List of shipwrecks in 1954

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The list of shipwrecks in 1954 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1954.

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1954
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

January[edit]

4 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1954
Ship Country Description
Traunstein  Germany The steam ship ran aground on Scharhörn and was refloated on the same day.[1]
Leros  Greece The tanker ran aground on Scharhörn, in the Elbe estuary.[2] She was pulled off the reef and towed into Cuxhaven on early morning Saturday January 10, after many failed attempts and heavy damages.[1][3]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1954
Ship Country Description
Nedjan  Sweden The coaster sank in the Gulf of Bothnia with the loss of all sixteen crew.[4]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1954
Ship Country Description
Ligovo  Soviet Union The cargo ship collided with Karen Toft ( Sweden) in the Kiel canal and sank.[5]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1954
Ship Country Description
Wallace Rose  United Kingdom The collier collided with Yvonne ( Sweden) in the Thames estuary and sank with the loss of eight of her ten crew.[6]

February[edit]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Kentbrook  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground between Aldeburgh and Orfordness, Suffolk.[7]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Fernmoor  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on a reef in the South China Sea and sank.[8]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Douro  Netherlands The coaster collided in the Mediterranean with Drago ( Spain) and sank.[9]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Daun Maru  Japan The coaster sank off Honshu with the loss of sixteen of her 25 crew.[10]

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Seablue  United Kingdom The coaster struck the wreck of Empire Blessing ( United Kingdom) and was holed. An attempt was made to beach her but she sank near Vlissingen, Netherlands.

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Danubian  Panama The cargo ship struck rocks at the Black Sea entrance to the Bosphorus and sank.[11]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1954
Ship Country Description
Holger Danske  Denmark The icebreaker collided with the ferry Broen ( Denmark) in Nyborg Firth and ran aground. Two of her crew were killed.[12]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1954
Ship Country Description
Captain Antonios K  Costa Rica The cargo ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea (37°05′N 07°53′E / 37.083°N 7.883°E / 37.083; 7.883). All 15 crew rescued by Nigaristan ( United Kingdom).[13][14]

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1954
Ship Country Description
Zongdulak  Turkey The cargo ship collided with Yolac Port ( Turkey) in the Black Sea and sank. All crew rescued by Yolac Port.[15]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1954
Ship Country Description
Fenman  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank whilst assisting the berthing of Rudolf ( Sweden) at Hull, Yorkshire. Three of her four crew were killed.[16]
Guildford  United Kingdom The collier collided with another ship and then went aground at the mouth of the Tees. Salvage attempts abandoned in May and the wreck was blown up on 26 August 1955.[17][18]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1954
Ship Country Description
SPS DM-5 Guadalete  Armada Española The minesweeper foundered in the Mediterranean Sea 20 nautical miles (37 km) east of Gibraltar with the loss of 33 of her 77 crew. The survivors were rescued by Potestas ( Italy). HMS Superb ( Royal Navy) assisted in the rescue operation.[19]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1954
Ship Country Description
Empire Windrush  United Kingdom The ocean liner sank in the Mediterranean Sea following an explosion and fire in the engine room on 29 March. All passengers and crew rescued apart from the four killed in the explosion.

April[edit]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1954
Ship Country Description
Francescu  Italy The cargo ship ran aground in the Scheldt, Belgium and broke in two.[20]

18 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1954
Ship Country Description
HM Minesweeper 1558 United Kingdom Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve The minesweeper caught fire and sank in the English Channel off Ostend, Belgium. All 31 crew rescued by SS Phoenix ( Netherlands) and Tunisie ( France).[21]

May[edit]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1954
Ship Country Description
Tatsuwa Maru  Japan The cargo ship sprang a leak 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Manila, Philippines. Presumed to have foundered with the loss of all 50 crew.[22]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1954
Ship Country Description
Topaze  Belgium The cargo ship was wrecked. Scrapped later that month.[23]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1954
Ship Country Description
Harrington  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank at Swansea, Glamorgan with the loss of two of her six crew.[24]

25 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1954
Ship Country Description
HMS Curzon  Royal Navy The Ton-class minesweeper ran aground at the entrance to Shoreham harbour, West Sussex. Refloated the next day.[25]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1954
Ship Country Description
USS Bennington  United States Navy An explosion on board killed 103 crew and injured 201 more whilst ship was in Narragansett Bay.

