Kohola shipwreck

Nature of Casualty

Abandoned after trapped in ice. In 1872 found high and dry South of Point Belcher. 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 Saturday, September 9, the captains in the northern fleet faced the likelihood that their ships would not escape and that they must act quickly to save themselves. As far as ten miles south of their position their scouts could find no clear water deep enough to move one of the larger ships. Holding a meeting, they decided to lighten the smallest vessel in the northern fleet, the 270-ton Kohola of Honolulu, to try to get her south inside the ice. The Kohola would then go in search of the remainder of the Arctic whaling fleet..... The captains sent their men down to the Kohola to put her water, oil, stores, and other movables on board the Carlotta. Whey they had finished and got her going, she was able to cover only a few miles before she grounded in six feet of water on the sand bar that projects off the mouth of Wainwright Inlet and on which the ice had grounded in five and a half feet. There was nothing they could do. 1872: The Thomas Dickason was hard ashore, high and dry with 800 barrels of oil in her hold, and the Kohola was completely crushed. Bockstoce, John R., Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic, University of Washington Press, Seattle Washington, 1986:155-156, 163

Official Number: N/A

Type: Brig

Length: N/A

Home Port: Honolulu, HI

Place Built: N/A

Date Lost: Sept. 9, 1871

Captain When Lost: Alexander Almy

Where: 2 miles South of Point Belcher and 2 miles North of Wainwright Inlet

Cause: Trapped in Ice and Abandoned

Cargo: 150 Barrels of Whale Oil