List of shipwrecks in 1788

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The List of shipwrecks in 1788 includes some ships sunk, wrecked or otherwise lost during 1788.


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January[edit]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1788
Ship Country Description
Charlotte Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company The sloop was wrecked on the east coast of Krakatoa. She was on a voyage from Bombay, India to China.[1]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1788
Ship Country Description
Delight  Great Britain The ship foundered in the English Channel off Dartmouth, Devon. Her crew were rescued.[2] She was on a voyage from Portland, Dorset to Bridgwater, Somerset.[3]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1788
Ship Country Description
Experiment  Great Britain The ship was wrecked near Rotterdam, Dutch Republic. She was on a voyage from Stockholm, Sweden to Rotterdam.[4]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1788
Ship Country Description
Mary  Great Britain The ship was wrecked in the Isles of Scilly while on a voyage from Truro, Cornwall to Swansea, Glamorgan.[5][6]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Active  Ireland The ship was lost whilst on a voyage from Cork to Lisbon, Portugal.[3]
Ann  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on Sicily. She was on a voyage from Ancona, Papal States to London.[7]
Alexander  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Hoylake, Cheshire. She was on a voyage from King's Lynn, Norfolk to Liverpool, Lancashire.[8]
Anna Margretta  Dutch Republic The ship was lost at Marseille, France. She was on a voyage from Marseille to Ostend.[7]
Betsey  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Isles of Scilly. Her crew were rescued.[9]
Conway Kingdom of Great Britain Jersey The ship was wrecked on Jersey with the loss of her captain. She was on a voyage from Bilboa, Spain to Jersey.[10]
Dowson  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Isles of Scilly. Her crew were rescued.[9]
Duke of Cornwall  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore in the Isles of Scilly.[9]
Elizabeth  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Isles of Scilly. All on board were rescued She was on a voyage from Quebec, British America to Cork, Ireland and Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.[11]
Fame  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Irish Sea off the Welsh coast. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to London.[12]
Farmer and Janet  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Hollesley, Suffolk. She was on a voyage from the Firth of Forth to London.[11]
Friends  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the coast of Cornwall. She was on a voyage from Rouen, France to Swansea, Glamorgan.[11]
Industry  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the coast of Flanders, Dutch Republic.[13]
Jackie  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Ostend. She was on a voyage from Glasgow, Renfrewshire to Ostend.[3]
John & Hannah  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on The Skerries. She was on a voyage from Youghal, County Cork, Ireland to Whitehaven, Cumberland.[14]
Jonge Peter  Dutch Republic The ship foundered off North Foreland, Kent, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from London to Amsterdam.[14]
Louise  France The ship was driven ashore and severely damaged at the mouth of the Garonne. She was on a voyage from St. Domingo to Bourdeaux.[10][15]
Mary  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Isles of Scilly. She was on a voyage from Truro, Cornwall to Swansea.[3]
New Loyalty  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Dundrum, County Down, Ireland. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland.[12]
Nimrod  Great Britain Whaler belonging to Mather & Co. lost in the Falkland Islands. Waterford Packet ( Great Britain) rescued her crew and took them to Faial.[16][17]
Two Brothers  Great Britain The ship foundered in the English Channel off Ramhead. She was on a voyage from Weymouth, Dorset to Plymouth, Devon.[9]
Two Brothers  Great Britain The ship sank in the River Seine at Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.[18] She was on a voyage from London to Rouen.[7]

