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Looking for photo of an old boat (the "Famous")
By Heidi Ekstrand


March 19, 2007
Monday AM

I'm helping a friend who wants to locate a photo of the "Famous", a 65-foot packer that sunk in 1948 near Point Alava. I've found news clippings of the sinking, but neither the Ketchikan library nor the museum could find any photos of the boat in their collections.

According to the news accounts, the "Famous" and the "Mayflower" were both on their way to Seattle to bring freight back to Ketchikan. The "Famous" was reportedly owned by Northern Machine Works and chartered/operated by Jack Garner. The "Mayflower" was owned by Jack Garner.

On Nov. 23, 1948 it was reported that the "Mayflower" broke down and the "Famous" took it in tow, but the towline broke and became tangled in the Mayflower's rudder, also disabling that vessel. The Coast Guard responded and was able to take the Mayflower in tow, but the Famous had sunk and Jack Garner drowned in the incident. A second man on board, Charles R. Schuelke, made it to the beach and was rescued.

At the time, Jack Garner lived on Water Street in Ketchikan with his wife and four children (Jo-Ann, La Verne, Jackson and Keith).

The "Famous" was reportedly built in 1901 in La Conner, WA.

The Garner family would like to find any photos of the "Famous" that may exist. If anyone has any information on this, or suggestions on where to turn, I'd certainly appreciate talking with you!! I can be reached by phone, or e-mail heidiekstrand<AT>

Heidi Ekstrand
Ketchikan, AK

Received March 14, 2007 - Published March 19, 2007

About: " Ketchikan resident."



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