List of shipwrecks in 1976

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The list of shipwrecks in 1976 includes some of the ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1976.

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1976
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec


January[edit]

3 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1976
Ship Country Description
Capella  East Germany The coaster sank off Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands.[1]
Carnoustie  United Kingdom [2] Sank in same storm as Capella. Often mistakenly referred to as "Carnoesti" in American press.[3]

8 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1976
Ship Country Description
Princess Sissy  Panama The cruise ship ran aground in the Adriatic between the islands of Hvar and Korčula.[4]
Vanquisher  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank in the Thames Estuary at Tilbury whilst assisting Jervis Bay ( United Kingdom). All seven crew rescued.[5]

10 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1976
Ship Country Description
ARA Comandante General Zapiola  Argentine Navy The Navajo-class fleet ocean tug ran aground on a reef off Antarctica and was declared a total loss.

19 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1976
Ship Country Description
Esso Provence  France The tanker ran aground off Fawley, Hampshire, United Kingdom.[6]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1976
Ship Country Description
Olympic Bravery  Greece The tanker ran aground off the coast of Brittany, France.[7]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1976
Ship Country Description
Kirk Pride  Cayman Islands Struck a reef and sank off the Cayman Islands.

February[edit]

11 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1976
Ship Country Description
Evgenia I  Greece The ship ran aground 23 nautical miles (43 km) north of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and was severely damaged. She was refloated but had to be beached. Declared a constructive total loss.[8]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1976
Ship Country Description
USS Otterstetter  United States Navy The Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as target off Puerto Rico.

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1976
Ship Country Description
Marie Elizabeth  Panama Caught fire at Barcelona, Spain. Declared a constructive total loss.

26 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1976
Ship Country Description
Gustave Zédé  French Navy The decommissioned submarine tender was sunk as a target in the Mediterranean Sea south of Marseille, France, at 42°30′N 5°24′E / 42.500°N 5.400°E / 42.500; 5.400 ("Gustave Zédé") by a torpedo fired by the submarine Doris ( French Navy).

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1976
Ship Country Description
Deep Sea Driller  Norway The drilling rig ran aground off Bergen. One leg broke off and six crew were killed. Although declared a constructive total loss,[9] the rig was later repaired and returned to service.

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1969
Ship Country Description
USS Magnet  United States Navy The decommissioned degaussing vessel was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California at 31°16′N 117°40′W / 31.267°N 117.667°W / 31.267; -117.667 ("USS Magnet (ADG-9)").

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1969
Ship Country Description
INS Godavari  Indian Navy The Hunt-class destroyer ran aground in the Maldives and was damaged beyond repair.

April[edit]

8 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1976
Ship Country Description
Kaptanvassos  Cyprus The cargo ship capsized and sank off Perama, Greece. Five of her crew were lost.[10]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1976
Ship Country Description
Ocean Express  United States The drilling rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico. Thirteen of her 36 crew were killed when an escape capsule capsized and sank.[11]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1976
Ship Country Description
SAS Vrystaat  South African Navy The decommissioned W-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

May[edit]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1976
Ship Country Description
Nordhuk  West Germany The cargo ship ran aground off Eilean Trodday, Inner Hebrides, United Kingdom and was wrecked. All twelve crew were rescued by the Stornoway Lifeboat.[12]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1976
Ship Country Description
Urquiola  Spain The tanker exploded and caught fire at the mouth of A Coruña harbour, killing two of her thirty-nine crew.[13]

13 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1976
Ship Country Description
Christmas Seal  Canada Ran aground at Eastern Shore, Nova Scotia and sank.

June[edit]

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1976
Ship Country Description
NEPCO 140  United States The barge ran aground in the American Narrows causing a large oil spill.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in June 1976
Ship Country Description
Lappe  United Kingdom The lighter sank in Cline Bay, off Freetown, Sierra Leone.[14]

July[edit]

3 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1976
Ship Country Description
Polaris 1  Panama The tanker was driven ashore on San Andrés Island, Columbia. Consequently scrapped in 1977.[15]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1976
Ship Country Description
USS Chopper  United States Navy Tethered for use as a target by the submarine USS Spadefish ( United States Navy), the decommissioned Balao-class submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, before Spadefish could fire at her.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in July 1976
Ship Country Description
Gulf Coast  Cyprus The coaster caught fire in the English Channel and was beached.[16]

August[edit]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1976
Ship Country Description
HMS Reward  Royal Navy The offshore patrol vessel collided with Plainsman ( Singapore) in the Firth of Forth during foggy weather and sank. All 42 people on board rescued by Plainsman.[17]

16 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Barkis  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank off Lowestoft, Suffolk with the loss of one of her four crew.[18]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Morning Cloud  United Kingdom The yacht ran aground outside Ramsgate Harbour, Kent.[19]

24 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1976
Ship Country Description
MV Malaysia Raya  Malaysia The cruise ship caught fire at Kuala Lumpur, a total loss.[20]

September[edit]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1976
Ship Country Description
HMS Fittleton  Royal Navy Collided with HMS Mermaid ( Royal Navy) and sank off Texel, the Netherlands.

