List of shipwrecks in 1883

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The list of shipwrecks in 1883 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1883.

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1883
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May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January[edit]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Robert Williams  United Kingdom The schooner ran aground at Slade, Glamorgan, Wales. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Swansea to Abersoch, Glamorgan.[1]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1883
Ship Country Description
City of Brussels  United Kingdom The passenger liner was struck by the steamer Kirby Hall ( United Kingdom) in the River Mersey and cut in two. She sank with the loss of ten lives.[2]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Parry's Lodge  United Kingdom The schooner was wrecked on Pwll Du Point, Glamorgan, Wales, with the loss of her captain. She was on a voyage from Amlwch, Anglesey, to Swansea, Glamorgan.[1]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Sallie W. Kay  United States During a voyage from Baltimore, Maryland, to Boston, Massachusetts, with a cargo of coal and a crew of seven men, the schooner was wrecked during a snowstorm 250 yards (230 m) off Ocean City, Maryland, during a snowstorm. One crewman attempted to swim to shore to find help and drowned. With waves breaking over her decks, her other six crewmen clung to her rigging for eight hours until rescued by personnel of the United States Life-Saving Service.[3][4]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Jessie Shuttleworth  United Kingdom The vessel was wrecked in a gale off Cape Tagmeriwelt, French Morocco.[5]
Libelle  Germany The Hamburg steamer was wrecked while entering the River Tyne off Shields. The crew survived.[6]
Wild Deer  United Kingdom The emigrant ship, belonging to Patrick Henderson and co of Glasgow was wrecked at North Rock, near Portaferry, County Down. All 209 passengers and 41 crew survived and taken ashore in fishing boats to Clougher.[7]

16 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Princesse Stephanie  Belgium The steamship collided with the steamer Concha ( Spain) off Lisbon, Portugal.[8]

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Cimbria  Germany The passenger ship sank with the loss of between 389 and 437 lives (sources disagree) after colliding with the steamer Sultan ( United Kingdom) in the North Sea near Borkum Island. Between 56 and 133 people survived and were saved by Diamant and Thetis (flags unknown).[9][10]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Janna  Netherlands The Amsterdam brig struck The Manacles while carrying coal from Cardiff to the West Indies. The nine crew were landed at Porthoustock by the St Keverne boat Goodrievey Bay.[11][12]
Star of Hope The Wilmington vessel was wrecked at the mouth of the River Mersey. The crew survived.[13]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1883
Ship Country Description
Agnes Jack  United Kingdom The steamship foundered in the Bristol Channel off Port Eynon Point, Glamorgan, Wales, with the loss of her eighteen crew. She was on a voyage from Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy, to Llanelli, Glamorgan.[1]
Amiral Prinz Adalbert  Germany The three-masted barque was driven ashore and wrecked near the Mumbles Lighthouse, Glamorgan, Wales, with the loss of one of her fifteen crew.[1]
James Grey  United Kingdom The steamship was wrecked on the Tusker Rock in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all hands.[1]
Kelso  United Kingdom The Bridgwater schooner was found bottom up off Cardiff. The fate of the crew is not known.[14]
Wolverhampton Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution The lifeboat capsized near Mumbles while going to the rescue of Amiral Prinz Adalbert ( Germany) with the loss of four of her six crew.[1][13]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1883
Ship Country Description
St Columba  United Kingdom The vessel left Penarth Port in South Wales with a cargo of coal destined for Bombay, India. It ran into a storm in the Bay of Biscay and went down with all hands lost, including that of Rangers F.C. founder, 25-year-old Peter Campbell.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date January 1883
Ship Country Description
Amelia The 1,000-ton steamer has been lost off Port Catte in the Gulf of Lyons. Two passengers and twenty-five crew lost their lives.[15]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Plassey  United Kingdom The vessel stranded and broke up on the beach at Sandgate. Two of the six crew perished.[16]
Spanker  United Kingdom The smack was driven ashore at Yarmouth and the crew was saved by the rocket apparatus.[17]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Kenmure Castle  United Kingdom The steamer foundered minutes after all eight passengers and eight of the crew escaped in one of the ships boat, during a gale in the Bay of Biscay. The ten British crew and the rest of the unnamed Chinese crew were lost while the 1,951 ironclad steamer was bound from London for Shanghai.[18]
Lovebud  United Kingdom The Liverpool brigantine was wrecked off Ramsey, Isle of Man. The crew drowned.[19]
Storm Nymph  United Kingdom The schooner was driven ashore near the entrance of Newquay harbour. One member of crew jumped overboard and was not seen again, the rest were saved by the rocket apparatus. Storm Nymph was carrying coal from Cardiff to Hayle.[20]
Unnamed  France The French vessel ran into the South-Western Company's steamer Hilda and immediately sank in the English Channel. A boat from Hilda was sent to rescue the French seaman and was not seen again.[21]
Unnamed  United Kingdom An unknown steamer sank off Cape Cornwall with the loss of all hands.[22]

