South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )

S & C (1921)     The 8 ton 34 foot gas screw S & C was destroyed by ice in the spring break up on the Taku River April 20, 1921.  The vessel was hauled out on shore for winter and unoccupied.  The S & C had a value of $2,000 and no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 25 30 N 133 59 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 10.2, Depth 2.2, Built 1919 a Bellingham WA, Service Freight, IHP 20, Registered Seattle, ON 217842, Master James M Cramer of Douglas, Owner C Nottley of Seattle, Last Port Juneau December of 1920, Destination Taku River

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty April 25, 1921 at Juneau by Cramer, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1920) Pg317

S P #3 (1917)     The 31 ton scow S P #3 stranded and was lost on Key Reef in Clarence Strait October 28, 1917.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 09 35 N 132 49 45 W   Chart 17382

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) “Loss of American Vessels” Pg 442

 

S S F CO NO 5 (1952)     The 126 ton 70 foot wooden scow S S F Co No 5 foundered September 24, 1952 off of Narrow Point in Clarence Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 47 30 N 132 28 30 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 126 Gross and Net, Length 70, Breadth 24, Depth 5, Built 1928 at Seattle WA, Owner Sebastian Stuart Fish Company, Registered Ketchikan, ON 170021

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 537, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 746

 

SADIE (1961)     The 10 ton 34 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sadie foundered January 1, 1961 at Tee Harbor, Juneau.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 24 35 N 134 45 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 34.8, Breadth 9.8, Depth 4.4, Built unknown, Horsepower 103, Owner Carl A Baker, Registered Juneau, ON 240549

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 607, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174

 

SAGINAW II (1945)     The 92 ton 70 foot wooden scow Saginaw II foundered in 1945 between Slocum Arm and Khaz Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 35 N 136 05 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 92 Gross and Net, Length 70.2, Breadth 24, Depth 3.9, Built 1920 at Seattle WA, Owner Val Zitz, Registered Sitka, ON 167823f

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) Pg 427, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 824

 

SAINT ANNA (?)     The 26 ton 48 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Saint Anna collided with a rock and was lost in Johnson Cove near Lincoln Rock.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 05 55 N 132 41 20 W   Chart 17382

Comment: This casualty is reported in 1964 with no date given.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 22 Net, Length 48, Breadth 14, Depth 5.7, Built 1912 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 121, Owner Chester C Grubb, Registered Ketchikan, ON 209820

 

SAINT ANTHONY (1911)     The 7 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw passenger vessel Saint Anthony stranded and burned near Metlakatla at 11:20 a.m. Sunday January 1, 1911.  The vessel Departed December 31, 1910 for Metlakatla with 7 passengers and 3 crewmen aboard.  There was no cargo.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by P E Timmons, master of the Saint Anthony:

“Nichols Passage, Clarence Strait”  “Reef, about 2 mi. NW Metlakatla, Alaska”  “Strong SE wind, rough sea, dark”  “Thick snow, struck reef, gasoline exploded”  “Stranded and then burned from explosion”  “Sent boat to Metlakatla for assistance and Gas boat Eagle, Paul Mather, Master, came to rescue”  “4 hours 35 min. after vessel struck relief came”  “Total loss”

The Saint Anthony had a value of $2,700 with no cargo.  She was a total loss with no insurance.  The passengers and crew were all rescued.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 07 45 N 131 34 30 W   Chart 17434

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 31, Breadth 9.3, Depth 3.3, IHP 12, Built 1908 at Seattle WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 205275, Master P R Timmons of Ketchikan, Owner Miners & Merchants Bank of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report January 2, 1911 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1910) Pg 285

 

SAINT CHRISTOPHER (1960)     The 11 ton 29 foot wooden oil screw Saint Christopher stranded and was lost March 27, 1960 at Takaze (Takatz) Bay in Chatham Strait.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 09 N 134 50 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 29.3, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.3, Built 1948 at Seattle, Horsepower 83, SL WB7368, Owner Richard Frank, Registered Juneau, ON 254734

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) Pg 503, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1961) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

SAINT LAWRENCE (1898)     The 41 ton 65 foot wooden fishing schooner Saint Lawrence stranded and was lost in Pybus Bay at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday December 28, 1898.  The vessel departed Juneau on a fishing voyage with seven crewmen aboard.  At the time of the disaster, the Saint Lawrence had on board 25,000 pounds of fish with a value of $500.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by S Calder, master of the Saint Lawrence:

“Pybus Bay, SW from Brother Island (Frederick Sound)”  “Stranding, chain broke”  “Blinding snowstorm and heavy SE gale”  “??miles, heavy sea, dark”  “Schooners anchor chains broke”

The crew of the Saint Lawrence was assisted by the schooner North and all survived.  The Saint Lawrence had a value of $3,500 and was a total loss as was her cargo of fish.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 39.15 Net, Length 64.6, Breadth 16.4, Depth 7, Built 1893 at Seattle WA, Registered Seattle, ON 116554, Master S Calder of Seattle, Owner unlisted, Insurance unlisted

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report January 19, 1899 by S Calder, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1898) Pg 166

SAINT LOUIS (1963)     The 18 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw Saint Louis was consumed by fire May 8, 1963 at Juneau.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 18 15 N 134 24 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 41.6, Breadth 12.6, Depth 4.7, Built 1911 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 80, Owner Edmund J Krauss, Registered Juneau, ON 208745

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 568, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 966

 

SAINT MARTIN (1937)     Fire destroyed the 36 ton 55 foot wooden gas screw Saint Martin in Wrangell Narrows at 6:00 a.m. April 23, 1937.  The vessel departed Petersburg that day bound for Ketchikan with two persons on board and no cargo.  Her engine caught fire across from Scow Bay Cannery in Wrangell Narrows.  Weather at the time was calm, no wind and light snow falling.  According to the casualty report, there were fire extinguishers on board but no time to use them.  The Saint Martin was a total loss.  The persons on board made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 46 20 N 132 57 50 W   Chart 17375

Additional Information: Tonnage 36 Gross 24 Net, Length 55, Breadth 16.4, Depth 6.2, Horsepower 40, Built 1912 at Dockton WA, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 210673, Master and Owner Anton Mladineo of Tacoma, Vessel Insurance $2,000-$2,500

Sources: U S C G Report of Casualty April 23, 1937 at Petersburg by Mladineo, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1936) Pgs 352-3

SAINT PAUL (1978)     The troller Saint Paul struck a rock and sank August 12, 1978 near Elfin Cove and George Island northwest of Juneau.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 12 N 136 23 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SALINTA (1979)     Three adults and seven children were lost from the 33 foot Canadian gillnet fishing vessel Salinta which was found washed ashore at Tree Point December 5, 1979.  The small old Canadian fishing vessel had departed Prince Rupert December 2nd on a day trip to Portland Inlet.  The heavily damaged vessel washed ashore 46 miles northwest of Prince Rupert.  There were no survivors.  Lost were Roy Mostad (44), his three children Tommy (13), Robert (9), and Tina (9), Judy Stevens (30) and her three children Lyle (7), Nadine (6), and Roselle (4), and Wendy Stevens (27) and her daughter Angie (4).

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

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Seattle Times (December 11, 1979) “Hope lingers for 7 on boat” Pg F 8, 3. The Seattle Times (December 12, 1979) “Exposure caused death of 2 on gillnetter” Pg E 12

 

SALLY B (1932)     The 18 ton 39 foot gas screw motor yacht Sally B was lost in “Caldera Bay” between 1:30 and 6:00 p.m. Wednesday October 5, 1932.  The vessel had departed Craig that day bound for “Caldera Bay” with three passengers and two crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by J P Valentine, managing owner:

“Caldera Bay, Alaska”   “Stranding and Fire”  “Clear day with NW wind”  “The boat had apparently dragged and grounded at high tide, turned over and caught fire”  “Total Loss”

The Sally B had a value of $5,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo but the passengers and crew lost all of their personal effects.  There was no loss of life.  The vessel was insured for $4,000.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 23 N 133 10 W   Charts 17400, 17405

Comment: There is no Caldera Bay, but there is a Calder Bay and a Port Caldera.  I charted the wreck at Port Caldera because it is closest to Craig.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 16 Net, Length 39.7, Breadth 11, Depth 4.9, Built 1927 at Seattle WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 227034, Master and owner J P Valentine of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 13, 1932, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 870-1

SALMON MULE (1956)     The 40 ton 52 foot steel oil screw Salmon Mule foundered August 25, 1956 approximately 10 miles offshore from Ocean Cape in the Gulf of Alaska.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   59 32 30 N 139 51 30 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 40 Gross 27 Net, Length 51.9, Breadth 14, Depth 5.6, Built 1954 at Oakland CA, Former Name LCM-6-C-69840 (U S N), Horsepower 330, SL WF 6252, Owner Henry J Emard, Registered Juneau, ON 261690

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) Pg 469, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1958) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 779

 

SALOME (1951)     The 14 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Salome foundered September 13, 1951 at Tyee.

