List of shipwrecks in 1966

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ke The list of shipwrecks in 1966 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1966.

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January[edit]

2 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Pytheas  Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was beached at Rhodes, a total loss.[1]

4 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Faro  Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore near Tokyo, Japan (34°53′N 139°55′E / 34.883°N 139.917°E / 34.883; 139.917) in a cyclone. Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped in situ.[1]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Polynesia  United States The schooner ran aground on a reef 15 nautical miles (28 km) south of Bimini, Bahamas. Fourteen of the 47 people on board were rescued by a United States Coast Guard helicopter.[2]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Monte Palomares  Spain The cargo ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean 840 nautical miles (1,560 km; 970 mi) northeast of Bermuda with the loss of 32 of her 38 crew.[3][4]

13 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Lampsis  Greece The Liberty ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (34°18′N 51°22′W / 34.300°N 51.367°W / 34.300; -51.367).[1]

14 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Le Trégor  France The coaster sank 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) of Cap Gris Nez following a collision with an unnamed motor vessel.[5]

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Bright Star  Panama The coaster ran aground in the South China Sea (15°32′N 109°09′E / 15.533°N 109.150°E / 15.533; 109.150) and was wrecked.
Kremsertor  West Germany The cargo ship foundered in heavy weather off Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. All crew 27 rescued by the tug Atlantic ( West Germany) or by a helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall.[6]
Mi Amigo  Netherlands The coaster ran aground off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom. Later refloated and returned to service.

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Viking Liberty  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground at Trinidad. She was refloated, but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Praia do Saude  Portugal The cargo ship ran aground in the southern Algarve. All six crew escaped alive.[8]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Chelwood Beacon  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in New York Bay,[9] 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, United States. Thirty-nine crew taken off by the pilot boat New Jersey ( United States). Thirteen crew and a pilot taken off the next day by USCGC Yeaton ( United States Navy). The ship was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[10]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Rockport  Liberia The Liberty ship was abandoned in the Pacific Ocean (32°59′N 168°10′W / 32.983°N 168.167°W / 32.983; -168.167) after her hull fractured. She foundered on 5 February.[11]
Unidentified submarine chaser  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-25-class submarine chaser was sunk by U. S. aircraft.[12]

16 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1966
Ship Country Description
White Mountain  Liberia The Liberty ship collided with Funabashi (flag unknown) off Singapore (1°19′N 104°18′E / 1.317°N 104.300°E / 1.317; 104.300). She capsized and sank.[13]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Anne Mildred Brovig  Norway The tanker was involved in a collision off Heligoland, West Germany, with the coaster Pentland ( United Kingdom). Both ships caught fire.[14]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Rexton Kent  Canada The cargo ship, a converted Flower-class corvette, was scuttled off Cape Spencer, Nova Scotia.

25 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Ariete  Spanish Navy The destroyer was wrecked on the coast of Galicia in Spain.[15]
Marine Bounty  United Kingdom The Liberty ship ran aground at Hasieshan, China and broke in two.[7]
Sun Beam  United States During a voyage from Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska to Kodiak on Kodiak Island with five men, one woman, and a cargo of lumber on board, the 194-gross register ton, 89.4-foot (27.2 m) fishing vessel disappeared without trace in a storm in the Gulf of Alaska.[16]

27 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Euxeinos  Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned off the Azores (33°05′N 31°00′W / 33.083°N 31.000°W / 33.083; -31.000). Presumed subsequently foundered.[1]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: February 1966
Ship Country Description
Kyra Hariklia  Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Malmö, Sweden. Refloated on 11 February, declared a constructive total loss.[17]

March[edit]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Anne II  United States The 17-gross register ton, 41.1-foot (12.5 m) fishing vessel sank at Snettisham, Alaska.[18]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Sand Star  United Kingdom The dredger collided with Caroline M ( United Kingdom) in Southampton Water and sank. All eight crew rescued by Caroline M.

