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The Sinking of the Princess Sophia  -  Related Materials
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Visit the Library for More Information:

Alaska's libraries hold audio, visual, and written material about the Princess Sophia and other shipwrecks in Alaska. Visit your local library or go online to see what's available in holdings all over the state. Take these simple steps:

  1. Access SLED (State Library Electronic Doorway) at .
  2. Click on the listing for ALNCat (the Alaska Library Network Catalog) to view the Basic Search window. Go to the Keyword field, and type in SS PRINCESS SOPHIA or SHIPWRECKS ALASKA.

More Reading:

Coates, Kenneth. Bill Morrison. The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down With Her. Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 1991.

MacDonald, Betty, Ian O'Keefe. The Final Voyage of the Princess Sophia: Did They All Have to Die? Victoria, B.C.: Heritage House Pub Co Ltd, 1999.

McCarley, Laura Cecelia. SS Princess Sophia, June 10, 1911 - October 25, 1918. Juneau: New Treadwell Publications, 1980.

Archival Materials:

Funeral Records, Juneau, Alaska. 1898-1964. Alaska State Library. Records of funeral of C.W. Young Co., Juneau-Young Co., and Charles W. Carter Mortuary, all of Juneau, Alaska, from January 2, 1898, through March 28, 1964. Includes alphabetical name index and includes list of people who died in the sinking of the Princess Sophia.

Papers of Helen Wilson Luzadder, 1887-1919. Alaska State Library. Includes two letters written in Skagway, 1918-1919, an autograph album, 1887, and two photographs of Helen Wilson. An undated letter assumed to be from November 1918, tells about the flu epidemic, the sinking of the Princess Sophia and the celebration of the Armistice that ended World War I.

Deck Department Log of the SS Peterson, United States. October 23 - 29, 1918. Alaska State Library. A manuscript which includes a deck log, pages 296-302, before, while standing by, and after the wreck of the Princess Sophia.

Disasters of the Century; Episode 32, No survivors. 2005. Alaska State Library. A video recording made by Ron Goetz, Aiden Morgan, Chris Triffo, Russel Klitch, and Bruce Edwards. The Princess Sophia, a Canadian steamship carrying passengers from the Yukon and Alaska, became stranded on Vanderbilt Reef. Rescuers were unable to remove 268 passengers and 75 crewmen due to a strong northerly gale. The next day, weather conditions worsened and the ship sank, killing all on board.

Down under the Inside Passage lies the wreck of the Princess Sophia, 2005. Alaska State Library. A CD-Rom recording made by Jeanne L. Alford, Annette G. E. Smith, and Dave Streeter. Underwater photos show the Princess Sophia, which sank in 1918.

"The Wreck of the Princess Sophia," 2002. Alaska State Library. A sound recording made by Matt Miller on KTOO-FM, Juneau, Alaska. Princess Sophia audio available online:

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