Famous shipwrecks database: date · ship · cause · deaths  ·  January 18, 2017, 18:13 GMT
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Famous shipwrecks

Famous shipwrecks database

Date Ship Cause Deaths
1854, March City of Glasgow British steamer missing in North Atlantic 480
1854, Sep 27 Arctic US (Collins Line) steamer sunk in collision with French steamer Vesta near Cape Race 285-351
1856, Jan 23 Pacific US (Collins Line) steamer missing in North Atlantic 186-286
1858, Sep 23 Austria German steamer destroyed by fire in North Atlantic 471
1863, Apr 27 Anglo-Saxon British steamer wrecked at Cape Race 238
1865, Apr 27 Sultana Mississippi steamer blew up near Memphis, Tennessee 1 450
1869, Oct 27 Stonewall Steamer burned on Mississippi River below Cairo, Illinois 200
1870, Jan 25 City of Boston British (Inman Line) steamer vanished between New York and Liverpool 177
1870, Oct 19 Cambria British steamer wrecked off N Ireland 196
1872, Nov 7 Mary Celeste US half-brig sailed from New York for Genoa; found abandoned. unknown
1873, Jan 22 Northfleet British steamer foundered off Dungeness, England 300
1873, Apr 1 Atlantic British (White Star) steamer wrecked off Nova Scotia 585
1873, Nov 23 Ville du Havre French steamer sank after collision with British sailing ship Loch Earn 226
1875, May 7 Schiller German steamer wrecked off Scilly Isles 312
1875, Nov 4 Pacific US Steamer sank after collision off Cape Flattery 236
1878, Sep 3 Princess Alice British steamer sank after collision in Thames River 700
1878, Dec 18 Byzantin French steamer sank after collision in Dardanelles 210
1881, May 24 Victoria Steamer capsized in Thames River, Canada 200
1883, Jan 19 Cimbria German steamer sank in collision with British steamer Sultan in North Sea 389
1887, Nov 15 Wah Yeung British steamer burned at sea 400
1890, Feb 17 Duburg British steamer wrecked, China Sea 400
1890, Sep 19 Ertogrul French frigate foundered off Japan 540
1891, Mar 17 Utopia British steamer sank in collision with British ironclad Anson off Gibraltar 562
1895, Jan 30 Elbe German steamer sank in collision with British steamer Craithie in North Sea 332
1895, Mar 11 Reina Regenta Spanish cruiser foundered near Gibraltar 400
1898, Feb 15 Maine US battleship blown up in Havana Harbour 260
1898, Jul 4 La Bourgogne French steamer sank in collision with British sailing ship Cromartyshire off Nova Scotia 549
1898, Nov 26 Portland US steamer wrecked off Cape Cod 157
1904, Jun 15 General Slocum Excursion steamer burned in East River, New York City 1 030
1904, Jun 28 Norge Danish steamer wrecked on Rockall Island, Scotland 620
1906, Aug 4 Sirio Italian steamer wrecked off Cape Palos, Spain 350
1908, Mar 23 Matsu Maru Japanese steamer sank in collision near Hakodate, Japan 300
1909, Aug 1 Waratah British steamer, Sydney to London, vanished 300
1910, Feb 9 General Chanzy French steamer wrecked off Minorca, Spain 200
1911, Sep 25 Liberte French battleship exploded at Toulon 285
1912, Mar 5 Principe de Asturies Spanish steamer wrecked off Spain 500
1912, Apr 14 Titanic British (White Star) steamer hit iceberg in North Atlantic 1 503
1912, Sep 28 Kichemaru Japanese steamer sank off Japanese coast 1 000
1914, May 29 Empress of Ireland Canadian Pacific steamer sunk in collision with Norwegian collier in St Lawrence River 1 014
1915, May 7 Lusitania British (Cunard Line) steamer torpedoed and sunk by German submarine of Ireland 1 198
