South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( X-Y-Z )

Y-B-2 (1973)     The barge Y-B-2 was lost by its towing vessel July 4, 1973 near Nunivak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 N 166 W   Chart 16006

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

YAKUTAT (1979)     The barge Yakutat drug anchor in the Kaliakh River, swamped and foundered west of Cape Yakataga and north of the Kaliakh River September 14, 1979.  Two men were washed overboard and lost.  A 15 year old girl held on to the wreckage all night and then swam to shore at daybreak.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

YAKUTAT EAGLE (1995)     The 48 foot steel crab fishing vessel Yakutat Eagle flooded and sank October 31, 1995 outside of Icy Bay in the Gulf of Alaska.  All three crewmembers were rescued by another fishing vessel.

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

Additional Information: ON 606028

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

 

YANKEE II (1926)     The 38 ton 83 foot gas screw Yankee II foundered at Cordova February 1, 1926.  The two crewmen made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 38 Gross 26 Net, Length 83.3, Breadth 12, Depth 4.5, Service freight, IHP 75, Built 1909 at Tacoma WA, Registered Seattle, ON 206418

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1926) “Vessels Lost” Pg 856, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1924) Pg 301

YENDUCER (1998)     The 32 foot gillnet salmon fishing vessel Yenducer burned from an engine room fire and was lost June 25, 1998 in Bristol Bay.  All three crewmembers made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 973480

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

 

YERMON (1988)     The 40 foot gillnet fishing vessel Yermon sank August 1, 1988 approximately 12 miles west of Ninilchik in Cook Inlet.  Both crewmembers were lost.  All that was found were two hats floating in the water.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

YOLANDA M (1995)     The 32 foot wooden salmon seiner Yalanda M collided with the fishing vessel Vortex and sank July 10, 1995 at Egegik.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 13 N 157 22 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON AK1136J

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

 

YONDERBOUND (1951)     The 11 ton 39 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Yonderbound was consumed by fire September 21, 1950 in Hobo Bay, Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 57 N 148 13 30 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 39.6, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4.2, Built New Bedford MA, Horsepower 70, Owner Resurrection Sea Foods, Registered Juneau, ON 256823

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 608, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 958

 

YP-73 (1945)     The 90 foot District patrol craft YP-73 ( ex Corsair) ran aground 1000 yards east of Spruce Cape signal station and sank January 15, 1945. The U S Coast Guard tender Bittersweet (WAG-389) rescued the survivors.

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Shipbuildinghistory.com (2013) “Patrol and Training Craft YP”

 

YP-94 (1945)     The 82 foot District patrol craft YP-94 (ex Western Chief) ran aground and was abandoned February 23, 1945 in Tugidak Passage.  The vessel was returning from delivering supplies to Chirikof Island.  All hands were rescued by the rescue tug ATR-68.  The YP-94 eventually broke in two and sank.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 33 N 154 22 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Shipbuildinghistory.com (2013) “Patrol and Training Craft YP”

 

YR-43 (1945)     The U S Navy diesel auxiliary floating workshop YR-43 broke loose from U S Army tug LT-373 March 28, 1945 and wrecked two and a half miles south of Zaikof Point on Montague Island.  All crewmembers were rescued by the rescue tug ATR-68, U S Coast Guard lighthouse tender Cedar (WGL-207) and U S Coast Guard tender Bramble.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 19 N 146 58 W   Chart 16700

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

YUKON (1913)     The 688 ton 205 foot iron steam ship Yukon stranded and was lost on Sanak Island at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday June 11, 1913.  The vessel departed Goodnews Bay June 10th bound for Seattle with 3 passengers and 42 crewmen.  The only cargo was 300# of electrical material worth $200.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Sanak Island, Point Petrof”  “Stranding”  “Thick fog”  “Light easterly wind, smooth sea”  “Proceeding at moderate speed using sounding machine frequently”  “U S Revenue Cutter Tahoma took off passengers and crew and conveyed them to Unalaska”  “total loss”

