List of shipwrecks in 1950

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The list of shipwrecks in 1950 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1950.


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1950
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec


January[edit]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1950
Ship Country Description
HMS Truculent  Royal Navy The T-class submarine was sunk in collision with oil tanker Divina ( Sweden). A total of 64 crew killed. Submarine later salvaged and scrapped.

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1950
Ship Country Description
HMS Thermopylae  Royal Navy The T-class submarine ran aground on Stevenson Rock, off Skerryvore, Inner Hebrides.[1]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1950
Ship Country Description
USS Missouri  United States Navy
USS Missouri aground in Chesapeake Bay

The Iowa-class battleship ran aground in Chesapeake Bay. Refloated on 1 February.

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1950
Ship Country Description
Delta  Netherlands The coaster was in collision with the collier Colonel Crompton ( United Kingdom) in the River Thames near Tower Bridge, London and sank.

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1950
Ship Country Description
Edirne  Turkey The cargo ship ran aground on the Ortach Reef, Alderney, Channel Islands. Floated free and sank the next day.[2] All 50 crew were rescued.[3]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1950
Ship Country Description
Fidamas  West Germany The coaster struck a mine and sank off Langeoog, Netherlands with the loss of eight of her sixteen crew.[4] The survivors were rescued by the tug Rumania ( United Kingdom).[5]
Rask  Norway The coaster ran aground at Scremerston, Northumberland, United Kingdom. All sixteen on board were rescued.[6]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1950
Ship Country Description
William Ashburner  United Kingdom The schooner ran aground in the River Severn off Chepstow, Monmouthshire and was wrecked.[7][8]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1950
Ship Country Description
Marchioness  United Kingdom The collier was in collision with Durmitor ( Yugoslavia) in the Thames Estuary at Greenhithe, London and sank. All twelve crew were rescued.[9]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1950
Ship Country Description
Karhula  Finland The cargo ship sank off Texel, Netherlands with the loss of eleven of her 27 crew. The two stowaways on board were rescued.[10]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1950
Ship Country Description
Stag  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of the mouth of the River Wear whilst towing unfinished ocean liner City of Manchester ( United Kingdom). Four of her six crew were killed.[11]
Wing Hing  Hong Kong caught fire, beached at Chilang Point, Hong Kong. Constructive total loss.

21 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1950
Ship Country Description
Clam  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground near the Reykjanes Lighthouse, Reykjavík, Iceland. Twenty-seven of her 50 crew were drowned when their lifeboats capsized.[12] Declared a total loss on 5 March.[13]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1950
Ship Country Description
Benledi  United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire east of Malta and was abandoned. Later repaired and returned to service.
Empire Gladstone  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground 8 nautical miles (15 km) north of Twofold Point, New South Wales, Australia (35°56′S 149°57′E / 35.933°S 149.950°E / -35.933; 149.950) and was declared a total loss.[14]

March[edit]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1950
Ship Country Description
Pioneer  Australia The dredger was scuttled off Point Lonsdale, Victoria, Australia.[15]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1950
Ship Country Description
Sainte Anne  France Last communication from the ship off the Balearic Islands, no further trace.[16]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1950
Ship Country Description
Voorwarts  Netherlands The coaster on route from Littlehampton to Saint Malo in ballast ran aground on the Paternoster Reef, off Jersey, Channel Islands and was abandoned and sank.[17]

April[edit]

10 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1950
Ship Country Description
Halladale  United Kingdom The ferry ran aground at Calais, France. Refloated later that day.[18]

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1950
Ship Country Description
Sandra  Costa Rica The small freighter was declared overdue, apparently lost in bad weather while en route from Savannah to Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.[19]

May[edit]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1950
Ship Country Description
City of Lincoln  United Kingdom The hulk of the cargo liner was sunk as a target by the South African Air Force off Cape Town.[20]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1950
Ship Country Description
Marietta Dal  United Kingdom The Liberty ship was wrecked at Cape Moreton, Queensland, Australia.[21]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1950
Ship Country Description
Cabo Espartel  Spain The cargo ship collided with Felspar ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dungeness, Kent. All 37 crew were rescued. Felspar was beached south of Deal, Kent.[22]

June[edit]

1 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1950
Ship Country Description
Sand Runner  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at St. Ives Head. All crew saved. Ship refloated the following day.[23]

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1950
Ship Country Description
Santos The passenger-cargo ship hit a mine and sank in the Yangtze River near Wusong, People's Republic of China.

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1950
Ship Country Description
Fairwind  Australia The survey vessel foundered off New South Wales with the loss of all seventeen crew.

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1950
Ship Country Description
Lutterworth  New Zealand The barque was sunk as a target by Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft.

