List of shipwrecks in 1956

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The list of shipwrecks in 1956 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1956.

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January[edit]

2 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Citrine  United Kingdom The collier sank off The Lizard, Cornwall. All ten crew were rescued,[1] but one later died.[2]
Melody  Liberia The tanker ran aground at Vlissingen, Netherlands.[3]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Gem  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Kallgeir ( Norway) at Poortershaven, Netherlands and was beached.[4]
Hartel  Netherlands The coaster collided with Penhir ( France) in the River Thames at Gravesend, Kent. All nine on board rescued.[5]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Esso Appalachee  United Kingdom The tanker collided with the jetty at Immingham, Lincolnshire, cutting it in two and leaving a 50-foot (15 m) gap.

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Alvi  Panama The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea west of Hvide Sande, Denmark, at 55°57′N 6°52′E / 55.950°N 6.867°E / 55.950; 6.867.[6]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Moreton Bay  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground in the Suez Canal. Later refloated.[7]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Sirabuen  Norway The coaster collided with Loide Venezuela ( Brazil) and sank 15 nautical miles (28 km) of Kijkduin, Netherlands with the loss of all but one of her eight crew.[8]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Anabel II  United States The 58.9-foot (18.0 m), 62-gross register ton tug was destroyed by fire while moored for the winter at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, at 44°49.759′N 087°22.821′W / 44.829317°N 87.380350°W / 44.829317; -87.380350 (Anabel II).[9]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Salem Maritime  United States The T2 tanker exploded, caught fire and sank at Lake Charles, Louisiana. She was refloated on 29 January. Although declared a constructive total loss, she was later rebuilt and returned to service.[10]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Maria Pompei  Italy The cargo ship ran aground at Aberavon, Glamorgan.[11]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Baltrover  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at the mouth of the Elbe, West Germany.[12] Refloated on 13 February.[13]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Gertrud  West Germany The cargo ship sank in the North Sea 150 nautical miles (280 km) east of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. All nine crew rescued by the trawlers Junella and York City (both  United Kingdom) and landed at Aberdeen.[14]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Bedford  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground off Singapore. Refloated after 36 hours.[15]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1956
Ship Country Description
King's Mount  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Elbe, West Germany. Refloated on 1 February having been aground for several days.[16]

February[edit]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Rosalind  Panama The cargo ship sank 120 nautical miles (220 km) south of Crete. All crew rescued by San Carlo ( Italy).[17]
Dovrefjell  Norway the cargo ship ran aground on the Pentland Skerries, Orkney Islands, Scotland. All 41 crew rescued by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy helicopters.[18]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Kronprinsesse Ingrid  Denmark The passenger ship ran aground off Esbjerg. Refloated the next day.[19]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Lycia  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Katakolon, Greece.[20]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Conlea  United Kingdom foundered 15 nautical miles (28 km) off La Corbière, Jersey.[21]
Loide-Honduras  Brazil The cargo ship ran aground on Long Sand Bank, Thames Estuary. Rumania ( United Kingdom) sent to assist but she ran aground on the same sandbank and sank. Loide-Honduras refloated on 12 February and returned to service.

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1956
Ship Country Description
RFA Wave Monarch  Royal Navy The Wave-class oiler ran aground at Valletta, Malta. Later refloated.[22]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1956
Ship Country Description
No. 24  United Kingdom The hopper barge was in collision with Indus ( United Kingdom) and sank in the River Mersey. All eleven crew rescued.[23]

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Carol Joy  United States The 13-gross register ton, 33.7-foot (10.3 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the west coast of Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[24]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Corchester  United Kingdom The collier was in collision with City of Sydney ( United Kingdom) near the Haisborough Lightship (Trinity House Ensign.svg Trinity House ), off the coast of Norfolk and sank with the loss of eight of her 21 crew.[25]

