105

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

 

SPRAY (1963)     The 7 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Spray was lost to unknown causes during September of 1963 at 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 33.1, Breadth 9.4, Depth 2.8, Built 1943 at New Orleans LA, Former Name LCVP-C-31962 (U S N), Horsepower 95, SL WL6480, Owner P E Harris Company, Registered Seattle WA, ON 275624

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 662, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

SPRUCE (1972)     The motor vessel Spruce was lost in heavy weather April 7, 1972 at Point Manby west of Yakutat.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 41 30 N 140 18 15 W   Chart 16016

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SPRUCE CAPE (1964)     The 17 ton 37 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Spruce Cape was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 on Kodiak Island.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Length 37.8, Breadth 12.1, Depth 5, Built 1949 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 165, SL WC2775, Owner Kadiak Fisheries Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 257574

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 639, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SPUTNIK (1998)     The 32 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Sputnik was consumed by an engine room fire September 25, 1998 near Shuyak Island.  All three crewmembers made it to safety,

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 31 N 152 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 910054

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

 

SR 9 (1952)     The 152 foot steel diesel powered cannery tender SR 9 (Skilak) ran aground and stranded Sunday July 6, 1952 at the mouth of the Kaliakh River during a storm.  All 11 persons aboard took refuge on the beach.  U S Coast Guard aircraft dropped supplies until a rescue could be attempted.  The following Thursday five crewmembers from the Coast Guard cutter Kimball attempted to reach the marooned party.  Their skiff overturned in the heavy surf and the five were forced to wade into shore.  The five Coast Guard men and six of the marooned mariners then hiked ten miles to Yakataga.  The other five persons from the SR 9 stayed behind to guard the wreck and await the arrival of underwriters.  On August 29, 1952 the salvage vessel Salvage Chief was dispatched to the scene of the grounding to attempt to refloat the vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 05 40 N 142 48 30 W   Chart 16013

Comment: It is unknown whether the salvage of this vessel was successful. The week that the attempt was to be made the 369 foot steam ship Princess Kathleen sank with 425 persons rescued.

Additional Information: Tonnage 297 Gross 202 Net, Length 152.1, Breadth 23.4, Depth 7.5, Built 1943 Neponset MA, ON 257612, HP 2000, Owner Skilak Packing Company, Home Port Seattle WA

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 537, 2. Seattle Times (July 10, 1952) “Coast Guard Rescuers Marooned” Pg 15, 3. The Oregonian (August 29, 1952) “Salvage Ship Called North” Pg 6M

 

STAG (1971)     The crab fishing vessel Stag sank in rough weather August 7, 1971 off of Lands End on the Homer Spit.  All three crewmembers were picked up by a nearby pleasure craft.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 37 N 151 27 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

STANDARD (1917)     The 1,534 ton 212 foot wooden ship Standard stranded and was lost at 8:30 a.m. Monday May 14, 1917 at Cape Constantine.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 9, 1917 bound for the Libby McNeil & Libby Ekuk Cannery in Bristol Bay.  There were 162 passengers and 15 crewmen aboard.  The Standard was also carrying 2,707,349 pounds of cannery supplies valued at $88,880.00.  The cause of the casualty is listed as “heavy storm”.  Passengers and crew of the vessel were rescued by the steamers George F Haller and North Star.  The Standard had a value of $20,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  There was no insurance on the vessel but the cargo was fully insured.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 23 39 N 158 53 30 W   Charts 16006, 16322

Comment: Possibly hit the Sterling Shoal off Cape Constantine, named for the 208 foot wooden ship Sterling lost there in 1898.  On this same day, May 14, 1917, the 231 wooden ship Saint Francis was lost at Unimak Island.  She was also carrying workers and supplies for the Libby McNeil & Libby Locanock Cannery at Kvichak in Bristol Bay. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,534 Gross 1,461 Net, Length 212, Breadth 40.2, 24.5, Built 1878 at Phippsburg ME, Registered San Francisco, ON 115634, SL JTFB, Master Captain S Christiansen of San Francisco, Owner Libby McNeil & Libby of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty June 27, 1917 by D W Brauch, Agent, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 69

STANDARD NO 1 (1964)     The 226 ton 90 foot wooden barge Standard No 1 was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Copper River Flats near Cordova.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 226 Gross and Net, Length 90, Breadth 34, Depth 8.7, Built 1914 at Seattle WA, SL WB5310, Owner Copper River Co-op Inc., Registered Juneau, ON 166579

