1910: Wreck of the Princess May


The steamship Princess May  was built in 1888 on the Tyne in North East England. Beginning in 1901, the ship ran along the British Columbia coast to Skagway, Alaska, visiting the small fishing, mining, and lumber outposts.

In August 1910, the Princess May ran aground on rocks off Sentinel Island in heavy fog. She was carrying 80 passengers, 68 crew, and a cargo of gold. No-one was hurt.

This photograph was sold in high quantities as a result. The ship was rescued and repaired, and remained in service until the 1930s.