List of shipwrecks in 1953

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

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January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Attu Island  United States Carrying a cargo of 5,000 tons of cement and damaged earlier in her voyage when she struck a reef off Pennock Island in Southeast Alaska while under tow by the tug Hercules ( United States), the 328-foot (100.0 m) LST-type barge capsized and sank bottom-up 0.5 nautical miles (0.9 km; 0.6 mi) south of Bar Harbor in Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska. An attempt during the 1970s to refloat her failed.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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).[4]
Maraat V  Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground at Sea Palling, Norfolk, United Kingdom.[5] Refloated on 9 January after being aground for 28 hours.[6]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1953
Ship Country Description
Changgyeong-ho [ko]  South Korea According to South Korea Coast Guard official confirmed report, the passenger ferry, while sailing from Yeosu Port and headed to Busan Port, capsized 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest from Dadaepo area, Busan, South Korea. 229 people died and only seven people survived.[7]
Jumper Hitch  United States The cargo ship collided with another vessel off Japan. Reported to be in danger of sinking and requested assistance.[8]
RFA Wave Commander  Royal Navy The Wave-class oiler ran aground off Cape Henry, Virginia, United States.[8]

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.[9]

15 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1953
Ship Country Description
American Leader  United States The cargo ship collided with Chickasaw ( United States) in New York Harbor. American Leader was severely damaged at the bows.[10]
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.[10]
Esso Wilmington  United States The tanker ran aground in New York Harbor.[10]

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.[11]

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
Arklow flag unknown The coaster ran aground off Avonmouth. Refloated the next day.[12]
Palomares  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Avonmouth. Refloated the next day.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1953
Ship Country Description
HMS Berkeley Castle  Royal Navy The Castle-class corvette capsized in Sheerness Dockyard.[15]
IJM 60 Catharina Duyvis  Netherlands The herringcutter sinks in the North Sea during a severe windstorm. 16 fatalities.
Michael Griffith  United Kingdom The Castle-class trawler from Fleetwood, Lancashire, foundered in a severe storm off Barra Head, West Scotland, with the loss of all hands. 13 fatalities.[16][17]
Princess Victoria  United Kingdom The RORO passenger ferry sinks in the North Channel during a severe windstorm. 133 fatalities.
Salland  Netherlands The coastal trading vessel sinks in the North Sea near Egmond during a severe windstorm. Eight fatalities.
Westland  Netherlands The coastal trading vessel sinks in the North Sea near Cuxhaven during a severe windstorm. Ten fatalities.

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.

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1953
Ship Country Description
Westland  Netherlands The ship foundered in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland with the loss of all seven crew.[18][19]

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.[20]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1953
Ship Country Description
Huglen  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Huglen, Norway.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Loomis  United States The 15-gross register ton, 45.8-foot (14.0 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Jamestown Bay (57°02′40″N 135°17′30″W / 57.04444°N 135.29167°W / 57.04444; -135.29167 (Jamestown Bay)) in Southeast Alaska 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south of Sitka, Territory of Alaska.[24]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Northumbrian Coast  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Egyptian Prince ( United Kingdom) and was beached on the Mucking Flats in the Thames Estuary.[25]
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).[25]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1953
Ship Country Description
Sollum Royal 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).[26]

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.[27]

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.[28]

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.

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1953
Ship Country Description
HDMS Lougen  Royal Danish Navy The minelayer was damaged by an onboard explosion at Rønne. Three crew were killed, seven were severely injured.[29]

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 Navy).[30]

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.[31]

2 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Rolling Wave  United States The 13-gross register ton, 36.2-foot (11.0 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at the Thomas Basin Float (55°20′20″N 131°38′30″W / 55.33889°N 131.64167°W / 55.33889; -131.64167 (Thomas Basin Float)) near Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[32]

4 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 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.[33]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Sollum Royal Egyptian Navy The Matrouth-class minesweeper foundered in heavy weather off Alexandria, Egypt.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]

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, formerly a Rodney class 90 gun Ship-of-the-Line, ran aground in the Menai Strait and was subsequently declared a total loss. Her wreck was destroyed by a fire in 1956.

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.[37][38]

28 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1953
Ship Country Description
Alert III  United States The 65-foot (20 m) tug sank in 50 feet (15 m) of water off the coast of Massachusetts in Buzzards Bay at 41°29′45″N 070°52′30″W / 41.49583°N 70.87500°W / 41.49583; -70.87500 (Alert III), halfway between Pasque Island and the Smith Point radome.[39]

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.[40] A new bow was built and Duke of York returned to service.

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Supreme  United States The 7-gross register ton, 33.5-foot (10.2 m) fishing vessel sank at the Thomas Basin Float at Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska.[41]

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1953
Ship Country Description
F.P.B. 1023  Royal Navy The fast patrol boat caught fire and sank at Aarhus, Denmark. HMS Gay Archer ( Royal Navy) was damaged by the fire.[42]
Nasr Royal Egyptian Navy The Bangor-class minesweeper collided with the steamship Jaguar ( Sweden) in Suez Bay and sank with the loss of her captain. The rest of her 111 crew were rescued.[43]
Swan  United States The 23-gross register ton, 44.6-foot (13.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Takanis Bay (57°55′N 136°31′W / 57.917°N 136.517°W / 57.917; -136.517 (Takanis Bay)) on the southeast end of Yakobi Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[41]

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 ( United States Navy) and a Royal Navy ship.[44]

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Jerry  United States The 16-gross register ton, 52-foot (15.8 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the harbor at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[45]