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 640, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

STANLEY (1910)     The 355 ton 143 foot wooden schooner Stanley stranded and was lost on Sanak Island March 28, 1910.  Four of her crew of eight perished in the disaster.  The vessel departed San Francisco October 17, 1909 bound for Pauloff (Pavlof), Sanak, Alaska, via Pirate Cove.  She was carrying 150 tons of salt, lumber and provisions.  The Stanley stranded at the entrance to Pavlof Harbor on Sanak Island during a gale and became a total loss along with her cargo.  The four crewmen lost were Captain B Koehler, mate F Bauers, second mate P Williams and cook P W Herman.  The Stanley had a value of $15,000 and her cargo $1,000.  The vessel was insured for $12,500 and there was no insurance on the cargo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 27 40 N 162 41 30 W   Chart 16547

Additional Information: Tonnage 355 Gross 253 Net, Length 143.3, Breadth 32.2, Depth 10.7, Built 1900 at Fairhaven CA, SL KPRQ, Registered San Francisco, ON 116497, Master B Koehler of Alameda CA, Owner Union Fish Co of San Francisco

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report May 2, 1910 at San Francisco by C P Overton, VP and Mgr. for Union Fish Company

STAR 2 (1951)     The 9 ton 33 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Star 2 foundered September 9, 1951 in Spoon River, Yakutat Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 33.5, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.5, Built 1944 at New Orleans LA, Former Name LCVP-C-39773 (U S N), Horsepower 165, Owner Libby McNeill & Libby, Registered Ketchikan, ON 254046

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 533, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 958

STAR 2 (1962)     The 7 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Star 2 burned May 28, 1962 at Larsen Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 32 20 N 153 58 45 W   Charts 16013, 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 28.4, Breadth 10.1, Depth 3.6, Built 1951 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 95, Owner Stanley E Lee, Registered Seattle, ON 261927

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 598, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 932

 

STAR OF RUSSIA (1905)     The 1,981 ton 275 foot iron ship Star of Russia stranded in the fog on a sand beach on the northwestern end of Chirikof Island in August of 1905.  There were 280 passengers and 19 crewmen aboard.  The Star of Russia also had a cargo of 28,514 cases of canned salmon on board.  The vessel was floated after eight days and towed to Alitak Cannery.  There the passengers and cargo were removed, and the vessel sent on to San Francisco for repairs on August 26, 1905.  Damage to the vessel was $20,000 and her cargo $36,000.  Evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,981 Gross 1,898 Net, Length 275.5, Breadth 42.2, Depth 24.2, Built 1874 at Belfast Ireland, SL KQCR, Registered San Francisco, ON 116977, Master Captain K Lindberg, Owner Alaska Packers Association

Sources: 1. Salmon from Kodiak (1986) Pg 210, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1905) Pg 159

STAR TREK (2007)     The 35 foot cod fishing vessel Star Trek stranded and was lost March 7, 2007 in Island Bay inside of Jute Bay on the Alaska Peninsula opposite Kodiak Island.  Heavy icing was experienced on the hull and superstructure of the vessel reaching over a foot thick. The crew was unable to keep up with ice removal and high winds were causing heavy listing. The main engine lost power and the vessel eventually grounded in Island Bay. The crew donned survival suits and managed to make it to the beach with the life raft where they were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.  The vessel and her crew were out of Homer and had departed Sand Point to fish cod in the Shelikof Strait. An overflight by the U S Coast Guard two months later showed only a portion of the bow and engine block were all that remained of the Star Trek.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 33 20 N 155 50 W   Chart 16570

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 18 Net, Length 35, ON 912041

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Kodiak Daily Mirror (March 7, 2007) USCG rescues 3 fishermen on Jute Bay”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 340269

 

STARLING (1964)     The 20 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Starling 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 20 Gross 14 Net, Length 38.2, Breadth 13.1, Depth 5.1, Built 1947 at Everett WA, Horsepower 165, SL WC2487, Owner Pacific American Fisheries Inc., Registered Bellingham WA, ON 252225

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 642, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

STARLITE (1996)     The 35 foot fiberglass salmon gillnetter Starlite was destroyed by a stack fire and sank June 20, 1996 in Prince William Sound near Hinchinbrook Entrance.  The only person aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 535184

