Goddard brought the boat to Alaska and with the help of his wife Clara, dismantled and carried the boat through the narrow mountain passes and reassembled it on the shore of Lake Bennett. He planned to make his money transporting miners and freight along the Yukon River.
The Goddard transported miners and freight
back and forth to Dawson City.
The craft had a small repair shop, forge and
kitchen, making it a self-sufficient shop for
the Yukon prospectors. The Goddard
operated on the river until October 1901,
when she was wrecked in an icy storm on
Only two members of the five-man crew
Often vessels were left derelict on shore along the banks of the river, where they had been winched out of the water in the fall to protect them from ice damage. As a result, the Yukon now contains one of the greatest
intact collections of stern-wheel vessels
known to exist, and many are in excellent
The Yukon River Survey was initiated in 2005
by John Pollack and Robyn Woodward, and
became an INA project in the fall of 2007.
Given the many potential sites in this
unstudied area, we are focusing our efforts
on a specific subset of projects. The over-
arching priority is to document the range of
construction techniques used on these late
19th-century vessels. (source INA)
In total, 266 stern and side-wheeled steamboats operated on the Yukon River in Alaska and Canada.
The Goddards location remained a mystery until 2008, when an international team from the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the Yukon Transportation Museum, and the Yukon government discovered the wreck during a sonar survey looking for gold rush wrecks. It wasnt until one year later, however, that this team would have an opportunity to dive and investigate the wreck.
- website INA
References in writing
- National Geographic