South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( I )

IBIS (1935)     The 16 ton wooden oil screw Ibis foundered a half mile east of Aats Point at 10 a.m. October 22, 1935.  The following are excerpts from the report of casualty filed by master and owner Dave Harrison of Ketchikan who was the sole occupant of the Ibis:

“75 mile, SE Gale, choppy sea.”    “Unable to do anything, vessel capsized, wind held her down.”  “Wm. Mueller, Am. Ol. S Venus put line aboard which was fastened to main rigging and attempted to tow vessel to safe harbor but had to cut line, Harrison was able to get aboard Venus by aid of line.”  “Was running for Egg Harbor for shelter when boat capsized.  Vessel located in 17 fathoms water but on account of heavy seas unable to raise her, and find she is breaking up.”

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 55 45 N 134 16 W   Chart 17402

Additional Information: Tonnage 16 Gross 11 Net, Built 1933, Registered Ketchikan, ON 232321, Last Port Coronation Island October 22nd, Destination Egg Harbor, Vessel Value $10,000, Vessel Insurance $2,000, Cargo none

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed December 18, 1935 at Ketchikan

ICY QUEEN (1988)     The 55 foot fishing vessel Icy Queen capsized in Meares Passage and washed ashore on the west side of Suemez Island January 15, 1988.  All six crewmen were rescued.  The vessel was later towed to a sandy beach and salvaged.  Evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 16 N 133 21 W   Chart 17400

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

IDA C (1928)     The 8 ton wooden gas screw Ida C was destroyed by fire at 4:30 p.m. Sunday September 30, 1928 while on a hunting trip to Duke Island.  John Peters, owner and master of the Ida C said the following in the report of casualty:

“approximately 500 yds. from Duke Island, East side.  Building fire in cabin; tide going out.  Boat aground and tipped over-turning 20 gal. gasoline.”  “Fire…stormy wind and rain…nothing could be done.”

The two aboard the Ida C survived, but the vessel, valued at $2,800 was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 55 N 131 20 W   Chart 17434

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1927, Registered Tacoma and Ketchikan, ON 226274, Last Port Ketchikan September 29th, Destination hunting trip to Duke Island, Insurance none

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed December 2, 1928 at Ketchikan

IDA K (1975)     The 18 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Ida K foundered April 19, 1975 in Stephens Passage near Juneau.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 18 15 N 134 24 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 39.4, Breadth 12.9, Depth 5.4, Built 1912 at Seattle, ON 210859

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 302, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2242

 

IDLER (1900)     The 10 ton 31 foot wooden schooner Idler parted her anchor chains and stranded on the north end of Coronation Island Thursday December 6, 1900 and became a total loss.  The following are statements taken from the wreck report filed by master of the Idler, Charles Nickett of Ketchikan:

“North end of Coronation Island…Gale, snow, high sea, daylight.”  “Hove to under foresail and staysail, made bad weather, sprung a leak, run before it.”  “Let go both anchors in small time, but parted chains and drifted ashore.”

The two aboard made it to safety but the Idler, valued at $200 was a total loss no insurance.  She had departed Ketchikan November 22nd bound for Coronation Island and had no cargo.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 55 45 N 134 16 W   Chart 17402

Additional Information: Length 31, Breadth 11 Depth 6.3, Built 1892 at Seattle, Tonnage 10 Gross, Registered Ketchikan, ON 100527, Owner J E Lathrop of Ketchikan

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed at Alaska Collection District

IGLOO (1954)     The 17 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Igloo was consumed by fire at Juneau on March 18, 1954.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 18 15 N 134 24 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 14 Net, Length 43.6, Breadth 12.1, Depth 4.5, Built 1917 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 143, Owner S S Lee, Registered Juneau, ON 214999

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 249, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 738

 

IGLOO (2012)     The 42 foot wooded salmon troller Igloo grounded and sprung a leak May 4, 2012 near the Sitka Airport with two persons aboard. Sitka Search and Rescue removed the two crewmen. Several days later while towing the Igloo to a safe location for dismantling, the vessel sank 200 yards from the beach in 50 feet of water at Cannon Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 02 35 N 135 18 W   Chart 17327

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 38.3, Breadth 10.4, Depth 5.2, Built 1920 at Seattle WA, ON 219787, Call Sign WX6048

Sources: 1. 17th Coast Guard District Enforcement Report (Apr-May 2012), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 659

 

