Sunday, October 21, 2012


The sinking of the S.S. Sophia after grounding on Vanderbilt Reef in Lynn Canal near Juneau, Alaska, on October 25, 1918, was the setting for Gerald Kramer's novel, Vanderbilt Reef: Finding Daniel.

Kramer of Pittsburg, a retired college professor with a fascination for Alaska, writes:

Vanderbilt Reef: Finding Daniel is my first completed novel and involves an investigator from the Kansas City area seeking information on a passenger lost thirty years earlier on the Princess Sophia, a Canadian Pacific steamship that became grounded on Vanderbilt Reef near Juneau, Alaska, on October 24, 1918. It sank the next day killing all 343 people aboard. The investigator’s client wants to find out as much as she can before she dies, about her long-lost nephew, Daniel. The characters are fictional, but the tragedy is real.

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