South West Alaska Shipwrecks ( T )

TAHOMA (1914)     The 1,215 ton 191 foot U S Revenue Cutter steam ship Tahoma hit an uncharted reef and was lost in the Rat Islands of the Aleutians September 20, 1914.  The officers and crew escaped in life boats.  Two of the life boats reached Agattu and Alaid Islands and the crews were picked up by the steamer Patterson.  The captain’s lifeboat was picked up at sea by the steamer Cordova.  The Tahoma had a value of $360,000 and was a total loss.  The reef that was struck now bears the name of the Tahoma.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  51 48 N 175 47 E  Chart 16012

                Additional Information : Total Displacement 1,215 tons, Length 191.7, Breadth 32.5, Depth 17.5, Guns 4, SL GVHQ, Officers 8, Crew 60, Headquarters Seattle, Built 1908 at Camden NJ

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 247, 2. Safeguard the Gateways of Alaska (1918) Pgs 19-20, 3. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Vessels of the Revenue Cutter Service, Treasury Department


THORNTON (1886)      The 29 ton Canadian power sealing schooner Thornton went to pieces at Unalaska after 1886.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 52 30 N 166 32 W  Charts 16011, 16520

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


TRI SVIATITELIA (1790)     The Russian vessel Tri Sviatitelia (Three Saints) was wrecked in Kashega Harbor, Unalaska Island in a northerly storm October 1, 1790.  The vessel departed Okhotsk, Russia August 19, 1790.  Much of the vessels cargo was salvaged.  The Tri Sviatitelia had a value of more than 19,000 rubles.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 28 50 N 167 10 30 W  Chart 16500

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


TRILBY (1914)     The 12 ton 51 foot wooden schooner Trilby stranded and was lost at Semichi Island November 30, 1914.  The vessel departed Unalaska August 20, 1913 bound for Attu.  There were two persons aboard at the time of the disaster.  The following are excerpts from the casualty report:

                “Semechie Island, 21 miles from Attu”  “Stranding”  “Drifted on beach”  “Heavy wind and heavy swell, at night”  “Two anchors put out, vessel was beyond control”

                The Trilby was valued at $1,000 and had two tons of general merchandise aboard worth $500.  The vessel became a total loss but the cargo was saved, as were the lives of the two aboard.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  52 44 N 174 E  Chart 16012

                Additional Information : Tonnage 12 Gross 12 Net, Length 51.5, Breadth 12.3, Depth 4.2, Built 1901 at Anacortes WA, Registered Unalaska, ON 145688, Master and owner A B Somerville of Attu

                Source : U S C G Report of Casualty February 20, 1916 by Edwin Sarsen, Agent for Master


TWO BROTHERS (1894)     The 10.27 ton 36 foot wooden schooner Two Brothers stranded and was lost on Unalaska Island at 11 a.m. Monday August 20, 1894.  The vessel departed Unalaska August 12, 1894 bound for Atka with 5 crewmen aboard.  The following are excerpts from the wreck report submitted by James Ramsey, master and owner of the Two Brothers:

                “Unalaska Island, SE side Constantine Bay, Alaska”  “Gale, sails carried away”  “About 60 miles an hour, cloudy overcast, and very heavy sea”  “Carried sail and tried to beat to sea when sails carried away, drifted to lee shore”  “Stranded”

                The Two Brothers was valued at $1,000.  She was carrying 10 tons of ships stores worth $700.  The vessel was a total loss and $250 worth of the ships stores was lost.  There was no loss of life and no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Southwest Alaska  53 57 N 166 25 W  Chart 16520

                Additional Information : Tonnage 10.27, Length 36.3, Breadth 12.5, Depth 5.4, Built 1881 at Kodiak, Registered Sand Point, ON 145379, Master and owner James Ramsey of Unga

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report August 25, 1894 at Unalaska



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