List of shipwrecks in 1970

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The list of shipwrecks in 1970 includes ships that sank, foundered, grounded, or were otherwise lost during 1970.

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1970
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date
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January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Laddy  United States The boat was lost in Esther Passage (60°53′N 147°56′W / 60.883°N 147.933°W / 60.883; -147.933 (Esther Passage)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[1]
Phallus  United States The vessel was lost in Columbia Bay (60°56′30″N 147°05′30″W / 60.94167°N 147.09167°W / 60.94167; -147.09167 (Columbia Bay)) in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska after she collided with an iceberg.[2]
Sea Fair  United States The vessel was wrecked in the Gulf of Alaska on the south end of Montague Island at the entrance to Prince William Sound in Alaska.[3]

5 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Badger State  United States The cargo ship sank in the North Pacific Ocean ten days after she was abandoned after her cargo of bombs and other munitions broke loose and started to explode during a voyage from Bremerton, Washington, to Da Nang, South Vietnam. Fourteen members of her crew of 40 survived.[4]
Cottonwood Creek  United States The bulk carrier was wrecked off the coast of Honduras. She was on a voyage from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Saigon, South Vietnam.[5]

6 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Sofia Papas  Liberia The tanker split in two and sank in the Pacific Ocean with the loss of seven crew.[6]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Elda  Greece Grounded near Mehidia, Morocco after developing engine trouble and a leak. Declared a total loss.
Pete Tide  United States The oil rig supply boat capsized and sank in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska after colliding with an oil platform on Middle Ground Shoal (60°53′N 151°23′W / 60.883°N 151.383°W / 60.883; -151.383 (Middle Ground Shoal)). Her entire crew of five survived.[2]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Fusina  Italy Sank off Sardinia with the loss of eighteen of her nineteen crew.[7]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Two unidentified motor torpedo boats  Egyptian Navy The No. 260-class motor torpedo boats were lost on this date.[8][9]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1970
Ship Country Description
Kolasin  Yugoslavia The Liberty ship ran aground in the Black Sea off Tuapse, Soviet Union, a total loss.[10]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Nathanael Greene  United States Navy The James Madison-class submarine ran aground off Charleston, South Carolina.[11]

February[edit]

3 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Rio Damuji  Cuba The cargo ship ran aground at Punta Maya, Varadero Peninsula (23°06′N 81°23′W / 23.100°N 81.383°W / 23.100; -81.383). Salvage was abandoned after gale damage.[12]

4 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Arrow  Liberia The tanker ran aground on Cerberus Rock in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada[13] and broke in two, resulting in the spill of 3.5 million litres of her cargo of crude oil.[14]
Bat Galim  Israeli Navy War of Attrition: The landing craft was sunk, or beached, with Limpet mines by Egyptian frogmen at Eilat.[15][16]
Bat Sheva  Israeli Navy War of Attrition: The landing craft was sunk with Limpet mines by Egyptian frogmen at Eilat.[17][18]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Lairdsfield  United Kingdom The coaster capsized and sank off the Tees Estuary with the loss of all ten crew after its cargo was improperly loaded.[19][20]
Minya  Egyptian Navy War of Attrition: The Bahaire-class minesweeper was sunk by Israeli aircraft in the Gulf of Suez.[21][22]

7 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Antonias Demades  Liberia The tanker sank in the Pacific Ocean with the loss of twelve crew.[6]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Kiska  United States The crab-fishing vessel burned and sank in a cove in Kovurof Bay (52°05′N 174°56′W / 52.083°N 174.933°W / 52.083; -174.933 (Kovurof Bay)) on the coast of Atka Island in the Aleutian Islands. The fishing vessel Kenivan Bay ( United States) rescued her crew.[23]

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1970
Ship Country Description
California Maru  Japan The bulk ore carrier sank in the Pacific Ocean. Of her 29 crew,[24] all but five were rescued.[6]
Foudre  French Navy The decommissioned Casa Grande-class dock landing ship was sunk as a target.

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Amasya  Turkey The cargo ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of eight of her 33 crew.[25]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1970
Ship Country Description
Intrepid  United States While towing the barge Cordova ( United States), the tug capsized and sank with the loss of three lives in the Gulf of Alaska 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) south of Yakutat, Alaska, during a gale. Her five survivors were rescued from a life raft 60 hours later by the buoy tender USCGC Clover (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg United States Coast Guard).[26]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1970
Ship Country Description
Agami  France The trawler foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all nine crew. Officially declared lost on 17 February.[25]
LT-1969  United States Army The vessel sank in the Qui Nhon area, Vietnam. Salvaged by USS YMLC-5, USS BD 6062 and USS BD 6662 (all  United States Navy) between 7 and 17 February.[27]
Manes P  Greece The cargo ship was driven ashore and sank near St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.[28]

March[edit]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1970
Ship Country Description
Eurydice  French Navy The Daphné-class submarine suffered an explosion whilst submerged off St Tropez and sank with the loss of all 57 crew.

