South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( X-Y-Z )

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 : Southcentral 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


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 : Southcentral 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

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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