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

Comment: This may be as a result of a collision with the gas screw Ruth (see Ruth 1951) near Red Bluff Bay earlier the same day.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 36.3, Breadth 10.7, Depth 5.4, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 110, SL WO2572, Owner Norman E Felsman, Registered Seattle, ON 227515

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) Pg 489, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 958

SALVAI (2003)     The 36 foot salmon troller Salvai sprung a plank and sank February 19, 2003 on the north side of Kupreanof Island near Wrangell.  Both crewmembers abandoned ship to a skiff and made it to a nearby beach where they built a fire to keep warm.  They didn’t have time to issue May-Day but fortunately a U S Coast Guard Helicopter from Sitka spotted them the following morning and hoisted both to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 45 N 133 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: ON AK4079H

Source: U S C G News Release (February 20, 2003) “Coast Guard rescues stranded fishermen”

 

SAMOKE (2004)     The 45 foot steel fish tender Samoke was consumed by fire August 20, 2004 at Legma Island south of Sitka and west of Goddard.  The fire originated in a stove.  Both crewmembers abandoned ship to the beach and were picked up by the fishing vessel Allure and transported to Sitka.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 49 30 N 135 27 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 18 Net, Length 42.9, Breadth 13.6, Depth 5.6, Built 1966 Isleton CA, ON 505847, Call Sign WY6933

Sources: 1. USCG News Release (August 23, 2004) “Coast Guard responds to vessel fire”, 2. USCG MISLE Case # 195672, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1979) Pg 1306

 

SAMSON (1923)     The 11 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Samson caught fire and was lost at Cape Augustine, Dall Island at 9:00 a.m. Sunday August 19, 1923.  The vessel departed Sitka August 12th for sea fisheries with three crewmen on board.  The vessel had 10 tons of fish, ice, bait and gear aboard with a value of $1,000 when the fire began.  The cause of the blaze was unknown.  The Samson became a total loss along with all cargo.  No lives were lost.  The vessel was insured for $3,000 but the cargo was not covered.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 57 N 133 10 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 33.4, Breadth 10.6, Depth 4.9, Built 1913 at Tacoma WA, IHP 20, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211168, Master and owner Isaac Posenvold of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty August 21, 1923 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 272

SAMSON II (1965)     The oil screw Samson II was consumed by fire August 1, 1965 three and a half miles north of Sitka.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SAN MARTIN (2000)     The 48 foot wooden salmon fishing vessel San Martin was consumed by an engine room fire and lost August 19, 2000 at Polk Island southwest of Ketchikan.  All four crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 00 30 N 131 58 45 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: ON 262906

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

 

SAN TOY (1967)     The 10 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel San Toy foundered April 16, 1967 in Chomly Sound.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 17 N 132 04 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 9 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 8.7, Depth 4.3, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 135, Registered Ketchikan, ON 227476

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 615, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174

 

SANCE (1940)     The seiner Sance collided in heavy fog with the cannery tender Spencer and sank July 11, 1940 in Wrangell Narrows.  The seiner was nearly cut in half and sank in five minutes.  The Spencer rescued the crew of the Sance and transported them to Wrangell.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 31 N 132 55 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SANCO (1956)     The 15 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sanco burned September 8, 1956 due east of Round Point Light, Zarembo Island, one quarter mile from Etolin Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 16 40 N 132 39 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 10 Net, Length 40, Breadth 11.8, Depth 5, Built 1917 at Shaw Island WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Hans Nergaard, Registered Wrangell, ON 214983

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 464, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 758

 

SAND PEBBLE (1986)     The cabin cruiser Sand Pebble grounded and was lost March 26, 1986 on Low Island in Sitka Sound.  Of the five persons aboard the Sand Pebble, three were lost in the disaster.  The vessel was traveling from a mine on Chichagof Island to Sitka.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 00 40 N 135 36 35 W   Chart 17320

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SANDRA L (2016)     The fishing vessel Sandra L grounded and sank October 27, 2016 at Frosty Reef,  Koka Island Passage in Sitka Sound.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 53 15 N 135 23 30 W   Chart 17326

Additional Information: Length 40, ON 256941, Call Sign WAS802

Source: USCG MISLE Investigation Activity Report

 

SANDY (1928)     The 8 ton 38 foot wooden gas screw Sandy was destroyed by fire in Auke Bay at 4 a.m. Thursday August 9, 1928.  There were two persons aboard along with an illicit cargo of liquor in kegs.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by L F Morris, master and owner of the Sandy:

“Auk Bay”  “calm, rainy, getting daylight”  “Engine backfired”  “In starting engine, backfire started fire which consumed vessel”  “Custom and prohibition officers apprehended crew and captured saved cargo”  “TOTAL LOSS”

The Sandy, valued at $2,500, was a total loss along with all but six 10 gallon kegs of illicit liquor.  Those were taken by customs and prohibition officers.  There were no lives lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 11 N 134 34 W   Chart 17300

Comment: Auk Bay probably Auke Bay.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 38.7, Breadth 10.7, Depth 3, Built 1919 at Funter Bay, IHP 20, Registered Juneau, ON 220229, Master and owner L F Morris of Juneau, Insurance unknown

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty August 15, 1928 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 492-3

SANTA RITA (1940)     The 15 ton 48 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Santa Rita was destroyed by fire November 19, 1940 two miles south of Baranof.  The only person aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 05 10 N 134 50 20 W   Chart 17320

Comment: This vessel is listed as a gas screw in 1939, oil in 1941.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 12 Net, Length 48.3, Breadth 11.1, Depth 3.4, Built 1901 at Astoria OR, Horsepower30, Owner Chris Pedersen, Registered Sitka, ON 117021

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 269

 

SARAH MARIA (1988)     The 42 foot longline fishing vessel Sarah Maria ran onto the rocks and was destroyed October 3, 1988 at Big Branch Bay on the southwest shore of Baranof Island.  Only one of four crewmembers survived.  The sole survivor was the only one able to don a survival suit and swim to shore.  He was picked up on Beavertail Island by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter. Lost were Robert Roy Tenney, Donald Paul Tenney and John Michael Glaab.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 20 N 134 50 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: ON 239522

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (October 12, 1988) “Services Scheduled for Robert, Donald Tenney” Pg 3

 

SCHCOLD (1914)     The purse seine fishing vessel Schcold was lost in Frederick Sound in 1914.  The vessel was worth $7,000 with cargo at the time of the loss.

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

Source: Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 34

SCHORN (1934)     The 29 ton 46 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Schorn foundered at Key Reef in Clarence Strait November 7, 1934.  The five crewmen aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 09 35 N 132 49 45 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 29 Gross 19 Net, Length 46.2, Breadth 13.8, Depth 6.7, Built 1930 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 66, Owner George Burke, Registered Ketchikan, ON 229519

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1030, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) Pgs 548-9

 

SCOTER (1949)     The USF&W Service vessel Scoter went on the rocks and was lost September 19, 1949 in Slocum Arm.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 34 N 136 03 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SCOTER (1970)     The gas screw Scoter was consumed by fire September 18, 1970 off of the southeast end of Spoon Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 20 15 N 134 39 30 W   Chart 17300

Comment: Probably Spuhn Island.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SCOUT (1927)     Fire destroyed the 11 ton 36 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Scout in the San Lorenzo Islands at noon October 28, 1927.  The vessel was at anchor with two person aboard when the fire started.  The following are comments made in the casualty report by the owner A R Bruger:

“Hole-in-wall, San Lorenzo Island”  “Heavy rain”  “Backfire from carburetor”  “FIRE”  “TOTAL LOSS”

Warren Wilkins, master of the Scout, and crewman A J Young tried to extinguish the blaze with Pyrene.  The Scout, valued at $4,000, became a total loss.  She was insured for $2,400.  There was no cargo and no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 35 50 N 133 36 40 W   Chart 17404

Comment: Hole in the Wall is located on the east island of the San Lorenzo Islands of the Maurelle Islands in the Gulf of Esquibel.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 9 Net, Length 36.7, Breadth 11.2, Depth 4.6, Built 1917 at Everett WA, IHP 20, Registered Ketchikan, ON 215174, Master Warren Wilkins of Craig, Owner A R Bruger

Sources: U S C G Report of Casualty October 31, 1927 at Craig, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 478-9

SEA BEAR (2007)     The fishing vessel Sea Bear stranded April 26, 2007 near Klag Bay on Chichagof Island.  The crew of three abandoned ship to a skiff and was rescued from the shore by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 38 N 136 06 W   Chart 17320

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (April 26, 2007) “Air Station Sitka Rescues Three”, 2. U S Coast Guard Enforcement Report (April 27, 2007)

 

SEA BIRD (1909)     The tug Sea Bird was wrecked off Ketchikan and became a total loss in March of 1909.  There was no loss of life.