29 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Sapanca  Turkey The cargo ship collided in the Scheldt, Belgium with Blommersdijk ( Netherlands) and sank. All 35 crew saved by Blommersdijk.[26]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Greenhaven  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground on Roaninish Rock, 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, after her engine failed in a storm. Assistance given by HMS Wizard ( Royal Navy) and the Arranmore Lifeboat. All ten crew rescued by helicopters from RAF Eglinton.[27]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Washington Mail  United States While on a voyage from Seattle, Washington, to East Asia, the 7,943-ton, 468.5-foot (142.8 m) steamer broke in two and sank in the Gulf of Alaska during a storm. All 57 crewmen and all nine passengers on board survived.[28]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Friada  United States The 6-gross register ton, 27.9-foot (8.5 m) fishing vessel sank off the coast of the Territory of Alaska 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) west of "Cape Baranof," possibly a reference to Cape Burunof (56°59′02″N 135°22′39″W / 56.9839°N 135.3775°W / 56.9839; -135.3775 (Cape Burunof)) in Southeast Alaska.[29]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Kotzebue  United States The 69-gross register ton, 60.3-foot (18.4 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by ice in Kotzebue Sound on the west coast of the Territory of Alaska.[30]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Prince de Liege  Belgium Caught fire off Spain and abandoned by crew. Towed by a naval tug ( Spanish Navy) then by salvage ship Herakles ( Sweden) to Gibraltar. Subsequently scrapped in the United Kingdom in 1957.[31]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Vert Prairial  France The trawler was driven ashore at Wireless Point, Porthcurno, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of all seventeen on board.[32]

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Etrusco  Italy The 441-foot (134 m) cargo ship was blown ashore during a storm on Cedar Point at Scituate, Massachusetts, United States, directly in front of Old Scituate Light. The United States Coast Guard rescued all 30 members of her crew by breeches buoy. She remained aground for several months, then was refloated, repaired, renamed Scituate, and returned to service.[33][34]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1956
Ship Country Description
USS Willis A. Lee  United States Navy The Mitscher-class destroyer was driven onto rocks at Jamestown, Rhode Island, in a storm.[33]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1956
Ship Country Description
J. H.  United States The 19-gross register ton, 41.3-foot (12.6 m) fishing vessel sank off Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[35]

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Sunset  United States The 7-gross register ton, 30.6-foot (9.3 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[36]

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Changsha  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Tokyo, Japan. Refloated on 9 April.[37]

April[edit]

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Akka  Sweden The ore carrier sank in the Firth of Clyde with the loss of six of her 33 crew.[38]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Carlisle I  United States The 35-gross register ton, 56.1-foot (17.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[24]

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Maria Schroeder  West Germany The cargo ship ran aground in the Red Sea during a sandstorm.[39]

17 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Altair  Netherlands The cargo ship struck a rock off Borborema, Brazil and sank. All crew were rescued.[40]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Loyal  United States The 23-gross register ton, 43.4-foot (13.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Simpson Bay (60°37′30″N 145°55′00″W / 60.62500°N 145.91667°W / 60.62500; -145.91667 (Simpson Bay)) in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[41]

27 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1956
Ship Country Description
Luabo  Portugal The cargo ship sank off Mozambique with the loss of fourteen of her 57 crew.[42]

May[edit]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Erling Borthen  Norway The cargo ship collided with Santa Rosa ( Liberia) in the English Channel of the Royal Sovereign Lightship ( United Kingdom) and was severely damaged.[43]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1956
Ship Country Description
USS Wisconsin  United States Navy The Iowa-class battleship collided with the escort destroyer USS Eaton ( United States Navy) off the coast of Virginia.

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Fred Everard  United Kingdom The coaster was in collision with Walstream ( United Kingdom) off Margate, Kent and sank with the loss of one of her six crew.[44]
HMS Talent  Royal Navy The T-class submarine was damaged in a collision with an unknown vessel whilst at periscope depth in the Solent.[45]

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Howard Olson  United States The steam schooner was in collision with Marine Leopard ( United States) 175 nautical miles (324 km) south of San Francisco, California and sank with the loss of six of her 28 crew.[46][47]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Junyo Maru No. 3  Japan The 84-ton salmon-fishing vessel disappeared near the Aleutian Islands with the loss of her entire crew of 22.[35]
Mace  United States The 10-gross register ton, 35.9-foot (10.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Castle Flats (56°38′30″N 133°15′30″W / 56.64167°N 133.25833°W / 56.64167; -133.25833 (Castle Flats)) in Southeast Alaska.[48]

