List of shipwrecks in 1949

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The list of shipwrecks in 1949 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1949.

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1949
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1949
Ship Country Description
Queen Mary  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Cherbourg, France. Refloated the next day.[1]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1949
Ship Country Description
Taiping  Republic of China The badly overloaded passenger steamer, packed with over 1,000 refugees fleeing advancing Chinese Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War, sank near the Zhoushan Archipelago after a collision with the cargo vessel Chienyuan during a voyage from Shanghai, China, to Keelung, Taiwan, killing over 1,500 passengers and crew.

February[edit]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Yewpark  United Kingdom The collier collided with Beminnes ( United Kingdom) in the Thames Estuary at Purfleet, Essex and sank.[2]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Prenton  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Mytiki, Greece. Declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Granny Suzanne  United Kingdom The coaster collided with San Miguel Bay ( Panama) in the English Channel off Dover, Kent and sank with the loss of two of her eleven crew.[3]

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1949
Ship Country Description
SS Bombo  Australia The coastal freighter sank at night outside Port Kembla, Australia with the loss of twelve of her fourteen crew.[4]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Katowice  Poland The cargo ship ran aground off the Netherlands. All 26 crew rescued by a Dutch lifeboat.[5]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Guararema Brazil Brazil The cargo ship collided with Britannia ( United Kingdom) off the Ilha des Palmas, Santos, Brazil (23°59′54″S 46°19′30″W / 23.99833°S 46.32500°W / -23.99833; -46.32500 (SS Guararema)) and sank.[6]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Fiducia  Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground at Whitby, Yorkshire and was severely damaged.[7]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Miss Orient  Hong Kong The Passenger ship struck a mine at Canton, China and sank with the loss of up to 100 lives.[8]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Dan  United States The former YMS-1-class minesweeper ran aground in Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, Canada and was declared a total loss.

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Charles M  United Kingdom The coaster was in collision with another vessel off Dungeness, Kent.[9] All seven crew rescued by Sir Leonard Pearce ( United Kingdom) Charles M later sank.[10]

April[edit]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Christina Dawn  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at Irvine, Renfrewshire.[11]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1949
Ship Country Description
City of Waterford  Republic of Ireland The cargo ship collided with Marpessa ( Greece) in the English Channel and sank east of the Owers Lightship. All 29 crew rescued by Keynes ( United Kingdom).[11]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Christina Dawn  United Kingdom The coaster sank when her cargo of carbide exploded at Irvine, Renfrewshire.[11]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Amethyst  Royal Navy Chinese Civil War: The Black Swan-class sloop ran aground on in the Yangtze River at Rose Island, 15 nautical miles (28 km) east of Chianking. She was shelled by the People's Liberation Army with the loss of 22 crew killed and 31 wounded. HMS Consort ( Royal Navy) came to her assistance and was also attacked with the loss of 10 crew killed and three injured. On 26 April, HMS London and HMS Black Swan (both  Royal Navy) refloated Amethyst. They also came under fire, with three crew killed and 14 wounded. Amethyst made a dash for freedom down the Yangtze on 30 July, reaching Hong Kong on 11 August.

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1949
Ship Country Description
James Clunie  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Mar del Plata, Argentina.[12]

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Magdalena  United Kingdom The cargo liner ran aground near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on her maiden voyage. Declared a total loss after breaking in two during attempt to tow her into harbour.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
Tung An  Republic of China Navy The cargo ship was wrecked in the Yangtze River 6 nautical miles (11 km) south west of Shaweishan.[13]

May[edit]

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Mudo  Netherlands The coaster collided with Algol ( United Kingdom) in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk and sank with the loss of two of her six crew.[14]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Ebba  Denmark The schooner sank 200 nautical miles (370 km) off Cape Farewell, Greenland. The five crew took to a lifeboat.[15]

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Henrik  Norway The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Sound of Falsterbo, Denmark with the loss of four of her nineteen crew.[16]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Glycine  French Navy First Indochina War: The D 210 class Minesweeper was sunk by a mine off Vietnam, French Indochina.[17]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Inchmark  Hong Kong The cargo ship ran aground on the Schilpad Island Reef, Banda Sea (7°05′S 132°03′E / 7.083°S 132.050°E / -7.083; 132.050) and was declared a total loss.[18]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
ROCS Mei Yuan  Republic of China Navy Chinese civil war:The wake class river gunboat was scuttled at Shanghai, China, to prevent capture by Chinese Communist forces.

June[edit]

3 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Norjerv  United Kingdom Broke in two whilst under tow of the tugs Rifleman ( United Kingdom) and Tradesman ( United Kingdom) whilst being towed from Normandy, France to Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland for scrapping. Both halves sank.

20 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Empire Conyngham  United Kingdom Scuttled in the Bay of Biscay with a cargo of obsolete bombs.

21 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Prinses Astrid  Belgium The cross-Channel ferry struck a mine 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Dunquerque, France and sank with the loss of five of her 65 crew. All 60 surviving crew members and all 218 passengers on board were rescued by Cap Hatid ( France) and various tugs from Dunquerque.[19]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Corcrest  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck the wreck of the Victory ship Fort Massac ( United Kingdom) off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and ran aground in a sinking state.[20]

July[edit]

1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Marie-Flore  Belgium Collided with Ragnhild Brövig ( Norway) off the mouth of the River Scheldt (51°24′45″N 3°23′30″E / 51.41250°N 3.39167°E / 51.41250; 3.39167 and sank. Wreck raised on 3 July 1951, repaired and sold to Dutch buyers.[6]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Ioannis G. Kulukundis  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground at Point Arguello, California, United States and broke in two. She was declared a constructive total loss.[21]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Swan Point  United Kingdom Stranded in the Karnaphuli River, Chittagong, India and broke in two. Declared a total loss.

