South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( J )

J & J (1996)     The 37 foot fishing vessel J & J was consumed by fire and sank August 8, 1996 at Korovin Island.  Both persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 26 N 160 15 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON AK7232C

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

 

J AUS (1990)     The 54 foot steel trawler J Aus disappeared and was presumed sunk February 28, 1990.  The vessel was traveling from Blaine, Washington to King Cove, Alaska. Search efforts for the missing vessel were hampered by 60 knot winds and seas to 27 feet.  All that was found was a life raft, an EPIRB and one survival suit.  The raft was found 70 miles southeast of Cordova near Cape Suckling. Lost with the vessel were skipper Mick Aus of King Cove, Dave Strom and Tracy Hill.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   59 59 30 N 143 53 W   Chart 16016

Comment: Dave Strom of King Cove and Port Townsend, Washington was the former owner of the Ione E which was renamed J Aus when purchased by the Aus family. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 57 Gross 38 Net, Length 54.2, Breadth 17.0, Depth 8.7, Built 1970 at Fort Bragg CA, SL WYZ2962, ON 529443, Former Names Paula B II and Ione E

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Sitka Sentinel (March 5, 1990) “Coast Guard Finds Liferaft from Missing Fishing Vessel” Pg 1, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 672

 

J H CROCKETT (1913)     The 15 ton 64 foot gas screw J H Crockett was burned in Smugglers Cove, Helm Bay December 22, 1913.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 34 30 N 131 56 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 14 Net, Length 64.6, Breadth 10.1, Depth 2.5, IHP 20, Built 1911 at Portland OR, Registered Portland OR, ON 210017

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1921) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 455, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1913) Pg 205, 3. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 230

JACK HORNER (1913)     The 50 ton 72 foot gas screw fishing vessel Jack Horner caught fire and became a total loss in Lynn Canal July 13, 1913.  The 6 crewmen aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 50 Gross 23 Net, Length 72, Breadth 16.2, Depth 7.5, IHP 80, Built 1911 at Seattle WA, Registered Port Townsend WA, ON 208459

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 429, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1913) Pg 207

JACKIE-R (1998)     The 49 foot salmon seiner Jackie-R capsized and sank August 18, 1998 in Square Cove on the west coast of Admiralty Island in Chatham Strait.  Fish shifting on deck during a haul caused the disaster.  All five crewmembers abandoned ship to a skiff, were rescued and taken to Hoonah.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 58 40 N 134 45 45 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: ON 655483

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

 

JAGER (2011)     The 42 foot steel Dungeness crab fishing vessel Jager sank in Chatham Strait west of Angoon October 6, 2011. The only person aboard abandoned ship to a liferaft and was rescued by the U S Coast Guard and transported to Angoon.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 30 N 134 35 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: ON 589726, Call Sign WDC7099, Built 1977

Sources: 1. 17th Coast Guard District Enforcement Report (Oct-Nov 2011), 2. USCG Marine Information Exchange

 

JAPAN (1907)     The British barge Japan was totally destroyed by an explosion of dynamite aboard July 10, 1907.  The entire crew of the Japan were killed along with one crewman (Ernest Strand) from the vessel Marion, which was towing the Japan.  The tragedy occurred while traveling from Ketchikan to Nobles, British Columbia.  The location was off of Bold Island in Revillagigedo Channel.  The Japan was valued at $1,500 and her cargo at $4,500.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 15 N 131 25 W   Chart 17434

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Alaska Packers Association Records (1982Microfilm)

JAY M (1951)     The 9 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jay M burned November 3, 1951 in Affleck Canal.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 05 N 134 03 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.1, Breadth 9.6, Depth 4.9, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 13, Owner Charles W Yancey, Registered Ketchikan, ON 233959

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) Pg 250, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 743

 

JEAN (1937)     The 8 ton gas screw fishing vessel Jean was destroyed by an explosion and fire at 5:30 p.m. September 15, 1937 at Six Mile Point in Blake Channel.  The two crewmen survived and were treated for burns after being picked up by vessel 31B470.  According to the report of casualty filed by Virgil Hulse, a member of the crew; the bottom of the gas tank fell out causing the explosion and fire.  Hulse and master Warren Powers of Wrangell had left that day for a fishing trip with an expected return to Wrangell.  The Jean was valued at $2,500 and had no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 20 N 132 W   Chart 17385

