List of shipwrecks in 1983

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The list of shipwrecks in 1983 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1983.

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1983
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date


January[edit]

25 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1983
Ship Country Description
White Gull  United States The fishing vessel disappeared in the Gulf of Alaska somewhere between Pelican and Yakutat, Alaska, with the loss of all three people on board.[1]

February[edit]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1983
Ship Country Description
Marine Electric  United States The bulk carrier sank in the North Atlantic Ocean about 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi) off Virginia with the loss of 31 lives.

23 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1983
Ship Country Description
Pará  Brazilian Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil 80 nautical miles (148 km) south of Cabo Frio lighthouse by two torpedoes fired by the submarine Ceará ( Brazilian Navy).

24 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1983
Ship Country Description
HMS Nurton  Royal Navy The Ton-class minesweeper collided with HMS Brocklesby ( Royal Navy) and was holed. She was abandoned by her crew. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.[2]

March[edit]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1983
Ship Country Description
Tammy  United States The 52-foot (16 m) fishing vessel burned and sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Noisy Island off the west coast of Kodiak Island. The three-man crew abandoned ship in a life raft and were rescued by the fishing vessel Moonbeam ( United States).[3]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1983
Ship Country Description
USS William M. Wood  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico.

April[edit]

11 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 April 1983
Ship Country Description
Bay Club  Panama Suffered an engine room fire 1,000 nautical miles (1,900 km) off Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom. The crew abandoned ship and were rescued by Dart Atlantic ( United Kingdom).[4]
Schutting 1  Panama Foundered 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of Land's End. Six crew taken off by helicopter form RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall. The seven remaining crew later took to a lifeboat and were rescued by Axel Johnson. They were also taken to Culdrose by helicopter.[4]

12 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1983
Ship Country Description
Unknown missile boat  Iraqi Navy Iran–Iraq War: The Project 205 missile boat was sunk by a missile (possibly a Harpoon missile) from an Iranian warship.[5]

14 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1983
Ship Country Description
USS Vesole  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico.

19 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1983
Ship Country Description
Ghiannis D  Greece Ran aground at Sha`b Abu Nuhas reef. Remained stranded on reef and sank some six weeks later.[6]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: unknown date April 1983
Ship Country Description
Misty Blue  United States The fishing trawler departed for a clamming trip on 11 April 1983 and was scheduled to return the following day, but never did. Her entire crew of four was lost. Her intact wreck was found on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean east of Cape Henlopen, Delaware.[7]

May[edit]

2 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1983
Ship Country Description
Unknown missile boat  Iraqi Navy Iran–Iraq War: The Project 205 missile boat was sunk by a Harpoon missile from an Iranian warship. 12 crewmen rescued by Iranian Sikorsky SH-3 Sea King helicopter and made prisoners of war.[8]

June[edit]

3 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1983
Ship Country Description
USS Bushnell  United States Navy The decommissioned Fulton-class submarine tender was sunk as a torpedo target by the submarine USS Atlanta ( United States Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean at 35°34′42″N 073°18′36″W / 35.57833°N 73.31000°W / 35.57833; -73.31000 ("USS Bushnell (AS-15)).

5 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1983
Ship Country Description
Alexander Suvorov  Soviet Union Collided with a railway bridge at Ulyanovsk, killing 177 people. Ship later repaired and returned to service.

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1983
Ship Country Description
K-429  Soviet Navy Sank off Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with the loss of 16 lives. Later salvaged and returned to service.

29 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1983
Ship Country Description
Spearfish  United Kingdom The supply vessel collided with the rig Penrod 83 in the English Channel and was holed. All six crew rescued by a helicopter from RNAS Lee-on-Solent. Spearfish later sunk by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy) as she was deemed to be a hazard to shipping.[9]

July[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1983
Ship Country Description
Hurricane  United States A 19-foot (6 m) catamaran en route from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii that is presumed to be a casualty of Tropical Storm Gil.[10]

August[edit]

6 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1983
Ship Country Description
Castillo de Bellver  Spain The tanker broke in two and caught fire off Saldaana, South Africa. The stern section capsized and sank; the bow section was taken in tow by the tug John Ross ( South Africa), but was sunk by explosive charges.[11]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1983
Ship Country Description
Neg Chieftain  Panama The tug capsized and sank off Ramsgate, Kent.[12]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1983
Ship Country Description
Unidentified Soviet submarine  Soviet Navy United States Army Intelligence and Security Command assets intercepted information that allowed the United States to piece together details concerning the sinking of a Soviet submarine in the North Pacific Ocean.[13]

September[edit]

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1983
Ship Country Description
Sacco  United States The fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Alaska between King Cove and False Pass. Her crew abandoned ship in a skiff and was rescued by the fishing vessel Kodiak Queen ( United States).[14]

October[edit]

3 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1983
Ship Country Description
Kahnamuie  Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Iran–Iraq War: The Bayandor-class frigate was sunk by AM-39 Exocet missiles fired from an Iraqi Super Frelon helicopter. 19 crewmen were killed.[15][16]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1983
Ship Country Description
ARA Almirante Domecq Garcia  Argentine Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an MM-38 Exocet missile fired by the corvette ARA Drummond and a torpedo fired by the submarine ARA San Luis (both  Argentine Navy).