7 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Surprise  France The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked west of Overton Mere, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom with the loss of all hands. The ship's dog survived.[1]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Criccieth Castle  United Kingdom The Porthmadoc brig is presumed lost off St Mary's, Isles of Scilly while bound from Falmouth, Cornwall to Liverpool during a gale. The stern, a life-bouy and a young man was washed up and the crew of eleven are presumed lost.[23]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Jane Gristow  United Kingdom The brigantine stranded in Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight. One man drowned and five were rescued.[24]
Reine des Fleurs  France The brigantine was driven ashore at West Cross, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France, to Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales.[1]
Theresa  United Kingdom The schooner went to pieces off Worthing, Sussex.[24]
Unnamed fishing boats  United Kingdom Two fishing boats were seen bottom up in the North Sea.[24]
Unnamed vessel  Germany A brigatine was wrecked in Plymouth Sound.[24]
Unnamed vessel A brig foundered in the North Sea.[24]
Unnamed vessels Seventy-four shipwrecks were reported in the last week and 134 lives lost around Great Britain.[24]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1883
Ship Country Description
USS Ashuelot  United States Navy During a voyage from Amoy to Swatow, China, the gunboat was wrecked in heavy fog on a rock off East Lamock Island. Eleven members of her crew lost their lives.

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Alexandre  United Kingdom The Penzance vessel broke up after going ashore at Tenby. The crew survived.[25]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1883
Ship Country Description
Clementia  United Kingdom The ship broke up near Wexford, Ireland. The crew were landed by the rocket apparatus and some of the cargo was salvaged, including barrels of rum.[26]
King Arthur  United Kingdom The steamer was wrecked near the Black Sea entrance of the Bosphorus. Thirteen crew took to the ships boats, which capsized drowning the occupants. The captain and the remaining crew were saved by the rocket apparatus.[27]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date February 1883
Ship Country Description
Adrienne  United Kingdom The brig was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean while en route from New York to Ayr. All the crew were landed at Shanklin. Isle of Wight with the exception of the mate who drowned.[28]
Copernicus  Belgium The steamer was wrecked at Porto de Pedras, Brazil.[29]
Snowdrop  United Kingdom The Fowey schooner Snowdrop was wrecked in the English Channel and some of the bodies were washed ashore on the Isle of Wight on Monday, 5 February.[30]

March[edit]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1883
Ship Country Description
Navarre  United Kingdom The Leith steamer was disabled by a gale on Monday night and foundered the next day on the Little Fish Bank. Carrying eighty-one people including fifty migrants, the steamer sank before assistance could arrive and sixty-five people lost their lives.[31]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1883
Ship Country Description
Dunstaffnage  United Kingdom The 2,000-ton Liverpool vessel left Dundee for her home port, in ballast and under-tow by the steam tug Recovery, was driven ashore 10 miles (16 km) south of Aberdeen. All twenty crew lost their lives.[32]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22March 1883
Ship Country Description
Clapegron  France The Marseilles screw steamer was driven ashore under Penarth Head, South Wales during an easterly gale.[33]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1883
Ship Country Description
Alarm  United Kingdom The Rye schooner was driven ashore near Polperro, Cornwall and quickly broke up. The captain, mate and three others drowned; there were three survivors.[34]
Queen  United Kingdom The schooner was wrecked during a gale on the coast near Aberdeen.[34]
Tom Duff  United Kingdom The schooner was wrecked during a gale on the coast near Aberdeen.[34]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date March 1883
Ship Country Description
Cornishman  United Kingdom The steamer went aground at Damietta, Egypt.[35]
Gloucester City  United Kingdom The Atlantic Liner foundered while en route from Bristol to New York. The crew were picked up by a steamer and landed at Havre.[36]

