Princess Sophia


Princess Sophia was a passenger liner laid down by Bow McLachlan & Company in Paisley in Scotland, and was launched in November 1911 for Canadian Pacific Railway. Under a journey from Skagway to Juneau she hit ground at high speed in heavy fog and snow on Vanderbilt Reef 24. October 1918. A distress call was sent but rescue operations was halted due to the rough weather. She stood firmly stuck on the reef for several days and worsening weather conditions. She slid of the reef and sank the following day under a storm together with all hands on board. It is believed that 353 people lost their lives when she disappeared in the deep.  The remains of her rest today in the Lynn Canal on a depth of 15 to 45 meter at Vanderbilt Reef.

Former names:
Princess Sophia

245,0 x 45,0 x 12,0 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
2320 grt
Paisley ( UK ) 1911
Victoria ( CA )

58°36'07.9"N 135°01'25.0"W

Picture: Princess Sophia shipwrecked
Courtesy of Alaska State Library, P87-1702

Last updated: November 2020