ILWACO (1918)      The 61 ton wooden gas screw Ilwaco stranded and was lost at 6 p.m. Tuesday November 5, 1918 at “Green Point, Chatham Sound…about one mile south of Alaskan Boundary” according to the report of casualty.  The crew of seven departed Petersburg November 4th bound for Anacortes, Washington with 17 ½ tons of barreled herring aboard.  At the time of the wreck the weather was foggy with a heavy sea.  The crew escaped and were picked up on the beach by the S S Humbolt.  The Ilwaco was valued at $30,000 and her cargo at $2,300 both total losses with no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 34 N 130 41 W   Chart 17420

Comment: Probably Green Island.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 61 Gross 41 Net, Age 27 years, Registered Seattle, ON 100514, Master Ed Sunner of Anacortes Washington, Owner Apex Fish Co of Seattle

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by W A Harcourt, Agent for Apex Fish March 13, 1919

IMARTA (1933)     The 8 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Imarta burned at Ketchikan November 18, 1933.  The two aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 34.4, Breadth 10.2, Depth 3.9, Built 1909 at Juneau, Horsepower 16, Owner Hans Olson, Registered Ketchikan, ON 206677

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1007, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 366-7

IMP (1948)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Imp foundered September 13, 1948 one half mile south of False Point Retreat.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 22 10 N 134 58 15 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.4, Breadth 8.9, Depth 3.5, Built 1917 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Glen D Wise, Registered Juneau, ON 232570

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) Pg 111, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 909

 

IMPERATOR NIKOLAI  I (1861)     The Russian paddlewheel steamer Imperator Nikolai I struck a rock during a thick snowstorm and was lost between New Archangel (Sitka) and Vancouver November 8, 1861 near Kake Village.  The crew was saved by natives and later picked up by the steamer Aleksandr from Sitka.  Engine parts salvaged from the Imperator Nikolai I were used in the Politkofsky.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 58 30 N 133 56 30 W   Chart 17368

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

IMPERIAL (1928)     The 30 ton gas screw fishing vessel Imperial disappeared November 15, 1928 along with her crew of six.  The vessel had departed Juneau for deep sea fisheries and was never seen again.  She is believed to have foundered in the Gulf of Alaska in very bad weather.  Lost were the master and owner of the Imperial, James Romain along with Ed Larsen, Elmer Jacobson, –Neiland, Crist Toilswick and Hans Mathisen.  The vessel was valued at $6,000 and was insured for that same amount.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska Unknown

Comment: The Brunvoll went missing at the same time with seven crewmembers.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 30 Gross 23 Net, Built 1917, Registered Ketchikan, ON 214899, Owner and master James Romain of Seattle

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan by Albert Johnson January 4, 1929

IMPERIAL (1943)     The 7 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Imperial foundered at Juneau June 30, 1943.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska 58 18 15 N 134 24 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 31.9, Breadth 9, Depth 3.5, Built 1919 at Hoonah, Crew 3, Horsepower 15, Owner Jimmie K Hanson, Registered Juneau, ON 226658

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 754, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) Pg 173

IMPRESSIVE (2006)     The 28 foot dive boat Impressive took a wave over the stern, flooded her lazarette and sank February 18, 2006 near Hassler Reef at Bees Rocks in Clarence Strait near Duke Island.  The three persons aboard were rescued from the water by the vessel Formula I.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 51 N 131 34 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Length 28.8, ON 619436

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Enforcement Report (February 18, 2006), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 277059

 

IMPROVER (1967)     The 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Improver foundered at Bold Island in 1967.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska Unknown

Comment: Multiple Bold Islands. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 7 Net, Length 31.3, Breadth 9.6, Depth 3.8, Built 1926 at Hydaburg, 12 HP, ON 225984

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) Pg 1256, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 304

 

INGER (1925)     The 7 ton wooden gas screw fishing vessel Inger caught fire and was lost at 8:00 p.m. October 3, 1925 on Gravina Island in Tongass Narrows.  She had departed Ketchikan that day bound for the fishing grounds.  The master of the vessel, Hilmar Ellertsen of Ketchikan stated the following in the report of casualty:

“No wind, calm weather, dark night…no rain.”  “Tongass Narrows on Gravina Island shore directly across from Smiley’s cannery.”  “Burning of vessel caused by gas explosion by backfiring of engine.”  “After explosion by back firing of engine, fire started, burning the Master severely.  He then beached the vessel on nearest shore to save lives of crew, there being no possibility of saving vessel.”  “Boat beached by master, no chance to save vessel, engine salvaged.”

