South Central Alaska Shipwrecks ( A )

A F L 1654 (1954)     The 1,007 ton 195 foot wooden barge A F L 1654 stranded and was lost on Montague Island May 2, 1954.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,007 Gross and Net, Built 1943, ON 250773

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 737

 

A M (1962)     The 7 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel A M burned November 14, 1962 at the mouth of the Kasilof River in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.7, Breadth 9.5, Depth 4.9, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Former Name T-4453 (U S A), Horsepower 110, SL WC9127, Owner Charles Simon Jr., Registered Juneau, ON 264845

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 16, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 730

 

A P A-S-5 (1958)     The 96 ton 72 foot steel scow A P A-S-5 foundered June 16, 1958 in Bristol Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 96 Gross and Net, Length 72, Breadth 24.5, Depth 5.9, Built 1947 at Bellingham WA, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered Juneau, ON 252110

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 13, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 800

 

A P S CO NO 10 (1964)     The 42 ton 60 foot wooden barge A P S Co No 10 burned November 1, 1964 at Sand Point.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 42 Gross and Net, Length 60.1, Breadth 20.1, Depth 4.5, Built 1944 at Seattle WA, Owner New England Fish Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 175997

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 18, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

A R 3 (1955)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel A R 3 was lost after a collision with the Alaskan Reefer August 11, 1955 one and one half miles off of Humpy Cove, Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 51 30 N 154 01 W   Chart 16590

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9, Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, Owner Alaska Reefer Fisheries, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 261866

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 12, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 742

 

A R 4 (1961)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel A R 4 was lost July 1, 1961 near Egegik.  The vessel became caught between a fish brailer and the oil screw Alaska Reefer and was lost near the Egegik River Buoy.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9, Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, Owner Alaska Reefer Fisheries, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 261667

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 16, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 902

 

A R 5 (1953)     The 8 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel A R 5 was consumed by fire July 20, 1953 near Red Bluff in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 04 N 157 29 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9, Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, Owner Alaska Reefer Fisheries, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 261868

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 35, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 747

 

A R B 8 (1944)     The 26 ton 49 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel A R B 8 burned September 7, 1944 at the mouth of the Dangerous River.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 20 55 N 139 18 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 21 Net, Length 49.1, Breadth 12.8, Depth 5.3, Built 1925 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 100, SL WOJA, Owner A R Brueger, Registered Wrangell, ON 225461

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 804, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 98

A R B 10 (1959)     The 39 ton 62 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel A R B 10 foundered May 31, 1959 at Lituya Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 39 Gross 35 Net, Length 62.8, Breadth 13.7, Depth 5.7, Built 1923 at Philadelphia PA, Former Name No. 3145 (U S N), Horsepower 165, SL WA2505, Owner A J Kelly, Registered Wrangell, ON 235887

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 19, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

A RIBICH (1964)     The 36 ton 52 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel A Ribich was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 in the small boat harbor at Kodiak.

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

Comment: Unofficial records call this vessel the Ribich owned by Oscar Bailey

Additional Information: Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Length 52.7, Breadth 15.3, Depth 6.8, Built 1917 at Gig Harbor WA, Former Name Homer, Horsepower 115, SL WA5838, Owner Reggie Gunderson, Registered Juneau, ON 214758

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 19, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 759

 

A S P NO 3 (1948)     The 40 ton wooden scow A S P No 3 stranded and was lost July 28, 1948 at Salamatof Beach north of Kenai.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 37 15 N 151 20 30 W   Chart 16660

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross and Net, Built 1944, ON 254863

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 909

A S P NO 4 (1949)     The 40 ton 60 foot wooden scow A S P No 4 foundered off Ninilchik August 11, 1949.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross and Net, Length 60, Breadth 18, Depth 4.4, Built 1944 at Alhambra CA, Former Names YFN-1141 (U S N) and BK-3586 (U S A), Owner Alaska Seldovia Packers, Home Port Juneau, ON 254864

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) Pg 35, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 925

 

A S P NO 5 (1949)     The 40 ton 59 foot wooden scow A S P No 5 foundered 75 miles east of Cape Saint Elias on March 28, 1949.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross and Net, Length 59.8, Breadth 18, Depth 4.4, Built 1944 at Los Angeles CA, Former Names YFN-1143 (U S N) and BK-3163 (U S A), Owner Alaska Seldovia Packers, Home Port Juneau, ON 255177

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) Pg 35, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 925

 

A S P NO 7 (1958)     The 28 ton 47 foot steel scow A S P No 7 foundered November 22, 1958 approximately 20 miles north of Seldovia in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross and Net, Length 47.6, Breadth 14, Depth 5.6, Built unknown, Owner Seldovia Bay Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 257302

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 14, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 800

 

A T B NO 41 (1960)     The 389 ton 119 foot steel scow A T B No 41 stranded and was lost September 2, 1960 at Ocean Cape Beach.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 389 Gross and Net, Length 119.8, Breadth 44, Depth 8.4, Built 1941 at Edmonds WA, Former Name BD-1067 (U S A), Owner American Tug Boat Company, Registered Seattle, ON 267913

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 16, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 860

 

ABBONDANZA (1988)     The 90 foot trawler Abbondanza sank October 1, 1988 off of Cape Chiniak.  No lives were lost in the disaster.

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

Comment: The Abbondanza collided with the 600 foot bulk carrier Weddell Sea February 22, 1988 in Unimak Pass, suffering a 15 foot dent in her starboard bow and the loss of her life raft.

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

ACTIVE  (1892)     On Wednesday, August 31, 1892, at 4 a.m., the 41 foot American schooner Active became a total loss in Marosco Bay, Cold Harbor.  She departed Sand Point July 9th on a hunting and fishing venture with her owner operator George Ball at the helm.  None of her eight crewmembers were lost, but the vessel, valued at $2,000, and a 20 ton fishing and hunting outfit, also valued at $2,000 were.  The stormy weather which produced a strong gale and rough seas, combined with the darkness of the hour are listed as the cause of the stranding.  The casualty was reported at the San Francisco Collection District on October 25th by George Ball.

Mapping and Location:  South Central Alaska   54 59 N 162 28 W   Chart 16540, 16549

Comment:  This is possibly Cold Bay which was called Morozovski Bay on early charts

Additional Information: Tonnage 14.3, Length 41.2, Breadth 15.5, Depth 4.2, Built Bolinas, CA 1862, Construction wood, Registration San Francisco, ON 1191, Insurance none.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report at San Francisco October 25, 1892, 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 330

ACUSHLA (1927)     The 10 ton 32 foot gas screw fishing vessel Acushla caught fire and became a total loss in Cook Inlet September of 1927.  The one person aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 9 Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 9, Depth 4.4, Built 1914 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 12, Owner J C Foord, Home Port Ketchikan, ON 212291

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 911, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 224-5

ADAK (1964)     The 13 ton 32 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Adak 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 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 32.1, Breadth 11.9, Depth 4.5, Built 1945 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 100, SL WC2074, Owner C W C Fisheries Inc., Registered Seattle, ON 176233

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 21, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

ADDINGTON (1972)     The 40 ton 54 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Addington foundered May 27, 1972 near Cape Uganik in the Shelikof Strait.  Skipper Melvin Torson of Kodiak, Leonard Niemi of Anchorage and John Cheplak of Kodiak were lost with the vessel.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 27 Net, Length 54, Breadth 14.9, Depth 8.1 Built 1927 at Seattle WA, ON 226224

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1635, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 23, 3. Anchorage Daily News (June 9, 1972) “Addington is located” Pg 2

 

ADMIRAL (1915)     In October of 1915 the motor fishing vessel Admiral was lost at Andreanofski according to The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) pg 258. The similarity to the previous mentioned wreck of 1905 warrants further research.

ADRIAN KLEIN  (1922)     On September 4, 1922 the gas schooner Adrian Klein was lost at the Okalee River.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 N 144 01 W   Chart 16723

Source: The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 330

ADRIANA (2005)     The 50 foot salmon seiner Adriana lost her reduction gear, drifted ashore and broke apart February 9, 2005 approximately 50 yards off of Cape Trinity on the south end of Kodiak Island.  The four men and one of two dogs that were on board were able to reach the beach with only minor injuries and mild hypothermia.  A second dog, Kodi, was lost attempting to make shore.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 44 50 N 154 08 30 W   Chart 16580

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. Kodiak Daily Mirror (February 10, 2005) “Waves took over the boat, F/V Adriana skipper said one dog was lost after skipper and crew swam for the beach”

 

ADVANTAGE (2012)     The 58 foot Cordova based crab and longline fishing vessel Advantage sank 14 miles southeast of Sitkalidak Island August 31, 2012 with four crewmembers aboard. The Advantage was hauling crab gear out to the fishing grounds when she capsized. One crewman was trapped in the vessel as she sank and the other three were able to crawl onto the vessel’s keel and later board her zodiac skiff. Their EPIRB alerted the U S Coast Guard who responded and picked the three survivors from the raft with an MH-60 Jayhawk. All were hypothermic and one of them died on the way to Kodiak of respiratory failure and saltwater aspiration. The two crewmen lost were Jaime Gallegos and Leif Bolan.

