The moment you have been waiting for…
I am sure you had a hunch that the sailor was Arthur Joseph LaGasa.
Arthur is the son of Frank Lagassa seen here with his five children. Ella Lagassa has been formely identified.
Her brother Arthur is in the red circle.
Dan Hebert, Koeni’s distant cousin, found this interesting piece of information on the Internet about Arthur LaGasa.
He wrote this message on Facebook.
He was a ship’s Captain sailing out of Seattle.
RESOLUTE (1935) The 82 ton 104 foot wooden gas screw Resolute was lost in Stephen’s Passage at 8:40 a.m. January 21, 1935. The vessel was travelling from Juneau to Stephens Passage with four crewmen aboard. The following are statements taken from the casualty report filed by Arthur J LaGasa, master and owner of the Resolute:
“ Heavy gale, heavy seas” “1/2 mile from entrance to Oliver’s Inlet Stephens Passage SE Alaska” “Stranded” “Let vessel go on beach on purpose” “Sprung bad leak and had to be beached” “Equipment only will be saved. Vessel is high and dry on beach and not a menace to navigation” “U S Coast Guard Tallapoosa picked up crew next morning” “Total Loss”
The Resolute was valued at $1,500 at the time of the disaster. There was no cargo on board and no insurance. No lives were lost.
Mapping and Location : Southeast Alaska 58 08 30 N 134 19 45 W Chart 17300
Additional Information : Tonnage 82 Gross 56 Net, Length 104, Breadth 23.5, Depth 10.8, Built 1887 at Mill No 4 OR, Horsepower 85, Registered Juneau, ON 110747, Master and Owner Arthur J LaGasa of Juneau
S ources : 1. U S C G Report of Casualty Jan 28, 1935 at Juneau, 2. Merchant Vessels of the U S (1934) Pgs 526-7
This obituary sent by Suzan last week makes more and more sense now…
Arthur served in the Navy during the First World War.
Where was that picture taken?
Is Arthur really the sailor on that picture? Your guess is as good as mine.
Now I know you must be all wondering what was a wooden gas screw anyway?
Not much information on the Internet except this.
Am I going to pursue this story or find more about Arthur’s ancestors or his descendants?
I think I will wait from someone to write a comment on this blog. I will see you in September.
If you want to read more interesting ship stories, then visit this most interesting blog.
That blogger is also going to take it easy for a while.