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

 

STARWOOD (1980)     The 31 foot fishing vessel Starwood swamped and sank May 3, 1980 one mile west of buoy #4 near Kodiak.  The vessel was loaded with three tons of herring.  The crew was rescued by the vessel Miss Stormy.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 47 20 N 152 24 10 W   Chart 16595

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

 

STEADFAST (1989)     The 37 foot wooden tanker tug Steadfast capsized and sank while towing an empty 110 foot barge September 23, 1989 off the southwest end of Kayak Island.  The Steadfast had been employed in the Exxon Valdez cleanup effort and departed Valdez as the cleanup effort was winding down for the season.  The vessel sent a radio message that they were taking on water and preparing to abandon ship.  When search crews arrived all that was found was a torn life raft and one survival suit between Hinchinbrook Island and Kayak Island.  Three crewmembers were lost in the disaster including Don Berven (56) of Terminal Island, California, Harry Bellard (40) of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Kevin Thomas of Petersburg.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 56 N 144 23 W   Chart 16013

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Times (September 26, 1989) “Barge, tug go down” Pg B 1, 3. Baton Rouge LA State Times (September 26, 1989) “Searchers Find Torn Raft Believed to be from Tug Missing With 3 Aboard” Pg 4A

 

STEELHEAD (1964)     The 12 ton 36 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Steelhead was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Valdez.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   61 07 N 146 16 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 36, Breadth 10.9, Depth 3.9, Built 1943, Former Names FWS Steelhead (F&W L) and FWS 1453 (F & W L), Horsepower 175, SL WK5722, Owner Folger M Johnson, Registered Juneau, ON 277120

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 643, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

STERLING (1898)     The 1,731 ton 208 foot wooden ship Sterling stranded and was lost near Cape Constantine at 6 a.m. Friday May 20, 1898.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 27, 1898 on her way to Bristol Bay.  There were 150 Chinese cannery workers and 25 officers and crewmen aboard.  She was also carrying a $50,517 cargo of cannery supplies.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by C O Anderson, master of the Sterling:

“SW by S from Cape Constantine, Alaska. Distance 10 miles”  “Struck a shoal not marked on chart”  “Stranded”  “Gentle breeze, clear weather, rough sea, daylight”

The Sterling had a value of $25,400 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  All passengers and crew made it to safety.  The vessel had no insurance but her cargo was fully insured.  The shoal where the wooden ship Sterling was lost now bears her name.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 18 N 158 53 W   Chart 16322

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,731.62 Gross 1,636.4 Net, Length 208.4, Breadth 42.7, Depth 17.8, Built 1873 at Bath ME, SL JMCB, Registered San Francisco. ON 115155, Master C O Anderson of San Francisco, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report June 20, 1898 at San Francisco

STICKEEN CHIEF (1898)     The British stern wheel steamer Stickeen Chief was lost off of Yakutat August 1, 1898.  The vessel was in tow of the steam ship Fastnet, as was the British steamer Mono.  Both vessels broke free and were lost.  The Mono was lost in Clarence Strait and the Stickeen Chief in the Gulf of Alaska.  The master of the Mono, in a letter to the Collector of Customs in British Columbia after she was wrecked, attributed some of the loss to the substandard tow lines used by the Fastnet.  Whatever the case, both vessel broke free and were lost. The Fastnet encountered rough weather travelling between Cross Point and Kodiak and cut loose the Stickeen Chief.  The wreckage of the Stickeen Chief was found August 5, 1898 by the Dora well south of Yakutat.  It was presumed that the vessel had been lost with all 43 passengers.  The Fastnet arrived in Vancouver September 8, 1898 after a trip to Saint Michael and reported that all passengers and crew had been removed from the Stickeen Chief before she was lost.