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Young  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off the Mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1970
Ship Country Description
Vita  United States The crab fishing vessel caught fire and was abandoned near Seward, Alaska. The United States Coast Guard rescued two crew members from a life raft.[29]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1970
Ship Country Description
Eternity  Panama The cargo ship sank 200 nautical miles (370 km) south of Hong Kong. Twenty-five crew survived.[30]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1970
Ship Country Description
Interwave  Netherlands The coaster ran aground off Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom.[31]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1970
Ship Country Description
HMS Gossamer  Royal Navy The M-class minesweeper was sunk as a target.[32]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Cony  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico.

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1970
Ship Country Description
HQ-1236 Naval ensign of South Vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The armoured troop carrier struck a mine and sank. Salvage operations by Republic of Vietnam Navy and United States Navy personnel completed on 25 April with the vessel towed to Dong Tam, Vietnam.[27]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Eaton  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a gunnery target in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (167 km) off Norfolk, Virginia.

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1970
Ship Country Description
Vassiliki  Cyprus The Liberty ship ran aground in the Bahamas (22°26′N 73°01′W / 22.433°N 73.017°W / 22.433; -73.017). She was declared a constructive total loss.[33]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Glen Strathallen  United Kingdom The retired training ship was scuttled in shallow water off Plymouth, England, at 58°18′55″N 4°7′31″W / 58.31528°N 4.12528°W / 58.31528; -4.12528 as a training facility for divers. Found to be an obstruction, the wreck was demolished with explosives.
HQ 6527 Naval ensign of South Vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The monitor struck a mine and sank. Salvage operations by the Republic of Vietnam Navy and United States Navy were completed on 15 April.[27]

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1970
Ship Country Description
London Valour  United Kingdom The cargo ship was wrecked at Genoa, Italy with the loss of 13 lives.[34]

9 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Galletta  Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore at "Chaina". She was later refloated and scrapped at Hong Kong.[33]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Sierra Bravia  Spain The coaster sank after a collision with Ruhr Ore ( Liberia) in the English Channel. Four of her thirteen crew were killed.[35]
K-8  Soviet Navy The November-class submarine sank in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of 52 of her 125 crew.
Kalymnos  Greece The cargo ship ran aground off Rhodes, constructive total loss.

13 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1970
Ship Country Description
La Jenelle  United States Anchored outside the harbor at Port Hueneme, California, with a skeleton crew of two and no passengers aboard, the cruise ship was driven aground and wrecked during a storm. Her wreck later was gutted by fire, cut down to water level, and filled with rocks to form part of a breakwater.

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Enterprise  Canada The fishing vessel foundered in the Cabot Strait during a storm.[36]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Patrick Morris  Canada The ferry foundered in the Cabot Strait while responding to the mayday call from Enterprise (above).[37]

21 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1970
Ship Country Description
Nitto Maru No, 67  Japan The 96-ton fishing vessel capsized and sank either approximately 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) off Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands or off the Kamchatka Peninsula (news accounts differ) with the loss of her entire crew of 17.[38]

May[edit]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Sidney  United States The motor vessel sank off Orca (60°39′50″N 145°43′00″W / 60.66389°N 145.71667°W / 60.66389; -145.71667 (Orca)), Alaska.[3]

4 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Sandra Marie  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire off Cordova, Alaska.[3]

5 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1970
Ship Country Description
T-919  Royal Cambodian Navy Vietnam War: The LCT-1466-class landing ship was sunk by a mine by either Khmer Rouge or North Vietnamese Commandos.[39]

8 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Polycommander  Norway The tanker ran aground at Vigo, Spain.[40]