The two aboard survived the casualty, but the Inger, valued at $3,000 was lost except for her engine.  There was no insurance on the vessel.  The only cargo aboard was ballast and stores.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 30 N 131 38 45 W   Chart 17428

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Net, Built 1919, Registered Ketchikan, ON 218922, Owners Acim Strand and Andrew Gunderson of Ketchikan, Insurance none

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Ellertsen February 18, 1925 at Ketchikan

INSTALLER (1916)     The 18 ton wooden gas screw Installer stranded and was lost at 5 a.m. Wednesday May 17, 1916 at Forrester Island.  The following are statements taken from the report of casualty filed by master of the Installer, Earl C Bright:

“Cloudy morning; increasing gale and sea from SE…heavy sea.”  “East shore Forrester Island Fish Camp.”  “Moderate gale and sea.  Starlit night…Stranding…Lost Anchor; line foul in propeller.”  “Line to mooring; light anchor out.  Kedge upwind before clear beach; signaled for aid.  Work to clear wheel.”  “Bight outside which I anchored dotted with hundreds of lines and moorings.   Lost anchor and fouled one of these in darkness.  Midnight.  No aid from boats at anchor.  Held off lee shore 5 hours.  Stranded on ebb tide.  Saved everything except hull.”  “Fishermen helped save cargo and machinery.  C Selbach in 5 HP boat rounded island to get aid from G S J P Todd II.  Mr. Willet, U S Warden, stored goods saved.”

The three aboard the Installer survived the casualty but the Installer, valued at $2,000 was a $1,200 loss.  Her cargo consisted of about 10 tons of merchandise worth $1,000 of which $600 worth was saved.  At the time the report was filed insurance on the vessel was doubtful but the cargo was insured for $1,000.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 48 N 133 31 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Built July 1913, Registered Seattle, ON 211468, Master E C Bright of Ketchikan, Owner W C Kean of Seattle, Last Port Ketchikan May 11th, Destination Forrester Island

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Bright May 22, 1916 at Ketchikan

INVESTOR (1982)     The 58 foot seiner Investor was consumed by fire September 7, 1982 while anchored at Egg Island outside of Craig.  The crew and passengers were found aboard the seiner murdered by an unknown gunman.  Witnesses saw a lone male departing in a skiff as the Investor burned. Eight persons were lost including Mark and Irene Coulthurst (both 28), their son John Coulthurst (4), their daughter Kimberly Coulthurst (5), Deane Moon (19) of Blaine, Jerome Keown (18) of Blaine, Michael Stewart (19) of Bellingham, and Chris Heyman (18) of San Rafael, Ca.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 28 30 N 131 09 W   Chart 17400

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Times (September 12, 1982) “Killer may have been observed in skiff leaving burning seiner” Pg A6

 

IOLA (1965)     The 13 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Iola was destroyed by a storm August 20, 1965 at Carroll Inlet.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 17 N 131 30 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 11 Net, Length 34.1, Breadth 10.5, Depth 5.6, Built 1915 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 110, SL WK5926, Owner Frank M Verney, Registered Wrangell, ON 216637

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 307, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1168

 

IONA (1909)     The 5 ton 26 foot wooden gas screw auxiliary schooner Iona was struck by the Hegg and lost in Sitka Bay at 1:00 a.m. December 6, 1909.  The following are responses given by master and owner J W Comly to questions in the wreck report:

“Wind blowing, hard sea.  Sea rolling high.  Dark.”  “Tried to work out of Horner. (Sitka Bay, Alaska).  Struck by the Hegg.  Water was too rough.  Could do nothing.”

The crew of three escaped but the Iona, valued at $1,000 was lost.  There was no cargo and no insurance.  According to the report, the Iona left Sitka Bay December 3rd bound for Horner.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 03 N 135 20 W   Chart 17320

Comment: H W McCurdy (Pg 169) and Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) Pg 408 both report this wreck at Nome.  The information in this report is from the original wreck report filed by the owner.  WG

Additional Information: Length 26, breadth 9.2, Depth 4.2, Built in 1905 at Skagway, Tonnage 5, Registered at Skagway, ON 202565

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed February 28, 1910 by Comly

IOWA (1927)     The 12 ton wooden gas screw Iowa hit an iceberg late November of 1926, filed a report to the Coast Guard in Juneau June 27, 1927 and then caught fire and burned at the Ketchikan Standard Oil Station July 15, 1927.  The iceberg caused only $400 worth of damage but the loss was total at the oil dock.  The Iowa was worth $2,000 and had no cargo except stores and $112 in cash; all lost.  There was no insurance.  Charles Anderson of Wrangell was the master of the Iowa and the only one aboard at the time of the blaze.  He mentioned in the report of casualty he filed at Wrangell that the fire was caused by some defect in the apparatus of the oil station.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Built 1907, Registered Juneau, ON 204103, Owner John Sandman of Wrangell, Last Port Union Bay Cannery July 14, 1927, Destination Ketchikan