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

Additional Information: Length 48.9, Breadth 20.7, Depth 8.7, Built 1981, ON 639016

Sources: 1. 17th Coast Guard District Enforcement Report (Jun-Sep 2012), 2. ADN Alaska News (August 31, 2012) “Coast Guard rescues 3 fishermen, seeks 4th after sinking off Kodiak, 3. USCG Marine Information Exchange, 4. USCG MISLE Case # 611262

 

AFOGNAK (1949)     The 95 ton 76 foot wooden oil screw Afognak foundered September 15, 1949 on Palm Point, Controller Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 95 Gross 65 Net, Length 76.1, Breadth 20.2, Depth 10.2, Built 1889 at San Francisco, Service freight, Crew 2, Horsepower 300, SL KGNQ, Owner James V Cole, Home Port Juneau, ON 106623

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) Pg 7, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 925

 

AGATE (1951)     The 9 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Agate foundered July 12, 1951 in Cook Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.2, Breadth 9.8, Depth 4.5, Built 1947 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 92, Owner Arthur A Berg, Registered Seattle WA, ON 253061

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 8, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 955

 

AGRAM (1923)     On October 12, 1923 at 8:45 am the American wooden gas screw cannery tender Agram was washed ashore and became a total wreck on a beach between Chinik Bay and Amakdedori Native Village.  She had been anchored in 10 fathoms of water with her captain, A K Thompson of Tacoma and two other crewmen aboard with “a very high sea running together with worst wind and storm ever witnessed in Cook Inlet.”  The following are also excerpts from the accident report filed at Juneau on February 15, 1924:

“Wind, high seas, rain and sleet.  Constant sounding all night, anchored in 10 fathoms of water, line broke, put second anchor out (250#) also broke away and drifted on beach.”  “This storm seems to be the worst that any living natives in Alaska know anything about.  The native village of Amukadorey was entirely wiped out of existence, and the oldest residents say that nothing like this was ever heard of before, and that they think that there is not a gas boat in Alaska that would have withstood this storm.”

The vessel was valued at $8,000 at the time of the wreck, but only insured for $4,000.  There was no cargo.  H W McCurdy reports that “Her crew and passengers reached shore where they subsisted on clams and porcupines until a rescue vessel reached them.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 59 16 N 154 07 W   Chart 16648

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 18 Net, Built 1913, Registration Juneau, ON 211812, Owner Cook Inlet Packing Company, Last Port Seldovia October 11th 12:30 am, Destination Iniskine Bay.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report, 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 344.

AHALIQ (1977)     The 187 ton 100 foot steel oil screw tug/barge Ahaliq foundered in rough seas June 29, 1977 in Bristol Bay, 118 miles southwest of Dillingham.  She was carrying materials and equipment to build a sewage treatment plant for the village of Kwigillingok when she began taking on water.  Because of low freeboard, some of her deck cargo became buoyant in heavy weather and caused damage to the deck allowing water to flood her tanks. The vessel’s captain, David Summerfield Moon (43) of Seattle, was lost with the ship.  Four other crewmen boarded a lifeboat with a stray Border Collie they had picked up in Homer named Tippy and were rescued four days later. Their raft was spotted by a U S Coast Guard C-130 and crewmembers Daniel Adams, Tim Jenkins, Raymond Sharp and Gary Sherman were picked up by the Coast Guard cutter Boutwell.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 187 Gross 157 Net, Length 99.9, Breadth 31.9, Depth 5, Built 1944 at Philadelphia PA, Former Names LCT 1451, LCU1451 and LCT 6 1451 (U S N), Horsepower 750, ON 563189

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) Pg 48, 3. BOEM Alaska Wreck List (2011), 4. Seattle Daily Times (July 5, 1977) “Memorial on ferry run for Capt. David Moon” Pg 60, 5. Fairbanks Daily News Miner (June 30, 1977) “Four Crew Members Found on Raft” Pg 6, 6. U S Coast Guard Investigation notes

 

AHRNKLIM (1922)     On Thursday September 14, 1922 at 5:30 p.m. the 64 ton wooden gas screw Ahrnklim lost power while heading out of the Acqua (?) River and stranded in bad weather becoming a total loss.  The accident occurred about one half mile west of the river entrance during a strong easterly wind.  Not only was the vessel, valued at $8,000 lost, but her cargo of 13,800 pounds of salmon, valued at $200 was lost as well.  The captain, a Mr. Megeard of Arlington, Washington tried to head the vessel clear of the beach but had lost steerage along with the engines.  An accident report was filed on November 22, 1922 at Collection District 30, Seattle, Washington, by F. Svensson for Libby McNeill and Libby, the owners.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 17 N 130 03 W   Chart 16760

Comments : There is no Acqua or Aqua River, but there is an Akwe River, approximate to the vessel’s destination, which is where I have mapped this wreck site. This vessel is often spelled Ahrnklin or Ahrnklint but is registered as Ahrnklim. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 64 Gross 33 Net, Length 66, Breadth 19.5, Depth 5.2, Built 1910 Seattle WA, Registration Seattle, O.N. 207391, Destination Yakutat, Crew 4, Vessel insurance $8,000, Cargo insurance none.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 447, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1922) Pg 186

AKHIOK (1964)     The 12 ton 31 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Akhiok was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Kaguyak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 51 40 N 153 46 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 31, Breadth 11.5, Depth 5.3, Built 1940 at Anacortes WA, Horsepower 100, SL WA2090, Owner Kadiak Fisheries Company, Registered Juneau, ON 239442

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 25, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

AKUTAN (1968)     The oil screw Akutan stranded and was lost March 23, 1968 at Kodiak.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ALASCO (1952)     The 22 ton 44 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Alasco foundered June 27, 1952 near Cordova.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Length 44, Breadth 14, Depth 5.4, Built 1912 at Seattle WA, Former Name Sirius, Horsepower 140, Owner Roy P Harrow, Registered Aberdeen WA, ON 209742

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 11, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

ALASCO 2 (1972)     The 17 ton 43 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Alasco 2 foundered April 6, 1972 at David Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 02 N 156 30 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 5 Net, Length 43, Breadth 12.7, Depth 5.1, Built 1918 at Sausalito CA, SL WA2112, ON 216028

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 28, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1635

 

ALASKA (1928)     On February 19, 1928 at 4:30 a.m. the American wood halibut schooner Alaska became disoriented in the fog and stranded on a reef between Kaguyak and the Geese Islands on the south end of Kodiak Island. The vessel became a total loss.  She had left her home port of Ketchikan on February 13 bound for sea fisheries with 10 crewmen and no cargo, except for $200 worth of bait and ice.  Her Master, Conrad Patterson of Seattle, along with the other 9 crew aboard made it to safety.  The vessel, valued at $28,000, was lost.  A wreck report was filed at Collection District 31 Port of Ketchikan by the vessel’s Master on May 7, 1928

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 45 N 153 45 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 67 Gross 54 Net, Power Diesel, Built 1913 Seattle, ON 211016

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALASKA CONSTRUCTOR (1988)     The 113 foot supply barge Alaska Constructor was consumed by fire November 2, 1988 off of Trading Bay in Upper Cook Inlet. A tank truck containing 3,000 gallons of gasoline caught fire on the deck of the barge and exploded.  Lost were captain Stan Hanson (36) of Homer, engineer Bruce Babcock (34) of Anchor Point and Carl Anderson (58) fuel truck driver of Anchorage. First mate Stephen Hobbs survived by lowering himself by rope from the burning vessel and wading to shore. The Alaska Constructor was later towed to deeper water where it was sunk by a demolition team.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 55 N 151 35 W   Chart 16660

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ALASKA DAWN (1996)     The 90 foot fishing vessel Alaska Dawn grounded and became a total loss October 5, 1996 on the north end of Andronica Island.  The Alaska Dawn had arrived at Sand Point from the Bering Sea the afternoon of October 4, 1996. After taking fuel, water and having dinner, the crew departed the area around midnight. The captain took the first watch with a destination of Mitrofania Bay. Two hours later he slept through the bridge alarm and the vessel grounded on the north side of Andronica Island. Good Samaritan vessels Vardal and Exodus responded to the distressed vessel. The water level in the Alaska Dawn was a foot from the ceiling of the engine room when the crew abandoned ship. All four crewmembers of the Alaska Dawn were transported by the Vardal’s skiff to the Exodus and subsequently back to Sand Point. 7,000 gallons of fuel was removed from the Alaska Dawn before she was eventually scuttled.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 N 160 05 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 978517, Call Sign WBB6295

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. USCG MISLE Case #76631

 

ALASKA MARINER (1980)     The 86 foot power scow fishing vessel Alaska Mariner caught fire and sank November 3, 1980 near Sitkalidak Island.  The crew was rescued by the fishing vessel Pacific Lady and a U S Coast Guard helicopter.