February[edit]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1788
Ship Country Description
Mersey  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Wicklow Bank, in the Irish Sea with the loss of two of her crew. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Charleston, South Carolina, United States.[19]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Ann  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Ayre. She was on a voyage from Virginia, United States to the Clyde.[20]
Brothers  Ireland The ship was lost near Sligo. She was on a voyage from New York, United States to Sligo.[21]
Goed Verwachting  Dutch Republic The ship was driven ashore in the Vlie. She was on a voyage from Bourdeaux, France to Amsterdam.[4]
Hawke  Ireland The ship foundered in the Irish Sea off Holyhead, Anglesey, Great Britain with the loss of two of her crew. She was on a voyage from Cádiz, Spain to Dublin.[22]
Heart of Oak  Great Britain The ship was lost whilst of a voyage from Carmarthen to Falmouth, Cornwall.[23]
Hersterling  Great Britain The ship was wrecked at Faro, Portugal. She was on a voyage from Cádiz, Spain to Amsterdam.[20]
Hiligheid Denmark Norway The ship was lost near Stavanger with the loss of three of her crew. She was on a voyage from Christiansand to Copenhagen, Denmark.[22]
Nancy  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Weymouth, Dorset. She was on a voyage from London to Liverpool, Lancashire.[4]
Neptune  Great Britain The ship foundered off the Arklow Bank, in the Irish Sea. She was on a voyage from London to Dublin.[24]
Nile  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Marseille, France and was abandoned by her crew. She was later refloated and taken in to Marseille. Nile was on a voyage from London to Gibraltar and Nice, France.[25]
Pallas  Great Britain The ship was wrecked 20 leagues (60 nautical miles (110 km)) from Greenock, Renfrewshire. She was on a voyage from Cork, Ireland to Greenock.[20]
Patriot Admiralty flag of Hamburg.svg Hamburg The ship was lost near Cuxhaven. She was on a voyage from Bourdeaux to Hamburg.[4]
Polly  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on the coast of Suffolk. She was on a voyage from London to Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.[19]
Sally  Ireland The ship was wrecked on the Arklow Bank. She was on a voyage from Cork to Belfast, County Antrim.[22]
Sun  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, Kent. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Embden, Hanover to Liverpool.[26]
Twee Goed Broeders  Dutch Republic The ship was lost near Orfordness, Suffolk. She was on a voyage from Groningen to London.[21]
William and Mary  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked near Strangford, County Antrim. She was on a voyage from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire to Londonderry.[22]

March[edit]

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1788
Ship Country Description
Francis  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Goodwin Sands, Kent while on a voyage from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland to Bordeaux, Gironde, France.[27]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1788
Ship Country Description
Epanronidas  Dutch Republic African slave trade: The dogger was seized by the nineteen slaves on board. They murdered all but two of the crew and ran the ship ashore 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of Cape Sierra Leone. The ship was wrecked.[28]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1788
Ship Country Description
Brothers  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Whitby, Yorkshire.[29]
Good-Intent  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Whitby. She was on a voyage from Glasgow, Renfrewshire to Rotterdam, Dutch Republic.[29]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Ann  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore between Falsterbo and Ystadt, Sweden. She was on a voyage from Königsberg, Prussia to Hull, Yorkshire.[29]
Anna Maria Ann  Ireland The ship was driven ashore and wrecked in Killina Bay, County Cork. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from New York, United States to Dublin.[30]
Dilligence  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the French coast. She was on a voyage from London to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France.[25]
Fame  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Pool, Dorset and wrecked. She was on a voyage from Pool to Newfoundland, British America.[25][31]
Marechal de Mouchy  France The ship was wrecked on the Île de Ré. She was on a voyage from the West Indies to Bourdeaux.[31]
Mary  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked near Weymouth, Dorset. She was on a voyage from Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland to Weymouth.[31]
Rebecca  Great Britain The ship capsized in the River Ribble. She was on a voyage from Saint Kitts to Lancaster, Lancashire.[32]
Wallfish  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Regesfjord, Sweden.[32]
Union  Great Britain The ship struck a rock and foundered off Ouessant, France. She was on a voyage from Bourdeaux to Liverpool, Lancashire.[30]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1788
Ship Country Description
Betsey  Great Britain The ship struck the pier and sank at Ramsgate, Kent.[33]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1788
Ship Country Description
Mally  Great Britain The ship was lost at Holyhead, Anglesey. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Youghall, County Cork, Ireland to Liverpool, Lancashire.[34]

