List of shipwrecks in 1980

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The list of shipwrecks in 1980 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1980.

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1980
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Sea Shepherd I  United Kingdom The anti-whaling ship, a former fishing trawler, was scuttled by her captain, Paul Watson, at Leixões, Portugal.[1]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1980
Ship Country Description
HMCS St. Laurent  Canadian Forces Maritime Command The decommissioned St. Laurent-class destroyer foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while under tow to breakers.

17 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Salem  Liberia The supertanker was sunk by explosive charges in the Atlantic Ocean off Senegal in an insurance fraud scheme.[2]

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Star Clipper  Norway The bulk carrier collided with the Almö Bridge, Sweden, causing it to collapse.

20 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Athina B  Greece
Athina B ashore at Brighton

The cargo ship was beached at Brighton, Sussex. Later declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Don Segundo Sombra  Argentina The bulk carrier was wrecked at Punta Calendaria, Argentina whilst being towed to Bilbao, Spain for scrapping.[3]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1980
Ship Country Description
USCGC Blackthorn  United States Coast Guard Sank after collision with tanker Capricorn ( United States).[4]
Kyriakoula III  Greece Stranded off Chioggia, Italy (35°46′N 0°34′W / 35.767°N 0.567°W / 35.767; -0.567) and damaged beyond economic repair.[5]

31 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1980
Ship Country Description
Switha  United Kingdom The Isles-class Naval trawler ran aground outside Leith Harbour and was wrecked.[6]

February[edit]

6 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1980
Ship Country Description
Sierra  Cyprus The whaler sank at Lisbon, Portugal following an onboard explosion.[7]

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1980
Ship Country Description
Irene Serenade  Greece The tanker exploded and sank in the Bay of Pylos. Two crew reported missing.[8]

March[edit]

1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1980
Ship Country Description
USS Robert L. Wilson  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Harpoon missile testing program.

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1980
Ship Country Description
Tanio  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,[9] but the stern section was taken in tow by the tug Languedoc.[10]


10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1980
Ship Country Description
USS Abatan  United States Navy The decommissioned Pistil-class distilling ship was sunk as a target west of Guadeloupe.

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1980
Ship Country Description
María Alejandra  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).[11]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1980
Ship Country Description
Maurice Desagnes  Canada The coaster sank at an unknown location.[12]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1980
Ship Country Description
Viking IV  Norway The ferry collided with a tug ( United Kingdom), sinking the tug.[13]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1980
Ship Country Description
Mi Amigo  Netherlands sank on the Long Sand Bank, North Sea 51°35′00″N 1°17′20″E / 51.58333°N 1.28889°E / 51.58333; 1.28889.

27 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1980
Ship Country Description
Alexander L. Kielland  Norway The semi-submersible drilling rig capsized and sank following the structural failure of one of its six legs, killing 123 people.
Maridi  Sudan The cargo ship ran aground off Öland, Sweden. She was on a voyage from Oskarshamn, Sweden to Port Sudan. Refloated on 1 April but deemed beyond repair and subsequently scrapped.[14]

April[edit]

1 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1980
Ship Country Description
Albahaa B  Liberia The tanker sank off the coast of Tanzania with the loss of six of her 43 crew.[15]

3 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1980
Ship Country Description
Mycene  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).[15]

20 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1980
Ship Country Description
Altmark  West Germany The cargo ship sank off the Netherlands with the loss of two of her crew.[16]

22 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1980
Ship Country Description
Don Juan  Philippines The ferry collided with the tanker Tacloban City ( Philippines) and sank with the loss of around 100 lives.[17]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1980
Ship Country Description
Yolanda  Cyprus The cargo ship was wrecked on a reef off Ras Muhammad, Egypt.

May[edit]

9 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1980
Ship Country Description
Summit Venture  Liberia The cargo ships collided with the Tampa Bay Bridge, causing it to collapse and killing 35 people.

11 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1980
Ship Country Description
HMBS Flamingo  Royal Bahamas Defence Force The patrol boat was strafed by Cuban Air Force MiGs and sunk 40 nautical miles (74 km) south of Ragged Island, Bahamas with the loss of four crew.[18]

22 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1980
Ship Country Description
Zenlin Glory  Liberia The cargo ships collided with another ship ( West Germany) and sank in the Tsungaru Strait, Japan.[19]

June[edit]

6 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1980
Ship Country Description
USS John R. Craig  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

7 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1980
Ship Country Description
Zenobia  Sweden capsized and sank on her maiden voyage after a computer fault.

