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]


February[edit]

12 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1983
Ship Country Description
Marine Electric  United States Sank 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.[1]

March[edit]

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.[2]
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.[2]

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.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

July[edit]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1983
Ship Country Description
Hurricane  United States A 19 feet (5.8 m) catamaran en route from Long Beach, California to Honolulu, Hawaii that is presumed to be a casualty of Tropical Storm Gil.[6]

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.[7]

10 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1983
Ship Country Description
Neg Chieftain  Panama The tug capsized and sank off Ramsgate, Kent.[8]

11 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1983
Ship Country Description
Unknown Soviet submarine  Soviet Union US 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.[9]

October[edit]

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.[10]

November[edit]

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.[11]
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 U.S. Navy frigate USS Kirk (FF-1087) was nearby and rescued 23 of 25 crewmembers. Two crewmembers had died before.

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1983
Ship Country Description
PNCO Baslian  Philippines The tanker exploded, caught fire and sank off Luzon.[12]

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]

  1. ^ "HMS Nurton". The Yard. Retrieved 10 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Fifty rescued from storms". The Times (61504). London. 12 April 1983. col E-G, p. 2. 
  3. ^ Andrea Ghiotti, ed. (1996). Diving Guide to the Red Sea Wrecks. Luxor: A A Gaddis & Sons. pp. 56–61. 
  4. ^ Anonymous, Shipwrecks of the Mid-Atlantic: Maryland, Delaware & Southern New Jersey (poster), Sealake Products USA, undated.
  5. ^ "Ship's crew saved after oil rig collision". The Times (61572). London. 30 June 1983. col D-G, p. 1. 
  6. ^ "The 1983 Central Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season, July 31 - August 4, 1983 (TROPICAL STORM GIL)". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "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.)
  8. ^ "Neg Chiefain". 
  9. ^ "NSA Signal Intelligence". 
  10. ^ "Race against time to save ice-bound ships". The Times (61664). London. 15 October 1983. col D, p. 6. 
  11. ^ "Greek ship in Gulf hit by Exocet". The Times (61697). London. 23 November 1983. col C, p. 1. 
  12. ^ "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