Monticello shipwreck

Nature of Casualty

Trapped in ice and abandoned. In 1872, hull of vessel was identified - bow and stern were 1.2 miles apart. 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... 1872: Captain Williams found the bow and stern of his Monticello half a mile apart. Bockstoce, John R., Whales, Ice, and Men: The History of Whaling in the Western Arctic, University of Washington Press, Seattle Washington, 1986:154, 163

Official Number: 16759

Type: Bark (Formerly Ship-rigged)

Length: 106 Feet

Home Port: New London, CT

Place Built: Mattapoisett, MA

Date Lost: Sept, 13, 1871

Captain When Lost: Thomas W. Williams

Where: South of Point Belcher

Cause: Trapped in Ice and Crushed

Cargo: 270 Barrels of Sperm Oil and 630 Barrels of Whale Oil