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

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 41, 2. U S Customs Wreck Report at Port Wrangell and attached letter July 25, 1898 from the master of the Mono, 3. Fresno Republican Weekly (September 9, 1898) “Eight Minors no Gold” Front Page

STORK (1945)     The 17 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw Stork foundered off Sanak Island May 27, 1945.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 25 N 162 40 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 12 Net, Length 44.6, Breadth 13.2, Depth 5, Built 1911 at Port Blakely WA, Service tow, Horsepower 55 (Brake), Owner Gunder K Gunderson, Registered Juneau, ON 208564

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 806, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 325

 

STRANGER (1963)     The 16 ton 38 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Stranger was destroyed by a storm January 13, 1963 at Shearwater Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 20 N 152 55 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 16 Gross 11 Net, Length 38.3, Breadth 13.3, Depth 4.4, Built 1939 at Cordova, Horsepower 165, SL WC6946, Owner Edwin J Liljegren, Registered Juneau, ON 238993

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 645, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SUACO (1951)     The 42 ton 56 foot wooden oil screw Suaco stranded and was lost September 27, 1951 on Grass Island Bar in Copper River Flats near Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 15 N 145 17 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 42 Gross 28 Net, Length 56.5, Breadth 15.1, Depth 6.8, Built 1920 at Tacoma WA, Former Name Elliott, Horsepower 75, Owner Otto A Tiedeman, Registered Juneau, ON 220235

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 538, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 570

 

SUCCESS (1916)     The 33 foot wooden gas screw halibut fishing vessel Success stranded and was lost March 13, 1916 at West Amatuli Island.  The vessel had departed February 13, 1916 from Seward bound for Cold Bay with four persons aboard.  The four had heard of a gold strike near Cold Bay and were headed there to take advantage of the potential prosperity.  The Success encountered foul weather and icing conditions in the vicinity of the Barren Islands while crossing toward Afognak Island.  Two of the persons aboard, Tom Campbell from Bremerton, Washington and John Larsen from Norway were lost while transiting the shore of West Amatuli Island in a skiff.  The Success stranded and was lost as well.  The two survivors, Charles Hansen, owner of the vessel, and E H Mitchell survived for 58 days.  They eventually made their way in a skiff to Dog Fish Bay and then Seldovia, where they were rescued.  From Seldovia, they were transported to Seward by the steamer Admiral Farragut.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 56 N 152 03 W   Chart 16580

Comment: I have not found a vessel that matches the description of the Success in the Merchant Vessels of the United States from this period.  WG

Sources: 1. San Diego Union (May 22, 1916) “Two Men Rescued, Marooned 58 Days on Barren Island” Pg 1, 2. Salt Lake Telegram (February 4, 1917) “Lives Two Months on Barren Island” Pg 11, 3. New Orleans States (September 2, 1917) “An American Robinson Crusoe on an Alaskan Island” Pg 16

 

SUCCESS (1965)     The 57 ton 62 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Success was consumed by fire October 29, 1965 at Jap Bay on Kodiak Island.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Brisk.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 56 N 153 41 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 57 Gross 39 Net, Length 62.1, Breadth 16.7, Depth 8.3, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 135, SL WB3363, Owner Jefferson Grey, Registered Juneau, ON 227480

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 670, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1176, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SUE (1955)     The 19 ton 36 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sue stranded and was lost March 8, 1955 in Phoenix Bay inside of Perenosa Bay.  All three crewmembers made it to the beach where they survived in a Alaska Fisheries Department cabin at Paul’s Lake until rescued a week later.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 25 30 N 152 20 30 W   Chart 16604

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Length 36.3, Breadth 12.2, Depth 5.6, Built 1943 at Aberdeen WA, Horsepower 165, SL WB3368, Owner Miram R McAlliser, Registered Juneau, ON 243066

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 501, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 745, 3. Seattle Times (March 16, 1955) “Rescued From Isolated Cabin” Pg 52

 

SUE (1981)     The 32 foot fishing vessel Sue struck a log and sank December 29, 1981 in Izhut Bay on Afognak Island.  The two persons aboard were rescued by the fishing vessel Amber Dawn.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 11 N 152 15 W   Chart 16580

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

 

SUMMER GALE (1995)     The 44 foot fiberglass salmon seiner Summer Gale stranded and was lost August 10, 1995 on Twoheaded Island near Kodiak.  The five persons on board made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 654804

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

 

SUMMIT (1962)     The 9 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Summit foundered August 4, 1962 at Alitak Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.3, Breadth 11.8, Depth 3, Built 1947 at Seldovia, Horsepower 110, SL WC3889, Owner Ronald Rowhev, Registered Juneau, ON 257838

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 604, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 967

 

SUN BEAM (1966)     The 194 ton 89 foot wooden oil screw crab fishing vessel Sun Beam was destroyed by a storm February 25, 1966 in the Gulf of Alaska on her way to the town of Kodiak.  The vessel departed Seattle February 19th and was carrying a load of lumber.  A message was received from the vessel Endeavor on February 26th that the Sun Beam was experiencing difficulties.  No trace of the vessel was found.  Lost with the Sun Beam were Gordon I Nelson (51) owner and skipper of Seattle and Kodiak, Harlan Zehrung (52) engineer of Edmonds, John Moberg (39) cook of Seattle, George S Anderson mate of Kodiak, Mrs. Laurell D Hendrix (44) passenger of Seattle and Sonny Orcas deckhand of Seattle.

