List of shipwrecks in 1912

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The list of shipwrecks in 1912 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1912.

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1912
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1912
Ship Country Description
Ayintab  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[1]
Bafra  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[2]
Gökcedag  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[3]
Kastamonu  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Kastamonu-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[4]
Muha  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The gunboat was destroyed in action with Italian warships near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.
Ordu  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[5]
Refahiye  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[6]
Sipka  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Kunfuda Bay: The armed yacht was sunk by Piemonte and Atigliere (both  Regia Marina) near Al Qunfudhah, Ottoman Arabia.[7]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1912
Ship Country Description
Calderon  United Kingdom Collided with Musketeer ( United Kingdom) in the Crosby Channel. Beached but broke in two, a total loss.[8]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1912
Ship Country Description
Black Head  United Kingdom The cargo ship was wrecked on the Tein Reef, off Bornholm, Denmark. She was on a voyage from Riga, Russia to Belfast, County Antrim.[9]

February[edit]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1912
Ship Country Description
HMS A3  Royal Navy The A-class submarine was accidentally rammed and sunk by the submarine tender HMS Hazard ( Royal Navy) in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight with the loss of all hands. Subsequently refloated and sunk as a gunnery target.

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1912
Ship Country Description
Consols  United Kingdom British steamer laden with cotton from Galveston for Hamburg, caught fire and sank approximately 40 miles south of Cape Henry. All crew were rescued.[10]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1912
Ship Country Description
Maud  United Kingdom The Fleetwood trawler drifted ashore at Kynance Cove, Cornwall, when her tow broke.[11]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1912
Ship Country Description
Charioteer  United Kingdom The tug foundered in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all five crew.[12]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1912
Ship Country Description
Erne  United Kingdom The full-rigged ship was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of ten of her nineteen crew. She was on a voyage from Boston, Massachusetts, United States to Buenos Aires, Argentina.[13]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1912
Ship Country Description
Ankara  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Beirut: The Antalya-class torpedo boat was sunk by gunfire in Beirut harbour by the armored cruisers Francesco Ferruccio and Giuseppe Garibaldi (both  Regia Marina).[14]
Avnillâh  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Beirut: The hulked former Avnillah-class casemate ironclad coast defense vessel was damaged by gunfire by armored cruisers Francesco Ferruccio and Giuseppe Garibaldi (both  Regia Marina) and then torpedoed and sunk with her decks awash in Beirut harbour by Giuseppe Garibaldi. 58 crewmen killed, 108 wounded.[15][16]
Unidentified  Ottoman Empire Italo-Turkish War: Battle of Beirut: Six lighters were sunk by a torpedo while tied up to the Mole in Beirut harbour by the armored cruiser Giuseppe Garibaldi ( Regia Marina).[17]

29 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 February 1912
Ship Country Description
H. K. Bedford  United States
H. K. Bedford
The passenger steamer became caught in an ice floe and sank in the Ohio River 8 miles (13 km) upstream from Marietta, Ohio.

March[edit]

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1912
Ship Country Description
Bessie  United Kingdom The Truro registered three-masted schooner was forced to shelter in Newquay Bay, Cornwall in a strong north wind and drifted ashore when her anchor fouled. Two of the crew were saved by breeches buoy, the others clambered up the 100 ft (30 m) cliff on the cliff ladder. She was on a voyage from Ballincurragh, County Cork to Penryn.[18]
Illawarra  Norway The full-rigged ship was abandoned whilst on a voyage from Leith, Lothian, United Kingdom to Coquimbo, Chile.[19]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1912
Ship Country Description
Oceana  United Kingdom Sank after a collision with Pisagua ( Germany) off Beachy Head, Sussex.
Wendur  United Kingdom The Glasgow sailing vessel struck the southern most rock of the Seven Stones Reef while carrying grain from Plymouth, Devon. Three of the twenty-one crew lost their lives. She held the record for the fastest voyage between Newcastle and Valparaiso.[20]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1912
Ship Country Description
Koombana  Australia The passenger, cargo, and mail steamer disappeared in a tropical cyclone in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia during a voyage from Port Hedland to Broome with the loss of all 150 people on board.

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1912
Ship Country Description
City of Cardiff  United Kingdom Wrecked at Nanjizal on the west coast of Cornwall.[21] All on board were rescued.[22]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1912
Ship Country Description
Pollux  Sweden Sunk in the Skaggerak, near Hanstholm in collision with German battleship Elsass

April[edit]

2 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1912
Ship Country Description
USS Santee  United States Navy The school ship sank at her berth at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. She was refloated six months later and was burned as a means of disposal and scrapping in 1913.

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1912
Ship Country Description
Gunvor  Norway
Gunvor wrecked

Wrecked on the Pedn-Men-an-Mor rocks, Black Head, The Lizard, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Her crew scrambled to safety.[23][24]

Mildred  United Kingdom The barquentine struck rocks at Gurnard's Head, Cornwall in dense fog and sank with her sails set. No lives lost.[23]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1912
Ship Country Description
Rhenania  Netherlands She was wrecked on Burhou Island, Channel Islands when en route from Rotterdam for Bilbao.[25][26]

15 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1912
Ship Country Description
RMS Titanic  United Kingdom
RMS Titanic.
The Olympic-class ocean liner, the largest ship launched at the time, sank during her maiden voyage. A total of 1,514 lives were lost; 710 people survived.

29 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1912
Ship Country Description
Texas  United States Italo-Turkish War: The passenger/cargo ship was sunk by a mine in the entrance to the Gulf of Smyrna. 65 passengers and crew were killed and 70 rescued.[27][28]

May[edit]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1912
Ship Country Description
HMS A3  Royal Navy The refloated wreck of the A-class submarine was sunk as a gunnery target in the English Channel near Portland Bill.

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1912
Ship Country Description
USLHT Armeria Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service.png United States Lighthouse Service Lighthouse tender was wrecked off of Cape Hinchinbrook Light, Alaska, while landing supplies.[29]

21 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1912
Ship Country Description
Lord Lansdowne  United Kingdom The cargo ship was wrecked on Cobbler's Reef, Barbados. She was on a voyage from Norfolk, Virginia, United States to Barbados.[30]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date May 1912
Ship Country Description
USS Pensacola  United States Navy The decommissioned screw steamer was burned and sunk in San Francisco Bay off Hunter's Point, San Francisco, California, by the United States Navy in early May as a means of disposal.
Semendar  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: The minelaying naval tugboat was sunk by mines in the Dardanelles in the middle of the month.[31]

June[edit]

2 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1912
Ship Country Description
Friendship  New South Wales
Friendship aground in June 1912.
The cargo ship ran aground at Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1912
Ship Country Description
Vendémiaire  French Navy The Pluviôse-class submarine was rammed near Cherbourg by the battleship Saint Louis ( French Navy) and sank with the loss of twenty-five sailors.

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1912
Ship Country Description
Naniwa  Imperial Japanese Navy The Naniwa-class protected cruiser was wrecked on the coast of Uruppu (46°30′N 150°10′E / 46.500°N 150.167°E / 46.500; 150.167) in the Kurile Islands.

July[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1912
Ship Country Description
Transporter  United Kingdom The North Shields ship in ballast from St Nazaire to the Tyne for coal went ashore in thick fog, to the south of Mousehole, Cornwall. The salvage steamer Lady of the Isles hauled her clear and she resumed her journey undamaged.[32]

August[edit]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1912
Ship Country Description
G W Wolff  United Kingdom The full-rigged ship was wrecked on Prime Seal Island, Tasmania with the loss of her captain.[33]
HMS Holland 5  Royal Navy The decommissioned Holland-class submarine sank in the English Channel off Beachy Head while under tow to the breaker's yard.

17 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1912
Ship Country Description
Leafield  Canada The cargo ship ran aground on a rocky islet in Georgian Bay near Beausoleil Island, Ontario, Canada. She was refloated and repaired, and she returned to service about two months later.[34]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1912
Ship Country Description
Marnix  Belgium Struck uncharted rocks at Umba, Russia (66°21′N 35°36′E / 66.350°N 35.600°E / 66.350; 35.600 (SS Marnix)) and wrecked.[35]

31 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1912
Ship Country Description
Kursk  Denmark Ran aground in a storm at Ouddorp, Netherlands. Thirty-two people killed.[36]

September[edit]

1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1912
Ship Country Description
HMS Waterwitch  Royal Navy
HMS Waterwitch
The Admiralty survey vessel sank after she was rammed by the governor's launch while anchored in Singapore Harbour.

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1912
Ship Country Description
HMS Holland 4  Royal Navy The decommissioned Holland-class submarine foundered while under tow. She was salvaged for use as a gunnery target.

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1912
Ship Country Description
Esperance  France The schooner capsized in the Bristol Channel. Her five crew and the ship's dog were rescued by the trawler Picton Castle ( United Kingdom). Esperance was on a voyage from Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais to Swansea, Glamorgan, United Kingdom.[12]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1912
Ship Country Description
SMS G171  Imperial German Navy The G169-class torpedo boat was sunk in a collision with SMS Zähringen ( Imperial German Navy) in the North Sea. Seven crewmen killed.[37]

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1912
Ship Country Description
Kiche Maru  Japan The steam passenger ship sank off the coast of Japan during a typhoon with over 1,000 dead.

October[edit]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1912
Ship Country Description
HMS B2  Royal Navy The B-class submarine collided with the passenger liner Amerika ( Germany) while surfacing in the North Sea northeast of Dover, England, and sank with the loss of 14 of her crew of 15.

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1912
Ship Country Description
Nicaragua  United States
The wreck of SS Nicaragua on Padre Island in June 1913.
The cargo ship was wrecked on Padre Island, Texas, during a storm in the Gulf of Mexico.
Ralph Creyke  United Kingdom The Ouse Steamship Company passenger-cargo ship sank near Flushing after a collision with the steamer Viking ( Denmark).[38]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1912
Ship Country Description
No. 9 and No. 10  Ottoman Navy Italo-Turkish War: The No. 1-class motor gunboats were lost on this date.[39]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1912
Ship Country Description
Feth-i Bülend  Ottoman Navy First Balkan War: The accommodation hulk, a former Feth-i Bülend-class ironclad coast defense vessel, was torpedoed and sunk in Thessaloniki harbour by NF-11 ( Hellenic Navy). Seven crew members died in the sinking.[40]
Teleorman  Royal Romanian Navy The longboat Teleorman sank in the Danube; 44 soldiers died.

November[edit]

10 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1912
Ship Country Description
Seddulbahir  Ottoman Navy First Balkan War: The Taskopru-class gunboat was sunk by a Greek torpedo boat at Avila, north of Smyrna.[41]

12 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1912
Ship Country Description
Oravia  United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground off Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. She was abandoned on 16 November. Oravia was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Callao, Peru.[42]

23 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1912
Ship Country Description
Rouse Simmons  United States The three-masted schooner sank during a storm on Lake Michigan off Two Rivers, Wisconsin, with the loss of all hands.

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1912
Ship Country Description
Friendship  Australia The cargo ship ran aground and sank at the entrance to the Tweed River at Tweed Heads, New South Wales, Australia. There were no injuries or fatalities among her crew.[43]

December[edit]

7 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1912
Ship Country Description
Uncle Sam  United States The 24-gross register ton, 25-foot (7.6 m) steamer was wrecked in the harbor at Seward, Territory of Alaska. No one was aboard her at the time.[44]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1912
Ship Country Description
Antonios  Greece The steamer was lost on rocks known as Old Bess, within the Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom. Her crew was lost and the wreck went unnoticed for three days when thousands of oranges were washed up on St Agnes along with wreckage.[20]

26 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1912
Ship Country Description
Tripolitania  United Kingdom Wrecked on Loe Bar, near Porthleven, Cornwall in 100 mph (161 km/h) winds. Nearly all the crew were saved but the ship was a total loss.[45]

30 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1912
Ship Country Description
Vigilant  United Kingdom The ship was driven ashore at Breaksea Point, Glamorgan. Her seven crew were rescued.[12]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1912
Ship Country Description
City of Adelaide  Australia The coal storage hulk was burned out by a several-day-long fire at Townsville, Australia.
USS Ericsson  United States Navy The decommissioned torpedo boat was sunk as a target in ordnance tests.[46]
Fox  United Kingdom The steamer was wrecked on the coast of Greenland.
Pelayo  Spanish Navy The battleship was badly damaged in Fonduko Bay due to a navigational error.

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Ship events in 1912
Ship launches: 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917
Ship commissionings: 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917
Ship decommissionings: 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917
Shipwrecks: 1907 1908 1909 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917