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

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

 

ALASKA PRIDE (1993)     See ALASKAN PRIDE (1993)

 

ALASKA ROUGHNECK (1979)     The 130 foot steel landing craft Alaska Roughneck foundered after running aground February 28, 1979 near King Cove.  Lost were skipper Eugene Love and Dan Buarnard of Western Washington.  Crewmen Bruce Campbell and Don Rude were picked up by the fishing vessel Seven Seas, transported to Cold Bay and airlifted by commercial jet to the hospital in Anchorage. The Alaska Roughneck was being chartered by Deep Sea Inc. of Seattle.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 03 20 N 162 19 W   Chart 16540

Additional Information: Tonnage 198 Gross 135 Net, Length 113.5, Breadth 34, Depth 8, Built 1944 Houston TX, ON 288328, Former Name LSM 116 USN, SL WT3536, 1,000 HP, Owner Foss Launch and Tug Co.

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. Seattle Daily Times (March 4, 1979) “2 missing crewmen from Alaska ship identified” Pg 16, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pgs 64 & 1854, 4. The Seattle Times (March 2, 1979) “2 Rescued 2 Missing as Boat Sinks” Pg E10

 

ALASKA ROUSTABOUT (1962)     The 119 ton 100 foot steel oil screw tug Alaska Roustabout foundered September 28, 1962 in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 119 Gross 99 Net, Length 99.9, Breadth 31.9, Depth 5, Built 1944 at Vallejo CA, Service towing, Former Name YFU-40 (U S N), Horsepower 495, SL WS9003, Owner Foss Launch & Tug Company, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 287855

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 26, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 963

 

ALASKAN PRIDE (1993)     The 120 foot steel oil screw crab fishing vessel Alaskan Pride flooded and sank February 7, 1993 90 miles northwest of Cape Sarichef, Unimak Island. All seven crewmembers were rescued by the F/V Brittany and transported to Dutch Harbor.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 54 35 50 N 164 55 30 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 461 Gross 389 Net, Length 111.5, Breadth 32, Depth 10.3, Built 1975 at Dakota Creek Bellingham WA, Former Name Aleut Pride, ON 566399

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Aleut Pride” Pg 68, 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ALASKAN WARRIOR (1982)     The 52 foot fishing vessel Alaskan Warrior sank September 11, 1982 off of Dangerous Cape near Kodiak.  The five on board were picked up by the vessels Miss Brenda and Abby Jo.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 17 N 152 42 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

ALBATROSS (1892)     At 6:30 on the morning of August 20, 1892, while trying to enter Lituya Bay in bad weather, the wood schooner Albatross went on the rocks and broke up.  She was carrying two crew and five tons of provisions and stores (valued at $800) bound for Lituya Bay.  According to the wreck report filed at Sitka on October 15, 1892 by her master and owner, Eric Anland of Juneau, “very strong ebb tide and failure of wind at critical time…fine breeze and fine weather…good daylight but this being a difficult harbor to make and the wind dying out at the time, we had to choose between the beach or drifting in the breakers.”

“Crew walked to Yakutat and was taken to Sitka by mail steamer Salmo.”

The vessel left Juneau on August 13, 1892 and wrecked inside Harbor Point, Lituya Bay.  The damage to the vessel (valued at $800) is reported as total, but the damage to the cargo is listed as only $100 of the $800 worth on board.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 37 N 137 39 W   Chart 16762

Additional Information: Tonnage 7.22 Gross 6.8 Net, Length 31.1, Breadth 11, Depth 3.4, Built 1884 Seattle, Registration Juneau, ON 106317

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALBATROSS (1964)     The 73 ton 60 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Albatross 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 73 Gross 50 Net, Length 60.7, Breadth 17.7, Depth 9.7, Built 1910 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 100, SL WA2129, Owner Harvey A Harbaugh, Registered Seattle, ON 208274

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 27

 

ALBERT WALTER (1893)     On Saturday September 23, 1893 the American wood schooner Albert Walter of 44 tons burden left Kodiak, Alaska bound for Lange Island, but at 5:00 p.m. “missed stays and drifted on the rocks”, at “NNE point several miles from Kodiak.”  In the wreck report filed by the co-owner, Julius Christiansen, remarks as follows:

“At 5:00 p.m. wind became light, vessel missed staid, striking the rocks and carrying away rudder and centerboard.  Lowered the anchors and run out kedge.  Heavy swells.  At 8:00 p.m. vessel was unsafe to remain by and all hands left her.”

The vessel’s value was listed as $4,400 with no cargo and 8 tons ballast.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 50 N 152 20 W   Chart 16580

Comment: Lange Island mentioned is probably Long Island just northeast of Kodiak. WG

Additional Information: Vessel rebuilt in 1883, Registration San Francisco March 25, 1891, ON 94, Master Charles Avery of Kodiak, Owners Julius & Lawrence Christiansen, Crew 5, Loss total, Insurance $4,000.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALDEN (1938)     On Monday October 24, 1938 during a 60 mile an hour gale eight miles west of Dry Bay, Alaska and eight miles offshore, the clutch of the wooden oil screw Alden became disabled and the vessel became adrift with her master, Tom Thompson of Seattle and seven other crew aboard.  They had left Thumb Bay on October 21, and were traveling south for Seattle with the gas screw Christine when the incident occurred.  The following are remarks from the wreck report filed by Tom Thompson on October 25, 1938:

“After clutch became disabled, batteries tipped over and it was impossible to get steerage way; Christine unable to tow vessel Alden in weather prevailing.”

“60 mile gale, heavy choppy sea, breakers washing over vessel, disabled in trough of sea.”

“…Christine took off crew; when last seen Alden was drifting toward beach.”

The report indicates that there was no cargo aboard, but the vessel herself, worth $15,000, was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 07 N 139 W   Chart 16760

Additional Information: Tonnage 47 Gross 36 Net, Built 1926, Registration Cordova, ON 225644, Owner Alden Boat Co. Latouche, Alaska.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALECTO (1922)     At 2:00 a.m. on September 29, 1922 on a trip from Juneau to Seldovia, the diesel screw launch Alecto experienced engine trouble due to water in her fuel tank and stranded ¼ mile west of Ocean Cape Light near Yakutat.  The one person aboard made it to safety, but the cargo of three tons of merchandise and oil (valued at $450) was a total loss.  The vessel herself (valued at $1,100) was only a $625 loss as the engine was salvaged after the stranding and breakup.  The following are remarks from the wreck report filed November 11, 1922 at Seldovia by her master and owner:

“Ocean Cape near Yakutat, Alaska about 1:30 a.m. oil in tank I was running on gave out.  I turned on oil from another tank but engine quit running…too much water in tank…boat drifted about fifteen minutes then I put anchor over with 12 fathoms of line and on bottom vessel drifted about fifteen minutes more while I was below decks trying to get water out of tank so as to start engine.  When brought up on her anchor, line parted and vessel went ashore stern first at nearly low tide.  Three days later on October 2 engine was saved after vessel pounded over rocks for about 1/8 of a mile, by help of Billy Gray and some natives of Yakutat.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 33 N 139 50 W   Chart 16760

Additional Information: Vessel Construction wood sloop, Tonnage 8.92 Gross 6 Net, Age 29 years, Registration Juneau, ON 197137, Owner T.O. Perry of Seldovia, Master same, Last sailing Juneau September 24, 1922.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALERT (1985)     The 94 foot steel fishing vessel Alert disappeared with all hands February 14, 1985 near Bumble Bay in the Shelikof Strait.  The vessel was mid-water trawling for Pollack in the Shelikof Strait with several other vessels when the wind and tide direction shifted simultaneously causing a rapid increase in wind and wave height accompanied by a substantial decrease in temperature.  The Alert was last seen making heavy ice and was reported heading toward Bumble Bay on the southwest side of Kodiak Island.  All that was found during an intense search in the days that followed was a slight oil slick in the area where the Alert was last reported.  Lost with the Alert were her skipper and owner Mel Wick (42) of Kodiak, Sean T Heaney (25) of Kodiak, Ray Basel (42) of Kodiak, Paul Rowe (18) of Ballard and Svernin Ben-Adalsteinson (42) of Edmonds.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 16 30 N 154 41 30 W   Chart 16580

