Florida shipwreck

Nature of Casualty

Abandoned after trapped in ice and forced ashore by ice. In 1872, found ashore at Sea Horse Island burned to water's edge by Eskimos. 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 Bringhampton Republican publishes the following private letter from Capt. William H. Kelley, of the that city, who was Captain of one the fleet of whalers deserted in the ice Point Belcher a year ago, and is again in the Arctic in command of a vessel: The Reindeer sank and the Florida lies ashore on Sea-Horse Islands, burned to the water's edge; and all the rest of the fleet were either carried away by the ice or crushed to pieces in shapeless masses, or burned by the natives. New York Times 10-31-1872

That same day [11th] Captain D. R Frazer of the ship Florida of San Francisco ten miles from Icy Cape. He learned that there were seven ships nearby, two in clear water southwest of the shoals and the rest in easy ice inside the shoals and likely to get out soon. The word was sent out among the seven ships.. Captain Frazer returned [12th] with his news to the northern fleet at 10 A.M. As the wind rose in the southwest and the ice crept in closer, the captains met aboard the Florida. [There they drew up the agreement document].... 1872: The Florida had been dragged up the coast to Sea Horse Islands and had been burned there by the Eskimos. The shore was a jumble of litter: "spars, timbers, planks, staves, casks, hoops, boxes of soap, bread," and countless other this. Bockstoce, John R., Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic, University of Washington Press, Seattle Washington, 1986:156, 163-164

Official Number: 9581

Type: Bark

Length: 123 Feet

Home Port: San Francisco, CA

Place Built: New York, NY

Date Lost: Sept. 14, 1871

Captain When Lost: D.R. Frazier

Where: Sea Horse Islands

Cause: Trapped in Ice, Forced Ashore, and Later Burned

Cargo: 350 Barrels of Whale Oil