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty September 9, 1927 at Wrangell

IRENE (1963)     The 8 ton 26 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Irene foundered November 2, 1963 in Tongass Narrows near Ketchikan.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 26.3, Breadth 8.4, Depth 4.9, Built unknown, Former Name Irene (U S N), Horsepower 12, Owner Clarence A Campbell, Registered Port Angeles WA, ON 236920

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 286, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 964

 

IRENE B (1930)     The 7 ton wooden gas screw Irene B was hauled out on the beach when large waves from a strong SW gale broke her up.  The casualty occurred about one half mile south of Wrangell at 4 a.m. Sunday December 7, 1930.  No one was aboard at the time.  The Irene B was valued at $1,200 when she was lost and had no cargo or insurance.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Built 1910, Registered Wrangell, ON 207245, Master and Owner John Mantle of Wrangell

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed December 9, 1930 by Mantle at Wrangell

IRENE C (1959)     The 8 ton 30 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Irene C burned February 22, 1959 at Wrangell.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 30.2, Breadth 9, Depth 4.4, Built 1912 at Wrangell, Horsepower 75, Owner Melvin Gadd, Registered Wrangell, ON 231739

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 253, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

IRMA BELLE (1961)     The 9 ton 28 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Irma Belle was consumed by fire September 21, 1961 at Meyers Chuck.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 44 30 N 132 15 15 W   Chart 17423

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 8 Net, Length 27.9, Breadth 8.6, Depth 4.1, Built 1929 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 40, Owner Robert M Hammers, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 229248

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 278, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 930

 

ISLANDER (1901)     The 240 foot British passenger and freight steamer Islander was reported to have collided with an iceberg off Douglas Island at the foot of Lynn Canal on August 15, 1901 shortly after leaving Juneau.  There were 109 passengers and 62 crew members aboard from whom official reports say 45 were lost.  Newspaper accounts have as many as 70 lost.  It was only 20 minutes from the time the vessel struck and ripped open her port side plates until she sank, bow first, off of Douglas Island. It was shortly after two o’clock in the morning. There are as many different and often conflicting accounts of the tragedy as there were survivors.

The Islander was rumored to be carrying 1.5 to 3 million in gold when she sank.  Many attempts at salvaging the treasure have taken place since the disaster and are still ongoing more than 100 years later.  In 1934 the Islander was raised from 365 feet and towed into the shallows. No substantial amounts of gold were found aboard the rusted hulk. Other salvage efforts stretch from where the vessel was reported to have struck an iceberg at the south end of Douglas Island to her final resting place many miles away.

The following two lists are unofficial, incomplete or more likely over complete but represent passengers and crewmembers that were listed as lost and/or those listed as survivors. I merged lists that appeared in a number of newspapers that were directly and immediately affected by the tragedy. There are notations by each name identifying where the information was found. Many names were misspelled or duplicated in several sources. Some names were included in both lists, but later excluded from one or the other. Some names only appear in the newspapers of the passengers home towns. Names and particulars come from the following publications:

Daily Alaska Dispatch of Thursday August 15, 1901 (AD15 – 21 names)

Daily Alaska Dispatch of Friday August 16, 1901 (AD16 – 25 names)

Daily Alaska Dispatch of Saturday August 17, 1901 (AD17 – 26 passenger names)

Daily Alaska Dispatch of Monday August 19, 1901 (AD19 – 26 passengers and 13 crewmen names)

The Vancouver Daily World of Monday August 19, 1901 (DW19 – 6 passengers and 17 crewmen names lost and 97 survivors names)

Portland Morning Oregonian of Tuesday August 20, 1901 (MO20) 79 Survivors

San Francisco Chronicle Tuesday August 20, 1901 (SF20) 78 Survivors

Names of passengers and crew LOST as reported in the above newspapers:

 

