List of shipwrecks in 1976

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

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References

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 Sank in same storm as Capella. Often mistakenly referred to as "Carnoesti" in American press.[2][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 The vessel 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 The vessel caught fire at Barcelona, Spain. Declared a constructive total loss.

22 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1976
Ship Country Description
Unknown Khmer Rouge A navy vessel was sunk by six Thai navy vessels.[9]

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,[10] 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]

5 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1976
Ship Country Description
Kitty Bear  United States The 12-gross register ton, 34.2-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel sank in Clarence Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[11]

6 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1976
Ship Country Description
Ferro 119  Cuba The fishing boat was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated boat, with one crewman killed and three wounded aboard her and Ferro 123 ( Cuba) combined.[12]
Ferro 123  Cuba The fishing boat was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated boat, with one crewman killed and three wounded aboard her and Ferro 119 ( Cuba) combined .[12]

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.[13]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1976
Ship Country Description
SAS Vrystaat  South African Navy The decommissioned Type 15 frigate was sunk as a torpedo target by the submarine SAS Maria van Riebeeck ( South African Navy) eight nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) southwest of Cape Point. South Africa.[14][15]

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.[16]

26 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1976
Ship Country Description
Master Carl  United States The 131-gross register ton, 72.7-foot (22.2 m) crab-fishing vessel capsized and sank in a storm in the Gulf of Alaska off the south-central coast of Alaska near Kayak Island, approximately 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) southeast of Cape Suckling (59°59′30″N 143°53′00″W / 59.99167°N 143.88333°W / 59.99167; -143.88333 (Cape Suckling)). Her entire crew of four abandoned ship in a life raft, but two of them died when the raft capsized in the surf as they approached the shore. The other two crew members survived.[17]

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.[18]

12 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1976
Ship Country Description
Hotai  United States The 81-gross register ton, 86-foot (26.2 m) motor vessel was wrecked on the coast of Montague Island on the south-central coast of Alaska.[19]
Urquiola  Spain The tanker exploded and caught fire at the mouth of A Coruña harbour, killing two of her thirty-nine crew.[20]

13 May[edit]

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

June[edit]

10 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1976
Ship Country Description
Gamtoos  South Africa The cargo ship was sunk as a target in Table Bay off the coast of South Africa by South African Air Force aircraft.[21]

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1976
Ship Country Description
Armorique  France The ferry ran aground off Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine and was damaged. She was later repaired and returned to service.

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1976
Ship Country Description
Duck  United States The houseboat struck a submerged log and sank in the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska at a location described in the wreck report as "Saint Mary's Point" north of Ketchikan, Alaska, possibly a misidentification of Point Saint Mary's (58°44′00″N 135°01′15″W / 58.73333°N 135.02083°W / 58.73333; -135.02083 (Point Saint Mary's)) north of Juneau, Alaska.[24]
Miller’s Bay  United States The 34-foot (10.4 m) salmon troller disappeared with the loss of all three people on board – a husband and wife and their 14-year-old daughter – while fishing off Noyes Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[17]

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.[25]

August[edit]

3 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Ann Page  United States The fishing vessel sank south of Wingham Island (60°01′N 144°23′W / 60.017°N 144.383°W / 60.017; -144.383 (Wingham Island)) near Cordova, Alaska, after she struck a rock.[26]

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.[27]

12 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Major  United States The 50-gross register ton, 54.8-foot (16.7 m) fishing vessel sank off Kodiak Island, Alaska.[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.[28]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Morning Cloud  United Kingdom The yacht ran aground outside Ramsgate Harbour, Kent.[29]

24 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Malaysia Raya  Malaysia The cruise ship caught fire at Kuala Lumpur, a total loss.[30]

26 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1976
Ship Country Description
Deep Sea  United States During a voyage in Alaska′s Kodiak Archipelago from Mush Bay (57°42′00″N 153°28′24″W / 57.7°N 153.47333333°W / 57.7; -153.47333333 (Mush Bay)) to Kodiak, the 72-foot (21.9 m) fishing tender sank in Whale Pass between Kodiak Island and Whale Island during a gale with the loss of all eight people – three men, three women, a 5-year-od boy, and a 20-month-old girl – aboard.[24]

31 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1976
Ship Country Description
TCG Dumlupınar  Turkish Navy The Balao-class submarine was beached in the Dardanelles to avoid sinking after colliding with the cargo ship Szik Vovilov ( Soviet Union). She later was salvaged, repaired, and returned to service.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown August
Ship Country Description
Tina  Greece Lebanese Civil War: The vessel was sunk by limpet mines in Lebanon by the Christian faction sometime in August.[31]

September[edit]

17 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Salinda  Panama The Design 381 coastal freighter capsized and sank off Uwi Island.[32][33]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1976
Ship Country Description
HMS Fittleton  Royal Navy The minesweeper capsized within a minute of colliding with the frigate HMS Mermaid ( Royal Navy) in the North Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) north of the island of Texel, the Netherlands. She sank several hours later in 160 feet (49 m) of water. Twelve members of her crew lost their lives; accompanying ships rescued 32 survivors. She was brought to the surface the next day and scrapped in 1977.