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1983
Ship Country Description
Nina Sagaidak  Soviet Union Trapped in ice in the Chukotsk Sea, crushed and sank. Crew rescued by helicopter and taken to Vladivostok. Kolya Myagotin ( Soviet Union) also reported to be sinking.[17]

November[edit]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1983
Ship Country Description
Unknown  Nicaragua Contra War: The unidentified fishing vessel was shelled and sunk by Honduran Navy vessels.[18]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1983
Ship Country Description
Blue Magpie  Panama The cargo ship was wrecked at the entrance to Yaquina Bay while seeking shelter at Newport, Oregon, during a storm.

21 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1983
Ship Country Description
Antigoni  Greece First Gulf War: Hit by an Iranian Exocet missile and sunk. All nineteen crew survived.[19]
Dai Lung  Taiwan
Taiwanese Dai Lung sinking in the South China Sea.

The ship started taking on water in the No.1 cargo hold in rough seas of the Typhoon Orchid in the South China Sea. The crew was unable to find the source of the leak and sent an SOS. The frigate USS Kirk ( United States Navy) was nearby and rescued 23 of 25 crewmembers. Two crewmembers had died before rescue.

23 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1983
Ship Country Description
Diana D.  Lebanon The vessel was sunk in a collision with USS Fort Snelling ( United States Navy), which was part of multinational peacekeeping operations following the 1981 ceasefire during the Lebanese Civil War.[20][21]

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1983
Ship Country Description
PNCO Baslian  Philippines The tanker exploded, caught fire and sank off Luzon.[22]

December[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1983
Ship Country Description
Libellule  French Navy The Aloe-class net laying ship was sunk as a target near Brest, France.
Raffaello  Iran Iran–Iraq War: The floating barracks, a former ocean liner, was partially sunk in shallow water in the Persian Gulf outside Bushehr, Iran, by a torpedo attack.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "HMS Nurton". The Yard. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  3. ^ alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (T)
  4. ^ a b "Fifty rescued from storms". The Times (61504). London. 12 April 1983. col E-G, p. 2.
  5. ^ "Iraqi Naval Battles". Soviet-Empire. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ Andrea Ghiotti, ed. (1996). Diving Guide to the Red Sea Wrecks. Luxor: A A Gaddis & Sons. pp. 56–61.
  7. ^ Anonymous, Shipwrecks of the Mid-Atlantic: Maryland, Delaware & Southern New Jersey (poster), Sealake Products USA, undated.
  8. ^ "Iraqi Naval Battles". Soviet-Empire. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Ship's crew saved after oil rig collision". The Times (61572). London. 30 June 1983. col D-G, p. 1.
  10. ^ "The 1983 Central Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season, July 31 - August 4, 1983 (TROPICAL STORM GIL)". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  11. ^ "Tanker's bow taken in tow as oil moves away". The Times (61605). London. 8 August 1983. col E, p. 1. (Continued on back page, column F.)
  12. ^ "Neg Chiefain".
  13. ^ "NSA Signal Intelligence".
  14. ^ alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (S)
  15. ^ "Iraqi Naval Battles". Soviet-Empire. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  16. ^ "bayandor Frigates (1964-1969), Escorts, Iranian Navy". Navypedia. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  17. ^ "Race against time to save ice-bound ships". The Times (61664). London. 15 October 1983. col D, p. 6.
  18. ^ "Nicaroguan Naval Battles". Sovietempire.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Greek ship in Gulf hit by Exocet". The Times (61697). London. 23 November 1983. col C, p. 1.
  20. ^ "Navy Ship, Freighter Collide". St. Cloud Times. 24 November 1983. p. 2.
  21. ^ "A small Lebanese-registered merchant ship collided with a U.S..." UPI. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  22. ^ "British Merlin". The Yard. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

See also[edit]

Ship events in 1983
Ship launches: 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Ship commissionings: 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Ship decommissionings: 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
Shipwrecks: 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988