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

Comment: Location of the disaster varies from 130 miles to 25 miles from Kodiak.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 194 Gross 102 Net, Length 89.4, Breadth 26.5, Depth 11.5, Built 1948 at Alameda CA, Former Name ?, Horsepower 600, SL WA9066, Registered Tacoma, ON 254703

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 671, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1176, 3. Seattle Daily Times (March 2, 1966) “Wide Search Ranges for Crab Boat” Pg 24, 4. Seattle Daily Times (March 4, 1966) “Debris on Sea near Kodiak Only Logs” Pg 14

 

SUNDANCER (1991)     The 58 foot long line fishing vessel Sundancer took a rogue wave, rolled over and sank September 8, 1991 in the Gulf of Alaska 185 miles east of Kodiak.  All five crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 592909

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

 

SUNDE (1973)     The crab fishing vessel Sunde stranded and was lost November 3, 1973 in the Shelikof Strait.  The vessel had been fighting 40 foot seas.  All three crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.  Surviving to tell the tale were Eugene Holsen of Seattle, Jerry Watson of Kirkland and Joe Hathaway of Tacoma.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 155 00 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (November 5, 1973) “3 from here rescued off Alaska” Pg A-14, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SUNDOWNER (1985)     The 68 foot fishing vessel Sundowner sank in rough weather October 28, 1985 near the Semidi Islands southwest of Kodiak Island.  Three crewmembers were rescued from a life raft by the U S Coast Guard.  The fourth crewmember, skipper Stuart Klinefelter of Kodiak was lost.

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

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

 

SUNMORE (1958)     The 24 ton 40 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sunmore foundered July 9, 1958 at Lituya Bay with two persons aboard.   An earthquake caused land and glaciers to shift and generated the largest tidal wave every recorded.  Damage reached as high as 1,720 feet in parts of Lituya Bay.  Large waves between 30 and 200 feet were observed by the two vessels in the bay whose crews survived the disaster to tell of it. Lost with the Sunmore were Mr. and Mrs. Orville Wagner from the Juneau area.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 36 45 N 137 39 30 W   Chart 16016

Comment:  There were three vessels in Lituya Bay when the wave struck including the Sunmore, the Badger and one other.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 24 Gross 16 Net, Length 40.2, Breadth 12.8, Depth 7.7, Built 1946 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 165, SL WC2705, Owner Orville F Wagner, Registered Juneau, ON 249826

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 542, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 826

 

SUNRISE (1993)     The 40 foot salmon seiner Sunrise burned to the waterline and sank August 3, 1993 off of Hook Point.  The only person on board made it to safety.  The Sunrise had two crewmembers washed overboard and lost only five miles away in Strawberry Channel May 26, 1993.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 20 N 146 15 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 946134

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

 

SUNRUNNER (2003)     The 58 foot long line cod fishing vessel Sunrunner sank January 11, 2003 off of Twoheaded Island, 75 miles southwest of Kodiak.  The vessel began flooding from the shaft alley and it was surmised that the shaft seal had failed. Four pumps on board the Sunrunner were unable to keep up with the intake of water forcing the crew to abandon ship. All five crewmembers were rescued with the help of a U S Coast Guard Helicopter and the fishing vessel Heritage.