28 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1788
Ship Country Description
Wade  Great Britain The ship was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. Her crew were rescued by Success ( Great Britain). Wade came ashore and was wrecked at Newport Pratt, County Mayo, Ireland. Thirteen people drowned when their boat capsized going to the assistance of Wade.[35][36]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Benjamin  Great Britain The ship was lost near Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, France. She was on a voyage from London to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.[37]
Earl of Chatham  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Orkney Islands.[38]
Jane and Eleanor  Great Britain The ship sank at Ramsgate, Kent, She was on a voyage from London to Barmouth, Caernarfonshire.[39]
Kitty  France The ship was dismasted and was abandoned by her crew. She was later taken in to Ramsgate. Kitty was on a voyage from London to Havre de Grâce.[39]
Norfolk  Great Britain The ship was lost near the mouth of the Humber with the loss of all hands. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Ostend, Dutch Republic.[40]
Providence  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Margate, Kent. She was on a voyage from Sunderland, County Durham to Newhaven, East Sussex.[39]
Vigilantia  Dutch Republic The ship was lost near Camaret-sur-Mer, France. She was on a voyage from Ostend to Nantz, France.[37]

May[edit]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1788
Ship Country Description
Good Hope  Great Britain The ship ran aground on the Anholt Reef. She was on a voyage from Lisbon, Portugal to Saint Petersburg, Russia.[36]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1788
Ship Country Description
Marechal de Castries  France The ship was wrecked on the African coast. She was on a voyage from the Île de France, Mauritius to L'Orient.[41]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Dick  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Benin River.[42]
Godfrey  Great Britain The ship was lost near New Romney, Kent.[43]
Maria Elizabeth Flag of Bremen.svg Bremen The ship was driven ashore at Memel, Prussia. She was on a voyage from Stettin to Memel.[44]
Russia Merchant  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on "The Spit". She was on a voyage from Memel to Bristol, Gloucestershire.[45]
William and Mary  Great Britain The ship was lost on the Dutch coast. She was on a voyage from Carolina, United States to Cowes, Isle of Wight and Bremen.[46]

June[edit]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1788
Ship Country Description
Unnamed vessel  United States The Virginian sailing vessel was lost in the Gilstone area of the Western Rocks, Isles of Scilly.[6]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Ann  Great Britain The ship sprang a leak and was beached on Öland, Sweden. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Hull, Yorkshire.[47]
Friendship  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal while on a voyage from Penryn, Cornwall to Gibraltar.[48]
Hector  Ireland The ship was lost on the west coast of Ireland. She was on a voyage from New York, United States to Newry, County Antrim.[49]

July[edit]

22 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1788
Ship Country Description
Aurora  Great Britain The ship was lost at Peniche, Portugal. She was on a voyage from London to Lisbon, Portugal.[50]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1788
Ship Country Description
Fanny  United States The sloop was driven ashore and wrecked at Ocracock, North Carolina.[51]
Favourite John  Ireland The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Norfolk, Virginia, United States.[52]
Hero  Great Britain The brig was driven ashore at Norfolk.[52]
Mermaid  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Norfolk.[52]
Nancy  United States The sloop was driven ashore at Ocracock.[51]
Polly  United States The schooner was driven ashore and dismasted at Ocracock.[51]
Reward  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on Marsh Island, North Carolina.[53]

24 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1788
Ship Country Description
Federalist  United States The miniature ship sank in a storm while moored in the Potomac River near Mount Vernon shortly after being delivered as a gift to George Washington.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Anna  Great Britain The ship was lost near Land's End, Cornwall. She was on a voyage from Bristol, Gloucestershire to a Baltic port.[54]
Ellen  Great Britain The ship ran aground and was severely damaged at Liverpool, Lancashire. She was on a voyage from Jamaica to Liverpool.[55]
Endracht Admiralty flag of Hamburg.svg Hamburg The ship was driven ashore and wrecked near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Hamburg to Brest, France.[56]
Fort William  Great Britain The ship capsized in the North Sea with the loss of two lives. She was on a voyage from Hamburg to Oporto, Portugal.[55]
Hope  Ireland The ship was driven ashore near Blackrock, Dublin. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to Cork and Newfoundland, British America.[57]
Six Sisters  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Ostend, Dutch Republic. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Ostend.[54]
Triton  Great Britain The ship ran aground on the Lap Shoal and was severely damaged. She was on a voyage from Zant, Republic of Venice to Stettin. Triton was taken in to Copenhagen, Denmark for repairs.[58]

