South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( H )

H I C 5 (1946)     The 51 ton 60 foot wooden scow H I C 5 foundered May 10, 1946 at Excursion Inlet.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 25 N 135 26 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 51 Gross and Net, Length 60.1, Breadth 22.1, Depth 4.6, Built 1925 at Seattle WA, Owner A P Wolf, Registered Juneau, ON 169160

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 226, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

H & S NO 5 (1967)     The 198 ton 90 foot wooden barge H & S No 5 foundered March 29, 1967 in Whitewater Bay on the southwest coast of Admiralty Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 15 N 134 37 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 198 Gross and Net, Length 90.5, Breadth 32, Depth 8.6, Built 1911 at Seattle WA, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 164680

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 274, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1168

 

HACIENDA (1955)     The 11 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Hacienda was consumed by fire May 23, 1955 in Behm Canal.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.1, Breadth 9.2, Depth 5.2, Built 1943 at Juneau, Horsepower 110, Owner Roland Ward, Registered Ketchikan, ON 245230

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 213, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

 

HAIDA MAID (1958)     The 33 foot wooden gas screw vessel Haida Maid disappeared in a snow squall November 18, 1958 near Haines.  Wreckage of the vessel washed ashore near Dyea, Sanki Inlet November 29th.  Lost was John Lawrence Jr. of Haines.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   59 14 10 N 135 26 15 W   Chart 17300

Comment: Probably Taiyasanka Harbor.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 33.3, Breadth 9.3, Depth 4.1, Built 1946 at Ketchikan, Horsepower 110, SL WC3655, Registered Ketchikan, ON 251706

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HARVESTER (1955)     The 20 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Harvester burned March 28, 1955 at the north end of Level Island in Sumner Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 133 05 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 15 Net, Length 39.9, Breadth 12.6, Depth 5.7, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Frank Young, Registered Wrangell, ON 215289

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 218, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

 

HATTIE B (1942)     The 8 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Hattie B foundered off of Cape Ommaney June 28, 1942.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 10 N 134 40 20 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 32, Breadth 8.9, Depth 4.1, Built 1919 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 97, Owner Robert Myking, Registered Ketchikan, ON 218106

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 755, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 160

HAZEL (1963)     The gas screw Hazel foundered July 9, 1963 east of Hoonah in Spasski Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 06 35 N 135 19 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HAZEL B NO2 (1932)     The 135 ton wooden gas screw Hazel B No 2 caught fire alongside of the Anderson Boat Shop in Wrangell at 10:30 p.m. Saturday January 23, 1932.  The vessel was out of commission and on the ways for winter storage when the casualty occurred.  “The Wrangell fire department and citizens did everything in their power to hold the fire in check as well as to extinguish it.”  The Hazel B No 2 became a total loss.  Weather at the time was “very little wind, if any, light snow falling, weather cloudy and dark.”  S C Barrington, owner and master of the vessel, stated in the report of casualty he filed at Wrangell that the vessel was worth $60,000 with $30,000 in insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 132 22 40 W   Chart 17382

Additional Information: Tonnage 135 Gross 86 Net, Built 1916, Registered Wrangell, ON 214262

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell January 29, 1932 by Barrington and Federal Agent A M Smith

HAZEL I (1950)     The 7 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Hazel I burned on August 22, 1950 between Point Francis and Helms Bay on Cleveland Peninsula.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 40 15 N 131 50 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 9.1, Depth 3.6, Built 1918 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 15, Owner Doris A Maddox, Registered Ketchikan, ON 216813

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 227, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 938

 

HAZEL LOUISE (2007)     The 55 foot fishing vessel Hazel Louise burned to the waterline and sank November 8, 2007 while at anchor in Nakwasina Passage near the northern end of Halleck Island north of Sitka.  The master of the vessel was the only one aboard and reported being awakened by explosions, burning wood and heavy smoke.  He abandoned ship in a survival suit and swam to nearby Halleck Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 15 N 135 30 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 32 Gross 26 Net, Length 52, ON 294066, Call Sign WG4883, Owner Sheldon Jackson College

Sources: 1. U S C G Enforcement Report (November 8, 2007), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 382400

 

HAZEL M (1951)     The 28 foot troller Hazel M broke loose from her moorings at Metlakatla and sank at Driest Point October 1, 1951.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 10 40 N 131 36 15 W   Chart 17420

