List of shipwrecks in 1909

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List of shipwrecks in 1909 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1909.

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January[edit]

2 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Tam O'Shanter  United States The tugboat struck a sunken obstruction in Tonawanda Creek and was beached at Tonawanda, New York.[1][2]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Anglo-African  United Kingdom The 4,186 GRT steamer on a passage from Tocopilla for Baltimore with a cargo of 7,000 tons of nitrates ran aground around 21:30 in thick weather five miles (8.0 km) south of Cape Henry. Attempts were made to move the vessel, and salvage tugs were employed but unsuccessfully. On 8 January the ship developed a heavy list to port and was abandoned.[3]
Chicago  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Arkansas River near Waddells Landing, Arkansas, a total loss.[4]
Standard  United States The launch struck a submerged object in the Mississippi River and was beached to prevent her from sinking.[5]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Eugenia A. Eley  United States The 5-gross register ton sloop capsized in the Chesapeake Bay with the loss of two lives. There were two survivors.[6]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1909
Ship Country Description
J. A. Towns  United States The 82-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was lost when she struck a snag in the Yazoo River in Mississippi. Two of the 20 people on board lost their lives.[7]

11 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1909
Ship Country Description
B. Hersey  United States The steamer, laid up for the winter, sank at Dubuque, Iowa. Later raised, repaired and returned to service before April.[8]
Glendale  United Kingdom The 1,000 GRT steamer on a passage from Bo'ness for Hamburg with a cargo of 1,200 tons of coal ran aground shortly after 03:00 in thick weather 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Helgoland. Attempts were made to move the vessel, but rising water forced the crew to abandon the ship by about noon. The master visited the ship two days later and found her completely wrecked.[9]
Wangard  Germany The 4,222 GRT steamer on a passage from Tacoma to Europe with cargo of cereals ran aground at Punta Mogotes and was subsequently abandoned.[10][11]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Adeline Townsend  United States The 231-gross register ton schooner was lost in a collision with the screw steamer Mohican ( United States) off Cape Henlopen, Delaware, with the loss of all six people on board.[6]
Sibyl Marston  United States
The wreck of Sibyl Marston in 2010.
The 1,086-gross register ton wooden screw steam schooner was wrecked during a storm near Surf, California, with the loss of two crewmen. There were 21 survivors.[12]
Virginia F. Hawley  United States The steamer sheared into the bank of the Dismal Swamp Canal and was holed and sunk. She was abandoned after salvage of her machinery.[13]

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Dave Wood  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in 12 feet (3.7 m) of water in the Ohio River at Lock No. 4. Raised and laid up.[14]
Fidra  United Kingdom The 1,218 GRT steamer on a passage from Burntisland for Rendsburg with a cargo of coal ran aground at Jungnamensand, Amrum and subsequently broke up with the loss of her entire crew.[15][16]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Number Twenty-Two  United States The 936-gross register ton schooner barge foundered off Barnegat, New Jersey, with the loss of all five people on board.[17]
Willie  United States The tug sank at dock at Pier 75, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Raised the next day.[18]

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1909
Ship Country Description
T. L. Morse  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire at a shipyard in Berwick, Louisiana.[19]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Adato  United Kingdom The 3,347 GRT steamer on a passage from Seattle for Hong Kong with a cargo consisting of 2,400 bales of cotton, 3,500 packages of general cargo, and 99,000 bags of flour went ashore on Oshima after leaving Yokohama for Kobe and subsequently sunk.[20][21]
Bengar  United Kingdom The 2,531 GRT steamer on a passage from Huelva for Garston with a cargo of 3,300 tons of ore ran ashore on a bank outside the entrance to Garston Old Dock. Attempts to tow the ship off failed and about 02:00 on 21 January the vessel broke down abaft the engine-room with both ends filling with water.[22]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Ensign  United States The 618-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Naples, California. All 10 people on board survived.[6]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Anton Wilbert  United States The steamer, while tied up opposite Franklin, Louisiana, caught fire when the watchman's lantern exploded and burned to the waterline.[23]
Frances  United States With no one on board, the 10-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Los Angeles, California.[7]
Sadie Downman  United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in Six-Mile Lake, Louisiana at the end of Cypress Pass Island. The vessel was later raised.[24]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Nantucket  United States The steamer ran aground on Nobska Point at the entrance to Woods Hole, Massachusetts in dense fog piercing a hole in her hull and filled with water to below the main deck. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[25]
RMS Republic  United Kingdom
RMS Republic sinking
The 15,000-gross register ton White Star Line ocean liner collided in fog with the ocean liner Florida ( Italy) in the Atlantic Ocean south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Aboard Republic, the impact killed two passengers, and two passengers died later of injuries, and three members of Florida's crew were killed when her bow was crushed in. Republic sank in 240 to 270 feet (73 to 82 m) of water 50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi) south of Nantucket at 40°26′00″N 069°46′00″W / 40.43333°N 69.76667°W / 40.43333; -69.76667 (Republic) on 24 January. Florida and the revenue cutter USRC Gresham ( United States Revenue Cutter Service) rescued over 1,500 survivors from Republic.[26][27][28]

24 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Elizabeth Silsbee  United States The 153-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Blanche Point on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. All 25 people on board survived.[7]

25 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Alnmere  United Kingdom The 3,252 GRT steamer on a passage from Baltimore to Vera Cruz with a cargo of 4,450 tons of coal and coke ran aground on the reefs off the western end of Pensacola Cay, Little Abaco, Bahamas around 23:20 while travelling at about 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph). The crew tried to save the ship but the storms that developed soon after forced them to abandon the vessel on 1 February as she began breaking up.[29]
William C. Tanner  United States The 1,033-gross register ton schooner departed Rockport, Massachusetts, bound for Key West, Florida, with ten people on board and was never heard from again.[17]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Buck  United States The 29-gross register ton screw steamer foundered at dock at Charleston, South Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[30][31]
Mjølner  Norway The 1,687 GRT cargo ship while on a passage from North Shields to Naples with a cargo of coal and coke struck a rock and went aground off Burhou, Alderney Channel Islands at around 02:00 and was subsequently wrecked.[32]
No Wonder  United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with T. J. Potter ( United States) in the Willamette River near Gillihan, Oregon and was beached in sinking condition.[33]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Yip  United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton scow was stranded at White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.[12]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Golden Ball  United States The 291-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Jonesport, Maine. All six people on board survived.[17]
Hays  United States With no one on board, the 10-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel was stranded in the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri.[7]
P. E. Wharton  United States The 76-gross register ton schooner was stranded at North Beach, Maryland. All five people on board survived.[30]
Sailor Boy  United States The 14-gross register ton motor vessel burned on the Ohio River at Tell City, Indiana. Both people on board survived.[12]

30 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Helena  United States The 619-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Scituate, Massachusetts. All eight people on board survived.[17]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Clan Ranald  United Kingdom The 3,596 GRT steamer on a passage from Adelaide for South Africa via Albany with a cargo of wheat and flour while passing by Troubridge suddenly developed a list to starboard at about 14:00. In rough seas many of the ship's lifeboats were destroyed and at about 22:00 the ship foundered and sank in approximately 700 feet (210 m) of water. Out of crew of 64, only the first officer, 3 whites and 20 Lascars were saved.[34][35]
Mary Sanford  United States The 479-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean at 38°N 65°W / 38°N 65°W / 38; -65 (Mary Sanford). All seven people on board survived.[17]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Pendeen  United Kingdom The fishing vessel was lost in a gale. A search by the St Ives Lifeboat found no wreckage.[36]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Horace P. Shares  United States The 413-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean east of North Carolina at 35°32′N 073°48′W / 35.533°N 73.800°W / 35.533; -73.800 (Horace P. Shares). All six people on board survived.[17]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Milton S. Lankford  United States The bugeye was sunk in a collision with Columbia ( United States) in the Norfolk, Virginia Channel.[37]
Sun  United States With no one on board, the 84-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was stranded at Appalachicola, Florida.[12]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Belle O'Neill  United States The 467-gross register ton schooner foundered on the Cape Lookout shoals off the coast of North Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Lobito  Portugal The passenger-cargo ship sank at Ilha do Maio in the Cape Verde Islands while on passage from São Vicente for Cape Verde.