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Wafico No. 22  United States The 16-gross register ton, 34.9-foot (10.6 m) fishing vessel foundered near Cape Saint Elias, Territory of Alaska.[28]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Orsova  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground in Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia. Refloated with the aid of three tugs.[49]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1956
Ship Country Description
P S F Co. No. 2  United States The 41-gross register ton, 60.3-foot (18.4 m) scow sank off Foggy Cape (56°32′N 156°58′W / 56.533°N 156.967°W / 56.533; -156.967 (Foggy Cape)) on Sutwik Island off the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula.[50]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Lynn D  United States The 10-gross register ton motor vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) off Cape Saint Elias, Territory of Alaska.[41]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Ballyclare  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Sarda Island in the Mull of Kintyre.[51]
Lucky Carrier  Hong Kong The tanker ran aground at Fakir Point, Burma. She was on a voyage from Chalna to Akyab. Refloated on 8 August, she was towed to Singapore where she was declared a constructive total loss. Scrapped in 1957.[52]
Prins Bernhard  Netherlands The coaster was in collision with Tanger ( West Germany) in the English Channel off Folkestone, Kent. She sank, but all on board were rescued by the Dover lifeboat.[51]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Caronia  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground at Messina, Sicily, Italy.[53] Refloated the next day.[54]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1956
Ship Country Description
Hassel  Norway Collided with a Liberian tanker. Beached a Folkestone, Kent. Later repaired and returned to service.[55]

June[edit]

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Badora East Bengal The passenger ship sank in the Bay of Bengal with the loss of all but six of the 202 people on board.[56][57]

12 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Warri  United Kingdom The Elder Dempster Lines coaster ran aground at Iwerekun, Nigeria. Declared a total loss.

17 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Danaco No. 5  United States The 88-gross register ton, 110-foot (33.5 m) barge sank in the Kuskokwim River approximately 12 miles (19 km) below Sleetmute, Territory of Alaska.[58]

21 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Sea Star  United States The cargo ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, Egypt.[59] Later refloated.[60]

22 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Shuna  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Isle of Muck, in the Inner Hebrides.[61]

24 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1956
Ship Country Description
P G No. 4  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.6-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel sank near Egegik, Territory of Alaska, during a storm.[50]

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Vicky  Australia The collier sank off Wilson's Promonotory, Victoria with the loss of eight crew.[62]

30 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Reform  United States The 9-gross register ton, 34-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel sank in Frederick Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska between Beacon Point and Twelve Mile Point.[63]

July[edit]

5 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Sheaf Royal  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground off Singapore. Refloated four days later.[64]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Dione  France The cargo ship collided with Michael C ( Liberia) off the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[65]
Lord Warden  United Kingdom The ferry collided with Tamba ( France) 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Cap Gris Nez, Pas de Calais, France.[65]
Marotte  France The fishing vessel collided with Kenuta ( United Kingdom) off the Eddystone Lighthouse in the English Channel and sank. All crew rescued by Kenuta.[65]
Yewcroft  United Kingdom The 827-ton steamship stranded in dense fog on the rocks of Trevean Cove, Cornwall, UK whilst carrying cement between Cliffe and Bristol. The captain believed he was near the Brisons at Cape Cornwall.[66][65]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Estoril  Panama The Liberty ship collided with Dea Mazzella ( Italy) and sank at 42°50′N 61°00′W / 42.833°N 61.000°W / 42.833; -61.000.[43]

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Hy-C-Tane  United States The 10-gross register ton, 33.2-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel sank in Ships Anchorage (58°43′40″N 157°00′45″W / 58.72778°N 157.01250°W / 58.72778; -157.01250 (Ships Anchorage)) at Naknek, Territory of Alaska.[67]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Maeda  Costa Rica The cargo ship was in collision with Salsaas ( Norway) and sank off the coast of the Netherlands. All crew rescued by Salsaas.[68]

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Douglas  Norway The cargo ship ran aground near the Maidens Lighthouse, Co Antrim, United Kingdom. Refloated on 21 July with substantial damage.[69]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Kotka  Finland The cargo ship was scuttled with a cargo of obsolete ammunition in the Atlantic Ocean.[70]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Andrea Doria  Italy The Italian Line 29,083-ton ocean liner, sunk after collision with Stockholm ( Sweden). 46 fatalities.