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HELEN (1917)     The 17 ton 48 foot gas screw fishing vessel Helen stranded and was lost near Level Island October 26, 1917.  The two crewmen aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 133 05 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 11 Net, Length 48, Breadth 8.4, Depth 3.4, IHP 12, Built 1910 at Wrangell, Registered Wrangell, ON 208238

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 440, 2.  Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 244

HELEN A (1929) see HELLEN A (1929)

HELEN B (1953)     The 105 ton 72 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Helen B burned June 9, 1953 half way between Saook Bay and Rodman Bay in Peril Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 29 N 135 19 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 105 Gross 71 Net, Length 72.3, Breadth 20.4, Depth 9.9, Built 1938 at Tacoma WA, Crew 10, Horsepower 200, SL WA5733, Owner John Breskovich, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 237295

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 234, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 748

 

HELEN N (1969)     The gas screw Helen N was consumed by fire October 1, 1969 at Allen Marine Ways, Jamestown Bay, Sitka.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 02 40 N 135 17 30 W   Chart 17320

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HELEN PAYNE (1935)     An explosion and fire destroyed the 9 ton gas screw Helen Payne in Salmon Bay on Prince of Wales Island at 5:00 a.m. Wednesday August 14, 1935.  The crew of three narrowly escaped the violent gas explosion, but the Helen Payne, valued at $1,500 was a total loss with no insurance.  They had left Wrangell for the fishing grounds and had no cargo at the time of the casualty.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska 56 18 15 N 133 09 W   Chart 17360

Comment: This vessel is misspelled Helan Payne on the wreck report.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9, Age 34 years, Registered Wrangell, ON 96563, Master Roy Hearst of Wrangell, Owners Columbia River Packers Assoc of Lake Bay

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell August 19, 1935 by Hearst

HELGA CAROLINE (1914)     The 16 ton wooden gas screw Helga Caroline got off course and stranded in Revillagigedo Channel in the fog at 1:30 p.m. May 9, 1914.  The vessel became a complete loss but the crew of two was able to save themselves and the engine of the Helga Caroline.  The sea was calm and the weather fair with fog.  Henry Roy Thompson, master and owner of the vessel said he “Put ship about, but too late.”  The Helga Caroline departed Ketchikan May 8, 1914 bound for Boca De Quadra in ballast with no cargo.  The wreck occurred on the Mainland inside Slate Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 05 45 N 131 03 W   Chart 17434

Additional Information: Tonnage 16, Age 20 years, Registered Port Townsend Washington, ON 96229, Vessel Value $800, Insurance none

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed June 2, 1914 by Thompson at Ketchikan

HELLEN A (1929)     The 10 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw Hellen A drug anchor during a storm and broke up on the beach at 8 p.m. Monday October 14, 1929 in Pyramid Harbor four miles SW of Haines.  No one was aboard the vessel when the casualty occurred.  Master of the Hellen A, J M Adamson of Juneau said the following in the report of casualty:

“Pyramid Harbor, Alaska…at anchor…no one on board.”  “Vessel dragged anchor during storm…high wind…southeast gale.”  “Vessel was at anchor, unable to get to vessel with dory: vessel broke up completely on beach.”

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 10 50 N 135 28 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Built 1917 at Juneau, Registered Juneau, ON 228176, Owner H Adamson of Juneau, Vessel Value $1,200, Cargo and Insurance none

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed November 1, 1929

HERCULES (1932)     The 11 ton wooden gas screw Hercules suffered engine failure at 3 a.m. Friday November 18, 1932 and went on the beach ½ mile south of Red Bay.  The two person crew and one passenger made it to safety but the Hercules, valued at $500 was a total loss with no insurance.  They left Craig November 10, 1932 bound for Wrangell.  On scene weather was hazy, strong wind, rough seas and not very dark.  W L Gross, master of the Hercules states in the report of casualty “The vessel went ashore at 3:00 a.m. on the morning of November 18, 1932, and very soon a heavy sea tore her to pieces.”