August[edit]

16 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1788
Ship Country Description
Fortitude  Great Britain The ship foundered in the North Sea. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg, Russia to London.[59]
La Blonde  French Navy The frigate was driven ashore in a hurricane at Port-au-Prince, Hispaniola and was wrecked.[60]
Trois Frères  France The ship was wrecked at Port-au-Prince. She was on a voyage from Angola to Havre de Grâce.[61]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Amable Suzette  France The ship was lost near Port-au-Prince, Saint-Domingue.[62]
Tycho de Brake Gdansk flag.svg Dantzick The ship was lost in the Orkney Islands, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Dantzick to Liverpool, Lancashire, Great Britain.[63]
Ulysses  Prussia The ship was wrecked on the Isle of Man. She was on a voyage from Memel to Liverpool.[64]

September[edit]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1788
Ship Country Description
John and Samuel  Great Britain The ship ran aground on the Haisborough Sands, in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk and was severely damaged. She was on a voyage from Dantzick to Málaga, Spain. John and Samuel was anchored off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[65]

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1788
Ship Country Description
Betsey  Great Britain The ship departed from North Carolina, United States for the West Indies. No further trace, presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.[66]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Ann  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore in the River Severn at Newnham's Nab, Gloucestershire. She was on a voyage from Newnham, Gloucestershire to Chepstow, Monmouthshire.[67]
Dorothea POL Szczecin flag.svg Stettin The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Stettin to London, Great Britain.[68]
Fortuna POL Szczecin flag.svg Stettin The ship was lost in the Kattegat. She was on a voyage from Stettin to Bristol, Gloucestershire, Great Britain.[69]
Hope  Great Britain The ship was lost near Land's End, Cornwall. She was on a voyage from Savannah, Georgia, United States to Bristol.[52]
Polly  Great Britain The ship was lost on "Handay Island" with the loss of all hands. She was on a voyage from Aberdeen to Livorno, Tuscany.[68]

October[edit]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1788
Ship Country Description
Enigkeit POL Szczecin flag.svg Stettin The ship was lost on the "Island of Zylh". She was on a voyage from Stettin to London, Great Britain.[70]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1788
Ship Country Description
De Jonge Frederick  Dutch Republic The ship was lost on the Long Sand, in the North Sea off the coast of Essex, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Riga, Russia to Nantz, France.[71]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1788
Ship Country Description
Hope  Great Britain The ship was wrecked at Skagen, Denmark.[72]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1788
Ship Country Description
Patience  Great Britain The ship was wrecked near Port Patrick, Wigtownshire. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Liverpool, Lancashire.[61]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Alfred  Great Britain The ship was lost in Tramore Bay. She was on a voyage from Newfoundland, British America to Dartmouth, Devon.[70]
Ann and Elizabeth  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at North Foreland, Kent. She was on a voyage from Ostend, Dutch Republic to London.[53]
Britannia  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Falsterbo Reef, Sweden. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Liepāja, Russia.[61]
Endeavour  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Ostend. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Sunderland, County Durham to Ostend.[53] She was later refloated and taken in to Ostend.[71]
Henrietta POL Szczecin flag.svg Stettin The ship was lost near Heligoland. She was on a voyage from Stettin to Bourdeaux, France.[73]
Isabella  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Christiania, Norway with the loss of a crew member. She was on a voyage from Dantzick to Perth.[74]
Jane and James  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Burbo Bank, in Liverpool Bay. She was on a voyage from Strangford, County Antrim, Ireland to Liverpool.[75]
Matilda Maria  Dutch Republic The ship was driven ashore at Ostend and severely damaged. She was on a voyage from Ostend to Bengal, India. Matilda Maria subsequently put into Portsmouth, Hampshire, Great Britain.[74]
Minerva POL Szczecin flag.svg Stettin The ship was lost near Skagen, Denmark. She was on a voyage from Stettin to Bourdeaux.[75]
Nancy  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Runnel Stone. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Bristol, Gloucestershire.[75]
Norwich  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Memel, Prussia. She was on a voyage from London to Memel.[61]
Olive  Great Britain The ship foundered whilst on a voyage from Mogadore, Morocco to London. Her crew were rescued by Miller ( Great Britain).[70]
Shetland  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Shetland Islands. She was on a voyage from the Shetland Islands to Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[72]
Susannah  Great Britain The ship was lost near Liepāja, Russia. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Havre de Grâce, France.[70]
Welcome Messenger  Great Britain The ship was lost near "Wingo". She was on a voyage from Portsmouth to Saint Petersburg.[75]