29 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Moyana  United Kingdom The ketch foundered off The Lizard, Cornwall. All crew rescued by Clan Maclean ( United Kingdom).[71]
Teeswood  United Kingdom The cargo ship capsized off Dungeness, Kent with the loss of one of her sixteen crew.[71] She drifted and sank off Dover.[55]

30 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Linda  United States During a voyage in Southeast Alaska from Elfin Cove to North Inian Pass (58°17′N 136°22′W / 58.283°N 136.367°W / 58.283; -136.367 (North Inian Pass)), the 30-foot (9.1 m) troller was swamped and sank with the loss of the 16-year-old boy who was the only person on board. A message in a bottle found a year later in the Gulf of Alaska off Yakutat, Territory of Alaska, was the only description of the vessel′s fate.[41]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1956
Ship Country Description
Eskimo  United States The 61-gross register ton, 75.1-foot (22.9 m) cannery tender was wrecked on the coast of Sitkalidak Island in the Territory of Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago, 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) south of Cape Barnabas (57°09′N 152°53′W / 57.150°N 152.883°W / 57.150; -152.883 (Cape Barnabas)). All four people and a dog who were aboard survived.[72]

August[edit]

1 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Far North  United States The 8-gross register ton, 30.3-foot (9.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[29]

9 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1956
Ship Country Description
RFA Wave King  Royal Navy The Wave-class oiler struck a rock north of São Luís de Maranhão, Brazil and was severely damaged. Withdrawn from service as a result.

12 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Majestic  United States The 104-gross register ton, 74.1-foot (22.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in the Shelikof Strait 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) off Puale Bay (57°41′N 155°29′W / 57.683°N 155.483°W / 57.683; -155.483 (Puale Bay)) on the coast of the Alaska Peninsula.[48]

14 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Hondsrug  Netherlands The coaster sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) north of Fyn Island, Denmark, with the loss of five of the seven people on board.[73]

15 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Eunice H  United States The 9-gross register ton, 32.4-foot (9.9 m) fishing vessel sank in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[72]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Argus  United States The 22-gross register ton, 44-foot (13.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[74]
Traquair  United Kingdom The coaster sank 36 nautical miles (67 km) east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. All eleven crew rescued.[75]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Excursion  United States The 46-gross register ton, 65-foot (19.8 m) motor vessel was wrecked in Cordova Bay in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[72]

22 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Forman F  United States The 6-gross register ton, 28.8-foot (8.8 m) fishing vessel sank off the north shore of McHenry Anchorage (55°58′N 132°27′W / 55.967°N 132.450°W / 55.967; -132.450 (McHenry Anchorage)) on Etolin Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[29]

25 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Salmon Mule  United States The 40-gross register ton, 51.9-foot (15.8 m) motor vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) off Ocean Cape (59°32′30″N 139°51′30″W / 59.54167°N 139.85833°W / 59.54167; -139.85833 (Ocean Cape)) in Southeast Alaska.[36]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Betty J  United States The 45-gross register ton, 57.7-foot (17.6 m) fishing vessel sank 6.3 nautical miles (11.7 km; 7.2 mi) southwest of Yakutat, Territory of Alaska.[76]

September[edit]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Seagate  Liberia The cargo ship ran aground on the Sonora Reef, of the coast of Washington, United States and broke in two.[77]

8 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Italio  United States The 53-gross register ton 64-foot (19.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed near the eastern spit of the Kaliakh River (60°05′40″N 142°48′30″W / 60.09444°N 142.80833°W / 60.09444; -142.80833 (Kaliakh River)) on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska, 12 miles (19 km) west of Cape Yakataga.[78]
Sanco  United States The 15-gross register ton, 40-foot (12.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire due east of Round Point Light (56°16′40″N 132°39′30″W / 56.27778°N 132.65833°W / 56.27778; -132.65833 (Round Point Light)) on Zarembo Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska, 0.25 nautical miles (0.46 km; 0.29 mi) from Etolin Island.[36]

11 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1956
Ship Country Description
A P A-S-10  United States The 95-gross register ton, 72.1-foot (22.0 m) scow wrecked at 55°59′12″N 134°05′36″W / 55.98667°N 134.09333°W / 55.98667; -134.09333 (A P A-S-10) in the Spanish Islands (55°57′38″N 134°07′33″W / 55.9606°N 134.1258°W / 55.9606; -134.1258 (Spanish Islands)) in Sumner Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[74]
Liberty  United States The 16-gross register ton, 39.5-foot (12.0 m) fishing vessel sank in Southeast Alaska off the Barrier Islands (54°48′N 132°25′W / 54.800°N 132.417°W / 54.800; -132.417 (Barrier Islands)).[41]
Valencia  United States The 82-gross register ton, 69.5-foot (21.2 m) cargo vessel was wrecked on Spanish Island (55°57′N 134°07′W / 55.950°N 134.117°W / 55.950; -134.117 (Spanish Island)) in Southeast Alaska.[79]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Seattle  United States The 21-gross register ton, 44.4-foot (13.5 m) fishing vessel was wrecked at King Cove, Territory of Alaska.[36]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Nedra  United States The 11-gross register ton, 33.3-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire on Long Island (57°46′N 152°17′W / 57.767°N 152.283°W / 57.767; -152.283 (Long Island)) near Kodiak, Territory of Alaska.[80]

