List of shipwrecks in 1961

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The list of shipwrecks in 1961 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1961.

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1961
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January[edit]

3 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Indian Navigator  India The cargo ship sank 60 nautical miles (110 km) off the Isles of Scilly.[1] Thirteen crew of Indian Success ( India) that were put on board to salvage the ship after it caught fire were lost. One of her 67 crew was also reported lost.[2]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Arcadia  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Refloated after two hours.[3]
Harry R. Jones  United States The cargo ship ran aground off Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland whilst under tow to Troon for scrapping.[4]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Egoz  Israel The passenger ship foundered in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 46 of the 49 people on board. She was on a voyage from Al Hoceima, Morocco to Gibraltar.

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1961
Ship Country Description
HMS Oberon  Royal Navy The Oberon-class submarine ran aground at Rothesay Bay in the Firth of Clyde.[5] Refloated the next day with the assistance of three tugs and two boom defence vessels.[6]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Caribbean Queen  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank between Cuba and Florida, United States. All crew rescued.[7]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Yewmount  United Kingdom The coaster collided with Stamatios M. Embiricos ( Greece) and sank. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Glasgow, Renfrewshire. Yewmount was refloated on 30 March 1961 and was scrapped in 1964.[8]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1961
Ship Country Description
S-80  Soviet Navy The Whiskey-class submarine sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of her entire crew of 68. Her wreck remained undiscovered until 23 June 1968.
Vrmac  Yugoslavia The cargo ship capsized and sank off Venice, Italy with the loss of five of her 22 crew.[9]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date January 1961
Ship Country Description
Yarasli  Turkey The coaster foundered in the Ionian Sea. She was last heard from on 25 January.

February[edit]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1961
Ship Country Description
De Vilhena  Malta The tug foundered 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Calvi, Corsica, Italy.

8 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Braga  Norway The cargo ship foundered in the English Channel. All 27 crew and both passengers rescued by the tug Rennes and cargo ship Banora (both  France) and landed at Newhaven, East Sussex or Dieppe, France respectively.[10]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1961
Ship Country Description
BP Explorer  United Kingdom The coastal tanker capsized and sank in the River Severn at Awre, Gloucestershire with the loss of all five crew.[11]
C 632  Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service The auxiliary vessel ran aground at Dungeness, Kent and was holed. A pump was put on board and the ship was escorted to Dover.[12]
Eminence  United Kingdom The coaster collided with American Farmer ( United States) off Thames Haven, Essex and was holed, with her steering gear destroyed.[12]
ex-USS Huron  Canada The floating breakwater, formerly the armored cruiser USS South Dakota (later renamed USS Huron) ( United States Navy), sank at Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, due to flooding of her hull during a storm.
Parcorali  Liberia The cargo ship ran aground on the Rosslyn Rock whilst on a voyage from Bangkok, Thailand to Japan. She was refloated the next day but was consequently declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[13]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Petromar Buenos Aires  Argentina The tanker collided with Pennsylvania ( Denmark) in the Paraná River 217 kilometres (135 mi) from river mouth. The ship and caught fire and was declared a constructive total loss.[14]
Lapwing  United Kingdom The coastal tanker capsized in the River Humber with the loss of three lives.[15]
Runic  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Middleton Rock, 400 nautical miles (740 km) north west of Sydney, Australia. Her crew were rescued by Arabic ( United Kingdom).[16][17] Declared a constructive total loss in March 1961.[18]
Scaldis  Belgium The tug capsized and sank at the mouth of the Scheldt. Two of the fourteen crew were reported missing.[16]

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Yoshiura Maru No. 5  Japan the cargo ship sank south east of Hong Kong. All fifteen crew rescued.[19]

March[edit]

SS Dominator, May 1965

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Newfoundland  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Refloated after six hours.[20]

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Dominator  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground off California, United States and was wrecked. All 31 crew rescued.[21]
Lizzonia  United Kingdom The Channel tanker collided with Arctic Ocean ( Sweden) and sank near the Varne Lightship ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel.
Martin Lutjens  West Germany The coaster collided with Schelde Lloyd ( Netherlands) off the coast of the Netherlands and sank. All crew rescued.[22]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Verao  Fiji The cargo ship foundered off the coast of Queensland, Australia. All fifteen crew rescued by Iron Flinders ( Australia).[23]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Mary P Cooper  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with a coaster and sank in the Manchester Ship Canal, blocking it completely. All eight crew rescued.[24]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Chresten  Denmark The Channel tanker struck a submerged object and sank near Stubbekøbing
Mary P. Cooper  United Kingdom The sand hopper collided with another vessel and sank in the Manchester Ship Canal.[25]

April[edit]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Dara  United Kingdom The passenger ship suffered an onboard explosion and fire off Dubai, with 238 of the 819 people on board killed. The ship was taken under tow, but sank on 10 April.

