List of shipwrecks in 1953

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The list of shipwrecks in 1953 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1953.

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1953
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Kelvinbank  United Kingdom The Liberty ship was driven ashore on Ocean Island. She was later refloated but struck wreckage and was abandoned.[1]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Avanti  Sweden The cargo ship broke in two north east of Okinawa, Japan. 40 crew rescued by Eastern.[2] At least 8 deaths.
Klipfontein  Netherlands
Klipfontein.
The cargo liner struck a submerged object 100 nautical miles (190 km) north of Lourenço Marques, Mozambique and sank. All passengers and crew rescued by Bloemfontein Castle ( United Kingdom).[3]
Maraat V  Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground at Sea Palling, Norfolk, United Kingdom.[4] Refloated on 9 January after being aground for 28 hours.[5]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Jumper Hitch  United States The cargo ship collided with another vessel off Japan. Reported to be in danger of sinking and requested assistance.[6]
RFA Wave Commander  Royal Fleet Auxiliary The Wave-class oiler ran aground off Cape Henry, Virginia, United States.[6]

11 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Campo Grande  Spain The cargo ship ran aground off the Cork Lightship, off the coast of Essex, United Kingdom.[7]

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1953
Ship Country Description
American Veteran  United States The cargo ship was in collision with the ferry Gold Star Mother in New York Harbor. Both ships were damaged, with Gold Star Mother taking in water by the bows and having eleven of her 1,900 passengers injured.[8]
American Leader  United States The cargo ship collided with Chickasaw ( United States) in New York Harbor. American Leader was severely damaged at the bows.[8]
Esso Wilmington  United States The tanker ran aground in New York Harbor.[8]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1953
Ship Country Description
L F Mathies  West Germany The cargo ship ran aground off Portishead, Somerset, United Kingdom. Later refloated and docked at Avonmouth.[9]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Santi  Spain The cargo ship was in collision with British Dragoon ( United Kingdom) and sank off Cape Espichel, Portugal. Thirty-six survivors rescued by British Dragoon.

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Palomares  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Avonmouth. Refloated the next day.[10]
Arklow flag unknown The coaster ran aground off Avonmouth. Refloated the next day.[10]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Kent County  Norway The ore carrier ran aground at Bell Island, Nova Scotia, Canada.[11]

25 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Empress of Canada  United Kingdom The ocean liner caught fire, capsized and sank at Liverpool, Lancashire. Refloated and scrapped in 1954.

30 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Clan Macquarrie  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground 10 nautical miles (19 km) off the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides.[12]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Princess Victoria  United Kingdom RORO passenger ferry sinks in the North Channel during a severe windstorm. 133 fatalities.
HMS Berkeley Castle  Royal Navy The Castle-class corvette capsized in Sheerness Dockyard.[13]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1953
Ship Country Description
HMS Sirdar  Royal Navy The S-class submarine was swamped by floods while in drydock at Sheerness Dockyard and sank. She was later raised, repaired, and returned to service.

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1953
Ship Country Description
Stanley Force  United Kingdom The coaster struck a submerged object and sank off Guernsey, Channel Islands.[14]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1953
Ship Country Description
Huglen  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Huglen, Norway.[15]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Baalbek  Norway The cargo ship collided with the Great Nore Sands Fort, in the North Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom. One of the seven towers of the fort collapsed and the ship ran aground. Four of the fourteen crew of the fort were reported missing.[16]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Siorak  Denmark The schooner struck a rock and sank off Avigait. All ten crew rescued.[17]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Rigel  Sweden The cargo ship collided with Senegal ( Italy) 25 nautical miles (46 km) north of Margate, Kent, United Kingdom and sank. All 29 crew rescued by Arnhem ( United Kingdom).[18]
Northumbrian Coast  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Egyptian Prince ( United Kingdom) and was beached on the Mucking Flats in the Thames Estuary.[18]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Sollum  Egyptian Navy The Bangor-class minesweeper sank 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Alexandria with the loss of 53 of her 115 crew. The 63 survivors were rescued by Czech ( Poland).[19]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Tahsis No. 3  Canada The bulk oil carrier sank after striking a rock in Welcome Pass north of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Settsu Maru  Japan The whaler sank in the Antarctic after being caught in pack ice.[20]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Lairds Ben  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Clyde at Old Kilpatrick, Renfrewshire.[21]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Milborne  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground off Anglesey. Refloated but leaking, towed by Empire Punch ( United Kingdom) to Holyhead. Later repaired and returned to service.

