South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( C )

C I P NO 1 (1943)     The 49 ton 60 foot wooden scow C I P No 1 foundered February 16, 1943 off Otter Point, Umnak Island.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska 53 24 50 N 167 50 35 W   Chart 16011

Comment: The 50 foot wooden scow Dorothy was reported lost at the same location a month earlier.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 49 Gross and Net, Length 60, Breadth 20, Depth 4.7, Built 1941 at Seattle WA, Owner Cook Inlet Packing Company, Registered Juneau, ON 175008

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1946) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 804, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1945) Pg 381

CALICO DOG (2006)     The 32 foot cod fishing vessel Calico Dog capsized May 7, 2006 while rounding Priest Rock on her way into Unalaska Bay.  A series of waves pounded the vessel causing her to keel over. There were two crewmembers on board and 2,700 pounds of freshly caught cod fish in totes.  One crewmember was able to crawl onto the overturned hull of the Calico Dog.  He was rescued 12 hours later by the Alaska State Trooper vessel Stimpson who spotted him waving his arms as they were transiting the area.  Lost was Norman Fain.  The Calico Dog had recently been purchased and was due to be renamed the Lady Alliene.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   54 00 32 N 166 22 30 W   Chart 16520

Comment: This vessel was later salvaged. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 10 Gross 8 Net, ON 694046

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (May 8, 2006) “Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers searching for crewman from Calico Dog”, 2. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 287707

CAPE SPENCER (1964)     The 185 ton 85 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Cape Spencer stranded and was lost February 10, 1964 on the south shore of Akun Bay.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   54 15 N 165 30 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 185 Gross 90 Net, Length 85.3, Breadth 24.1, Depth 11.1, Built 1943 at Tacoma WA, Former Name Saint Francis, Horsepower 360, SL WB2356, Owner New England Fish Company, Registered Seattle WA, ON 239818

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1964) Pg 110, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1965) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1002

CAPTAIN BILLY (1988)     The 83 foot trawler Captain Billy was driven onto the rocks by high winds and heavy seas and destroyed February 17, 1988 on the southeast shore of Yunaska Island in the Aleutians.  All six crewmembers made it to the beach.  There they built a fire and were later rescued by the U S Coast Guard.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 38 N 170 40 W   Chart 16011

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

CARLEY RENEE (2009)     The 59 foot fishing cod fishing vessel Carley Renee capsized at 10:30 p.m. October 30, 2009 approximately 22 miles east of Unalaska Island.  All four crewmembers abandoned ship in survival suits, deployed the life raft and were picked up by the fishing vessel Guardian.   The Guardian was responding to the Urgent Marine Broadcast issued by the U S Coast Guard when they intercepted the MAY-DAY call from the Carley Renee.  The overturned vessel grounded on Egg Island and Magone Marine was called upon to attempt salvage. During the effort to recover the Carley Renee and move her to a more protected location in Beaver Inlet, she sank in 120 fathoms of water near Sedanka Passage.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 51 N 166 04 W   Chart 16520

Additional Information: Tonnage 69 Gross 55 Net, Length 59.2, ON 1063746, Call Sign WDE3371

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. U S C G News Release (October 31, 2009) “Coast Guard coordinates Bering Sea rescue of four fishermen off Juneau vessel”, 3. USCG MISLE Case # 480188

CHAOS (2013)     The 54 foot longline fishing vessel Chaos parted her anchor line in heavy weather and grounded on the west side of Unalaska Bay September 20, 2013. All four persons on board were able to make it safely to the beach but the cover of darkness, sheer cliffs and high winds prevented the U S Coast Guard from affecting a rescue until daylight. During the night, winds became so severe that rocks began blowing off of the cliffs and pelting the crew of the Chaos below. They were forced to return to the Chaos to seek shelter and suffer through the pounding that the vessel was taking from the heavy seas. Winds were 50 gusting over 80 mph with rain. They were rescued the following morning by an MH-60 helicopter that hoisted all four to safety. The Chaos became a total loss.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 58 N 166 30 W   Chart 16520

Additional Information: Tonnage 41 Gross 32 Net, Length 49, ON 961006, Call Sign WDE4185

Sources: 1. USCG MISLE Case #657190, 2. USCG News Release (September 21, 2013)

CHERIBON MARU (1942)     The 4,016 ton Japanese cargo ship Cheribon Maru stranded on a reef while being attacked by four U S P-38 and four B-26 aircraft November 28, 1942 in the west arm of Holtz Bay on Attu Island.  The vessel capsized and sank December 14, 1942 in 100 feet of water.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 56 30 N 173 10 45 E   Chart 16420