April[edit]

4 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1883
Ship Country Description
Unnamed barges  United Kingdom Three overladen barges became total wrecks while loading sand from Swanpool beach, Falmouth, Cornwall in a strong easterly breeze.[37]

5 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1883
Ship Country Description
Panama  United Kingdom The barque, which was carrying deal from St Johns to Greenock was waterlogged and abandoned at 40 20 N 57 38 S. The crew were taken off by the Norwegian barque Havdyst.[38]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1883
Ship Country Description
Magdalena Vicenta  Spain The steamer collided with the steamer Thames ( United Kingdom) and sank at the entrance to the port of Bilbao. Six out of eleven people onboard lost their lives and two of the crew of Thames may also have perished.[39]

30 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1883
Ship Country Description
Annie Richmond  United States The schooner was stranded on Santa Rosa Island, Florida and broke up.[40]

May[edit]

1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1883
Ship Country Description
British Commerce  United Kingdom Bound from London for Melbourne with a general cargo, the vessel sank shortly after colliding with the four-masted County of Aberdeen in the English Channel.[41]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1883
Ship Country Description
Mississippi  United States The screw steamer, a cargo ship, was gutted by a dock fire at Seattle, Washington. Her wreck was abandoned.

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1883
Ship Country Description
Falke  Germany The barque sank at Ichabor with the loss of all on board.[42]

June[edit]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1883
Ship Country Description
Waitara The New Zealand Shipping Company steamer left Gravesend for New Zealand on 19 June and was struck by Hurunia, owned by the same company, twice. Waitara keeled over and quickly sank with the loss of twenty-seven lives.[43]

July[edit]

3 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1883
Ship Country Description
Daphne  United Kingdom The steamer sank at launch with the loss of at least 124 lives. She was raised, repaired, renamed, and entered service.

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1883
Ship Country Description
Rosvena  United Kingdom The Faversham schooner sprung a leak and sank off Newark light, while carrying coal from Newcastle to Penzance. The crew was landed by a smack at Lowestoft.[44]

13 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1883
Ship Country Description
USFC Fish Hawk United States United States Fish Commission The fish hatchery and fisheries science research vessel was blown ashore at Ocean Beach near Hampton Roads, Virginia, when she dragged her anchor during a storm. With assistance from the tugs Monroe (United States (United States Army), USS Pinta ( United States Navy), and Snowdrop ( United States), the revenue cutter USRC Ewing (Ensign of the United States Revenue-Marine (1868).png United States Revenue-Marine), and the lighthouse tender USLHT Holly (Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service.png United States Lighthouse Board), she was refloated on 18 July with virtually no damage.[45]

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1883
Ship Country Description
John Howland  United States The 384-ton whaling bark was stove in by ice and abandoned in the Chukchi Sea south of Point Hope on the coast of the Territory of Alaska. Her derelict wreck caught fire on 20 July and sank on 21 July.[46]

19 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 July 1883
Ship Country Description
Colonel Adams The Calcutta ship was destroyed by fire at Brooklyn, New York.[47]
Delay The Calcutta ship was destroyed by fire at Brooklyn, New York.[47]
Lawrence The Calcutta ship was destroyed by fire at Brooklyn, New York.[47]
Perseverance The Calcutta barque was destroyed by fire at Brooklyn, New York.[47]

22 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1883
Ship Country Description
Marco Polo  Norway The clipper ship was wrecked near Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1883
Ship Country Description
Ludwig  Belgium The steamer disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean without trace during a voyage to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and was lost along with all 32 passengers and 43 crew. She was last sighted passing Prawle Point, England, on 2 July.[48]