June[edit]

4 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1954
Ship Country Description
Illenao  Panama The Liberty ship ran aground at Bombay, India. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[26]

27 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1954
Ship Country Description
Springfjord  United Kingdom a CIA air attack in support of a Guatemalan military coup d'etat napalmed the cargo ship and destroyed her by fire at Puerto San José, Guatemala.[27]

July[edit]

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1954
Ship Country Description
San Mardeno  Panama The cargo ship ran aground and sank off Saurashtra, India with the loss of her captain. The other 42 crew were rescued.[28][29]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1954
Ship Country Description
Parnon  Greece The cargo ship foundered in the Mediterranean Sea. She was on a voyage from Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France to Eleusis.[30]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1954
Ship Country Description
Guinee  France The cargo liner ran aground at Brook Point, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. Later refloated.[31]

26 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1954
Ship Country Description
Traute Sarnow  West Germany The coaster ran aground on Gurnard's Head. All crew and the ship's dog saved.[32][33]

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1954
Ship Country Description
Cressington Court  United Kingdom the cargo ship collided with Marinero ( Argentina) in the River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Navarino  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.[34]
Rippingham Grange  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Mormacvale ( United States in the River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina.[34]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1954
Ship Country Description
Chios  Greece The cargo ship sank in the period 4–11 July.[28]

August[edit]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1954
Ship Country Description
Spanker  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Hoek van Holland, Netherlands and was holed.[35]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1954
Ship Country Description
Applegarth  United Kingdom The tug sank at Canning Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire.[36]

28 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 August 1954
Ship Country Description
Prince de Liege  Belgium The cargo ship ran aground in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Refloated 13 October 1954 with assistance from tug Poolzee ( Netherlands).[23]

29 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 August 1954
Ship Country Description
Donalourdes  Philippines The cargo ship was driven ashore at Kowloon, Hong Kong in a typhoon.[37]
Northern Princess  Panama The cargo ship was driven ashore at Kowloon, Hong Kong in a Typhoon.[37]
Orelia  United Kingdom The ore carrier ran aground at Port Talbot, Glamorgan. Later refloated.[38]
Thorncombe  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore at Kowloon, Hong Kong in a typhoon.[37]

30 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1954
Ship Country Description
Abeille IV  France The tug collided with Atlantic ( Panama) at Le Havre and sank with the loss of seven of her twelve crew.[39]

September[edit]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1954
Ship Country Description
F. B. G.  Canada Hurricane Edna: The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked at Kingsport, Nova Scotia.[40]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1954
Ship Country Description
Serb  United Kingdom The Thames barge sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) off Margate, Kent.[41]

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1954
Ship Country Description
Borde  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Firth of Clyde. Refloated on 19 September.[42]

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1954
Ship Country Description
Nordstjernen  Norway The passenger ship struck a rock and sank off the Lofoten Islands with the loss of three lives. Over 200 passengers and crew were rescued.[43]
Semiramis  Greece The passenger ship ran aground at Brindisi, Italy.[44]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1954
Ship Country Description
Caprera  Italy the cargo ship collided with Yung Fei ( People's Republic of China) and another vessel (United States United States Army) at Yokohama during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Daiiki Maru  Japan The cargo ship collided with the Pier at Kobe during Typhoon Marie and was severely damaged.[45]
Daisetsu Maru  Japan The passenger ship sank during Typhoon Marie.[46]
Eastern  United Kingdom The cargo ship was damaged during Typhoon Marie whilst on a voyage from Yokohama to Kure, Japan.[45]
Iwai Maru  Japan The cargo ship lost her hatch covers and her bridge was washed away off the Noto Peninsula during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Fuji Maru  Japan The cargo ship was reported to have a damaged hull and in a waterlogged state at Sakura Ma, Osaka during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Georgios  Liberia The cargo ship was driven against the pier at Hirohata, Japan during Typhoon Marie and was damaged.[45]
Hatsuharu Maru  Japan The ferry sank off Hokkaido during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Hitaka Maru  Japan The passenger ship sank in the Sea of Japan during Typoon Marie.[45]
Kitami Maru  Japan The ferry sank in the Sea of Japan during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Necati Pelhivan II  Turkey ran aground and sank near Mariehamn, Finland.
Santhia  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven into the pier at Kobe, Japan during Typhoon Marie and was severely damaged.[45]
Seikan Maru No. 11  Japan The ferry sank in the Sea of Japan during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Shinsei Maru No. 6  Japan The cargo ship ran aground in Hakodate Bay during Typhoon Marie.[45]
Tokachi Maru  Japan The ferry sank during Typhoon Marie. Eight crew were rescued.[46]
Tōya Maru  Japan
Tōya Maru

The train ferry capsized in Tsugaru Strait during Typhoon Marie with the loss of a reported 1,139 lives, 150 people rescued.