5 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1909
Ship Country Description
C. H. Tucker  United States The 227-gross register ton canal boat was lost in a collision with an unnamed dredge in Hell Gate in New York City. The only person on board survived.[12]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Elvira Ball  United States The 869-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km; 150 mi) east of Cape Charles, Virginia. All nine people on board survived.[6]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Ocean View  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire at dock in Norfolk, Virginia. Three burned to death.[38]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Georgia  United States The 350-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Munroe Island off the coast of Maine. All six people on board survived.[17]
John A. Lingo  United States The 36-gross register ton schooner foundered in Salem Cove on the coast of New Jersey. All four people on board survived.[17]
Sarah W. Lawrence  United States The 1,369-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Hen and Chicken Shoal, Cape Henlopen on the coast of Delaware. All nine people on board rescued by the United States Life Saving Service.[30][39]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Penguin  New Zealand The inter-island steam ferry struck Toms Rock in the Cook Strait and sank off New Zealand's Cape Terawhiti near the entrance to Wellington Harbour with the loss of 85 passengers and crew. Thirty survivors.
Australia  Belgium The steamer collided with a sailing ship and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Alborán Island.[40]

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Forest Castle  United Kingdom The 2,788 GRT steamer on a passage from Bilbao to Rotterdam with a cargo of 4,600 tons of iron ore struck the La Vandrée rock in heavy weather around 15:30 and sank. Seven of her 24-men crew, including the ship's master, three engineers, and second officer, and 2 stowaways drowned in the incident.[41]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Carlos French  United States The inland barge, under tow by Resolute ( United States), sprung a leak and sank in five fathoms (30 ft; 9.1 m) of water on Sarah's Ledge in Long Island Sound off the harbor of New London, Connecticut. The crew were rescued by Resolute. Raised, taken to New London and repaired.[42][43]
Nugget  United States After being blown out into the Gulf of Alaska off Cross Sound by a storm on 9 February during a voyage from Lituya Bay to Juneau, Territory of Alaska, the sloop was abandoned 75 nautical miles (139 km; 86 mi) off Cape Fairweather (58°48′30″N 137°56′45″W / 58.80833°N 137.94583°W / 58.80833; -137.94583 (Cape Fairweather)) after a second storm struck and destroyed her sails and rigging. The steamer Northwestern ( United States) rescued seven crewmen.[44]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Lady Mildred  Australia The 2,180 GRT steamer on a passage from Newcastle to Melbourne with a cargo of coal ran ashore a few minutes after midnight in hazy weather on the eastern side of Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse. The vessel could not be salvaged and was abandoned.[45]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Clara  United States The 9-gross register ton motor vessel burned at Liverpool, Florida. Both people on board survived.[7]
We Three  United States The 15-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel burned on the Green River at Spottsville, Kentucky. All six people on board survived.[12]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Miles M. Merry  United States The 1,589-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the coast of Long Island at Moriches, New York. All 11 people on board survived.[17]
Minnie Gorgas  United States The steamer burned on Sweetbay Lake on the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana.[5]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Guide  United States The steamer was beached in the Pasquotank River in North Carolina to avoid her being swamped during a gale.[46]
HDMS Hejmdal  Royal Danish Navy The cruiser suffered severe damage in a collision with the steamer Astrakhan ( United Kingdom) off Helsingør, Denmark.[47]
John H. Starin  United States The 174-foot (53 m), 312-gross register ton sidewheel paddle steamer was blown onto a breakwater in the harbor at Bridgewater, Connecticut, during a storm. She later was hauled off the breakwater, repaired, and placed back in service.[48]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1909
Ship Country Description
John H. Starin  United States The steamer was wrecked and sank on a breakwater at Bridgeport, Connecticut in a storm.[49][50]
Kansas City  United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel foundered off Cuivre Island, Missouri.[7]
Rescue  United States The tow steamer sank at dock at Pier 5 in the East River, after shipping water in stormy weather off The Battery and crossing the North River. Raised and repapired.[51]

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1909
Ship Country Description
P. Rasmussen, jr.  United States The 15-gross register ton schooner was stranded in Smith Island Inlet, Virginia. Both people on board survived.[30]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Soquel  United States The 767-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the Fraser River on Sea Bird Island in British Columbia in Canada with the loss of two lives. There were 12 survivors.
Urbanus Dart  United States The tow steamer caught fire off Romer Shoals in the Harbor of New York City and was beached at Sandy Hook.[52]

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Lydia  United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton schooner foundered in Galveston Bay off High Island, Texas.[17]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Esther  United States The 12-gross register ton motor vessel burned on the Osage River at Hoecker, Missouri. All five people on board survived.[7]
F. C. Loxley  United States The steamer sank at Car Point, Louisiana.[5]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Columbia  United States The steamer sank in shallow water in the Mississippi River when she hit an obstruction while making a landing at Grand Levee, 9 miles (14 km) above Bayou Sara, Louisiana. The portion of the ship that remained above water then burned.[5]
USRC Mohawk  United States Revenue Cutter Service The United States Revenue cutter ran aground in Hell Gate on a ledge known as Hog Back. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[53]
S. E. Swayze  United States The steamer burned at Jones Landing, Louisiana in the Boeuf River.[5]
Venus  United States The 21-gross register ton sloop was stranded at Truro, Massachusetts. All four people on board survived.[30]

28 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Queen City No. 2  United States With no one on board, the 46-gross register ton scow was stranded in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island in Washington.[12]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1909
Ship Country Description
William Chestnut  United States The 19-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Sturgeon Bar in the Rappahannock River in Virginia. Both people on board survived.[30]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Calhoun  United States The steamer struck a log sticking out from the bank and sank in the Chipola River. The ship's cook died.[54]
Mary Washington or Martha Washington  United States The 27-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Sewell's Point in Norfolk, Virginia after parting her anchor line, a total loss. The only person on board survived.[7][55]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Plymouth  United States The steamer sank at Henderson's Wharf at the foot of Fells Street, Baltimore, Maryland.[56][57]

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Glenmore  United States The 208-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was undergoing repairs on a marine railway at Harlem, Missouri when a sudden rise in the river flooded the Yard, launching the vessel into the river where she sank, a total loss. All eight people on board survived.[7][58]
Queen of Decatur  United States The 24-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel was "cut down by ice' on the Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska. Both people on board survived.[12]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Uncle Tom  United States The steamer sank while lying on the bank at St. Louis, a total loss.[59]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Emma Marie  United States The steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Great Kanawha River at Henderson, West Virginia.[60]
J. M. Bowell  United States The steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Great Kanawha River at Henderson, West Virginia.[61]
Kawailani  United States The 24-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the coast of Oahu in the Territory of Hawaii with the loss of one life. There were three survivors.[17]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Horatio Hall  United States The 3,167-gross register ton steel-hulled cargo liner sank in 35 feet (11 m) of water after a collision with the cargo ship H. F. Dimock ( United States) at Pollock Rip Shoal 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) east of Chatham, Massachusetts. All 63 people on board survived.[7][62]
Ladysmith  Canada The Barkentine ran aground on Fishers Island, New York.[63]
Massachusetts  United States The steamer ran aground on Cedar Tree Neck, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[63]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Love Point  United States The 618-gross register ton iron-hulled sidewheel paddle steamer burned in the Chesapeake Bay off Love Point on Kent Island in Maryland. All 22 people on board survived.[7]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Fred A. Small  United States The 619-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Nantucket Shoals off the coast of Massachusetts. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Michigan  United States The 450-ton barge sank in the Tanana River in the Territory of Alaska.[64]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Tarboro  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Tar River.[65]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1909
Ship Country Description
R. D. Inman  United States The 768-gross register ton screw steamer was stranded on Duxbury Reef off the coast of California, a total loss. All 22 people on board survived.[12][66]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Hathor  United Kingdom The 2,828 GRT cargo ship departed Rio de Janeiro for Santos on 20 March and ran ashore next day at Boi Point, near San Sebastian. She became stranded and soon was abandoned.[67]
Joseph B. Thomas  United States The 1,564-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Fowey Rocks on Key Biscayne, Florida. All 11 people on board survived.[17]
Massasoit  United States The steamer caught fire at dock in Boston due to an exploding lamp. She was scuttled to put out the fire. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[68]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Clay Forman  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in the Pasquotank River.[69]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Marconi  United States The 693-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the bar in Coos Bay on the coast of Oregon. All 10 people on board survived.[17]

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Wanderer  United States The 84-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer, or tow steamer foundered in Florida Bay off Money Key in the Florida Keys in 8 feet of water sitting on an even keel. All 18 people on board rescued by Columbia ( United States).[12][70]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Cleopatra  United States The 13-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded on St. George Island on the coast of Florida. Both people on board lost their lives.[7]
Pomona  United States The steamer struck rocks in heavy fog off Milwaukee, Oregon and sank.[71]
Samar  United States The 1,082-gross register ton schooner barge, under tow of Prudence ( United States), sprung a leak in a gale and foundered in 17 fathoms (102 ft; 31 m) of water 8 miles (13 km) south south east of Highlands, New Jersey. All four people on board rescued by Prudence.[30][72]
Spotsville  United States The steamer sank due to negligence and inattention to duty by her officers at the levee at Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio River.[73]
Vulcan  United Kingdom The steamer foundered one mile (1.6 km) south west of the Middle Buoy, off Haisborough Sands.[74]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Hiram Lowell  United States The schooner ran aground on rocks off New London, Connecticut.[63]

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1909
Ship Country Description
C. P. Raymond  United States The tow steamer sprung a leak and sank at dock over night at the foot of Pacific Street, Brooklyn. Raised and repaired.[75]
Ilorin  United Kingdom The 946 GRT Elder Dempster cargo ship ran aground and sank on the bar at Forçados River, Nigeria while attempting to assist Andoni.[76]
Kittle Lawry  United States The 33-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the White Islands in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine. Both people on board survived.[17]

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles E. Falk  United States The 298-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Cohalis Rocks off the coast of Washington. All eight people on board survived.[6]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Sea Bird  United States The tug was wrecked off Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[77]

April[edit]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Admiral  United States The steamer collieded with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota and sank.[78]
Indiana  United States The 3,335-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer was stranded at Cape Tosco on Santa Margarita Island, Mexico, in thick fog, a total loss. Cargo partially salvaged. All 82 people on board rescued by USS Albany( United States Navy).[7][79]