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

CHEVAK (1994)     The 117 foot crab fishing vessel Chevak stranded and was lost February 22, 1994 on the rocks near Reef Point at the entrance to Saint Paul Harbor.  The vessel was broken up by foul weather.  All seven crewmembers were rescued by a launch from the U S Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton and transferred to the tug Fidalgo.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 46 N 152 27 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Length 117.4, ON 271073, Call Sign WG8270

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Alaska), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 60395

CHIL BO SAN NO 6 (1985)     The 285 foot South Korean trawler Chil Bo San No 6 was abandoned by her crew of 29 January 21, 1985 approximately 200 miles northwest of Adak Island. The vessel was reported to be in a sinking condition. The crew was rescued by another Korean vessel in the area.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 45 N 176 45 W   Chart 16012

Comment: It was reported at the time of the loss that the crew was returning to attempt to salvage the vessel. WG

Source: Daily Sitka Sentinel (January 23, 1985) “Korean Boat Sinks; Crew Is Rescued” Pg 3

CHIL BO SAN NO 6 (1989)     The 285 foot South Korean trawler Chil Bo San No 6 broke a propeller and drifted ashore January 11, 1989 two miles south of Spray Cape on the west side of Unalaska Island.  All 54 crewmembers were rescued by two U S Coast Guard helicopters and a small life boat from sister ship Pung Yang Ho.  Later the Chil Bo San No 6 was washed over a reef and settled on the rocks in a small cove.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 36 50 N 167 09 20 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Owner Wan Yang Fisheries of Seoul, South Korea

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Daily Sitka Sentinel (January 13, 1989) “Fishing Boat Crew Rescued” Pg 5

CHILIAN (1901)     The 248 gross ton bark Chilian struck a rock and was lost at 9 p.m. on November 30, 1901.  The tragedy occurred on the south side of Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island during a blizzard.  The vessel was abandoned and sold at auction on December 7, 1901.  She was reported to be worth $30,000 at the time of the accident, the only cargo being her ballast.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 53 27 N 166 32 05 W   Chart 16528

Additional Information:  Age 8 years, Registration Valparaiso Chile, Last Port Plain Bay November 3 bound for San Francisco, Crew of 28 no casualties

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed at Unalaska December 7, 1901 by her master, James H Kinney of Alameda California.

CHINA B (2006)     The 47 foot steel halibut longline fishing vessel China B capsized and sank September 6, 2006 approximately 30 miles north of Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea.  A series of large waves came over the stern and the vessel sank in less than five minutes.  All five crewmembers abandoned ship to a life raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Golden Chalice.  The rescued crewmen were Capt. Kirk VanDoren and Art Gamash of Homer, Dan Ingram and Shawn Dochtermann of Kodiak and Mark Worley of Gig Harbor, Washington.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 10 N 170 15 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Length 46.2, Built 1981, ON 655198

Sources: 1. U S Coast Guard Enforcement Report (September 6, 2006), 2. USCG MISLE Case # 315170

CITY OF SEATTLE (1988)     The 92 foot crab fishing vessel City of Seattle grounded November 1, 1988 on the north side of the west tip of Atka Island.  The helmsman had fallen asleep causing the disaster.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 07 N 174 30 W   Chart 16012

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

COMET (1983)     The 43 foot halibut fishing vessel Comet flooded her engine room and sank September 25, 1983 approximately 25 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor.  The skipper and three crewmembers were rescued by the U S C G Cutter Boutwell after only four minutes in the water.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 54 N 166 31 W   Chart 16011

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

CROWN REEFER (1946)     The 5,100 ton USAT refrigerator ship Crown Reefer ran aground and was abandoned January 27, 1946 off of Kirilof Point, Amchitka Island.  The vessel was transporting perishables and cargo from Seattle for the Army at Kodiak and on Aleutian Island bases.  All 39 officers and crewmembers were rescued by Navy rescue tug.  The ship broke up some time later.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 25 15 N 179 17 50 E   Chart 16450

Sources: 1. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 2. Seattle Daily Times (January 29, 1946) “Reefer’s Crew Saved in Wreck” Pg 19

CRYSTAL S (1974)     The 199 ton diesel powered fishing vessel Crystal S flooded, capsized and sank August 12, 1974 approximately 3.5 miles northwest of Akutan Island.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   54 07 N 165 55 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: Tonnage 199 Gross, Built 1970, ON 524448

Source: Merchant Vessels of the U S (1976) Pg 1424

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