South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( B )

BEAR (1908)     It was 9:00 p.m. on Friday the 13th of March, 1908 when the American schooner Bear drug anchor and washed up on a reef at Kashega, 80 miles from Unalaska.  Local natives attempted to assist the master, Edward Lee of Unalaska, and his two crewmen but the nasty weather proved to be too much.  The following are quotes from the wreck report:

                “Kechiga, 80 miles from Unalaska, struck a reef of rocks.” “Anchors dragged, chains parted, and vessel washed ashore on reef of rocks.” “Dropped another anchor, but would not hold very good, cable parted.”  “This is a local schooner that runs around Unalaska Island.  Ship’s papers lost.”

                The Bear was valued at $1,000 at the time of the accident and had a cargo of $300 worth of provisions.  Some of the two ton cargo was salvaged but the vessel became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : Southwestern Alaska  53 28 50 N 167 10 30 W

                Additional Information : Construction wood, Tonnage 11 net, Length 38.7, Breadth 12.7, Depth 4.6, Built 1896 in Seattle, Registration Unalaska, ON 3691

                Sources : 1. U S Customs Wreck Report Alaska District March 26, 1908, 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 156


BELLA (1879)       It was 10:30 in the morning December 5, 1879 when the American schooner Bella missed stays in a westerly storm and stranded at the north entrance to Oumnak Island.  The crew of 5 made it ashore but the Bella, valued at $4,000 broke up on the beach beyond repair.

                Mapping and Location : Southwestern Alaska  53 22 N 167 50 W

                Additional Information : Construction wood, Tonnage 34.83, Age 4 years, Registered San Francisco, ON 3003, Master William Peterson of San Francisco, Owner Alaska Commercial Company of San Francisco, Last Port Ounalaska, Bound for the Aleutian Islands

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed by company agent A Greenbaum at San Francisco Collection District December 6, 1880


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