List of shipwrecks in 1963

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The list of shipwrecks in 1963 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1963.

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1963
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Nueva Guinea  Spain The coaster exploded and sank off Santa Cruz de la Palma, Canary Islands. One crewmember reported missing and two injured.[1]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Marnipo  Lebanon The Liberty ship ran aground in the Dardanelles and broke in two.[2]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Adelfotis II  Lebanon The cargo ship was driven ashore at South Shields, County Durham, United Kingdom. All 23 crew were rescued by breeches buoy.[3]
Orizia  Italy The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Veracruz, Mexico and was abandoned by her crew.[4] She was declared a constructive total loss.

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Coalinga Hills  United States The T2 tanker ran aground off Tanegashima, Japan. She was on a voyage from Iran to Kudumatsu. Consequently scrapped due to damage sustained.[5]

24 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Graziella  Italy The cargo ship was driven ashore in a gale at Tangier, Morocco.[6]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1963
Ship Country Description
Crescence  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Winterton, Norfolk.[7]

February[edit]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Marine Sulphur Queen  United States The T2 tanker vanished off the southern coast of Florida after a routine radio report on this date. All 39 crew members were lost.

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Johan Collett  Norway The cargo ship on route from Sardinia to Ghent with a cargo of zinc ore sank after the cargo shifted in a force 10 gale. 9 men were saved by the Guernsey R.N.L.I. lifeboat, earning their Gold Medal and also one from the Norwegian Lifeboat Institution.[8][9]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Flaksee  West Germany The cargo ship collided with Canuck Trader ( Canada) near the Varne Lightship (Trinity House Ensign.png Trinity House) and sank 9 nautical miles (17 km) off Folkestone, Kent.[10]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Maasdam  Netherlands The ocean liner struck the wreck of Harborough ( United Kingdom) at Bremen, West Germany and was holed. All 230 passengers and 276 crew rescued by Gotthilf Hagen ( West Germany).[11]

25 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Miraflores  Panama The tanker collided with Abadesa in the Westerschelde, Netherlands. Both tankers caught fire. One crew and five reported missing from Miraflores. The tanker George Livanos ( Panama) ran aground when taking avoiding action.[12]
Aegli  Greece The cargo ship sank in the Aegean Sea with the loss of all but one of her 22 crew.[13]
An Unnamed ferry  Japan The ferry collided with a cargo ship ( Japan) off Kobe and sank. Of the 64 people on board, nineteen were rescued, seven killed and 38 were reported missing.[13]

28 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1963
Ship Country Description
Ilektra  Greece The cargo ship ran aground on the Corncarhai Rock off Brest, France and sank. Sixteen crew took refuge on the rock and were rescued by helicopter. The captain was killed and two crew reported missing.[14]

March[edit]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Aghios Ioannis  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground at Ōhara, Japan and broke in two.[15]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Protoklidos  Lebanon The Liberty ship ran aground on the Portuguese coast. Subsequently refloated but sank in the Atlantic Ocean on 20 March north of Cabo Roca.[16]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Arctic Bear  Canada The ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean. Her two crew were rescued by Irving Birch ( United States).

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Bear  United States The barquentine sank 250 nautical miles (460 km) south of Nova Scotia, Canada after losing her tow. Both crew rescued.[17]
Alkimos  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on the Australian coast 170 nautical miles (310 km) north of Fremantle. Refloated in January 1964.

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Northgate  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank off Le Havre, France. All eight crew rescued by the Le Havre pilot boat.[18]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Bray  United States Navy The decommissioned Rudderow-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1963
Ship Country Description
Valor  Panama The cargo ship ran aground at Mukho, South Korea and was declared a constructive total loss.[19]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date March 1963
Ship Country Description
Alkimos  Greece The cargo ship ran aground on a reef in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Western Australia. She later was refloated and repaired.[19]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Bulwark  South Africa Ran aground at Danger Point, Cape Province and broke in two. A total loss.[20]

10 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Thresher  United States Navy The Thresher-class submarine broke up and sank with the loss of all 129 crew during deep diving tests in the Atlantic Ocean 190 nautical miles (350 km) east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1963
Ship Country Description
K-33  Soviet Navy The Hotel II-class ballistic missile submarine collided with the cargo ship MS Finnclipper ( Finland) in the Kattegat. She was repaired and returned to service.