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

Additional Information: ON 605926, Call Sign WQZ2201

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. U S Coast Guard News Release 009-03 (January 12, 2002) “Five rescued from life raft, boat sinks near Kodiak”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 103035

 

SUNSET (1930)     The 35 ton 56 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sunset stranded and was lost in Litnik Bay at 10 p.m. September 1, 1930.  The vessel departed Perenosa Bay on Afognak Island that day and was headed to Uyak Bay with three crewmen and 15 tons of silver salmon worth $750.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Dangerous Rock, Litnik Bay, Afognak Island”  “Stranding”  “Misjudged distance to shore”  “Calm, dark and foggy”  “Stopped and listened for 5 minutes before stranded, then reduced speed to 3 miles pr. hour”  “No chance to refloat vessel as tide was ebbing when tide came in vessel swamped.  Then we secured the services from the gas screw Crescent, who succeeded in getting off about 2000 salmon”

The Sunset was worth $6,500 and was a total loss.  2/3 of her cargo of fresh salmon was salvaged.  The vessel was fully insured.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 01 30 N 152 44 W   Chart 16594

Additional Information: Tonnage 35 Gross 24 Net, Length 56.3, Breadth 16, Depth 6.4, Built 1912 at Tacoma WA, Registered Juneau, ON 209948, Master Robert Schulee of Afognak, Owner Ottar Hofstad of Juneau

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty February 9, 1931 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1930) Pgs 520-1

SUNSET (1949)     The 40 ton 58 foot wooden oil screw seiner Sunset capsized and sank in a southeast gale June 10, 1949 at False Pass.  Five crewmembers were lost including captain and owner Nick Mardesich, his son Tony Mardesich, cook Anton Marrowich of Seattle, Frank Suryan of Anacortes, and Vincent Vlastelica of Everett.  Three of the captain’s sons survived including Nick Mardesich Jr., August Paul and Joseph Mardesich, along with their cousin Tony Mardesich.  The four survivors were rescued by the fishing vessel Johnny B.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 27 Net, Length 58.9, Breadth 15.6, Depth 6.9, Built 1927 at Gig Harbor WA, Former Name Gowan, Crew 8, Horsepower 110, SL WB3434, Owner Nick Mardesich, Registered Seattle, ON 226379

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 533, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 939

 

SUNSET (1956)     The 7 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sunset was consumed by fire March 24, 1956 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 30.6, Breadth 9.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1955 at Kodiak, Horsepower 87, Owner W C Anderson, Registered Juneau, ON 269921

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 507, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 758

 

SUNTORY (1975)     The oil screw Suntory was consumed by fire April 30, 1975 at Day Harbor.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 57 N 149 10 W   Chart 16580

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SUSITNA (1915)     The 11 ton 45 foot gas screw Susitna stranded and was lost on the south end of  Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet November 12, 1915.  There were three persons aboard at the time of the disaster.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 28 N 151 55 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 45.6, Breadth 8.6, Depth 2.4, Service passenger, IHP 12, Built 1908 at Tyonek, Registered Juneau, ON 208923

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 421, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) Pg 316, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 258

SUZANNA II (1974)     The oil screw Suzanna II foundered and was lost February 4, 1974 in Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 35 N 151 52 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SUZANNE (1975)     The 275 ton barge Suzanne stranded and was lost January 14, 1975 at Cape Suckling.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 275 Gross and Net, Built 1944, ON 539478

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1871

 

SUZIE (1965)     The 12 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Suzie was consumed by fire August 15, 1965 at Naknek.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 10 Net, Length 29.7, Breadth 11, Depth 4.9, Built 1960 at Bainbridge Island WA, Horsepower 165, SL WP2434, Owner Arctic Maid Fisheries, Registered Seattle, ON 281731

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 676, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1176

 

SV NIKOLAI (1764)      The Russian vessel Sv Nikolai was destroyed by Aleuts in Isanotski Strait between December of 1763 and January of 1764.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 49 30 N 163 23 W   Chart 16535

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

SV OLGA (1804)     The small single masted single deck Russian vessel Sv Olga was wrecked and became a total loss at Yakutat in 1804.  Later Baranov had the wreck destroyed with salvos of canon fire to celebrate the conclusion of peace with the natives.

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

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

SWAN (1933)     The 12 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Swan of Seattle foundered off Black Island October 6, 1933.  The 14 crewmen aboard were rescued by the fishing vessel Italio.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   57 36 05 N 136 13 10 W   Chart 16016

Comment: The Swan was later towed into Yakutat where it was found the engine had fallen through the hull.

