Skagway Report & Photo

From NOAA OCNMS records:
“A fire was discovered at 4:40 a.m. in number 2 hatch. Fire hoses were put in the hatch, ventilators and the steam smothering lines were turned on. Vessel was positioned on the lee side of Tatoosh Island to prevent wind from fanning flames. The vessel grounded at 6:00 am, then pulled off. The vessel was heading to sea when it was reported that she was taking on water [19′ draft]. The vessel started to list and was purposely grounded again at 8:10 a.m., and the crew was picked up by Coast Guard 9:00 a.m. and the Captain later at 1:00 pm.”

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Additional Skagway Details

Name (former): Stanley Dollar
Official Number: 205052
Propulsion: Steam
Nationality: US
Masts: 2
Age: 21
Decks: 1
Value: 150,000
Type: Freighter
Call Sign: KWNM
Use: Commercial
Home Port: CA, Los Angeles
Tonnage (gross): 1838
Built: 1908 Seattle, WA
by The Moran Co
Tonnage (net): 955
Material: Steel
Length (ft): 240.0
Cargo: Glycerine, alcohol, plaster, graphite, oils
Beam: 41.0
Owner: Skagway Steamship Co G.H. Walker
Depth of Hold: 20.0

Wreck Information
Sunk: 12/16/1929 Time: 0810
Approx Location: Latitude 48°22N Longitude 124°44W (Tatoosh Island, Fuca’s Pillar or Skagway Rocks)
LAST PORT: CA, San Francisco (12/13/29)
People on Board: 26
CAUSE: Fire and rough weather

Wreck of the Skagway

The last few months I’ve been working toward becoming a certified science diver for NOAA. Later this year I am planning to take part in what is expected to be the first of a number of NOAA missions to document shipwrecks located within the Olympic Coast Marine Sanctuary. We heard recently mission planning for that trip is being centered around documenting the remains of the shipwreck Skagway.

Quoting directly from NOAA’s OCNMS website, history on the Skagway is as follows:

“The steam schooner Skagway, originally named the Stanley Dollar, was built in Seattle in 1908. Designed for the coastal trade, she was steel hulled, 240 feet long and capable of carrying 1,500,000 board feet of lumber.”

“In 1925 she was sold to the Alaska Steamship Company and renamed Skagway. On December 16, 1929, en route from San Francisco to Seattle with a cargo of glycerin, alcohol and paint, a fire broke out in the hold. As the crew worked to extinguish the flames, Captain Strandquist took the ship close to shore to avoid a strong east wind that was fanning the fire. She ran aground on the rocks just west of Cape Flattery. The Coast Guard cutter Snohomish rescued the captain and crew, but the ship and her cargo were a total loss. Afterward the captain and crewmembers exchanged bitter accusations of incompetence, drunkenness and misconduct.”