list of shipwrecks in 1980 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1980.
January [ edit ]
1 January [ edit ]
12 January [ edit ]
17 January [ edit ]
18 January [ edit ]
20 January [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1980
ashore at Brighton
The cargo ship was beached at Brighton, Sussex. Later declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.
22 January [ edit ]
28 January [ edit ]
31 January [ edit ]
February [ edit ]
6 February [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1980
Cyprus The whaler sank at
Lisbon, Portugal following an onboard explosion. 
23 February [ edit ]
1 March [ edit ]
7 March [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1980
Madagascar The tanker broke in two off
Le Havre, France and was wrecked with the loss of eight of her 39 crew. The bow section capsized and sank, but the stern section was taken in tow by the tug  Languedoc. 
10 March [ edit ]
11 March [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1980
Spain While en route from
Algeciras, Spain to Ras Tanura in the Persian Gulf on ballast, the crew was working to resolve a malfunction in the inert gas system; the tanker suddenly suffered a chain of four or five explosions over a few seconds, the hull rapidly broke in two and sank 100 nautical miles (190 km) off Nouadhibou, Mauritania. 36 people out of 43 aboard perished (34 Spanish and 2 British). 
12 March [ edit ]
14 March [ edit ]
20 March [ edit ]
27 March [ edit ]
1 April [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1980
Liberia The tanker sank off the coast of
Tanzania with the loss of six of her 43 crew. 
3 April [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1980
Liberia The tanker exploded and sank off the coast of
Senegal with the loss of six of her 38 crew. The Mycene was the sister ship of María Alejandra, lost in a similar incident less than one month before (see 11 March). 
20 April [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1980
West Germany The cargo ship sank off the Netherlands with the loss of two of her crew.
22 April [ edit ]
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List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1980
Sweden capsized and sank on her maiden voyage after a computer fault.
List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1980
Leonardo da Vinci
Italy caught fire and sank at
La Spezia. Burnt out hulk later raised and scrapped.
27 July [ edit ]
31 July [ edit ]
1 August [ edit ]
September [ edit ]
9 September [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1980
United Kingdom Sunk due to structural failure in
Typhoon Orchid south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean. All 44 people on board lost.
October [ edit ]
11 October [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1980
The ocean liner caught fire and sank off Alaska.
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List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1980
Greece The coaster ran aground on
Zakynthos and was abandoned.
November [ edit ]
11 November [ edit ]
23 November [ edit ]
December [ edit ]
15 December [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1980
United States The LNG tanker ran aground off the west coast of Japan. Her captain committed suicide.
18 December [ edit ]
List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1980
United Kingdom The freighter accidentally rammed a Romanian Fish factory ship in
Carrick Roads, Falmouth, Cornwall in a Force 9 Southerly gale. The anchorage was very crowded with many vessels sheltering from the storm. A major disaster was averted because the bulbous bow punctured the fishing vessel in the fish hold. After 5 days repairs, Bamenda Palm was seaworthy to continue the voyage to West Africa. 
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References [ edit ]
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^ " 'Pirate' whaler sinks after mystery blast". The Times (60544). London. 7 February 1980. col A, p. 6.
^ "Oil tanker spillage poses threat to Greek bay". The Times (60559). London. 24 February 1980. col C, p. 1.
^ "Bad weather may avert oil disaster". The Times (60570). London. 8 March 1980. col C, p. 1.
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^ "Helicopters called to ships hit by storms". The Times (60606). London. 21 April 1980. col F, G, p. 1.
^ "80 feared dead as Philippines ferry sinks". The Times (60609). London. 24 April 1980. col A, p. 9.
^ "Cuban planes bomb Bahamas boat". The Times (60623). London. 12 May 1980. col E, p. 1.
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