August[edit]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1883
Ship Country Description
William Miles  United Kingdom The barque ran aground near Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales, and sank. All 13 people on board were rescued by the lifeboat Chafyn Grove (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[1]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Cyane  United States The 295.76-ton whaling bark ran aground in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of the Territory of Alaska 5 nautical miles (9.3 km; 5.8 mi) northeast of Point Belcher (70°47′40″N 159°39′02″W / 70.79444°N 159.65056°W / 70.79444; -159.65056 (Point Belcher)) during a gale. Her crew of 17 abandoned ship and survived, but she broke up.[49]
Oregon  Chile The barque foundered on Oeno Island, one of the Pitcairn Islands.[50][51]

24 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Thames  United Kingdom During poor visibility the government supply ship ran into the steamer Egypt, which was anchored off Woolwich Arsenal, River Thames. Thames sank within a few minutes.[52]

25 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Rivoli  United Kingdom The Newcastle steamer foundered within two minutes of being struck amidships by the Hamburg steamer Palermo. Five crew lost their lives while the captain and rest of the crew were landed at Falmouth, the following day, by Palermo.[53]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Pauline  Belgium The Antwerp steamship ran aground during a dense fog, 15 miles (24 km) north of Cape St Vincent. The captain and twenty-five crew abandoned immediately and were picked up the following day by the Gelert of Cardiff. They landed at Falmouth, Cornwall on the 1 September.[54]
Woodburn  United Kingdom While being towed by the Liverpool tug Recovery, the steamship immediately sank when cut in two by the transatlantic liner St Germain. Seventeen of the crew and the only passenger died with the remainder landed at Plymouth by the extensively damaged St Germain.[55]

27 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Berouw  Netherlands The gunboat was anchored in the harbor at Telok Betong, Sumatra, Netherlands East Indies, when a tsunami generated by the eruption of Krakatoa washed her into the city's Chinese quarter at 7:30 a.m. A larger tsunami at 11:00 a.m. carried Berouw up the valley of the Koeripan River and dumped her 1.8 kilometres (1.1 mi) inland at an elevation of 9 metres (30 ft), killing her entire crew of 28.[56]

28 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 August 1883
Ship Country Description
Unnamed vessel The boiler of an excursion steamer exploded on the Hudson River and sank. The loss of life is unknown, although most of the several hundred onboard were saved.[57]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date
Ship Country Description
Consclation The steamer was totally wrecked on the Rashafoon rock in the Red Sea. The passengers and crew were taken to Mauritius on the Messajerien maritime steamer Natal.[58]
Evelyn  United Kingdom The Hartlepool steamer sank following a collision off Cape St Vincent. The cook drowned and was the only casualty,[59]
Unnamed vessels Seven steamers ran aground on the Portuguese coast over a fortnight, due to thick fogs.[60]

September[edit]

1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Europa  Germany The steamer was wrecked on Wittsand in the North Sea off the island of Scharhörn after departing Hamburg, Germany.[61]
G I Jones  United States The Newport, Rhode Island-registered barque, carrying phosphate rock from the Bull River in California to Falmouth, Cornwall, England, was driven ashore at Stackhouse Cove, Cornwall, in a south-southwesterly gale. Twelve lost their lives icluding a pilot; one man and a boy survived.[62][63] According to the Cornishman newspaper the barque was owned by Messrs Jones of Newport, Monmouthshire.[63]

2 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Elise  Norway The 430 ton barque stranded on Plymouth Hoe and the nine crew were taken off by the lifeboat Clemency (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution). The vessel was carrying deal from Pilbas, near Dalhousie for London.[64]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Wild Gazelle  United States While on a voyage from San Francisco, California, to the Shumagin Islands in the eastern Aleutian Islands carrying six crewmen, two passengers, and a 100-ton cargo of salt, provisions, and a fishing outfit, the 114.48-gross register ton cod fishing schooner was wrecked in fog on a reef near Korovin Island in the Shumagins. Her passengers and crew survived.[65]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Fratelli Gaggino  Kingdom of Italy Following a collision with a steamer, the barque sank near The Needles, Isle of Wight within 30 minutes. The steamer continued up the Channel leaving the crew and captain's family in the barque's boats. They were picked up by the German Lloyd steamer Habsburg and landed at Southampton.[66]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Lembra  United Kingdom The Liverpool steamer became a total wreck at St Vincent, while en route to the Mediterranean from Newfoundland. The crew survived.[67]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Oxford  United Kingdom The Liverpool barque's cargo of benzine caught fire at Havre killing one man and seriously injuring many of the crew. The Messrs French and Co vessel was a complete loss.[68]
St Leonards  United Kingdom Messrs Shaw, Saville and Company's emigrant ship collided with the General Steam Navigation Company's steamer Cormorant and sank in seven minutes, 18 miles (29 km) south-east of Start Point, Devon. The sixty passengers and crew escaped in the ship's boats. St Leonards was bound for New Zealand.[69]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Taitsing  United Kingdom The clipper ship sank in the Indian Ocean off Nyuni Island, Zanzibar.[70]

