On December 17, 1942, the U.S. destroyer Hulbert, AVD-6, collided with and sank the
Phyllis-S in Kupreanof Strait at Kodiak Island. There were two lives lost. The
navy destroyer was judged to be at fault. The entire court of enquiry record
including copies of ships logs and all testimony and exhibits are in the Lola
Harvey collection box at the Kodiak Military History Museum.
-Joe Stevens I searched the Kodiak Mirror archives for two years after the probable date and found no mention of the incident. I did find mention of the boat in operable circumstances in the October 31, 1942, Mirror, Page 1. There was no further mention of the PHYLLIS S in the two years 1943-1944. KADIAK TIMES Friday, July 18, 1980, page 6 contains an interview with John Reft done by Mike Rostad. Reft was four years old and a passenger on the ill fated voyage. He states Dan Valley was on board but the passenger list shows Daniel Naumoff. A copy of the article is in the museum archives. There is an interview with an unidentified PHYLLIS S passenger in an issue of ELWANI, Combined 3rd and 4th Issues, April, 1977, page 147. A map shows the site of the incident as center of the channel between Port Bailey and Chadwick Bay. The date is given as the 16th or 17th of December, no year. Page 1, Page 2 -maintains the Alaska Shipwrecks Database Michael Burwell U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service (MMS) Alaska OCS Region 3801 Centerpoint Drive, Suite 500 Anchorage, AK 99503-5823 907-334-5249 wk 907-334-5242 fax michael.burwell (at) mms.gov - Bill Jager [mailto:wjager (at) mindspring.com] Tuesday, January 25, 2005 The Phyllis S was a mail boat that made a trip around Kodiak Island about once a month during the WWII period. The skipper of the Phyllis S was Robert von Scheele. The Phyllis S was traveling from Kodiak going to the west side of Kodiak Island when it was hit by a US Navy ship and sunk. This happened sometime during WWII. I know of at least 2 lives that were lost -- there may be more. -Baranov Museum, Alice Ryser: I have a copy of the Kadiak Times, July 18, 1980 with John Reft's story of this account. Iver Malutin said to contact Fred Squartsoff in Ouzinkie and Tim Panamaroff. The Phyllis S. was named after Phyllis Sholl Zehe. Her father was the Machinist for the Ouzinkie Pkg. Co.Main index
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