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Mountcharles  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank in the Bristol Channel. Crew rescued by RFA Black Ranger ( Royal Fleet Auxiliary).[22]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Ciudad de Palma  Spain The passenger ship ran aground at Cala Figuera, Majorca. All 670 passengers and crew rescued.[23]

5 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1953
Ship Country Description
TCG Dumlupınar  Turkish Navy The Balao-class submarine collided with Naboland ( Sweden) and sank in the Dardanelles with the loss of 81 of her 86 crew.

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Susan Vittery  Republic of Ireland The schooner foundered in Dungarvan Bay. All crew survived.[24]

10 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Angela  Finland The coaster ran aground on Coll, Inner Hebrides, United Kingdom. All 12 crew survived.[25]

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Taboga  Panama The cargo ship foundered 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) west south west of Saint Mathieu Point, Ouessant, France.[26]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1953
Ship Country Description
HMS Conway  United Kingdom
Conway after grounding

The Mercantile Marine Service Association training ship ran aground in the Menai Strait and was subsequently declared a total loss.

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Kronprins Frederick  Denmark The ferry caught fire at Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom and was burnt out and sank. Refloated and towed to Elsinore, Denmark in September 1953 for repair.[27][28]

May[edit]

6 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Duke of York  United Kingdom The ferry collided with USNS Haiti Victory ( United States Navy) 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Harwich, Essex and was cut in two. The bow section sank, three lives were lost of the 396 people on board. The stern section was towed to Harwich.[29] A new bow was built and Duke of York returned to service.

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Nasr  Egyptian Navy The Bangor-class minesweeper collided with Jaguar ( Sweden) in Suez Bay and sank with the loss of her captain. The rest of her 111 crew were rescued.[30]
F.P.B. 1023  Royal Navy The fast patrol boat caught fire and sank at Aarhus, Denmark. HMS Gay Archer (P1041) ( Royal Navy) was damaged by the fire.[31]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Lady Wolmer  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Cheju Island, Korea and broke up. All crew rescued by USS Henrico and a Royal Navy ship.[32]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Andaman  Sweden The cargo ship collided with Fortune ( Panama) in the English Channel and sank in the South Goodwins. All crew rescued and landed at Dover, Kent.[33]
Ternefjell  Norway The cargo ship collided with Dotterell ( United Kingdom) off Start Point, Devon and sank. All 26 crew rescued by Dotterell.[33]

June[edit]

4 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1953
Ship Country Description
Serapide  Italy The cargo ship sank off Cape Palos, Spain. All 24 crew rescued by Legazpi ( Armada Española).[34]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1953
Ship Country Description
Phoenix  United States The tanker was in collision in the Delaware River with Pan Massachusetts ( United States) and sank at Delaware City, Delaware. Both ships caught fire and were total losses.[35][36]

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1953
Ship Country Description
Brand V  Norway The cruise ship ran aground at Ålesund and was a total loss. All passengers and crew were rescued.[37]

July[edit]

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Sangola  United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground in the Hooghly River at Budge Budge, India.[38]

7 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Cornhusker Mariner  United States The cargo ship ran aground at Pusan, Korea and broke in two. The stern section was salvaged by USS Current ( United States Navy).[39][40]

14 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Jacob Luckenbach  United States The cargo ship collided with Hawaiian Pilot ( United States) and sank 18 nautical miles (33 km) south west of San Francisco, California.[41]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Pan Georgia  United States The tanker exploded and was burnt out at Wilmington, Delaware. Consequently laid up, subsequently converted to dredger.[42]

26 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Duero  Spain Collided with Culrain ( United Kingdom) and sank in the Strait of Gibraltar (35°37′N 5°25′W / 35.617°N 5.417°W / 35.617; -5.417). All 28 crew saved.[43][44]

August[edit]

9 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1953
Ship Country Description
St Columba  United Kingdom The ferry ran aground in Ettrick Bay, Kyles of Bute, Buteshire. Refloated the same day.[45]

31 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1953
Ship Country Description
Akademik Karpinsky  Soviet Union The cargo ship foundered on a voyage between Kaliningrad and Amsterdam.

