USCG - Princess Kathleen
The USCG requested a vessel survey to investigate a sheen on the water in the wreck vicinity. We have been contracted to complete a wreck survey to determine the quantity of fuel left on the vessel and the integrity of its structure.
Built by John Brown & Co., Glasgow, The Princess Kathleen was launched in 1924. Her maiden voyage was from Glasgow to Vancouver via Panama. From there she entered the Vancouver-Victoria-Seattle coastal service for which she was built.
Taken over as a troop transport in September 1939, she returned to Canadian Pacific in 1947 and resumed service on her old route. Two years later, she was transferred to Canadian Pacific's Vancouver-Alaska cruise service. On 7 September 1952, north of Juneau, she went aground at low tide. When the tide rose, the bow remained aground while the stern was swamped. She then slid into deep water as the tide rose further and was a total loss. There were, however, no fatalities.
The United States Coast Guard has estimated that over 130,000 gallons of fuel oil have been removed from 14 tanks.
Divers have estimated an approximate 14,000-34,000 gallons of bunker oil in the starboard wing tanks. The method used for this estimation requires drilling holes into each fuel tank at various elevations to determine the approximate quantity of oil. To learn more about this process please visit the Incident Homepage.
We are assessing the hull's integrity utilizing ultrasonic testing to determine the precise thickness (down to 1/1000th of an inch) of the vessel remains. Current reports show that the hull is in excellent but there is oil leaking internally due to degradation of the existing structure.
We have completed the wreck survey and the USCG decision is to remove remaining fuel from the vessel.