10 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Plataforma 1  Cuba The fishing boat was captured and scuttled by a Cuban exile group "Alpha 66"-operated boat. She later was raised, repaired, and returned to service.[41]
Plataforma 4  Cuba The fishing boat was captured and scuttled by a Cuban exile group "Alpha 66"-operated boat. She later was raised, repaired, and returned to service.[42]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Orith  Israel War of Attrition: The fishing vessel was sunk off northern Sinai by missiles launched from an Egyptian missile boat. Two crewmen killed.[43]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Bat Galim  Israeli Navy War of Attrition: The beached landing craft was further damaged by demolition charges placed on the harbor bottom under the ship by Egyptian frogmen at Eilat. She would eventually be refloated, towed to sea and scuttled.[44]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1970
Ship Country Description
El Qaher  Egyptian Navy War of Attrition: The El Fateh-class destroyer was sunk by Israeli Air Force aircraft at Berenice, Egypt.[45]
Unidentified missile boat  Egyptian Navy War of Attrition: The No. 783-class missile boat was sunk by Israeli Air Force aircraft at Berenice, Egypt.[46]

29 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1970
Ship Country Description
Efdromos  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on the coast of Angola and broke in two.[47]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date May 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Tweedy  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off Florida.

June[edit]

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1970
Ship Country Description
Batissa  Argentina The cargo ship collided with Italmotor ( Italy) in the Paraná River and caught fire. She was abandoned and later refloated and laid up. A proposed sale fell through and she was scrapped in 1977.[12]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1970
Ship Country Description
Thorland  Panama The cargo ship suffered a catastrophic explosion in the Indian Ocean 400 miles off Mombasa, Kenya in which nine men were killed. She was towed to Mombasa but refused entry and later en route to South Africa the bow half broke away and sank off Mozambique. The stern was beached at Porto Amelia. Declared a constructive total loss she was later acquired by Greek interests and towed to Japan where she was joined to the bow half of Wafra and renamed Achillet.

11 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Gyatt  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class guided-missile destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia.

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1970
Ship Country Description
Robertina  Panama The cargo ship sprang a leak in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Palmas, Liberia. She was beached 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) west of Cape Garraway but declared a constructive total loss.[12]

17 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Waller  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Rhode Island.

18 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Moray  United States Navy The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off California.

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1970
Ship Country Description
A P A 8  United States The motor vessel sank in "Dry Bay" on the coast of Alaska. The wreck report does not specify in which of many bays of the name the sinking took place.[48]
USS Tunny  United States Navy The decommissioned Gato-class amphibious transport submarine was sunk as a target.

26 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Conway  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

July[edit]

1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Ancona (tanker)  Italy The tanker suffered a rudder failure at Istanbul, Turkey and crashed into a six-storey building killing three people.[49]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Trinity  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire in the Gulf of Alaska off Port Wlliams, Alaska, on the southern tip of Shuyak Island.[50]

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Marie Guillon  France The yacht caught fire and exploded off Jersey, Channel Islands killing both crew, Félix Gaillard and Dominic Cirotteau.[51]

14 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Eastcliffe Hall  Canada The cargo ship sank in the Saint Lawrence River near Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, after striking an underwater abutment near Crysler Shoal. Nine crew members and members of their families were killed.

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Naknek Diva  United States The fishing vessel was lost near Homer, Alaska.[38]
Ruth Mae  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire at the fuel dock at Port Protection, Alaska.[52]

20 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Fulvia  Norway The cruise liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean after catching fire the previous day 100 nautical miles (190 km) north of Tenerife, Spain. All 270 crew and 447 passengers were rescued by Ancerville ( France).[53]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Seatrain Washington  United States The Type T2 train ferry ran aground at Vung Tau, Vietnam. Salvage operations involved USS Bolster, USS Deliver and USS YLLC-5 (all  United States Navy) and she was refloated on 29 July.[27]

30 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1970
Ship Country Description
RVNS Nguyen Van Tru  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The South Vietnamese LCS(L)-class landing ship was sunk by North Vietnamese 126th Special Naval Commandos.[54][55]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1970
Ship Country Description
Red Rose  United States The motor vessel sank in Castle Bay (56°16′N 158°09′W / 56.267°N 158.150°W / 56.267; -158.150 (Castle Bay)) near Chignik, Alaska.[52]

August[edit]

1 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Christena  Saint Kitts and Nevis Overloaded ferry sank in channel between Saint Kitts and Nevis. 91 survivors of 300.[56]

7 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Lois M  United States The motor vessel was wrecked near Point Couverden (58°11′25″N 135°03′10″W / 58.19028°N 135.05278°W / 58.19028; -135.05278 (Point Couverden)) in Southeast Alaska.[1]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Segundo  United States Navy The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target by either the submarine USS Sailfish or the submarine USS Salmon (both  United States Navy) (sources differ).

