List of shipwrecks in 1972

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The list of shipwrecks in 1972 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1972.

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1972
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1972
Ship Country Description
El Condesito  Spain The cargo ship ran aground sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Tenerife after running aground 50 meters (55 yards, 165 feet) from the Punta Rasca Lighthouse.

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1972
Ship Country Description
Seawise University Flag of Hong Kong 1959 (unofficial Red Ensign).svg Hong Kong
Seawise University

The university ship, formerly the ocean liner RMS Queen Elizabeth ( United Kingdom) sank in Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, due to an on-board fire caused by a suspected arson attack.

Dona Anita  Somalia The cargo ship foundered off British Columbia, Canada with the loss of all hands.[1]

13 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1972
Ship Country Description
Hydrophane  Romania The cargo ship collided with Mozdak (flag unknown) off Odessa, Soviet Union. Both vessels sank.[2]
Owenduv  Panama The coaster capsized and sank in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Leixões, Portugal after her cargo shifted.[3]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1972
Ship Country Description
Maersk Fighter  Denmark The oil rig supply vessel foundered in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) west of the Vyl Lightship with the loss of nine of her nineteen crew.[4]

27 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1972
Ship Country Description
Queen Frederica  Greece The cruise ship was diven aground in the Fowey Estuary after breaking free from her moorings in a storm.[5]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1972
Ship Country Description
V. A. Fogg  United States Sank after on-board explosion, Gulf of Mexico.

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1972
Ship Country Description
Citta di Alessandria  Liberia The cargo ship ran aground at Cape Andreas, Cyprus. Seven crew rescued by a RAF helicopter.[6]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1972
Ship Country Description
USS Hopewell  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target off San Clemente Island, California.
Lindblad Explorer  Norway ran aground near La Plaza Point, Antarctica. She was towed to Buenos Aires, Argentina and then to Kristiansand, Norway for repairs.

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1972
Ship Country Description
Clio  Liberia The ship caught fire off the coast of Angola and was abandoned. She sank on 21 February.[7][8]
Ermioni  Greece The cargo ship foundered in the Mediterranean off Cyprus. All 14 crew rescued by helicopters from HMS Bulwark ( Royal Navy).[9]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1972
Ship Country Description
Olympic Athlete  Greece Ran aground, River Thames.[10]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1972
Ship Country Description
Marcello G  Italy capsized and sank at Naples. Declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

29 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 February 1972
Ship Country Description
Benefit  Panama The cargo ship foundered 160 nautical miles (300 km) south of Muroto, Japan. Her captain went down with the ship, the rest of her crew were rescued by two patrol boats ( Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force).[11]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1972
Ship Country Description
Stenso  Sweden Foundered in the Bay of Biscay (45°17′N 2°46′W / 45.283°N 2.767°W / 45.283; -2.767).[12]

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1972
Ship Country Description
Katie H  United Kingdom The coaster sank in the North Sea after colliding with an unnamed fishing boat ( Belgium). One of her seven crew was killed.[13]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1972
Ship Country Description
Mary Ellen Conway  Panama The tanker exploded and caught fire at Manzanillo, Mexico. Consequently scrapped.[14]
Torodd  Norway The fishing vessel/cargo ship was destroyed in a fire in Langevåg, Norway. Wreck scrapped in Trondheim, Norway in May 1975.[15]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1972
Ship Country Description
USS Gansevoort  United States Navy The decommissioned Benson-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Florida.

April[edit]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1972
Ship Country Description
Avlis  Greece Wrecked off Santorini.[16]

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1972
Ship Country Description
Gilani  Canada capsized and sank at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.

23 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1972
Ship Country Description
USNS Cowanesque  United States Navy The Suamico-class replenishment oiler was sunk off Okinawa, Japan.

24 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1972
Ship Country Description
Nicolo Martini  Italy struck a submerged object off Portoscuso, Sardinia and holed. Beached to prevent sinking. Later refloated but declared a total loss.

May[edit]

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1972
Ship Country Description
Royston Grange  United Kingdom 7,113 ton, British cargo liner, wrecked in Punta Indio Channel, Uruguay after colliding with the oil tanker Tien Chee (Liberia Liberia) and subsequent fire. She was the first British ship to be lost with all hands since World War II. 74 fatalities.

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1972
Ship Country Description
USS Wilkes-Barre  United States Navy The decommissioned Cleveland-class light cruiser was sunk as a target during tests of explosives.

14 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1972
Ship Country Description
USS Fred T. Berry  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was scuttled as an artificial reef off Key West, Florida, at 24°27.8′N 81°33.3′W / 24.4633°N 81.5550°W / 24.4633; -81.5550 ("USS Fred T. Berry (DD-858)").

June[edit]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1972
Ship Country Description
MV Galinda Unknown
Burning freighter MV Galinda in the South China Sea in June 1972.jpg
Sank in the South China Sea. 10 crewmen died, 38 were rescued.[17]

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1972
Ship Country Description
Lucette The schooner sank in the Pacific Ocean about 200 nautical miles ( miles; km) west of the Galapagos Islands after being holed by a pod of killer whales. All six people on board escaped in a life raft and a dinghy and drifted for 38 days before being rescued.

Unknown Date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date 1972
Ship Country Description
MV Falcon Lady  United States
Tanker Falcon Lady aground in Triton Island in June 1972.jpg
Aground on the notorious Triton Island in the Paracels en route from Danang to Subic Bay. Pulled off by the USS Reclaimer 3 July.[18]

July[edit]

1 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1972
Ship Country Description
Lefteria  Denmark The schooner was in collision with an unnamed weather ship ( France) and sank with the loss of seven of her eleven crew.[19]

10 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1972
Ship Country Description
London Statesman  United Kingdom Vietnam War: The cargo ship was sunk by Viet Cong sabotage at Nha Trang, South Vietnam.