Comment: The Alert underwent a trawl conversion at Marco in 1981 or 1982. WG

Additional Information: 129 Gross 87 Net, Length 70.5, Breadth 22.3, Depth 11.5, Built 1978 at Fort George Island FL, ON 590992, SL WYB9543, 520 HP, Owner Melvin J. Wick

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. Personal Experience (WG), 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 68, 4. USCG Maritime Information Exchange (2016)

 

ALEUTIAN (1929)     At 5:29 a.m. May 26, 1929 the American Steamship Aleutian struck a rock in mid channel off of the south end of Amook Island in Uyak Bay and sank.  Crewman M. Borras was said to have gone below deck to retrieve his good luck horseshoe and was lost.  The vessel (valued at one million dollars) was a total loss, as was her cargo of 115 tons of general merchandise and three cars of copper ore.  The 39 passengers and remaining 114 crewmen were rescued.  The following are statements from the wreck report filed July 29, 1929 at Collection District 10, New York, by the Mechanical Superintendent of the Alaska Steamship Company, the owners:

“Struck rock in mid channel off south end of Amook Island, Uyak Bay, and sank.”

“Small gas boat took a few of the passengers to Larson Bay where cannery tender was employed to go back to scene of wreck and take all others to Larson Bay.”

“Vessel struck rock…going about 14 knots.  Filled very rapidly and sank in between seven and ten minutes.  Everybody was taken off with the exception of one member of crew who went back to his room and was never seen again.”

USS Surveyer came to Larson Bay and took all survivors to Seward, Alaska.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 25 30 N 153 50 30 W   Chart 16580

Comments: This wreck has recently been located and dive tours are being offered.

Additional Information: Tonnage 5708 Gross 3510 Net, Built 1898, Registration New York, ON 96435, Master J G Nord of Seattle, Last Port Zachar Bay, Destination Uyak Bay.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report (July 29, 1929) by E M Mulcahy, Mechanical Supt. Alaska S.S. Company, 2. Alaska Steam Pgs 77-78

ALEUTIAN (1957)     The 57 ton 62 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Aleutian was destroyed by a storm July 16, 1957 on Chiniak Rock, Kodiak.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 37 35 N 152 09 W   Chart 16580

Comment: I have charted Chiniak Rock at Chiniak Island near Cape Chiniak, Kodiak.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 57 Gross 38 Net, Length 62.6, Breadth 16.6, Depth 7.7, Built 1926 at Tacoma WA, Former Name Mt. Baker, Horsepower 150, SL WA2171, Owner Parks Canning Company, Registered Seattle, ON 225562

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 31, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163

 

ALEUTIAN (2000)     The 31 foot fiberglass salmon fishing vessel Aleutian took on water from a leaking shaft packing, grounded and was lost June 15, 2000 at the mouth of the Naknek River.  All four crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Sockeye.

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

Additional Information: ON 619962

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

 

ALEUTIAN I (1960)     The 12 ton 29 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Aleutian I collided with an unidentified object and sank April 10, 1960 in King Cove.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Comment: This could be either the King Cove near Cold Bay on the Alaska Peninsula or the King Cove on Afognak Island north of Kodiak.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 11 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 11.5, Depth 5.3, Built 1953 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Herbert N Fiske, Registered Seattle, ON 265327

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 25, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 860

 

ALEUTIAN REEFER (1967)     The 125 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Aleutian Reefer burned at Homer March 29, 1967.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 252 Gross 128 Net, Length 125.5, Breadth 24.4, Depth 11.4, Built 1943 Benton Harbor MI, Former Names YMS-163 (U S Navy minesweeper) and Michelle Eve, SL WC3524, ON 257597

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1253, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pgs 31, 834

 

ALEXANDER (1906)     On August 18, 1906 the steam whaling bark Alexander was wrecked at Chugak while bound for a whaling voyage.  She was built in New York in 1855 as the Astoria and previously operated under Russian ownership in the North Pacific prior to the purchase of Alaska by the United States.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 40 N 152 30 W

Comment: Safeguard the Gateways maps this wreck at Shuyak Island which is where I have mapped it.

Additional Information: Tonnage 294, Owner Liebes and Co.

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pgs 128-9, 2. Safeguard the Gateways of Alaska (1918)

ALEXANDER (1925)     On the night of December 1, 1925 during a severe storm at Seldovia, the vessel Alexander drug anchor and became a total loss.  The master and owner, J R Smith of Seldovia and one other crewman aboard escaped unharmed.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 26 N 151 42 W

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross, Age 15 years, Registration Seattle, ON 204301, Vessel value $1,000, Cargo none.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed at Seattle by H W Achison on October 21, 1926

ALEXANDRA (1897)     At 1:00 p.m. on December 22, 1897 during a stormy NW gale the American wood schooner Alexandra drug anchor and became a total loss.  The casualty occurred at Goose Island (one of the Geese Islands at the SW end of Kodiak Island) where the vessel had been out of commission for two years.  The three crewmembers responsible for the vessel escaped without injury.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 42 N 154 07 W

Comments: H W McCurdy has this wreck listed the same day the same place one year later with 10 men lost.  Goose Island is more commonly called Aiaktalik Island.

Additional Information: Tonnage 7.66, Registration Kodiak, ON 106422, Owner and Master A C Brown of Kodiak, Value $800, Length 35.6, Breadth 11.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1886 at Kodiak.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 41

ALEXANDRIA C (1999)     The 56 foot salmon fishing vessel Alexandria C was consumed by an engine room fire and lost September 19, 1999 at Old Harbor.  The vessel had just arrived from fishing off the south end of Kodiak and tied to other vessels on the pier when smoke was detected coming from the engine room. Upon examination by Ken Christiansen, a crewmember, a fire appeared to be located on or below the port engine. The Alexandria C was quickly towed by skiff away from the other vessels and beached while attempts were made to extinguish the blaze. She burned to the waterline and became a total loss.

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

Additional Information: Length 56.0, Tonnage 39 Gross 31 Net, ON 940320

Sources: 1. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 928574

 

ALF AND JIM (1961)     The 12 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Alf and Jim was destroyed by fire September 12, 1961 at Port Wakefield.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 03 N 153 03 10 W   Chart 16594

Comment: There was a reduction and saltery plant named Port Wakefield reported in 1952 by the USGS on the east coast of Raspberry Island at the above coordinates. It was later moved to the west side of Kizhuyak Bay after being partially destroyed by the earthquake and title wave of March 1964.

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 34.6, Breadth 12.3, Depth 3.5, Built 1943 at New Bedford MA, Former Name C-16541 (U S N), Horsepower 110, SL WH9902, Owner Alfred Anderson, Registered Juneau, ON 257970

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 28, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 963, 3. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1971) “Port Wakefield” Pg 773

 

ALFA (1907)     The 5 ton 30 foot sloop Alfa stranded and was lost at Ugashik November 28, 1907.  The two persons aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 5, Length 30.2, Breadth 10.5, Depth 2.7, Built 1897 at Northland WA, Registered Sand Point, ON 107290

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 7, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1909) Pg 388

ALFE (1929)     At about 1:00 a.m. on March 6, 1929 the gas screw Alfe (or Alf E) broke her moorings at Steve Gee anchorage in Yakutat Bay and was a total wreck when found the following morning.  J Frank Wright of Anacortes, Washington, who filed the wreck report in Seattle on October 21 of the same year, says the vessel was scheduled to sail the day of March 6th with Jens Hansen as master and four other crew, bound for Dry Bay.  The casualty is reported to have happened at Point Carrew, Yakutat Bay completely destroying the $3,000 vessel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 33 30 N 139 50 15 W

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Age 11 years, Registration Seattle, ON 216439, Insurance $2,000, Cargo none.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALICE (1894)     At 3:00 a.m. on July 10, 1894 the wooden schooner rigged vessel Alice parted her hawser in a heavy south westerly sea and drifted ashore at Anchor Point.  The master and crew of the schooner Ettie assisted the three crew of the Alice, but she became a total loss none the less.  She had departed Sitka, with her master John D Boland of Seattle at the helm, on June 13th bound for Cook Inlet with a stop at Kodiak.  No lives were lost but the vessel, valued at $1,200, was.  There was no cargo on board at the time.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 13.2, Built 1888 Seattle, Registration Sitka, ON 106576, Owner George W Torrey, Length 34.5, Breadth 13.3, Depth 4.9

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALICE (1936)     On July 7, 1936 the 31 ton fishing steamer Alice burned while on the ways at Bristol Bay and became a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska

Additional Information: Built 1909, ON 209224

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1937) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 526, 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 449

ALICE (1940)     The 23 ton wooden gas screw fishing vessel Alice was destroyed by fire at Saint Ivan Harbor in Pavlof Bay July 4, 1940.  The six crewmen made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 N 161 38 W   Chart 16551

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 15 Net, Built 1912 at Tacoma WA, Service Freight, Registered Cordova

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 539, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 84

ALICE B (1929)     In March of 1929 the halibut schooner Alice B was driven ashore at West Bay and lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 54 N 146 47 W

Comment: The only West Bay listed in the Dictionary of Alaska Place Names is West Bay Cove, which is where I have mapped this wreck. WG

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 403 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) Pg 1034

ALICE COOK (1931)     At 1:00 in the morning on Tuesday November 17, 1931 the American wood schooner Alice Cook caught fire outside Johnstone Point in Prince William Sound and became a total loss. The vessel with her crew of nine men was on a fishing trip, and was reported to be travelling from Sawmill Bay to Cordova when fire broke out.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed at Cordova on November 18 by her master, P Kruse of Seattle:

“Fire…thought to have been caused by short in electrical system.”

