Part III, Continued from Jan. 30 issue, Page 10
EDITOR’S NOTE: This list includes Kodiak fishing vessels that have disappeared during the past two centuries. Many of the non-Kodiak ships that capsized near Kodiak Island had deckhands who were island residents.
Captain Warren Good’s original list includes mapping, locations, GPS coordinates and sources for each entry. Those are not included in the Daily Mirror’s listing for brevity. This listing also does not include the vessels swallowed by a massive tidal wave spawned by the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that hit Kodiak on March 27, 1964.
We are publishing this list to pay homage to the brave crewmen whose families continue to seek closure.
— Roni Toldanes
MARY LOU (1984) The 86 foot trawl fishing vessel Mary Lou was struck by a large wave, rolled over and sank January 22, 1984 off of Cape Decision. The vessel was coming from Seattle on her way to Kodiak. Two crewmembers were lost and three rescued. Lost were skipper and part owner Tom Hansen (33) of Seattle and Fred Blanchard (25) of Portland. Survivors were Tracy Bain (26) of Seattle, Mike York (23) of Moses Lake and David Thomas (41) of Seattle.
MARMOT (1931) A fire of unknown origin destroyed the 44 ton wooden halibut fishing ketch Marmot at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1931. The vessel with her crew of seven was fishing for halibut 10 miles east of Two Headed Island near Kodiak Island when the tragedy occurred. The following are statements taken from the casualty report filed by master and half owner Arne Larson of Ketchikan: “Brisk westerly wind, dark, cloudy.” “Fire” “On discovery of fire, engineer went into engine room and discharged 2 ½ gallon “Foamite” extinguisher, but was driven back by smoke and flames.” “After engineer was driven from engine room, all doors, companionways and ventilators were closedand sealed in the hope that the flames would be smothered. Two dories were launched and stood by until flames burst thru the deck. As vessel was apparently doomed, crew in the two dories started forVland. Harry Venema had been ailing for some time before the fire but had stated that it was not necessary to see a doctor. Apparently the stress of the fire and the exposure to the dory was too much for him. He died in the dory on the morning of August 13th, 1931.”
The Marmot was valued at $18,000 at the time of the disaster. Her cargo of 30,000 lbs. of freshly caught halibut was valued at $2,000. Both the vessel and her cargo were total losses. The Marmot was insured for $16,000 and her cargo insured for $2,000.
MAUREEN GREER (1971) The crab fishing vessel Maureen Greer foundered and sank Feb. 28, 1971 at the entrance to Uganik Bay on Kodiak Island. All three crewmembers escaped injury.
MERIDIAN (2002) The 52 foot fishing vessel Meridian flooded her engine room and sank January 18, 2002 approximately 14 miles north of Kodiak in Marmot Bay. All three crewmembers were rescued bythe fishing vessel Carlsen Point.
MIDNIGHT SUN (2011) The 68 foot fishing vessel Midnight Sun stranded and was lost Feb. 10, 2011 at Cape Paramanof on the west side of Afognak Island. All five crewmembers were rescued by a U S Coast Guard Helicopter.
MISS BRENDA (1982) The 38 foot fishing vessel Miss Brenda sank December 7, 1982 in Duck Bay on Afognak Island. The eight persons aboard were picked up by the fishing vessel Ruff & Reddy.
MIST (1963) The 20 ton 41 foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Mist foundered March 15, 1963 offof Spruce Island near Kodiak.
MOON SONG (1985) The 50 foot seiner Moon Song sank April 27, 1985 off of Cape Chiniak near Kodiak. All six persons aboard were rescued.
MS ARIES (1990) The 42 foot salmon seiner Ms Aries sank in September of 1990 on a trip from Chignik to Kodiak. All persons aboard were rescued.
MYSTIC LADY (1994) The 40 foot fishing vessel Mystic Lady burned to the waterline Sept. 9, 1994 in Kitoi Bay near Kodiak. The fire originated from a stove. No one was aboard at the time of the blaze.
NEDRA (1956) The 11 ton 33 foot wooden gas screw fishing vessel Nedra was consumed by fire Sept. 13, 1956 on Long Island near Kodiak.
NICHOLAS THAYER (1906) The 584-ton, 139-foot bark Nicholas Thayer was lost with all hands inMarch 1906, possibly near Kodiak Island. The vessel departed Seattle Jan. 10, 1906 bound for Seward with a crew of 16 men. Her cargo was 150 tons of coal, 425,000 feet of lumber and 150 tons of general merchandise. The Nicholas Thayer was presumed by many to have been lost near Kodiak because of floating wreckage and cargo found near the east side of Kodiak Island by natives. She was last seen off of Seal Rocks headed in the general direction of Seward. There was a heavy southwest gale blowing.
Comment: Capt. Warren Good charted this wreck at the NE point of Sitkalidak Island as wreckage was found in the area. He said it is possible the wreckage was from the ill-fated Marion which was damaged and then lost about the same time on the way from San Francisco to Sanak. The Nicholas Thayer should have been traveling much further to the east along the Gulf of Alaska on her way to Seward from Seattle, he said.
NORTHERN DREAM (1978) The 21-foot Northern Dream caught fire May 29, 1978 on the east side of Crooked Island near Kodiak. The three crewmen were rescued by a “Goose” from Kodiak Western Airlines.
NORTHERN EAGLE (1799) The Russian schooner Northern Eagle (Severnyi Orel) was blown onto the rocks and lost near Prince William Sound in 1799. Six crewmen were lost along with a 22,000 ruble cargo of furs. The vessel was traveling between Yakutat and Kodiak via Prince William Sound when the tragedy occurred.
