List of shipwrecks in 1956

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

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1956
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec


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
Hartel  Netherlands The coaster collided with Penhir ( France) in the River Thames at Gravesend, Kent. All nine on board rescued.[4]
Gem  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Kallgeir ( Norway) at Poortershaven, Netherlands and was beached.[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]

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.[9]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1956
Ship Country Description
Maria Pompei  Italy The cargo ship ran aground at Aberavon, Glamorgan.[10]

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.[11] Refloated on 13 February.[12]

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.[13]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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).[16]
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.[17]

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.[18]

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Lycia  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Katakolon, Greece.[19]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Loide-Honduras  Brazil The cargo ship ran aground on Long Sand Bank, Thames Estuary. ST 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.
Conlea  United Kingdom foundered 15 nautical miles (28 km) off La Corbière, Jersey.[20]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1956
Ship Country Description
RFA Wave Monarch  Royal Fleet Auxiliary The Wave-class oiler ran aground at Valletta, Malta. Later refloated.[21]

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.[22]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1956
Ship Country Description
Corchester  United Kingdom The collier was in collision with City of Sydney near the Haisborough Light Vessel, off the coast of Norfolk and sank with the loss of eight of her 21 crew.[23]

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.[24]

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 Co Donegall, 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.[25]

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 ( Armada Española) then by salvage ship Herakles ( Sweden) to Gibraltar. Subsequently scrapped in the United Kingdom in 1957.[26]

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.[27]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1956
Ship Country Description
Etrusco  Italy The cargo ship ran aground at Scituate, Massachusetts, United States. All 30 crew rescued by breeches buoy.[28]
USS Willis A. Lee  United States Navy The Mitscher-class destroyer was driven onto rocks at Jamestown, Rhode Island in a storm.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32]

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.[33]

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.[34]

7 May[edit]

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

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1956
Ship Country Description
HMS Talent  Royal Navy The T-class submarine was damaged in a collision with an unknown vessel whilst at periscope depth in the Solent.[35]
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.[36]

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.[37][38]

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.[39]

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.[40]
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.[41]
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.[40]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1956
Ship Country Description
Caronia  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground at Messina, Sicily, Italy.[42] Refloated the next day.[43]

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.[44]

June[edit]

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Badora Flag unknown The passenger ship sank in the Bay of Bengal with the loss of all but six of the 202 people on board.[45][46]

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.

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.[47] Later refloated.[48]

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.[49]

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.[50]

28 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1956
Ship Country Description
Rosa  Belgium Collided with Beaverburn ( United Kingdom) in the River Scheldt. Rosa was beached, and refloated the next day. Later repaired and returned to service.[26]

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.[51]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1956
Ship Country Description
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.[52][53]
Dione  France The cargo ship collided with Michael C ( Liberia) off the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[53]
Lord Warden  United Kingdom The ferry collided with Tamba ( France) 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Cap Gris Nez, Pas de Calais, France.[53]
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.[53]

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.[34]

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.[54]

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.[55]

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.[56]

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).[57]
Teeswood  United Kingdom The cargo ship capsized off Dungeness, Kent with the loss of one of her sixteen crew.[57] She drifted and sank off Dover.[44]

August[edit]

9 August[edit]

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

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.[58]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1956
Ship Country Description
Traquair  United Kingdom The coaster sank 36 nautical miles (67 km) east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. All eleven crew rescued.[59]

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.[60]

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).[61]

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).[62]

October[edit]

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.[63]

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.[64]

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).[65]

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.[66]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1956
Ship Country Description
Domiat  Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The frigate was challenged by the light cruiser HMS Newfoundland ( Royal Navy) but fired on the British ship. HMS Diana and HMS Newfoundland returned fire, sinking Domiat.[67]
Ibrahim el Awal  Egyptian Navy Suez Crisis: The Hunt-class destroyer was engaged in shelling Haifa, Israel when she was captured by the Israeli Navy following a battle.[67]
Wimbledon  United Kingdom Suez Crisis: The cargo ship foundered off Blakeney, Norfolk with the loss of one of her nineteen crew.[68]

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.[69]
Pollux  Egypt Suez Crisis: The dredger was scuttled as a blockship in the Suez Canal at Port Said.
Zamalek  Egypt The cargo ship was sunk in the Suez Canal at Port Tewfik during an attack by British and French forces.[70]

November[edit]

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.[71]

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).[72][73]

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.

December[edit]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1956
Ship Country Description
Southern Hunter  United Kingdom This 441GRT 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.[1]

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.[74]

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).[75][76]

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.[77]

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Ship events in 1956
Ship launches: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
Ship commissionings: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
Ship decommissionings: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961
Shipwrecks: 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961