“Investigated at once and found fire too far advanced to be able to check.  Unable to get to pumps.  Tender Francis came along side to assist with pumps to no avail.  Vessel was then beached and crew taken aboard Francis and brought to Cordova, Alaska.”

“Tender and crews stood by wreck until they had made sure that the hulk would not drift out to sea and thereby becoming a menace to navigation.  Two anchors now holding remaining portion to the beach.”

The vessel valued at $10,000 and her 250 ton cargo of fishing gear, salt fish, salt, and supplies, valued at $12,000 were both a total loss.

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

Comments: H W McCurdy mentions this wreck happening in Cook Inlet while the vessel was being used as a fish saltery. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 782 Gross722 Net, Age 40 years, Registration Cordova, ON 106899, Owner Kalgin Packing Co of Cordova, Vessel Insurance $5,000, Cargo Insurance $12,000

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 412

ALICE KAY (1986)     The 36 foot vessel Alice Kay burned and sank July 19, 1986 off of Cape Unalishagvak.  All persons on board were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 32 45 N 155 43 40 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

ALICE M (1904)     During December of 1904, while on a trip from Juneau to Kayak, the wood schooner Alice M ran on a sand bar in the dark of the night during a southeast gale and was lost.  Her master, D E Wallace of Juneau, was attempting to run behind Kanuck Island for safety when the casualty occurred.  The three passengers and three crewmen escaped to safety, but the vessel, valued at $350, and the 11 tons of merchandise aboard, valued at about $1,000, were lost.  After the persons aboard had reached safety,”the tide took the boat to sea and it sunk.”

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

Comment: There is no Kanuck Island but Kanak Island in Controller Bay fits the location given in the wreck report as approximate to Kayak, and is reasonably good anchorage during a southeasterly gale. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 13, Built 1892 in Port Angeles Washington, Registration Juneau, ON 106992, Owners William Crocker and John Davidson of Kayak, Length 45.3, Breadth 12.5, Depth 4.4

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) Pgs 492&504

ALICE M (1996)     The 29 foot salmon gillnet fishing vessel Alice M burned and sank August 7, 1996 in Nushagak Bay.  The one person on board made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: ON 647238

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

 

ALICE T (1952)     The 131 ton 107 foot wooden oil screw vessel Alice T stranded and was lost August 5, 1952 on the northwest corner of Perl Island in Chugach Passage.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 07 N 151 40 W   Charts 16640, 16647

Additional Information: Tonnage 131 Gross 82 Net, Length 107.5, Breadth 17.9, Depth 9.3, Built 1913 at Leesburg NJ, Service freight, Crew 6, Horsepower 1,000, SL WA4540, Owner Seldovia Bay Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 252235

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 17, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 744

 

ALLEN A (1919)     On the morning of April 3, 1919, while moored at Baranoff, Unga Island, the three masted schooner Allen A broke her lines during a hurricane and was thrown 30 feet up on the beach, becoming a constructive total loss.  What cargo was aboard was discharged except for salt which accounted for an additional $900 loss.  The schooner at the time was valued at $20,000 according to A Greenbaum of Alaska Codfish Company, the managing owner, who filed the accident report at San Francisco on June 17.

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

Comments: According to H W McCurdy, the Allen A “…was sold following her stranding in Alaskan waters and rebuilt by Liebes & Company of San Francisco as the whaling and fur trading vessel Fox.”

Additional Information: Tonnage 342 Gross 266 Net, Age 31 years, Registration San Francisco, ON 106521, Master Louis Hanson of San Francisco, Last sailing November 2, 1918 from San Francisco, Crew 9.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest

ALLIANCE (1985)     The 63 foot fishing tender Alliance exploded and sank July 12, 1985 near Axel Lind Island in Prince William Sound.  The Alliance was refueling the fishing vessel Dawn L which also exploded and sank.  The seven persons aboard the two vessels all survived.  The Alliance was later salvaged.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 47 30 N 147 43 30 W   Chart 16700

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

 

ALLIANCE (2005)     The 93 foot fish tender Alliance struck a rock and sank in 50 fathoms of water at 1:40 a.m. August 26, 2005 at Cape Resurrection on the north side of Barwell Island.  There were six persons on board including four adults and two children.  The vessel was loaded with 244,000 pounds of king salmon from Prince William Sound.  All six aboard abandoned ship to a skiff and were picked up by the Good Samaritan Vessel Black Velvet.  They were transferred to a U S Coast Guard Auxiliary vessel and transported to safety.  The disaster was attributed to the skipper sleeping at the wheel.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 51 35 N 149 16 45 W   Chart 16680

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (August 26, 2005) “Coast Guard Auxiliary and Good Samaritan assist Alliance”, 2. Anchorage Daily News (August 31, 2005) “Salmon laden crab boat smashes into cliff, sinks”

 

ALMA (1964)     The 118 ton 87 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Alma was destroyed by fire March 1, 1964 about 20 miles southeast of Long Island in Chiniak Bay.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 118 Gross 80 Net, Length 87.2, Breadth 19, Depth 8.9, Built 1914 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 220, SL WA2265, Owner Lloyd N Whaley, Registered Ketchikan, ON 212209

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 32, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

ALMEDA (1964)     The 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Almeda was destroyed by the earthquake tidal wave of March 27, 1964 at Seward.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 06 30 N 149 26 30 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 34.5, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.2, Built 1945 at Olympia WA, 150 HP, SL WK8492, ON 248796

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1253, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 35

 

ALMIGHTY (1991)     The 144 ton 85 foot trawler Almighty struck a submerged object and sank May 28, 1991 approximately two miles off shore from Right Hand Point and seven miles north of Round Island in Bristol Bay.  All five crewmembers were rescued by a nearby fishing vessel.  The U S Coast Guard and U S Army Corps of Engineers attempted to mitigate the damage to the walrus sanctuary and herring hatchery close by.  The vessel was eventually salvaged.  Evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 46 10 N 159 54 W   Chart 16006

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

 

ALOHA (1901)     The steamer Aloha became a total loss at the S.E. tip of Hinchinbrook Island In 1901.  The vessel was 445 Gross tons, 216 Net tons and valued at $50,000.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 13 N 146 40 W

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

ALPHA (1889)     At 6:00 pm on August 31, 1889 the wood schooner Alpha lost her bulwarks and stanchions five miles east of Cape Fairweather in a 70 mile an hour wind and was beached at Yakutat.  She had departed Yakutat on the 17th of August and was bound for Sitka with nine passengers and five crewmen and a cargo of furs and seal skins.  The damage to the vessel, valued at $1,500, was said to be $600, and the damage to the two tons of cargo, valued at $1,400, was reported to be $300.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed on September 17, 1889 by her master, Charles Hamill of Providence, R.I.:

“5 miles east of Cape Fairweather….loss of bulwarks and stanchions….on port side by heavy sea, also some ropes and canoe.”

“Wind 70 miles per hour, heavy rain, and dark cloudy weather.  Vessel hove to on port tack under a close reefed mainsail, wind S.E. with a heavy confused sea.”

“Schooner shipping considerable water, gale lasting from August 31 at 6 a.m. until August 31 at 6 p.m.  Put back to Yakatut and remained until September 5 when Revenue Cutter Rush took our passengers and crew, and Captain Shepard took a look at the schooner and we concluded to beach her., as it would be impossible to tow her to Sitka.  Put all of the cargo on board the Rush.”

