South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( F )

F I P NO 24 (1928)     The 6 ton scow F I P No 24 stranded and was lost at Kingsmill Shore August 7, 1928.  There was no one aboard at the time of the casualty.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 50 N 134 25 10 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: 6 Ton, Built 1918, ON 167161

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 911

FAIRLAND (1931)     The 14 ton wooden oil screw Fairland was destroyed by fire at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday July 15, 1931 in Idaho Inlet.  Owner and master R P Cipic left for a seining trip with a crew of six July 12, 1931 out of Port Althorp.  They fought the fire for an hour alone and then were assisted by the Arab and the Rio Grande but the fire had made too much headway to stop.  The Fairland was beached in Idaho Inlet where she was totally consumed by flames.  All that was left of the vessel was a small portion of the stern.  In the casualty report filed by Cipic at Ketchikan July 22, he places the value of the Fairland at $10,000 no cargo.  Insurance on the vessel was said to be $7,000.  Weather at the time of the loss was slight NE wind and daylight.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 10 N 136 12 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 10 Net, Built 1926, Registered Tacoma and Ketchikan, ON 227322

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 22, 1931 at Ketchikan

FAIRWEATHER (1965)     The 70 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Fairweather stranded and was lost October 5, 1965 at the head of American Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 51 N 132 48 W   Chart 17400

Comment: I have charted this loss in the American Bay on Dall Island. There is also an American Bay on the Alaska Peninsula.

Additional Information: Tonnage 73 Gross 49 Net, Length 70, Breadth 18, Depth 8.8, Built 1929 at Port Blakely WA, SL WA4890, ON 228284

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 898, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 210

 

FALCON (1940)     The 10 ton 38 foot gas screw fishing vessel Falcon was consumed by fire October 11, 1940 one half mile off of Hood Bay.  The four persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 23 N 134 24 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Length 38.4, Breadth 9, Depth 4.4, Built 1918 at Shaw Island WA, Horsepower 15, Registered Wrangell, ON 216360

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 510, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 149

FALCON (1967)     The 7 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Falcon foundered June 11, 1967 at Meyer’s Chuck Harbor, Ketchikan.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 30.2, Breadth 8.8, Depth 3.5, Built 1927 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 115, SL WN3863, Registered Seattle, ON 232059

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 226, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1167

 

FAMOUS (1964)     The gas screw Famous foundered October 15, 1964 in Frederick Sound.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 50 N 134 25 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FARRAGUT (1956)     The 13 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Farragut foundered December 17, 1956 off of Point Higgins.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 27 28 N 131 50 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 10 Net, Length 33.3, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.6, Built 1945 at Baltimore MD, Former Name LCVP-C-79925 (U S N), Horsepower 140, Owner Ketchikan Pulp Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 265146

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 177, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 777

 

FEARLESS (1922)     90 mile an hour SE winds caused the anchor chain to carry away on a log boom that the wooden gas screw Fearless was tied to in Howkan Narrows at 5:00 a.m. September 24, 1922.  The vessel was forced ashore by the logs and lost.  The value of the Fearless at the time of the casualty was $1,500 with no cargo or insurance.  The crew of two survived.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 52 N 132 48 W   Chart 17409

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Age 14 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 203344, Master Allan MacDonald of Ketchikan, Owners CP, LM & LJ MacDonald of Ketchikan, Last Port Ketchikan June 20, Destination Howkan

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan September 30, 1922

FERN (1940)     The 10 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw Fern stranded and was lost in the middle of George Inlet in 1940.  There was no one aboard and no lives were lost in the casualty.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 N 131 30 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 34.2, Breadth 10, Depth 4.5, Built 1923 at Petersburg, Service freight, Horsepower 27 (Brake), Owner Chris Birkland, Registered Juneau, ON 223546

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 510, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 150

FIN FIN (1960)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Fin Fin foundered February 27, 1960 in Zimovia Strait between Wrangell and Woronkofski Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 132 22 40 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 30.8, Breadth 8.9, Depth 3.8, Built 1938 at Sitka, Horsepower 110, Owner Simon Peter Moe, Registered Juneau, ON 246023