  1. George Allen (Allan), 3rd engineer of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) (DW19) (MO20)
  2. James Baird, assistant pantryman of the Islander (AD19)
  3. Miss Kate Barnes (AD17) body recovered (AD17) (AD19)
  4. Joe Beard, 2nd pantryman of the Islander (AD15) (AD16)
  5. Mr. P.W. Bell (AD15) (AD16) (AD17) (AD19) (DW19)
  6. M.J. Bracelen of Humboldt, Nebraska (AD19)
  7. George Buckholder, oiler of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) A Buckholder, oiler (DW19)
  8. Patrick Paddy Burke (body recovered) Burk, oiler of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) A. Burke, oiler(DW19)
  9. N. Casper (AD17) (AD19)
  10. M. Castlebury (AD17)
  11. F.F. Comford (AD17) F.F. Comfort (AD19)
  12. Joseph Dahl of Circle City (body recovered) (AD16) (AD17) (AD19)
  13. J.G. Dean (AD17) (AD19)
  14. Mr. J.M. Douglas (AD17) (AD19)
  15. Dr. J.A. Duncan of Victoria (AD15) (body recovered) (AD16) (AD17) (AD19) (DW19)
  16. Captain H.B. Foote  (AD15) (AD16) (AD19)
  17. Horace Fowler, 2nd steward of the Islander(AD16)
  18. James Hatch, fireman of the Islander (AD19) (DW19)
  19. U.S. Hebert (AD17) N.S. Herbert (AD19)
  20. Mrs. J.C. Henderson (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) (DW19) (SF20)
  21. Miles Jacob, saloon waiter of the Islander (body recovered) (AD16) (AD19)
  22. A.W. Jerry of Eagle City (body recovered) (AD16)
  23. M.P. Jock, coal passer of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) M.P. Jack (DW19)
  24. E.W. Jorg (AD17) (AD19)
  25. Mr. Andrew Keating (SF20)
  26. Arthur Keating (AD17) (AD19) son
  27. Mrs. Keating (AD17) (AD19) wife
  28. Julius Keating (AD17) (AD19) son
  29. Alfred Kendall, night saloon watchman of the Islander (AD15) (body recovered) (AD16) (AD19) Second pantryman Kendall (DW19)
  30. N. Law, coal passer of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) Norman Law, waiter of the Islander (AD19)
  31. V. Law (DW19) Crew of Islander
  32. E. Lills (DW19) Passenger
  33. William Meadows (AD17) (AD19)
  34. George Miles, barber of the Islander, Miller, barber of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) (DW19)
  35. E. Mills (AD15) (AD16) (AD17) (AD19) (wife surived)
  36. G. Moran, coal passer of the Islander (AD15) (AD16) (DW19)
  37. Mrs. Captain Nickerson (AD15) (AD16) (AD19) Mrs. Nichelson (AD17) (DW19)
  38. Dorothy Ione Philips, 4 year old daughter of Dr. Phillips of Seattle (body recovered) (AD16) (AD19) (SF20)
  39. Mrs. Phillips (AD17) (AD19) (SF20)
  40. S.J. Pitts, colored chief cook of the Islander (AD15) (body recovered) (AD16) (AD19) (DW19)
  41. Hugh Porter, coal passer of the Islander (AD15)(body recovered) (AD16) (AD19) J. Porter coal passer (DW19)
  42. F. Rekate (AD17) F. Rekato (AD19) Fred Rekate Dawson butcher (AD19)
  43. T. Rodgers (Rogers) (AD19)
  44. Mrs. R. Ross (Governor Ross’ wife) (AD15) (AD16)(body recovered) (AD17) (AD19)
  45. Mrs. R. Ross infant child (AD15) (AD16)(body recovered) (AD17) (AD19)
  46. Mrs. R. Ross niece (Miss McKay) (AD15) (AD16) (AD17) (body recovered) (AD19) (DW19)
  47. Mrs. Ross (body recovered) (AD17) (AD19)
  48. Horace Smith, 2nd steward of the Islander (AD15) (DW19). Name changed to Horace Fowler on subsequent lost lists and later back to Horace Smith (AD19).
  49. E.L. Spinks (AD17)
  50. W.T. Thomas mounted policeman (body identified)
  51. J.R. Wilkes (AD17)
  52. R. Yet (Chinaman) (AD19) (Body recovered)
  53. Unidentified Chinaman (DW19)

Names of passengers and crew who SURVIVED as reported in the newspapers:

  1. H.W. Anderson, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  2. S. Applebaum, Dawson (DW19) S. Appleburn, Victoria (MO20) (SF20)
  3. George Bay, Ottowa (SF20)
  4. A.C. Beech, Dominion Creek, Dawson (DW19) A.C. Beach, First South African Contingent (MO20)
  5. N.A. Belcourt, M.P., Ottawa (DW19) M.A. Belcourt, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  6. Louis Berther, Dawson (DW19)
  7. J.L. Betham, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  8. H.F. Bishop, Chief Purser (DW19) H.N. Bishop (SF20)
  9. J. Bleason (DW19)
  10. Blumauer of Portland (SF20)
  11. J.E. Bousman, Seattle (MO20) J.E. Bousnan, Seattle (SF20)
  12. F.G.Hinde Bowker, Vancouver (DW19) (SF20) E.G. Hinde-Bowker, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  13. Oscar Bowman, Vancouver  (DW19)
  14. R. Bowman, Vancouver (DW19) (SF20)
  15. Mrs. R. Bowman, Vancouver (DW19) (SF20)
  16. Bowman boy, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  17. J.E. Branin, San Bernardino (DW19)
  18. H.A. Brigham (DW19) H. Brigham, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  19. B. Brissan, Vancouver (MO20) R. Brissan, Vancouver (SF20)
  20. Geo. T. Brown, Dawson (DW19) G.F. Brown, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  21. T.H. Brown, Victoria  (MO20) (SF20)
  22. A.L. Brownlee, Chief Engineer (DW19) A.T. Brownlee (SF20)
  23. E.G. Carlson, Seattle (DW19) E.G. Condson, Seattle (MO20)
  24. B. Carter, Sailor, C.P.N. (DW19) (SF20)
  25. T. Castleberry, Seattle  (MO20) (SF20)
  26. William Chalmers, Steward’s Department (DW19) (SF20)
  27. J. Cockier, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  28. Joseph Cockier, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  29. F.F. Comfort (DW19)
  30. E.G. Condson, Seattle(SF20)
  31. J.L. Cotter, M. Police, White Horse (DW19) J.E. Cotter, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  32. M. Coughley, Seattle  (MO20) (SF20)
  33. H. Dalgeish, Atlin (DW19)
  34. J. Daniels, Seattle (DW19)
  35. J.A. Dean, Cariboo (DW19)
  36. L.J. Dean, Cariboo Crossing (DW19) L.J. Deane, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  37. F. Dedlosh, Seattle (MO20) Dediosh (SF20)
  38. E.M. Dennis, Dawson (DW19) E.M. Dennis, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  39. Jas. Denny, 4th Engineer, Victoria (DW19) James Denny (SF20) Charles Denny (SF20)
  40. J.K. Devlin, Porcupine (DW19)
  41. N. Dickey, Seattle (DW19) M. Dickey, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  42. John Dickson, porter, C.P.N. Victoria (SF20)
  43. F. Didish, Racine, Wis. (DW19)
  44. J. Douill, Vancouver  (MO20) (SF20)
  45. A.L. Doyle, Saint Louis (MO20) (SF20)
  46. Chas. Doyle, Ft. Cudahy (DW19) C. Doyle, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  47. Geo. Doyle, Ft. Cudahy (DW19) G.W. Doyle, Seattle(MO20) (SF20)
  48. Vergin Doyle, Ft. Cudahy (DW19)
  49. Mr. Edward  (MO20) Edwards (SF20)
  50. Mrs. Edward  (MO20) Edwards (SF20)
  51. M. Emphey (DW19)
  52. Geo. Ferey, Ferry, Quartermaster, C.P.N. (DW19) (SF20)
  53. Charles Fisher (AD16)
  54. Ed. C. Flint and wife, Dawson (DW19)
  55. Fosser, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  56. Alex. Fraser, Vancouver (DW19)
  57. Harvey Fraser, 3rd Pantryman, Victoria (DW19) (SF20)
  58. T.D. Gennen, Seattle  (MO20)
  59. Leo Gass, Seattle (DW19)
  60. L. Gill, Vancouver (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  61. E.M. Green, 848 Seymour St., Vancouver (DW19) M. Green, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20) Max Green, Tacoma (DW19)
  62. L.Sam Green 848 Seymour St. (quoted) (DW19)
  63. Captain Harris, Victoria (DW19)
  64. Charles I. Harrison of Victoria (AD16)
  65. H.H. Hart, San Francisco (DW19)
  66. M. Hart, Seattle  (MO20) H.Hart, Seattle (SF20)
  67. J.C. Henderson, Skagway (DW19) J.C. Henderson, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  68. H.W. Henderson, Dawson (DW19)
  69. W.S. Herbert, Dawson (DW19)
  70. R.M. Higman, Bar-keeper, Victoria (DW19)
  71. Hintz, quartermaster (SF20)
  72. Ed. Hudson, Coal Passer (DW19) (SF20)
  73. S. Jameson, Vancouver, Russ House (DW19) S. Jamieson, Vancouver (MO20) Steward Jameson (MO20)
  74. Noble Johnson, St. Mary’s, Ont. (DW19)
  75. T. Knowles, Atlin (DW19) Thomas Knowles, Victoria (MO20) (SF20)
  76. Jno. Kochedar, Dawson (DW19)
  77. Jack Kochver, Dawson (DW19)
  78. Joe. Kochver, Dawson (DW19)
  79. V. Koki, Seattle  (MO20) (SF20)
  80. Anton Krishe, Dawson (DW19) A. Keiski, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  81. Arthur Langemak, Dawson (DW19) R. Longmop, Seattle (MO20)
