All Alaskan - Alaska, U.S.A.

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The 5,213-dwt, 2,121-grt refigerated fish carrier All Alaskan is seen in this photograph while she was underway in the Port of Seattle, Washington during October of 1976. Photograph by Ray Thorsteinson courtesy Marc Piche.

She was originally built in 1945 at Beaumont, Texas, U.S.A. by the Pensylvania Shipyard Ltd., for the U.S. Department of Defense as the landing craft Valentine. She entered service during June of 1945 and saw little war use as a result. She was subsequently laid up along with thousands of other wartime ships and offered up for sale. It is possible that she was sold as early as 1946 and that her conversion to a refrigerated cargo carrier may have occurred by October of that year.

In the years that followed her name and ownership changed several times. She sailed as (a) Valentine , (b) Pier Bend, (c) Valentine and (d) Northgate. Through this time I could not find any ownership records or dates of her name changes. In 1976 though Marine News recorded that she was sold to All Alaskan Seafoods Inc., U.S.A. and renamed All Alaskan. It would seem that she kept herself busy through the later half of the 1970s and into the 1980s hauling and possibly processing fish products along the U.S. and Canadian Pacific rim as far north as Alaska.

On March 20th, 1987 Marine News recorded that All Alaskan went aground on St. Paul Island in a position 57.13 N, 170.09 W. This is about 350 miles southwest of Alaska's western coast in the Bearing Sea. She was subsequently abandoned by her crew and nothing else is known about her fate.

There are many un-answered questions about this ship and if anyone out there can fill in any of the information such as dates of sales, previous owners, date of her conversion, trade routes or anything else please send me a MESSAGE

Information courtesy Marine News (The World Ship Society), Lloyds Registers and the American Bereau of Shipping

Posted: November 11, 2002       Last Revised: November 11, 2002
Photo by Ray Thorstienson courtesy Marc Piche - Copyright © - 1976, 2002

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