List of shipwrecks in 1977

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The list of shipwrecks in 1977 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1977.

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1977
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

13 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1977
Ship Country Description
Ivan Sechenov  Soviet Union The cargo ship collided in foggy weather with Praktikolas Maris ( Liberia) in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey and sank with the loss of twenty-two crew.[1]
Turnu Severin  Romania The cargo ship collided in fog with Admiral Zmejavic ( Yugoslavia) and sank in the Dardanelles with the loss of fifteen crew.[1]

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1977
Ship Country Description
Irenes Challenger  Liberia The oil tanker broke up in the Pacific Ocean with the loss of three crewmembers.[2]

23 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1977
Ship Country Description
Lucona The cargo ship was sunk in the Indian Ocean by a time bomb planted as part of an insurance fraud scheme masterminded by Austrian businessman Udo Proksch. Six of the ship′s 12 crew members died.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1977
Ship Country Description
Success Star  Panama Ran aground off Tumpat, Malaysia and abandoned.

February[edit]

2 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1977
Ship Country Description
Vasso M.  Greece The cargo ship caught fire and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (2.3 miles; 3.7 km) off Borolos Lighthouse, Damietta, Egypt.

13 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1977
Ship Country Description
Enfant du Bretagne  France The St Malo trawler was lost on Pednathise, within the Western Rocks, Isles of Scilly. The lifeboat came within hearing distance of the crew, but all drowned in the heavy seas before they could be brought aboard.[3]

14 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1977
Ship Country Description
Internos  Panama Sprang a leak and sank 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) north of Gijon (44°20′N 05°50′W / 44.333°N 5.833°W / 44.333; -5.833).[4]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1977
Ship Country Description
USS Stockham  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target off the coast of Puerto Rico.

18 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1977
Ship Country Description
Atlantic Duke  West Germany Ran aground 20 nautical miles (37 km) off Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom. All seven crew rescued.[5]

19 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1977
Ship Country Description
Hongkong Surety  Republic of China Ran aground on the Angelica Shoal (7°46′S 122°17′E / 7.767°S 122.283°E / -7.767; 122.283) and declared a constructive total loss.[4]

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1977
Ship Country Description
MV Hawaiian Patriot  Liberia Caught fire and sank west of Hawaii.[6]

March[edit]

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1977
Ship Country Description
El Tambo  Panama The livestock carrier sank outside Fishguard Harbour, Wales.[7]

April[edit]

28 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1977
Ship Country Description
USS Blue  United States Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California during a missile exercise.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1977
Ship Country Description
P-11  Ethiopian Navy The patrol boat was lost, with reports variously blaming the loss on a storm and on an attack by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front.[8]

May[edit]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1977
Ship Country Description
Classic  Greece The tanker ran aground at Wilhelmshaven, West Germany.[9]

June[edit]

1 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1977
Ship Country Description
Seaspeed Dora  Greece Capsized and sank at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, refloated on 17 September and towed to Gothenburg, Sweden for repairs. She re-entered service in 1978.[4]

3 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1977
Ship Country Description
William Carson  Canada The passenger/vehicle icebreaker ferry sank off the coast of Labrador after striking heavy ice.

5 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1977
Ship Country Description
Bijou  West Germany The coaster sank off Anglesey, Wales. All four crew rescued.[10]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date June 1977
Ship Country Description
USS Butternut  United States Navy The decommissioned netlayer was destroyed as a target.

July[edit]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1977
Ship Country Description
Gaines Mill  United States The T2 tanker capsized at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The wreck was scrapped in situ.[11]

29 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1977
Ship Country Description
Oswego Tarmac  Panama The T2 tanker was struck by Elektra (flag unknown) at Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles and was severely damaged. Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped at Santander, Spain.[12][13]

August[edit]

17 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1977
Ship Country Description
Lira  Singapore The cargo ship exploded and caught fire. She sank the next day.[14]

22 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1977
Ship Country Description
ex-USS Rowan  Republic of China Navy After transfer to the Republic of China Navy, the decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer ran aground while under tow from the United States to Taiwan and was declared a total loss.