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 192, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 683

 

FISHER (1977)     The 8 ton oil screw Fisher burned August 16, 1977 between Tree Point and Ketchikan.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 48 15 N 130 55 45 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross, Built 1974, ON 555900

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1978) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2118

 

FISHER BOY (1944)     The 18 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Fisher Boy was lost in a collision with the oil screw Admiralty in Washington Bay September 25, 1944.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 43 N 134 23 20 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 14 Net, Length 41.6, Breadth 12.4, Depth 5.2, Built 1910 at Dockton WA, Crew 4, Horsepower 20, Owner Storfold & Grondahl Packing Company, Registered Seattle, ON 207613

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 775, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 163

FLAMINGO (1954)     The 19 ton 45 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Flamingo foundered May 22, 1954 at Outer Point (Outer Rocks), Khaz Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 33 30 N 136 09 30 W   Chart 17322

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Length 45, Breadth 13, Depth 4.7, Built 1910 at Ballard WA, Crew 6, Horsepower 143, Owner Dan Wright, Registered Juneau, ON 207395

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 185, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 581

 

FLEETWOOD (1992)     The 21 foot salmon troller Fleetwood grounded and sank March 3, 1992 southeast of Shelter Island.  Both crewmen donned survival suits and swam to the beach where they were rescued.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 26 N 134 52 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: ON AK1179K

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

 

FLORA (1923)     The 22 ton wooden gas screw Flora was lost at 6:10 a.m. January 24, 1923 after stranding at Duck Island.  Master and owner, Ole S Bjerke of Seattle stated “heavy snow and strong tide carried vessel off course.” The weather at the time was dead calm sea, light northeast wind, dark and snowing.  The gas screw Hideveld took the crew off of the Flora the morning after the stranding and brought them to Ketchikan.  The Flora, worth $7,000 with no cargo was a total loss.  She was insured for $4,000.  At the time of the casualty, the Flora was bound for Ketchikan, having left Prince Rupert January 23, 1923.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 59 N 131 14 30 W   Chart 17434

Additional Information:  Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Age 10 years, Registered Seattle, ON 210101

Source: Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan January 26, 1923

FLORA (1927)     Fire from an unknown source destroyed the 10 ton wooden gas screw Flora at the Standard Oil Dock at Petersburg at 9:00 a.m. October 28, 1927.  The Petersburg Fire Department and the gas screw Highway rendered assistance.  The 3 person crew survived the casualty, but the Flora, valued at $1,000 was a total loss no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 48 10 N 132 58 W   Chart 17375

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, Age 16 years, Registered Petersburg, ON 208964, Master C Buker, Owner Petersburg Packing Company

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed October 28, 1927 by Buker

FLORENCE D (1980)     The fishing vessel Florence D sank April 16, 1980 at Circle Bay on the southwest coast of Woronkofski Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 23 N 132 26 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FLYING CLOUD (1946)     The 20 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Flying Cloud foundered November 16, 1946 off of Point Gardner on the south end of Admiralty Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 01 N 134 37 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 14 Net, Length 41.2, Breadth 11.3, Depth 5.1, Built 1909 at Dockton WA, Horsepower 143, Owner Walter E Johns, Registered Juneau, ON 206973

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 188, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 748

FORMAN F (1956)     The 6 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Forman F foundered August 22, 1956 on the north shore of McHenry Anchorage, Etolin Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 58 N 132 27 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 6 Gross 5 Net, Length 28.8, Breadth 8.2, Depth 3.2, Built 1933 at Ketchikan, Horsepower 75, Owner Raymond H Peterson, Registered Ketchikan, ON 232787

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 182, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756

 

FORRESTER (1975)     Frank Phillips, a North Bend, Oregon fisherman was lost when his 32 foot fishing vessel Forrester collided with the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Malaspina June 21, 1975 in Olga Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 11 N 135 27 W   Chart 17320

