List of shipwrecks in 1987

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The list of shipwrecks in 1987 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1987.

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1987
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec


January[edit]

14 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1987
Ship Country Description
Testa Rosa  Philippines The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal with the loss of all 30 crew.[1]

February[edit]

1 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1987
Ship Country Description
Midnatsol Norge  Norway The hotel ship foundered off Fredrikstad, Norway. Wreck raised, and broken up in Bruges, Belgium, in June 1987.[2]

20 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1987
Ship Country Description
USS Accokeek  United States Navy The decommissioned auxiliary ocean tug was sunk as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.

March[edit]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1987
Ship Country Description
HMAS Colac  Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned tank cleaning vessel, formerly a Bathurst-class corvette, was sunk as a target in the Tasman Sea off the coast of Australia at 34°49′12″S 151°32′00″E / 34.82000°S 151.53333°E / -34.82000; 151.53333 ("HMAS Colc") by a Mark 48 torpedo fired by the submarine HMAS Ovens ( Royal Australian Navy).

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1987
Ship Country Description
Herald of Free Enterprise  United Kingdom Passenger ferry sank in the North Sea off Zeebrugge, Belgium after taking on water and capsizing and sinking stern first; the bow doors of this RO-RO (roll-on roll-off) ferry were subsequently discovered to have been left open. 193 fatalities.

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1987
Ship Country Description
Komsomolets Kirgizii  Soviet Union The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) off New Jersey, United States. All 37 crew were rescued by American helicopters.[3]

April[edit]

16 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1987
Ship Country Description
Musson  Soviet Navy The soviet Project 1234 corvette "Musson" sinks after having been hit by a P-15M cruisemissile during an airdefense-exercise in the Sea of Japan.

May[edit]

1 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1987
Ship Country Description
Saint Eloi  France Collided with Cambridge Ferry ( United Kingdom) off Dover, both ships damaged.

27 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1987
Ship Country Description
Nawal  Saudi Arabia Sank at moorings, Jeddah.[4]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in May 1987
Ship Country Description
Maral R  United Kingdom
Maral R at Seaton Sluice

Driven ashore at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland.

June[edit]

12 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1987
Ship Country Description
Iron Cumberland  Hong Kong The ore carrier sank in the Pacific Ocean. All 29 crew were rescued by Act 5 ( United Kingdom).[5]

15 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1987
Ship Country Description
ARA Comodoro Py  Argentine Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target by a torpedo fired by the submarine ARA Santa Cruz ( Argentine Navy).

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1987
Ship Country Description
HMS Yarmouth  Royal Navy The decommissioned Rothesay-class frigate was sunk as a target in the North Atlantic Ocean by the destroyer HMS Manchester ( Royal Navy).

July[edit]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1987
Ship Country Description
Havel  West Germany The cargo ship was sunk to create an artificial reef near Boynton Beach, Florida.

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1987
Ship Country Description
USS Bausell  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean.

28 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1987
Ship Country Description
Fearless  Cyprus On fire and grounded at 37°09′N 122°41′E / 37.150°N 122.683°E / 37.150; 122.683. Refloated 27 August, subsequently laid up, scrapped in 1988.[4]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date July 1987
Ship Country Description
USS McKean  Turkish Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target by a Harpoon missile in the Gulf of Antalya after being transferred to the Turkish Navy and cannibalized for spare parts.

September[edit]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1987
Ship Country Description
Iran Ajr  Islamic Republic of Iran Navy The minelayer was scuttled in the Persian Gulf by American forces after being captured by Navy SEALs.

October[edit]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1987
Ship Country Description
Hengist  United Kingdom Great Storm of 1987: The ferry was beached at Folkestone Warren.[6] Her crew were rescued by breeches buoy.[7] Refloated in November, repaired and returned to service.[8]
Sumnea  United Kingdom Great Storm of 1987: The bulk carrier capsized at Dover, Kent,[9] with the loss of three of her six crew. Survivors were rescued by Rotary Service (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[7]

November[edit]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1987
Ship Country Description
USCGC Duane  United States Coast Guard The decommissioned Treasury-class cutter was scuttled as an artificial reef off Key Largo, Florida.

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1987
Ship Country Description
USCGC Bibb  United States Coast Guard The decommissioned Treasury-class cutter was scuttled as an artificial reef 1 nautical mile (1.15 miles; 1.9 km) south of Molasses Reef near Key Largo, Florida.

December[edit]

5 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1987
Ship Country Description
Cason  Panama The cargo ship caught fire off Galicia, Spain and was beached off Cape Finisterre with the loss of 23 of her 31 crew.[10]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1987
Ship Country Description
Vitatus Putna  Soviet Union Factory ship caught fire at 45°04′N 8°09′W / 45.067°N 8.150°W / 45.067; -8.150 and abandoned by her crew with the loss of two lives.[11]

12 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1987
Ship Country Description
Samson
Samson

Crane barge, ran aground at Rams Head, Ardmore, County Waterford, after tow parted in rough seas.

20 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1987
Ship Country Description
Doña Paz  Philippines Passenger ferry sunk in the Tablas Strait in the Philippines after colliding with the oil tanker Vector, ( Philippines) killing 4,341 people.[12]

22 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1987
Ship Country Description
Eastern Summit  Panama Ran aground in the Zaire River (05°55′S 12°54′E / 5.917°S 12.900°E / -5.917; 12.900). Refloated 14 January 1988.[11]

24 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1987
Ship Country Description
The Christian Flag unknown The coastal tanker ran aground at Sands of Forvie, Grampian, United Kingdom. Later refloated.[13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crew missing". The Times (62666). London. 15 January 1987. col H, p. 10. 
  2. ^ "Midnatsol Norge (5234462)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 30 November 2013. (Subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Russians saved". The Times (62717). London. 16 March 1987. col H, p. 7. 
  4. ^ a b "Belgian Merchant P-Z" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 December 2010. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "29 British seamen rescued in Pacific". The Times (62795). London. 16 June 1987. col A, p. 9. 
  6. ^ Bob Ogley, Ian Currie and Mark Davison (1991). The Kent Weather Book. Brasted Chart: Froglets Publications Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 1-872337-35-X. 
  7. ^ a b Bignell, Alan (2001). Kent Shipwrecks (Second ed.). Newbury: Countryside Books. pp. 120–25. ISBN 1 85306 719 9. 
  8. ^ Lane, Anthony (2009). Shipwrecks of Kent. Stroud: The History Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7524-1720-2. 
  9. ^ Tony Dawe, Robert Matthews and Nicholas Wood (17 October 1987). "Wasted warning of the storm". The Times (62902). London. col A-H, p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Spanish villagers flee toxic cloud". The Times (62949). London. 11 December 1987. col A-B, p. 8. 
  11. ^ a b "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  12. ^ "CNN.com - Maritime disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries - Feb 3, 2006". CNN. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Watch on Tanker". The Times (62961). London. 26 December 1987. col A, p. 2. 
  14. ^ "Tanker is refloated". The Times (62962). London. 28 December 1987. col A, p. 2. 
Ship events in 1987
Ship launches: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
Ship commissionings: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
Ship decommissionings: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
Shipwrecks: 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992