The Torrent, Dangerous Cape, Cook Inlet

The Torrent was a three-masted wooden sail ship, built in Bath Maine, that wrecked in Alaska on 15 July 1868. Shortly after the Alaska Purchase of 1867, the U.S. Army dispatched several batteries of soldiers to Alaska to protect American interests in the former Russian territory. Battery F of the Second Artillery sailed for Cook Inlet aboard the chartered, civilian-owned sailing bark Torrent with instructions to scout locations for an army fort near Kachemak Bay. The Torrent carried approximately 125 Army officers and soldiers, plus a civilian crew of around 12 sailors. Also aboard were passengers that included women and children. While attempting to enter Coal Cove, the site of a Russian coal mining operation near Port Graham (near what is now the Native village of Nanwalek), the Torrent struck a reef extending off Dangerous Cape and began to take heavy seas. Everyone aboard escaped in the ship's boats, but the vessel broke apart and sank. Read more here and here. Click here and download the CoastView app to explore Dangerous Cape.