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Evi  Greece The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked in the Red Sea near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Lambda 2  Cuba The fishing vessel was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[19]
Lambda 17  Cuba The fishing vessel was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[19]

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Kettara IV  Panama Vietnam War: The small 1910 coaster (original launched as Canonbar) was sunk by gunfire by North Vietnamese Army artillery off the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone with the loss of her entire crew.[20][21]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Maria Despina  Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground at Alexandria, Egypt and broke in tow. The bow section was salvaged and subsequently used as a derrick barge.[11]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Pegasus  Netherlands The coaster sank in the Tagus at Lisbon, Portugal following a collision with Transsylvania ( West Germany. All crew rescued.[22]

April[edit]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Anzio  United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire and capsized, killing at least thirteen people.[23][24]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Oriente  Cuba The cargo ship collided with Stavfjord ( Norway) 16 nautical miles (30 km) north of Ameland, Netherlands. Both ships sank, all crew rescued by Luden ( Netherlands).[25]
Stavfjord  Norway The cargo ship collided with Oriente ( Cuba) 16 nautical miles (30 km) north of Ameland, Netherlands. Both ships sank, all crew rescued by Luden ( Netherlands).[25]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Sparta  Netherlands The coaster ran aground at Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland. Refloated with slight damage on 17 April.[26]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Sofoclis Venizelos  Greece The cargo ship suffered a fire at Piraeus, Greece, and was wrecked.[27]

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Pericles  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on the Ajax Reef (25°25′N 80°07′W / 25.417°N 80.117°W / 25.417; -80.117). Declared a constructive total loss, she was consequently scrapped.[28]

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Costance  Panama The cargo ship ran aground on Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean Sea and sank.
USS Lewis  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.
Saba  Netherlands The coaster sank between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance, Cornwall after her cargo shifted. All seven crew rescued by Scillonian ( United Kingdom).[29]
USS Walter B. Cobb  United States Navy The decommissioned Crosley-class high-speed transport sank in the Pacific Ocean after colliding with the decommissioned high-speed transport USS Gantner ( United States Navy) while both ships were under tow.

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Corrine  United States The 22-gross register ton, 39.5-foot (12.0 m) fishing vessel sank off Craig, Alaska.[30]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Heinz Bernd  West Germany The coaster collided with the motor vessel Torne ( Sweden) in the Kattegat and sank with the loss of six lives.[31]

May[edit]

7 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1966
Ship Country Description
HDMS Skarven  Royal Danish Navy The cutter ran aground and was wrecked at Mjóvanes, Faroe Islands.[32]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Capetown Castle  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Vlissingen, Netherlands. Refloated undamaged later that day.[33]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1966
Ship Country Description
C-100  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The naval trawler, a blockade runner, either was bombed and sunk by South Vietnamese Air Force aircraft or destroyed by gunfire while beached near the Ca Mau Peninsula in South Vietnam by the cutters USCGC Point Cypress and USCGC Point Grey (both Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg United States Coast Guard).[12]

17 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Fina Norvege  Belgium The tanker ran aground on Cani Island, Tunisia. Her cargo was transferred to Fina Canada ( Belgium). She was refloated on 31 May, rebuilt with a new bow section and returned to service.[34]
Pioneer Cebu  Philippines The ferry foundered off Cebu Island during Typhoon Irma.[35] Of the 305 passengers and crew, at least 175 were killed.[36]

18 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Aurora  Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Cape Race, Canada. Presumed subsequently sank.[37]

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Kaitawa  New Zealand The collier foundered 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Reinga with the loss of all 29 crew.[38]

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Eastern Mariner  Australia Vietnam War: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Saigon River in South Vietnam. She was salvaged in 1968 and scrapped.[39]

28 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1966
Ship Country Description
P A F #13  United States A storm destroyed the barge at Sitkinak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago off Alaska.[40]

30 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Andrea  United States The 9-gross register ton, 33.6-foot (10.2 m) fishing vessel was lost after she collided with an unidentified object in Chatham Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska off Point Marsden (58°03′30″N 134°48′25″W / 58.05833°N 134.80694°W / 58.05833; -134.80694 (Point Marsden)).[18]
Tempo  Panama The Liberty ship was driven ashore in a typhoon at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[41]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date May 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Tingey  United States Navy The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California.

June[edit]

1 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1966
Ship Country Description
P A F #23  United States A tsunami destroyed the barge at Sitkinak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago off Alaska.[40]

2 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Kawana  Hong Kong The cargo ship caught fire in the Chittagong Roads, East Pakistan. She was beached but broke in two and was declared a total loss.[17]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Cordova  United States The 55-gross register ton, 79.2-foot (24.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Copper River Flats near Cordova, Alaska.[30]

8 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Frederick C  United States The 73-gross register ton, 69.1-foot (21.1 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the south-central coast of Alaska east of Ocean Cape (59°32′30″N 139°51′30″W / 59.54167°N 139.85833°W / 59.54167; -139.85833 (Ocean Cape)) at 59°32′N 139°51′W / 59.533°N 139.850°W / 59.533; -139.850 (Frederick C).[42]