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 20 N 133 18 W   Chart 17360

Comment: This wreck is reported as happening January 3, 1933 on some records.  WG

Additional Information:  Tonnage 11 Gross 8 Net, Built 1923, Registered at Ketchikan, ON 223252, Master W L Gross of Wrangell, Owner John Nickerson of Klawock

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed December 3, 1932 at Wrangell

HEREWEGO (1956)     The 8 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Herewego foundered December 3, 1956 off Saint John Harbor, Zarembo Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 27 N 132 57 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 35.2, Breadth 9, Depth 4, Built 1918 at Petersburg, Horsepower 40, Owner D N McDonald, Registered Wrangell, ON 230009

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 226, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 756

 

HERITAGE (2001)     The 49 foot seine fishing vessel Heritage stranded and was lost August 25, 2001 in Hawk Inlet.  Master of the Heritage, John P Ancich (34) of Gig Harbor WA, went into diabetic shock and the vessel ran aground.  He did not survive.  The remaining four crewmembers abandoned ship in a skiff after attempting to revive Ancich.  The cruise ship Spirit of Endeavor picked up the crew and a dog from their skiff and transported them to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 07 40 N 134 45 15 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: 290512

Source: U S C G News Release (August 26, 2001) “Coast Guard responds to 5 POB on board vessel aground”

 

HERMES II (2006)     The 50 foot trawler Hermes II sank January 31, 2006 five miles northwest of Cape Decision in Table Bay.  The vessel was struck by a large wave that sprung a plank two feet above the waterline while traveling in 10 to 12 foot seas. The only person aboard the vessel abandoned ship to a life raft and was rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.  The Hermes II was home ported in Craig.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 00 10 N 134 08 W   Chart 17400

Comment: The coordinates given in the Coast Guard report put the wreck in Crowley Bight, one bay to the south of Table Bay and later notes that the vessel was salvaged. WG

Additional Information: Length 44.1, ON 245213, Call Sign WAP5716

Sources: 1. USCG News Release (January 31, 2006) “Coast Guard helicopter crew rescue man from life raft”, 2. USCG MISLE Case # 274397

 

HERTHA (1939)     The 19 ton oil screw fishing vessel Hertha foundered in rough seas at 10:30 a.m. Thursday August 3, 1939 three miles west of Cape Bartolome.  Six of the seven aboard were rescued by the oil screw fishing vessel Argus.  Oscar Casperson, master of the Hertha was lost.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by owner Joe Burdette:

“Daylight; SE wind and heavy seas…tried to run for shelter.”  “Heavy seas came aboard vessel over the stern which caused her to sink…vessel foundered in heavy seas.”

The Hertha had only a fishing seine on the back deck.  She was valued at $8,500 at the time of the loss with no cargo and no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 14 N 133 37 W   Chart 17406

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 15 Net, Built 1925, Registered Ketchikan, ON 224900, Master Oscar Casperson of Ketchikan, Owner Joe Burdette of Ketchikan, Last Port Craig July 30, 1939, Destination fishing grounds

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan August 7, 1939 by Burdette

HETTA (1987)     The 83 foot fish tender Hetta stranded and sank January 16, 1987 off of Whale Head Island on the west side of Prince of Wales Island.  All three crewmembers made it to the beach where they were picked up by another fishing vessel and taken to Round Island.  They were rescued at Round Island by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location:  Southeast Alaska   55 51 40 N 133 41 W   Chart 17400

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HIAWATHA (1936)     The 8 ton gas screw fishing vessel Hiawatha foundered in rough seas at 5 p.m. Thursday May 14, 1936 about one and a half miles off Caamano Point.  The two person crew survived the tragedy, but the Hiawatha, valued at $800 and her 7300 pound cargo of fresh salmon, valued at $359 were lost.  There was no insurance.  The vessel’s last port was Myers Chuck and destination Ketchikan.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 30 N 131 58 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1920, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219629,Master Lars A Olin of Myers Chuck, Owner Estate of S B Carr of Seattle

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed May 16, 1936 by Olin

HIGHWAY (1943)     The gas boat Highway was lost while towing the barge Mercer No 1 March 5, 1943 in Lynn Canal near Ralston Island.  Wreckage of the Highway was found near Ralston Island and the barge was located on the beach at Lena Point.  Six or seven crewmembers were lost in the disaster.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 31 45 N 135 02 15 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

HILDA (1931)     The 10 ton wooden gas screw Hilda parted an anchor line and foundered on the rocks at Cape Ulitka at 2 a.m. June 20, 1931.  Owner and master Albert Johnson of Craig was the only one aboard at the time of the casualty.  John Eckloff took Johnson off the wreck.  It was a moonlit night with 25 per hour winds and high seas.  The Hilda was valued at $1,000 no cargo and no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 33 45 N 133 43 35 W   Chart 17406

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Age 13, Registered Ketchikan, ON 216593, Last Port Craig June 19th, Destination Noyes Island

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Craig July 2, 1931 by Johnson