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Pelagia  Liberia The Liberty ship broke in two and sank off the Lofoten Islands, Norway (67°15′N 11°35′E / 67.250°N 11.583°E / 67.250; 11.583).[81]

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Irene  Greece The coaster foundered south east of Crete. All ten crew rescued by Norman Prince ( United Kingdom).[82]

17 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Ada  United States The 13-gross register ton, 41.7-foot (12.7 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire in Gnat Cove (55°23′00″N 131°19′40″W / 55.38333°N 131.32778°W / 55.38333; -131.32778 (Gnat Cove)) in Carroll Inlet (55°28′22″N 131°18′41″W / 55.4728°N 131.3114°W / 55.4728; -131.3114 (Carroll Inlet)) in Southeast Alaska.[74]
Wild Bill  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.4-foot (9.0 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Ernest Sound in Southeast Alaska.[28]

25 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1956
Ship Country Description
Ada May  United States The 10-gross register ton, 31.3-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was wrecked at Haines, Territory of Alaska.[74]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1956
Ship Country Description
B & W No. 1  United States The 188-gross register ton, 100-foot (30.5 m) cargo ship was wrecked on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea southeast of Mekoryuk.[83]

October[edit]

8 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1956
Ship Country Description
G P C 19  United States The 12-gross register ton, 30.9-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire while moored at Kodiak, Alaska.[84]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Dulcinea  United States The 622-gross register ton, 166.5-foot (50.7 m) tanker was wrecked on Buldir Island in the Aleutian Islands.[58]

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 109 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Tuva  United States During a voyage from Seattle, Washington to Kodiak, Alaska, with a cargo of 30 tons of explosives, the 55-gross register ton, 49.9-foot (15.2 m) fishing vessel sank with the loss of four lives in the Gulf of Alaska about 30 nautical miles (56 km) from Cape Saint Elias on the southwest end of Kayak Island, Territory of Alaska, during a gale.[85]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1956
Ship Country Description
HMS Anchorite  Royal Navy The Amphion-class submarine ran aground in Rothesay Bay, Firth of Forth.[86]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Concha  Costa Rica The cargo ship ran aground in the River Humber. Later refloated undamaged.[87]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Alert  United States The 7-gross register ton, 35.4-foot (10.8 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the beach at Hydaburg, Territory of Alaska.[74]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Lepus  Philippines Typhoon Harriet: The cargo ship foundered off Legaspi with the loss of 25 of her 36 crew. The survivors were rescued by USS Castor ( United States Navy).[88]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1956
Ship Country Description
USS Antietam  United States Navy The Essex-class aircraft carrier ran aground off Brest, France. Later refloated undamaged.[89]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Starlight  United States The 14-gross register ton, 39.2-foot (11.9 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the west side of Golf Island (56°47′30″N 135°23′00″W / 56.79167°N 135.38333°W / 56.79167; -135.38333 (Golf Island)) in Southeast Alaska.[36]

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Beilby  United States The 15-gross register ton, 46.5-foot (14.2 m) fishing vessel ran aground and was lost off a location described as "Point Lookout" in the Territory of Alaska, which could refer to a number of locations but most likely is the Point Lookout (57°39′00″N 133°40′30″W / 57.65000°N 133.67500°W / 57.65000; -133.67500 (Point Lookout)) in Southeast Alaska closest to Beilby's home port of Wrangel.[76]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Domiat Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The Rashid-class frigate was sunk by gunfire by the light cruiser HMS Newfoundland and the destroyer HMS Diana (both  Royal Navy) 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) south of Suez.[90]
Wimbledon  United Kingdom Suez Crisis: The cargo ship foundered off Blakeney, Norfolk with the loss of one of her nineteen crew.[91]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1956
Ship Country Description
Paul Solente  Egypt Suez Crisis: The dredger was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal at Port Said. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[92]
Pollux  Egypt Suez Crisis: The dredger was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal at Port Said.