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Tiger Lil  United States The 38-foot (11.6 m) sailboat and all three people aboard her disappeared in the Gulf of Alaska during a voyage from Seward, Alaska, to Seattle, Washington. Later, wreckage of Tiger Lil later was found on Montague Island at the entrance to Prince William Sound and the body of one of her occupants washed ashore on Kayak Island.[34]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Gertrude S  United States The 70-foot (21.3 m) vessel sank in 342 feet (104 m) of water in Kupreanof Strait (57°58′N 153°00′W / 57.967°N 153.000°W / 57.967; -153.000 (Kupreanof Strait)) between Raspberry Island and Kodiak Island in Alaska′s Kodiak Archipelago. The fishing vessel Sierra Seas ( United States) rescued her crew.[35]

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Miss Aurora  United States The 22-gross register ton motor vessel sank in Chatham Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska, 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km; 1.7 mi) off Point Lull (57°18′00″N 134°48′45″W / 57.30000°N 134.81250°W / 57.30000; -134.81250 (Point Lull)) at the entrance to Kelp Bay (57°17′54″N 134°51′57″W / 57.2982°N 134.8658°W / 57.2982; -134.8658 (Kelp Bay)).[17]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1976
Ship Country Description
Rarau  Poland The 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.[36]

October[edit]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Sea Witch  United States The fishing vessel was wrecked on Saint Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.[37]

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.[23]

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.[38]
Mar del Oro  United States The 156-gross register ton, 79.9-foot (24.4 m) shrimp-fishing vessel sank in the Shelikof Strait between the Kodiak Archipelago and the mainland of Alaska. A United States Coast Guard helicopter rescued her entire crew of six.[17]

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.[38]
Freeland  Cyprus The cargo ship foundered off Brittany, France in a storm. All crew saved.[38]
Ante Oltmans  West Germany The cargo ship foundered off the coast of the Netherlands in a storm. All six crew were killed.[38]
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.[39]

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.

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October
Ship Country Description
Eko  Cyprus Lebanese Civil War: The cargo ship was sunk by mines off Lebanon.[40][41]

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.

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1976
Ship Country Description
Roadrunner  United States The halibut-fishing vessel was swamped and wrecked on Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska off the south-central coast of Alaska.[42]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date October 1976
Ship Country Description
Coral Master  United States The 78-foot (23.8 m) vessel sank off Alaska.[43]

November[edit]

1 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1976
Ship Country Description
Vina  United States The capsized fishing vessel was found on shore at Cedar Pass (56°46′N 135°11′W / 56.767°N 135.183°W / 56.767; -135.183 (Cedar Pass)) in Southeast Alaska with both of her crewmen missing.[44]

22 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1976
Ship Country Description
Margaret A  United States The 108-gross register ton motor vessel sank off Turnabout Island (57°07′30″N 133°58′40″W / 57.12500°N 133.97778°W / 57.12500; -133.97778 (Turnabout Island)) in Frederick Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[17]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1976
Ship Country Description
Mona  Greece The fishing trawler was wrecked off "Cheka".

December[edit]

3 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Achaios  Cyprus The motor vessel ran aground on the Akrotiri Peninsula (34°37′N 32°55′E / 34.617°N 32.917°E / 34.617; 32.917) on the coast of Cyprus and was wrecked.[45]
Devon City  United Kingdom The bulk carrier ran aground at Rügen Island, West Germany. She was refloated the next day and proceeded to Szczecin, Poland, for repairs.[46]

9 December[edit]

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

11 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Fog  United States The 28-foot (8.5 m) vessel sank off the south-central coast of Alaska.[47]

15 December[edit]

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

The oil tanker ran aground at Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. She broke up and sank on 21 December, a total loss.

Unimak  United States The fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Bering Sea.[48]

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Sansinena  Liberia
Sansinena
The oil tanker, taking on ballast, exploded at Port of Los Angeles, California, United States destroying buildings ashore.

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Mecca  Iceland 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 The vessel ran aground on the Sha'b Abu Nuhas reef, remained stranded and finally sank in 1984.[49]
Santez-anna  United Kingdom The fishing boat was lost west of Guernsey in the 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.[50]
Patra  Egypt The passenger ship, the ex-Kronprins Frederik [de], was travelling with pilgrims between Jeddah and Suez when a fire broke out that exacerbated by poor and obsolete firefighting equipment. The ship sank due to the inability to extinguish the fire. 102 out of the 403 passengers and crew were lost.[51][52]

27 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1976
Ship Country Description
Unidentified midget submarine  Pakistan Navy The SX-404-class midget submarine was lost in an accident with the loss of all hands.[53][54]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: unknown date 1976
Ship Country Description
Grand Zenith  Panama The oil tanker vanished in the North Atlantic with the loss of all hands; the United States Coast Guard estimated she sank on 30 or 31 December.[55]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: unknown date 1976
Ship Country Description
KRI Hardadali  Indonesian Navy The missile boat sank after striking an underwater obstacle in early 1976.[56]

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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