Emily Morgan shipwreck

Nature of Casualty

Abandoned after trapped in ice and crushed. By 1872, wreck had drifted 1 miles North of Point Belcher, and in 1873 wreck was still visible. Tornfelt, Evert E., Burwell, Michael, Shipwrecks of the Alaskan Shelf and Shore, U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service, Alaska OCS Region, 1992

On Tuesday, September 12, Captain Benjamin Dexter putt off from the Emily Morgan to take his wife to Icy Cape; while William Earle, his mate wrote, "all hope of saving this ship or any of the others has entirely vanished. We can only expect to escape with our lives, if even that."...... There was no improvement on the fourteenth. At noon the remaining crew on board the Emily Morgan paid out all the chain on both her anchors, and at 1:30 P.M., wrote William Earle, "with sad heart [I] order all the men into the boats and with a last look over the decks abandoned the ship to the mercy of the elements." The Emily Morgan's men worked their way south in light airs with a hundred other whaleboats insight. All the ships they passed were already abandoned or their crews were in the last stages of leaving them. The last ship they saw inshore was the brig Victoria, "hard aground and lying well over on her side." Bockstoce, John R., Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic, University of Washington Press, Seattle Washington, 1986:156,158

Official Number: 8197

Type: Bark (formerly Ship-rigged)

Length: 115 Feet

Home Port: New Bedford, MA

Place Built: Freeport, ME

Date Lost: Sept. 14, 1871

Captain When Lost: Benjamin Dexter

Where: 1 Mile North of Point Belcher

Cause: Trapped in Ice and Crushed

Cargo: 150 Barrels of Whale Oil