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

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 165

SEA BIRD (1929) SE     Fire destroyed the 12 ton 35 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sea Bird at 1:30 a.m. May 28, 1929 at Cape Strait.  The vessel departed Petersburg that morning bound for Cape Ommaney with one person aboard.  A backfire from the carburetor set the Sea Bird ablaze.  The survivor was plucked from the water by the gas screw Betty.  The Sea Bird had a value of $4,000 of which all was lost.  She was insured for $3,000.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 59 55 N 133 05 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 35.5, Breadth 10, Depth 5.5, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, IHP 20, Registered Tacoma WA, ON 227325, Master and Owner Charles Armstrong of Raymond WA

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty May 29, 1929 at Petersburg by Armstrong, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 494-5

SEA BREEZE (1920)     The 8 ton 35 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sea Breeze was destroyed by fire in Sumner Strait August 25, 1920.  Two of her three crewmen died in the disaster.  Lost were W R Woodworth, master of the Sea Breeze, and crewman J Close.  The vessel had departed Ketchikan bound for west coast canneries.  They had reached “Yasha Island, Sumner Strait” when the vessel caught fire. The Sea Breeze was valued at $1,500 and was a complete loss with no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 58 N 1354 33 30 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 35, Breadth 9.2, Depth 4, Built 1909 at Seattle, IHP 16, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208172, Master W R Woodworth of Ketchikan, Owner D C Volie of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty June 28, 1921 at Ketchikan by Volie, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1920) Pg 321

SEA FOAM (1964)     The 49 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sea Foam was lost after colliding with a barge in southeast Alaska September 24, 1964.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 46 Gross 31 Net, Length 48.9, Breadth 16.2, Depth 8, Built 1949 Tacoma WA, SL WC6662, ON 258228

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 901, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 583

 

SEA GRAM (1953)     The 13 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sea Gram burned October 25, 1953 at Saltery Bay in Tenakee Inlet.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 47 N 134 57 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 11 Net, Length 41.8, Breadth 12, Depth 4, Built 1927 at Hoonah, Former Name Martha J, Crew 7, Horsepower 115, Owner Mrs. Robert Greenewald, Registered Juneau, ON 226826

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 509, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 740

 

SEA GULL (2001)     The 30 foot fishing vessel Sea Gull swamped while hauling nets in heavy seas and capsized August 19, 2001 at Point Marsden near Hawk Inlet, Admiralty Island.  All six crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Steadfast.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 03 30 N 134 48 25 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: ON 259717

Source: U S C G District 17 Enforcement Report (August 20, 2001)

 

SEA IT (1946)     The 17 ton 45 foot wooden oil screw Sea It foundered December 7, 1946 off of Point Adolphus.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 17 15 N 135 47 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 17 Gross 14 Net, Length 45, Breadth 12.7, Depth 4.4, Built 1945 at Hoonah, Service freight, Horsepower 60, Crew 4, Owner Harold C Jones, Registered Juneau, ON 248520

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 456, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

SEA KING I (1982)     The 82 foot tug Sea King I sustained damage and sank December 27, 1982 in Aurora Basin, Juneau.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEA LIGHT (1910)     The 20 ton 43 foot wooden gas screw Sea Light stranded and was lost near Cape Ommaney the morning of Sunday November 13, 1910.  The vessel departed Ketchikan November 4th on a fishing voyage with 8 crewmembers on board.  The following are statements from the wreck report filed by John Wilson, master of the Sea Light:

“Larch Bay, 4 mi. N Cape Ommaney, Alaska”  “Christian Sound”  “Stranded”  “Gale, 60 mi. per hr., night very dark”  “Full speed ahead but could not make headway”  “All crew took to the two boats and one proceeded to Sitka and the other to Petersburg.  Will try to get tugboat to go and get the vessel and may be able to save her”

The Sea Light had a value of $3,000 and was carrying a cargo of 2 tons of fresh fish worth $200.  The cargo was lost, but the vessel was salvaged and returned to service.  It is included in this compilation as evidence of the wreck may still be on site and of interest.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 12 N 134 43 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 17 Net, Length 42.7, Breadth 14.3, Depth 4.7, Built 1894 at Hoquiam WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 116637, Master John Wilson of Ketchikan, Owner Hans Apsch

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report December 2, 1910 by Wilson, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1912) Pg 291

SEA LION II (1932)     The 18 ton 44 foot wooden fishing vessel Sea Lion II foundered off Point Alava at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday January 27, 1932.  Joe Burdett, master and owner of the Sea Lion II was the only one aboard.  He had departed Foggy Bay three hours earlier and was headed for Ketchikan.  The following are statements taken from the casualty report submitted by Burdett:

“Just south of Point Alva (Alava)”  “Foundered”  “Struck submerged object while running”  “Dark, light wind, waters calm”  “While proceeding to Ketchikan, vessel struck a sunken log or some other submerged object causing vessel to leak and fill; tried to keep vessel afloat by pumping but vessel filled so rapidly that I had to take to the skiff.  After striking object vessel filled and foundered in about one hour’s time.”  “Total loss, $6,000”

The Sea Lion II had a value of $6,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo onboard.  She was insured for $4,000.  There was no loss of life.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 43.8, Breadth 12.5, Depth 5, IHP 30, Built 1911 at Poulsbo WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208827

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty January 29, 1932 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1931) Pgs 500-1

SEA MAID (1991)     The 36 foot troller Sea Maid flooded and sank September 13, 1991 off of Cape Edgecumbe.  A leaking stuffing box or loose plank may have caused the disaster.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 59 45 N 135 51 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: ON CG033943

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

 

SEA OTTER (1933)     The 7 ton 27 foot gas screw Sea Otter stranded at Point Arden at 2:00 p.m. January 23, 1933.  The vessel departed Taku Harbor that day bound for Juneau with two passengers and one crewman aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by J L Johnson, master of the Sea Otter:

“Point Arden, Alaska”  “Taku wind, clear and cold, freezing”  “Stranding”  “Engine broke down, vessel drifted onto rocks”  “Tried to repair engine”  “None (assistance) at time of wreck, crew and passengers taken off 4 days afterward”

The Sea Otter was valued at $1,400 and was a total loss.  There was no insurance on the vessel and she was not carrying cargo.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 09 30 N 134 10 30 W   Chart 17300

Comment: “Taku wind” a local expression to describe harsh northerly and northeasterly winds that occur occasionally (from mid September till around April).  Cold northern air is forced through mountain passes and over glaciers causing extremely dangerous conditions for maritime travel.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 5 Net, Length 27.6, Breadth 9.1, Depth 4.6, Built 1914 at Stanwood WA, IHP 20, Registered Juneau, ON 212159, Master J L Johnson of Juneau, Owner Susie M Ptack of Juneau

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 4, 1933 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 520-521

SEA SHELL (1950)     The 11 ton 33 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sea Shell was destroyed by fire January 21, 1950 at Gambier Point on Admiralty Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 26 N 133 50 15 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 10 Net, Length 33.7, Breadth 10.5, Depth 4.6, Built 1944 at New Orleans LA, Horsepower 225, Owner Cliff Richmond, Registered Juneau, ON 253138

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) Pg 501, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1951) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 939

 

SEA VAMP (1984)     The fishing vessel Sea Vamp capsized and sank March 29, 1984 near Sitka.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SEAFARER (2009)     The 58 foot wooden purse seiner Seafarer flooded and sank April 17, 2009 in Clarence Strait seven miles north of Thorne Bay near Narrow Point.  The Seafarer was on her way to Thorne Bay with five crewmembers on board when the disaster occurred.  All crewmembers were able to escape to a skiff as the vessel flipped on her side and sank in 250 fathoms of water.  Rescue efforts by the U S Coast Guard were greatly enhanced because the crew of the Seafarer took the vessel’s EPIRB and a flashlight with them in the skiff. The loss of the Seafarer was attributed to catastrophic hull failure.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 47 30 N 132 28 30 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 49 Gross 39 Net, Length 58, Built 1949 Tacoma WA, ON 258307, Call Sign WC6082

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (April 17, 2009) “Coast Guard Rescues five fishermen near Ketchikan”, 2. U S C G District 17 Enforcement Report (April 18, 2009), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 448380

 

SEAL (1887)     The small steamer Seal was lost in Lynn Canal north of Berners Bay March 20, 1887.  12 persons were lost in the disaster.  The vessel was said to be travelling from Juneau to Dyea with passengers, freight and mining gear.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 43 N 135 W   Chart 17300

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

SEEKUM (1939)     The 12 ton 35 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Seekum stranded and was lost near Sitka November of 1939.  The one person aboard was lost with the vessel.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 9 Net, Length 35.3, Breadth 12.1, Depth 4, Built 1920 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 20, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219784

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 274

 

SEHOME (1904)     The 11 ton 38 foot wooden schooner Sehome stranded and was lost in Lynn Canal at 10 p.m. Sunday February 28, 1904.  Two persons were aboard at the time of the disaster; master Peter Sneby and one crewman.  The Sehome had departed Sitka September 1, 1903 bound for the Haines Mission.  The following are statements found on the wreck report:

“Opposite Mexican Mills, Douglas Islands, Alaska (Lynn Canal)”  “Dark night, N W wind severe”  “Severe storm, dragged anchor, and pounded to pieces on shore”

The Sehome had a value of $1,200 and was reported as a total loss.  Her cargo of personal effects and tools valued at $400 were also lost.  Neither the vessel nor her cargo was insured.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 15 30 N 134 16 30 W   Chart 17300

Comment: This vessel appears to have been salvaged and then wrecked again in 1906.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 gross 10 Net, Length 38.2, Breadth 12, Depth 4.6, Built 1891 at Sehome WA, Registered Sitka, ON 116415, Owner and master Peter Smeby of Sitka

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report March 14, 1904 by Peter Sneby at Juneau

SEHOME (1906)     The 11 ton 38 foot wooden schooner Sehome stranded and was lost with all hands October 26, 1906.  Lost with the Sehome were Ole Neilson, Paul Jacobson and John Engy.  The vessel departed Petersburg on a fishing trip to Frederick Sound.  The disaster occurred at Point Gardner on Admiralty Island.  Winds were high and southeasterly.  The Sehome had a value of $600.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 gross 10 Net, Length 38.2, Breadth 12, Depth 4.6, Built 1891 at Sehome WA, Registered Sitka, ON 116415, Master Peter Horgen of Petersburg, Owner John Gauffin of Juneau,  Insurance unknown

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report November 23, 1906 by John Gauffin at Juneau

SELDOVIA (1928)     The 144 ton fishing scow Seldovia foundered October 17, 1928 on Barren Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 44 45 N 131 20 30 W   Chart 17434

Comment: Could have been Barren Islands in South Central.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 144, Length 57, Breadth 22.2, Depth 5.2, Built 1925 at Seldovia, Registered Seward, ON 169391, Owner John Colberg of Seward

Sources: 1. H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 392, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pg 914 “Vessels Lost”, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 726-7

SENATOR (1935)     Fire destroyed the 41 ton 58 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Senator near Nutkwa Inlet at 4:40 P.m. Tuesday August 27, 1935.  The vessel departed Ketchikan August 25th bound for Nutkwa Inlet in Cordova Bay with three crewmen aboard.  The Senator had 1,000 pounds of fresh fish aboard when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Marcus Ness, master and part owner of the Senator:

“Light NW wind, clear”  “3/4 mile east X South off Mabel Isl., Nutkwa Inlet, Alaska”  “Caught fire and sunk”  “Caught fire in engine room and oil tanks exploded”  “(assistance) by the ol. s. Tom & Al

The Senator was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was valued at $13,500 and her cargo of fish at $100.  She was insured for $7,000.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 59 30 N 132 35 45 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 11 Net, Length 58, Breadth 16.4, Depth 7.4, Built 1911 at Seattle,  IHP 100, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208333, Master Marcus Ness Of Ketchikan, Owners Marcus Ness and Sig Ness of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty August 28, 1935 by Marcus Ness, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1935) Pgs 566-7

SENORITA (1898)     The sloop Senorita disappeared in the north Pacific in 1898.  She departed Seattle for Juneau with seven men aboard February 1, 1898.  Thomas Farmer of Milwaukee WI and Frank McClain of Glendive SD were two of the lost crewmembers.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska Unknown

Comment: Probably the 23.8 foot sloop Senorita built at Stanwood WA in 1896, ON 116718. WG

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The San Francisco Call (June 20, 1898) “Two Alaskan Vessels Given up as Lost” Pg 2, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1898) Pg 172, 4. The Evening Star (June 20, 1898) “Two Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 2

SEPTEMBER SONG (1997)     The 33 foot longline cod fishing vessel September Song plugged her scuppers with fish, flooded and sank November 20, 1997 southwest of Baranof Island.  Both crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 45 N 135 10 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: ON 630337

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

 

SESLIN (1884)     The 20 ton schooner Seslin stranded on a hidden rock and was lost near Howkan, Long Island May 1, 1884.  The vessel departed San Francisco April 28, 1883 for a fishing cruise in northern waters with three crewmen aboard.  The Seslin was valued at $800 at the time of the casualty.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 52 15 N 132 48 05 W   Charts 17400, 17408

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

SHANGRI-LA (1950)     The 8 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Shangri-La burned April 12, 1950 travelling from Sitka to Pelican.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 57 30 N 136 13 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 5 Net, Length 31.3, Breadth 9.1, Depth 3.7, Built 1946 at Juneau, Horsepower 90, Owner Donovan C McGee, Registered Juneau, ON 250176

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 519, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 750

 

SHARYN A (1992)     The 40 foot salmon troller Sharyn A grounded, made repairs, but sank in spite of them September 2, 1992 approximately 30 miles southeast of Ketchikan.  There was no loss of life.

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

Additional Information: 298176

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

 

SHIRLEY (1919)     The 1,049 ton barge Shirley was abandoned at Skagway in 1919.  The vessel was brought out of retirement during the gold rush of 1898.  Investors from Tacoma had the vessel towed from there to Skagway full of paying miners and supplies during the gold rush, and then used as a floating hotel.  The Shirley had been built as a bark in 1850 in Medford, Massachusetts.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   59 27 30 N 135 18 45 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,049 Gross 996 Net, Built 1850 at Medford MA, Registered Seattle, ON 23297

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 394

SIERRA MADRE (1988)     The 58 foot fishing vessel Sierra Madre sank in three foot seas January 8, 1988 off of Cape Decision.  All three crewmembers jumped into the water and swam over to the fishing vessel Rachael Pauline.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 00 10 N 134 08 W   Chart 17320

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SILVER WAVE (1940)     The 20 ton 41 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Silver Wave was destroyed by fire on the cannery dock at Wrangell July 22, 1940.  The six crewmen aboard made it to safety.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 13 Net, Length 41.4, Breadth13.2, Depth 5.5, Built 1915 at Poulsbo WA, Horsepower 20, Owner Sidney Carle, Registered Wrangell, ON 213310

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 511, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 277

 

SISU (1962)     The 11 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sisu foundered September 14, 1962 at Swanson Harbor, southeastern Alaska.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 11 30 N 135 05 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.4, Breadth 10.1, Depth 4.4, Built 1941 at Sitka, Horsepower 110, SL WF9588, Owner Leonard Rodman, Registered Juneau, ON 245300

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 586, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 732

 

SITKA (1875)     The schooner Sitka was driven ashore and wrecked near Wrangell September 20, 1875.  The vessel departed Sitka April 5, 1875 bound for Hootzenoo.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 28 N 132 22 40 W   Charts 17360, 17385

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

SITKA (1898)     The 17 ton two masted fur sealing trading schooner Sitka was lost off of Cape Ommaney March 30, 1898.  Her three crewmen perished with the vessel.  The Sitka was last seen in Redfish Bay.  She departed out of Sitka and was bound for Ft Wrangell.  Her masts were picked up by the schooner Northern Star.  The Sitka had a value of $800.

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

Comment: H W McCurdy (Pg 40) calls this vessel City of Sitka.  This is probably the 17.44 ton 41.5 foot schooner Sitka (ON 116253) out of Sitka. WG

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1897) Pg 176 Sitka

SITKA (1935)     The 74 ton 73 foot wooden oil screw Sitka struck a rock in Clarence Strait at 5:15 a.m. October 3, 1935.  The Sitka departed Ketchikan the day before and was bound for Juneau with 11 crewmen aboard.  She was carrying a cargo of 1,500 pounds of general merchandise.  The vessel struck a rock near Narrow Point in Clarence Strait.  The tide was ebbing and there was a thick fog.  The Sitka was valued at $15,000 and damage to the vessel was $1,200.  She was assisted off the rock by the gas screw St Nichols.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 47 30 N 132 28 30 W   Chart 17420

Comment: This vessel is mistakenly reported as a total loss on some wreck lists.  WG

Source: U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty October 12, 1935 by William Doucett, master of the Sitka

SITKA (1969)     The fishing vessel Sitka stranded and burned on the beach January 31, 1969 seven miles 200 degrees true from Point Astley near the entrance to Holkham Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 43 N 133 39 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SKAGWAY (1929)     The 1,838 ton steam ship Skagway burned at Tatoosh Islands December 15, 1929.  There were 27 persons on board but no lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 31 N 131 50 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,838, Built 1908, ON 205052

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1930) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 917

SKAGWAY HELEN (1974)     The gillnetter Skagway Helen burned from a fire caused by a faulty cook stove July 24, 1974 in Lynn Canal near Haines.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SKIP (1906)     The 16 ton wooden scow Skip stranded and was lost at Mount Andrew at 2 a.m. September 22, 1906.  The scow had been tied at the wharf but her lines parted during the night.  Winds were high and seas heavy when the vessel stranded and was broken up.  Her reported value was $200.  The Skip was a total loss with no insurance.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 30 N 132 20 W   Chart 17426

Comment: Mount Andrew was a mining camp operated by the Andrew Mining Company on the Kasaan Peninsula.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 16, Age 5 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 58105, Master Nicholas Madson of Ketchikan, Owner A C Strong of Ketchikan, Last port Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report September 26, 1906 by A C Strong, 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) “Mount Andrew” Pg 661

SKYLO (1988)     The 42 foot longline fishing vessel Skylo swamped and sank October 4, 1988 two miles offshore south of Cape Cross.  A series of 42 foot waves washed over the stern of the vessel which had a full load of halibut.  All three crewmembers donned survival suits and abandoned ship.  They were rescued eight hours later by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 55 N 136 33 30 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SLAYER (2006)     The 32 foot troller Slayer foundered March 12, 2006 on a trip from Kake to Sitka to offload approximately 12,000 lbs of freshly caught gray cod and rockfish.  A mayday was heard indicating that the vessel was sinking with two persons on board four and a half miles south of Point Gardner.  A survival suit, life ring and partially deflated zodiac were all that was found.  Lost were Richard Nebert (42) of Juneau and Matthew Moore (18) of Sitka. Weather included 8 to 10 foot seas and winds gusting to 50 knots. The Slayer had her rudder fall off three weeks before in Peril Strait when a weld broke on her rudder post.