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Rarau  Poland 2,186 ton factory trawler with a Romanian crew of eighty-four drove into the northern part of the Seven Stones Reef known as the North-east Rocks. All the crew were rescued and the trawler slipped into deep water.[21]

October[edit]

1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Hongkong Beauty I  Panama Ran aground at Al Hudaydah, Yemen and refloated 15 October.[22]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Sylvia M. Ossa  Panama The bulk carrier was last reported in the Atlantic Ocean (68°00′N 34°15′W / 68.000°N 34.250°W / 68.000; -34.250) whilst on a voyage from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Presumed foundered with the loss of all hands.[15]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Boehlen  East Germany The tanker sank in the English Channel during a storm with the loss of twenty-three of her thirty-six crew.[23]

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Andros Antares  Liberia The supertanker ran aground at Antifer, France in a storm.[23]
Freeland  Cyprus The cargo ship foundered off Brittany, France in a storm. All crew saved.[23]
Ante Oltmans  West Germany The cargo ship foundered off the coast of the Netherlands in a storm. All six crew were killed.[23]
USS George K. MacKenzie  United States Navy The Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off California.

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Otterturm  West Germany The tug collided with a barge and sank off Burghead, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her ten crew.[24]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1976
Ship Country Description
George Prince  United States The ferry sank in the Mississippi River after a collision with Frosta ( Norway). Seventy-eight people were killed.

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1976
Ship Country Description
USS Tigrone  United States Navy The Tench-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

December[edit]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Achaios  Cyprus Ran aground at Akrotiri Peninsula (34°37′N 32°55′E / 34.617°N 32.917°E / 34.617; 32.917) and wrecked.[22]
Devon City  United Kingdom The bulk carrier ran aground at Rügen Island, West Germany. Refloated the next day and sailed to Szczecin Poland for repairs.[25]

9 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Doomba  Australia The lighter was scuttled off Dee Why, New South Wales (33°42′58″S 151°20′50″E / 33.716083°S 151.347217°E / -33.716083; 151.347217).

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Argo Merchant  Liberia
Argo Merchant

Ran aground at Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. Broke up and sank on 21 December, a total loss.

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Sansinena  Liberia Caught fire and exploded at Los Angeles, United States.

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Mecca The ferry sank in the Red Sea after catching fire the previous day and drifting onto a reef.

23 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Seastar  Lebanon Ran aground on the Sha`b Abu Nuhas reef, remained stranded and finally sank in 1984.[26]
Santez-anna  United Kingdom Fishing boat lost, west of Guernsey Channel Islands

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1976
Ship Country Description
British Steel  United Kingdom The yacht ran aground off Fuerteventura, Spain. All eight crew rescued, and the yacht was later refloated and returned to service.[27]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: unknown date 1976
Ship Country Description
SS Grand Zenith  Panama The oil tanker vanished in the North Atlantic with the loss of all hands; the Coast Guard estimated she sank on December 30 or 31.[28]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Europe cleaning up after severe storm". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 5 January 1976. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Britons taken off stranded ship". The Times (59597). London. 9 January 1976. col D, p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Seven saved as tug capsizes". The Times (59597). London. 9 January 1976. col D, p. 4. 
  6. ^ "Supertanker runs aground". The Times (59606). London. 20 January 1976. col E,F, p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Onassis tanker aground off Brittany". The Times (59612). London. 27 January 1976. col F, p. 8. 
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  9. ^ "Six die as oil rig is wrecked". The Times (59642). London. 2 March 1976. col D-F, p. 1. 
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  11. ^ "13 drown after oil rig sinks of Texas coast". The Times (59681). London. 17 April 1976. col A, p. 1. 
  12. ^ "Ship abandoned". The Times (59694). London. 3 May 1976. col F, p. 2. 
  13. ^ "Oil tanker explodes in Spanish harbour". The Times (59706). London. 13 May 1976. col D, p. 1. 
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  28. ^ "Coast Guard Believes Oil Tanker Missing in the Atlantic Has Sunk". The New York Times. January 8, 1977. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
Ship events in 1976
Ship launches: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Ship commissionings: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Ship decommissionings: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Shipwrecks: 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981