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Arctic Sealer  United Kingdom The sealing ship sank off Newfoundland, Canada. All crew rescued by Arctic Endeavour ( United Kingdom).[21]

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Bernières  France The Liberty ship ran aground at Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She was declared a constructive total loss and later scrapped.[22]

24 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Cato  United Kingdom The coaster collided with City of Brooklyn ( United States) and sank at Bristol.[23] Later raised and scrapped.[24]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Marine Progress  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore on the coast of Puerto Rico. She was refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[25]

29 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Cosmonaut  Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground off Copenhagen, Denmark on her maiden voyage and was holed.[26]

30 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1963
Ship Country Description
Aghios Georgios II  Lebanon The cargo ship caught fire off Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom. The crew were taken off and the ship was beached at Norman's Bay.[27]

May[edit]

1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1963
Ship Country Description
Yue Jin  China The cargo ship struck a rock,[28] and sank off Cheju Island, South Korea. All 55 crew rescued by the fishing boat Iki-maru ( Japan).[29]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1963
Ship Country Description
Adel  Egypt The ferry capsized and sank in the Nile near Karara in Sudan with the loss of 173 lives.[30]

20 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1963
Ship Country Description
Bruce M  Lebanon The cargo ship collided with Puerto de Castillon ( Spain), which sank west of Jersey, Channel Islands. Bruce M rescued the crew of the other ship and made for Plymouth, Devon but started to take on water. Assistance was given by HMS Wakeful ( Royal Navy).[31]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1963
Ship Country Description
Mparmpa Petros  Greece Ran aground at Porto de Pedras, Brazil and was wrecked.

31 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1963
Ship Country Description
Alkimos  Greece The cargo ship ran aground 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Perth, Western Australia following the loss of her tow.[32]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Iona  United States Navy The tug was sunk in an accident. Later raised and scrapped by burning.

June[edit]

2 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Lord Gladstone  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Novorossiysk, Soviet Union. Later refloated with aid of Soviet ships.[33]

5 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Seacrest  Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground near Barcelona, Spain. She was later refloated and towed to Genoa, Italy where she was declared a constructive total loss.[22]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Seekonk  Canada The tanker caught fire while pierside at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, and suffered a series of explosions. She was towed away and grounded on Governors Island in Hillsborough Bay. After the fire burned itself out, she was refloated and scrapped.

13 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Carmen  Panama The cargo ship collided with Sadikzade ( Turkey) in the Strait of Dover and sank with the loss of two crew. Sadikzade then collided with Leandros ( Greece), which in turn collided with Clyde Sergeant ( United Kingdom). All three ships reached port safely.[34]

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Agios Nektarios  Greece caught fire in the Ionian Sea, taken in tow but sank near Patras, Greece.

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Gianni Zeta  Italy The cargo liner collided with Fosna ( Norway) and sank off Gibraltar. All nineteen crew and nine passengers saved.[35]

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1963
Ship Country Description
Fleurus  Canada The circus ship caught fire at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. All people and animals saved except for some zebras.[36] The wreck was scuttled in October 1963.[37]

July[edit]

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Netty  Netherlands The coaster collided with Fina Canada ( Italy) off Ramsgate, Kent and sank. All five crew rescued by Fina Canada.[38]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Patrician  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Santa Emilia ( United States) and sank off Gibraltar. Thirty-four of the 37 crew were rescued by Santa Emilia, with three reported as missing.[39]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Ciudad de Asuncion  Argentina The ferry struck the wreck of Marionga J Cairns (flag unknown), caught fire and sank in the River Plate between Buenos Aires and Montevideo, Uruguay.[40][41] At least 53 of the 420 people on board were killed.[42]

14 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Hobart Star  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Melbourne, Australia in a storm.[43] Later refloated and returned to service.

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Bassurelle  France The trawler was wrecked in the English Channel off Langton Matravers, Dorset, United Kingdom. Her five crew were rescued.[44]
HMS Brave Swordsman  Royal Navy The Brave-class fast patrol boat ran aground 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Later refloated and taken to Chatham Dockyard for examination.[45]

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Trebisnjica  Yugoslavia
Trebisnjica, July 2010

The Liberty ship ran aground on Hogsty Reef, in the Bahamas (21°36′N 73°50′W / 21.600°N 73.833°W / 21.600; -73.833).[46]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Tritonica  Bermuda The bulk carrier collided with Roonagh Head ( United Kingdom) and sank in the St Lawrence River 55 nautical miles (102 km) from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. Thirty-three crew were killed.[47][48]

24 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Aronda  China The cargo ship ran aground at Macao after losing her tow in a typhoon whilst being towed to Hong Kong for scrapping.[49][50]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1963
Ship Country Description
Blikur  Faroe Islands The coaster struck an iceberg and sank off Greenland. All 35 crew saved by Poseidon ( West Germany).[51]

August[edit]

4 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 1963
Ship Country Description
Kastela  Yugoslavia The Liberty ship sank in the Hudson Strait (63°39′N 77°20′W / 63.650°N 77.333°W / 63.650; -77.333).[52]

14 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1963
Ship Country Description
Empire Grace  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Kanholmsfjärden, Sweden. Refloated on 26 August but declared a constructive total loss and consequently scrapped.[19]
USS Queenfish  United States Navy The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target by the submarine USS Swordfish ( United States Navy).

September[edit]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1963
Ship Country Description
Archangelsk  Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground in fog in the Bosphorus, ramming a house and killing three people.[53]

6 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Balao  United States Navy The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target off the coast of northern Florida.

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1963
Ship Country Description
Alacrity  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground on the Cornish coast between Land's End and St Ives and was holed.[54][55]

21 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Grouse  United States Navy The minesweeper ran aground off Rockport, Massachusetts.

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1963
Ship Country Description
Andes  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Sicily, Italy but was refloated after three hours.[56]

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1963
Ship Country Description
USS Grouse  United States Navy The minesweeper was destroyed by explosives after running aground off Rockport, Massachusetts, two days earlier.

24 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1963
Ship Country Description
Roland  West Germany The coaster collided with Rio Quequen ( Argentina) off Warnemünde and sank with the loss of one crewmember, two others reported missing.[57]

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Esso Brussels  Belgium The tanker collided with another ship in the Mediterranean Sea.[58]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Humbergate  United Kingdom The coaster capsized and sank off West Pentire, Cornwall. All five crew survived.[59]

8 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Manticos  Greece Beached at 11°14′N 16°32′W / 11.233°N 16.533°W / 11.233; -16.533 after developing a leak.

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Island Cypress  Canada The barge broke in two and sank off the mouth of the Quillayute River.[60]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Island Maple  Canada The barge broke in two off Cape Flattery. The bow section sank, the stern section capsized and was scuttled.[61]
Manticos  Greece Sank after pumping operation failed and leak increased.

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Juan Ferrer  Spain Capsized and sank near Boscawen Point, United Kingdom,[62] with the loss of eleven of the fifteen crew.[63]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1963
Ship Country Description
Theokotos  Panama The Liberty ship collided with British Statesman ( United Kingdom off Lisbon, Portugal. She was declared a constructive total loss.[46]

November[edit]

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1963
Ship Country Description
Woodburn  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Singapore and was holed.[64]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1963
Ship Country Description
Dynafuel  United States The tanker collided with Fernview ( Norway) at Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts. She sank on 15 November after the tow ships were separated.[65]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1963
Ship Country Description
Kilo  Netherlands The cargo ship caught fire in the Bristol Channel. Her crew were rescued by the Mumbles Lifeboat.[66]

December[edit]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Fort Albany  Canada Collided with ship in Saint Lawrence River and sank near Sorel, Quebec, Canada[67]

14 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Castillo Montjuich  Spain last reported 400 nautical miles (740 km) north west of the Azores (43°12′N 34°20′W / 43.200°N 34.333°W / 43.200; -34.333).[58]

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Mary Pauline  Canada The coaster foundered off Saint John's, Newfoundland with the loss of six of her seven crew.[68]

21 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Douala  France The coaster foundered off Point-aux-Basques, Newfoundland with the loss of at least seven crew.[69]

22 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Lakonia  Greece The 20,314 ton passenger liner caught fire in the Atlantic ocean while sailing to the island of Madeira and was disabled; 128 fatalities.

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Amazon  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground near Cape Bon, Tunisia (36°43′N 10°58′E / 36.717°N 10.967°E / 36.717; 10.967). She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[70]

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Mohammedi  India The ocean liner ran aground 14 nautical miles (26 km) south of Singapore. HMS Barbain ( Royal Navy) attempted to go to her aid but was ordered out of Indonesian territorial waters by Indonesian Navy gunboats. Her clearance to enter Indonesian waters not being accepted, she withdrew to international waters.[71]

29 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Lakonia  Greece After being disabled by a fire on 22 December, the abandoned 20,314 ton passenger liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (265 miles; 426 km) southwest of Lisbon, Portugal, and 250 nautical miles (288 miles;463 km) west of Gibraltar while under tow.

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1963
Ship Country Description
Esso Brussels  Belgium Collided with another ship, towed to Antwerp for repairs.[58]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1963
Ship Country Description
Dunay  Soviet Navy The full-rigged ship was destroyed by fire.
USAT Liberty  United States The United States Army Transport, aground at Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia, since being torpedoed during World War II by the submarine I-166 ( Imperial Japanese Navy) on 11 February 1942, slipped off the beach due to seismic tremors associated with the volcanic eruption of Mount Agung and sank.

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See also[edit]

Ship events in 1963
Ship launches: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
Ship commissionings: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
Ship decommissionings: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968
Shipwrecks: 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968