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

Additional Information: Length 30.7, ON 624964

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 2. U S C G Press Release (March 12, 2006) “Coast Guard suspends search for crew of fishing vessel Slayer”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 279059

 

SMILE (1961)     The 8 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Smile was consumed by fire September 11, 1961 off of Alaska Packers Association north of Wrangell Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 16 N 132 12 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 31.5, Breadth 9.4, Depth 4.2, Built 1919 at Seattle, Horsepower 110, Owner Tom Ukas, Registered Wrangell, ON 217781

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 630, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SOMEHOW (1946)     The 14 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Somehow was consumed by fire July 14, 1946 in Elfin Cove.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 12 15 N 136 21 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 9 Net, Length 33.3, Breadth 11.1, Depth 4, Built 1913 at Bremerton WA, Horsepower 110, Owner Nels H Mork, Registered Juneau, ON 211682

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 474, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

SONDRA LEE (1947)     The 296 ton 99 foot wooden oil screw Sondra Lee burned March 9, 1947 in Wrangell Narrows.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 31 N 132 55 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 296 Gross 235 Net, Length 99.1, Breadth 31.1, Depth 10.5, Built 1943 at Seattle WA, Service freight, Horsepower 270, Crew 6, SL AXRA, Owner Earl T Forsythe, Registered Juneau, ON 250209

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1947) Pg 474, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1948) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 862

 

SOPHIE (1949)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sophie foundered June 5, 1949, 1,000 yards west of Point Amelia.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 13 30 N 135 52 30 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Length 29.4, Breadth 9.5, Depth 4, Built 1928 at Ketchikan, Horsepower 12, Owner Albert J Erickson, Registered Sitka, ON 227393

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1949) Pg 516, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1950) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 927

 

SOUND (1967)     The gas screw Sound burned December 30, 1967 at Steamboat Bay, Noyes Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 33 N 133 38 W   Chart 17400

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOUTHERN (1944)     The 18 ton 40 foot wooden gas screw Southern was consumed by fire at Hoonah June 12, 1944.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 06 30 N 135 26 30 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 12 Net, Length 40.6, Breadth 12.8, Depth 4.4, Built 1910 at Seattle WA, Service misc., Horsepower 20, Crew 5, Owner George B Williams, Registered Juneau, ON 208219

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 778, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1944) Pg 303

 

SOUTHLAND (1972)     The oil screw Southland stranded and was lost September 5, 1972 in Berners Bay near Point Bridget.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 40 45 N 134 59 20 W   Chart 17300

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SOUVENIR (1939)     The 19 ton 39 foot oil screw fishing vessel Souvenir foundered in Dixon Entrance at 1:30 p.m. May 23, 1939.  There were two persons aboard travelling from Ketchikan to Hecate Strait.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by Carl Holm, master of the Souvenir:

“About 30-35 miles S S E from Duke Island in Dixon Entrance”  “S E wind 30-35 miles, moderate fair, sea choppy”  “Believe plank sprung and caulking fell out”  “Foundered”  “Tried pumps, but water filled up in about ten minutes”  “Picked up by Ol. S. Mary Ellen and brought to Ketchikan, Alaska 11:10 p.m. May 23, 1939”  “The Ol.s. Mary Ellen, Ol.s. Tillie M and Ol.s. Sunrise attempted to get line about the vessel but could not do so”

The Souvenir had a value of $7,500 and was a total loss. There was no cargo on board.  The vessel was insured for $3,100.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 55 N 131 20 W   Chart 16016

Additional Information: Tonnage 19 Gross 13 Net, Length 39.7, Breadth 11.5, Depth 6.5, Built 1937 at Bremerton WA, HP 45, Registered Seattle, ON 236538, Master Chris Holm of Seattle, Owner Alfred Chray of Bremerton WA

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty May 24, 1939 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1939) Pg 280

SPENCER II (1989)     The 48 foot longline fishing vessel Spencer II grounded and sank March 5, 1989 in Port Houghton, Stephens Passage.  All crewmembers made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 19 N 133 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: ON 241640

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

SPIRIT (1983)     The crab fishing vessel Spirit was found submerged at Pleasant Island near Gustavus December 3, 1983.  The two people lost in the disaster were Larry Rebo (25) of Tenakee and Tracy Anderson (22) of Sitka.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 21 N 135 38 W   Chart 17300

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. The Oregonian (December 6, 1983) “Searchers find body of man” Pg B5

 

SPIRIT OF KWANTLEN (2000)     The 35 foot sailboat Spirit of Kwantlen went adrift in foul weather, flooded and sank July 21, 2000 approximately 60 miles west of Sitka.  The vessel was on a trip from Sitka to Victoria, BC when she encountered a storm which damaged her sails and subsequently experienced engine problems.  All three persons on board were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.

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

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (July 22, 2000) “Coast Guard rescues Anchorage trio from sinking sailboat”, 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

 

SPOKANE (1917)     The steamer Spokane became a total loss at Farallon Bay, N E Dall Island in 1917.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 11 40 N 133 04 45 W   Chart 17400

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

SPRAT (1930)     The 27 ton 53 foot wooden scow Sprat foundered off of Point Hugh at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday March 18, 1930.  The vessel was in tow and had left Juneau that day bound for Wrangell.  There was no one aboard the scow and no cargo.  The following is an accounting of the loss by Earl Theile, master:

“Strong northerly wind, heavy sea, daylight”  “Seven miles south of Point Hugh, Alaska”  “Seam opened up”  “Foundered”  “The tow line broke three times and nothing could be done.”  “Crew of the Oil Screw Margaret (assisted)”

The Sprat had a value of $1,000 and was a total loss.  There was no insurance on the vessel.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 34 10 N 133 48 30 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 27, Length 52.8, Breadth 16.1, Depth 4.1, Built 1907 at Bellingham WA, Registered Port Townsend and Juneau, ON 163095, Master Earl Theile of Juneau, Owner Diamond Packing Co of Juneau

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty April 23, 1930 at Wrangell, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1929) Pgs 744-5

SPRAY (1929)     Fire destroyed the 13 ton 50 foot wooden gas screw Spray at 4 p.m. Friday October 25, 1929.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day bound for Helm Bay with two persons aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report submitted by E B Simmons, master of the Spray:

“S E wind, choppy sea, light rain”  “In Behm Canal, Alaska, abreast Tatoosh Point”  “Fire”  “Backfire through carburetor”  “Carburetor clogged up and stopped the engine.  When the engineer made preparations to start the engine again engine backfired throwing out a flame which ignited the entire engine room.  Used 3 extinguishers in attempt to put out fire.  Failing in this crew took to life boat and was picked up by T587 and brought to Ketchikan.”