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1883
Ship Country Description
'Louisa  United States After striking ice in a gale off Point Hope on the coast of the Territory of Alaska, the 304-ton whaling bark was lost near Herald Island in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Siberia.[71]

24 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1883
Ship Country Description
Martha Jackson  United Kingdom The Liverpool barque went ashore at Dungeness. All the crew were rescued.[72]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date
Ship Country Description
Pensee-Ayugrey A ship's boat with the name Pensee-Ayugrey was found at St Ives, Cornwall on 1 October and wreckage was washed ashore. A body of a young man was found at Hawke's Point.[73]

October[edit]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1883
Ship Country Description
James Davidson  United States The wooden bulk carrier was wrecked in shallow water in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay Island while towing a barge to Duluth, Minnesota. While she was still stranded, her engine and boiler were salvaged, and the rest of her wreck has since broken up and separated in about 35 feet (11 m) of water.[74]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1883
Ship Country Description
Jane Cochrose  United Kingdom The steamer's cargo of hay caught fire while going upstream on the River Tay to Newburgh. The vessel was burnt to the water's edge and the crew left in the ship's boats.[75]

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1883
Ship Country Description
Salto  United Kingdom Following a collision, the schooner sank off Dungeness. One man died and the captain and four of the crew were landed at Dover.[76]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1883
Ship Country Description
Agar  Austria-Hungary The barque was run into by the American ship Florence and sank at 38.6 north, 53.18 west, while carrying wheat from New York to Lisbon. The crew were landed at Falmouth, Cornwall on 9 November 1883.[77]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1883
Ship Country Description
Die Peene  Germany The brig foundered off Texel, while carrying 240 tons of china clay from Penzance to Stettin. The crew were landed at Ramsgate.[78]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date October 1883
Ship Country Description
Far West  United States The sternwheel paddle steamer was lost when she hit a snag on the Missouri River near St. Charles, Missouri.
Larkspur  United Kingdom The barque capsized and sank while entering Mauritius harbour while in tow. Five the crew survived but the captain drowned.[79]
Miranda  United Kingdom The steamship broke amidships after colliding with a Spanish steamer somewhere between Cronstadt and Rotterdam. The crew survived.[80]

November[edit]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Sarah M. Smith flag unknown The barque was sighted by the steamer Plantyn ( Belgium) abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, New York, at 40°34′N 72°34′W / 40.567°N 72.567°W / 40.567; -72.567.[8]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Iris  United Kingdom The Hull steamer struck rocks off Cape Villano, Spain while en route from Cardiff to Port Said. Only one of the crew of thirty-six survived.[81][82]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Modina  United Kingdom The coastal steamer from Cardiff became a wreck on the Manacles Rock, Cornwall, while attempting to pass on the landward side of the reef. Modina was carrying coal from Newport, Wales to Devoran.[83]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Plantyn  Belgium The steamer was caught in a storm and severely damaged. About 460 tons of her cargo were jettisoned, but five people were lost overboard during this operation. Passengers and crew manned the pumps for 19 days until they were rescued by the brigantine G D T ( Canada). Plantyn was abandoned on 6 December in the North Atlantic Ocean at 44°17′N 42°20′W / 44.283°N 42.333°W / 44.283; -42.333.[8]

21 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Erie Belle  Canada The steam tug sank in Lake Huron off Kincardine, Ontario, Canada, due to a boiler explosion while she assisting the stranded ketch J M Carter ( Canada). The explosion killed four of her crew. It blew her other eight crew members overboard, and they were rescued by the crew of J M Carter.[8]