10 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Dixmude  French Navy The decommissioned Avenger-class escort aircraft carrier was sunk as a target by United States Navy forces.[17]

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape  United Kingdom The tanker collided with Texaco Massachusetts ( United States), and caught fire, killing 33 people on board both ships and the tugs Esso Vermont and Latin America.[43]

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1966
Ship Country Description
C-187  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: When her scuttling charges failed to detonate, the blockade runner was captured by South Vietnamese forces after running aground near the mouth of the Cổ Chiên River in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam while trying to escape attack by the destroyer USS John A. Bole, the destroyer escort USS Haverfield, and the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (all  United States Navy).[44]
Zanita  Liberia The Liberty ship developed a leak and sank off the Kuria Muria Islands . All crew rescued by the Ol-class tanker RFA Olna ( Royal Navy).[7][45]

25 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Stalwart  United States Navy The Aggressive-class minesweeper caught fire, capsized and sank at San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was later refloated and scrapped.

28 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape  United Kingdom The tanker exploded whilst her cargo of naptha was being unloaded in New York Harbor, killing four people.[43]

29 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Mystras  Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground in the Elbe. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[46]

July[edit]

1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Sandy Joy  United States The 9-gross register ton, 31.4-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Aniakchak Bay (56°42′N 157°22′W / 56.700°N 157.367°W / 56.700; -157.367 (Aniakchak Bay)) on the Gulf of Alaska coast of the Alaska Peninsula.[16]
South African Seafarer  South Africa The cargo liner ran aground in Table Bay on the coast of South Africa and broke in two. All 76 people on board were rescued by South African Air Force helicopters.[47]
T-333, T-336 and T-339  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-333/Project 123K-class motor torpedo boats were sunk by U.S. aircraft while trying to attack the guided-missile destroyer USS Coontz and the destroyer USS Rogers (both  United States Navy). 19 survivors rescued and made prisoners of war.[48]

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1966
Ship Country Description
P G No. 10  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.6-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in southwest Alaska on the Kvichak River between King Salmon Creek and Copenhagen Creek.[40]

3 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape  United Kingdom The burning tanker was scuttled by the cutter USCGC Spencer (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg United States Coast Guard).[43]

5 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Elias Dayfas II  Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (21°09′N 86°28′W / 21.150°N 86.467°W / 21.150; -86.467. Presumed subsequently sank.[49]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Cosmos Altair  Panama The Liberty ship ran aground on the Altair Reef (28°55′N 48°47′E / 28.917°N 48.783°E / 28.917; 48.783). She was later refloated.[50]

10 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Paestum  Italy The Liberty ship sprang a leak and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States.[7]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Naifeh  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Clemente Island, California, by a combination of naval gunfire and aircraft attacks.

13 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Ulvert M. Moore  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Nicolas Island in Californiaʼs Channel Islands by surface gunfire and by aircraft from the attack aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea ( United States Navy).

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Bridlington Queen  United Kingdom The passenger boat sprang a leak and sank at Bridlington, Yorkshire. All 120 on board rescued by various pleasure craft. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[51]
Catherine J  United States The 24-gross register ton, 40.2-foot (12.3 m) fishing vessel sank off a location identified in the wreck report as "Seal Cape Light" on the coast of Alaska. The report does not specify to which of several locations known as Seal Cape in Alaska it refers.[30]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Angelic  Panama The Liberty ship ran aground at Nojima Saki, Japan. Later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[1]
Favourite  United Kingdom The 163-year-old Thames barge sank at Chiswick.[52]
Koula F  Greece
The wreck of Koula F, known locally as the "Greek Ship," on 3 December 2008.
The cargo ship ran aground in the Persian Gulf at Kish Island, Iran. She was declared a total loss.[17]
Taiwind  Panama The Liberty ship collided with St. Matthew (flag unknown) off Irosaki, Japan. She was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Peanut  United States The 12-gross register ton, 31.2-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Uyak (57°38′20″N 154°00′00″W / 57.63889°N 154.00000°W / 57.63889; -154.00000 (Uyak)), Alaska.[40]

28 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Archangel Michael  Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground near Okha Port, India (22°27′N 68°59′E / 22.450°N 68.983°E / 22.450; 68.983) and broke in two, a total loss.[53]