July[edit]

5 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1950
Ship Country Description
Barnet  United Kingdom standing guard overnight under the Warspite’s bows, at Prussia Cove, Cornwall was holed in the engine room, towed off and eventually drifted ashore at Long Rock, a few miles to the west.[24][25]

9 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1950
Ship Country Description
Ranheim  Norway The cargo ship was wrecked off Kapp Borthen, Svalbard.[26]

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1950
Ship Country Description
Franconia  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground at Orleans, Ontario, Canada.[27] Refloated on 16 July.[28] All 1,272 passengers and crew rescued.[29]

August[edit]

13 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1950
Ship Country Description
Mayakovsky  Soviet Union The overloaded steamer sank in the Daugava River in Riga in the Soviet Union′s Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic, killing 147 people.

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1950
Ship Country Description
Jeep Hee  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Yangtze, China.[30]

25 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1950
Ship Country Description
USS Benevolence  United States Navy The hospital ship collided with Mary Luckenbach ( United States) off San Francisco, California and sank with the loss of 23 of her 505 crew.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1950
Ship Country Description
Capitaine Frankignoul  Belgium The Liberty Ship ran aground south east of Zanzibar, refloated after four days and returned to service.[31][32]
Quebec  Canada The cruise ship caught fire in the St Lawrence River, a total loss.[33]

September[edit]

10 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Cameo  United Kingdom The coaster was wrecked on the Mull of Galloway, Ayrshire. She was on a voyage from Port Talbot, Glamorgan to Dublin, Ireland.[34]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Clan Chatton  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Shipwash Sands, 20 nautical miles (37 km) off Harwich, Essex.[35]

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Happy Harry  United Kingdom The schooner foundered at Southport and was dismantled in situ.[36]

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Colonial  Portugal The ocean liner was driven ashore on the Argyllshire coast in a storm. She was being towed from Lisbon, Portugal to the Clyde for scrapping and had a skeleton crew of eight on board. They were rescued by breeches buoy.[37]
La Place  Marine Nationale The Tacoma-class frigate struck a mine in the Baie de la Fresnaie off St Malo and sank with the loss of 51 of her 92 crew.[38]

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Energi  Sweden The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the Åland Islands, Finland with the loss of eleven of her seventeen crew.[39]

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1950
Ship Country Description
Liberté  France The ocean liner ran aground in the Solent. Later refloated.[40]

October[edit]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1950
Ship Country Description
Orwell  United Kingdom The Thames barge collided with the motor barge Betty Hudson ( United Kingdom) in the Thames Estuary and sank 36 nautical miles (67 km) downstream of London Bridge.[41]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1950
Ship Country Description
USS Pirate  United States Navy Korean War, Operation Wonsan: The Admirable-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Sin-Do, Korea with the loss of thirteen crew.
USS Pledge  United States Navy Korean War, Operation Wonsan: The Admirable-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Sin-Do, Korea.

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1950
Ship Country Description
Ernesto Tornquist  Argentina The passenger ship ran aground on South Georgia. All 250 on board were rescued.[42]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1950
Ship Country Description
ROKS YMS-516  Republic of Korea Navy Korean War, Operation Wonsan: The YMS-1-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank off Wonsan, Korea.[43]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1950
Ship Country Description
Alcantara  Panama The cargo ship ran aground in the Scheldt and broke up. All crew rescued.[44]

November[edit]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Seniority  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Leinish Point, Inner Hebrides. Sank the next day off Bo Vich Chuan Rock, Inner Hebrides.

9 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Tsze Hong  United Kingdom The Saint-class tug foundered off Formosa.[45]

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Masterman  United Kingdom The tug struck Hogus Rocks, Cornwall.The tug Tradesman ( United Kingdom) was damaged in assisting to free Masterman and had to be taken in tow by tug Superman ( United Kingdom).[25]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Skeldergate  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore near Puri, India in a cyclone. She broke her back and was declared a total loss.[46]

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Selnes  Norway The cargo ship collided with City of Bristol ( United Kingdom) in the Thames Estuary and was beached on the West Barrow Sands, where she was declared a total loss.

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1950
Ship Country Description
Regent Lion  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in the Firth of Forth. Refloated the next day.[47]

December[edit]

1 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1950
Ship Country Description
I P Suhr  Denmark The collier capsized and sank in the Baltic Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Sandhammaren, Sweden with the loss of 20 crew.

11 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1950
Ship Country Description
Bechuana  South Africa The Channel Tanker ran aground at Port Nolloth, South Africa. A total loss.

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1950
Ship Country Description
Etivebank  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Licata, Italy after her anchor chain broke in heavy weather. Later refloated and returned to service.

23 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1950
Ship Country Description
Monte Negro  Spain The cargo ship was wrecked at Tacloban, Philippines. She was on a voyage from Tacloban to Grangemouth, Stirlingshire, United Kingdom.[48]

23 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1950
Ship Country Description
Santagata  Italy The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom, and was wrecked.[14] She broke in two and was declared a total loss. All 32 crew were rescued by the Walmer Lifeboat.

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1950
Ship Country Description
Kostis Lemos  Greece The Liberty ship was driven ashore on Camiguin Island, Philippines and broke in two, a total loss.[49]

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Ship events in 1950
Ship launches: 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955
Ship commissionings: 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955
Ship decommissionings: 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955
Shipwrecks: 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955