South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( R )

RAINER (1977)     The fishing vessel Rainer grounded and was lost December 4, 1977 approximately 12 miles off of Cape Cheerful in the Aleutian Islands near Dutch Harbor.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   54 00 50 N 166 40 20 W   Chart 16011

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

RAYMOND A (1982)     The 76 foot wooden crab fishing vessel Raymond A was consumed by fire January 29, 1982 north of Umnak Island in the Bering Sea.  All six crewmembers were rescued by the fishing vessel Ocean Cape.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 15 N 168 20 W   Chart 16011

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

REBECCA B (1996)     The 77 foot longline halibut fishing vessel Rebecca B grounded on a shoal 50 feet from the beach and became a total loss October 24, 1996 at Cape Sasmik in the south shore of Tanaga Island.  The crew had been fishing for 20 to 48 hours strait and was headed to a safe anchorage to escape oncoming weather. The skipper fell asleep at the helm and the Rebecca B ran up on the rocks at full speed. All seven crewmembers were rescued by a U S Navy salvage tug and taken to Adak.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   51 36 30 N 177 55 W   Chart 16012

Additional Information: Tonnage 146 Gross 117 Net, Length 76.6, ON 677263

Sources: 1. U S C G Shipwreck List (1989-2004), 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013), 3. USCG MISLE Case #

 

REINA (1965)     The 94 ton 74 foot oil screw Reina foundered at Segum (probably Seguam) Island November 13, 1965.  The vessel was last heard from in trouble in 100 mile an hour winds.  Lost with the Reina were skipper Vic Hansen (41), John Allen (42), John McReynolds (21) and Jim Adams (24).  The Reina had recently been brought north from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   52 19 N 172 30 W   Chart 16011

Comment: One news report has this wreck at Island of Four Mountains.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 94 Gross, Built 1947, ON 252851

Sources:  1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 1174, 2. Seattle Times (November 20, 1965) “Crab Boat Search Suspended” Pg 8, 3. Seattle Times (January 6, 1966) “Captain Victor Hansen and John W Allen” Pg 37

 

RO-61 (1942)     The 250 foot Japanese submarine RO-61 was sunk by the Navy destroyer Reid September 1, 1942 five miles north of Cape Shaw on Atka Island.  60 crewmen were lost with the RO-61 and five survived.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

ROCKETT II (2002)     The 44 foot halibut longline fishing vessel Rockett II lost power, drifted onto the rocks and broke up October 21, 2002 near Cape Cheerful approximately 10  nautical miles northwest of Dutch Harbor.  All three crewmembers were rescued from the water by the 151 foot crab fishing vessel Stormy Sea and taken to Dutch Harbor.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   54 00 50 N 166 40 20 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 592148

Source: U S C G News Release (October 21, 2002) “Three safe after vessel loses power, breaks up on rocks”

 

ROSIE G (1997)     The 80 foot steel crab fishing vessel Rosie G took on water from the stern and sank January 30, 1997 approximately 17 miles northwest of Cape Cheerful on Unalaska Island.  The vessel was on her way to the St. Paul Island area crab fishing grounds with 75 crab pots on board. Her stability letter only allowed 65 crab pots in non-icing conditions and 55 crab pots when the temperature was below 40 degrees. Winds at the time of the disaster were northwesterly with seas eight to ten feet. The temperature was 40 degrees. The Rosie G developed a 45 degree starboard aft list and began taking on more water than her pumps could keep up with forcing her crew to abandon ship. The six crewmembers donned survival suits, made it to a life raft and were picked up by the fishing vessel Handler. The Rosie G sank by the stern in 4,734 feet of water. The Coast Guard determined that overloading may have contributed to the casualty.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   53 52 30 N 166 32 W   Chart 16011

Additional Information: ON 517812, Call Sign WY5488, Built 1968 Seattle WA

Sources: 1. Unofficial Shipwreck List (Kodiak), 2. BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011), 3. USCG MISLE Case # 959176

 

ROXANNE (1995)     The 35 foot fiberglass fishing vessel Roxanne caught fire and sank while under tow November 1, 1995 in the Bering Sea near Saint Paul Island.

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

Additional Information: 597762

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

 

ROYAL FISHER (1972)     The crab fishing vessel Royal Fisher was struck by a runaway barge and sunk March 1, 1972 at Dutch Harbor.

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

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

 

RYOTO MARU NO 2 (1979)     The Japanese factory trawler Ryoto Maru No 2 ran up on the rocks in a severe storm and was lost November 8, 1979 in Village Cove near Tolstoi Point on Saint Paul Island.  The vessel was later demolished by a U S Naval Explosive Ordinance Detachment and the U S Coast Guard using explosive ordinance and thermal grenades.  Cleanup costs were estimated at $1.4 million.  There was no loss of life.

Mapping and Location: Southwest Alaska   57 07 40 N 170 16 40 W   Chart 16382

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

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