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Daily Times (June 23, 1975) “Oregon man killed in collision with ferry” Pg A 9

 

FORT UNION (1930)     The 2,654 ton 267 foot wooden barge Fort Union was beached for salvage and broken up at Ship’s Cove, Port Conclusion September 1, 1930.  Her hull was said to be rotten and her value only $500 at the time.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 15 20 N 134 39 45 W   Chart 17331

Additional Information: Built 1919, Registration Seattle, ON 168954, Owner Puget Sound Reduction Co of Blaine Washington, Last Port Port Alexander

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by W H Snow watchman and owner January 13, 1931

FORTUNA (1959)     The 10 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Fortuna foundered May 5, 1959 approximately two miles off of the mouth of Burnett Inlet in southeast Alaska.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 04 N 132 28 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 36.1, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.2, Built 1916 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 35, SL WA9191, Owner Carl T Messinger, Registered Wrangell, ON 215792

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 194, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

FOX (1915)     The 15 ton 52 foot gas fishing boat Fox caught fire and burned at Shelter Island near Juneau September 4, 1914.  The three persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 26 N 134 52 W   Chart 17316

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Length 51.9, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.1, Service passenger, Crew 1, Built 1903 at Astoria OR, Registered Juneau, ON 200194

Sources: 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 258, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 424, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 173

FOX (1995)     The 31 foot wooden salmon seiner Fox flooded, capsized and sank August 15, 1995 in Smuggler’s Cove.  The load of fish onboard shifting contributed to the loss.  All five crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 20 50 N 134 58 45 W   Chart 17315

Comment: Could also be Smuggler Cove south of Ketchikan. WG

Additional Information: ON 564959

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

 

FOXIE (1935)     The 10 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Foxie burned August 1, 1935 at Tenakee.  The 2 persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 46 50 N 135 13 W   Chart 17320

Comment: More commonly referred to as Tenakee Springs.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 33, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4, Built 1920 at Tenakee, Horsepower 14, Owner Andrew Jack of Tenakee, Registered Juneau, ON 220368

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1033, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pgs 334-5

FRANCES R (1915)     The 38 foot wooden gas boat Frances R was found sunk near the mouth of the Chickamin River October 27, 1915. She had departed Sitka on October 10, 1915 with Charles Alexander “Sandy” Clark, Mike DeCosta and Reginald F Irwin of the U S Bureau of Fisheries on board bound for the Chickamin River to investigate illegal fishing. No sign of the three men was ever found, even with substantial rewards posted by the family of R F Irwin. Kidnapping and murder were considered as possibilities at the time of the disappearance of the men but nothing was ever proven. Evidence found aboard the Frances R indicated that Sandy Clark and inspector Irwin took the vessel’s skiff up the Chickamin River leaving cook Mike DeCosta behind. The skiff was found bottom up in Behm Canal with no sign of the two who had been aboard. The anchor line of the Frances R had been extended and indications were that Mike DeCosta had done so in order to allow the vessel to drift onto the beach so that he might go in search of Clark and Irwin. None of the three men were ever found.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 47 N 130 58 W   Chart 17420

Comment: This vessel may have been salvaged and is likely the same Frances R lost again in 1920. WG

Sources: 1. Daily Alaska Dispatch (November 6, 1915) “All Hope Vanish of Finding Men” Pg 6, 2. Daily Alaska Dispatch (November 9, 1915) “Launch Party is Given up for Lost” Pg 5, 3. Valdez Daily Prospector (December 18, 1915) “Name of Man Lost Appears on Register” Pg 3, 4. Rockford Republic (June 2, 1916) “Alaska Warden Gone, Fear Indian Foul Play” Pg 10, 5. Valdez Daily Prospector (January 11, 1916) “Increase Reward for Fish Warden” Pg 1

 

