On October 25, 1918, the SS Princess Sophia sank on Vanderbilt Reef near Juneau, Alaska, all 343 passengers died in the worst maritime disaster in history of the Pacific Northwest. Events 1147 - The Portuguese, under Afonso I, and Crusaders from England and Flanders conquer Lisbon after a Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common The Vanderbilt Reef is an rocky outcropping in the Lynn Canal, a Fjord in Alaska, USA at. The Pacific Northwest is a region in the northwest of North America (the term refers to the land not the ocean
Princess Sophia was a steel screw ship of 2,320 tons gross and 1,466 tons net register and was built in Paisley, Scotland in 1912. Paisley (Pàislig is a town and former Burgh in the west- Central Lowlands of Scotland. While not as luxurious as her fleet-mates serving the Pacific Northwest, she was comfortable throughout, particularly in first class. The Pacific Northwest is a region in the northwest of North America (the term refers to the land not the ocean There was an observation lounge forward panelled in maple, and a dining room that could seat 112 people, who enjoyed large windows for observing the coastal scenery. There was also a social hall with a piano for first class passengers. At the time of her sinking, Captain Leonard Locke, 66, commanded her.
Princess Sophia departed Skagway, Alaska at 10:10 p. Skagway (ˈskægweɪ is a first-class borough in Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. m. , more than three hours behind schedule, on October 23, 1918. Events 4004 BC - Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher 42 BC - Year 1918 ( MCMXVIII) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common She was due to stop at Juneau, Alaska and Wrangell, Alaska on the 24th, Ketchikan, Alaska and Prince Rupert, British Columbia, on the 25th, Alert Bay, British Columbia, on the 26th, and finally Vancouver, British Columbia on the 27th. Wrangell is a city and borough in Alaska, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 2308 Ketchikan (ˈkɛtʃɪkæn is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States and the southeasternmost sizable city in that state Prince Rupert is a port city in the province of British Columbia, Canada. This article is for the community in the Queen Charlotte Strait region of British Columbia and should not be confused with the community of Alert Nunavut Vancouver (vænˈkuːvɚ is a coastal
After leaving Skagway, the ship steamed down Lynn Canal towards Juneau. Skagway (ˈskægweɪ is a first-class borough in Alaska, on the Alaska Panhandle. The Lynn Canal is an Inlet (not an artificial Canal) into the mainland of southeast Alaska. Shortly after 2:00 a. m. on October 24, the Princess Sophia ran up onto Vanderbilt Reef in the middle of the canal, and got firmly lodged. Events 69 - Second Battle of Bedriacum, forces under Antonius Primus the commander of the Danube armies loyal to Vespasian, defeat The Vanderbilt Reef is an rocky outcropping in the Lynn Canal, a Fjord in Alaska, USA at.
The area is an extremely dangerous one for boats. It has deep waters with strong currents, rocky cliff faces, and narrow fjords. Tides regularly bring ships dangerously close to the shore. In bad weather, winds in the Lynn Canal quickly become gales. 
The crew and passengers were unable to be rescued due to poor weather conditions, resulting in the rescue to be aborted for the day. The rescue vessels departed early in the afternoon of the 25th. By then, the ship and all aboard had been stranded at Vanderbilt Reef for a day and a half. The Vanderbilt Reef is an rocky outcropping in the Lynn Canal, a Fjord in Alaska, USA at. Around 5:00 that afternoon, the ship started to sink. No one knows exactly what happened. Although the last SOS from the sinking ship was heard at 5:20, there is evidence that the ship stayed afloat until well after that, because many watches worn by the victims weren't stopped until almost 6:00. Early developments Before the development of radio communication in the early 1890s seagoing vessels had already adopted a wide variety of visual and audio distress signals using When the rescuers returned the next day, all that was left was the mast in the water, having sunk overnight. The loss of life of everyone onboard was the result of suffocation from the bunker oil (fuel) on the water. Fuel oil is a fraction obtained from Petroleum Distillation, either as a distillate or a residue The only survivor was a small dog, believed to belong to a wealthy couple aboard, that was able to swim to a nearby island and recovered a few days later.
The sinking of Princess Sophia was overshadowed by the end of World War I and the Spanish flu. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All The 1918 flu pandemic (commonly referred to as the Spanish flu) was an Influenza Pandemic that spread to nearly every part of the world