CAUSE: The 369-foot passenger vessel SS Princess Kathleen grounded on Pt Lena, just north of Juneau, during bad weather on September 7, 1952. Approximately 10 hours later during an incoming tide she slipped off the rock and sank with an unknown quantity of fuel oil in her tanks. Since her sinking periodic fuel releases and oil sheens have been noted in her vicinity. The vessel currently sits at an angle on its port side at a depth ranging from 52 feet at the bow to 134 feet at the stern.
Hmmm... somewhat bland, colourless writing, here. For one thing, the Princess Kathleen was not just a 'cruise ship'. She was much more beautiful and dignified then any floating casino shopping mall around today.
And there could be more creative and expressive ways to describe her fate than thoughtlessly saying she made a wrong turn and slammed into the shore. Whatever happened to creative writing in journalism, to give the article subject a feeling of life and interest for the reader.
If you’re interested in the ongoing operations onboard the Princess Kathleen the Unified Command has a website they keep very up-to-date. The site has situation reports, photos and video from the underwater dive operations. www.dec.alaska.gov/spar/princesskathleen -Sarah Moore, State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Seeing the old photos from EGfleet made me think I should pass on the Alaska's Digital Archive url: vilda.alaska.edu/ There are some impressive photos of the PK after she grouned and as she sank; including more by T. Davis. -Sarah Moore, State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
:)thanks for forwarding that large image of the grounded Kathleen, in an earlier submission you commented on the pre-WW1 Irene and Marguret and regretted their war losses, the Marguret actually lasted well into the 1930's as a RN minelayer, and looks still very much a princess in my 1930's copy of Janes. I will have to get you to accompany brother wettcoast into my ships locker, I think you would be wowed! :)mrdot.
Does anyone have access to scanned or scannable profile drawings of this vessel?
There may be one in Robert Turner's The Pacific Princesses. I'll let another member of this forum do the honors, I think I should say honours to our Canadians, in providing you the page number in this book.
Meanwhile, I'm giving you a greater than thumbnail image of a page in Turner's Those Beautiful Coastal Liners of three decks of the ship. This is on Page 71. You'll need to get this book (or borrow a copy at a library) to see the full image.
Below is a line image of the forward part of the ship as seen on: