Princess May’s Dramatic Grounding

In August 1910, a Canadian steamship named Princess May ran aground near Sentinel Island, off the coast of Alaska, in the most spectacular fashion. The ship became wedged in the rocks, and when the water receded at low tide, the ship appeared to hang in the air completely out of water. An image that appears almost unreal was captured by a photographer, and that photograph circled the nation in newspapers, magazines and postcards. The wreck of the Princess May soon became one of the most recognizable shipwreck images in America.

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Wreck of Princess May. Photo: William Howard


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