FRANCES R (1920)     Engine trouble caused the 13 ton gas screw Frances R to strike a rock and strand at Lyman Point Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. March 31, 1920.  The two aboard made it to safety, but the Frances R, valued at $4,000 (no cargo) was lost with no insurance.  They had departed Ketchikan that day bound for Hadley.  Weather at the time was “heavy wind-thick snow-very dark.”  Master of the Frances R, Arthur Propp stated in the Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan “Could not avoid casualty as engine had stopped, and no way to prevent striking.” The vessel drifted to shore and was dashed to bits.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 32 30 N 132 16 35 W   Chart  17426

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Age 9 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208551, Owner Philip C Roessel of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed April 7, 1920, 2. Juneau Empire (April 13, 1920) Pg 7

 

FRANCIS W (1998)     The 42 foot salmon troller Francis W was destroyed by a galley stove fire October 19, 1998 at Ketchikan.  There was no one on board at the time of the disaster.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: ON 218669

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

 

FREDA (1988)     The fishing vessel Freda capsized and sank September 11, 1988 in Dixon Entrance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 30 N 133 W   Chart 16016

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

FREDELIA IV (1918)     The 21 ton seine boat Fredelia IV was lost one mile south of Pleasant Bay in Seymour Canal at 5:00 a.m. October 31, 1918.  The Fredelia IV was towing the barge Neptune in a 60 mile an hour gale when the tow line broke and the Neptune and Fredelia IV collided.  The gas boat Baltic picked up all hands.  The owner and master, D J Halferty of Seattle and an engineer were the only two aboard the wrecked vessel. The Fredelia IV, valued between $4,500 and $6,000 was a total loss with no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 38 40 N 133 59 15 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 21 Gross 14 Net, Built 1913, Registered Seattle, ON210876

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by H H Hungerford for Halferty November 12, 1918.  Hungerford, a business associate of Halferty was left in Alaska to salvage what was possible.

FREYEA (1918)     An explosion caused by “distillation in bilge” was the cause of the loss of the wooden gas screw Freyea at 4:00 p.m. July 3, 1918.  The vessel was on the beach at Hadley for overhauling and only Stanly Oaksmith, master and owner was aboard.  Oaksmith escaped the vessel, battened down the hatches and tried to smother the flames using a fire extinguisher.  He was joined in the effort by H L Putty, Paul Nordstrom, L R Farrell and John Anderson but they were unsuccessful.  “There was nothing under the conditions of the very hot weather that would have saved her.”

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 32 N 132 17 W   Chart 17426

Comment: Hadley used to be in Lyman Anchorage. H W McCurdy has vessel as Freyer. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Built 1912 rebuilt 1915, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209772, Vessel Value $3,500, Vessel Insurance $2,500

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Oaksmith July 20, 1918

FRISCO (2000)     The 50 foot wooden salmon fishing vessel Frisco struck an underwater object, flooded and was lost August 21, 2000 at South Craig Point on Zarembo Island.  All four crewmembers abandoned the vessel to the seine skiff and reached Wrangell safely.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 23 20 N 132 37 30 W    Chart 17360

Additional Information: ON 215228

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

 

FROLIC (1949)     The 9 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Frolic foundered August 17, 1949 near Kane Island in Salisbury Sound.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 19 25 N 135 40 W   Chart 17323

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 36.2, Breadth 9, Depth 3.7, Built 1908 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 15, Owner E H Kelton, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 205941

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 195, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 937

 

FROLIC (1955)     The 14 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Frolic burned August 4, 1955 at Hydaburg Cooperative Dock in Hydaburg.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 12 20 N 132 49 28 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 31.5, Breadth 10.8, Depth 5.4, Built 1934 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 16, Owner Daniel Kahklen, Registered Ketchikan, ON 233496

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 188, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

 

FROSTY (1951)     The 6 ton 26 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Frosty stranded and was lost in February of 1951 on the beach at Knudson Cove.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 28 30 N 131 48 W   Chart 17422

Additional Information: Tonnage 6 Gross 5 Net, Length 26.4, Breadth 9.4, Depth 3.2, Built 1917 at San Francisco, Horsepower 65, Owner John R Dolph, Registered Ketchikan, ON 249201

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 188, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

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