November[edit]

3 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Bella  Great Britain The ship foundered 25 leagues (75 nautical miles (139 km) off The Lizard, Cornwall. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Stockholm, Sweden to Bourdeaux, France.[76]
William Kingdom of Great Britain Isle of Man The ship was wrecked in Sheep Haven Bay. Her crew were rescued.[77][78]

5 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Industry  Great Britain The ship departed from Boston, Lincolnshire for Liverpool, Lancashire. No further trace, presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.[79]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Nelly  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Castletown, Isle of Man. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Londonderry, Ireland.[80]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Bordeloise  France The ship capsized in the Garonne. She was on a voyage from Saint-Domingue to Bourdeaux.[81]

15 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Annabella  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Zirkza, near Kronstadt, Russia and was wrecked. Her crew were rescued.[82]
Elizabeth  Great Britain The ship was wrecked at Baltiysk, Russia. Her crew were rescued.[82]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Friends  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on Scroby Sands, Norfolk. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburgh, Russia to London.[83]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Bridget  Ireland The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Castletown, Isle of Man with the loss of five of her thirteen crew.[84]

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1788
Ship Country Description
Tarleton  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Irish Sea off St David's Head, Pembrokeshire. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire, to Africa.[85]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Baltick  Great Britain The ship was lost near Reval, Russia. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg, Russia to London.[83]
Betsey  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape St. Vincent Portugal. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Málaga, Spain to London.[17]
Commerce  Great Britain The ship was lost near the "Hasebori Gut". She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to London.[86]
Countess of Hopetown  Great Britain The ship was lost in the North Sea. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Leith, Lothian.[62]
Diamond  Great Britain The light collier was lost whilst on a voyage from Cork, Ireland to Workington, Cumberland with the loss of two of her crew.[80]
Eliza  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked near Lowestoft, Suffolk. She was on a voyage from Königsberg, Prussia to London.[81]
Fredrick van Bergen  Prussia The ship ran aground off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Pillau to London.[62]
Friends  Great Britain Captain Maxwell's ship was wrecked off Great Yarmouth She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to London.[86]
Friends  Great Britain Captain Park's ship was wrecked on the Gunfleet Sand, in the North Sea off the coast of Essex. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to London.[86]
Jonge Ruerd Dick  Dutch Republic The ship departed from Stockholm, Sweden for Amsterdam. No further trace, presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.[87]
Jonge Vrow Berent Diena  Dutch Republic The ship was wrecked on the Pan Sand, in the North Sea. She was on a voyage from "Apingaandam" to London.[81]
Judith and Jane  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Ostend, Dutch Republic.[86]
Mary  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Land's End, Cornwall. She was on a voyage from Neath, Glamorgan to Plymouth, Devon.[78]
Mary and Michael  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Orkney Islands. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to King's Lynn, Norfolk.[62]
Nossa Senhora da Conceição  Portugal The ship was driven ashore near Ventspils, Russia. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Oporto.[83]
Plain Dealing  Great Britain The ship was lost at Campbeltown, Argyllshire. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to Coleraine, County Antrim, Ireland.[83]
Polly  Great Britain The ship was wrecked near Valencia, Spain with the loss of six of her crew. She was on a voyage from Newfoundland, British America to Barcelona, Spain.[81]
Resolution  Great Britain The ship was lost near Reval, Russia. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Liverpool.[86]
Robert  Ireland The ship was driven ashore in the River Foyle. She was on a voyage from Londonderry to Rotterdam, Dutch Republic.[17]
Sisters  Great Britain The ship was wrecked near Ostend. She was on a voyage from London to Ostend.[86]
St Juan Baptista  Spain The ship was lost on the Spanish coast. She was on a voyage from Bilboa to Bristol, Gloucestershire, Greqat Britain.[16]
Trial  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Liepāja, Russia. She was on a voyage from Landskrona to Helsingfors, Sweden.[86]
Two Brothers  Great Britain The ship was lost near Lowestoft.[81]