30 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Janet Glory  Liberia The cargo ship ran aground at Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 31 on board abandoned the ship by lifeboat and landed at Spencer's Wharf. Three local fishermen boarded the ship with the intention of salvage, but were killed when the ship exploded. Their fishing boat was also sunk.[54][55]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Chignik 2  United States The 10-gross register ton, 29.8-foot (9.1 m) fishing vessel sank in Warner Bay (56°08′N 158°24′W / 56.133°N 158.400°W / 56.133; -158.400 (Warner Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula in Alaska.[30]

August[edit]

2 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1966
Ship Country Description
AR 1  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 5  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 7  United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 8  United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 9  United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
N S 10  United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]
N S 11  United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]
N S 22  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]
N S 24  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]
N S 25  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]
N S 26  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[56]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Mystitchi  Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground in the Great Belt, Denmark.[57]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Diana  United States The 13-gross register ton, 37.6-foot (11.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Judd Harbor (54°53′N 131°16′W / 54.883°N 131.267°W / 54.883; -131.267 (Judd Harbor)) on the coast of Duke Island in the Gravina Islands of the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[58]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Dashava  Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground in the Great Belt, Denmark, while going to the assistance of Mystitchi ( Soviet Union). The teleprinter hotline between the White House and the Kremlin was cut.[57]

14 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Snug  United States The 6-gross register ton, 27.8-foot (8.5 m) fishing vessel sank in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska.[16]

23 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Baton Rouge Victory  United States Vietnam War: The Victory ship was damaged by a limpet mine in the Long Tau River with the loss of seven crewmen killed and was beached to prevent her from sinking, although she nonetheless blocked the shipping channel. She was refloated on 30 August, towed to Vung Tao, South Vietnam, and scrapped in Taiwan in 1967.[59]

27 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 August 1966
Ship Country Description
P S No. 76  United States A storm destroyed the 337-gross register ton, 120-foot (36.6 m) barge at East Landing (57°07′10″N 170°16′00″W / 57.11944°N 170.26667°W / 57.11944; -170.26667 (East Landing)) on Saint Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands.[40]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1966
Ship Country Description
Hunzeborg  Netherlands The cargo ship was involved in a collision in the Strait of Dover, and was beached at Sandown, Kent.[60]
USS Maurice J. Manuel  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

September[edit]

1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Prins der Nederlands  Netherlands The ocean liner ran aground off Flores, Azores, Portugal. Two hundred passengers taken off.[61]

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Maria  Greece The Channel tanker sank south of Cyprus.

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Skagerak  Norway The train ferry sank in the North Sea with the loss of two of the 147 people on board.[62]
Hanseatic  West Germany The ocean liner caught fire at New York. The fire developed in the engine room and gutted five decks.[63]

11 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Etta  United States The 17-gross register ton, 41.6-foot (12.7 m) fishing vessel was lost after colliding with the vessel My Laddie ( United States) 5,000 feet (1,500 m) off Beacon Point (56°56′15″N 132°59′30″W / 56.93750°N 132.99167°W / 56.93750; -132.99167 (Beacon Point)) in Southeast Alaska.[64]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Earl M  United States The 10-gross register ton motor vessel sank at Swanson Harbor (58°11′30″N 135°05′00″W / 58.19167°N 135.08333°W / 58.19167; -135.08333 (Swanson Harbor)) in Southeast Alaska.[64]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Jeannette F  United States The 74-gross register ton, 67.7-foot (20.6 m) fishing vessel was lost near Narrow Cape (57°25′37″N 152°19′44″W / 57.4269°N 152.3289°W / 57.4269; -152.3289 (Narrow Cape)) on Kodiak Island south of Kodiak, Alaska, after colliding with the vessel Rosemary ( United States) at 57°27′N 152°15′W / 57.450°N 152.250°W / 57.450; -152.250 (Jeannette F).[65]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1966
Ship Country Description
U-Hai  German Navy The Type XXIII submarine foundered in the North Sea with the loss of all hands.[66] The wreck was raised on 19 September and consequently scrapped.[67]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1967
Ship Country Description
New Bay Beauty  United States The 11-gross register ton, 31.6-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on East Amatuli Island (58°55′N 152°00′W / 58.917°N 152.000°W / 58.917; -152.000 (East Amatuli Island)) in the Barren Islands off the south-central coast of Alaska.[56]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Granikos  Lebanon The Liberty ship ran aground off Pulo Sambu, Indonesia. She was later refloated and towed to Singapore where she was declared a constructive total loss.[46]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Ioanna  Greece The cargo ship caught fire off Arzew, Algeria, and was scuttled two days later 5 nmi (9.26 km) offshore.[68]