September[edit]

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Raeburn  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at the Monkstone Rock Lighthouse in the Bristol Channel.[46]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Eugenia  Panama Hurricane Carol: The cargo ship was driven ashore at Provincetown, Massachusetts. Crew taken off by breeches buoy.[47]

8 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Liberté  France The ocean liner ran aground at Le Havre. Refloated that day.[48]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Esmereldas  Armada de Ecuador The naval yacht ran aground in the Gunyas River and was declared a total loss.[49]

21 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Greenville  Liberia The cargo ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of one crewmember. The 25 survivors were rescued by Île de France ( France).[50]

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1953
Ship Country Description
RFA Wave Ruler  Royal Fleet Auxiliary The Wave-class oiler ran aground off Swansea, Wales. Refloated on 5 October and returned to service.

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1953
Ship Country Description
HMS Tyrian  Royal Navy The S and T-class destroyer ran aground in the North Sea 17 nautical miles (31 km) east south east of Cromer, Norfolk, England. Later refloated.[51]

30 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1953
Ship Country Description
USS Rockford  United States Navy The decommissioned Tacoma-class frigate was sunk as a torpedo target.

October[edit]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Beckenham  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground and broke in two in the Kara Sea, Soviet Union.[52] All crew rescued by Suvorov ( Soviet Union).[53]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Bharatveer  India The cargo ship was driven ashore 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Madras in a cyclone. A fire broke out two days later and she was subsequently declared a constructive total loss.[54]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Eiho Maru  Japan The tanker ran aground in the River Mersey, United Kingdom three times within 24 hours.[55]

November[edit]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Tonghai  Sweden The cargo ship collided with Esso Cardiff ( United Kingdom) off the coast of Spain. Tonghai was taken in tow by the tug Abeille 26 ( France) but sank on 6 November. All crew were rescued by Esso Cardiff.[56]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Björkö  Sweden The cargo ship collided with USAS Seawind ( United States Army) and sank off Cuxhaven, West Germany.[56] Seven of her eighteen crew were killed.[57]

8 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Columbus  Netherlands The coaster sank 50 nautical miles (93 km) north west of Texel. All eleven crew were rescued.[58]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Vittoria Claudia  Italy The cargo ship collided with Perou ( France) and sank in the English Channel 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) off Dungeness, Kent, with the loss of twenty of her 25 crew.[59]

24 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Vespa  United Kingdom The tug was in collision with Malmo ( United Kingdom) and sank in the River Thames at Woolwich. All five crew rescued.[60]

25 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Marsworth  United Kingdom The cable layer collided with Milford ( United Kingdom) and sank off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[61]

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Oliver Olson  United States The cargo ship ran aground at Coquille, Oregon. She was only partially salvaged, the remaining wreck subsequently was incorporated into a jetty.

December[edit]

14 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1953
Ship Country Description
Dimitris  Greece The cargo ship ran aground off Middlesbrough, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.[62] All sixteen crew rescued. Dimitris was declared a total loss.[63]
Olympia  Greece The ocean liner ran aground in Southampton Water, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64]

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1953
Ship Country Description
Brockley Combe  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at the Minquiers, Jersey, Channel Islands and broke in two. All crew rescued by the Jersey lifeboat.[65]

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1953
Ship Country Description
Alf Everard  United Kingdom The Thames barge exited the Medway and collided with a coaster, she then hit a second vessel before being rammed amidships by the City of Johannesburg ( United Kingdom) and sank in the Thames Estuary. All seven crew were rescued by the collier Alexander Kennedy which was one of the two earlier vessels with which she collided. ( United Kingdom).[66]
Gustaf Reuter  Sweden The tanker exploded and sank at Gothenburg, killing one of the eleven crew on board at the time.[67]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1953
Ship Country Description
Marti  Cuba The schooner was wrecked in a hurricane.[68]

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See also[edit]

Ship events in 1953
Ship launches: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
Ship commissionings: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
Ship decommissionings: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958
Shipwrecks: 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958