Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( L )

LILA (1906)     The sloop Lila was lost in a storm in Dolphin Island Bay in 1906 along with schooners Mary Gray and Olivia.  The vessel was valued at $2,000 at the time of the loss. The three vessels are mistakenly listed on Alaska shipwrecks lists since as early as 1914.  All three were in fact lost off the coast of Alabama in the hurricane that made landfall south of Mobile September 27, 1906.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown – Error in Location

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 128, 2. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route, Washington Historical Quarterly (1916) Pgs 21-37, 3. Historic Shipwrecks and Magnetic Anomalies of the Northern Gulf of Mexico (1989) Pg H-17


LILY L (1904)     The schooner Lily L was wrecked at East Cape, Siberia September 1, 1904.  The vessel was carrying supplies to Cape Sedge when a severe storm arose on the night of September 1st and the Lily L was driven ashore.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia

                Sources : 1. Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1867-1914 (1966) Roll 10, 2. Lily L Wrecked Nome Semi-Weekly Vol 4 No 99 September 14, 1904


LIZZIE COLBY (1907)     The schooner Lizzie Colby stranded and wrecked June 29, 1907 in Anadyr Bay.  Her value at the time of the loss was $25,000 including cargo.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown Alaska or Siberia

                Comment : Some reports have this loss in the Gulf of Alaska

                Sources : 1. The H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 137, 2. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 3. BOEMRE Shipwreck List (2011)


LOUISA (1883)     The 304 ton whaling bark Louisa was lost near Herald Island September 22, 1883.  The vessel had struck ice in a gale off Point Hope.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia

                Comment : Herald Island is to the west of Point Hope in Siberia

                Sources : 1. Alaska File of the Revenue Cutter Service 1868-1888, 2. Nineteenth Century Commercial Shipping Losses, J R Bockstoce, Northern Mariner April 2006 Pg 65


LUCRETIA (1889)    The 350 ton wooden whaling bark Lucretia stranded on an unknown reef 7 miles west of Herald Island at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday September 4, 1889.  The vessel departed San Francisco December 6, 1888 on a whaling voyage with 44 crewmen.  At the time of the disaster they had accumulated 100 tons of whale oil and ivory valued at $12,000.  The bark Abram Barker picked up the crew and got up full steam.  They backed three hours without being able to get the Lucretia off of the reef.  The Lucretia was written off as a total loss with a value of $20,000.  Her cargo was also lost.  The vessel was insured for $14,000.  The cargo had no insurance.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia

                Additional Information : Tonnage 350, Age 12 years, Registered New Bedford MA, ON 140233, Master Joseph Whiteside of New Bedford, Owner William Lewis of New Bedford

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report November 5, 1889 at San Francisco by Whitehead


LUELLA (1910)     The 8 ton gas screw Luella was driven ashore by a gale and ice and lost at 3 a.m. Friday September 2, 1910.  The vessel and her three crewmen left Nome August 28, 1910 for the Siberian Coast carrying $1,500 worth of general merchandise weighing 10 tons.  They were driven ashore at North Head, Siberia, Saint Lawrence Bay.  The cargo and engine were salvaged, but the Luella, worth $1,200 was a total loss with no insurance.  Assistance was given by the Natives of Siberia.

                Mapping and Location : Siberia

                Additional Information : Tonnage 8 Gross 6 Net, Built 1904 at Nome, Length 33.4, Breadth 11, Depth 2.9, Registered Nome, ON 201291, Master M Gottschalk of Nome, Owner Ira Rank of Nome

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report September 27, 1910 by Gottschalk at Nome



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