1915, Jul 24 Eastland Excursion steamer capsized in Chicago River 812
1916, Feb 26 Provence French cruiser sank in Mediterranean 3 100
1916, Mar 3 Principe de Asturias Spanish steamer wrecked near Santos, Brazil 558
1916, Aug 29 Hain Yu Chinese steamer sank off Chinese coast 1 000
1917, Dec 6 Mont Blanc, Imo French ammunition ship and Belgian ship collided in Halifax Harbour, Nova Scotia 1 654
1918, Apr 25 Kiang-Kwan Chinese steamer sank in collision off Hankow 500
1918, Jul 12 Kawachi Japanese battleship blew up in Tokayama Bay 500
1918, Oct 25 Princess Sophia Canadian steamer sank off Alaskan coast 398
1919, Jan 17 Chaonia French steamer lost in Straits of Messina, Italy 460
1919, Sep 9 Valbanera Spanish steamer lost off Florida coast 500
1921, Mar 18 Hong Kong Steamer wrecked in South China Sea 1 000
1927, Oct 25 Principessa Mafalda Italian steamer blew up, sank off Porto Seguro, Brazil 314
1928, Nov 12 Vestris British steamer sank off Virginia 113
1934, Sep 8 Morro Castle US steamer, Havana to New York, burned off Ashbury Park, New Jersey 134
1939, May 23 Squalus US submarine sank off Portsmouth, NH 26
1939, Jun 1 Thetis submarine sank, Liverpool Bay 99
1942, Feb 18 Truxtun and Pollux US destroyer and cargo ship ran aground, sank off Newfoundland 204
1942, Oct 2 Curacao British cruiser sank after collision with liner Queen Mary 338
1944, Dec 17-18   3 US Third Fleet destroyers sank during typhoon in Philippine Sea 790
1947, Jan 19 Himera Greek steamer hit a mine off Athens 392
1947, Apr 16 Grandcamp French freighter exploded in Texas City, Texas, harbour, starting fires 510
1948, November   Chinese army evacuation ship exploded and sank off S Manchuria 6 000
1948, Dec 3 Kiangya Chinese refugee ship wrecked in explosion south of Shanghai 1 100+
1949, Sep 17 Noronic Canadian Great Lakes Cruiser burned at Toronto dock 130
1952, Apr 26 Hobson and Wasp US destroyer and iarcraft carrier collided in Atlantic 176
1954, May 26 Pennington Sank off Rhode Island, USA 103
1954, Sep 26 Toya Maru Japanese ferry sank in Tsugaru Strait, Japan 1 172
1956, Jul 26 Andrea Doria and Stockholm Italian liner and Swedish liner collided off Nantucket 51
1957, Jul 14 Eshghabad Soviet ship ran aground in Caspian Sea 270
1960, Dec 19 Constellation US aircraft carrier caught fire in Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York 49
1961, Apr 8 Dara British liner exploded in Persian Gulf 236
1961, Jul 8 Save Portuguese ship ran aground off Mozambique 259
1963, Apr 10 Thresher US Navy atomic submarine sank in North Atlantic 129
1964, Feb 10   Australian destroyer Voyager sank after collision with aircraft carrier Melbourne off New South Wales 82
1965, Nov 13 Yarmouth Castle Panamanian-registered cruise ship burned and sank off Nassau 89
1967, Jul 29 Forrestal US aircraft carrier caught fire off North Vietnam 134
1968, Jan 25 Dakar Israeli submarine vanished in Mediterranean Sea 69
1968, May Scorpion US nuclear submarine sank in Atlantic near Azores 99
1969, Jun 2 Evans US destroyer cut in half by Australian carrier Melbourne, South China Sea 74
1970, Mar 4 Eurydice French submarine sank in Mediterranean near Toulon 57
1970, Dec 15 Namyong-Ho South Korean ferry sank in Korea Strait 308
1974, May 1   Motor launch capsized off Bangladesh 250
1974, Sep 26   Soviet destroyer sank in Black Sea 200+
1975, Nov 10 Edmund Fitzgerald US cargo ship sank during storm on Lake Superior 29
1976, Oct 20 George Prince and Frosta Ferryboat and Norwegian tanker collided on Mississippi River at Luling, Louisiana 77
