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Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her

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On October 23, 1918, a storm rose and the Canadian Pacific steamer Princess Sophia ran aground on Vanderbilt Reef, northwest of Juneau, Alaska. Tragically, there were no survivors. The 353 aboard represented a significant cross-section of the population of the Yukon and Alaska, and their loss was a heavy blow to a society that, with the end of the gold rush, was already in ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by University of Alaska Press (first published 1990)
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Jun 15, 2008 Beth rated it it was amazing
Haunting nonfiction story of the worst maritime disaster to occur in the Northwest. 1918: The last ship before winter runs aground on Vanderbilt Reef, and the weather is too bad to take the people off. The people hoped and waited while the ship was stuck on the reef, then the storm got worse - the Sophia was lost and no one survived. This happened just north of Juneau and has haunted me since we moved here, I think of the wreck every October 25.

This book is well written, well researched and mak
Jan 06, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
It is sad that the Pacific coast does not know about this terrible tragedy. It is a very interesting account of the history of the time surrounding the sinking. Anyone interesting in PNW history will enjoy this.
Dec 27, 2008 Laurie rated it really liked it
I have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time. I find it very interesting to read about ship wrecks and why they happen. This book does not lay blame or make judgements, it just presents the story. And what a VERY interesting story. The people who perished on the Sophia were very important to the economy of the north and held many important positions in the community. When I was in Juneau I visited the cemetary where some of the victims were buried - the book finally explained ...more
Sep 14, 2011 Nola rated it liked it
It was a shock to find out what a huge tragedy the Princess Sofia was. Some of the book seemed a little lengthy, but it was certainly worthwhile to learn what happened after the Sofia was grounded and why it wasn't possible to save the hundreds of people on it. Having read this has made the Princess Sofia more than a vague concept to me.
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