Sinking of the Princess Sophia

Taking the North Down with Her

Ken Coates and Bill Morrison

Sinking of the Princess Sophia
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Ken Coates and Bill Morrison

Distributed for University of Alaska Press

220 pages | black and white photos | 5-1/2 x 8-1/2
Paper $12.95 ISBN: 9780912006505 Published October 1991

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 decline. This book tells the dramatic stories of many of the passengers, how they had gone to the north, what they did there, and why they were leaving that fall, and sheds light on a little-known aspect of Alaska's history.

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