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1909
Ship Country Description
HMS Blackwater  Royal Navy The Laird-type River-class destroyer sank in the English Channel off Dungeness, England, at position 50°55′21″N 1°6′10″E / 50.92250°N 1.10278°E / 50.92250; 1.10278 after colliding with the merchant ship Hero (flag unknown).[80]
Emerald  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Glenville ( United States) in thick fog one-half mile (0.80 km) east of Throgs Point Buoy. The crew were rescued by Glenville.[81]
Leo  United States The tug struck an obstruction and sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water at Algiers, Louisiana. Raised and repaired.[82]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Beacon  United States The 341-gross register ton barge foundered off Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Both people on board survived.[12]
Beaver  United States The 314-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned at Cairo, Illinois while tied up alongside Geo. Gardner ( United States), with the loss of one life. There were 24 survivors.[30]
Cubana  United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with Havana ( United States) while anchored in fog at Quarantine, New York. She was run aground on a mud bank off Clifton, New Jersey as a precaution.[83]
Geo. Gardner  United States The 72-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned at Cairo, Illinois while tied up alongside Beaver ( United States). The only person on board survived.[7][84]
J. J. H. Brown  United States The steamer dragged anchor in a severe gale and went ashore at Buffalo, New York. Refloated same day by tugs.[85]
Slatington  United States The tow steamer shipped water in rough weather, sinking after arrival at her dock at Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York. Raised and repaired.[86]
William H. Truesdale  United States The steamer dragged anchor in a severe gale and went ashore at Buffalo, New York. Refloated on 13 April.[87]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Beacon  United States The inland barge, under tow by John Scully ( United States), sank in Block Island Sound after breaking loose from R. M. Waterman ( United States) during a gale the night before. No casualties.[88]
Dagenham  United Kingdom The 1,466 GRT British cargo steamer built in 1907 by John Crown & Sons for Furness, Withy & Co. On 18 April 1909, when northwest Grunes, Cobo Bay, Guernsey Channel Islands, she ran aground and was wrecked while on a voyage from the Tyne to Saint-Malo with a cargo of coal.[89][90]
Geo. A. Floss  United States The fishing steamer sank off Cleveland, Ohio in a heavy gale and lost with all seven hands. Raised later.[91]
Mahratta  United Kingdom
Mahratta broken in half.
The passenger-cargo ship was wrecked on Goodwin Sands in the English Channel off Kent, England, and broke in half two days later. One crew member committed suicide.

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Hetty Agnes  United States The launch sprang a leak, capsized and sank in Boston harbor. The crew abandoned ship in her boat, but it was capsized when the ship capsized. Her captain died of exposure.[92]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Emmett Small  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Ocmulgee River 24 miles (39 km) east of Macon, Georgia, a total loss.[93]

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Albany  United States The barge, being towed by North America ( United States), was sunk in a collision with Manhattan ( United States) in Long Island Sound off New Haven, Connecticut. The crew were rescued by another barge in the tow.[94]
Honora Butler  United States The schooner was damaged in a collision with tow steamer Manuet in the East River off Corlears Hook. She was towed to Tenth Street, New York City, where she sank.[95]
Virginia  United States The steamer struck a rock in the Ohio River at Wellsville, Ohio and was beached. Filled and sank the next morning.[96][97]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Emmette Small  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank 12–15 miles (19–24 km) below Macon, Georgia.[98]
James C. Clifford  United States The 377-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Gulf of Mexico 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) southeast of Pensacola, Florida. All seven people on board survived.[17]

15 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Daisy  United States The tug was destroyed by fire at Lorain, Ohio.[99]
Fred B. Hall  United States The steamer was sunk by ice while moored off Susie Island in Lake Superior. Later raised.[100]
G. A. Hayden  United States The 107-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Point Judith, Rhode Island. All four people on board survived.[6]
Kimball  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water at the junction of the Mobile River and the Tensas River. Raised and repaired.[101]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Hampton  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire on Smith & McCoy's Railway, Norfolk, Virginia.[102]

17 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1909
Ship Country Description
La Fayette  United States With no one on board, the 26-gross register ton schooner foundered in the St. Johns River in Delaware.[17]

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1909
Ship Country Description
E. A. Shores  United States The sand sucker dredge sprung a leak and was beached on Stag Island in the St. Clair River. The crew escaped in her yawl.[103][104]
Gen. H. M. Robert  United States The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge burned in Texas.[105]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Eber Ward  United States The 1,343-gross register ton screw steamer, a cargo ship, was sunk by ice in the Strait of Mackinac with the loss of five crew. There were 11 survivors.[7][106]

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Samuel Eccles, Jr.  United States The steamer sank at dock at Norfolk, Virginia.[107]

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Lillie  United States The 11-gross register ton motor vessel was lost when she struck a pile at Long Branch, New Jersey. Both people on board survived.[7]
Rebecca W. Huddell  United States The 256-gross register ton schooner was stranded on East Libbey Island on the coast of Maine. All six people on board survived.[30]
Wm. H. Conner or William H. Conner  United States The 1,514-gross register ton schooner barge ran aground and filled with water after a collision with the barge A.G. Ropes, also being towed by tow steamer M. E. Luckenbach ( United States), with the schooner Hugh Kelly ( United States) in the ship channel of the Harbor of New York City causing her tow line to be cast off. Crew rescued by M. E. Luckenbach.[30][108]

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Eagle  United States The 185-gross register ton sternwheel tow paddle steamer capsized off Point Celeste, Louisiana, 41 miles (66 km) below New Orleans, with the loss of her master, six crewmen and a female chamber maid. There were eight survivors.[7][109]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Foca  Italian Royal Navy The Foca-class submarine was scuttled in the harbor at Naples, Italy, to extinguish a fuel fire that resulted from an internal gasoline explosion. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.[110]
Roderick Dhu  United States The 1,534-gross register ton iron-hulled oil schooner was stranded at Point Pinos, Monterey Bay California. Abandoned after a number of failed salvage attempts. All 12 people on board survived.[30][111][112]

29 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Aurania  United States The 3,218-gross register ton steel-hulled screw steamer sprang a leak working through ice and foundered in 50 fathoms of water in Whitefish Bay, Michigan. All 20 people on board used her lifeboat to get to Bartow (flag unknown).[30][113]

30 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Columbia  United States During a voyage from San Francisco, California, to Bristol Bay on the coast of the Territory of Alaska carrying passengers and a cargo of cannery supplies, the 1,327-ton or 1,471-gross register ton (sources disagree), 205.9-foot (62.8 m) full-rigged ship was wrecked near Seal Cape (54°23′30″N 164°38′30″W / 54.39167°N 164.64167°W / 54.39167; -164.64167 (Seal Cape)) in Unimak Bay on the coast of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands during a snowstorm. Sources disagree on whether 193 people or 194 people — 170 passengers and 24 crewmen — were on board, but agree that all on board survived. Columbia became a total loss.[6][114]
George Nester  United States The 790-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Huron Island of the coast off Michigan with the loss of all seven people on board.[17]
Russia  United States The 1,501-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer foundered due to cargo shifting 12 miles (19 km) south south east of Point Detour, Michigan. All 20 people on board made it to shore in lifeboats.[12][115]

May[edit]

1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Adelia Shores  United States The 734-gross register ton screw steamer foundered in Lake Superior off Grand Island, Michigan, with the loss of all 14 people on board.[30]
William C. Carnegie  United States The 2,663-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Moriches, Long Island, New York. All 13 people on board survived.[30]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1909
Ship Country Description
St. Lucie  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in ten feet (3.0 m) of water in Sawyer's Key Channel, Florida. Ship was raised.[116]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Alice  United States The barge, being towed by Hokendaqua ( United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon.[117]
Anthracite  United States The barge went ashore on Falkner Island, Connecticut.[118]
Florence  United States The barge, being towed by Hokendaqua ( United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon.[119]
Moosic  United States The barge went ashore on Falkner Island, Connecticut.[118]
Susquehana  United States The barge, being towed by C. B. Sandford ( United States), broke loose from her tow in strong wind off Goose Island in Long Island Sound and went ashore. Her captain, his wife and son, and one crewman died trying to get to shore.[120]
Unidentified barge  United States The barge, being towed by Resolute ( United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon after loosing her towline.[121]
Unidentified barge  United States The barge, being towed by C. B. Sandford ( United States), broke loose from her tow in strong wind off Goose Island in Long Island Sound and went ashore.[122]
Unidentified scows  United States Three scows, being towed by Resolute ( United States), broke loose from their tow in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon and went ashore.[123]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Dorothy  United States The schooner was sunk in a collision in thick fog with City of Bangor ( United States) in Muscle Ridge Channel, Maine. The crew were rescued by City of Bangor.[124]
Illeri  Norway The brig collided with the Ve Skerries, Shetland in thick fog.[125]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Nunivak  United States The 681-gross register ton, 180-foot (54.9 m) sternwheel paddle steamer was wrecked on the Tanana River at Nenana, Territory of Alaska. All seven people on board survived.[12][44]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Jerry  United States The motor vessel sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico and was abandoned in sinking condition 50 miles (80 km) south of the Ship Shoal Light.[126]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1909
Ship Country Description
S. O. Co. No. 91  United States The barge, under tow of Maverick ( United States), struck the bar entering the Columbia River and was anchored four miles (6.4 km) below Astoria, Oregon for the night. Over night she sank in 7 fathoms (42 ft; 13 m) of water. The vessel was raised three weeks later.[127][128]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Clifton  United States The 256-gross register ton sidewheel paddle steamer was stranded five miles (8.0 km) north of Beaufort, South Carolina and broke up, a total loss. All 16 people on board survived.[7][129]
Jennie French Potter  United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 258-foot (79 m), 1,993-gross register ton five-masted schooner was wrecked on Halfmoon Shoal in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts at 41°28′28″N 070°16′38″W / 41.47444°N 70.27722°W / 41.47444; -70.27722 (Jennie French Potter). All 11 people on board survived. Her wrecked settled in 20 feet (6.1 m) of water.[17][130]
William G. Eadle  United States The 46-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the harbor at Gouldsboro, Maine. Both people on board survived.[30]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Ina  United States With no one on board, the 15-gross register ton scow foundered off Bellingham, Washington.[12]