HILDA (1959)     The 10 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Hilda foundered in August of 1959 near Saint John Harbor on Zarembo Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 27 N 132 57 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 36.5, Breadth 10, Depth 3.8, Built 1918 at Craig, Horsepower 110, SL WK5870, Owner Edward C Polk, Registered Ketchikan, ON 216593

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 243, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 903

 

HILSEN (1951)     The Canadian halibut fishing vessel Hilsen caught fire and sank July 29, 1951 off of Forrester Island. A short in the ignition was reported as the cause of the blaze. The crew of four barely had time to abandon ship to a dory. The Hilsen was carrying 3,000 pounds of fresh halibut. Alaska fishing vessel Denny Joe rescued the survivors including skipper Peter Ivarson of Vancouver, his father Arne, Einer Hanberg of Prince Rupert and Alfred Carlson of Digby Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 48 N 133 31 W   Chart 16016

Source: Fairbanks Daily News Miner (August 3, 1951) “Crewmen Tell of Narrow Escape on Vessel” Pg 1

 

HOLDAL II (1922)     The halibut boat Holdal II struck a rock and foundered March 10, 1922 at the entrance to a harbor on Bushy Island.  The crew made it to shore.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 16 N 132 59 W   Chart 17360

Source: The Juneau Empire (March 10, 1922) Pg 6

 

HOME (1979)     The 33 foot sailboat Home stranded and broke up in the surf February 14, 1979 off the southern tip of Long Island southwest of Ketchikan.  The family of four that was on the vessel survived in the wilderness over a month before being rescued.  Elmo Wortman (53), Cindy Wortman (17), Randy Wortman (16) and Geana Wortman (13) suffered severe frostbite and hypothermia when finally rescued. The Random House book Almost Too Late details their ordeal.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 51 N 132 41 W   Chart 17400

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Oregonian (March 16, 1979) “4 Survive Ordeal in Alaska” Pg A23

 

HOMER (1919)     The 34 ton gas screw Homer caught fire and was lost at 1 a.m. October 1, 1919 in Security Bay.  The three men aboard barely escaped to the gas screw Milleville which was lying alongside when the fire broke out in the engine room of the Homer.  The Homer, valued at $12,000 was damaged $6,500 and her two ton cargo of fresh fish valued at $250 was lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 53 N 134 21 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 34 Gross 23 Net, Age 2 years, Registered Seattle, ON 214758, Master M C Klabo of Petersburg, Owner Marathon Fishing and Packing Co of Seattle, Last Port Cape Fanshaw September 30, 1919, Destination Security Bay, Vessel Insurance $6,000, Cargo Insurance none

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Petersburg by Klabo October 10, 1919

 

HOOVER (1995)     The 62 foot wooden longline halibut fishing vessel Hoover ran aground and broke up in the surf September 25, 1995 a mile north of Shoal Point, Kruzof Island.  All six crewmembers were rescued.  A salvage attempt was made but failed.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 00 40 N 135 38 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: ON 228381

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

 

HORNET (1975)     The 48 ton oil screw Hornet foundered December 13, 1975 near Lincoln Rock in Clarence Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 03 25 N 132 41 50 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 48 Gross, Built 1945, ON 531463

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2242

 

HUNTER (1914)     The 6 ton wooden gas screw Hunter was forced onto the beach by a tidal eddy at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday October 21, 1914 at Salt Chuck, Traitors Cove .  Otto Houcken of Ketchikan was the only one aboard on a trip from Ketchikan to Traitors Cove.  Houcken survived but the Hunter, valued at $600 was a total loss with no insurance. James Greenslate assisted with the gas screw Lkunk.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 42 N 131 39 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 6, Age 4 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209647, Owners W J Bland, Persly Black and Otto Houcken of Ketchikan

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed October 27, 1914

HUNTER (1917)     The 8 ton 32 foot gas screw fishing vessel Hunter foundered in Taku Harbor October of 1917.  The two persons aboard were lost with the vessel.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska 58 04 10 N 134 00 10 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross and Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 8.9, Depth 3.4, IHP 12, Built 1911 at Douglas, Registered Juneau, ON 208744

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 440, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 247

HYPERIEN (1961)     The 18 ton 43 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Hyperien foundered September 23, 1961 at Bartlett Cove in Glacier Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 27 N 135 55 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 43.2, Breadth 11.3, Depth 6.5, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 130, SL WL5041, Owner Jack Z Crowley, Registered Juneau, ON 227218

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 270, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 930

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