List of shipwrecks in 1974

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The list of shipwrecks in 1974 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1974.

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1974
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1974
Ship Country Description
Transocean III  United States The drilling rig sank 100 nautical miles (190 km) east of the Orkney Islands, United Kingdom. All 56 crew rescued.[1]

16 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1974
Ship Country Description
Prosperity  Cyprus The cargo ship struck a reef and sank west of Guernsey, Channel Islands. All eighteen crew lost.[2][3]
Merc Enterprise  Denmark The coaster sank off the south coast of Devon, United Kingdom with the loss of eight crew.[2]

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1974
Ship Country Description
Nhật Tảo Naval ensign of South Vietnam.svg Republic of Vietnam Navy Battle of the Paracel Islands: The patrol boat was sunk by a missile fired by a corvette (China People's Liberation Army Navy) There were 37 survivors from her 104 crew.

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Raymond  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off the coast of Florida.

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1974
Ship Country Description
Hedwig Lünstedt  West Germany The coaster capsized and sank in the English Channel with the loss of all eight crew.[4]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1974
Ship Country Description
Batavia Road  Australia The tourist boat struck rocks and foundered 30 kilometres (16.2 nautical miles; 18.6 miles) north of Geraldton, Western Australia.
Scaldis The ship foundered in the English Channel off Chesil Beach, Dorset in late January with the loss of five lives.[5]

February[edit]

9 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1974
Ship Country Description
Gaul  United Kingdom The factory ship sank in the Barents Sea off Norway. All 36 crew lost.

10 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1974
Ship Country Description
Tania  Cuba Stranded on the Corona del Tingo rocks (22°46′N 83°58′W / 22.767°N 83.967°W / 22.767; -83.967. Declared a constructive total loss.[6]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1974
Ship Country Description
Mahiri  United Kingdom The Empire F type coaster sprang a leak south east of Tobago. Taken in tow but capsized and sank in Gulf of Paria (10°37′N 61°34′W / 10.617°N 61.567°W / 10.617; -61.567).

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1974
Ship Country Description
Giovanna Lolli-Ghetti  Italy The empty Ore-bulk-oil carrier caught fire and a string of explosions ripped open the 10 central holds. The vessel sank within three hours 900 miles northeast of Hawaii (31°50′N 145°15′W / 31.833°N 145.250°W / 31.833; -145.250).[7] Seven sailors perished.[8] Thirtyone survivors were rescued by the Tamerlane (Norway), the Novikov Priboya (Russia), and the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717).

March[edit]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Kenneth M. Willett  United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off the coast of Puerto Rico.

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1974
Ship Country Description
Oregis  United Kingdom The support ship ran aground on the Black Midden Rocks in the Tyne Estuary.[9]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1974
Ship Country Description
Straitsman  Australia The livestock carrier capsized and sank in the Yarra River, Melbourne with the loss of two crew and many of her cargo of 2,000 sheep.[10]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1974
Ship Country Description
Versa  Cyprus The cargo ship sank off Roche Douvres, France. All sixteen crew rescued by the Guernsey lifeboat.[11]

April[edit]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Wickes  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

15 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1974
Ship Country Description
Astra  Norway The factory ship collided with Karonga ( Singapore) off the coast of Portuguese Guinea. She sank on 17 April with the loss of a crew member.[12]

May[edit]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1974
Ship Country Description
St Pierre  Canada Capsized and sank in the Lachine Canal, Montreal.

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1974
Ship Country Description
Master Deviedem  Soviet Union The tanker sank after colliding with a French ferry 21 nautical miles (39 km) north of Tunisia.[13]

19 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Ingersoll  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California at 33°34′8″N 118°34′7″W / 33.56889°N 118.56861°W / 33.56889; -118.56861 ("USS Ingersoll (DD-652)").

24 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Stockdale  United States Navy The decommissioned Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off the coast of Florida.

26 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1974
Ship Country Description
Sygna  Norway
MV Sygna, 1974

The cargo ship ran aground at Stockton Beach, New South Wales, Australia.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1974
Ship Country Description
Titus  Belgium Collided with Mediterranea ( Italy) in the Panama Canal.[14]

June[edit]

20 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Burns  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

July[edit]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1974
Ship Country Description
Northfield  United States The tanker ran aground off Bombay, India. She was on a voyage from Beaumont, Texas to Bombay. Consequently scrapped.[15]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1974
Ship Country Description
TCG Kocatepe  Turkish Navy Turkish invasion of Cyprus: The Gearing-class destroyer was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cyprus by Turkish Air Force aircraft that mistook her for a Greek warship. Fifty-four of her crew were lost.

August[edit]

8 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1974
Ship Country Description
Rainbow  Cyprus Ran aground in the Guadalquivir river. Sold for scrap in situ.[14]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1974
Ship Country Description
Produce  Norway The tanker ran aground off Durban, South Africa. All 33 crew rescued.[16]

12 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 August 1974
Ship Country Description
Caribia  Greece
The loss of Caribia

The ocean liner ran aground at Guam and was wrecked.

22 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Thorn  United States Navy
USS Thorn being sunk.
The decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 75 nautical miles (86 miles; 139 km) east of Jacksonville, Florida, by aircraft from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.

30 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1974
Ship Country Description
Otvazhny  Soviet Navy the Kashin-class destroyer exploded and sank in the Black Sea with 24 casualties.

September[edit]

2 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Nuage de Matin  United Kingdom The yacht sank off Gorey Castle, Jersey, after she broke from her moorings.