13 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Falcon  United States The seiner sank with the loss of one life just north of Kodiak, Alaska, 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) northwest of the Hanin Rocks (57°50′05″N 152°18′45″W / 57.83472°N 152.31250°W / 57.83472; -152.31250 (Hanin Rocks)). There were 11 survivors.[57]
Grizzle N  United States The motor vessel sank in Kachemak Bay on the south-central coast of Alaska.[58]

14 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Larsen Bay No. 2  United States The barge sank at Perryville, Alaska.[1]

18 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1970
Ship Country Description
LeBaron Russell Briggs  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled off Cape Kennedy, Florida, as a means of disposing of a load of nerve gas placed aboard her.[59]
Miss Pozzolana  United States The motor vessel was wrecked in Dry Harbor in Alaska.[60]

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Judy K  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Old Harbor, Alaska.[61]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1970
Ship Country Description
David E. Hughes  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean at 38°52′N 72°24′W / 38.867°N 72.400°W / 38.867; -72.400 as a means of disposing of a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[62]

21 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Galétée  French Navy The Daphné-class submarine collided underwater with her sister ship Maria van Riebeek ( South African Navy) off Toulon, killing six crew and injuring four others. She was beached at Cap Cepet.[63]

29 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 August 1970
Ship Country Description
Marietta J  United States The motor vessel sank in Frederick Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) west of Cape Strait (56°59′55″N 133°05′30″W / 56.99861°N 133.09167°W / 56.99861; -133.09167 (Cape Strait)).[60]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1970
Ship Country Description
Cambria  United States The tanker ran aground at Bandar Abbas, Iran and suffered extensive bottom damage.[64]
Manhattan  United States The tanker ran aground off Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia.[64]

September[edit]

1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Echo  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Ketchikan, Alaska.[65]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Cavalier  United States The 41-gross register ton, 49.6-foot (15.1 m) fishing vessel sank in Cross Sound off Cape Spencer in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[66]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Irving Whale  Canada The barge, owned by J.D. Irving Ltd., sank in the center of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was refloated in 1996 and is now[when?] in service under the name ATL 2701.
Moonlight  United Kingdom The coaster foundered 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north of Chicken Rock, Isle of Man after her cargo shifted. Two of her crew were killed.[67]

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Fotini Tsavliris  Cyprus The cargo ship ran aground in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands (53°25′N 5°00′E / 53.417°N 5.000°E / 53.417; 5.000). Refloated on 18 September. Subsequently towed to Greece and laid up. Scrapped in 1972.[12]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Scoter  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire off the southeast end of "Spoon Island" – probably a reference to Spuhn Island (58°20′15″N 134°39′30″W / 58.33750°N 134.65833°W / 58.33750; -134.65833 (Spuhn Island)) – in Southeast Alaska.[3]
USS Soley  United States Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico at 19°30′N 065°38′W / 19.500°N 65.633°W / 19.500; -65.633 ("USS Soley (DD-707)").

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Andre  Belgium The ship sank in the Waal after collision with Libia ( Netherlands). Raised on 7 October, repaired and returned to service.[68]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1970
Ship Country Description
Valiant  United States The fishing vessel – a purse-seiner – became disabled in Snow Pass near Ketchikan, Alaska, when a malfunctioning engine cooling line caused her engine room to flood. The fishing vessel My Ann took Valiant in tow, but the tow line parted and Valiant sank.[69]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1970
Ship Country Description
Aquarius  United States The tanker was abandoned off Muscat, Oman following a collision with a Russian merchant ship.[64]

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Atlanta  United States Navy The decommissioned Cleveland-class light cruiser was sunk during an explosives test in the Pacific Ocean off San Clemente Island.

3 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1970
Ship Country Description
RVNS Le Trong Diem  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The Nguyen Van Tru-class landing craft support ship (a.k.a. Le Trong Dam) was sunk by the North Vietnamese 126th Special Naval Commandos.[70][71]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1970
Ship Country Description
RVNS Bach Dang II  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The Ham Tu II-class minesweeper was wrecked on this date. Ship was stripped and destroyed.[72]

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Aguja  Cuba The fishing boat was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[73]
Plataforma 4  Cuba The fishing boat was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[73]

17 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Osprey  United States The motor vessel sank in Bluefox Bay (58°26′N 152°41′W / 58.433°N 152.683°W / 58.433; -152.683 (Bluefox Bay)) on the coast of Afognak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago.[74]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Västanvind  Sweden The coaster was in collision with a whale and sank of the Canary Islands, Spain. All four crew rescued.[75]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Pacific Glory  Liberia The tanker collided with Allegro ( Liberia) off the Isle of Wight, United Kingdom and was set on fire. She was beached on a sandbank off the Isle of Wight.[76]

