Euginia shipwreck

Nature of Casualty

Ice snapped rudder and vessel was abandoned after trapped in ice, later crushed. 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

The five northernmost ships, the Roman, Comet, Concordia, Gay Head, and George, were completely surrounded. Slightly to the south the John Wells, Massachusetts, Contest, J. D. Thompson, Henry Taber, Fanny, Monticello, and Elizabeth Swift were not as tightly gripped... The next day a lobe of ice pressed down on the southern fleet, grounding in five and half feet of water to the south of them. It stove the Awashonks, nipped the Julian, and snapped the rudder off the Eugenia. The Awashonks was sold at auction for sixteen dollars. Bockstoce, John R., Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic, University of Washington Press, Seattle Washington, 1986:154-155

Official Number: 7539

Type: Bark

Length: 111 Feet

Home Port: New Bedford, MA

Place Built: Philadelphia, PA

Date Lost: Sept. 14, 1871

Captain When Lost: Daniel B. Nye

Where: Point Belcher, near Wainwright Inlet

Cause: Trapped in Ice and Abandoned

Cargo: 260 Barrels of Whale Oil