  82. Pat Lavin, fireman (SF20)
  83. E.C. LeBlanc, Pilot, Victoria (DW19) LaBlonde (MO20)
  84. R. Longmo, Seattle (SF20)
  85. Corporal MacFarland, Dawson (DW19)
  86. F.F. MacNaughton, White Horse (DW19) F.F. McNaughton, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  87. H.R. McBeth, Portland (MO20) (SF20)
  88. H.H. McDonald, deck boy (SF20)
  89. J. McDonald, fireman (SF20)
  90. Owen McLaughlin, Skagway (DW19) Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  91. Mrs. McLaughlin, Skagway(DW19) Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  92. McLaughlin child, Skagway(DW19) Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  93. K.B. McLennan, Vancouver (DW19) J.K. McLellan, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  94. Dr. McFarland, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  95. J.W. McFarland, Atlin (DW19) John McFarlane, Vancouver (MO20) John McFarland (SF20)
  96. Mr. Maghten, E.G. Hinde-Bowker shared cabin mentioned as survivor in Bowker interviews Morning Oregonian August 19, 1901
  97. R.J. Marsh, Fireman, M.P.C., Skagway (DW19) B.J. March, Seattle (MO20) R.J. March, Seattle (SF20)
  98. L.T. Maxwell, Seattle (DW19) L.F. Markwell, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  99. Mrs. E. Mills, Dawson (DW19) Mrs. E. Mills, Seattle (MO20)
  100. J.G. Morgan, Winnipeg (DW19) J.G. Morgan, Vancouver (SF20) (MO20) J.H. Morgan, Winnipeg (SF20)
  101. A.H. Morrison, Dawson (DW19) H.M. Morrison, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  102. M.H. Murphy, fireman (SF20)
  103. G. Nash, Fireman, Victoria (DW19) J. Nash (SF20)
  104. W. Nelland, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  105. First Officer C. Neurotsos (MO20)
  106. O. Olsen, Coal Passer, C.P.N. (DW19) Victoria (SF20)
  107. J.P. Penot (DW19) B. Penat, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  108. Dr. Phillips, Seattle (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  109. Pigeon, Vancouver  (MO20) (SF20)
  110. N. Pigeon (DW19) N. Pigeon, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  111. Pluth, Dawson (DW19) A. Pluth, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  112. George Powell, Second Mate (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  113. W.W. Powers, Eagle City (DW19) W.W. Power, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  114. M.G. Preston (DW19) initially reported lost W.G. Preston and bride, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  115. Mrs. M.G. Preston  (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  116. Geo. Puddicombe, Tacoma (DW19) George Puddicumbe, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  117. C.C. Ray, Ottawa (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  118. P. Ridgeley, Seattle  (MO20) (SF20)
  119. H. Roal, Dawson (DW19) H. Roal, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  120. L.S. Robe, Dawson (DW19) L.S. Robe, Seattle (MO20)
  121. Chas. Ross, Dawson (DW19) R. Ross, Seattle (MO20) R. Ross, Seattle wife drowned (SF20)
  122. Wm. Sahn and wife, Skagway (DW19)
  123. C.H.C. Sharman, M. Police, White Horse (DW19) C.H. Sharman, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  124. George W. Simpson, Steward, Victoria (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  125. W.S. Smith, Vancouver (DW19) (MO20) (SF20)
  126. J.V. Snodgrass, Dawson (DW19) J.H. Snodgrass, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)
  127. J.T. Snyder, Seattle (DW19) J.T. Snyder, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  128. Geo. Spence, Stewards Department (DW19) (SF20)
  129. D.L. Spinks, Dawson (DW19)
  130. Sam Starten, Winnipeg (SF20)
  131. J.D. Stevens (DW19) T.G. Stevens, Seattle (MO20) L.G. Stevens, Seattle (SF20)
  132. David Stewart, Fireman (DW19) (SF20)
  133. R.R. Taylor, deck boy (SF20)
  134. Allan J. Walker and wife, Skagway (DW19)
  135. E.H. Waller, M. Police, White Horse (DW19) E.H. Waller, Vancouver (MO20) E.H. Walter (SF20)
  136. Mrs. Gertrude Whitmore, Tacoma (DW19) Mrs. Wetmore, Tacoma (MO20) (SF20)
  137. J. L. Wilcox, San Francisco (DW19) John L. Wilcox, San Francisco (MO20) 502 6th Street San Francisco (SF20) (SF20)
  138. Russell Wilkinson, Lemington, Ont. (DW19) R. Wilkinson, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  139. R.M. Wright, Willows, N.D. (DW19) R.M. Wright, Seattle(MO20) (SF20)
  140. T.D. Yennen, Seattle (SF20)
  141. Everett G. Young, 901 Hornby Street, Vancouver (DW19) E.G. Young, Vancouver (MO20) (SF20)
  142. Edward Young, 901 Hornby Street (MO20)
  143. Mr. Zahn, Seattle  (MO20) (SF20)
  144. Mrs. Zahn, Seattle (MO20) (SF20)

