Unknown or Uncharted Alaska Shipwrecks ( A )

A P A 8 (1970)     The gas screw A P A 8 foundered and was lost June 19, 1970 in Dry Bay.

Mapping and Location: Alaska Unknown

Comment: Many Dry Bays.  WG

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

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

Sources: 1. Lewis and Dryden’s Marine History of the Pacific Northwest (1961), Pg 420, 2. The Northern Mariner (2006) Pg 66

AGULLEIT (1971)     The 23 ton 54 foot oil screw Agulleit was destroyed by ice June 2, 1971 at Emmonak.

Mapping and Location: Alaska Unknown

Source: BOEM Alaska Shipwreck List (2011)

ALICE STOFEN (1914)     The 18 ton 40 foot schooner Alice Stofen stranded and was lost at Herschel Island, Arctic Ocean August 16, 1914.  The two persons aboard the vessel made it to safety.

Mapping and Location: Yukon Territory, Canada

Additional Information: Tonnage 18 Gross 17 Net, Length 40.5, Breadth 17.5, Depth 4.4, Built 1866 at San Francisco CA, Registered San Francisco, ON 1199

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1915) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 420, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1914) Pg 5

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 southeast Alaska

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

AMY D (1962)     The 23 ton 41 foot steel oil screw fishing vessel Amy D foundered August 22, 1962 at Mallard Bay.

Mapping and Location: Alaska   Unknown

Comment: There are two Mallard Bays; one in Prince William Sound on Knight Island and one on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island.  WG

Additional Information: Tonnage 23 Gross 16 Net, Length 41, Breadth 13.4, Depth 5.3, Built 1950 at Alderwood Manor WA, Horsepower 165, SL WC2167, Owner Sebastian-Stuart Fish Company, Registered Seattle, ON 260661

Sources: 1. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1962) Pg 36, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1963) “Vessels Reported Lost” Pg 929

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 crewmen 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)     The 42 ton 57 foot wooden schooner Annie disappeared with all hands after leaving San Francisco February 9, 1889 bound for Unalaska with 11 crewmen aboard.  The 81 foot schooner Otter and 82 foot schooner James A Hamilton left out of San Francisco March 2, 1889 and disappeared on the same route, also losing all hands.  Lost with the Annie were: Captain – John Johnson, Mate – John Brown, Hunters – Gustave Gimmel and Joseph L Dupont, Seamen – James Smith, Peter Norman, Martin Cremes, Keimpe Kornes, Juqoat Krestauson and Robert Turner, Cook – Roger Augustine.  The Annie was valued at $3,000 at the time of the disaster.

Mapping and Location: Alaska Unknown

Additional Information: Tonnage 41.73 Gross 39.65 Net, Length 57, Breadth 22.2, Depth 4.5, Built 1877 at San Francisco, Registered San Francisco, ON 105684, Owner Captain Laflin of San Francisco

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Daily Alta California July 25, 1889“Probable Loss of Three Schooners Which Left Last March”, Pg 2 Col 1, 3. Merchant Sailing Vessels of the United States (1888) Pg 66

ANYO MARU #1 (1999)     The 190 foot Japanese trawler Anyo Maru #1 foundered in rough weather December 9, 1999 in the Bering Sea 120 nautical miles south of Cape Navarin, Russia and 180 miles west of Saint Mathew Island in the Pribilof Islands.  12 crewmembers were lost and 24 rescued.

Mapping and Location: Russia

Sources: 1. U S C G News Release (December 10, 1999) “Coast Guard suspends search for missing fishermen”, 2. Michael Burwell Shipwreck List (2013)

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 of Nome at 65 N 166 42 W.

Sources: 1. Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992), 2. Dictionary of Alaska Place Names (1967) “Cape Douglas”

ARIES (1974)     The 86 foot steel crab fishing vessel Aries sank west of Anderson Island, British Columbia September 19, 1974. The 1971 Tacoma vessel had just been modified to fish crab for Pan Alaska and was traveling from Tacoma to the Juneau area. Skipper Vito Kalcic of Kodiak was filling the forward crab tank when a bulkhead gave way flooding aft. All five crewmembers escaped to a liferaft as Aries vessel sank stern first. They were rescued by a Canadian fishing vessel and transported to Tolfino, B.C.

Mapping and Location: British Columbia

Source: The Seattle Times (September 20, 1974) “Crab boat sinks on maiden voyage” Pg E7

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 Alaskan Shelf and Shore (1992)

ATKA QUEEN (1973)     The 105 foot crab fishing vessel Atka Queen sank on her maiden voyage from Puget Sound to Dutch Harbor in October of 1973.  All five crewmen were rescued by the U S Coast Guard near the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Mapping and Location: British Columbia

Source: Dallas Morning News (October 29, 1973) “Storm Sinks Crab Vessel” Section C Pg 7

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