S.S. Farallon, Lost 1910, Cook Inlet, Alaska

Vessel Particulars

Hull: Wood
Dimensions: 150 x 35
Tonnage: 725 gross
Power: Coal-fired Steam
Builder:
Launched: 1888
Owner: Alaska Steamship Co.


Bound from Seldovia, Alaska to Iliamna Bay in Cook Inlet, attempting to land a passenger and freight in a heavy snowstorm. Steaming close-in to shore, struck a submerged volcanic reef at high tide and ran hard aground. Dropping tide broke the ship's back. All passengers and crew escaped to shore in ship's boats. Lacking wireless, no means of calling for help.

On second day, three crew and three passengers set out in ship's boat to row for Kodiak to summon assistance. Dead of winter, bitter cold, scant shelter. Much suffering in boat and back at survivors' camp.

Circumstances of Loss

casualty Details

Incident Type: Grounding
Date of Casualty: 05 Jan 1910
Severity: Total Loss
Crew Aboard: 32
Passengers Aboard: 6
Recovery: Salvage Not Attempted
Captain: John H. Hunter
Wreck Location: Known


Wreck Discovery & Investigation

Bound from Seldovia, Alaska to Iliamna Bay in Cook Inlet, attempting to land a passenger and freight in a heavy snowstorm. Steaming close-in to shore, struck a submerged volcanic reef at high tide and ran hard aground. Dropping tide broke the ship's back. All passengers and crew escaped to shore in ship's boats. Lacking wireless, no means of calling for help.

On second day, three crew and three passengers set out in ship's boat to row for Kodiak to summon assistance. Dead of winter, bitter cold, scant shelter. Much suffering in boat and back at survivors' camp.