November[edit]

1 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Aboukir Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The Rashid-class frigate was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal. Refloated on 8 April 1957, she was beached and abandoned.[93]
Aka Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The landing ship tank was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal near Timsah. She was refloated in February 1957, beached, and abandoned.[94][95]
ex-HMS Papua Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The merchant passenger ship, a decommissioned Colony-class frigate that had been acquired for reconversion into a warship for the Egyptian Navy, was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal. She was refloated, beached and abandoned later.[95][96]
ex-HMS Tobago Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The merchant passenger ship, a decommissioned Colony-class frigate that had been acquired for reconversion into a warship for the Egyptian Navy, was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal. She was refloated, beached and abandoned later.[95][96]

3 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Aida Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The ship was sunk by Israeli Dassault Mystère IV aircraft.[97]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1956
Ship Country Description
No. 220 Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The No. 260-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft from the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark ( Royal Navy).[98][97]
No. 227 Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The No. 260-class motor torpedo boat was sunk by Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft from the aircraft carrier HMS Bulwark ( Royal Navy).[98][97]

5 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Carmella  United States The 16-gross register ton, 50.4-foot (15.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Coon Cove (55°27′20″N 131°29′15″W / 55.45556°N 131.48750°W / 55.45556; -131.48750 (Coon Cove)) in Southeast Alaska.[24]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Chum  United States The 11-gross register ton, 32.3-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel sank off Sukoi Island (56°53′30″N 132°55′25″W / 56.89167°N 132.92361°W / 56.89167; -132.92361 (Sukoi Island)) in Frederick Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[24]
Opalia  United Kingdom Suez Crisis: The tanker was sunk or scuttled at Port Said, Egypt. Unclear of operational status, trapped in port or part of British forces. Raised in 1959, repaired and put in service as 23 December ( Egypt).[99][100]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Port Victor  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with a Soviet merchant ship in the Scheldt, Belgium.[101]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Neritopsis  United Kingdom The tanker struck a rock in the South China Sea and sank. All crew rescued by Nellore ( United Kingdom).[102][103]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1956
Ship Country Description
Ussona  United States The 16-gross register ton, 42.9-foot (13.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Deer Island in Ernest Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[104]

20 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1956
Ship Country Description
USS Hartford  United States Navy The decommissioned steam sloop-of-war sank at her berth at the Norfolk Navy Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia. She subsequently was scrapped.

21 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1956
Ship Country Description
M-200  Soviet Navy Collided with the destroyer Statnyj ( Soviet Navy) and sank with the loss of 30 lives.

Unknown[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown November 1956
Ship Country Description
No. 15 Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The landing craft mechanized was lost on 3 or 4 November, possibly scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal.[105][106]
No. 20 Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The landing craft mechanized was lost on 3 or 4 November, possibly scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal.[105][106]
Zamalek  Egypt Suez Crisis: The cargo ship, a former LS-class landing ship, was sunk in the Suez Canal at Port Tewfik, or in the harbor at Suez, Egypt during an attack by British and/or French aircraft, or scuttled by the Egyptians in Suez harbor on 3, 4 or 5 November . Later scrapped in place post war.[107][99][108]

December[edit]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Herewego  United States The 8-gross register ton, 35.2-foot (10.7 m) fishing vessel sank off Saint John Harbor (56°27′00″N 132°57′30″W / 56.45000°N 132.95833°W / 56.45000; -132.95833 (Saint John Harbor)) on Zarembo Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[67]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Southern Hunter  United Kingdom The 441 GRT steam-powered whaler was wrecked trying to avoid a vessel of the Argentine Navy coming in the opposite direction at Foster Harbour, Deception Island, South Shetland Islands.[109]

14 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Sea Parrot  United States The 25-gross register ton, 46-foot (14 m) fishing vessel sank in Prince William Sound on the coast of the Territory of Alaska.[36]

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Farragut  United States The 13-gross register ton, 33.3-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel sank off Point Higgins (55°27′28″N 131°50′00″W / 55.45778°N 131.83333°W / 55.45778; -131.83333 (Point Higgins)) in Southeast Alaska.[29]

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Lukuga  Belgium Collided off Terschelling, Netherlands with Bernhard Hansen ( Norway) and beached off Schiermonnikoog. Refloated 24 December and towed to Emden, Germany where repaired and returned to service.[110]

26 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Sunlong  Norway The Liberty ship sprang a leak and sank off Kristiansand, Norway. All 36 crew rescued by Borre ( Norway).[111][112]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1956
Ship Country Description
Costa del Marfil  Spain The cargo ship sank off the Canary Islands. Thirteen crew survived.[113]

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