South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( K )

K T (1937)     The 8 ton wooden gas screw K T stranded and foundered two miles west of Lazaria Island in Sitka Sound at 4:00 p.m. Thursday September 9, 1937.  Master and owner Earl B Prim of Sitka was trolling when the accident happened, and the only one aboard.  A line got caught in the propeller with SE winds at 50 miles an hour pushing heavy seas.  Prim “tried to clear rope in propeller, also drop anchor but line broke.”  The vessel was a total loss with no insurance.  The value of the K T was $1,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 N 135 30 W  Chart 17326

                Comment : Unable to locate Lazaria Island mentioned in casualty report. WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Age 25 years, Registered Sitka, ON 232136, Last Port Sitka September 8, 1937

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed September 11, 1937 at Sitka by Prim


KAISEI MARU (1909)     The Japanese sealing ship Kaisei Maru was seized for illegal seal hunting in 1909 or 1910 and impounded in Sealing Cove on Japonski Island.  The vessel slowly became waterlogged and sank in about 1918.  Pieces of the vessel were dredged up when the current boat harbor was constructed.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 03 N 135 22 W  Chart 17326

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. BOEMRE Shipwreck List (2011)


KAP VELALUKA (1939)     The 12 ton gas screw fishing vessel Kap Velaluka caught fire and was destroyed at 6:50 a.m. Sunday August 20, 1939 in Murder Cove.  The vessel had a crew of five with Frank Paul of Sitka as master.  They had departed Tabenkof Bay bound for Tyee August 18, 1939.  Paul, a man from the company rigging scow and boats Buddy, Brac and Jim assisted in trying to put out the flames but the fire got beyond control.  The crew all escaped, but the Kap Velaluka, worth $2,000 was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 02 30 N 134 32 30 W  Chart 17320

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross, Built 1914, Registered Ketchikan, ON 212153, Owner Sebastian Stuart Fish Co of Seattle, Vessel Insurance $1,750, Cargo none

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed by H A Stephawes for Sebastian Stuart Fish Co on February 21, 1940.


KETCHUM (1931)     The 8 ton gas screw Ketchum stranded on a rock at 3:30 p.m. Saturday October 17, 1931 a mile and a half north of Wedge Island in Clarence Strait.  The vessel departed Ketchikan bound for Dolomi October 16, 1931 carrying a cargo of one ton of household furniture worth $250.00.  Owner and master of the Ketchum, Tom Stevens of Ketchikan gave the following accounting of the loss:

                “Calm and daylight when vessel first anchored – storm later.”  “1 ½ N. Wdge Isl. Clarence Straits…stranding then broke up on beach in storm.”  “Vessel broke anchor, hit rock, then storm blew it ashore.”  “When vessel broke anchor and stranded on rock two anchors were put out to hold it.  Storm arose later and before anything could be done the vessel was blown off the rocks and dashed to pieces on the beach.”

                The Ketchum was worth $2,000 at the time of the casualty and had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 09 N 131 58 W  Chart 17420

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Built 1913, Registration Ketchikan, ON 211166

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Ketchikan by Stevens October 24, 1931


KILLARNEY (1918)     The 13 ton wooden gas screw Killarney left Petersburg December 21, 1918 with three souls aboard bound for Thomas Bay and was never seen again.  Lost when the Killarney disappeared were owner and master H Van Vlack of Olympia and crewmen Robert Dorsey and E Sakagami.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by George Van Vlack, Administrator of the Estate for H Van Vlack:

                “Vessel left Petersburg at 3 p.m. December 21st for our cannery at Thomas Bay.  Searchers found anchor buoyed with empty can crates on Thomas Bay Bar off Wood Point. One box apples and hatch cover found near Faragut Bay. Believed vessel struck ice or rock off Wood Point and was disabled and forced to anchor. Heavy sea on bar prevented landing and that they left anchorage as last resort hoping to drift across to Vanderput Pt. but foundered in Frederick Sound. Bodies unrecovered.”  “strong S.E. wind/ believed vessel anchored about 5 p.m.  Wind increased to gale during night.”

                The Killarney was valued at $4,000 at the time of the disaster and had no insurance.  She had a cargo of approximately 5 tons of salt, coal, cans and groceries valued at $500 also uninsured.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 00 30 N 132 59 W  Chart 17367

                Additional Information : Tonnage 13 Gross 8 Net, Age 5 years, Registered at Tacoma Washington, ON 211235.

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed February 10, 1919 at Seattle


KING #1 (1926)     An explosion destroyed the 8 ton gas screw King #1 while at anchor in Green Island Harbor at 10:30 a.m. January 15, 1926.  Captain Louis Dahl and crewman George F McDonald had left Latouche January 8, 1926 for a round trip to Fox Island / Green Island.  When the explosion happened a week later the vessel had 500 lbs. of cargo aboard, listed as foxes and gas with a value of $1,000.  The following are statements from the wreck report filed by crewman McDonald:

                “Green Island Harbor, at anchor.”  “Explosion…due to accumulation of gas fumes over night in closed cabin. Explosion occurred while lighting stove.”  “Cabin door and porthole open at time of explosion.”  “Crew went ashore in dory, thence to Latouche for first aid.”

                The King #1 was valued at $3,000 and had no insurance on the vessel or her cargo.  She was owned by the Green Island Blue Fox Corporation of Cordova

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  60 15 N 147 28 30 W  Chart 16701

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1920, Registered Cordova, ON 219856

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Cordova by McDonald


KINGSTON (1933)     The 204 ton diesel powered trading vessel Kingston wrecked in Whitestone Narrows 16 miles NW of Sitka May 20, 1933.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  57 14 50 N 135 33 45 W  Chart 17324

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 425


KONG SVERRE (1918)     The 23 ton wooden gas screw fishing vessel Kong Sverre stranded and was lost at the N.E. point of Warren Island at 5 a.m. Monday January 28, 1915.  The vessel departed Craig January 25, 1918 bound for Hood Bay.  She had a 6 person crew with Clifford Kelly of Friday Harbor, WA as master.  The Kong Sverre was carrying 15 tons of lumber and provisions valued at $500.  The following are statements made by Kelly on the casualty report:

                “N.E. point Warren Island…Stranding…Engine failed.”  “N.E. gale, dark, clear, heavy seas.”  “Anchor run and set with weights.”  “S.S. Redondo took one man for help to Craig, Alaska.”  “Engine removed apparel removed vessel.”  “Dismanteled and abandoned.”

                The Kong Sverre was valued at $6,000 at the time of the loss.  The  losses listed on the casualty report ate $500 on the vessel and $50 on the cargo.  She was insured for only $1,000.

                Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska  55 53 N 133 53 W  Chart 17400

                Additional Information : Tonnage 23 Gross 15 Net, Age 6 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209849, Owner W F Reichmeine of Klawock

                Source : U S Customs Report of Casualty filed at Wrangell February 20, 1918



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