Early 1900’s Shipwreck Postcards

These real photo postcards from the 1900’s and 1910’s show remarkable shots of shipwrecks in Alaska and Washington. Each card has a story behind it.

The above photo shows the shipwreck of the Princess May in 1910. It ran aground near Sentinel Island during high tide, and the ship’s momentum brought it up onto the rocks. This led to the famous photograph as illustrated above. The captain had to improvise an electrical connection with the engine room’s telegraph battery to send out a distress call, all while the engine room was being flooded. Since the island was so close, the passengers and crew safely evacuated to land. If you’re interested in the postcard, you can buy it here.

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The Guard wreck postcard, for sale here.

Another impressive wreck ending on top of some rocks: the Revenue Cutter Guard hit a rock in a channel between Woody and Lopez Islands in Washington state. Again thanks to the help of a high tide, the ship found itself on the rocks, leaning to one side. The channel is reportedly one of the narrowest and most dangerous near the islands.

The Jabez Howes wreck

The Jabez Howes was a salmon cannery ship. An April 1911 heavy gale tossed the boat onshore. The crew got off safely, but the ship itself was beyond hope and sank into deep water. However, the Star of Alaska, which was also blown onshore from the same storm, was able to be repaired.

Here are some other, similarly remarkable shipwreck postcards:

Wreck of the Delhi, Sumner Island, Alaska

Wreck of the Delhi, Sumner Island, Alaska

Another view of the wreck of the Delhi.

Another view of the wreck of the Delhi.

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The wreck of the Life Saving Launch “Audacious” near Port Townsend, Washington.

Which postcard is your favorite?

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