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Built 1911, Registered Wrangell, ON 233392, Owner M J Antonich of Wrangell, Conditions calm, foggy, dusk

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell November 13, 1937

JEAN (1964)     The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jean foundered July 3, 1964 at Cape Chacon.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 41 30 N 132 00 50 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 9.4, Depth 4.5, Built 1928 at Port Madison WA, Horsepower 8, Owner Floyd H Madsen, Registered Ketchikan, ON 237122

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 326, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1169

 

JEAN MARIE (1941)     The 15 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jean Marie burned off of Kruzof Island July 19, 1941.  The one person aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 10 N 135 40 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 12 Net, Length 38.4, Breadth 11.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1927 at Port Angeles WA, Horsepower 30, Owner W L Rottluff, Registered Sitka, ON 226704

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 178

JEANIE (1984)     The fishing vessel Jeanie burned and sank September 3, 1984 at Point Retreat northwest of Juneau.  Both persons on board were rescued by the Alaska State Ferry LeConte and taken to Auke Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 24 45 N 134 57 15 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

JEANNIE LEE (1969)     The gas screw Jeannie Lee burned November 11, 1969 in Pirates Cove, Sitka Sound.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 59 15 N 135 22 W   Chart 17326

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

JENNIE (1942)     The 20 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jennie foundered August 31, 1942 in north Port Alice, Heceta Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 50 N 133 36 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 16 Net, Length 41.7, Breadth 12.6, Depth 4.7, Built 1911 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 35, Owner New England Fish Company, Registered Seattle, ON 208751

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 755, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 176

JERICHO (1942)     The 14 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jericho was consumed by fire August 17, 1942 one half mile west of the entrance to Hawk Inlet.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 05 30 N 134 46 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 39.1, Breadth 11.6, Depth 4.5, Built 1931 at Hoonah, Horsepower 12 (Brake) Crew 5, Owner Harry Douglas, Registered Juneau, ON 231290

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 755, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) Pg 177

JERRY S (1947)     The 41 foot wooden gas powered troller Jerry S disappeared after leaving Sitka December 12, 1947 for Red Bluff Bay with three men aboard. The men were intending to trap in the area. Wreckage of the Jerry S was found March 16, 1948 in the vicinity of Peschani Point. Lost with the Jerry S were Lloyd Williamson (43), Hulder Johnson (38) and Carl Buchanon (43), all fishermen from Sitka.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 32 15 N 135 19 15 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 35.5, Breadth 10.4, Depth 4.4, Built 1939 Tacoma WA, ON 238238, SL ATWF, 115 HP, Owner Myrtle Roberts

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) Pg 237, 2. Sitka Sentinel (March 17, 1948) “Coast Guard Finds Parts of Vessel: No Sign of Crew” Pg 1

 

JESSEL (1965)     The 16 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jessel burned October 22, 1965 at Gould Island, Prince of Wales Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 17 N 132 36 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 16 Gross 11 Net, Length 36.7, Breadth 12.1, Depth 5, Built 1950 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 141, SL WC7153, Owner Charles L Arrington, Registered Ketchikan, ON 259500

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 330, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1169

 

JESSIE (1904)     H J Burkhart was the master of the vessel towing the 44 ton wooden scow Jessie when she broke her towline and went adrift at noon Sunday December 11, 1904.  The vessels had departed Ketchikan December 2, 1904 bound for Niblack, Alaska.  The scow was carrying about 60 tons of lumber and shingles worth $440.  Somewhere near Chasina Point on Prince of Wales Island two miles north of Wedge Island, the Jessie went ashore and broke up on the rocks.  Burkhart had cruised in the vicinity four hours but found the seas too high to approach the scow.  The Jessie was valued at $500 and had no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 16 50 N 132 01 30 W   Chart 17436

Additional Information: Built 1903, Registered Ketchikan, ON 162000, Owner Dolonie Lumber Company of Dolonie

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan December 13, 1904 by Burkhart

JEWEL (1951)     The 11 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Jewel foundered November 15, 1951 in Chatham Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 03 N 134 32 S   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 33.7, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.9, Built 1913 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 115, SL WC6098, Owner Edwin M Halvorsen, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 244250

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 270, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 749

 

JOAN (1932)     The 26 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Joan foundered near Prince of Wales Island August 4, 1932.  The three persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 21 30 N 133 36 15 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 18 Net, Length 44.5, Breadth 13, Depth 6, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 50, Owner William H White, Registered Ketchikan, ON 230189