According to Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore, “On September 5, 1890, the Active left Sitka with new sails and rigging for the Alpha.  The Active encountered a gale and went ashore and returned to Sitka without ever reaching the Alpha.”

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 26.28, Built 1867 at Westport Oregon, Registration Sitka, ON 105761, Owner Jeff J Kuchun of Sitka, Length 52.6, Breadth 18.4, Depth 4.6.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992) Pg 17

ALPHA (1919)     It was reported on June 30, 1919 by O W Anderson, cashier for Alaska Seafood Company that the American gas screw Alpha foundered at the point north of the Alaska Seafood Cannery of Cordova in a severe storm in the spring of 1919.  The following is an excerpt from the wreck report:

“This vessel is now owned and operated by the Alaska Sea Food Co., who took over the assets of the Old Alaska Sea Food Company and in its wrecked condition was among the other assets.  This boat has been in a wrecked condition since the spring of 1917, until the spring of 1919, when it was overhauled and made seaworthy again.  According to all information available, this boat was anchored and no one on it at the time it was wrecked.”

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Built 1911, Registration Cordova and Juneau, ON 209042, Master Wm Fogelstedt of Cordova, Vessel Value $3,000, Vessel Damage $1,500

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALSKA (1999)     The 63 foot steel long line cod fishing vessel Alska capsized in severe weather and sank March 12, 1999 in Hallo Bay on the Alaska Peninsula west of Kodiak Island.  A U S Coast Guard Helicopter was able to rescue three of the crewmembers.  A fourth was taken aboard the fishing vessel T-Mike.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 27 N 153 57 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: ON 553667

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

 

ALTA (1907)     On November 28, 1907 the wood sloop Alta was forced ashore by ice at Smoky Point in the entrance to Ugashik Bay.  The following is a recollection by her master and owner, A Grosvold of Sand Point, found in the accident report filed June 27, 1908:

“…left by master to an anchor in lagoon at Ugashik.  During the night a pack of ice came down and screwed her up on the beach and crushed her cabin in, and there was no show to get anything out of her before this spring.  Now there is nothing left of her.  Her documents were aboard and certificate was lost along with the vessel.”

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 36 45 N 157 41 15 W

Additional Information: Tonnage 5.5, Age 11 years, Registration Juneau, ON 107290, Vessel value $650, Cargo ballast.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ALTON (1898)     On May 27, 1898 the 84 ton schooner Alton was lost in a gale near the mouth of Cook Inlet.  She was leaving Cook Inlet bound for Tacoma with a crew of five.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 59 05 N 152 10 W

Comment: This vessel was found in June of 1898.  WG

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992) Pg 21, 2. Tacoma News (July 1, 1898) “Schooner Alton Libeled”

AMBITION (1996)     The 83 foot steel fishing vessel Ambition departed Dutch Harbor February 5, 1996 for a Cod opening in the Bering Sea but was forced to lay up in Akutan Bay for weather. On February 7, 1996 the Ambition and Lone Star departed Akutan for the fishing grounds. While transiting Unimak Pass near Akun Island February 7, 1996, the trawler Ambition experienced a starboard roll, began to settle by the stern and did not recover.  The five crewmembers donned survival suits and abandoned ship after issuing a May-Day. They were rescued by the fishing vessel Lone Star and transported to Dutch Harbor. It was less than ten minutes from the time a problem became evident until the vessel sunk. The Ambition had required U S Coast Guard rescue two other times during the past year.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska 54 20 N 164 50 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 618713, Call Sign WCJ2196

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. USCG MISLE # 875341

 

AMERICAN STAR (2000)     The 154 foot steel crab fishing vessel American Star experienced an intense engine room fire February 11, 2000 and the crew was forced to abandon ship. All five crewmembers and a dog were airlifted to safety by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter from the Coast Guard cutter Mellon. The vessel eventually drifted ashore and stranded two miles east of Cape Lazaref on Unimak Island and became a total loss. The fire damaged the engine room and destroyed the pilot house.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 37 N 163 35 10 W   16006

Comment: Many months later the salvage vessel Redeemer was enlisted to tow the hulk of the American Star out to sea where she was cut up and sunk in deep water.

Additional Information: Tonnage 442 Gross 150 Net, Length 139.1, Breadth 32, Depth 16, Built 1989, ON 959935, SL WAQ7428

Sources: 1. USCCMIX (2016), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

AMERICAN WAY (2009)     The 38 foot fishing vessel American Way lost propulsion and ran up on the rocks January 4, 2009 at Aghiyuk Island southwest of Kodiak Island on the north end of the Semidi Islands.  Both crewmembers abandoned ship in a life raft and landed on Aghiyuk Island. A Coast Guard HH-60 was dispatched from Kodiak and the crewmen were rescued in 58 mile an hour winds and driving snow along a rocky shoreline next to 300 foot cliffs.  Commander Shawn Tripp, aircraft commander, Lt. David McCown, pilot, Aviation Maintenance Technician 1st Class Dennis Dewinter, flight mechanic and Aviation Survival Technician 2nd Class Eric Stoecker, rescue swimmer all received the American Helicopter Society’s prestigious William J Kossler Award for their heroism in the rescue. The American Way broke up on the rocky shore in the high wind and surf and subsequently sank.

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

Additional Information: Length 38.6, ON 554104, Call Sign WCR8787

Sources: 1. Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak), 2. U S C G News Release (March 19, 2010) “Kodiak based aircrews win national award for Alaska rescues”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 437806

 

AMOOK (1963)     The 29 ton 51 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Amook stranded and was lost February 5, 1963 at Anchorage Bay, Chignik.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 19 N 158 23 W   Chart 16566

Additional Information: Tonnage 29 Gross 20 Net, Length 51.2, Breadth 13.5, Depth 6.8, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 145, SL WA2370, Owner August M Pedersen, Registered Juneau, ON 229290

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 37, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 963

 

ANDREA MARIE (1998)     The 39 foot vessel Andrea Marie caught fire and was abandoned December 22, 1998 near Kodiak.

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

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

ANDROMEDA (2008)     The 34 foot salmon gillnetter Andromeda foundered June 5, 2008 near False Pass at Bechevin Bay.  The vessel was traveling from Port Moller and scheduled to rendezvous with two other vessels in False Pass but never showed.  A search by U S Coast Guard Helicopter found the two crewmen from the vessel on the beach near False Pass still wearing survival suits.  They were transported to Cold Bay and treated for mild hypothermia. The Andromeda issued a May-Day when it was experiencing engine room flooding on June 4, 2008 but was able to get the problem under control and the May-Day was cancelled. While on her way to rendezvous with another vessel in False Pass, the Andromeda was struck by a wave and began sinking. The two crewmen swam ashore in survival suits as the vessel sank.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 00 N 163 23 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 34.6, ON 912973

Sources:  1. U S C G News Release (June 6, 2008), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 406554

 

ANGARA (1989)     The 42 foot crab fishing vessel Angara overturned December 9, 1989 off of Shuyak Island in the Shelikof Strait.  Both crewmembers were lost including Ignaty Andreeff (48) and Vasily Andreeff (15).  There was no life raft aboard the vessel.

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

Additional Information: ON 681336

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

 

ANGEL MARIE (1979)     The shrimp boat Angel Marie was blown onto the rocks and broke up October 8, 1979 in Chugach Bay on the south coast of the Kenai Peninsula.  The two crewmembers swam to shore and made their way back to Seldovia.  It was a 60 to 70 mile trek through rugged terrain, but they made it in less than three days.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ANGELA B (1998)     The 30 foot gillnet salmon fishing vessel Angela B burned from an engine room fire and was lost June 16, 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: 618076

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

 

ANGLO SAXON (1905)     On November 4, 1905 the 46 foot wooden gas screw steamer Anglo Saxon stranded at Chiniak on Kodiak Island and became a total loss.  The two men on board were lost with the vessel.

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

Comment: This vessel is wrecked again in 1905 near the Solomon River and again in 1907 near Nome.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 46, Breadth 11, Depth 4.1, Built 1900 at New Whatcom Washington, Service Inland Towing, Home Port Townsend Washington, ON 107556

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1906) Pg 385

ANITA (1898)     The steamer Anita was reported lost during 1898 in Cook Inlet and was valued at $1,000 with cargo.