The Spray was valued at $3,000 and was a total loss.  There was no cargo aboard.  The crew made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 31 50 N 131 49 30 W   Chart 17422

Additional Information: Tonnage 13 Gross 9 Net, Length 50, Breadth 9.7, Depth 3.6, HP 28, Built 1904 at Sulzer AK, Service towing, Master E B Simmons of Ketchikan, Owner Amelia Hamilton of Ketchikan, Insurance unknown

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty October 26, 1929 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1928) Pgs 506-7

SPRAY (1964)     The 8 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Spray was consumed by fire September 30, 1964 at Juneau.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 31.2, Breadth 8.8, Depth 3.1, Built 1918 at Juneau, Horsepower 110, Owner Knute Langseth, Registered Juneau, ON 260083

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 639, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SPRING (1981)     The 42 foot troller Spring flooded and sank September 14, 1981 two miles off of Ratz Harbor off of the northeast coast of Prince of Wales Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 53 15 N 132 35 45 W   Chart 17360

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

STANDARD (1923)     The 15 ton 46 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Standard foundered off Point Vallenor at 9:00 p.m. Friday July 6, 1923.  The vessel departed Union Bay that day after having made repairs to her hull, caused from a collision on the 4th of July.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Light breeze, clear daylight, slight swell”  “Midway between Guard Island and Vallenar Point”  “Foundering”  “Vessel sank so quickly that cause could not be determined, but perhaps as result of collision on July 3, 1923”  “At 1:00 a.m. July 4th this vessel was in collision with the Am. Ga. S. Asike off Point Baker in Sumner Straits making a hole in the Standard from the gunnel to about two feet below the waterline.  She was then beached and a temporary patch put on after which she was towed to Union Bay, and from thence attempted to tow her to Ketchikan for permanent repairs with the foregoing result”  “Ga. S. Mabel Robb tried to tow vessel ashore”  “Total loss”

The Standard had a value of $4,000 with no cargo on board.  She was a total loss but was fully insured.  There was only one person aboard at the time of the disaster.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 25 35 N 131 51 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 15 Gross 10, Net, Length 45.8,Breadth 11.8, Depth 4, Built 1911 at Ketchikan, IHP 30, Registered Ketchikan, ON 208487, Master Ben Rodel of Union Bay, Owner A & P Products Corporation of Seattle

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty July 7, 1923 by W B Caldwell, Agent, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 280

STANLEY (1938)     The 22 ton 40 foot oil screw fishing vessel Stanley foundered in Chatham Strait at 6:00 p.m. Sunday July 3, 1938.  Bert A Vig, master and owner of the Stanley, was the only one aboard at the time.  He had departed Port Alexander that day bound for Snipe Bay with no cargo.  There was no wind and seas were calm.  The Stanley foundered between Poorman’s Point and Wood (Wooden) Island in Chatham Strait.  The cause of the sinking was not known.  The oil screw Mars came to the assistance of the Stanley.  The Stanley, valued at $6,000, was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 09 40 N 134 39 30 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 22 Gross 15 Net, Length 40, Breadth 12.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1913 at Seattle, IHP 100, Registered Ketchikan, ON 211351

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty July 6, 1938 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1938) Pg 283

STANWOOD (1954)     The 78 ton 58 foot wooden oil screw Stanwood stranded and was lost August 7, 1954 after striking a log near Petersburg.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 48 10 N 132 58 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 78 Gross 68 Net, Length 58.8, Breadth 22.8, Depth 6.7, Built 1928 at Tacoma WA, Former Name City of Everett, Service freight, Crew 4, Horsepower 90, Owner Dean C Kayler, Registered Seattle WA, ON 227884

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 538, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1955) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 740

 

STAR (1918)     The 9 ton 34 foot gas screw fishing vessel Star stranded and was lost at Berners Bay in November of 1918.  The vessel had come to Berners Bay from Juneau and was at anchor with neither of her two crewmen aboard when the disaster occurred.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

“Berners Bay, S E Alaska”  “Stranding”  “Storm arose, smashed vessel on beach, master and crew absent at time”  “Total loss”

The Star had a value of $2,000 and no cargo.  There was also no insurance on the vessel.  No lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 43 N 135 W   Chart 17300

Comment: Some reports put 20 persons aboard at the time of the disaster which is unlikely.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 5 Net, Length 34.3, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4.4, IHP 17, Built 1915 at Juneau, Registered Juneau, ON 213086, Master Henry Anderson of Juneau, Owners Henry and James Anderson of Juneau

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1918) Pg 316

 

STAR NO 70 (1973)     The 39 ton 61 foot wooden gas screw Star No 70 foundered May 24, 1973 at the South Arm of Chomley Sound, Prince of Wales Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   Chart 17420

Comment: Chomley Sound now called Cholmondeley Sound.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 39 Gross and Net, Length 61.4, Breadth 17.9, Depth 4.3, Built 1929 at Bellingham WA, ON 170276

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 664, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1974) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1637

 

STAR NO 74 (1965)     The 39 ton 61 foot wooden barge Star No 74 was destroyed by a storm during October of 1965 at Old Sitka (Mikhailovsk).

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 07 50 N 135 22 20 W   Chart 17320

Comment: Old Sitka was located 5.5 miles north of the current Sitka, in Starrigavan Bay.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 39 Gross and Net, Length 61.4, Breadth 17.9, Depth 4.2, Built 1929 at Bellingham WA, Owner Henry May Jr., Registered Sitka, ON 170386

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 664, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1175

 

STAR OF BENGAL (1908)     The 1,877 ton 263 foot bark Star of Bengal stranded and was lost at 9:32 a.m. Sunday September 20, 1908.  Aboard the vessel at the time were 117 passengers, including 110 Chinese cannery workers, and 20 officers and crew.  Of the 137 persons on board, 111 perished in the disaster.  The Star of Bengal departed Wrangel September 19, 1908 bound for San Francisco.  She was carrying a cargo of eighteen hundred tons of canned salmon and machinery valued at $216,000.  The following are excerpt from the wreck report submitted by N Wagner, master of the Star of Bengal:

“1/2 mile north of Helm Pt. Coronation Island, Alaska”  “Stranding”  “Cut loose by tugs and anchor failing to hold”  “Strong breeze from SE, rough sea and dark”  “Tried to get ship on starboard tack and make sail, but tugs could not handle her.  Both anchors let go.”  “Finding that vessel was getting dangerously close to the lee shore, I endeavored to get ship on starboard tack to make use of topsails to work the ship offshore by signaling the tugs to starboard their help, but the signal was not heard on either vessel”  “Steamers Hattie Gage and Kyak (assisted)”  “Total Loss”

The Star of Bengal was worth $70,000 and became a total loss along with her cargo.  There was no insurance on the vessel.  With the 111 who were lost, this is one of the top 5 marine disasters in Alaska History. The following names and particulars come from two publications:

The Seattle Daily Times, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 23, 1908 (SDT923)

The Seattle Sunday Times, Sept. 27, 1908 (SST927) Official Count

Names of passengers and crew lost:

  1. 15 White 95 Mongoloid hands from Wrangel Cannery (SDT923)(110 lost)
  2. 67 Chinese 26 Japanese 3 Filipino 15 White (SST927)(111 lost)
  3. William Perischke buried on beach (SDT923)
  4. Benjamin Johnson buried on beach (SDT923)
  5. Andrew Hanson buried on beach (SDT923) brother survived (SST927)
  6. Peter Peterson buried on beach (SDT923)
  7. Joseph Griffin buried on beach (SDT923) Seattle youth (25) cooks assistant (SST927)
  8. George Hendrickson buried on beach (SDT923)
  9. Erick Person buried on beach (SDT923)
  10. Einon Swenson buried on beach (SDT923)
  11. Frank Healy buried on beach (SDT923) bookkeeper at the cannery (SST927)
  12. Norman Hawkins buried on beach (SDT923) two brothers survived (SST927)
  13. John Peterson buried on beach (SDT923)
  14. Sigurd Nelson buried on beach (SDT923) Died fighting (SST927)
  15. Charles Buchanan buried on beach (SDT923)
  16. Carl Bore buried on beach (SDT923)
  17. Olof Peterson buried on beach (SDT923)
  18. Tsu Bong Chinese (SST927) Gang Boss

Survivors: 27 (SDT923) 28 (SST927)

  1. Captain Nicholas Wagner (SDT923) (SST927)
  2. Mate Frank Muir (SDT923) (SST927)
  3. Victor Johnson (SST927)
  4. Gus Johanson (SST927)
  5. Alf Olson (SST927)

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 49 30 N 134 17 W   Chart 17400

Additional Information: Tonnage 1,877 Gross 1,694 Net, Length 262.8, Breadth 40.2, Depth 23.5, Built 1873 at Belfast Ireland, SL KQCM, Registered San Francisco, ON 116974, Master N Wagner of Berkeley CA, Owner Alaska Packers Association of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report September 24, 1908 at Wrangel, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1908) Pg 128, 3. Seattle Sunday Times (September 27, 1908) Pgs 1&8, 4. Seattle Daily Times (September23, 1908) Pg 4

STARLIGHT (1956)     The 14 ton 39 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Starlight stranded and was lost October 23, 1956 on the west side of Golf Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 47 30 N 135 23 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 39.2, Breadth 10.9, Depth 4.3, Built 1927 at Sitka, Horsepower 140, SL WE8433, Owner Charles Littlefield, Registered Sitka, ON 227018

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1956) Pg 185, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1957) “Vessels Subject to Removal” Pg 582

 

STARLING (1991)     The fishing vessel Starling sank from deteriorating wood while tied to a barge April 4, 1991 in Gastineau Channel.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 16 N 134 20 W   Chart 17300

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

 

STATE OF CALIFORNIA (1913)     The 2,266 ton 300 foot iron passenger steamer State of California foundered in Gambier Bay at 8:30 a.m. Sunday August 17, 1913.  The vessel was on her way out of the bay at 8:02 a.m. bound for San Francisco.  There were 74 passengers and 76 officers and crewmen aboard the State of California.  She was carrying a cargo of about 500 tons of general merchandise.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report:

“Gambier Bay, Alaska”  “Foundered”  “Struck uncharted rock”  “Calm, smooth sea, daylight”  “Ship backed full speed, then went ahead full speed, to try and beach her before sinking”  “Launches from Gambier Bay and S S Jefferson (assisted)”  “Total Loss”

32 of the 150 persons aboard perished in the disaster.  The State of California had a value of $200,000 which was a total loss along with her cargo.  The vessel was insured for $181,000.  Included in those lost were:

  1. L. Anderson, fourth officer,
  2. D.C. Perkins, wireless operator,
  3. N. Lawson deck officer
  4. L. Mezzene deck officer
  5. P. Smith waiter
  6. B. Madiger waiter
  7. Mrs. John Vanderlass (Mrs. Clara Vanderlass)
  8. John Vanderlass
  9. Mrs. E.C. Ward (Mrs. Nellie B Ward)
  10. Miss Lila Ward (14) died from fright
  11. Mrs. H C Riordan (84)
  12. Miss Estella Riordan
  13. W.A. Dyer of Milwaukee
  14. Miss Wilson
  15. Miss Anne L Cassidy
  16. Miss May Dixon
  17. Mrs. A Biernbaum
  18. Miss Alice Johnson
  19. Lilian B Norman
  20. Mrs. C E Spithill
  21. Mrs. C E Spithill child
  22. Ben A Wade
  23. Nick Pittulas
  24. Frank Fuller
  25. James Gustaveson
  26. Ernest J Reid
  27. Leslie Hobro
  28. J Holman
  29. August Vresh
  30. W A Dyer
  31. Miss Blanche Fridd
  32. Miss Minette E Harlan.

The State of California struck an uncharted rock at 8:27 a.m. and by 8:30 a.m. there was nothing left of the vessel. The area of impact was filled with only wreckage and the struggling passengers and crew of the steamer. Many drowned in their staterooms and others were crushed by the wreckage.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 28 N 133 55 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 2,266 Gross 1,260 Net, Length 300, Breadth 38.6, Depth 24.4, Built 1879 at Philadelphia PA, IHP 1,800, SL JTGP, Registered San Francisco, ON 115645, Master T H Cann Jr of Seattle, Owner Pacific Coast Steamship Company of San Francisco

Sources: 1. U S Customs Wreck Report at San Francisco, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1913) Pg 299, 3. Daily Alaska Dispatch (August 18, 1913) “P C Co Liner Total Loss at Gambier Bay” Front Page, 4. Morning Oregonian (August 21, 1913) “Survivors Now Nearing Seattle” Pg 12, 5. Trenton Evening Times (August 19, 1913) “32 Go Down With Ship in Icy Water” Pg 9

 

STELLA (1967)     The 9 ton 31 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Stella burned November 6, 1967 at Carroll Inlet.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 31.1, Breadth 11.2, Depth 3.5, Built 1943 at Aberdeen WA, Former Name MT-321 (U S A), Horsepower 115, SL WB3315, Registered Ketchikan, ON 250148

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) Pg 666, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1176

 

STELLA (2006)     The 58 foot steel seiner Stella stranded and was lost July 7, 2006 on Gull Island northwest of Juneau.  The crew of three was rescued from their life raft by the Alaska Marine Highway Ferry Taku.  The operator of the vessel was sleeping at the wheel when the vessel ran aground. Extensive hull damage resulted in rapid flooding.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 30 10 N 134 52 W   Chart 17300

Comment: This vessel was subsequently patched and refloated.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 116 Gross 93 Net, ON 1070580

Sources: 1. USCG News Release (July 8, 2006) “Coast Guard, ferry Taku assist crew of fishing vessel”, 2. USCG MISLE Case # 299473

 

STRANGER (1927)     The 9 ton 42 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Stranger stranded and was lost in a storm at the southern entrance to Rocky Pass at 11:30 a.m. October 26, 1927.  The vessel departed Ketchikan October 25, 1927 bound for Kake.  There were 4 crewmen aboard and no cargo.  The strong gale and misty and heavy seas contributed to the disaster.  The Stranger had a value of $3,000 and was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 40 N 133 44 W   Charts 17360, 17372

Additional Information: Tonnage 9 Gross 6 Net, Length 42, Breadth 10.5, Depth 3.6, Built 1913 at Craig, IHP 25, Master and owner Allen Miller of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty November 3, 1927 by Miller at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 492-3

SU-CE-K (1999)     The 44 foot cement salmon troller Su-Ce-K was consumed by fire and sank in 50 fathoms of water June 30, 1999 near Sitka.  The blaze was electrical and started in the engine room.  It was put out once by the crew but reflashed and engulfed the entire vessel.  Both crewmembers abandoned the Su-Ce-K and were rescued by the fishing vessel Destiny.

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

Additional Information: ON 939617

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

 

SUCCESS (1932)     The 14 ton 45 foot wooden gas screw Success stranded and was lost near Labouchere Island at 8:50 p.m. Sunday September 25, 1932.  The vessel left Wrangell September 1, 1932 on her way to Shakan with two persons aboard.  The following are statements from the casualty report filed by George W Smith, master of the Success:

“Strong southwest wind, heavy ground swell, dense fog and raining or a kind of drizzle”  “Reef ½ mile southeast of Labouchere Island”  “Stranding”  “Went on rocky reef in dense fog”  “No time to take any measures”  “Was running under a slow bell and had lookout on bow of vessel, but he failed to notify the master In time to avoid stranding”  “One week after loss of vessel the U S Coast Guard Tallapoosa made a thorough search of the waters in the vicinity where the vessel was lost but found no trace of her”

The Success had a value of $4,000 and was a total loss with no insurance.  There was no cargo aboard and no lives were lost.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 17 35 N 133 40 20 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 14 Gross 11 Net, Length 45.6, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.5, Built 1906 at Bay Center WA, IHP 20, Registered Wrangell, ON 203574, Master George Smith of Wrangell, Owner J G Smith of Wrangell

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty November 7, 1932 at Wrangell, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1932) Pgs 534-5

SUEMEZ (1933)     The 26 ton 42 foot gas screw fishing vessel Suemez caught fire and became a total loss November 17, 1933 at Waterfall.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 17 50 N 133 14 30 W   Chart 17407

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 15 Net, Length 41.7, Breadth 13.6, Depth 6.5, Built 1920 at Tacoma WA, IHP 35, Registered Ketchikan, ON 219970

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) “Vessels Lost” Pg 1008, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1933) Pgs 556-7

SUKIE (1959)     The 20 ton 40 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sukie burned September 10, 1959 in Duncan Canal.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   56 30 N 133 03 W   Chart 17360

Additional Information: Tonnage 20 Gross 16 Net, Length 40, Breadth 12, Depth 5, Built 1948 at Wrangell, Horsepower 110, SL WB8797, Owner William L Binkley, Registered Wrangell, ON 256696

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1959) Pg 540, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1960) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 826

 

SUMAQU (1998)     The 105 foot fish tender Sumaqu burned and sank April 16, 1998 in Chatham Strait near Tenakee Springs.  A waste oil bucket tipped while changing fuel filters and volatile fuel splashed onto a space heater igniting the blaze.  The fire quickly spread to a paint locker and consumed the vessel.  Both crewmembers were able to escape to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 46 50 N 135 13 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: ON 254677

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

 

SUMNER (1916)     Three crewmen were washed overboard and lost from the 61 foot wooden gas screw halibut schooner Sumner December 3, 1916.  The vessel was about 30 miles off of Cape Ommaney on her way from Sitka to Puffin Bay with a crew of 14 aboard.  Lost were Ovin Johansen, Ira Wood and Ole Haren.  The disaster occurred during the evening of December 3rd with an 80 mile an hour gale blowing with heavy snow and unusually strong tides.  Much fishing gear and other equipment was lost with the three men.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 50 Gross 34 Net, Length 61.4, Breadth 18, Depth 7.8, Built 1912 at Seattle WA, Horsepower 65, Owner M J Rolie, Registered Seattle, ON 209542

Sources: 1. Daily Alaska Dispatch (December 21, 1916) “Three of gas boat Sumner Lost at Sea” Pg 1, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1916) Pg 310

 

SUMNER (1931)     Fire destroyed the 11 ton 46 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sumner at 5:30 p.m. Saturday February 7, 1931.  The vessel departed Ketchikan February 5th bound for Percy Island with one person aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report filed by L A Miller, master of the Sumner and the only one aboard at the time of the disaster:

“3 miles N NW Pt. Percy S E Alaska”  “Strong easterly breeze, heavy seas, dark”  “Struck unknown submerged object, vessel broke out in flames”  “Was engaged in searching for wrecked plane and body of Pat (Robin) Renahan.  Sailed from Ketchikan Thursday, February 5, 1931, and anchored first night in Canoe Cove on Annette Island.  Next afternoon ran to anchorage behind Davidson Point and stayed all night.  The next afternoon, February 7th, started for Percy Island at about five o’clock and when about one mile off Davidson Pt. I struck some submerged object with great force and to prevent losing wheel, I immediately released clutch, racing engine for a second until I got throttle closed.  I think an intake valve stuck open and that the force of the collision broke gas line, for after a short inspection to determine damage, which revealed the fact that the vessel was making water rapidly, I let in clutch and opened throttle.  Fire broke out immediately and blew me out of the pilot house, whereupon I closed the door and took to the lifeboat.  Vessel burned several hours and then sank in about 100 fathoms of water.”  “Closed pilot house door, took to lifeboat and stood by for 2 hours”  “Vessel burnt and sank”  “Total loss”

The Sumner had a value of $2,700 and had no cargo.  She had insurance for $1,500.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 56 50 N 131 37 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 11 Gross 8 Net, Length 46.7, Breadth 10, Depth 4.1, Built 1906 at Everett WA, IHP 32, Registered Ketchikan, ON 203476, Master L A Miller of Ketchikan, Owner Dave Bevan of Bellingham WA

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty February 10, 1931 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1930) Pgs 518-9

SUN TOY (2005)     The 28 foot “live-aboard” vessel Sun Toy was destroyed by fire June 28, 2005 in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan. There was no one aboard at the time of the fire.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 20 20 N 131 38 30 W   Chart 17430

Source: Sitka News (June 28, 2005) “No injuries in boat fire” Internet

 

SUNBEAM (1940)     The 8 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Sunbeam foundered October 25, 1940 on the Three Hill Island side of George Island in Cross Sound.  There were two persons aboard, one of whom was lost with the Sunbeam.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   58 12 N 136 23 45 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross, Length 32.9, Breadth 8.6, Depth 3.8, Built 1906 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 10, Owner Robert Carteti, Registered Sitka, ON 203274

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 512, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 282

 

SUNBEAM (1963)     The 58 ton 62 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Sunbeam stranded and was lost July 17, 1963 near Point Gardner.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 58 Gross 34 Net, Length 62.6, Breadth 16.8, Depth 7.8, Built 1927 at Tacoma WA, Horsepower 200, SL WB3389, Owner Ronald F Schnell, Registered Seattle, ON 226577

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 648, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1006

 

SUNNY POINT (1928)     The 26 ton 47 foot gas screw fishing vessel Sunny Point was destroyed by fire at 4:30 p.m. Friday January 13, 1928 near Ward Cove.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day on her way to Ward Cove with one person aboard.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report filed by W W Noyes, master and owner of the Sunny Point and the only one aboard at the time of the disaster:

“Peninsula Point, near Ward Cove, Alaska”  “Fire”  “Engine backfired causing explosion”  “TOTAL LOSS”

The Sunny Point was valued at $5,000 with no cargo aboard.  She was insured for $3,500.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 23 N 131 44 W   Chart 17428

Additional Information: Tonnage 26 Gross 18 Net, Length 47.2, Breadth 13.9, Depth 5.8, Built 1914 at Tacoma WA, Registered at Ketchikan, ON 211934, Master and owner W W Noyes of Ketchikan

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty January 14, 1928 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1927) Pgs 494-5

SUPERBA (1914)     15 of 23 persons on board were lost when the gasoline launch Superba capsized in heavy weather traveling from Skagway to Juneau in Lynn Canal July 4, 1914. The Superba was transporting people to Juneau for the 4th of July celebrations. The launch departed Skagway and had traveled 15 miles south when a freshening southerly gale forced them to turn around and head back north.  The following seas overwhelmed the small vessel two miles south of Skagway and she capsized. Lost were Oscar Carlson of Seattle, Robert Saunders of Seattle, Monte Prince of Haines, Thomas Donovan of Haines, Myrtle Burlington of Haines, Henry Bernhofer of Skagway, Stantry Dillon of Skagway, Joseph Logan of Skagway, John Bell of Whitehorse YT, Sam Radowich of Whitehorse YT, Mr Lynch, Otis Oaks, P Monturian and two others.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   59 27 30 N 135 18 45 W   Chart 17300

Comment: This vessel was likely salvaged.  Many reports spell the name Superb. WG

Source: Seattle Times (July 5, 1914) “Fifteen Die in Wreck on Lynn Canal” Pg 2

 

SUPREME (1953)     The 7 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Supreme foundered May 9, 1953 at the Thomas Basin Float in Ketchikan.

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

Additional Information: Tonnage 7 Gross 6 Net, Length 33.5, Breadth 9.3, Depth 3.2, Built 1919 at Wrangell, Horsepower 15, Owner Peter Wilson, Registered Ketchikan, ON 218447

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 548, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 750

 

SUSAN ANN (2004)     The 58 foot wooden seiner Susan Ann flooded from her engine room and sank October 17, 2004 near Catherine Island in Chatham Strait.  Both crewmembers donned survival suits and escaped to a skiff.  A rescue boat from Chatham Cannery and HH-60 helicopter from Air Station Sitka responded to the vessels call for assistance. The rescue boat transported the survivors to a nearby beach where they were picked up by the Coast Guard helicopter. Salvage was under consideration but the vessel sank in 33 fathoms of water making it unlikely.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 22 N 134 53 W   Chart 17320

Additional Information: Length 49.9, ON 258176, Call Sign WC4442, Built 1949 Anacortes WA

Sources: 1. USCG News Release (October 18, 2004) “Coast Guard, others respond to sinking vessel in Chatham Strait”, 2. USCG MISLE Case # 206060

 

SVEA (1941)     The 8 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Svea stranded and was lost on the easterly shore of McLean Arm January 25, 1941.  The two persons aboard made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   54 47 45 N 131 57 15 W   Chart 17420

Additional Information: Tonnage 8 Gross 7 Net, Length 29.5, Breadth 9.5, Depth 4.1, Built 1918 at Port Madison WA, Horsepower 12, Owner Fritz Erickson, Registered Ketchikan, ON 216319

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1942) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 512, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1941) Pg 284

 

SWALLOW (1924)     The 10 ton 32 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Swallow stranded and was lost in Nichols Passage at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday February 20, 1924.  The vessel departed Ketchikan that day bound for Metlakatla with three crewmen aboard.  The following is an accounting from the casualty report filed by Silas Booth, master of the Swallow:

“Driest Point, Nichols Passage, S E Alaska”  “Strong east wind with rain and rough sea.  Dark”  “Stranding”  “Engine stopped and vessel drifted on the rock”  “When engines stopped threw out an anchor but vessel stranded before fetching up on anchor cable.  After stranding attempted to put out a kedge anchor in endeavor to pull vessel off but owing to rough sea was unable to do so”  “After stranding vessel slid off into deep water leaving only the mast visible.  On the third day vessel disappeared completely”  “Total loss”

The Swallow had a value of $3,000 and was a total loss.  She had no cargo aboard.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   55 10 40 N 131 36 15 W   Chart 17434

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 7 Net, Length 32.2, Breadth 11.2, Depth 3.7, IHP 35, Built 1907 at Dockton WA, Registered Ketchikan, ON 204153, Master Silas Booth of Metlakatla, Owner Annette Island Packing Company of Metlakatla, Insurance unknown

Sources: 1. U S C G Report of Casualty March 17, 1924 at Ketchikan, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1923) Pg 283

SWAN (1915)     The gas powered fishing vessel Swan disappeared after leaving Juneau bound for Yakutat in November of 1916. Missing with the Swan were her three man crew; George Young, Thomas Martin and Robert Fulton.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   Unknown

Source: San Francisco Chronicle (February 17, 1916) “Fishing Craft Given up as Lost by Owners” Pg 9

 

SWAN (1953)     The 23 ton 44 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Swan burned May 17, 1953 off of Takanis Bay on the southeast end of Yakobi Island.

Mapping and Location: Southeast Alaska   57 55 N 136 31 W   Chart 17300

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 18 Net, Length 44.6, Breadth 13.4, Depth 5, Built 1949 at Wrangell, Horsepower 100, SL WC4956, Owner O R Haynes, Registered Wrangell, ON 257787

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1952) Pg 550, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1953-1954) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 750

3 Replies to “South East Alaska Shipwrecks ( S )”

  1. two canadian longliners lost one in the bearing sea sea ranger with all crew and the blue ocean in unimak pass in 1966 i sea no record i was there on the western king there was a lot of boats damaged that year

    1. I am looking for records of these losses but have not found them yet. I don’t have many Canadian sources of information. Thank You for posting. I will keep looking for the Blue Ocean and the Sea Ranger. There have to be many more Canadian vessels that were lost that were not recorded in the United States lists that I have used.

    2. I have found information on both of these wrecks and edited my publications accordingly. Thank you very much for drawing my attention to them. I have now posted information on over 3,700 Alaska Shipwrecks and will continue to fill in details.

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