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1007, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 380-1

JOHNNY E (1961)     The 24 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Johnny E burned in June of 1961 at the Icy Straits Cannery.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 24 Gross 16 Net, Length 44.5, Breadth 14.8, Depth 5.6, Built 1914 at Gig Harbor WA, Horsepower 110, SL WC6480, Owner William N Dick, Registered Juneau, ON 212274

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 340, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1169

 

JOHNNY O (1962)     The 7 ton 27 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Johnny O stranded and was lost October 22, 1962 at Thomas Basin, Ketchikan.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.6, Breadth 8.4, Depth 4, Built 1917 at Tacoma WA, Former Name Alice E, Horsepower 50, Owner John C O’Conner, Registered Ketchikan, ON 234807

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 340, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1169

 

JOSEPH (1995)     The 50 foot wooden salmon seiner Joseph ran aground and sank July 17, 1995 on Point Augusta.  All five crewmembers were rescued by another fishing vessel.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 02 25 N 134 57 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: ON 212947

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

 

JOSEPHINE I (1961)     The 14 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Josephine I was consumed by fire June 1, 1961 at Juneau.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 38, Breadth 11, Depth 4.4, Built 1913 at Poulsbo WA, Horsepower 140, SL WA6583, Owner Woodrow Emil Anderson, Registered Bellingham WA, ON 211600

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 287, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 903

 

JOSIE (1933)     The 18 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Josie burned at Karheen August 16, 1933.  There was no one aboard at the time of the casualty.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 48 45 N 133 18 35 W   Charts 17400, 17403

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 41.5, Breadth 13.1, Depth 4.7, Built 1910 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 30, Owner Libby McNeil & Libby, Registered Seattle, ON 207122

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1007, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 384-5

JR (1953)     The 9 ton wooden gas screw Jr. burned October 9, 1953 at 55 14.6 N Lat. 131 26.5 W Long. in southeast Alaska.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 14 36 N 131 26 30 W   Chart 17420

Comment: The coordinates given put the disaster in the vicinity of Bold Island.  WG

Additional Information:  Tonnage 9 Gross, Built 1945, ON 264916

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) Pg 749

 

JUANITA (1921)     Fire destroyed the 7 ton gas screw Juanita at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday January 19, 1921.  The vessel was anchored in Surprise Harbor, where it had arrived that day from Tyee.  The two crewmen were not aboard when the fire broke out.  By the time they reached the Juanita they were unable to approach her because of the intense heat.  The Juanita, valued at $2,000, burned to the waterline and sank.  She was uninsured and had no cargo.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska 57 01 N 134 35 W   Chart 17336

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Net, Age 10 years, Registered Juneau, ON 220220, Master and Owner H D McCleod of Juneau

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by McCleod February 12, 1921 at Juneau

JULIE (1966)     The 20 ton 36 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Julie foundered November 16, 1966 at Meyers Chuck.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 17 Net, Length 36.3, Breadth 11.9, Depth 6.9, Built 1963 at Ketchikan, Horsepower 165, SL WO2821, Registered Ketchikan, ON 290435

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 347, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1169

 

JULIE K (2004)     The 26 foot cabin cruiser Julie K capsized and was lost November 20, 2004 approximately 200 yards off of Horse Island west of Juneau.  Both persons aboard were lost along with their two dogs.  The two lost were best friends James Metlika (30) of Eagle River and Nick Mayer (30) of Hoonah.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 15 15 N 134 43 30 W   Chart 17300

Source: U S C G News Release (November 22, 2004) “Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters”

 

JUNETA (1942)     The 14 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Juneta was lost after a collision with the oil screw Rolph August 19, 1942 near Blank Inlet.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 16 N 131 09 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 41.6, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.4, Built 1924 at Kasaan, Horsepower 90, Owner Tracy Hawley, Registered Ketchikan, ON 224190

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 755, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1943) Pg 187

JUNIOR (1951)     The 11 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Junior was consumed by flames February 4, 1951 in Carroll Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 35.1, Breadth 10.9, Depth 5, Built 1938 at Seattle, Horsepower 70, Owner Henry Lemke, Registered Ketchikan, ON 237384

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 286, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 956

 

JUSTY (1990)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Justy flooded and sank June 20, 1990 near Robert Island.  Both crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Alaska Dawn.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 18 15 N 133 28 50 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

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