26 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Sea Mill  United States The 50-foot (15 m) crab-fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Spruce Island in the Kodiak Archipelago after reporting that her radar and depth finder had failed, leaving her two-man crew uncertain of her position during a gale with 30-foot (9.1-meter) seas and 60-mph (97-km/hr) winds. Debris from Sea Mill later was spotted at sea, but the bodies of the two men on board were never found.[3]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1970
Ship Country Description
Souris Trader  Canada The coaster sank in the Gulf of St Lawrence following a fire.[77]

November[edit]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1970
Ship Country Description
Marlena  Liberia The tanker ran aground off Syracuse, Sicily, Italy and caught fire. All 36 crew rescued and the fire was extinguished. The ship was refloated a week later.[78]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Ericsson  United States Navy The decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1970
Ship Country Description
Marites  Philippines The heavy lift ship was driven aground in Manila Bay during Typhoon Patsy. She later was refloated and scrapped.
USS John W. Weeks  United States Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Virginia at 37°10′54″N 073°45′36″W / 37.18167°N 73.76000°W / 37.18167; -73.76000 ("USS John W. Weeks (DD-701)").

21 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1970
Ship Country Description
C-176  Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The blockade runner was beached and scuttled by burning when intercepted by enemy vessels.[79]

22 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1970
Ship Country Description
Four unidentified motor torpedo boats  Guinea-Bissau PAIGC Guinea-Bissau War of Independence: Raid on Conakry: The Project 183-class motor torpedo boats were destroyed by Portuguese forces.[80]
Three unidentified missile boats  Guinea-Bissau Navy Guinea-Bissau War of Independence: Raid on Conakry: Three Project 183R missile boats were destroyed by Portuguese forces.[81]

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1970
Ship Country Description
San  United States A storm destroyed the motor vessel in Uganik Bay (57°50′N 153°32′W / 57.833°N 153.533°W / 57.833; -153.533 (Uganik Bay)) on the coast of Kodiak Island in Alaska.[3]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1970
Ship Country Description
Erkowit  Sudan The cargo ship was run aground at Corunna, Spain,[82] following a collision with Dortmund ( West Germany).[83]

December[edit]

2 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1970
Ship Country Description
Andrea  United States After radioing that her compass was broken, her steering gear was malfunctioning, and that she was experiencing icing, and later that she was going ashore on a beach, the 27-foot (8.2 m) gillnet fishing vessel disappeared in Stephens Passage in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. The bodies of the eight people on board – a married couple, their 17-, 12-, 9-, and 8-year-old and ​6 12-month old sons, and an 8-year-old boy who was a friend of the family – were never found.[48]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1970
Ship Country Description
USS Bluegill  United States Navy The decommissioned Gato-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean about 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) off Lahaina, Hawaii to serve as an underwater rescue training vessel. She was raised in November 1984 and sunk again in deep water.

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1970
Ship Country Description
Rustler  United States The 24-gross register ton, 43.2-foot (13.2 m) fishing vessel lost control of her rudder, ran onto rocks at Kodiak, Alaska, and was pounded to pieces by the surf. The United States Coast Guard rescued all 10 people aboard.[52]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1970
Ship Country Description
Cordova  United States After her towing vessel – the tug Intrepid ( United States) – capsized and sank in the Gulf of Alaska 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) south of Yakutat, Alaska, on 19 February during a gale, the 400-foot (121.9 m) barge, with 40 railroad cars aboard, washed ashore on the south-central coast of Alaska near Yakutat at the Dangerous River (59°20′48″N 139°18′23″W / 59.3467°N 139.3064°W / 59.3467; -139.3064 (Dangerous River)). She later was salvaged.[26][84]
Ridgetown  Canada The bulk carrier was scuttled as a temporary breakwater at Nanticoke, Ontario sometime in the summer of 1970. Refloated later, date unknown.[85]
YTL-17  United States The tug was sunk as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean off Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, at approximately 34°02′N 077°52′W / 34.033°N 77.867°W / 34.033; -77.867.
Z B 100F  United States The barge sank in Bristol Bay off the coast of Alaska while under tow by the tugs Mr. Chuck and Arapahoe Scout (both  United States).[86]

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See also[edit]

Ship events in 1970
Ship launches: 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Ship commissionings: 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Ship decommissionings: 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975
Shipwrecks: 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975