September[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1977
Ship Country Description
Kerland  France a trawler sinking off the Runnelstone, Cornwall, was aided by the Isles of Scilly ferry RMV Scillonian III.[15]

October[edit]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1977
Ship Country Description
Chryssopigi Cross  Panama Ran aground 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) off Galle, Sri Lanka (6°01′N 80°11′E / 6.017°N 80.183°E / 6.017; 80.183) and sank.[4]

November[edit]

2 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1977
Ship Country Description
Mineral Gent  Belgium Ran aground off Terneuzen, she was refloated and returned to service.[4]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1977
Ship Country Description
Piraeus II  Greece Caught fire and sank, Elusina, Greece

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1977
Ship Country Description
Deepwater Bay  Liberia Explosion and fire while discharging cargo at Luanda, Angola. She was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped in June 1978.[16]
Aristoteles  Liberia Ran aground at Sestrice Island (42°58′N 17°13′E / 42.967°N 17.217°E / 42.967; 17.217) and declared a constructive total loss.[16]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1977
Ship Country Description
Union Crystal  Malaysia The coaster sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) off St Abbs Head, United Kingdom with the loss of five of her six crew.[17]

25 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1977
Ship Country Description
Newark  Liberia The cargo ship was wrecked at Tripoli, Libya.[18]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date November 1977
Ship Country Description
Hero The roll-on/roll-off cargo ferry sank in the North Sea with the loss of one crew member when her stern door lost watertight integrity.

December[edit]

6 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1977
Ship Country Description
Empire Rosa  United Kingdom Ran aground at Luce Bay, Galloway, became a constructive total loss and later scrapped.

7 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1977
Ship Country Description
Boston Sea Ranger  United Kingdom A Lowestoft trawler foundered off Gwennap Head, Cornwall during a southerly gale.[19]

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1977
Ship Country Description
Emmanuel C  Greece Ran aground on the Île d'Orléans, Quebec, Canada, refloated but declared damaged beyond economical repair and Scrapped in October 1978.[4]

25 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1977
Ship Country Description
Lady Camilla  Denmark The coaster sank off Cornwall, United Kingdom with loss of life including two children.[20]

27 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1977
Ship Country Description
Conqueror  United Kingdom A Grimsby trawler on her first voyage after a major refit, went ashore at Penzer Point, south of Mousehole, Cornwall. It is believed the crew were down below having breakfast and the trawler was on automatic pilot! The Penlee Lifeboat had insufficient power to tow the Conqueror off the rocks and she assumed a 35° list and broke up on the rocks.[21]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1977
Ship Country Description
Himma  Australia Scuttled off New South Wales.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "37 are feared dead after collisions at sea". The Times (59907). London. 14 January 1977. col D, p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Tanker Breaks Up in the Pacific". The New York Times. January 18, 1977. Retrieved April 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ Larn, Richard (1992). The Shipwrecks of the Isles of Scilly. Nairn: Thomas & Lochar. ISBN 0-946537-84-4. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Belgian Merchant H-O" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 31 October 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Seven crew rescued". The Times (59938). London. 19 February 1977. col C, p. 5. 
  6. ^ "Tanker Explodes In 50‐Mile Slick West of Honolulu". The New York Times. 25 February 1977. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  7. ^ "Detained cattle ship sinks in gale". The Times (59963). London. 28 March 1977. col D, p. 4. 
  8. ^ Harpoon Headquarters: Ethiopian Naval Forces
  9. ^ "Oil leaking from two vessels". The Times (59999). London. May 10, 1977. col E, p. 5. 
  10. ^ "Ship sinks". The Times (60022). London. 6 June 1977. col F, p. 3. 
  11. ^ "T2 TANKERS - G - H - I". Mariners. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  12. ^ "T2 TANKERS - B". Mariners. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "Oswego Tarmac". Center for Tankship Excellence. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  14. ^ "Picardy". The Yard. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  15. ^ Carter, C. (1998). The Port of Penzance: a history. Lydney: Black Dwarf Publications. 
  16. ^ a b "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  17. ^ "Five missing as ship sinks in stormy seas". The Times (60163). London. 17 November 1977. col A, p. 2. 
  18. ^ "Pinebank". The Yard. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  19. ^ Carter, C. (1998). The Port of Penzance. Lydney: Black Dwarf Publications. ISBN 0-9533028-0-6. 
  20. ^ "Children's bodies found". The Times (60199). London. 31 December 1977. col D, p. 3. 
  21. ^ Larn, R; Larn, B. (1991). Shipwrecks Around Mounts Bay. Penryn: Tor Mark Press. 
Ship events in 1977
Ship launches: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Ship commissionings: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Ship decommissionings: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Shipwrecks: 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982