american Alaska Pacific Steamship Co. SS Admiral Sampson (+1914)
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general
nationality american
purpose transport
type ocean liner
propulsion steam
date built 1898
status
live live
details
weight (tons) 2104  grt
dimensions 90.2 x 11 x -- m
material steel
engine dual shaft, 2 screws, 2 triple expansion engines
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yard no. 297
about the loss
cause lost collision
other reasons fire
date lost 26/08/1914  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.16rank: 640
about people
builder
William Cramp & Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia
engine by
William Cramp & Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia
owner
Alaska Pacific Steamship Co., Seattle
captain Zimro Moore
no. of passengers 160
about the wreck
status broken in several pieces
depth (m.) -- max. / 56.3 min. (m)
orientation
position on seabed upright
protected
war grave
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Gothro Phil21/03/2011The Admiral Sampson was built in December 1898 by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co. in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She was a twin screw and approximately 296 feet in length and 2,104 tons. The Admiral Sampson was built for the American Mail Steamship Company along with her sister ships, Admiral Dewey, Admiral Schley, and Admiral Farragut. When she was ready to launch, people came from all over to watch the spectacular event as well as the christening by Nannie Sampson, the daughter of Admiral Sampson....

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About Builders
 William Cramp & Sons, Ship & Engine Building Co., Philadelphia
William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Company was a major shipbuilder with a very distinguished but also very uneven history going back to the 1820s. It was bought by Averell Harriman's American Ship & Commerce Corporation in 1919 and closed in 1927. The yard stretched from Norris Street to Lehigh Avenue, on nearly a quarter of a mile of water-front and over 30 acres. It was revived for the WWII effort, with the encouragement of the Navy, which provided $22mm toward the cost, but with only limited success. Cramp Shipbuilding closed permanently after the war ended.

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Gothro Phil21/03/2011The Admiral Sampson was built in December 1898 by William Cramp & Sons Shipbuilding Co. in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She was a twin screw and approximately 296 feet in length and 2,104 tons. The Admiral Sampson was built for the American Mail Steamship Company along with her sister ships, Admiral Dewey, Admiral Schley, and Admiral Farragut. When she was ready to launch, people came from all over to watch the spectacular event as well as the christening by Nannie Sampson, the daughter of Admiral Sampson.

The Sampson had an interesting career as a carrier ship of fruit, mail, and passengers for the United Fruit Company, Through the years there were several mergers and sales of companies that would toss around ownership of the Admiral but eventually she would be a part of the Alaska Pacific Steamship Co., founded in 1906, which was merged with Alaska Coast Co, in 1912 to form the Pacific Alaska Navigation Co. The final owner that would see her demise.On August 26th, 1914 The Admiral Sampson left Seattle for Alaska with about 160 passengers on board. It was foggy that day, and the captain, Zimro Moore ordered the engines slowed and she crawled at 3 knots. Extra lookouts were ordered, and the ships whistle would sound at frequent intervals.

At the same time the Princess Victoria was making her way towards Seattle, with a full load of passengers, also at a mere 3 knots. While passing Point No Point, the S.S. Admiral Sampson was struck broadside by the Princess Victoria. Piercing the Sampsons Steel hull with her bow, the Victoria stayed locked to the Admiral so that the passenger s of the Sampson could unload to the Princesses deck. Unfortunately, the Victoria struck directly inline with the Sampsons after hatch opening, creating a 12 foot gash in the hull. This also crushed several large containers of fuel oil, which in turn caught fire. The Victoria was forced to back away leaving the Admiral open for the sea to rush into her. In the mean time the radio men were communicating with outside authorities for help.

According to Karl Baarslag's book "SOS to the Rescue", there is a monument dedicated to the brave radio men who lost their lives at sea, and upon that monument there are 25 names. One of the names is Walter E. Reker, radio man of the Admiral Sampson. His brief story is as follows: Walter Reker sent out for help via wireless communication and stood by his po st until the radio men of the Victoria had advised him that they had sent for assistance and there was no need to stand his post any longer. Time was short. The Sampson was engulfed in flames and the Victoria had separated herself from the wounded Admiral, but Reker refused to abandon ship. Instead he took his place among the crew assisting passengers into the lifeboats. Refusing repeated orders to save himself, he waited until the last boat had left and almost all the passengers had gone to safety.

He then reported to the bridge and sank with the ship to his death. Standing with him was Captain Zimro Moore. The Admiral Sampson went down stern first and took 11 passengers, 4 crew members, and her captain.
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