OLIVE (1924) The 59-ton wooden auxiliary schooner Olive stranded in Portage Bay at 1 p.m. July 18, 1924. There were four crewmen aboard. The vessel departed Kodiak for Kanatak on July 15, 1924. She had discharged her cargo before the casualty occurred. The following are excerpts from the report filed by the master and owner of the Olive:
“North east corner Portage Bay” “Heavy weather, carrying away of ground tackle” “About 80-mile gale, thick weather and heavy sea” “Blew ashore” “When gale came up both anchors were put down and 65 fm chain given. Both anchors carried away on parting cable whereupon steamed ahead seeking shelter but unable to make steerage account severity of gale. Lost control and vessel stranded” The Olive, valued at $15,000 was reported a total loss. The crewmen all survived and the Olive was subsequently salvaged.
OLIVE (1932) The 59 ton wooden gas powered schooner Olive caught fire at winter quarters at midnight June 17, 1932 and was a total loss. The following are excerpts from the casualty report:
“N. E. wind about 35 m.p.h.; dark with heavy clouds and rain” “Caught fire while being beached in the lagoon between Near Island and Crooked Island (near Kodiak, Alaska), apparently from a backfire from the engine” “The vessel was being turned on the beach at high tide for the purpose of painting. One side had been painted and it was necessary to turn her to get at the other side. There was apparently an accumulation of gas in the bilge which exploded when the backfire occurred. A heavy explosion immediately followed a backfire from the running engine, enveloping the vessel in flames, making the possibility of extinguishing out of the question. Immediately the vessel was a roaring furnace that made it impossible to attempt to fight fire aboard, as the master and one man were forced to abandon her. The fuel tanks exploded shortly after the crew had left” “A boat and crew came from Kodiak to assist but arrived too late to help” “Total loss”
The two crewmen aboard were able to make it to safety but the Olive, valued at $15,000 was a total loss. She was insured for $10,000.
PACIFIC LADY (2007) The 42-foot fishing vessel Pacific Lady foundered in heavy seas Nov. 17, 2007, about 70 miles southwest of Kodiak in the Shelikof Strait. The vessel was traveling from Sand Point to Kodiak. The one person aboard made it into a life raft and was rescued by the fishingvessel Heritage 10 hours later. The Heritage had responded to a U S Coast Guard Urgent Marine Broadcast issued when the EPIRB signal of the Pacific Lady was received at the Coast Guard Station in Kodiak hours earlier.
PACIFIC SURF (1977) The 134 ton steel oil screw fishing vessel Pacific Surf foundered July 11, 1977 approximately 260 miles west of Cape Spencer. The vessel had departed Seattle July 3 bound for Kodiak and had made a stop in her home port of Ketchikan. Four of the five crewmen were rescued from a life raft by the tanker Overseas Chicago, which was on her way to Valdez. The four were found 65 miles south of Cordova in the Gulf of Alaska. A fifth crewman, Ole Hansen of Edmonds, had died of a
heart attack in the raft and been cast adrift.
PACROVER (1972) The Liberian cargo vessel Pacrover disappeared 760 miles south of Kodiak Island Dec. 24, 1972 with 30 Korean officers and crewmembers on board. All that was ever found were four overturned life boats, some debris and an oil slick.
PAFCO 21 (1964) The 17-ton, 35-foot wooden oil screw fishing vessel Pafco 21 was consumed by fire January 25, 1964 at Alitak.
PANOCEANIC FAITH (1967) The 8,157-ton, 441-foot steel steam ship Panoceanic Faith was destroyed by a storm Oct. 10, 1967 approximately 870 miles southwest of Kodiak. Thirty five lives were lost in the disaster. The merchant ship was travelling from San Francisco to India with a load of fertilizer. Five crewmembers were rescued. The Japanese vessel Igaharyu Maru, the Norwegian\ freighter Visund, the Russian vessel Orkehov and U S Coast Guard cutters Dexter and Storis were on hand to assist.
PARKS NO 3 (1959) The 7 ton 29 foot wooden gas screw Parks No 3 was destroyed by a storm in November of 1959 off of Tonki Cape, Afognak Island.
PARKS NO 15 (1983) The fishing vessel Parks No 15 capsized in rough weather September 4, 1983 near Miners Point on the west side of Kodiak Island. Four of the five persons aboard were rescued by a U S Coast Guard helicopter. Archie Densmore of Kodiak was lost. One of the survivors, a three year old girl, was found floating face down in the Shelikof Strait but was revived by the Coast Guard rescue crew
PATTERSON (1938) The 604 ton 168 foot wooden oil screw Patterson stranded and was lost 8 miles north of Cape Fairweather at 11:56 p.m. December 11, 1938. The vessel departed Kodiak bound for Seattle with 20 tons of general merchandise aboard valued at $3,000 with a number of oil drums on deck. There were 20 crewmen aboard of which two slipped overboard and were lost in the disaster. Lost were G F Swanson and J Moore. Conditions at the time were “dark, SE wind, and rough seas.” The U S Coast Guard rendered assistance. The Patterson was valued at $50,000 and was a total loss along with her cargo. The vessel was fully insured.
PAUL L (1964) The 65 ton 65 foot wooden oil screw crab fishing vessel Paul L was destroyed by a storm October 26, 1964 near the mouth of the Italio River, 40 miles southeast of Yakutat. The vessel was travelling from Aberdeen, Washington to Kodiak and had stopped at Ketchikan. The vessel stranded and broke up in the surf. All four crewmen were lost including skipper Roy Hughes (42), Ed Whitlock (19), Bruce Holden (19) and Billy Heck (32). All those on board were from Aberdeen, Washington.
TO BE CONTINUED NEXT FRIDAY, FEB. 13