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

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

ANN (1952)     The 17 ton 37 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Ann was consumed by fire November 5, 1952 while moored at Latouche.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 03 05 N   147 54 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 15 Net, Length 37.4, Breadth 12.6, Depth 4.7, Built 1945 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 143, Owner Colin Leonard, Registered Juneau, ON 248029

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 25, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 747

 

ANN PAGE (1976)     The fishing vessel Ann Page struck a rock and sank August 3, 1976 south of Wingham Island near Cordova.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 01 N 144 23 W   Chart 16013

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ANNA (1901)     At 6:30 in the morning on Sunday March 3, 1901 the American schooner Anna was blown ashore and wrecked during a strong northeasterly storm at Company Harbor on the western end of Sanak Island.  Harry Huhs, the vessel’s master, reported the winds at daybreak were at about 70 miles an hour, and even with two anchors out he was unable to prevent the vessel from drifting ashore.  The Anna had departed Unga on February 9th with a crew of 8, and at the time of the casualty had 180 tons of codfish aboard, valued at $20,000.  All crew were saved, but the vessel, valued at $12,000 and her cargo were a total loss.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 29 N 162 49 W

Comments : H W McCurdy has this wreck in 1902, and says “The two masted cod fishing schooner Anna, built in San Francisco in 1881 for Honolulu trade of J D Spreckels and operated in the Bering Sea fishery since 1898, was wrecked on the fishing grounds, a total loss of $18,000.”

Additional Information: Tonnage 227, Built 1881 in San Francisco, Registration San Francisco, ON 105987, Owner Pacific Marine Supply of San Francisco, Insurance $9,000, Length 117, Breadth 29.5, Depth 10.6.

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 84

ANNA C (1964)     The 13 ton 31 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Anna C 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 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 31.3, Breadth 12.1, Depth 4.4, Built 1958 at Kodiak, Horsepower 100, SL WM4084, Registered Juneau, ON 276814

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 43, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163

 

ANNA D (1963)     The 169 ton 96 foot wooden diesel powered Kodiak fishing vessel Anna D foundered at False Pass June 6, 1963.

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

Comment: This vessel earned a Battle Star in the Pacific during WWII

Additional Information: Tonnage 197 Gross 134 Net, Length 96.8, Breadth 21.5, Depth 10.8, Built 1943 East Boothbay ME, Former Names APC-22 (U S Navy), AMC-173 (U S Navy), Stormbird, LaDene (Canadian), Owner Oren A Diamond of Kodiak, Registered Juneau, ON 257348, SL WC5710

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 897, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pgs 537, 654, 663, 862 “Stormbird”, 3. W W II U S Navy Vessels in Private Hands (2013) “APC-Small Transport Coastal” Pg 14

 

ANNA J (1926)     The 28 ton 46 foot wooden gas screw halibut fishing vessel Anna J was severely damaged in a storm March 10, 1926.  The vessel was hove to in heavy weather 60 miles off of Yakutat when a large wave completely cleared the deck.  The cook was on watch and was washed overboard with the pilothouse and everything above deck, including the fishing gear, masts and lifeboat.  The captain and the other 5 members of the crew managed to get a line to him and get him back aboard what was left of the Anna J.  They limped to Cape Saint Elias and were assisted to Cordova by the halibut boat Superior.

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

Comment: The Anna J had her upper level rebuilt and was returned to service.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 22 Net, Length 46, Breadth 13.3, Depth 6.7, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Owner Edward Lawler, Home Port Ketchikan, ON 215226

Sources: 1. Seattle Daily Times (March 28, 1926) “Staunch Hearts Win Alaska Sea Battle” Pg 27, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1926) Pgs 252-253

 

ANNA LEE (1974)     The barge Anna Lee foundered in a storm May 12, 1974 in Kennedy Entrance below Cook Inlet.  The tug Knik Wind, which was aboard the Anna Lee, was lost with the barge but salvaged sometime later.  The barge and the rest of her cargo were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 N 151 50 W   Chart 16013

Comment: This barge may have been salvaged or another with the same name put into service. WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ANNA MARIE (1985)     The 42 foot fishing vessel Anna Marie burned August 21, 1985 near Chignik.  All persons aboard were rescued.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 18 N 158 24 W   Chart 16013

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

ANNA O (1964)     The 12 ton 37 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Anna O was destroyed by a tidal wave March 27, 1964 at Chenega.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 37.8, Breadth 10.3, Depth 4.2, Built 1942 at Amesbury MA, Horsepower 140, Registered Juneau, ON 252460

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 44, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163

 

ANNA O (1985)     The 36 foot wooden seiner Anna O grounded and was lost while towing the 26 foot gillnet fishing vessel Head and Tails May 16, 1985 at Softuk Bar in Controller Bay.  Owner of both vessels, Robert I. Gill, was lost along with the Anna O. The Head and Tails was found and returned the family of Mr. Gill. Gill had intended to use the Head and Tails as a catcher boat and the larger Anna O as his bunkhouse.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 13 N 144 40 W   Chart 16723

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 31.6, Breadth 12.0, Depth 3.7, Built 1957 Seattle, ON 273773, SL WH8072, 155 HP gasoline engine,

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (May 17, 1985) “Man Missing Near Cordova” Pg 5, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 94

 

ANNA T (1997)     The 27 foot salmon seiner Anna T was consumed by fire and sank October 13, 1997 in Prince William Sound.  The only person on board made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 45 N 147 W   Chart 16013

Additional Information: ON 259438

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

 

ANNADELL (1964)     The 163 ton 82 foot wooden oil screw vessel AnnAdell 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 163 Gross 131 Net, Length 82.3, Breadth 26.6, Depth 8.7, Built 1945 at Seattle, Former Name BSP-3109 (U S A), Horsepower 300, Owner William S McDonald, Registered Juneau, ON 283234

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 45, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163

 

ANNIE MAY (1895)     The wood steam launch Annie May became a total loss including $1,300 worth of cargo July 7, 1895 at Cape Karluk in the same storm that destroyed the ship Raphael. Both vessels were driven onto the beach and destroyed by severe winds. The Annie May was owned by Alaska Packers Association and was being used as a tender.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 35 10 N 154 30 50 W

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Morning Oregonian (July 27, 1895) “Ship Raphael Lost” Pg 5 Col 1

ANSONIA (1955)     The 50 ton 63 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Ansonia struck a rock and sank in Uyak Bay July 23, 1955.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 50 Gross 34 Net, Length 63.4, Breadth 16.2, Depth 7.7, Built 1926 at Gig Harbor WA, Horsepower 90, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered Juneau, ON 225502

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 36, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 742

 

ANTONE (1943)     The gas boat Antone broke her rudder, went ashore and became a total lost December 24, 1943 a mile and a half south of Barabara Point.  All 13 persons on board made it to shore and took shelter in the barabara on Barabara Point north of Seldovia.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 29 10 N 151 38 30 W   Chart 16640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

APA 9 (1986)     The 32 foot vessel APA 9 was destroyed on the beach at Kalsin Bay in November of 1986.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 40 N 152 21 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

APEX NO 1 (1963)     The 19 ton 42 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Apex No 1 stranded and was lost September 25, 1963 off of the Trinity Islands near Kodiak Island.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 33 N 154 20 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 15 Net, length 42.4, Breadth 12.4, Depth 5.6, Built 1916 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 65, SL WC5682, Owner P M Holm, Registered Juneau, ON 214144

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 44, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 730

 

APEX NO 2 (1933)     The 22 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Apex No 2 stranded and was lost at Near Island May 19, 1933.  The one person aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 18 Net, Length 22, Breadth 18, Depth 5.1, Built 1918 at Anacortes WA, Horsepower 35, Owner Karl Armstrong of Kodiak, Registered Seward, ON 216041

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 989, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 228-9

AR 1 (1966)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel AR 1 was consumed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10.2, Depth 3.9 Built 1955 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 100, SL WM7695, Owner Alaska Fisheries, Registered Tacoma, ON 269788

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pg 20

 

AR 5 (1966)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel AR 5 was consumed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10.2, Depth 3.9 Built 1955 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 100, SL WM7842, Owner Alaska Fisheries, Registered Tacoma, ON 269790

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pg 20

 

AR 7 (1966)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel AR 7 was consumed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 28.7, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9 Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, SL WM7698, Owner Vlatko Kolega, Registered Tacoma, ON 261870

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pg 20

 

AR 8 (1966)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel AR 8 was consumed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9 Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, SL WM7699, Owner Alaska Fisheries, Registered Tacoma, ON 261871

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pg 20

 

AR 9 (1966)     The 8 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel AR 9 was consumed by fire August 2, 1966 at Koggiung in Bristol Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 52 N 157 00 15 W   Chart 16323

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 27.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.9 Built 1951 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 90, SL WR4366, Owner Alaska Fisheries, Registered Tacoma, ON 261872

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1163, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pg 20

 

ARCATA (1942)     The 2,722 ton United States Army transport ship Arcata was shelled and sunk by Japanese submarine I-7 July 14, 1942 approximately 165 miles southeast of Sand Point.  Seven of the 29 man crew of the Arcata were lost.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 20 15 N 160 30 W   Chart 16540

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ARCTIC (1958)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Arctic foundered June 17, 1958 approximately 18 miles west of Port Moller.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 30.8, Breadth 10.1, Depth 4, Built 1939 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Alfred J Gamble, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 238353

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) Pg 38, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 800

 

ARCTIC II (1988)     The 115 foot trawler Arctic II struck a large wave, capsized and sank December 10, 1988 approximately 55 miles north of Unimak Pass.  All five crewmembers made it into a life raft but another large wave swept two crewmen back into the sea.  The other three were rescued from their raft by the fishing vessel American Beauty.  Lost were captain Stan Michna (33) and Gary Heeney (29).

