South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( G )

GENERAL (1898)     The barge General foundered at sea off of the Aleutian Islands while in tow of the vessel Rival June 2, 1898.  The 12 men aboard the barge were rescued by the Rival.

               Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  Unknown

               Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg41


GUARDIAN (1898)     The 173 foot 1124 ton wooden bark Guardian struck a reef and sank north of Sigalda Island near Unalaska at 10 p.m. Sunday August 7, 1898.  The vessel departed Kotzebue Sound July 21st with 17 crew and 1 passenger carrying only 350 tons of ballast.  The following statements came from the wreck report filed by master Jas. C  Eagles at Seattle:

                “Fresh..thick fog…very dark…Thick fog and strong currents.”  “Rock north of Sigalda Island, Alaska Long 165 Lat 54 near Unalaska.”  “Stranding…put wheel down, attempted to tack ship.” 

“Ship first struck starboard side, backed off reef; current and wind carried her about 100 yards on to another reef when she filled and sunk.”  “British ship Amphia rescued a portion of crew.”

All those aboard survived, but the Guardian, valued at $12,000 became a total loss.  The master of the vessel did not know whether the Guardian had insurance at the time the report was filed.

               Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  54 06 N 165 05 W  Chart 16006

               Comment : Probably Tigalda Island.  WG

               Additional Information : Length 173, Breadth 38.8, Depth 23.5, Built 1863 Damariscotta ME, Tonnage 1123.59 Gross, 1072.55 Net, Registered Port Townsend, ON 10896, Master Jas C Eagles of Boston Mass, Owner John Little of Rico Colorado

               Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed August 29, 1898 at Seattle

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