Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( C )

CALEB EATON (1884)     The 110 ton whaling schooner Caleb Eaton was crushed in the ice and lost on July 17, 1884.  She had departed San Francisco in March of the same year bound for whaling in the north Pacific.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore


CAPE CLEAR (1927)     The American gas screw Cape Clear stranded Saturday February 12, 1927 at 5:00 a.m. on the northeast side of Langora Island and became a total loss.  She left Ketchikan the day before bound for the fishing banks of Queen Charlotte Island with five crewmen aboard.  Heavy fog, a dark night and a strong current may have contributed to the accident.  The captain and owner, Ben West of Seattle, calculated his distance from shore was seven miles when the Cape Clear stranded.  The crew all survived, but the vessel valued at $7,000 was a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : British Columbia

                Additional Information : Tonnage 17 Gross 13 Net, Age 7 years, Registration Seattle, ON 219946, Vessel Insurance $5,000

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report filed February 21, 1927 at Seattle by Ben West


CAPE HORN PIGEON (1897)     The Cape Horn Pigeon was lost during the whaling season of 1897 at Hakodate, Japan with 900 barrels of sperm oil aboard which had been accumulated in the Arctic.  It is often listed as lost in Alaskan waters. 

Mapping and Location : Japan

                Additional Information : Length 100, Breadth 25, Depth 14, Tonnage 212, Built Dartmouth Mass 1854, Home Port New Bedford, Owner J & W R Wing of New Bedford, Last Port San Francisco November 25, 1896

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 24, 2. The New York Times July 18, 1897


CHALLENGE (1919)     The American gas screw Challenge was lost at winter quarters at Bernard Harbor, Coronation Gulf, Northwest Territory, Canada in the spring of 1919.  The 39 ton vessel was built in 1885 and owned by Leo Wittenberg and James Crawford of Nome.  “The vessel froze to the bottom during the winter and when the overflow came in the spring she filled with water and sank and finally broke up in the ice.”  The Challenge was worth $4,000 and uninsured.

                Mapping and Location : Northwest Territories, Canada

                Additional Information : Tonnage 39 Gross 35 Net, Built in 1885, Registration Nome, ON 126339

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed at Nome October 3, 1919


CHELYUSKIN (1934)     The Russian steamship Chelyuskin was lost off the northern coast of Russia on April 13, 1934.

                Mapping and Location : Northern Russia  68 16 N 172 51 W

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 432


CONCORDIA (1902)     The 110 ton schooner Concordia was wrecked 10 miles west of Virgin Rocks on April 27, 1902.

                Mapping and Location : British Columbia  51 13 N 128 14 W

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 84


CONSTANTINE (1898)     The river steamer Constantine was reported to have broken loose and sank while in tow of the steamer Progresso of South Portland 450 miles off of Dixon Entrance.  She was valued at $37,000 with the supplies aboard.  A rumor that circulated in Dutch Harbor soon after recounted a schooner captain finding the Constantine adrift and abandoned 200 miles off shore.  The schooner captain is said to have salvaged the supplies off of the river steamer.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Gulf of Alaska

                Source : The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 41


CYPRESS (1920)     The 33 ton gas fishing boat Cypress stranded on the west spit of Dry Bay Bar and was lost about 9 p.m. May 29, 1920.  John G Edensword, the master of the vessel, stated that it was daytime in a heavy fog when the Cypress stranded but “breakers set in after stranding…tried to release boat from spit…could not on account of heavy sea and breakers.”  The 4 man crew was assisted by the gas boat Spencer of Northwest Fisheries Co and gas boat Eagle of Deep Sea Salmon Co.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown SE or SC Alaska

                Comment : There are many Dry Bays but my money would be on the one along the SE Gulf of Alaska east of Yakutat where the Alsek River comes out.  WG

                Additional Information : Tonnage 33 Gross 21 Net, Built 1917, Registered Seattle, ON 214704, Owner Booth Fisheries of Seattle, Last Port Dry Bay, Destination Dundas, Vessel Value $6,500, Cargo 17-18 ton fish, Cargo Value $3,600, Vessel Insurance unknown, Vessel Loss entire engine salvaged, Cargo partially salvaged

                Source : U S Coast Guard Report of Casualty filed June 24, 1920 by Edenword at Juneau



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