The deadliest marine disaster on the west coast of North America occurred in Lynn Canal on October 24, 1918, but few people have ever heard of it. Approximately 345 people died when the SS Princess Sophia slid off Vanderbilt Reef and sank. Did the captain’s recklessness cause the disaster, and did his poor decision-making doom the passengers and crew of the Princess Sophia?
SS Princess Sophia Expedition. Available at: http://www.princesssophia.org/history
Sullivan, Toby. 12/12/2018. The Sinking of the Princess Sophia. Kodiak Daily Mirror
Princess Sophia. Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Princess_Sophia
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