August[edit]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1949
Ship Country Description
Chungli  China Chinese Civil War: The cargo ship loaded with ammunition exploded and sank at Kaohsiung, Formosa with the loss of over 500 lives. Two other ships were sunk and many fires started in Kaohsiung.[22]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1949
Ship Country Description
USS Cochino  United States Navy The Balao-class submarine sank off Norway with the loss of six crew members following a battery explosion and fire.

September[edit]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Benjamin Peixotto  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Hong Kong in a typhoon. She was subsequently scrapped.[23]
Chaksang  United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire at Hong Kong due to barratry. She sank the next day and was declared a total loss. Raised on 22 March 1950 and subsequently scrapped.[18]
Henry L. Abbott  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Hong Kong in a typhoon. Declared a constructive total loss, she was subsequently scrapped.[24]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Pacific Enterprise  United Kingdom The cargo liner ran aground 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) north of Point Arena, California, United States.[25]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Noronic  Canada
Noronic

Caught fire and sank whilst moored in Toronto Harbour with the loss of at least 118 lives. Ship raised in November 1949 and subsequently scrapped.

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1949
Ship Country Description
USS U-1105  United States Navy The Type VIIC/41 submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Piney Point, Maryland (38°08′10″N 76°33′10″W / 38.13611°N 76.55278°W / 38.13611; -76.55278) in a test of a depth charge.

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Surreybrook  United Kingdom Wrecked on Spanish Battery Point, Tynemouth.[6]

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Roslin Caste  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground in the River Humber. Later refloated and resumed her voyage.[26]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
Major Richard M Strong  United States Ran aground at Camp Point, Vancouver Island, Canada. Salvaged, sold and repaired and returned to service as Island Sovereign.[27]

October[edit]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Mira  Sweden The cargo ship struck the wreck of the ocean liner Gneisenau ( Germany) with the loss of two crew.[28]

6 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Fantree  United Kingdom The 6,300 ton Elder Dempster Line cargo ship struck the Flemish Ledges on the Seven Stones Reef en route from West Africa to Liverpool via Amsterdam and carrying a cargo of hardwood, palm kernels, palm oil, cocoa, rubber, cotton, coffee beans and copal The hardwood was still being salvaged in 1992.[29] Her crew of fifty-eight was rescued by launches Kittern and Goldern Spray of the Isles of Scilly.[30]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1949
Ship Country Description
USS Chehalis  United States Navy The Patapsco-class gasoline tanker exploded and sank at United States Naval Station Tutuila, American Samoa with the loss of six of her 75 crew.

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Ingertre  Norway The cargo ship was wrecked off Spitsbergen.[31]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Maystone  United Kingdom The collier was in collision with HMS Albion ( Royal Navy) and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off the Longstone Lighthouse.

19 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Liberté  France The ocean liner was severely damaged by fire at Saint Nazaire.[32]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Africa Occidental  Portugal The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom but was refloated undamaged after an hour.[33]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Cydonia  Ireland The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea.[34]

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Suzon  Belgium Sprang a leak off Ouessant, France. Assisted by tug Turmoil ( United Kingdom) into Brest where temporary repairs were made. Sailed for Liverpool on 31 October where permanent repairs were made and returned to service.[13]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Carl Rehder  West Germany The cargo ship collided with Rane ( Sweden in the Kiel Canal and sank.[35]

November[edit]

9 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Ajax  Royal Navy The decommissioned Leander-class light cruiser ran aground at Newport, Monmouthshire, England, while under tow to a scrapyard.[36]

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Monte Gurugu  Spain The cargo ship foundered in the Bristol Channel off Lundy Island with the loss of twelve of her 37 crew.[37] Survivors were rescued by Richard Silver Oliver, Violet Armstrong and William Cantrell Ashley (all Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[38]

18 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Astland  United Kingdom The dredger collided with tanker Esso Juniata ( United Kingdom) off Fleetwood, Lancashire and ran aground.[39]
Lunevale  United Kingdom The foot ferry ran aground off Fleetwood.[39]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Hanna  United Kingdom The British motor-schooner, built in 1915, on voyage from Plymouth to Jersey with a cargo of lime, was wrecked off L'Etacq, Jersey Channel islands. Hanna was lost.[40]

22 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Harcourt Kent  Canada The cargo ship was wrecked in a storm 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) west off St. Shott's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[41] All eighteen of her crew were saved.[42]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Britkon  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Oskarshamn, Sweden and was wrecked. All 27 people on board were rescued.[43]

December[edit]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Implacable  Royal Navy The third rate Téméraire-class ship of the line was scuttled off the Isle of Wight.

11 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Toornvliet  Netherlands The coaster foundered off the East Goodwin Lightship with the loss of six of her nine crew.[44]

19 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Florence Cooke  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Belfast Lough, Co Antrim.[45]
Nova  Norway The cargo ship was wrecked two nautical miles north of Obrestad, Norway.[46]
Star of El Nil  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in Holy Loch, Buteshire.[45]

29 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Utklippan II  Sweden The cargo ship collided with a wreck and sank in the Baltic Sea at 54°31.21′N 10°31.55′E / 54.52017°N 10.52583°E / 54.52017; 10.52583.[47]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
Altalena  Israel The converted tank landing ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 15 nautical miles (17 miles; 28 km) off the coastof Israel.
Empire Flamingo  United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled off Gwennap Head, Cornwall.[18]
Northern Lights Came ashore on Tavern beach, St Mawes, Cornwall and later re-floated.[48]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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