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.
|Testa Rosa||Philippines||The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal with the loss of all 30 crew.|
|Midnatsol Norge||Norway||The hotel ship foundered off Fredrikstad, Norway. Wreck raised, and broken up in Bruges, Belgium, in June 1987.|
|USS Accokeek||United States Navy||The decommissioned auxiliary ocean tug was sunk as an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico.|
|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 by a Mark 48 torpedo fired by the submarine HMAS Ovens ( Royal Australian Navy).|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Saint Eloi||France||Collided with Cambridge Ferry ( United Kingdom) off Dover, both ships damaged.|
|Nawal||Saudi Arabia||Sank at moorings, Jeddah.|
|Maral R||United Kingdom||
Driven ashore at Seaton Sluice, Northumberland.
|Iron Cumberland||Hong Kong||The ore carrier sank in the Pacific Ocean. All 29 crew were rescued by Act 5 ( United Kingdom).|
|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).|
|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).|
|Havel||West Germany||The cargo ship was sunk to create an artificial reef near Boynton Beach, Florida.|
|USS Bausell||United States Navy||The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean.|
|Fearless||Cyprus||On fire and grounded at . Refloated 27 August, subsequently laid up, scrapped in 1988.|
|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.|
|Iran Ajr||Islamic Republic of Iran Navy||The minelayer was scuttled in the Persian Gulf by American forces after being captured by Navy SEALs.|
|Hengist||United Kingdom||Great Storm of 1987: The ferry was beached at Folkestone Warren. Her crew were rescued by breeches buoy. Refloated in November, repaired and returned to service.|
|Sumnea||United Kingdom||Great Storm of 1987: The bulk carrier capsized at Dover, Kent, with the loss of three of her six crew. Survivors were rescued by Rotary Service ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution).|
|USCGC Duane||United States Coast Guard||The decommissioned Treasury-class cutter was scuttled as an artificial reef off Key Largo, Florida.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Vitatus Putna||Soviet Union||Factory ship caught fire at and abandoned by her crew with the loss of two lives.|
|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.|
|Eastern Summit||Panama||Ran aground in the Zaire River ( ). Refloated 14 January 1988.|
|The Christian||Flag unknown||The coastal tanker ran aground at Sands of Forvie, Grampian, United Kingdom. Later refloated.|
- "Crew missing". The Times (62666). London. 15 January 1987. col H, p. 10.
- "Midnatsol Norge (5234462)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 30 November 2013. (Subscription required (. ))
- "Russians saved". The Times (62717). London. 16 March 1987. col H, p. 7.
- "Belgian Merchant P-Z" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 December 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "29 British seamen rescued in Pacific". The Times (62795). London. 16 June 1987. col A, p. 9.
- Bob Ogley, Ian Currie and Mark Davison (1991). The Kent Weather Book. Brasted Chart: Froglets Publications Ltd. p. 22. ISBN 1-872337-35-X.
- Bignell, Alan (2001). Kent Shipwrecks (Second ed.). Newbury: Countryside Books. pp. 120–25. ISBN 1 85306 719 9.
- Lane, Anthony (2009). Shipwrecks of Kent. Stroud: The History Press. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-7524-1720-2.
- Tony Dawe, Robert Matthews and Nicholas Wood (17 October 1987). "Wasted warning of the storm". The Times (62902). London. col A-H, p. 1.
- "Spanish villagers flee toxic cloud". The Times (62949). London. 11 December 1987. col A-B, p. 8.
- "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- "CNN.com - Maritime disasters of the 20th and 21st centuries - Feb 3, 2006". CNN. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
- "Watch on Tanker". The Times (62961). London. 26 December 1987. col A, p. 2.
- "Tanker is refloated". The Times (62962). London. 28 December 1987. col A, p. 2.
|Ship events in 1987|