13 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1972
Ship Country Description
USS O'Brien  United States Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off California.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1972
Ship Country Description
Rustringen  West Germany Sank off Margate, Kent. Later raised and scrapped.[10]
Vermont  Ecuador The tug ran aground off Guayaquil and wrecked. Later scrapped in situ.[20]

August[edit]

6 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 August 1972
Ship Country Description
Stade  West Germany the coaster was cut in two when in collision with Ciudad di Manizales ( Colombia) in the English Channel and sank with the loss of eleven of her 13 crew. The stern section sank, but the bow section remained afloat. It was sunk by the French Navy as it was a hazard to navigation.[21]

9 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1972
Ship Country Description
Amoy  Somalia The cargo ship ran aground near Cape Negrais, India and was declared a constructive total loss. She was on a voyage from Penang, Malaysia to Calcutta.[22]

21 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1972
Ship Country Description
Texanita  Liberia The supertanker collided with the supertanker Oswego Guardian ( Liberia) 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Cape Agulhas, South Africa, suffered a massive explosion, and sank with the loss of 46 of her 50 crew members.[23]

September[edit]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1972
Ship Country Description
Taoyuno  Republic of China The fishing vessel was sunk with the loss of 22 of her 23 crew when it was in collision with the bulk carrier Marylisa ( Greece) 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) west of the Cape of Good Hope.[24]

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1972
Ship Country Description
Genimar  Liberia The cargo ship sank in the English Channel off Kent after it was in collision with Larry L ( Greece). All 24 crew were rescued by Larry L.[25]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1972
Ship Country Description
La Sirène  Marine Nationale The submarine sank in an accident at Lorient naval base. All seven crew on board escaped.[26]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1972
Ship Country Description
USS Stanton  United States Navy The decommissioned Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico.

November[edit]

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1972
Ship Country Description
Wan Chun  People's Republic of China
Wan Chun.
The cargo ship ran aground north of IJmuiden, Netherlands in a storm. All 27 crew were rescued.[27]
Metric  Denmark The coaster ran aground off Texel, Netherlands. Nine people and two dogs were rescued by Dutch Navy helicopters.[27]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1972
Ship Country Description
Ypoploiarchos Merlin  Hellenic Navy The vehicle carrier sank with the loss of 45 crew after a collision with the supertanker World Hero ( Greece).[28]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1972
Ship Country Description
Tor Hugo  Norway The fishing vessel sank off West Africa after suffering leaks and disastrous hull failure.

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1972
Ship Country Description
Burtonia  United Kingdom The coaster capsized and sank 40 nautical miles (74 km) off Lowestoft, Suffolk with the loss of four of her eight crew.[29]

December[edit]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1972
Ship Country Description
Pelias  Greece The cargo ship sprang a leak and foundered 250 nautical miles (460 km) south of Durban, South Africa. Her crew survived.[30]

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1972
Ship Country Description
Rumba  West Germany The cargo ship was abandoned when its cargo of railway locomotives broke free of their chains, causing the ship to list when she was 200 nautical miles (370 km) south east of Cape Race. Newfoundland.[31]
Lincoln Express  Panama The cargo ship foundered off Puerto Rico. All 21 crew rescued by the United States Coast Guard.[31]
Nova  Sweden The cargo ship sank after it was in collision with Teofani-Livanos ( Greece) in the Baltic Sea. One crewman was killed.[31]

22 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1972
Ship Country Description
Argus V  West Germany The tug capsized and sank in the English Channel 7 nautical miles (13 km) off Cap Griz Nez, France. All five crew rescued.[32]

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1972
Ship Country Description
Sea Star  South Korea After burning for five days following a 19 December collision with the tanker Horta Barbosa ( Brazil), the supertanker sank in the Persian Gulf after a series of explosions.
Pacrover  Liberia The bulk carrier foundered in the Pacific Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) south of Kodiak, Alaska.[33]

27 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1972
Ship Country Description
St Ives  Italy 938 GRT dredger capsized and sank northwest of Ferrol, Spain (44°21′N 08°57′W / 44.350°N 8.950°W / 44.350; -8.950) while under tow by Smit Pioneer ( Netherlands).

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1972
Ship Country Description
Allah Mina The cement barge sank in the Persian Gulf in approximately 1972.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Janova". The Yard. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. not cited. ISBN 1-85044-275-4. 
  4. ^ "Five dead, four missing as oil rig vessel sinks". The Times (58378). London. 18 January 1972. col D, p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Liner runs aground". The Times (58387). London. 28 January 1972. col F, p. 1. 
  6. ^ "Seamen saved by helicopter". The Times (58395). London. 7 February 1972. col F, p. 5. 
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  11. ^ "Captain goes down with abandoned ship". The Times (58415). London. 1 March 1972. col E, p. 9. 
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  26. ^ "Seven crew saved as submarine sinks". The Times (58604). London. 13 October 1972. col G, p. 8. 
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  31. ^ a b c "Locomotives in ship break their fastenings". The Times (58659). London. 16 December 1972. col D, p. 4. 
  32. ^ "Tug's crew saved". The Times (58664). London. 23 December 1972. col E, p. 1. 
  33. ^ "T2 TANKERS - B". Mariners. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

See also[edit]

Ship events in 1972
Ship launches: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Ship commissionings: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Ship decommissionings: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977
Shipwrecks: 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977