The crew that boarded the square-rigged sailing ship Star of Bengal at the Alaska Packer’s Association Wrangel cannery in September, 1908 were about to become unwilling participants in one of the great maritime disasters in Pacific Northwest history. There were 134 sailors and cannery hands on the ship, laden with 52,000 cases of canned salmon valued at $216,000. As the vessel left the dock, a pair of small steamers took the ship’s six-inch hemp lines in tow, and the three-vessel flotilla headed seaward. Only 28 men lived to tell the story of what happened next. Experience the wreck of the Star of Bengal in John Sabella’s 2001 documentary Sockeye and the Age of Sail. Check out NauticalMedia for more on Youtube.
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