July[edit]

4 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1980
Ship Country Description
Leonardo da Vinci  Italy caught fire and sank at La Spezia. Burnt out hulk later raised and scrapped.

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1980
Ship Country Description
USS Stribling  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1980
Ship Country Description
USS Duncan  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off California.
Margaret Jane  Canada The trawler was involved in a collision with another trawler Cape Beaver and sank off Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.[20]

August[edit]

1 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1980
Ship Country Description
Bellubera  Australia The ferry was scuttled in the Tasman Sea off Long Reef, New South Wales, Australia, to create a recreational Underwater diving dive site.

September[edit]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1980
Ship Country Description
Derbyshire  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
Ship Country Description
Prinsendam  Netherlands
Prinsendam

The ocean liner caught fire and sank off Alaska.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1980
Ship Country Description
Panagiotis  Greece The coaster ran aground on Zakynthos and was abandoned.

November[edit]

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1980
Ship Country Description
USS Mindanao  United States Navy The decommissioned Luzon-class internal combustion engine repair ship was sunk as an artificial reef off Daytona Beach, Florida, at 29°12.00′N 80°44.87′W / 29.20000°N 80.74783°W / 29.20000; -80.74783Coordinates: 29°12.00′N 80°44.87′W / 29.20000°N 80.74783°W / 29.20000; -80.74783, 11 miles (18 km) northeast of Ponce de León Inlet.[21]

23 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1980
Ship Country Description
MV Harp  United Kingdom The 1,594-GRT merchant ship sank in the South Atlantic Ocean off Uruguay, during a storm.[22]

December[edit]

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1980
Ship Country Description
LNG Taurus  United States The LNG tanker ran aground off the west coast of Japan. Her captain committed suicide.[23]

18 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1980
Ship Country Description
Bamenda Palm  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.[24]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1980
Ship Country Description
Eva V  United Kingdom struck the Pierre Vertes off Ushant.[25]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Mario Modiano (14 February 1986). "Master of scuttled tanker is jailed". The Times (62380). London. col E, p. 10. 
  3. ^ "T2 TANKERS - C". Mariners. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Blackthorn1944.pdf
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  6. ^ "Stranded ship blown up to protect birds". The Times (60545). London. 8 February 1980. col B, p. 2. 
  7. ^ "'Pirate' whaler sinks after mystery blast". The Times (60544). London. 7 February 1980. col A, p. 6. 
  8. ^ "Oil tanker spillage poses threat to Greek bay". The Times (60559). London. 24 February 1980. col C, p. 1. 
  9. ^ "Bad weather may avert oil disaster". The Times (60570). London. 8 March 1980. col C, p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Tug stops tanker wreck from causing oil disaster". The Times (60571). London. 10 March 1980. col A, p. 5. 
  11. ^ "Two Britons missing after tanker sinks". The Times (60574). London. 13 March 1980. col C, p. 9. 
  12. ^ "Maurice Desgagnes - 1980". Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Channel ferry in collision". The Times (60576). London. 15 March 1980. col F, p. 4. 
  14. ^ "Barpeta". The Yard. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Two empty supertankers sink after explosions". The Times (60593). London. 5 April 1980. col D-G, p. 1. 
  16. ^ "Helicopters called to ships hit by storms". The Times (60606). London. 21 April 1980. col F, G, p. 1. 
  17. ^ "80 feared dead as Philippines ferry sinks". The Times (60609). London. 24 April 1980. col A, p. 9. 
  18. ^ "Cuban planes bomb Bahamas boat". The Times (60623). London. 12 May 1980. col E, p. 1. 
  19. ^ "Ships collide off Japan". The Times (60632). London. 23 May 1980. col F, p. 9. 
  20. ^ "Margaret Jane - 1980". Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  21. ^ "Artificial Reef Sites Information". Volusia County Reef Research Dive Team Inc. 17 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-27. 
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  23. ^ "Salvage teams battle to save $160m tanker". The Times (60803). London. 16 December 1980. col B,C, p. 17. 
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  25. ^ Carter, C (1998). The Port of Penzance. Lydney: Black Dwarf Publications. ISBN 0-9533028-0-6. 
Ship events in 1980
Ship launches: 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Ship commissionings: 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Ship decommissionings: 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Shipwrecks: 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985