December[edit]

2 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Amazon  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on a sandbank off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk with the loss of all hands. She was on a voyage from Stockholm, Sweden to Alicante, Spain.[82][88]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Good-Intent  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Gibraltar.[89] She was later refloated.[90]
Heart of Oak  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Gibraltar.[89] She was later refloated.[90]

6 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Friends Industry  Great Britain The ship was lost near Lisbon, Portugal with the loss of two of her crew. She was on a voyage from London to France and Jamaica.[91]
Rachael  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore in the River Thames near Northfleet, Kent.[92]

7 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Ranger  Great Britain The crewless sloop was wrecked on the Sandwich Flats.[92]

9 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Señora de Rozario St Joze E Almas  Spain The ship departed from Viveiro for Viana do Castelo, Portugal. No further trace, presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.[93]

11 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Lady Hannah  Great Britain The ship was lost at Madeira. She was on a voyage from Quebec, British America to Madeira.[94]

14 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Active  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. She was on a voyage from London to King's Lynn, Norfolk.[95]
Beckford  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked south of Great Yarmouth. She was on a voyage from Great Yarmouth to Barcelona, Spain.[95]
Duchess of Buccleugh  Great Britain The ship ran aground on the Cockle Sand, in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk and was wrecked. She was on a voyage from Leith, Lothian to London.[95][96]

16 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Benn  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore at Ramsgate Kent. She was on a voyage from Whitehaven, Cumberland to Rotterdam, Dutch Republic.[97] She was later refloated.[98]

23 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1788
Ship Country Description
HMRC Prince of Wales  Great Britain The revenue cutter ran aground off Girvan, Ayrshire and was wrecked. Her crew were rescued.[99]

29 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Friendship  Ireland The ship was wrecked at Cork.[100]