29 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Lord Marmino  United Kingdom The barque was in collision with the steamship James Bacon ( United Kingdom) in the Bristol Channel (5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Oxwich, Glamorgan, Wales, and sank with the loss of one of her ten crew.[1]

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1883
Ship Country Description
Lord Marmion  United Kingdom The sailing vessel collided with the steamer Jane Bacon of Liverpool and sank off Swansea. The captain and the four crew drowned.[84]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1883
Ship Country Description
Famittia Causi  Kingdom of Italy The barque foundered off the African coast, while on a journey from Cardiff to Bacan. The crew were landed at Falmouth, Cornwall by the Danish barque T H Love.[85]
J M Carter Canada Canada The ketch was driven ashore at Kincardine, Ontario, Canada, during a storm on Lake Huron. She eventually was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.
Manistee  United States After departing Bayfield, Wisconsin, on 10 November, the packet steamer disappeared on Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands during a storm.

December[edit]

1 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Hope  United Kingdom The 71 ton ketch, carrying coal from Swansea to her home port in Guernsey hit the Rundlestone, off Tol Pedn, west Cornwall during a thick fog. The crew escaped in the ship's boat taking six hours to sail to Penzance.[86]

6 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Plyantyn  Belgium The steamship was waterlogged by heavy seas on 17 November which extinguished the boilers. Four men were lost overboard. The survivors kept the vessel afloat via the pumps and were finally rescued on 6 December.[87]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Baron Aberdare  United Kingdom
Baron Aberdare.
The sailing ship capsized in the Royal Victoria Dock, London

13 or 14 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Annie  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in a gale while carrying coal from South Shields to her home port of Aberdeen. All eight onboard perished.[88]

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Gainsborough  United Kingdom The Manchester Railway Company's steamer was delayed by fog on the regular voyage between Hamburg and Grimsby. She was struck below the water line, amidships by the collier Wear and sank in a few minutes 25 miles (40 km) off Spurn Head. The passengers and crew were rescued.[89]

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1883
Ship Country Description
South of Ireland  United Kingdom The paddle steamer was wrecked on the Warbarrow Rocks in the English Channel near Lulworth, Dorset, England, in foggy conditions.[90]

27 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1883
Ship Country Description
Gainsborough  United Kingdom The passenger-cargo steamer was cut in two in a collision with the steam collier Wear (flag unknown) in the North Sea about 25 miles (40 km) from Spurn Point, Yorkshire, England, and sank in a few minutes. Her passengers and crew were rescued by Wear, then transferred to Franklin (flag unknown) when fears arose that Wear also was sinking.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date December 1883
Ship Country Description
Corisande  United Kingdom The vessel was being towed down the Bristol Channel by the tugboat Racer when both ships became wrecks.[91]
Racer  United Kingdom The Cardiff tugboat was towing the Corisande down the Bristol Channel and both vessels became wrecks.[91]
Willie  United Kingdom The Padstow smack ran onto rocks west of Portreath, Cornwall and is a complete wreck.[92]

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List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1883
Ship Country Description
Agnes  New South Wales The ketch foundered in Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia.
Bywell Castle  United Kingdom The steamer disappeared, probably in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of twenty-eight crew.[93]
Don Leandro Unknown The 86-ton two-masted lumber schooner was wrecked.[94]
Fanny  United Kingdom The 130-year-old ship was wrecked off Barry, Glamorgan, Wales.[1]
Mona  Isle of Man The passenger-cargo steamer was at anchor in the Formby Channel in the River Mersey in the approaches to Liverpool when the steamer Rita ( Spain) collided with and sank her. Her passengers and crew escaped safely in her lifeboats.
Perthshire  United Kingdom The sailing ship left Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron for Buenos Ayres in September and was reported missing in November 1883.[95]
Unknown Unknown A large vessel was seen bottom up on 2 November, by the barque Etimoloquoid in the Atlantic at 39.14 N 50 W.[96]
Vauban  France The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked at Pennard, Glamorgan, Wales. Her crew survived.[1]

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