The Yukon had a value of $190,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo.  She was insured for $150,000.  No lives were lost in the disaster.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 29 40 N 162 49 45 W   Chart 16547

Additional Information: Tonnage 688, Length 205.4, Breadth 36, Depth 25, Service freight, H P 700, Built 1879 at Philadelphia PA, Registered Portland ME, ON 127271, SL KNMV, Master A McKay of Seattle, Owner Pacific Alaska Navigation Company of Tacoma WA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report August 11, 1913 by J D Ames, Secretary, Pacific Alaska Navigation Company

YUKON (1946)     The 5,746 ton 360 foot steel passenger steam ship Yukon stranded and was lost February 4, 1946 at Cape Fairfield.  There were 496 men and women aboard including 371 passengers when the disaster occurred.  Included in the passengers were 184 officers and enlisted men from Fort Richardson, 132 service men, 55 civilians and a crew of 125.  Eleven persons were lost including five civilians and six soldiers.  Included in the list of passengers lost were Ralph A. Fitzsimmons (45) manager of the Standard Oil Company branch at Anchorage, James Donovan of Arlington, Washington (his wife was rescued) and John R. Lintner of Indiana. Crew members lost included steward Warren J. Hines (42) of Juneau and cook Ray Smith of Kennydale, Washington. The rescue lasted for three days with seas reaching 40 feet.  The ship was broken up on the jagged rocks at Cape Fairfield. Crewmembers of the steamer were later accused of being drunk and looting the passenger’s effects during the rescue. Days after the disaster an engine room oiler from the Yukon was arrested in Seward when he attempted to sell a pair of earrings to a jeweler in that city. Unfortunately for the oiler, the jeweler recognized that he had custom made that set of earrings for one of the lady passengers of the Yukon. The oiler was promptly arrested. A Federal Grand Jury six weeks later dropped the charges against the oiler and he was released. Subsequent hearings and investigations revealed that there had been incidents of bad behavior during the disaster but the majority of the crew of the Yukon behaved in the best interest of the passengers, some to the point of heroics. The many military passengers were also praised by the civilian passengers for the numerous cases of assistance rendered.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 56 N 148 53 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 5,746 Gross 3,433 Net, Length 360, Breadth 50, Depth 19.9, Built 1899 at Philadelphia PA, Former Names Mexico and Colon, Service passenger, Horsepower 2,000, SL WCCZ, Owner Alaska Steamship Company, Registered Seattle, ON 92936

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 579, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 779, 3. Alaska Steam (1984) Pgs 100-102, 4. Seattle Times (February 8, 1946) “5 OF 11 LOST ON YUKON NAMED” Pg 14

 

YUKON (1964)     The 40 ton 52 foot wooden oil screw vessel Yukon 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 40 Gross 31 Net, Length 52.6, Breadth 15.2, Depth 7.5, Built 1924 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 190, SL WB9154, Owner James D Cuthbert, Registered Juneau, ON 223661

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 727

 

YUKON (1964)     The fishing vessel Yukon sank August 1, 1964 in Malina Bay near Kodiak.  The crew made it to shore in a raft.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

Z B 100F (1970)     The barge Z B 100F foundered while being towed by the tugs Mr Chuck and Arapahoe Scout in Bristol Bay.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ZEPHYR (1978)     The fishing vessel Zephyr burned December 1, 1978 at Old Harbor.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 12 15 N 153 18 W   Chart 16580

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

2 Replies to “South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( X-Y-Z )”

  1. Is there anything on the Alaska Steamship “Yukon” which went on the rocks out of Seward in approximately 1946? I remember being glued to the radio to hear of the grounding and rescues.

    1. That was an amazing three day rescue. Five civilians and six soldiers were lost but 469 people were rescued as the 360 foot steel hull broke up on Cape Fairfield. Seas were said to be as high as 40 feet. That was February 4, 1946. There is some information in the A to Z section of this site. I can email you some of the newspaper accounts if you would like.

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