Looking for photo of an old
boat (the "Famous")
By Heidi Ekstrand
March 19, 2007
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,
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>yahoo.com.
Received March 14, 2007 - Published March 19, 2007
About: " Ketchikan resident."
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