The Princess Sophia
|At 10 PM, October 23, 1918, the Canadian Pacific passenger ship, the Princess Sophia left port at Scagway, Alaska with 298 passengers, men, women and children, largely from Dawson City, Yukon, and a crew of 65. It was during a blinding snow storm. By 2AM October 24, she was steaming into an area known as Vanderbilt Reef. Problem was that the Sophia did not realize that they were so close to the Reef because they had not yet detected a navigation error that had them 2 miles off course.
When the support vessels returned the next morning, August 25, they were horrified to find that the Sophia had sunk. All that remained to see was the Mast sticking up out of the water(see picture at left). All the passengers and crew were lost!
The only survivor of the Princess Sophia was a small dog which had swum to a local island and was recovered a few days later.