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Marine Merchant  Greece The bulk carrier broke in two and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (40 nautical miles (74 km) south east of Portland, Maine.[26]
Theia Maria  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground near Punta Galera, Mexico (15°53′N 97°46′W / 15.883°N 97.767°W / 15.883; -97.767) and broke in two. She was scrapped in situ.[27]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Baldwin  United States Navy
Baldwin (extreme right) being refloated on 28 April 1961.
While under tow, the decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer ran aground 2 nautical miles (2.3 miles; 3.7 km) southwest of Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, when her tow line parted. She was later refloated and scuttled.

17 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Seagarden  United States The Liberty ship ran aground off Tobago. She was refloated but declared a constructive total loss.[28]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Tuskar  Netherlands The coaster struck a rock and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) south west of Chicken Rock, Isle of Man. All five crew saved by the cable layer Ariel ( United Kingdom).[29]

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Ivernia  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Southampton, Hampshire. Refloated after five hours.[30]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Makassar Strait  United States Navy
The wreck of USS Makassar Strait on 22 January 1963.
The Casablanca-class escort carrier ran aground on San Nicolas Island, Channel Islands, California.

May[edit]

3 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Albatross  United States The brigantine foundered in the Gulf of Mexico during a squall. Six of the nineteen people on board were killed.[31]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Madura  Liberia Typhoon Viola : The cargo ship ran aground at Hong Kong. Refloated on 10 August but declared a constructive total loss and consequently scrapped.[32]

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Vercharmian  United Kingdom The heavy lift ship ran aground in Mormugao Bay, India, She was refloated 7 July but leaking and beached. Scrapped in 1962.
Marie Kerk  Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground on the Varne Shoal in the English Channel. She was refloated with the aid of the tugs Diligent, Dominant (both  United Kingdom) and Jean Bart ( France).[33]

June[edit]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Baldwin  United States Navy The decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer was scuttled near Montauk Point, Long Island, New York.

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Tien Hsiang  Taiwan The passenger ship sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) south west of Kaohsiung. Two survivors reported of her eleven crew and 33 passengers.[34]

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1961
Ship Country Description
SS Southern Author  South Africa The 439 grt whaler was wrecked after running aground on Dassen Island, 50 nautical miles (93 km) N of Cape Town.[35]

25 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Evertsen  Netherlands The coaster collided with Favoriet ( Netherlands) and sank 17 nautical miles (31 km) south of Portland Bill, Dorset, United Kingdom. All twelve crew rescued by Favoriet and landed at Weymouth. Evertsen was only five weeks old at the time of her loss.[36]

July[edit]

9 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Save  Portugal The cargo liner ran aground at Quelimaine, Mozambique and caught fire.[37] Of the 549 passengers and crew, 259 were killed.[38]

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Dora  Panama The ship ran aground on the Bitto Bank (10°30′N 107°42′E / 10.500°N 107.700°E / 10.500; 107.700) and was abandoned. She was on a voyage from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Hong Kong. Subsequently damaged and declared a total loss.[39]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Fort Hearne  Canada The supply vessel was trapped in ice and sank in the Canadian Arctic.[40]

August[edit]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1961
Ship Country Description
Peary  United Kingdom The coaster sank off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. All eight crew rescued by Fergus ( United Kingdom).[41]

24 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1961
Ship Country Description
World Jury  Greece The tanker ran aground off Masirah Island, Oman and broke up. Twenty-eight of her crew rescued by HMS Llandaff ( Royal Navy).[42]

September[edit]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Vencedor  Colombia The passenger ship capsized and sank off Buenaventura with the loss of 50 lives.[43]

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Heron  Netherlands The coaster sank off Jersey, Channel Islands. Of her eleven crew, six were rescued by Cranborne ( United Kingdom) and two by Port du Bouc ( France).[44]

17 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1961
Ship Country Description
L'Opiniatre  Marine Nationale The frigate ran aground at Dales Voe, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom. Refloated by Haakon VII ( Norway) and towed to Lerwick.[45]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1961
Ship Country Description
USNS Potomac  United States Navy The Maumee-class oiler caught fire and was wracked by a series of explosions while moored at a pier at Morehead City, North Carolina, killing two men. Her bow section was declared a constructive total loss, but her 200-foot (61-meter) stern section was cut away and combined with a new bow section to create the oiler SS Shenandoah, later renamed USNS Potomac.

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Hess Mariner  United States The tanker suffered an explosion and fire 110 nautical miles (200 km) east of Jacksonville, Florida. She was on a voyage from Houston, Texas to Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Hess Mariner sank the next day.[46][47]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Simferapol  Soviet Union The depot ship ran aground between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, South-West Africa and was wrecked.[48]

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Guardfish  United States Navy The decommissioned Gato-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut, by the submarines USS Apogon and USS Blenny (both  United States Navy).