1976, Dec 25 Patria Egyptian liner caught fire and sank in the Red Sea 100
1979, Aug 14   23 yachts competing in Fastnet yacht race sank or abandoned during storm in S Irish Sea 18
1981, Jan 27 Tamponas II Indonesian passenger ship caught fire and sank in Java Sea 580
1983, Feb 12 Marine Electric Coal freighter sank during storm off Chincoteague, Virginia 33
1983, May 25 10th of Ramadan Nile steamer caught fire and sank in Lake Nasser 357
1986, Apr 20   ferry sank near Barisal, Bangladesh 262
1986, Aug 31   Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov and Soviet freighter Pyotr Vasev collided in Black Sea 398
1987, Mar 6   British ferry capsized off Zeebrugge, Belgium 189
1987, Dec 20   Philippine ferry Dona Paz and oil tanker Victor collided is Tablas Strait 4 341
1988, Aug 6   Indian ferry capsized on Ganges River 400+
1989, Aug 20   British barge Bowbelle struck British pleasure cruiser Marchioness on Thames River in central London 56
1989, Sep 10   Romanian pleasure boat and Bulgarian barge collided on Danube River 161
1991, Apr 10   Auto ferry and oil tanker collided outside Livorno Harbour, Italy 140
1991, Dec 14 Salem Express Ferry rammed coral reef near Safaga, Egypt 462
1993, Feb 17 Neptune Ferry capsized off Port-au-Prince, Haiti 500+
1993, Oct 10 West Sea Ferry Capsized in Yellow Sea near western South Korea during storm 285
1994, Sept 28 Estonia Ferry sank in baltic sea 1 049
1996, May 21 Bukoba Ferry sank in Lake Victoria (Africa) 500
1997, Mar 28   Albanian refugee boat sank in Adriatic Sea after being rammed by Italian navy warship Sibilla 83
1997, Sep 8 Pride of la Gonave Haitian ferry sank off Montrouis, Haiti 200+
1998, Apr 4   Passenger boat capsized off coast near Ibaka beach, Nigeria 280
1998, Sep 2   2 passenger boats capsized on Lake Kivu, near Bukavu, Congo 200+
1998, Sep 18   Ferry sank south of Manila 97
1999, Feb 6 Harta Rimba Cargo ship sank off Indonesia 280+
1999, Mar 26   Passenger boat overturned off coast of Sierra Leone 150+
1999, Apr 2   Passenger ferry sank off coast of Nigeria 100+
1999, May 1   Amphibious excursion boat sank in Lake Hamilton, Arkansas 13
1999, May 8   Passenger ferry capsized off Bangladesh 200+
1999, Nov 24 Dashun Passenger ferry capsized near Yantai, China 275+
2000, May 3   2 ferries capsized in storm in Meghna River, Bangladesh 72+
2000, Jun 29   Overloaded ferry capsized in storm off Sulawesi Island, Indonesia 500+
2000, Aug 12 Kursk Russian sub,arine sank in Barents Sea 118
2000, Sep 26 Express Samina Greek ferry sank off Paros, Greece 81+
2001, Feb 9 Ehime Maru Japanese trawler sunk by surfacing US submarine Greeneville near Hawaii 9
2001, Dec 22   North Korean spy ship sank after exchanging fire with Japanese coast guard 15
2002, May 4   Bangladesh ferry sunk in storm on Meghna River 370+
2002, May 26   Barge struck interstate highway bridge over Arkansas River in Oklahoma 13+
2002, Sep 26   Overloaded Senegalese ferry capsized in ocean off The Gambia 950+
2003, Mar 23   Overloaded ferry capsized in Lake Tanganyika off Burundi 111+
2003, Apr 4   Ferry sank near Chhatak in Bangladesh 80+
2003, Apr 21   2 ferries capsized in storms in Bangladesh on Meghna and Buriganga rivers 180+
2003, May 2   Chinese submarine accident of Shandong province 70
2003, Jul 8   Overcrowded ferry sank near Chandpur in the Bangladesh River c. 400
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