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 13 N 134 30 W   Chart 17315

Additional Information: Length 240, Breadth 42, Depth 14, Built 1888 at Glasgow Scotland, Twin screw, Master H R Foot, Registered Victoria BC, Owner Canadian Pacific Navigation Company

Sources: 1. Wreck Report made from Dispatch from Consul at Vancouver BC August 31, 1901 made from letter dated August 19, 1901 of Senior Purser Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., 2. Peril at Sea (1986) Pgs 101, 143-8, 170 & 178, 3. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 15, 1901), 4. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 16, 1901), 5. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 17, 1901), 6. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 19, 1901), 7. The Vancouver Daily World (August 19, 1901), 8. Portland Morning Oregonian (August 20, 1901), 9. San Francisco Chronicle (August 20, 1901)

IT (1960)     The 8 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel It foundered September 8, 1960 at Juneau.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 18 15 N 134 24 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 33.7, Breadth 9.1, Depth 4.0, Built 1909 at Bellingham WA, Horsepower 15, Owner Mary Cesar, Registered Juneau, ON 216225

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 311, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1168

 

ITASCA (1978)     The 64 ton 61 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Itasca burned August 18, 1978 near Dall Island at Sakie Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 04 N 133 14 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 64 Gross 30 Net, Length 61.6, Breadth 18.4, Depth 8.5, Built 1958 at Saint Augustine FL, Former Name Captain Rocket, ON 277591

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 123, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2242

 

ITHONA (1935)     The 29 ton oil screw fishing vessel Ithona stranded on Hogg Rock in a thick fog at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday November 26, 1935.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day with six crew and 22,000 lbs. of fresh fish aboard.  They were bound for Prince Rupert when the wreck occurred.  The crew made it to safety, but the Ithona, valued at $17,800 and her cargo of fish, valued at $1,950 were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 11 15 N 131 18 30 W   Chart 17420

Comment: Probably Hog Rocks.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 29 Gross 20 Net, Built 1924, Registered Ketchikan, ON 223944, Owner Master Ole Moland of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $3,000, Cargo Insurance $1,620

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by Moland December 19, 1935 at Ketchikan

IVA ANN (1960)     The 10 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Iva Ann foundered June 14, 1960 approximately 40 miles south of Ketchikan.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 34.5, Breadth 9.6, Depth 4.3, Built 1934 at Port Orchard WA, Horsepower 90, SL WJ5713, Owner Jake P Relmer, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 233567

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 260, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 861

 

IVIG-see IBIS (1935) (Southeast Alaska)

IZZY B (2010)     The 34 foot Izzy B burned to the waterline December 8, 2010 in Port Santa Cruz. Her two crewmembers abandoned ship and were taken safely aboard the BJ.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska 55 17 N 133 27 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: ON 607372, Built 1979

Sources: 1. USCG 17th District Enforcement Report (Dec 2010-Mar 2011), 2. USCG Marine Information Exchange

2 Replies to “South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( I )”

  1. Can you please help me find info/data on the 43′ fish seiner “Universe,” skippered by Captain Tom O’Donnell? All hands were lost (4), except for one survivor who made it to shore (crewman David McCue). I think the Universe was lost in November 1983 in Puget Sound. I’m a researcher. Thank you.

    Mr. Cook

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