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 36, Breadth 11.6, Depth 5, Built 1924 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 30, Owner Ben Rognan, Registered Seattle, ON 223981

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1008, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 560-1, 3. Captain Kinky Bayers 1898-1967 Boat Notes

 

SWAN (1939)     The 36 ton 54 foot wooden gas screw towing vessel Swan stranded and was lost on Tugidak Island February 27, 1939.  The two persons aboard the Swan made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Length 54, Breadth 15.7, Depth 5.2, Built 1911 at Anacortes WA, Former Name Eclipse, Horsepower 80 (Brake), Owner Alfred Torgramson, Registered Juneau, SL WLEL, ON 208424

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 512, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 284

SWANNY (1984)     The seiner Swanny stranded and was lost September 28, 1984 at the northeast tip of Montague Island.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SWEET FISH (1964)     The 13 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sweet Fish was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Seward.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 40, Breadth 10.4, Depth 5, Built Unknown, Horsepower 150, Owner Martin J Urie, Registered Juneau, ON 284029

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 677, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1176

 

SWIFT (1964)     The 37 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Swift stranded and was lost at St. Augustine Island February 19, 1964.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 22 N 153 26 W   Chart 16640

Additional Information: Tonnage 16 Gross 13 Net, Length 37.6, Breadth 12.2, Depth 4.7, Built 1946 Seattle, 175 HP, SL WB3514, ON 249709

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1261, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 678

 

SWIFTSURE (1921)     The 32 ton 54 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Swiftsure foundered in a storm 50 miles off of Yakutat October 5-6, 1921.  The crew of 6 fishermen perished with the Swiftsure.  Lost were K R Skotheim, John Skotheim, Gust Bogen, Ole Astad, John Johnson and Andrew Thompson.  The vessel departed Ketchikan September 26th and was fishing the Yakutat fishing banks when the disaster occurred.  The Swiftsure had a value of $8,000 and was insured for $4,500.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 22 Net, Length 54, Breadth 17.4, Depth 6.7, IHP 60, Built 1912 at Seattle, Registered Seattle, ON 209942

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty at Seattle, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1921) Pg 335, 3. Juneau Empire (November 3, 1921) Pg 6

SWINOMISH (1957)     The 18 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Swinomish foundered October 19, 1957 at Pavlof Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 N 161 38 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 40.9, Breadth 12.5, Depth 4.5, Built 1910 at Anacortes WA, Horsepower 60, SL WF6928, Owner Carl G Mack, Registered Juneau, ON 207090

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 546, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 826

SYLVIA STAR (2005)     The 58 foot fishing vessel Sylvia Star struck a rock and sank near Uyak Bay July 26, 2005 in 80 feet of water. Her four crewmembers escaped to a Zodiak inflatable boat unharmed. Subsequent salvage efforts successfully de-watered the Sylvia Star. Soon after she was overhauled and returned to service.

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

Comment: This vessel was salvaged but evidence of the foundering may still be on site and of interest. WG

Sources: 1. Kodiak Daily Mirror (July 28, 2005) “Sylvia Star sinks near Uyak Bay”, 2. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (August 1, 2005) Situation Report “F/V Sylvia Star Sinking

 

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

  1. My Uncle Harlan Zehrung was lost on the Sun Beam in 1966 off of Kodiak…It went down in a January storm and was never found. I didn’t find your report on this wreck but I saw another site that quoted from yours about the loss.
    I grew up in Kenai in the 50’s and 60’s and have a retreat home on the beach in Kenai now…10 years ago I bought an old ship anchor from Bob Schmidt who was a set netter on Kalifornski Beach starting in 1950. He said he found the anchor at a shipwreck just off of the mouth of the Kenai River before the earthquake of 1964 the ship used to be visible at real low tides. He said it was from a floating cannery that burned in the mouth of the Kenai River in the late 1800’s or early 1900’sand washed out of the river and up on the beach 2 miles south of the Kenai River mouth. I am trying to verify info to trace my anchor. Can you help?

    1. The Sun Beam is listed in the A to Z section of this website. RIP Harlan Zehrung. There have been many dozens of shipwrecks in the area near the Kenai River dating all the way back to the Russian occupation. If you could give me an idea how large the anchor is, maybe I could narrow down the possibilities. Stories about the origin of an artifact are sometimes exaggerated or distorted to effect their value in a sale. The only vessel fires I have found so far were at the Kasilof River Mouth just south of the Kenai. Those vessels were between 30 and 133 feet. You need an anchor specialist. If you find one please let me know. Do you have a rough idea of the age of the anchor from its shape? My first thought was the Salmo which has a rock named after it just outside of the Kenai River Mouth. She was a 36 foot vessel built in 1910 that burned at the mouth of the Kasilof in 1925. The anchor would most likely be from 1910.

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