Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( A )

ABRAHAM BARKER  (1894)     Sometime in 1894 the 361 ton whaling bark Abraham Barker was reported wrecked 40 miles south of Cape Navarin on the Koryak Coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the western Bering Sea

                Mapping and Location:  Siberia

                Sources1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961), Pg 420, 2. The Northern Mariner (2006) Pg 66


ALASKA (1885)     According to Tornfelt and Burwell’s Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992), the Alaska, a two masted schooner of 138 tons was lost in the Bering Sea in 1885.  No further information is given.


ALERT (1915)     The gas screw Alert was lost October 31, 1915 at Point Aloe.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

                SourceThe H W McCurdy Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1966) Pg 258


AMARANTH (1913)     On August 30, 1913 the 1109 ton four masted barkentine Amaranth wrecked at Jarvis Island and became a total loss.

                Mapping and Location : This vessel wrecked on the Jarvis Island of the South Pacific not the Jarvis Island in southeastern Alaska

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992) Pg32


ANDREI PERVOZVANNY I (1779)     In 1779 the Russian vessel Andrei Pervozyanni I was lost on a trip from Attu to Amchitka.

                Mapping and Location : Southwestern Alaska  Longitude and Latitude unknown

                Source : Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992) Pg 1.


ANNA HELEN (1930)     At 7:00 in the evening on November 25, 1930 the wood oil yacht Anna Helen caught fire from an undetermined cause, eight miles west of Seymour Narrows in Discovery Passage, and was lost.  Her four crew made it to safety, but the yacht, valued at $40,000 became a total loss.  She had been on a trip from Seattle to Alaska when the accident occurred.

                Mapping and Location : British Columbia

                Additional Information : Tonnage 80 Gross 54 Net, Age 2 years, Registration Seward, ON 228348, Master W F Good of Seattle, Owner Good Trading Company of Seattle, Cargo none, Vessel insurance $32,600.

                Source : U S Customs Wreck Report


ANNA J (1935)     At 1:00 in the morning the American oil screw halibut fishing vessel Anna J was rammed by the overtaking vessel British S S Prince Rupert near Maud Island, Seymour Narrows, British Columbia.  The Anna J had left Vancouver with her crew of 6 on a halibut fishing trip August 24th and had nine tons or $1,800 worth of fresh halibut on board.  In the casualty report filed by the vessel’s master and owner, Edward Lawler of Seattle, the vessel (valued at $15,000) and her cargo were a total loss.  Only the cargo was insured.  Lawler remarked that it was a starlit night with only a gentle breeze blowing when the collision took place.  He had endeavored to stay as close to shore as possible.  The tug boat Cape Scott of Vancouver was able to render some assistance.

                Mapping and Location : British Columbia

                Additional Information : Vessel construction wood, Tonnage 28 Gross 22 Net, Age 18 years, Registered Ketchikan, ON 215226.

                Source : U S Customs Casualty Report filed September 21, 1935 Collection District 30, Port of Seattle.


ANNIE (1889)     It has been reported that a 25 ton schooner by the name of Annie was lost in Alaskan Waters with all hands in 1889.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

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


ARCTIC (1910)     In September of 1910 the vessel Arctic was lost off Cape Douglas.

                Mapping and Location : There is a Cape Douglas along the northeast coast of the Alaska Peninsula at 58 51 N 153 15 W.  There is a second Cape Douglas on the Bering Sea 51 miles northwest if Nome at 65 N 166 42 W.

                Sources : 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaska Shelf and Shore (1992)  2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967).


ARILLA (1900)     The 107 ton two masted schooner Arilla was reported lost in Alaskan Waters in 1900.

                Mapping and Location : Unknown

Comment : There is evidence of a vessel of the same tonnage and name built in 1899 at Port Angeles.  I have seen newspaper references to it in 1901 still in operation.

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


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