SS Oduna, Unimak Island

The SS Oduna was a 422 foot steel steam ship wrecked on November 26, 1965 at Cape Pankof, Unimak Island. The vessel stranded in heavy seas on the southeast shoreline of the island when the radar aboard became inoperative and strong currents swept her onto the rocks. The Chief Mate was at the helm when the disaster occurred and was blamed for the stranding. The crew was removed by breeches buoy and helicopter to the Cutter Storis and tug Adeline Foss. Initially her cargo was thought to be lost, but a salvage effort was organized to save much of what was onboard, including 200,000 pounds of frozen crab in refrigerated container vans. The Oduna was built by the New England Shipbuilding Corporation in South Portland, Maine. Originally named the Francia A. Retka, she was a Liberty ship type EC-S-C1, built for the United States Maritime Commission. Between 1951 and 1964 she was sold several times and finally owned by the Alaska Steamship Company, renamed Oduna and modified to carry shipping containers. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore the shoreline of Cape Pankof.