SS Olympia

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SS Olympia seen aground on Bligh Reef, 10 December 1910
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  • SS Dunbar Castle (1883-1895)
  • SS Olympia (1895-1910)
Builder: Barclay, Curle and Co., Glasgow, Scotland
Completed: 1883
Fate: Wrecked 10 December 1910
General characteristics
Tonnage: 2,837 (gross)
Length: 335 ft (102 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)

SS Olympia was a steamship that served the northwest United States and Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush. She was wrecked in 1910.

Olympia was laid down as SS Doune Castle but launched as SS Dunbar Castle in 1883 by Barclay, Curle and Co. of Glasgow, Scotland, for the Castle Mail Packet Company. In 1895, Dunbar Castle was sold to Fairfield Ship Building and Engineering Co. and renamed SS Olympia.[1]

In 1897, the Scottish American Steamship Company bought her, and later that year she was bought by the Northern Pacific Steamship Line. In 1898, she operated with the North America Mail Steamship Company of Tacoma, Washington. In 1903, she operated under the North Western Steam Ship Company of Seattle, Washington, which sold her to the Alaska Steam Ship Company in 1904. That year, lifeboats were installed.

On 10 December 1910, Olympia ran aground on Bligh Reef off Alaska′s Prince William Sound and sank without loss of life. Following the sinking, steamboat inspectors accused Captain Daniels, in command of Olympia when she ran aground, of "unskillful navigation."[2]


  • "Details of the Wreck of the S.S. Olympia", Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. 3 January 1911. Page 2.


  1. ^ "SS Olympia". Wrecksite. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Outside News of Alaskan Doings", Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner. 14 January 1911. Page A1.

Coordinates: 60°50′26″N 146°52′48″W / 60.840529°N 146.880015°W / 60.840529; -146.880015