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1954
Ship Country Description
Isle of Thanet  United Kingdom The ferry ran aground at Boulogne, France. Later refloated.[47]

October[edit]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Jonge Jochem  Netherlands The cutter sailed from Den Helder. No further trace, possibly sank on 7 October.[48]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1954
Ship Country Description
La Pampa  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Scheldt, Belgium.[48]
Mormackite  United States The ore carrier capsized and sank off Virginia with the loss of 37 of her 48 crew.[49]
Rikke Skou  Denmark The cargo ship sank off Terschelling, Netherlands with the loss of twelve of her twenty crew.
Seahorse  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground in the Scheldt, Belgium. Later refloated.[48]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Emma Bakke  Norway The cargo ship was in the Atlantic Ocean when there was a boiler explosion and she was set on fire. The crew abandoned ship, and were rescued by Corrientes ( Argentina). They were landed at Lisbon, Portugal. Two crew were killed in the explosion and the ship sank.[50]
Jane Stove  Norway The cargo ship suffered a fracture to her main deck whilst in the North Sea. She reached the Faroe Islands on 10 October.[51]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Prins Willem V (1)  Netherlands The cargo ship collided with a tug and sank 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. All crew rescued.[52]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Cervia  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank at Tilbury Docks whilst assisting to berth Arcadia ( United Kingdom). Five of her nine crew were killed. Raised on 28 October, later repaired and returned to service.

26 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Faidherbe  Australia Foundered off Cape Agulhas, South Africa with loss of all hands.

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1954
Ship Country Description
Hillman  United Kingdom The tug sank at Grimsby, Lincolnshire whilst towing the trawler Kirknes into Grimsby Docks. Four of her crew were killed.[53]

November[edit]

12 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1954
Ship Country Description
Orkanger  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in the Clyde.[54]
Scottish Hawk  United Kingdom The newly launched tanker ran aground in the Clyde at Greenock, Renfrewshire.[54]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1954
Ship Country Description
ROCS Tai Ping  Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The Evarts-class destroyer escort was torpedoed and sunk off the Tachen Islands with the loss of 40 of her crew of about 200.[55]

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1954
Ship Country Description
Carpo  Netherlands The coaster sank off The Lizard, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of all twelve crew.[56]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1954
Ship Country Description
South Goodwin Lightship  United Kingdom Capsized on the Goodwin Sands with the loss of all seven crewmen. The only survivor was a Ministry of Agriculture scientist who had been on board bird-watching.[57]
World Concord  Liberia The tanker broke in two in the Irish Sea. Both halves towed to the Clyde.[56]

29 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1954
Ship Country Description
Gustav  Finland The coaster was reported to be listing severely 20 nautical miles (37 km) north east of the Channel Islands.[56]

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1954
Ship Country Description
Tresillian  United Kingdom The cargo ship foundered in St George's Channel, 44 nautical miles (81 km) off Cork, Ireland with the loss of 24 of her 40 crew. Sixteen survivors rescued by Liparus ( United Kingdom) and transferred to LÉ Maev ( Irish Naval Service) and landed at Cobh.[58]

December[edit]

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1954
Ship Country Description
HMS Talent  Royal Navy The T-class submarine was swept out of her dock at HMNB Chatham when a caisson collapsed. She ended up aground in the Medway. Four people were killed. Later repaired and returned to service.

18 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1954
Ship Country Description
Hispania  Sweden Struck a rock in the Sound of Mull and sank with the loss of her captain.

21 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 December 1954
Ship Country Description
Henri Deweert  Belgium Last communication was a message sent while the ship was in the North Sea at 54°18′45″N 4°29′45″E / 54.31250°N 4.49583°E / 54.31250; 4.49583. Foundered with loss of all hands in the night of 21–22 December.[59]
Maravia  United Kingdom The coaster caught fire, capsized and sank at Marseilles, France. All twenty crew escaped.[60]
Côte d'Azur  France The ferry collided with the jetty at Calais and was disabled. She then ran aground outside the harbour. Later refloated and escorted into port.[61]

23 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1954
Ship Country Description
Lupo  Portugal The cargo ship ran aground at Swanbridge, Glamorgan, United Kingdom.[62]

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1954
Ship Country Description
World Peace  Liberia The tanker collided with the El Ferdan Railway Bridge, Suez Canal, Ismailia, Egypt. The canal was blocked as part of the bridge ended up across the deck of World Peace.[63]

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See also[edit]

Ship events in 1954
Ship launches: 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Ship commissionings: 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Ship decommissionings: 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
Shipwrecks: 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959