25 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1966
Ship Country Description
City of Wellington  United Kingdom The ocean liner was driven ashore in Tokyo Bay during a typhoon. Later refloated.[69]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Saggitatius  Liberia The Liberty ship collided with Schwarzburg ( West Germany) off Buenos Aires, Argentina and sank. She was refloated on 1 October. Subsequently scrapped.[37]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Eleni K  Greece The Liberty ship broke in two and sank off Thevenard, South Australia. She was refloated on 17 November and beached on Goat Island (32°18′S 133°32′E / 32.300°S 133.533°E / -32.300; 133.533 where she subsequently broke up.[53]

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Bering  United States The motor vessel sank off Deer Island (55°55′N 160°50′W / 55.917°N 160.833°W / 55.917; -160.833 (Deer Island)) in Nelson Lagoon, Alaska.[70]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1966
Ship Country Description
RVNS Le Van Bihn  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The LCS(L)-class landing ship was sunk by the North Vietnamese 126th Special Naval Commandos with limpet mines.[44]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1966
Ship Country Description
USS George A. Johnson  United States
George A. Johnson aground

The 1,450-gross register ton decommissioned destroyer escort ran aground on Sharp Park Beach, Pacifica, California after the towing cable broke. She was later scrapped onsite. (37°37′34.43″N 122°29′43.01″W / 37.6262306°N 122.4952806°W / 37.6262306; -122.4952806 (Sharp Park Beach)).

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Hernan Cortes  Panama The Liberty ship ran aground on the Alacran Reef, off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]
S J No. 9  United States The 12-gross register ton, 31.1-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska off Aiaktalik Island (56°42′N 154°03′W / 56.700°N 154.050°W / 56.700; -154.050 (Aiaktalik Island)) in the Kodiak Archipelago.[16]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Fennia  Finland The ferry ran aground in fog on a voyage between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.[71]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Lumberjack  United States The 4,924-gross register ton, 272.1-foot (82.9 m) barge was wrecked at Jorkins Point on Swindle Island in Milbanke Sound on the coast of the British Columbia in Canada.[72]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Hercules  United States The 275-gross register ton, 116.9-foot (35.6 m) tug was destroyed by ice at Clarks Point (58°50′30″N 158°33′00″W / 58.84167°N 158.55000°W / 58.84167; -158.55000 (Clarks Point)) in Alaska's Nushagak River.[73]
Pioneer Leyte  Philippines The passenger ferry collided with Golden State ( United States) and sank off Manila, Philippines, with the loss of 44 lives.[74]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Gulfscout  United States The tank ship capsized off Morgan City, Louisiana. She was on a voyage from Port Arthur, Texas to Tampa, Florida. Gulfscout was subsequently towed out to sea and sunk.[75]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date October 1966
Ship Country Description
USNS American Mariner  United States Navy The former range instrumentation ship was intentionally grounded on a sand bar in the Chesapeake Bay 7 nautical miles (13 km) east of Point Lookout, Maryland, between Point Lookout and Smith Island, Maryland, at 38°02′25″N 76°09′17″W / 38.04028°N 76.15472°W / 38.04028; -76.15472 (American Mariner) for use as an aerial bombing target.
USS Suisun  United States Navy The decommissioned Barnegat-class seaplane tender was sunk as a target by the United States Navy.

November[edit]

1 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1966
Ship Country Description
North Cape  United States A tsunami destroyed the 86-gross register ton, 109.7-foot (33.4 m) barge in Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska.[56]

3 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Kitsap  United States While under tow from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska, where she was to be employed as a floating cannery, the retired 526-gross register ton, 158.9-foot (48.4 m) ferry sank approximately 0.75 nautical miles (1.4 km; 0.9 mi) northwest of Tonki Cape Light (58°21′N 151°59′W / 58.350°N 151.983°W / 58.350; -151.983 (Tonki Cape Light)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[76]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Ada  Italy The dredger collided with Boček ( Yugoslavia) and sank at Lido de Venezia.[77] Refloated on 4 February 1967, repaired and given a new diesel engine, returned to service.[78]

8 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Bettles  United States The landing craft ran aground and broke up in gale off Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutian Islands without loss of life. The seagoing buoy tender USCGC Balsam (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg United States Coast Guard) rescued her crew.[70]

10 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Shibam  Aden The coaster was driven ashore at Salalah, Oman during a tropical cyclone. Later repaired and returned to service.
White Eagle  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on San Clemente Island, California, United States (32°55′N 118°33′W / 32.917°N 118.550°W / 32.917; -118.550), a total loss.[79]

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Isle of Gigha  United Kingdom The roll-on/roll-off ferry capsized off the west coast of Scotland. She was salvaged and returned to service.