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Morning Cloud  United Kingdom The yacht was sunk by a large wave while sailing from Cowes to Burnham-on-Crouch, England, with the loss of two of her seven crew members.

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Martisant United Kingdom Dominica The cargo ship sank at Puerto Castilla, Honduras.[17]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Focomar  Cyprus Ran aground on Andros Island, Greece, then sank in deep water

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Kaffir  United Kingdom The coaster was wrecked at Newton, Ayrshire.[18]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Transhudson  United States The tanker ran aground on Kiltan Island, India. She was on a voyage from Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia to Subic Bay, Philippines. Declared a total loss.[19]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1974
Ship Country Description
Nauticus Ena  United Kingdom The coaster collided with Thuringa ( West Germany) and sank 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Ostend, Belgium.[20]

30 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Pettit  United States Navy The decommissioned Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico.

October[edit]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1974
Ship Country Description
Ammersee  Cyprus The coaster was abandoned in the English Channel. She was shelled and sunk by Le Champenois ( Marine Nationale) as a danger to shipping.[21]

28 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1974
Ship Country Description
Eurabia Sun  Lebanon The cargo ship sank off the coast of the Netherlands. All 28 crew rescued.[22]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1974
Ship Country Description
HMS Whirlwind  Royal Navy The decommissioned W and Z-class destroyer sank at her moorings in Cardigan Bay, Wales, while in use as a target ship.

November[edit]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1974
Ship Country Description
USS Cockrill  United States Navy The decommissioned Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target off Florida.

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1974
Ship Country Description
Yuyu Maru  Japan The tanker was bombed and torpedoed by Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force ships and Japan Air Self-Defence Force aircraft and sunk 300 nautical miles (560 km) off Cape Inubo.

December[edit]

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1974
Ship Country Description
Booya  Australia Schooner sank in Darwin Harbour, Australia during Cyclone Tracy with the loss of 5 crew.

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1974
Ship Country Description
HMAS Arrow  Royal Australian Navy
HMAS Arrow.

The Attack-class patrol boat was destroyed at Darwin, Australia during Cyclone Tracy.

31 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1974
Ship Country Description
Koromiko  Hong Kong The ship ran aground at the mouth of the Ganges (21°34′N 89°45′E / 21.567°N 89.750°E / 21.567; 89.750). She was on a voyage from the Philippineds to Chalna, India. Koromiko was abandoned on 9 January 1975.[23]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1974
Ship Country Description
Berkshire No. 7  United States The barge sank in Bridgeport Harbor at Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the spring of 1974 while lashed to the barges Elmer S. Dailey and Priscilla Dailey when one of them began to take on water, sank, and dragged the other two down with her.
Elmer S. Dailey  United States The barge sank in Bridgeport Harbor at Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the spring of 1974 while lashed to the barges Berkshire No. 7 and Priscilla Dailey when one of them began to take on water, sank, and dragged the other two down with her.
Priscilla Dailey  United States The barge sank in Bridgeport Harbor at Bridgeport, Connecticut, in the spring of 1974 while lashed to the barges Berkshire No. 7 and Elmer S. Dailey when one of them began to take on water, sank, and dragged the other two down with her.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "North Sea rig sinks after crew taken off". The Times (58977). London. 2 January 1974. col D, p. 1. 
  2. ^ a b "16 bodies found after Guernsey shipwreck". The Times (58991). London. 18 January 1974. col E-H, p. 1. 
  3. ^ cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/guernsey/content/articles/2009/02/20/mv_prosperity_memorial_feature.shtml |name=MV Prosperity Memorial |publisher=BBC |accessdate=27 Aug 2015
  4. ^ "13 feared dead after gales lash Britain". The Times (59000). London. 29 January 1974. col F, p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Historical List of Shipwrecks at Chesil Beach & from Bridport to Lyme Regis". Burton Bradstock Online. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  7. ^ http://www.naviearmatori.net/eng/foto-126401-4.html
  8. ^ http://cdnc.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/cdnc?a=d&d=DS19740225.2.16
  9. ^ "Oil support ship aground in Tyne estuary". The Times (59035). London. 11 March 1974. col A, p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Four-hour ordeal in sunken ship". The Times (59047). London. 25 March 1974. col A-C, p. 7. 
  11. ^ "Crew of 16 saved". The Times (59050). London. 28 March 1974. col G, p. 4. 
  12. ^ "Thorshavet". The Yard. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Soviet tanker sinks after hitting ferry". The Times (59091). London. 17 May 1974. col F, p. 7. 
  14. ^ a b "Belgian Merchant P-Z" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 December 2010. [permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "T2 TANKERS - N - O - P". Mariners. Retrieved 31 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Tanker's crew saved". The Times (59163). London. 12 August 1974. col C, p. 5. 
  17. ^ "Pomerol". The Yard. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "KAFFIR". Clydesite. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "T2 TANKERS - Q - R - S". Mariners. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "British cargo ship sinks in collision". The Times (59205). London. 30 September 1974. col D, p. 6. 
  21. ^ "Dynamite ship explodes after direct hit". The Times (59211). London. 7 October 1974. col G, p. 6. 
  22. ^ "Freighter crew saved". The Times (59230). London. 29 October 1974. col G, p. 10. 
  23. ^ "KOROMIKO". Clydesite. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 

See also[edit]

Ship events in 1974
Ship launches: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Ship commissionings: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Ship decommissionings: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Shipwrecks: 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979