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1788
Ship Country Description
Vénus  French Navy The Hébé-class frigate was wrecked in the Indian Ocean.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Bridget Kingdom of Great Britain Guernsey The ship was lost on the Irish coast. She was on a voyage from Guernsey to Cork, Ireland.[97]
Catherine  Great Britain The ship was lost near Valencia, Spain with the loss of all but two of her crew.[96]
Centurion  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on South Holm, Denmark.[92]
Dannebrog Denmark Danish Asiatic Company The East Indiaman was driven ashore by ice in the Øresund.[91]
Fly  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Cape Trafalgar, Spain. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to the Isle of Man and Livorno, Grand Duchy of Tuscany.[101][102]
Four Brothers  Great Britain The ship foundered. Her crew were rescued by Mary ( Great Britain). Four Brothers was on a voyage from Liverpool to London.[85]
Friendship  Ireland The ship was driven ashore near Cork. She was on a voyage from Cork to the Strait of Gibraltar.[103]
General Elliot  Great Britain The whaler sprang a leak and put into Saint Helena, where she was wrecked.[104]
Hero  Great Britain The whaler foundered in the English Channel off Jersey, Channel Islands with the loss of all hands. She was on a voyage from London to Jersey and the South Seas.[85]
Industry  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the North Brake Head. Her crew were rescued.[85]
Jonge Jan Dockson  Dutch Republic The ship was driven ashore near Elsinore, Denmark. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg, Russia to Amsterdam.[91]
Jonge Wilhelm Sweden Swedish Pomerania The ship was driven ashore at Rügenwalde. She was on a voyage from Dublin, Ireland to Rügenwalde.[97]
Liberty  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore in Freshwater Bay, Isle of Wight with the loss of all hands. She was on a voyage from Málaga, Spain to London. Liberty was later taken in to Portsmouth, Hampshire.[105]
Liberty  Great Britain The ship struck a rock off the Isle of Arran and sank. She was on a voyage from Nova Scotia, British America to Jersey, Channel Islands.[105]
Martha  Great Britain The ship was lost in Riga Bay.[96]
Mary  Great Britain The ship was lost off Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk. She was on a voyage from Gothenburg, Sweden to London.[88]
Nautilous  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore near Pool, Dorset. She was on a voyage from Pool to Bilboa, Spain.[97]
Nymph  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and severely damaged in Málaga Bay. She was on a voyage from Chaleur Bay, Newfoundland, British America to Málaga.[97][98]
Rachel  Great Britain The ship sank on the Hook Sand, in the English Channel off the coast of Dorset.[96]
Rebecca Wendola Flagge der Hansestadt Lübeck.svg Lübeck The ship was sunk by ice between Cronstadt and Saint Petersburg.[97]
Serapis  Denmark The ship was driven ashore near Ostend, Dutch Republic. She was on a voyage from Copenhagen to Ostend.[97]
Smyrna  Great Britain The galley foundered. Her crew were rescued by Charlotte ( Great Britain). Smyrna was on a voyage from Smyrna, Ottoman Empire to a British port.[89]
St. Johannes Admiralty flag of Hamburg.svg Hamburg The ship was cut by ice. She was on a voyage from Hamburg to London.[97]
St. Joseph  France The ship was lost near Harwich, Essex, Great Britain. She was on a voyage from Gothenburg to Morlaix.[92]
Success Kingdom of Great Britain Jersey The ship was lost at San Sebastián, Spain. She was on a voyage from Newfoundland to San Sebastián.[91]
Susannah  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (49°16′N 5°00′W / 49.267°N 5.000°W / 49.267; -5.000). her crew were rescued by Juno ( Great Britain.[89]
Three Friends  Russia The ship was lost near Swinemünde, Swedish Pomerania. She was on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Bordeaux, France.[103]
Wakende Oog flag unknown The ship was driven ashore on Læsø, Denmark. She was on a voyage from London to the Øresund.[106]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1788
Ship Country Description
Adriatick  Great Britain The ship was lost on the Northern Triangles. She was on a voyage from London to Ostend, Dutch Republic and British Honduras.[29]
Amity Hall  Great Britain The ship was lost at Jamaica. She was on a voyage from London to Jamaica.[107]
Ann  Great Britain The ship was lost between New Brunswick and Port Shelburne, Nova Scotia, British America. She was on a voyage from London to Port Shelburne.[108]
Arch Dutchess Marie Christine  France The ship was lost whilst on a voyage from Saint-Domingue to Dunkerque.[59]
Attempt  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Falkland Islands.[109]
Baltick  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Baltic Sea off Reval, Saint Petersburg, Russia while on a voyage from Russia to London.[110]
Betsey  Great Britain The ship was lost on the Musquito Shore. She was on a voyage from New Providence, New Jersey, United States to Florida, New Spain.[33]
Betsey  Great Britain The sloop was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean. Her crew were rescued by Rodney ( Great Britain). Betsey was on a voyage from Tortola to New York, United States.[33]
Betsy  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape St. Vincent, Portugal while on a voyage from Málaga, Spain to London.[111] Her crew were rescued.[76]
Betsey and Amy  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on Long Island, Rhode Island, United States. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to New York.[29]