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.[46]
Ternefjell  Norway The cargo ship collided with Dotterell ( United Kingdom) off Start Point, Devon and sank. All 26 crew rescued by Dotterell.[46]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1953
Ship Country Description
Maggie  United States The 12-gross register ton, 30.3-foot (9.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Anchor Point in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[47]

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 ( Spanish Navy).[48]

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.[49][50]

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.[51]

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1953
Ship Country Description
Mary Pat  United States The 10-gross register ton, 27.7-foot (8.4 m) motor vessel was destroyed by fire in Bristol Bay off the coast of the Territory of Alaska.[47]

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.[52]

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).[53][54]

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) southwest of San Francisco, California.[55]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1953
Ship Country Description
Three unidentified landing ships  Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: Second Battle of Dongshan Island: The landing ships were sunk in a harbor on the coast of Dongshan Island in China by mortar fire that detonated their cargoes of ammunition.[56]

20 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1953
Ship Country Description
A R 5  United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Red Bluff (58°04′N 157°29′W / 58.067°N 157.483°W / 58.067; -157.483 (Red Bluff)) on the Bristol Bay coast of the Territory of Alaska.[1]

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.[57]

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.[58][59]

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.[60]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1953
Ship Country Description
Sacco No. 3  United States The 28-gross register ton, 55.2-foot (16.8 m) scow was wrecked 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) southeast of Ocean Cape (59°32′30″N 39°51′30″W / 59.54167°N 39.85833°W / 59.54167; -39.85833 (Ocean Cape)), Territory of Alaska.[41]

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.[61]

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.[62]
Lomela  United States The 42-gross register ton, 51.6-foot (15.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 19 nautical miles (35 km; 22 mi) southeast of Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[24]

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.[63]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Esmereldas  Ecuadorian Navy The naval yacht ran aground in the Gunyas River and was declared a total loss.[64]

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).[65]
Libby, McNeill & Libby X No. 2  United States The 34-gross register ton, 56-foot (17.1 m) scow sank at Yakutat, Territory of Alaska.[24]

23 September[edit]

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

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1953
Ship Country Description
Walrus  United States The 21-gross register ton, 41-foot (12 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Lincoln Rock in Clarence Strait in the Territory of Alaska.[66]

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.[67]

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.
Sortland  United States The 7-gross register ton, 28.5-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Driftwood Bay (59°56′N 149°13′W / 59.933°N 149.217°W / 59.933; -149.217 (Driftwood Bay)) in Day Harbor on the coast of the Kenai Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[41]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date September 1953
Ship Country Description
Celt  United States The 43-gross register ton, 62.5-foot (19.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Cholmondeley Sound (55°17′N 132°04′W / 55.283°N 132.067°W / 55.283; -132.067 (Cholmondeley Sound)) in Southeast Alaska.[68]

October[edit]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Fearless  United States The 63-gross register ton, 64.9-foot (19.8 m) scow sank in Iliamna Bay on the southeast coast of the Territory of Alaska's Alaska Peninsula.[69]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Jr.  United States The 9-gross register ton motor vessel was destroyed by fire at 55°14′36″N 131°26′30″W / 55.24333°N 131.44167°W / 55.24333; -131.44167 (Jr.), near Bold Island (55°14′57″N 131°25′01″W / 55.2492°N 131.4169°W / 55.2492; -131.4169 (Bold Island)) in Southeast Alaska.[45]

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.[70] All crew rescued by Suvorov ( Soviet Union).[71]

13 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Tiderip  United States The 15-gross register ton, 39.6-foot (12.1 m) fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Kodiak, Alaska.[72]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Reliance No. 3  United States The 10-gross register ton, 31.9-foot (9.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Lynn Canal off Naked Island (58°15′20″N 134°56′30″W / 58.25556°N 134.94167°W / 58.25556; -134.94167 (Naked Island)) near Funter Bay in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[32]

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.[73]

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.[74]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1953
Ship Country Description
Sea Gram  United States The 13-gross register ton 41.8-foot (12.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Saltery Bay (57°47′N 134°57′W / 57.783°N 134.950°W / 57.783; -134.950 (Saltery Bay)) in Tenakee Inlet in Southeast Alaska.[41]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date October 1953
Ship Country Description
Hiawatha  United States The 74-gross register ton, 66-foot (20.1 m) yacht sank at the entrance to Port Etches on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[45]

November[edit]

2 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Trygve  United States The 15-gross register ton, 38.5-foot (11.7 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the beach at Homer Spit on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[72]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Andrew Z  United States The 12-gross register ton, 36.5-foot (11.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in George Inlet on the south coast of Revillagigedo Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[1]
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.[75]

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.[75] Seven of her eighteen crew were killed.[76]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Meteor  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.4-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Rocky Point (60°21′30″N 147°03′00″W / 60.35833°N 147.05000°W / 60.35833; -147.05000 (Rocky Point)) on Montague Island in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[47]

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.[77]

9 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1953
Ship Country Description
Wanita  United States The 32-gross register ton, 44-foot (13 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at the mouth of Red Bay on the north end of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[66]

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.[78]

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.[79]

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.[80]

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.[81] All sixteen crew rescued. Dimitris was declared a total loss.[82]
Olympia  Greece The ocean liner ran aground in Southampton Water, Hampshire, United Kingdom. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[83]

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.[84]

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).[85]
Gustaf Reuter  Sweden The tanker exploded and sank at Gothenburg, killing one of the eleven crew on board at the time.[86]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1953
Ship Country Description
Marti  Cuba The schooner was wrecked in a hurricane.[87]
Pelican Canada Dominion of Canada The barge was scuttled.

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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