Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( U-V-W )

UNKNOWN NILE RIVER STEAMER (1898)     An unknown Nile River Steamer was lost in the North Pacific in 1898.

Mapping and Location: Unknown

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

UNKNOWN STEEL BARGE (1898)     A steel barge broke loose from her tow and foundered at sea June 28, 1898.  The vessel, owned by Empire Transportation, was travelling from Seattle to Saint Michael.  The barge was valued at $15,000 and was a total loss.

Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

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

UNKNOWN SMALL RIVER STEAMER (1898)     An unknown small river steamer was lost overboard in heavy weather from the bark Rufus E Wood in 1898 or 1899.  The bark was on her way north to Saint Michael.

Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

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

UNKNOWN VESSEL (1900)     An unknown vessel was lost February 2, 1900 in Alaska.

Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

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

VALOROUS (1922)     The American fishing vessel Valorous was lost in a severe storm November 11, 1922.  She was missing out of Prince Rupert along with three other American vessels.

Mapping and Location: Unknown BC or Alaska

Source:  San Diego Union (December 7, 1922) “Four Ships Are Given Up AS Sunk in a Pacific Gale” Pg 1

 

VIGILANT (1879)     The 215 ton wooden whaling bark Vigilant was lost with all hands in the Arctic October 10, 1879.  The Vigilant sailed out of the Sandwich Islands with a crew of about 30 for whaling in the Arctic.  The vessel is supposed to have been stove in by ice about 25 miles southwest of Herald Island, Siberia.  The Vigilant had a value of $22,000 which was a complete loss.  She was carrying $16,000 worth of oil and whale bone with a value of $16,000.  The vessel was fully insured but her cargo had no insurance.

Mapping and Location: Siberia   Chart 16003

Comment: Lost along with the 325 ton bark Mount Wollaston.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 215.20, Home Port New Bedford MA, ON 25609, SL HSDV, Master Charles R Smithers of Wilkes-Barre PA, Owner J H Bartlett & Sons of New Bedford MA

Source: U S Customs Wreck Report filed January 23, 1882 at New Bedford by J W Bartlett & Sons, Agts.

WHIFF (1965)     The 36 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Whiff burned at Ship Island May 14, 1965.

Mapping and Location: Unknown Alaska

Comment: Too many Ship Islands. WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 12 Gross 8 Net, Length 36.3, Breadth 10.2, Depth 4.8, Former Name No. 307 ( U S Navy), ON 267089

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1968) Pg 902, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) Pg 693

 

WILLIAM BAYLIES (1908)     The 380 ton 118 foot steam screw whaling bark William Baylies was crushed in the ice and lost off Aniva Bay, Siberia, May 15, 1908.  The vessel carried a crew of 43.  No lives were lost.  The vessel was valued at $50,000 with cargo at the time of the loss.

Mapping and Location: Siberia

Additional Information: Tonnage 380 Gross 291 Net, Length 118.5, Breadth 28, Depth 16.5, Built 1886 at Bath ME, SL KDMJ, Registered New Bedford MA, ON 81128

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1907) Pg 212, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1908) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 383, 3. Marine Disasters of the Alaska Route (1916) Pg 33

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