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Gertrude Riley  United States The canal boat was pushed by the tide into Mill Rock in the East River near Ninety-Fourth Street, New York City, causing her to sink.[131]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Harry Lynds  United States The steamer struck a stump and sank in the Missouri River at White Cloud, Kansas, a total loss.[132]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Princeton  United States The tug, while passing lines to Western States ( United States), was rammed by Western States causing her to roll over and sink at Buffalo, New York. Three crewmen were killed.[133]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1909
Ship Country Description
James H. Robinson  United States With no one on board, the 97-gross register ton canal boat foundered off Brooklyn, New York.[12]
London  United States The 8-gross register ton motor vessel foundered off Galveston, Texas. The only person on board survived.[7]

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1909
Ship Country Description
E. J. Earling  United States The steamer stranded in dense fog on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Later pulled off and repaired.[134]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Ann Arbor No. 4  United States The train ferry capsized and sank at dock in Manistique, Michigan when a train got out of control while being loaded. Raised and back in service in five days.[135][136]
Narara  Australia The cargo steamer sprang a leak and sank in the Narrabeen Bight off Sydney, Australia, with no loss of life.

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1909
Ship Country Description
F. M. Smith  United States With no one on board, the 295-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned on the Alameda Flats in California.[7]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Harry M.  United States The ferry yacht was sunk in a collision with Ruth ( United States) in the Ohio River at Moundsville, West Virginia.[137]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Loango The schooner was wrecked near St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom.[138] Four crew rescued.[36]

June[edit]

4 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1909
Ship Country Description
A. Gebhart  United States The 354-gross register ton schooner burned off Drummond Island off the coast of Michigan. All six people on board survived.[6]
Dan Kunz  United States The steamer pounded bottom leaving a dock at Kirtland Street, Cleveland, Ohio causing a leak and she sank.[139]
Iron Age  United States The 1,114-gross register ton screw steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Shipping Channel ten miles (16 km) below Bar Point, Ontario and three miles (4.8 km) east of Detroit River Light. The wreck was later blown up as a hazard to navigation. All ten people on board survived.[7][140][141]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Lilly Amiot  United States The 14-gross register ton motor vessel exploded and burned at Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. All three people on board survived.[7]

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Clifton  United States The tow steamer was destroyed by fire over night in the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh.[142]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Cresent City  United States The steamer was damaged in the Canadian lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario when the south lower Lock gate was destroyed when hit by Perry G. Walker ( United States). The unleashed water drove Cresent City over the Miter Sills puncturing or tearing out her bottom plates. She made the government pier on the US side and sank.[143]
Freeman  United States The 1,197-gross register ton bark was stranded on Hicacos Island in Puerto Rico. All 16 people on board survived.[6]
Sea Lion  United States The 185-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer Tug was lost in a collision with the schooner Oceania Vance ( United States) in dense fog at Race Rocks at the eastern entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea off British Columbia. All ten people on board crossed over to the schooner.[12][144]

11 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1909
Ship Country Description
RMS Slavonia  United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground at Punda dos Fenais, Flores, Azores, Portugal and was wrecked. All passengers were rescued by Prinzess Irene and Batavia (both  Germany).

12 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Shearwater  United States The passenger steamer sank off Pier 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One woman drowned.[145][146]

14 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Arthur Binney  United States The 118-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Cape Breton Island at Fourchu, Nova Scotia. All 18 people on board survived.[6]

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Camilla A  United States During a voyage in the Territory of Alaska from Cordova to St. Michael, the 322.96-ton scow was wrecked and sank in heavy seas in Chignik Bay (56°22′N 158°00′W / 56.367°N 158.000°W / 56.367; -158.000 (Chignik Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. Her crew of two survived, but she became a total loss.[114]
Hattie M. Graham  United States The 140-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Cape Breton Island at Bouline, Nova Scotia. All 17 people on board survived.[17]
Madeira  United States The tug was carried by the tide onto the bank in Mantua Creek causing her to roll over, fill and sink.[147]

17 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Carrie  United States The 10-gross register ton motor vessel burned at Charleston, South Carolina. All three people on board survived.[30]
Gazette  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire when a boiler tube burst ten miles (16 km) above Ford, Kentucky on the Kentucky River, a total loss.[148]

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Hugh John  Canada The schooner went ashore on Race Point, Fishers Island, New York. Returned to service.[43]

20 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Louise  Belgium The ship foundered 28 nautical miles (52 km) off Ventimiglia, Italy.[149]

21 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Rambler  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while moored in Hampton Roads.[150]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Sonoma Valley  United States The 37-gross register ton motor vessel burned and sank at Antioch, California. All three people on board survived.[12][151]
W. P. Thew  United States The 206-gross register ton screw steamer was lost in a collision with the screw steamer William Livingstone ( United States) in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay Island, Michigan. All 12 people on board rescued from her yawl by Mary C. Elphicke ( United States).[12][152][153]

24 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Scylla  Canada The schooner went aground on Middle Ground near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[118]

25 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles Hanson  United States The motor vessel, or schooner, caught fire 30 miles (48 km) off Cleopatra Island, Mexico. The fire got out of hand and the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Shortly after she was abandoned dynamite in her cargo detonated destroying the ship. The crew made it to Cleopatra Island where the ship's cook died there, the rest of the crew was rescued on 4 July by a Mexican launch.[154][155]
Geo. R. Bailey  United States The motor vessel was wrecked in thick fog at Pebble Beach, California, a total loss.[156]
Jane  United States The 26-gross register ton motor yacht burned at New Orleans, Louisiana. Both people on board survived.[7]
Lord Londonderry  United Kingdom The cargo ship, which had caught fire the day before, was abandoned 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Sines, Portugal. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Huelva, Spain, to Savannah, Georgia, United States.[157]

27 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Bradwell  United States The vessel, being towed by Fearless ( United States), sank from waves breaking over her in Lake Borgne four miles (6.4 km) off New Orleans in nine feet (2.7 m) of water. She was raised.[158]
Fearless  United States The steamer struck a piling at the mouth of the Lake Borgne Canal and sank in seven feet (2.1 m) of water.[159]

28 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Benj. C. Frith  United States The 888-gross register ton schooner foundered on Martin Industry Shoal off the coast of South Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Tempest  United States The 369-gross register ton screw steamer burned off Parry Island in Parry Sound on the coast of Ontario. All 12 people on board survived.[12]
Tempest  United States The steamer burned off Parry Island in Prince William Sound, Territory of Alaska.[160]

30 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Swatara  United States The tug was sunk in a collision with Juan ( Norway) in the Delaware River off Duck Creek gas buoy.[161]

July[edit]

1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Alice E. Clark  United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 227-foot (69 m), 1,621-gross register ton four-masted schooner sank in 60 feet (18 m) of water in Penobscot Bay off Isleboro, Maine, at 44°21′00″N 068°51′24″W / 44.35000°N 68.85667°W / 44.35000; -68.85667 (Alice E. Clark) after striking Islesboro Ledge in fog.[162]
Isleton  United States The steamer caught fire at dock at Stockton, California. The fire got out of hand and she burned to the waterline and sank in eight feet (2.4 m) of water.[163][164]
USS Nero  United States Navy The collier ran aground on Brenton's Reef after leaving Newport, Rhode Island. Refloated 2 August and taken to Newport for temporary repairs before being towed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard 21–22 December for permanent repairs. Repaired and returned to service.[165][166]

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Albert Hanson  United States The steamer capsized in a storm on Grand Lake. One crewman killed.[167]
John Schuette  United States The schooner was sunk in a collision with Alfred Mitchell ( United States), probably in the Detroit area.[168]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Norman  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while docked at Bayside, North Carolina.[169]
Perkasie  United States The barge, towed by Valley Forge ( United States), sank nine miles (14 km) off Barnegat Lighthouse.[170]

9 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Yosemite  United States The passenger steamer ran aground on a reef near Rock Point in Port Orchard Narrows in Puget Sound four miles (6.4 km) from Bremerton, Washington. Her back was broken and she went to pieces.[171][172]

10 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Lula B.  United States The steamer destroyed by fire in the Red River near West Point, Arkansas, a total loss.[173]
Petersburg  Russia The steamer ran aground and was wrecked at Tjellsund, Norway off Narvik. Refloated and sold for scrap.[174]

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1909
Ship Country Description
John B. Cowle  United States The 420-foot (130 m), 4,731 GRT ore carrier was laden with 7,023 tons of iron ore loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota and bound for Cleveland, Ohio, when she was sunk in a collision with Isaac M. Scott ( United States) in dense fog two miles (3.2 km) north of Whitefish Point Light in Lake Michigan. 14 crew died.[175][176]

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1909
Ship Country Description
HMS C11  Royal Navy The C-class submarine sank in collision with the collier Eddystone ( United Kingdom) in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk, England. Three survivors.
Laura D.  United States The sand dredge struck a submerged pile and sank at the Hocking Valley Dock in the Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio.[177]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Miles Standish  United States The tug ran aground on the north west end of Old Silas Reef, near Plum Island in dense fog. Beached on Plum Island to prevent sinking.[178]

20 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Martha Stevens  United States The freighter was sunk in a collision with the tow steamer Confidence ( United States) above Robbins Reef Light in New York Bay. The crew were rescued, but one died of exhaustion shortly after.[179]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1912
Ship Country Description
Columbus  United States The 19-gross register ton sloop sank in the Gulf of Mexico with the loss of both people on board.[180]

24 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1912
Ship Country Description
Burnadina King  United States The steamer was totally destroyed by fire at Evansville, Indiana.[181]
Kenosha  United States The 1,677-gross register ton steam collier sank in heavy weather in 105 feet (32 m) of water in the North Atlantic Ocean six nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) off Fire Island Lighthouse on Fire Island off the south coast of Long Island, New York, and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) southeast of Fire Island Inlet. Her crew of 12 or 17 (sources disagree) abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were rescued by Winifred ( United States).[182][183]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Vigilancia  United States The steamer caught fire while laying off Pier 18, Brooklyn and was scuttled to extinguish the fire. Raised and repaired.[184]

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Waratah  United Kingdom The Blue Anchor Line ocean liner was due to reach Cape Town on 29 July. No trace was ever found and 211 passengers and crew were lost. Last sighted by Guelph ( United Kingdom) on 27 July.

28 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Aug. Demarest  United States The canal boat ran aground between Grassy Point, New York and Stony Point, New York. When the tide dropped she rolled off the flat and filled.[185]
Delaware  United States The freighter sank at dock at Pier 1, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania due to a loose plank.[186]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Winnebago  United States The cargo ship struck a rock off Point Arena, California in dense fog and was wrecked.[187][188]

August[edit]

1 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Benton  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire, probably in the Detroit, Michigan, area.[189]
Cadillac  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Geo. L. Craig ( United States) at Southeast Bend in the St. Clair River.[190]

4 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Perfection  United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in shallow water in the Chicago River.[191]

5 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Langton Grange  United Kingdom The 5,852 GRT refrigerated cargo steamer on a passage from Glasgow to Newport in ballast struck submerged Bell Rock, just off North Bishop Island, and got stranded. The ship subsequently broke amidships and sank.
Lucania  United Kingdom The ocean liner caught fire at Huskisson Dock at Liverpool, England. She sank at her moorings and later was sold for scrap.
Maori  United Kingdom
SS Maori
The steamer was wrecked near on the Cape Peninsula neat Llandudno, Cape Town, South Africa, with 32 crew killed.

6 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daily  United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank two miles (3.2 km) below Commerce, Missouri, a total loss.[192]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Josephine Lincoln  United States The tug sank in the Schuylkill River near the Penrose Ferry Bridge. Raised, repaired and returned to service before 22 September.[193]
Nunivak  United States The inland freighter, while laid up for the winter, was crushed by ice at dock at the mouth of the Neenana River, Territory of Alaska, a total loss.[194]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1909
Ship Country Description
USS Nezinscot  United States Navy During a voyage from the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, with a cargo of chains, anchors, and searchlight equipment for the battleship USS Missouri, ( United States Navy), the 85-foot (26 m), 115-gross register ton tug capsized in heavy seas in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Ann, Massachusetts, when her deck cargo shifted. She sank in three minutes with the loss of four lives in approximately 300 feet (91 m) of water, 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) bearing 17 degrees true from Straitsmouth Island Light in Rockport, Massachusetts. There were nine suvivors.[195][196][197]

13 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1909
Ship Country Description
L. D. Knapp  United States The canal boat, while under tow by the steamer Walter B. Pollock ( United States), was damaged in a collision with the launch James A. Walsh ( United States), creating a 12-foot (3.7 m) hole in her hull, resulting in her being beached, probably in the New York City area.[198]

15 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Notter  United States The freight and tow steamer ran aground on Hen and Chickens rocks near the west end of Long Sand Shoal, in Long Island Sound and sank, a total loss.[199]

17 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Shawpoint or Shawmont  United States The barge foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the Shinnecock Light with the loss of all five crewmen.[200][201]

18 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daniel Kern  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Geo. W. Elder ( United States) in the Columbia River near Waterford, Washington.[202]
Guide  United States The steamer sank from an open seam in shoal water at Newbern, North Carolina.[203]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1909
Ship Country Description
City of Green Bay  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire in Saginaw Bay.[204]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Adolphe  United Kingdom The ketch was wrecked in the Teifi Estuary.[205]
Fred Swain  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire in the Illinois River near Peoria, Illinois.[206]

22 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Senator  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Norman B. Ream ( United States) one mile (1.6 km) north of Pipe Island in the St. Marys River in shoal water off De Tour, Michigan.[207]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie May  United States The steamer burned at dock at the National Dock, Black Tom Island, Jersey City, New Jersey and sank. Not considered worth raising.[208]
Francis T. Simmons  United States The dredge sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water in Lake Michigan near Chicago.[209]
Nicholas Castania  United States The steamer was wrecked on the south coast of the Isle of Pines, Cuba between Carpatachi Bay and Hell's Cove. Lost with everybody on board, 2 passengers and 27 crew.[210][211]

25 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Aurelia  United States The tug was forced onto the bar in heavy wind and high seas at Cold Spring Inlet and was wrecked, a total loss.[212]
Colombia  Argentina The steamer was rammed, almost cut in two, by Schlesien ( German Empire) in the outer Harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. 60 killed.[213]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Collingwood  Canada The steamer was sunk in a collision with George L. Craig ( United States) in the Detroit River.[214]
McCormack  United States The ship sprung a leak and just made it to dock at Oswego, New York before sinking.[215]
Ohio  United States Carrying 188 passengers, a crew of 88, and a cargo of 1,100 tons of general merchandise on a voyage from Seattle, Washington, to Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska, the 3,488-gross register ton, 343-foot (104.5 m) steamer began flooding after she struck a reef in Finlayson Channel on the coast of British Columbia, then sank quickly just before reaching Carter Bay when her boilers exploded after cold seawater reached them. A seasick soldier and three crewmen who remained behind to assist him were lost; the other 187 passengers and 85 crew members reached shore by swimming or in lifeboats and were rescued by the fishing vessel Kingfisher and steamers Humbolt and Rupert City (all flags unknown).[216]

28 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles A. Eddy  United States The steamer sprang a leak eight miles (13 km) south east of St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan and was beached.[217]
Na Ma Puk  United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank on Lake of the Woods. The crew escaped on a barge they were towing.[218]

30 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Nina  United States The steamer burned at dock at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a total loss.[219]

31 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daily  United States The steamer sprung a leak in the bow and sank at Canton, Missouri.[220]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date August 1909
Ship Country Description
Excelsior  United States The decommissioned steamer, stripped of her boiler, engine and everything else of value, was disposed of by burning as a spectator event. She was covered with pitch, tar and oil, anchored off Big Island in Lake Minnetonka and set ablaze. She burned to the waterline and sank in view of 5,000 spectators.[221]

September[edit]

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Gracey Childers  United States The out of commission steamer was totally destroyed by fire at Paducah, Kentucky.[222]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Dalzelline  United States The steamer filled with water and sank at dock at the foot of Congress Street, Brooklyn, New York, when the fireman fell asleep while filling her water tank, flooding her.[223]

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Eduard Bohlen  Germany
The wreck of Eduard Bohlen.
The cargo ship ran aground on German South-West Africa's Skeleton Coast in a heavy fog.
Petrel  United States The steamer sank at dock in the Willamette River at Portland, Oregon.[224]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Weston  United States The steamer struck a submerged obstruction and sank between Bismarck, North Dakota and Fort Yates, North Dakota.[225]

8 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Clara Cavett  United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in a sectional drydock while being repaired in the Allegheny River at Creighton, Pennsylvania. Raised and repaired.[226]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Sarah Ann  United Kingdom The ship was wrecked at Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.[205]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Eleanor  United States The tow steamer was destroyed by fire at Galveston, Texas.[227]
Uyak  United States During a voyage along the coast of Kodiak Island from Uyak Bay to Karluk with two people but no cargo aboard, the 22-ton, 55-foot (16.8 m) steamer was wrecked on what was reported as "Walcott Rock" – probably a reference to Walcott Reef – with no loss of life.[228]

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Francesco Morosini  Regia Marina The decommissioned Ruggiero di Lauria-class ironclad battleship was sunk as a torpedo target at La Spezia, Italy.

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Islander  United States The passenger steamer caught fire at the Cornwalls Dock at Alexandria Bay, New York. She burned to the waterline and sank, a total loss.[229][230]
Ocean Queen  Norway The 3,188 GRT cargo steamer grounded on a reef off the coast of Makatea while on her maiden journey, and subsequently sunk in 200 fathoms (1,200 ft; 370 m) of water.

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1909
Ship Country Description
John Pridgeon, Jr.  United States The steamer sprung a leak in a gale and became waterlogged in Lake Erie, then was turned sideways by waves, capsized, and sank 8 miles off Cleveland, Ohio. Crew rescued by Maryland ( United States).[231][232][233]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1909
Ship Country Description
C. W. Standart  United States The steamer filled with water and sank at dock at West New Brighton, New York on Staten Island, when the fireman fell asleep while filling her water tank, flooding her. Later raised. The fireman was found drowned in his cabin.[234]
Monteagle  United States The steamer struck the submerged foundation of a turning buoy on Mud Lake in the St. Marys River and was beached on Pilot Island. During an attempt to raise her she was destroyed by fire 2 days later.[235][236][237][238]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Ascension  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock in a violent storm at the foot of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana.[239]
Bell of the Bends  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by high winds and a submerged floating object at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[240][241]
Buck Elk  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by a submerged floating object at Vicksburg, Mississippi, a total loss.[242][243]
Carrie B.  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer, being used as a pump boat, broke loose from her moorings in heavy wind at Algiers, Louisiana, blowing down the Mississippi River to the foot of Esplanade St. New Orleans where she rolled over and sank.[244]
Conners  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[245]
Conquest  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was blown loose from her moorings at Bayou Sara, Louisiana and blown up the Mississippi River where she swamped and sank.[246]
F. & J.  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The motor vessel swamped at Grand Isle, Louisiana.[247]
Fawn  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[248]
Francis H.  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The fishing schooner sank in the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola, Florida. Lost with all eight hands.[249]
H. C. Bronkman  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a severe storm while moored at Arkansas City, Arkansas. Later raised.[250]
Handy  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was wrecked and sank in a violent storm in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[251]
Harvester  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer blew loose from her moorings while tied up at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and blew out into the Mississippi River where she sank in 98 feet (30 m) of water, a total loss. Her female cook died. The captain and chief engineer survived.[252]
Heloise  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer broke loose from her moorings in a violent storm at Thibodeaux, Louisiana and sank.[253]
Joe  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a violent storm in the Mississippi River at Hanson City, Louisiana.[254]
Lola S.  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in the Mississippi River in a heavy wind storm at Water Valley, Louisiana.[255]
M. C. Neff  United States The steamer burned to the waterline while anchored at Duluth, Minnesota.[256]
Maine  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The launch sank in the hurricane at Grand Bay, Alabama.[257]
Millie W.  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer broke loose from her moorings in a violent storm at Mount Pleasant Landing, Louisiana and sank in the Mississippi River. Later raised.[258]
Samoa  United States The steamer was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire at Osceola Mills, Lake Linden, Michigan on the 20th, 21st, or 22nd, a total loss.[259][260][261]
S. S. Princess  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk by the hurricane at the mouth of St. Catherine Creek.[262]
Troy  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in four feet (1.2 m) of water at Poplar Grove, Louisiana, near Columbia, Louisiana.[263]
V. L. Watson  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a violent storm while tied up in Bayou des Allemands, Louisiana.[264]
Wade  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk while tied to the bank in a violent storm at Water Valley, Louisiana near the head of the Atchafalaya River.[265]
Washington  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The ferry was sunk while tied up at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a total loss.[266]
White Rose  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock in a violent storm at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[267]
X Ray  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by the Hurricane at Berwick, Louisiana.[268]

21 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Fawn  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The out of commission steamer was sunk at dock during the hurricane at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[269]
Sam A. Conner  United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The out of commission steamer was sunk at dock during the hurricane at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[270]

25 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Gere  Norway The steamer foundered off Cape Hatteras 9 miles east of the Winter Quarter Lightship. 8 or 12 died.[271][272]
Oconee  United States The motor boat was sunk in a collision with T. W. Wellington ( United States) at the drawbridge in Spuyten Duyvil Creek. Everyone rescued by T. W. Wellington and Castle Point.[273]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Zeeburg  Netherlands The cargo ship was wrecked in a storm on the south jetty at the entrance to the St. Johns River, she broke her back, a total loss. At least some of her cargo was salvaged. Crew rescued.[274][275]

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Sir C. T. Van Straubenzie  Canada The schooner was rammed and sunk by City of Erie ( United States) in Lake Erie 8 miles (13 km) off Long Point, Dunkirk, New York in 200 feet (61 m) of water. The captain, the mate, and the female cook died, possibly one other, and two crewmen survived.[276][277][278]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Riverside  United States The lighter sank at dock at Pier 37, Atlantic Docks, Brooklyn, New York overnight on 28–29 September. Raised on 30 September. The engineer's body was found in the engine room.[279]
West Virginia  United States The freight barge, being towed by Murrell ( United States), grounded off Pollock Rip Shoal after losing her towline and drifting. She was pulled off, but sank in 10 fathoms (60 ft; 18 m) of water, a total loss.[280]

30 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Ethel  United States The freighter had mechanical problems resulting in a collision in the Delaware River with a steel buoy on Chester Island Flats causing a leak. She was beached at Thurlow, Pennsylvania. One of her firemen drowned.[281]
Henry Sheldon  United States The steamer sank from unknown causes at City Landing, Vicksburg, Mississippi.[282]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date September 1909
Ship Country Description
Belle of the Bends  United States The steamer sank at Peeler's Landing, 40 miles (64 km) above Vicksburg, Mississippi in the Mississippi River. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[283]
George Taulane Jr.  United States The schooner left Belfast, Georgia on 18 September and vanished.[284]
USS Katahdin  United States Navy The decommissioned harbor defense ram was sunk as a gunnery target at Rappahannock Spit, Virginia.

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1909
Ship Country Description
City of Salem  United States The freighter was rammed and sunk at dock at Arch Street Wharf, Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department steamer Edwin S. Stewart ( United States).[285]

3 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Sangstad  Norway The 3,005 GRT steamer on a passage from Luleå to Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron ore ran aground on Gerdasgrund in Norra Kvarken and subsequently sank.

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Edith  United States The tug caught fire and sank at Gibsons Island, Maryland.[286]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Helen R  United States The 284-gross register ton barge was stranded at Flushing, Queens, New York. The only person on board survived.[287]
HMS Lee  Royal Navy The destroyer was wrecked off Blacksod Bay on the west coast of Ireland.

6 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1909
Ship Country Description
William Carney  United States The vessel was sunk in a collision with the steamship Dorothy ( United States) at the foot of Front Street, Long Island City, New York.[288]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Alert  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Breakwater ( United States) in Coos Bay at Marshfield, Oregon.[289]
Linea L  United States The 13-net register ton, 36.6-foot (11.2 m) schooner was driven onto the beach in Portage Bay (57°30′N 156°02′W / 57.500°N 156.033°W / 57.500; -156.033 (Portage Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula and wrecked during a gale. Her crew of three survived.[290]

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Charger  United States Carrying a cargo of 2,250 tons of copper ore, the 1,334-ton, 203.2-foot (61.9 m) scow was beached in a sinking condition in Karta Bay on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Her crew of six survived, but on 11 October she rolled onto her side and was declared a total loss.[114]
Florence  United States While in winter quarters in a small canal near the mouth of Stabbine Slough on St. Michael Island in Norton Sound on the coast of the Territory of Alaska, the 90-gross register ton, 101-foot (30.8 m) sternwheel paddle steamer was blown across the channel during a gale and wrecked with her decks awash, or was crushed by ice. All 22 people aboard survived.[291][292]
J. H. Sheadle  United States The steamer went aground just inside the south entrance to Buffalo, New York. She was pulled off on 19 October.[293]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Antillies  United States The steamer grounded on the Bahama Banks. Refloated on 20 October.[294]
Biscayne  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tow steamer, laid up for repairs, sank at Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. Raised on 14 September 1910.[295]
Florida  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The auxiliary cargo schooner was sunk in the hurricane at Key West, a total loss.[296]
Frontenac  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The schooner was driven ashore in the hurricane at Key West.[63]
John B. Trevor  United States The steamer struck a reef between Grace Harbor and Rainbow Cove, Isle Royale in heavy winds and snow and was wrecked.[297][298]
Nettie J.  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug was sunk in the hurricane at Key West.[299]
Peerless  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tow steamer sank at Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida.[300]
Sadie  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug was wrecked or sunk in the hurricane at Key West.[301]
Sybil  United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug sank in the hurricane near Key West, Florida, killing 11.[302][303]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1909
Ship Country Description
George Stone  United States The cargo ship struck Grubb Reef, off Point Pelee, Lake Erie in a heavy gale and was wrecked, partially breaking up forward. One lifeboat capsized drowning her master, a passenger and four crewmen. Two crewmen held on until the wreck drifted ashore. Nine survivors were taken off the ship by F. M. Osborne ( United States). Some of her machinery was salvaged.[304][305]
Quatsino  United States During a voyage from Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Cordova, Territory of Alaska, with a cargo of 3,000 tons of coal, the barge was wrecked in Dixon Entrance on the Canada–United States border.[306]

13 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1909
Ship Country Description
John B. Trevor  United States The whaleback steamer was wrecked on Rocky Reef near Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Abandoned to the underwriters as constructive total loss. Salvaged in 1910 by F. S. Wiley, Port Arthur, Ontario and towed there for repairs. Repaired and returned to service.[307][308]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie Weatherby  United States The freighter sank at anchor overnight in the Delaware River above Oldmans Creek. Raised same day.[309]
Major W. Allan  United States The tug struck the bar and sank at Cold Spring Inlet, a total loss.[310]

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Quatrino  United Kingdom The barge was wrecked on Gray Island, British Columbia in Chatham Sound.[311][312]
Western Star  United States The steamer went aground just inside the south entrance to Buffalo, New York. She was pulled off on 19 October.[313]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Anna M. II  United States The motor boat was wrecked in a collision with a train ferry towed by Transfer No. 20 ( United States) in the East River. The three people aboard the motor boat were rescued by Transfer No. 20.[314]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Sallie Marmet  United States The steamer was blown onto rocks and sank in the Ohio River at Sciotoville, Ohio. Raised and repaired.[315]

19 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Ventura  United States The motor boat was sunk in a collision with tow steamer Eugene Hughes ( United States) in Newark Bay.[316]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Anne Marie  France A barge based in Erquy (region of Brittany, France). The vessel was carrying cobblestone from its home port to Saint Malo (same area), was wrecked on the Minquiers, Channel Islands tray.[317]
William D.  United States The tug, one of three assisting Shenango ( United States) in the harbor of Cleveland, Ohio, was capsized and sunk by strong current and prop wash from Shenango. Probably raised.[318]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1909
Ship Country Description
DeWet  United States The 14-ton, 36-foot (11.0 m) motor schooner was destroyed by fire at Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[319]
Olga  United States The 43-net register ton, 63.5-foot (19.4 m) motor schooner was wrecked by a storm while lying on the beach at Nome, Territory of Alaska, with no one on board.[216]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Lizzie Gardner  United States The steamer, laid up for the winter, caught fire and was destroyed at Davenport, Iowa.[320]
Marion  United States The tug, while pulling mud scows near Hawgood ( United States) in the harbor of Cleveland, Ohio, was capsized and sunk by strong current and prop wash from Hawgood when the towline to one of the mud scows snapped, destabilizing the tug. Probably raised.[321]

26 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Hestia  United Kingdom During a voyage from Glasgow, Scotland, to St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the 2,434-gross register ton steamer struck Old Proprietor Ledge — a reef off Grand Manan, New Brunswick — during a gale and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) east-southeast of Southwest Head Light at 44°33′N 066°40′W / 44.550°N 66.667°W / 44.550; -66.667 (Hestia) with the loss of 35 lives. There were six survivors.[322]

28 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Gertrude  United States The motor vessel was damaged in a collision with Pickwick ( United States). Pickwick towed Gertrude into shoal water where she filled and sank, probably in the Norfolk, Virginia area.[323]
Shenandoah  United States The schooner barge was sunk in a collision with Powhattan ( United States) one mile (1.6 km) west of the Shovel Lightship. Her engineer was killed.[324][325]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie K.  United States The tow steamer swamped and sank in high seas off Robbins Reef Light in five feet (1.5 m) of water.[326]
Shenandoah  United States The freight barge, being towed by International ( United States), was sunk in a collision with Powhatan ( United States) one mile (1.6 km) east of Shovelful Lightship, in Vineyard Sound. One crewman killed.[327]

30 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1909
Ship Country Description
George E.  United States The steamer destroyed by fire on Lake Huron one mile (1.6 km) south of Cedarville, Michigan.[328]
Ulrica  United States The passenger steamer was damaged in a collision in the Christiana River at Wilmington, Delaware with passenger steamer Brandywine ( United States) causing her to be beached.[329]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Winthrop  United States Carrying a cargo of 20 tons of general merchandise and a crew of two on a voyage from St. Michael, Territory of Alaska, to Nelson Island, the 14-gross register ton, 36.9-foot (11.2 m) motor vessel was wrecked without loss of life off Nunivak Island during a storm in the Bering Sea.[330]

November[edit]

2 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Stagg No. 2  United States The motor launch was sunk in a collision with City of Savannah ( United States) at Paducah, Kentucky. The two occupants were thrown into the river. One was rescued by City of Savannah and the other one by George Cowing ( United States).[331]

3 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Butterfly  United States The steamer burned at Martin's Island in the Columbia River, a total loss.[332]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Avalon  Norway The steamer was wrecked at Buff Bay, Jamaica.[333][334]
George Brawdy  United States The laid up dredge was destroyed by fire in the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[335]

5 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Alligator  United States The out of commission freight paddle steamer burned and sank on Lake Crescent in Florida without loss of life.[336]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Suwanee  United States The steamer foundered at the mouth of the Orange River in heavy seas.[337]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Falcon  United States The steamer was wrecked on South Fox Island, Michigan and burned, a total loss.[338][339]

12 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Edith E. Dennis  United States The Schooner sank in Plum Gut off Fort Terry, Plum Island, New York. Later removed under a US Army Corps of Engineers contract. Her Captain survived, his Wife, child and the other 2 crew died.[340][341]
Kanawha  United States The steamer sank at dock in Providence, Rhode Island while unloading. Raised and repaired.[342]

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Weston  United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with Ward Ames ( United States) in the St Marys River and was beached.[343]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1909
Ship Country Description
La Seyne  France The 2,379 GRT French Messageries Maritimes liner out of Batavia, collided with the 5,247 GRT steamship Onda ( United Kingdom), departing Singapore in the Rhio Strait, near Pulo Sau Light near Singapore at 04:35. La Seyne sank in under two minutes with 61 of the crew and passengers saved by Onda with some 97 lost. Many of the lost were lost to shark attack. There was no loss of life aboard Onda but that ship had heavy bow damage.[344][345][346]
Ramapo  United States The tow steamer filled and sank at dock at the Manhassett steamship Pier, Jersey City, New Jersey when she was snagged on the dock on a rising tide. Raised and returned to service.[347]
W. M. Porter  United States The steamer burned at Oak Hill Landing, Bayou Teche, Louisiana.[282]

15 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Francis Hinton  United States The steam barge became waterlogged in 60-mile-per-hour (97 km/h) winds and stranded on Two River Point in Lake Michigan, a total loss.[348]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Commerce  United States The schooner barge became waterlogged, capsized, broke up, and sank off Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The crew were rescued by the tug Reiss ( United States).[349][350]
Varuna  United States The steam yacht was wrecked at Madeira in a gale. One crewman was lost.[351][352]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Rome  Canada The steamer burned at Lime Island, a total loss.[353][354]

18 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Louis Pahlow  United States The steamer broke her steering chains two miles (3.2 km) off the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal in a gale and snowstorm on 16 November. She was anchored and abandoned. One crewman drowned after refusing to abandon ship and was washed overboard after her lifeboat left. Most of the crew made it to shore in the boat. Her captain and two crewmen were rescued by the lighthouse tender Sumac ( United States). By 17 November she had dragged anchor within one mile (1.6 km) of the beach and she was beached on 18 November to be pumped out.[355]

20 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1909
Ship Country Description
St. Croix  United States The steamer burned off Point Dume, California. Her 96 passengers and all crew members made it to shore in her lifeboats.[312][356][357]

22 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Boston  United States The steamer went ashore at Kenilworth, Illinois in a gale.[358]
S. H. Prince  United States The steamer was wrecked in the Chicago River in a gale.[359]

23 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Gem  United States The steamer hit a snag, sprung a leak, and sank at a wharf in New Orleans.[282]

24 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Alf  Norway The barque ran aground on Haisborough Sands and was wrecked. Of 15 crew, 4 died; others rescued by Chanticleer and the Cromer lifeboat Louisa Heartwell (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

25 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Mary H. Miller  United States The steamer hit a snag and sank in the Yazoo River three miles (4.8 km) north of Yazoo City.[282]
Oscar T. Flint  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while anchored nine miles (14 km) southeast of Alpena, Michigan in Lake Huron.[360]

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Argo  United States The steamer broke her wheel crossing the bar of the Tillamook River, she drifted out to sea and sank. Passengers and crew taken off by life saving crew, their lifeboat capsized drowning two women passengers. One crewman did not make it to the lifeboats and was lost.[361]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Douglas Hall  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in the Great Kanawha River near Davis Creek.[362]
Lancelot  United Kingdom The spritsail barge was driven ashore in West Bay, Dorset.[363]

29 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Levernbank  United Kingdom The barque was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of the Isles of Scilly. She was on a voyage from Bilbao, Spain to Cardiff, Glamorgan.[364]

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Nueces  United States The steamer ran aground on French Reef, Florida Keys. Refloated on 4 December.[365]
Ottawa  Canada The wrecking tug burned to the waterline and sank off Outer Island, of the Apostle Islands after pulling off the wrecked John H. Hoyt ( United States). Machinery and equipment were salvaged in May 1910 and September 1911. The crew transferred to John H. Hoyt.[366][367][368]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: unknown November 1909
Ship Country Description
John H. Hoyt  United States The steamer ran aground on Outer Island, of the Apostle Islands sometime between 13–16 November. The vessel was pulled off by tugs on 29 November.[369][370][371]

December[edit]

1 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Marie Palmer  United States The schooner, under tow by the tug Edgar F. Coney ( United States), ran aground on Frying Pan Shoals due to confusing the Frying Pan Shoals Light with the Cape Fear Light. After failed attempts to pull her off she was stripped and abandoned on 3 December.[372]

2 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Carrie V.  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in the Ohio River at Straight Ripple 12 to 14 miles (19 to 23 km) below Gallipolis, Ohio.[373]
Virginia  United States The tow steamer listed to starboard and sank in 15 feet (4.6 m) of water in the Moser Channel, Florida while coaling. Later raised.[374]
Whitewood  United Kingdom The screw collier left Hull on 2 December 1909 bound for Bremen. Not heard of after this date.[375]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Ellan Vannin United Kingdom Isle of Man The paddle steamer sank in Liverpool Bay in a Force 11 gale. All 36 passengers and crew killed.

5 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Albert Y. Gowen  United States The sand dredge struck a reef of dredged rock off Cedar Point jetty in Sandusky Bay, Lake Erie and was beached on Cedar Point.[376]
Henry Steinbrenner  United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Harry A. Berwind ( United States) near Round Island in the St Marys River in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[377][378]

6 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Badger State  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while docked at Marine City, Michigan.[379]
Iona  United States The 5-ton 26-foot (7.9 m) motor schooner was lost in Sitka Bay (57°03′N 135°20′W / 57.050°N 135.333°W / 57.050; -135.333 (Sitka Bay)) in Southeast Alaska after the vessel Hegg ( United States) struck her. Her crew of three survived.[380]
Majestic  United States The steamer was wrecked at Pfeiffer Point, California.[381][382]
Park City  United States The steamer struck a hidden obstruction and sank in 20 feet (6.1 m) of water near Sunny Side Landing, or Glen Mary, Kentucky on the Kentucky River, a total loss.[383][384]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Bob Ballard  United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in eight feet (2.4 m) of water in the Ohio River at Ironton, Ohio. Raised and repaired.[385]
Clarion  United States The freighter struck a shoal, caught fire, burned and sank in Lake Erie one mile (1.6 km) south east of Southeast Shoal Lightship in Lake Michigan. One crewman died fighting the fire, one died on a lifeboat and another lifeboat with 13 crew on board disappeared and were lost. Six were rescued by L. C. Hanna ( United States).[386][387]
Marquette & Bessemer No. 2  United States The train ferry sank in Lake Erie in a heavy gale with snow with the loss of all hands, variously reported as between 30 and 38 lives.[388][389]
Oregona  United States The steamer struck a floating obstruction and sank near "Coffey Chute".[390]
W. C. Richardson  United States The cargo ship went aground on a shoal one and a half miles (2.4 km) off Buffalo, New York in Lake Erie in a storm, took a severe list and sank, a total loss. The ship's female cook was washed overboard and drowned. Four crewmen set off in a lifeboat against orders and also drowned. Survivors were rescued by William A. Payne ( United States). The wreck was broken up with explosives beginning on 9 October 1913 and ending in September 1914 with her boilers, machinery, and metal brought up for scrap.[391][392][393]

9 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1909
Ship Country Description
J. S. Blazier  United States The tow steamer sank at dock overnight at Ironville Dock in the Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio. She had been used for icebreaking the day before and may have been damaged.[394]

10 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Portland  United States The tow steamer ran aground near York, Maine and sank. Raised and repaired.[395]
Reliance  United States The steamer was holed by ice and capsized in the St. Clair River.[396]
Swan  United States The laid up steamer was wrecked by ice and sank at Patriot, Indiana. Her boiler and machinery was salvaged.[397]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Ashtabula  United States The steamer ran aground on a bar at the entrance to Port Burwell, Ontario. The vessel was refloated on 28 December and taken to Cleveland for repairs.[398]

13 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Governor Ames  United States The five-masted schooner was wrecked in a gale four nautical miles (7.4 km) off Cape Hatteras on the North Carolina coast. Thirteen of the fourteen aboard perished, including the master and his wife.
Unknown  United States The dredge, under tow by the tug Tormentor ( United States), sank in hurricane-force winds and high seas between Cape Lookout and Frying Pan Shoals (33°46′N 77°04′W / 33.767°N 77.067°W / 33.767; -77.067). Her captain and engineer, and the tug's fireman, were washed overboard and drowned.[399]

16 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Bernie Holmes  United States The tug burned and sank in the Brazos River.[400]
F. A. Meyer  United States The steamer sprung a leak, probably caused by ice, on Lake Erie and sank 22 miles (35 km) east north east of South East Shoal Light in 12 fathoms (72 ft; 22 m) of water.[401]

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1909
Ship Country Description
City of Warsaw  United States The unmanned steamer was broke loose from her moorings by ice at Cape Girardeau, Missouri and lodged on rocks one mile (1.6 km) below Ray's Landing, Missouri. Probable total loss.[402]

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Acorn  United States The steamer was sunk by ice in the Mississippi River near Davenport, Iowa. She was raised and repaired.[403]
Penelope  United States The tug caught fire on Lake Erie off Avon Point. Her crew abandoned ship in her boat and made it to shore. The tug drifted until grounding in shallow water and burned to the waterline, a total loss.[404][405]

22 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Wonderer  United States The tug sank at dock over night at Pier 46, Philadelphia. Raised on 24 December.[406]

26 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Ada K. Damon  United States
The wreck of Ada K. Damon in 2005.
The schooner was wrecked on Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, after her anchor chain broke during a snowstorm, setting her adrift.[407][408] Her five crew members survived.[409]
Columbia  United States The steamer was hit and sunk at the Standard Oil Company dock at Seattle, Washington, by the steamer Tiverton ( United States).[312]
Crown  Norway The barque was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean at 28°39′N 44°39′W / 28.650°N 44.650°W / 28.650; -44.650. The steamer Kilsyth ( United Kingdom) rescued her crew. She was reported still afloat off the East Coast of the United States in the summer of 1910.[410][411]
Davis Palmer  United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 305-foot (93 m), 2,965-gross register ton five-masted schooner ran aground on Graves Ledge — a reef in Broad Sound — off the coast of Massachusetts, drifted off the reef, and sank in an estimated 30 to 40 feet (9.1 to 12.2 m) of water at 42°22′19″N 070°55′29″W / 42.37194°N 70.92472°W / 42.37194; -70.92472 (Davis Palmer) with the loss of her entire crew of 14.[412]
John A. Briggs  United States The barge, under tow by the tow steamer Thurmond ( United States), broke her tow in a strong gale 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) northeast of Barnegat, New Jersey, and was lost with all six crew.[413]
Thurmond  United States While searching for survivors of the crews of barges she had been forced to cut loose, the 1,253-gross register ton whaleback — operating as a tow steamer — filled with water and became waterlogged in a strong gale and was wrecked on a bar 200 feet (61 m) off Seaside Park, New Jersey, with the loss of 10 lives. Her survivors were rescued by United States Life-Saving Service personnel from the Toms River Life-Saving Station. Her wreck broke up and sank in 14 feet (4.3 m) of water and was long known as the "Boiler Wreck." It was not identified as that of Thurmond until 1984.[414][415][416]

29 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Capela  United States While under tow by the motor vessel Neptune ( United States), the 12-gross register ton, 33.3-foot (10.1 m) motor vessel drifted ashore and was wrecked on the northeast coast of Vank Island (56°29′N 132°38′W / 56.483°N 132.633°W / 56.483; -132.633 (Vank Island)) in the Stikine Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska after Neptune's gasoline engine broke down. One man from Capela's crew drowned in the wreck and another died of exposure and exhaustion shortly after reaching shore.[114]

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1909
Ship Country Description
Olin J. Stephens  United States The tow steamer was almost totally destroyed by fire at dock at Mattituck, New York.[417]
Wash Gray  United States The steamer was damaged by ice while being used as an icebreaker and sank at Louisville, Kentucky. Raised on 8 January 1910.[403]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Jimmie  United States The tug left Sabine, Texas for Galveston, Texas on 5 December and disappeared, with a crew of five.[418]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
America  United States The passenger and package delivery steamer ran aground in the Great Lakes. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.
Charmer No. 2  United States With no one on board, the 12-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel foundered in the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri.[30]
Congress  United Kingdom The steamer was swamped by a wave off St. Ives, Cornwall. Three people swept overboard were rescued.[36]
Kyle  United States With no one on board, the 9-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel foundered in the Mississippi River off Tiptonville, Tennessee.[7]
Leal  United States The 20-gross register ton screw steamer was lost in a collision with the screw steamer Perico ( United Kingdom) in the Panama Canal Zone. All three people on board survived.[419]
Lillian  United States The motor boat, laid up for the Winter, sank and filled with mud at Galena, Illinois sometime in the Spring.[420]
USS Nicholson  United States Navy The decommissioned Blakely-class torpedo boat was sunk as a target.[421]
USS O'Brien  United States Navy The decommissioned Blakely-class torpedo boat was sunk as a target.[421]
San Mateo  United States The steamer was damaged by ice and went aground in the Bering Sea, becoming a total loss.[77]

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