OR&R Supports Spill Response in Kodiak, Alaska
AUGUST 16, 2021 ─ OR&R's Emergency Response Division is supporting the USCG response for the 138’ F/V St. Patrick, a scallop boat that sank in Kodiak in 1989 but recently began leaking oil. The response and investigation is ongoing and at this point, it’s unknown how much fuel has leaked or is left on board.
While the F/V St. Patrick sank at anchor in a harbor near Kodiak, it is the subject of an infamous sea story in Alaska. In December 1981, it was found abandoned and adrift off Afognak Island. Caught in a storm and damaged by high waves, the captain had ordered the ship to be abandoned. After several days adrift in freezing waters, only 2 of the 12 crew members survived. But the damaged ship stayed afloat and was later towed into the Womens Bay, Kodiak where it eventually sank 8 years later.
The full story can be found on this page of the Kodiak Maritime Museum website.
For more information, contact Catherine Berg or Doug Helton.