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Vibex  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in the St Lawrence River, Canada.[49] Later refloated and returned to service.[50]

19 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1961
Ship Country Description
HMS Barmouth  Royal Navy The Bar-class boom defence vessel was in danger of running aground between Bempton and Speeton, Yorkshire after her tow line parted. All nine crew rescued by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield.[51]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Bianca C  Italy The passenger ship suffered an explosion and fire off Grenada. Although taken in tow by HMS Londonderry ( Royal Navy), she sank on 24 October. One crew member was killed and eight were injured. Over 700 people were rescued.
Bascobel  United States The tug sank at Mariners Harbor, New York. She was declared a constructive total loss, and scrapped in December 1963.

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Halronell  Republic of Ireland The cargo ship struck Black Rock, off Rosslare Co Wexford coast and broke in two. Three of her six crew were killed, the other three were rescued by a helicopter from RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom.[52]

30 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Hwei Sung  Taiwan The Liberty ship ran aground at Naoyetsu, Japan. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[53]

November[edit]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Clan Keith  United Kingdom The cargo ship hit rocks (initially thought to have exploded but later disproved) and sank off the coast of Tunisia with the loss of 62 of her 68 crew.[54]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Union Reliance  Taiwan The cargo ship collided with Berea ( Norway) in the Houston Ship Channel, Texas, United States, killing twelve people on board Berea. Union Reliance subsequently caught fire and grounded and was abandoned by her owners. She was scrapped in March 1962.

10 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Freshfield  United Kingdom In a fog, the coaster was struck by the Guinness ship Lady Gwendolen ( Ireland)[55] and sank in the Crosby Channel, River Mersey. All nine crew rescued after taking to the liferafts.[56]

12 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Bluebelle  United States The ketch was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean by her captain after he murdered five of the other six people on board.

December[edit]

4 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Stientje Mensinga  Netherlands The coaster struck a rock off Eagle Island, County Mayo, Ireland and sank. Four crew took to a lifeboat. An attempt to rescue them was made by Maria Schulte ( West Germany), which resulted in the loss of five crew from that ship too. Six crew were rescued by an Irish Navy helicopter.[57]

6 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Antonakis  Panama The cargo ship ran aground at Cape Spartel, Morocco (35°43′N 5°57′W / 35.717°N 5.950°W / 35.717; -5.950) and broke in two. Declared a total loss.[32]
Montsoreau  France The T2 tanker collided with Isidora ( France off Cape Spartel, Morocco and was beached. She was on a voyage from La Skhirra, Tunisia to Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône. Montsoreau was refloated on 19 December and consequently sold for scrapping.[58]
Ondo  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on a sandbank near the Elbe No.2 Lightship ( West Germany). She was abandoned as a total loss. She was on a voyage from Sapele, Nigeria to Riga, Soviet Union.[59]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Thorsheimer  Norway The tanker ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom.[60]

9 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Sofia T  Greece The cargo ship sank off Marmara Island, Turkey (40°35′N 27°34′E / 40.583°N 27.567°E / 40.583; 27.567) with the loss of three crew.[61]
Wiema  Netherlands The coaster sank 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of the South Bishop Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom. Her cargo had shifted in a storm and she attempted to make for Pembroke. Assistance was offered by the Admiralty tug Empire Netta ( United Kingdom but refused. She sank following engine failure, all five crew were rescued by the Trinity House vessel Argus ( United Kingdom).[62]

10 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Combine I  Panama The cargo ship foundered 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) north east of Singapore. Only five of her 29 crew were rescued.[63]
Ondo  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Elbe and was abandoned after attempts to salvage her were abandoned.[64][65]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Streatham Hill  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Schelde at Westkapelle, Belgium. Later refloated and returned to service.[66]

13 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Allegrity  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at St Anthony Head, Cornwall.
Spartan  Lebanon The Liberty ship ran aground at Pasa Buenavista, Cuba. She was refloated on 29 May 1962 and towed to Havana. Declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[67]

18 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1961
Ship Country Description
NRP Afonso de Albuquerque  Portuguese Navy Annexation of Portuguese India: The aviso′s crew ran her aground after she suffered serious damage in combat with the frigates INS Betwa and INS Beas and a minesweeper (all  Indian Navy) in the harbor at Goa, India. Captured by Indian forces the next day, she was refloated in 1962 and scrapped.

22 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Allegrity  United Kingdom The coaster capsized and sank on Veryan beach, Cornwall. Her fourteen crew were saved by the Falmouth lifeboat.[68]

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Maria  Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Maizuru, Japan. She was declared a constructive total loss.[53]

29 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Malgomaj  Sweden The bulk carrier collided with the tanker Esso Berlin ( West Germany) in the Westerschelde and caught fire. Rondefjell ( Norway) ran aground trying to avoid the two ships.[69]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1961
Ship Country Description
USCGC Triumph  United States Coast Guard The motor lifeboat sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon with the loss of five of her six crew members.

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Ship events in 1961
Ship launches: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Ship commissionings: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Ship decommissionings: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
Shipwrecks: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966