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   54 20 N 164 50 W   Chart 16011

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

 

ARCTIC CHIEF (1950)     The 775 ton 149 foot steel scow Arctic Chief stranded and was lost December 7, 1950 east of Marmot Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 775 Gross and Net, Length 149.7, Breadth 42, Depth 14.5, Built 1950 at Portland OR, Service tanker, Owner Kotzebue Oil Sales Inc., Registered Juneau, ON 259985

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 33, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 737

 

ARCTIC DREAM (1993)     The 50 foot vessel Arctic Dream ran aground and was destroyed September 18, 1993 in Onion Bay during a hunting charter.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 04 N 153 15 W   Chart 16594

Source: Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak)

 

ARCTIC MIST (1985)     The 91 foot fishing vessel Arctic Mist rolled over and sank May 13, 1985 in the Gulf of Alaska 75 miles east of Kodiak.  All four persons aboard were rescued.

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

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

 

ARCTIC SEA (1972)     The 57 ton 50 foot steel oil screw Arctic Sea foundered December 19, 1972 in Prince William Sound.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 45 N 147 W   Chart 16300

Comment: A crab fishing vessel of the same name was reported stranded on a reef near Fairmount Island on January 18, 1971.

Additional Information: Tonnage 57 Gross 41 Net, Length 49.9, Breadth 18.4, Depth 7.2, Built 1964 at Tacoma WA, ON 295724

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 49, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2117, 3. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ARCTIC WIND (1979)     The fishing vessel Arctic Wind sank in the Bering Sea December 19, 1979.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   Unknown

Comment: This must be the 117 foot Arctic Wind (ON 608216) that is still fishing. She appears to have been on the bottom of Kalekta Bay, Unalaska Island for six months before being salvaged and put back into service.

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ARDEA (1985)     The 38 foot vessel Ardea drug anchor and grounded January 6, 1985 at King Cove on Afognak Island.  The crew escaped to safety but the Ardea was destroyed.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   58 12 N 152 02 W   Chart 16580

Source: Unofficial Wreck List (Kodiak)

 

ARGO (1998)     The 50 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Argo was consumed by a galley stack fire and lost July 31, 1998 approximately 15 miles outside of Dutch Harbor.  Both crewmembers donned survival suits and abandoned ship.  The U S Coast Guard cutter Storis arrived on scene to see an explosion blow the deck off of the vessel.  The Storis sank what was left of the Argo as a hazard to navigation.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   55 09 20 N 132 00 15 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 225604

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

 

ARMERIA (1912)     In the middle of May 1912, the 1,502 ton United States Lighthouse Service Tender Armeria became stranded on the rocks near Cape Hinchinbrook.  She was attempting to rescue the barge Haydn Brown but ended up a casualty herself.  The crew of 36 was rescued by the steamer Admiral Sampson.  The vessel, valued at $344,000, became a total loss.  Some of the $70,000 cargo of coal, buoys and supplies for area lighthouses was salvaged.

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

Comment: It is reported that divers have discovered this wreck.

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 211, 2. Safeguard the Gateways of Alaska (1918) Map.

ARNE (1983)     The 56 foot longline fishing vessel Arne ran aground October 10, 1983 just north of Narrow Cape.  The vessel was destroyed by the surf.  No lives were lost.

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

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

 

ARNOLD (1915)     On July 31, 1915 the 44 ton 57 foot gas screw fishing boat Arnold was consumed by fire at Anchorage.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 44 Gross 30 Net, Length 57.5, Breadth 15.8, Depth 5, IHP 75, Built 1913 at Tacoma WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211866

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 258, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 420, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) Pg 206

ARROW (1964)     The 22 ton 46 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Arrow burned April 10, 1964 at Kodiak.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Length 46.7, Breadth 14, Depth 4.7, Built 1942 at Long Beach CA, Former Name, Horsepower 165, SL WH5620, Owner Erwin C Doyle, Registered Juneau, ON 271253

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 49, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

 

ARTHUR (1921)     On November 14, 1921 the wood scow Arthur was deemed to be unsafe because of a rotten hull and dismantled at Alitak Bay on the south end of Kodiak Island.  She was owned by Alitak Packing Company at the time and valued at $800.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   56 53 N 154 17 30 W   Chart 16580

Additional Information:  Tonnage 47, Built 1901, Registered Seattle.

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report

ASTROLABE yawl (1786)     During the voyage of exploration and scientific circumnavigation of the globe by French explorer LaPerouse in the vessels Astrolabe and Boussole, a small yawl was launched and subsequently lost with 11 crew at the mouth of Lituya Bay along the NE coast of the Gulf of Alaska in 1786.

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

Source: Shipwrecks and Disasters at Sea (1856)

ATLANTOS (1999)     The 38 foot fiberglass longline cod fishing vessel Atlantos capsized and sank due to icing January 30, 1999 south of Pilot Rock in Blying Sound.  All three crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessels Dolphin and Iceberg.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 44 30 N 149 28 W   Chart 16680

Additional Information: ON 656343

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

 

ATTU (1990)     The 65 foot wooden longline fishing schooner Attu grounded, was holed and sank March 29, 1990 at Kayak Island.  All seven crewmembers were rescued.

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

Additional Information: ON 224395

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

AUDREY V (1963)     The 18 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Audrey V foundered November 24, 1963 off of Cape Chiniak.  The vessel was under tow by the U S Coast Guard cutter Bittersweet when she capsized.  The Audrey V had caught line in her propeller and was unable to make way herself.  While in tow, the weather increased to 70 mile an hour winds and 20 foot seas, which caused the small vessel to flip.  Mike Smith and Jerry Williams were aboard the Audrey V when she capsized and sank.  Jerry Williams was rescued but Mike Smith was lost.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 14 Net, Length 40.5, Breadth 12.7, Depth 4, Built 1942 at Seattle WA, Former Name J-279 (U S A), Horsepower 330, SL WL7212, Owner Edward Jackson, Registered Juneau, ON 256249

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 51, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002, 3. Seattle Times (November 26, 1963) “Mike Smith” Pg 41

 

AUK (1947)     The 28 ton 60 foot wooden gas screw tug Auk stranded and was lost October 16, 1947 at the mouth of the Ugashik River.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   57 30 N 157 37 W   Chart 16006

Additional Information: Tonnage 28 Gross 17 Net, Length 60.2, Breadth 16.9, Depth 5.8, Built 1914 at Oakland CA, Former name Crowley No 20, Service tow, Horsepower 100, Owner Alaska Packers Association, Registered Juneau, ON 212304

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 38, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 860

AUKAI (1974)     The Tolly craft fishing vessel Aukai ran aground and was lost April 4, 1974 on Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

AUNT BERGIT (1996)     The 38 foot fishing vessel Aunt Bergit was destroyed by a stack fire November 15, 1996 at Hinchinbrook Island.  All three crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 23 N 146 28 W   Chart 16700

Additional Information: ON 632271

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

 

AVONA (1954)     The 15 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Avona foundered September 21, 1954 northwest of Hive Island at the entrance to Resurrection Bay.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   59 53 N 149 22 W   Chart 16682

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Length 36.7, Breadth 11.9, Depth 5.2, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 140, Owner Andy Fredricksen, Registered Juneau, ON 214760

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 42, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 737

 

AVOS (1808)     The Russian Company tender Avos was lost in 1808 in Bay of Islands on her way from Kodiak to Sitka.

Mapping and Location: South Central Alaska   60 24 N 147 37 W

Comment: I have mapped this wreck at Bay of Isles on Knight Island because out of the several possibilities for “Bay of Islands”, this anchorage is one commonly used as a safe haven by small vessels during storms in the Gulf of Alaska and the Avos was travelling between Kodiak and Sitka through the area.  There is good holding ground in the south and west arms but caution must be used to avoid the many rocks and pinnacles entering the bay.  The tall mountains that surround it give protection from almost all directions of wind.  It didn’t get its official name until 100 years after this casualty occurred but locals called it the Bay of Islands or Bay of Isles for many years.

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

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