It has been more than a decade since I located the underwater remains of the Kad'yak shipwreck, and although the details of the experience remain sharp in my mind, the sting of anger and disappointment about the events that followed my discovery have faded. Beginning with my discovery of the S.S. Aleutian shipwreck in 2002, and my Kad'yak discovery the following summer, Kodiak Island shipwrecks became a hot political issue for a time. Opinions were voiced, alliances formed and broken, and battle lines drawn. Prominent archaeologists, attorneys, politicians, museum people, academics, news reporters, and interested Alaskans everywhere were not shy about voicing their opinions, pointing fingers, and jostling one another in hopes of ending up on the righteous side of history. It was an interesting time.

With the exception of this new introduction, everything you'll read in the accompanying pages was written in the 2003-2005 period, contemporary with the Kad'yak discovery and the accompanying controversy. This information was posted on my shipwrecks web site (the predecessor to this one) in 2006, so it has been live on the Internet for seven years now. Anyone searching for "alaska shipwrecks" or "steve lloyd" or "kad'yak discovery" has had these pages appear in their search results. By having this information widely available as a counterpoint to the lies and propaganda advanced by certain people connected with the discovery and archaeological survey of the Kad'yak shipwreck, an impartial reader can absorb my counterpoint and reach their own conclusion about what happened.

I considered dropping the section on the Kad'yak when I performed a major revamp of this web site in 2013, but ultimately decided to retain these pages as an historical retrospective, and perhaps a bit of a cautionary tale. I have left the contents of each page unchanged from the 2006 original, and have added a navigaton menu at the bottom of each page to make it easier for the reader to track where they are in the story. Hopefully these new pages will also become indexed by Google and others, allowing the Startling! True! Amazong! Tale of the Kad'yak Shipwreck Saga to live on for posterity.

Enjoy the ride. I sure did.

Steve Lloyd

Anchorage, Alaska

November 2013

Hull: Wood
Dimensions: 130 x 28.8 x 19.2 (est.)
Tonnage: 477 (est.)
Power: Bark-rigged sail
Builder: Hans Jacob Albrecht Meyer
Launched: Lubeck, Germany: 1851
Owner: Russian-American Company

Vessel Particulars

Bark Kad'yak, Lost 1860, Kodiak Island, Alaska

Similar vessel. No images of Kad'yak known to exist.

The Kad'yak Shipwreck Discovery:

Ten Years Later

casualty Details

Incident Type: Grounding
Date of Casualty: 30 Mar 1860
Severity: Total Loss
Crew Aboard: 25
Passengers Aboard: unknown
Recovery: Salvage Not Attempted
Captain: Illarion Arkhimandritov
Wreck Location: Discovered 2003