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Omega  Liberia The Liberty ship suffered a fractured hull and was abandoned in the Pacific Ocean (6°57′N 125°53′W / 6.950°N 125.883°W / 6.950; -125.883). Presumed subsequently foundered.[80]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Marina di Sapri  Italy The cargo ship struck the wreck of Ada ( Italy) and sank.[78]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Julie  United States The 20-gross register ton, 36.3-foot (11.1 m) fishing vessel sank at Meyers Chuck, Alaska.[65]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Ypapanti  Panama The cargo ship ran aground on Long Sands Head Shoal, 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom and was wrecked. Assistance was given by the Walton on the Naze lifeboat.[81]

20 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Eastern Argo  Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Mapingil, Philippines.[7]

25 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Can-do  United States The buoy tender sank off Anchor Point, Alaska, with the loss of three lives.[82]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1966
Ship Country Description
C-41  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The blockade runner was run aground at Duc Pho, South Vietnam. to avoid capture. Two crewmen were killed after abandoning ship when they went back to her to check scuttling charges that failed to detonate on schedule but which detonated when they approached.[44]

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Tegean  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on Sisters Shoal, Sambro Island, and was wrecked.[83][84]

29 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Daniel J. Morrell  United States The Great Lakes freighter broke up in a storm on Lake Huron with a loss of 28 of its 29 crewmen.

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Nightmare  United States The fishing vessel disappeared along with both people aboard – a husband and wife – during a voyage from Seldovia to Halibut Cove, Alaska.[56]
Pionere  Italy The tug capsized while assisting Guglielmo Marconi at Messina. Refloated 22 January 1967, repaired and returned to service.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in November 1966
Ship Country Description
Stamatis  Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore and wrecked in a typhoon at Madras, India.[7]

December[edit]

1 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1966
Ship Country Description
519  United States The 210-gross register ton, 103.8-foot (31.6 m) barge sank in Chatham Strait off Takatz Island (57°08′N 134°48′W / 57.133°N 134.800°W / 57.133; -134.800 (Takatz Island)) in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[85]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Heraklion  Greece The passenger ferry capsized and sank in the Aegean Sea

11 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1966
Ship Country Description
U F 21  United States The 17-gross register ton, 34.2-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Port Lions, Alaska.[86]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Agia Varvara  Greece The coaster caught fire, then capsized and sank off Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Contentia  West Germany The cargo ship collided with the Bull lightvessel (Trinity House Ensign.svg Trinity House, [United Kingdom]) and sank at the mouth of the Humber.[87]
Eldorita  United Kingdom The coaster foundered north west of Hook of Holland, Netherlands. All four crew survived.[87]
Elke  West Germany The coaster collided with another ship and sank in the Humber Estuary.[87]

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Shelikof  United States The 72-foot (21.9 m) crab-fishing vessel foundered and drifted ashore at Cape Lazaref (54°37′00″N 163°35′10″W / 54.61667°N 163.58611°W / 54.61667; -163.58611 (Cape Lazaref)) on Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands, where the surf pounded her to pieces. Her four-man crew survived and was rescued from the beach, two by the tug Trojan ( United States) and two by the medium endurance cutter USCGC Storis (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg United States Coast Guard).[16]

18 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Colahan  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

30 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Mahnomen County  United States Navy The LST-542-class tank landing ship was driven ashore off Chu Lai, South Vietnam, by the 18-foot (5.5-meter) surf and high winds of a typhoon.

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Oriana  Panama The cargo ship caught fire at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was grounded due to the amount of water pumped aboard during firefighting operations. She was refloated on 4 January 1967 and declared a constructive total loss.[17]
Refrigerator 10  Soviet Union The 239-foot (72.8 m) refrigerator ship sank in the Bering Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km; 40 mi) north of Unimak Pass with the loss of about 50 lives. Soviet fishing vessels rescued about 50 survivors.[88]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Corson  United States Navy The decommissioned Barnegat-class seaplane tender was sunk as a target by the United States Navy.
Francis Garnier  French Navy The decommissioned sloop-of-war was sunk as a target in a nuclear weapon test in the Pacific Ocean.
Nafsiporos  Greece The cargo ship foundered in the Irish Sea. Her crew were rescued by the Holyhead Lifeboat.[89]

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Ship events in 1966
Ship launches: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Ship commissionings: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Ship decommissionings: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Shipwrecks: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971