Chance  Great Britain The whaler was sunk by ice off the coast of Greenland.[107]
Clementina  Great Britain The ship was lost on the rock of Chesserow with some loss of life. She was on a voyage from Virginia, United States to Bourdeaux, France.[89]
Diligence  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Hull, Yorkshire to New York.[16]
Dolphin  United States The sloop was wrecked on Cape Hatteras, North Carolina before 19 November. Her crew were rescued.[112]
Dudaloy  Great Britain The ship was lost at "Ladroon" with the loss of 70 lives.[113]
Elizabeth  Prussia The ship was lost on a voyage from Norway to Königsberg.[1]
Emperor  Great Britain The ship struck rocks in the Leeward Channel and was damaged beyond repair. She was on a voyage from Rockley Bay to Little Courland Bay, Tobago.[64]
Elizabeth and Mary  Great Britain The ship was lost at Newfoundland.[68]
Enterprize  Great Britain The ship was destroyed by fire. She was on a voyage from Boston, Massachusetts, United States to Bristol, Gloucestershire.[114]
Everley  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore on the Florida Keys, New Spain. She was on a voyage from British Honduras to London.[69]
Fame  Great Britain The ship was lost near British Honduras. She was on a voyage from British Honduras to London.[115]
Fame  Great Britain The ship was lost on the coast of New Jersey. She was on a voyage from North Carolina to Falmouth, Cornwall.[116]
Fanny  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean. Her crew were rescued by Calypso ( United States). Fanny was on a voyage from Virginia to London or Hull.[108]
Favourite  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Saint Lawrence River. She was on a voyage from London to Quebec.[67]
Friends  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the Gunfleet Sands, in the North Sea off the coast of Essex.[117]
Friendship  Great Britain The ship foundered while on a voyage from Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France to Baltimore, Maryland, United States.[118]
Friendship Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company The East Indiaman was lost at Batavia, Dutch East Indies. Her crew were rescued by Alexander (Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company). Friendship was on a voyage from Botany Bay to London.[113]
Hastings  Great Britain The ship foundered in the China Seas with the loss of most of her crew while on a voyage from China to Bombay, India.[119]
Juno  United States The ship sprang a leak and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Salem, Massachusetts to the Cape of Good Hope.[36]
King Jos  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the coast of Africa.[120]
London  Great Britain The whaler was sunk by ice off the coast of Greenland.[107]
Lord North  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on Watlings Island, Bahamas. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to New Providence.[33]
Lydia  Great Britain The ship was lost between Virginia and North Carolina with the loss of most of her crew.[108]
Maria Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman was lost at the Cape of Good Hope. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Batavia, Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam.[106]
Mary  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Land's End, Cornwall.[77]
Mary and Jane  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on the coast of East Florida, New Spain while on a voyage from Jamaica to London. Her crew were rescued.[77]
Nancy  Great Britain The whaler was sunk by ice off the coast of Greenland.[107]
Neckar  Great Britain The ship foundered in the China Seas with the loss of most of her crew while on a voyage from China to Bombay.[119]
Nimrod  Great Britain The ship was wrecked in the Falkland Islands. Her crew were rescued by Waterford Packet ( Ireland).[76]
Olive Branch  Great Britain The ship foundered off the coast of Cuba. Her crew were rescued.[77]
Peggy  Great Britain The ship was destroyed by fire at Labrador, British America.[121]
Resolution  Great Britain The ship foundered in the Baltic Sea off Reval while on a voyage from Saint Petersburg to Liverpool.[117]
Richard  Great Britain The ship was lost on St Andreas Keys. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Jamaica to the Musquito Shore.[107]
Robert  Great Britain The ship was lost on the coast of Cuba. She was on a voyage from Jamaica to Wilmington, Delaware, United States.[107]
San Fernando  Spain ): The ship was wrecked on Corvo Island, Azores.[122]
Santa Rosalina  Spain The ship was driven ashore on the Delaware Capes, United States. She was on a voyage from Baltimore, Maryland, United States to Havana, Cuba.[120]
Sisters  Great Britain The ship was wrecked at Ostend.[117]
St. Aubin  Great Britain The ship was driven ashore and wrecked near "Cape L'Anguille" with the loss of six of her crew.[91]
St John's Paquet  Great Britain The ship was lost whilst on a voyage from Norman's Pond Kay, Bahamas to North Carolina.[46]
Surate Flag of Bremen.svg Bremen The ship was lost at Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Bremen to Charleston.[123]
Susannah  Great Britain The sloop foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (49°16′N 5°00′W / 49.267°N 5.000°W / 49.267; -5.000 (Susannah)). Her crew were rescued by Juno ( Great Britain).[101]
Trial  Great Britain The ship was wrecked in the Baltic Sea off Ventspils, Latvia.[117]
Tryal  Great Britain The ship was wrecked on Newfoundland, British North America.[117]
Walsingham  Great Britain The ship was lost in the Sunda Strait.[68]

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