List of shipwrecks in 1989

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The list of shipwrecks in 1989 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1989.

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1989
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1989
Ship Country Description
Justo Rufino Barrios II  Guatemala The ferry sank in Amatique Bay whilst under tow of a Guatemalan Navy vessel with the loss of 67 lives.[1][2]

7 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1989
Ship Country Description
Lavia  Panama The cruise ship burned and sank while moored in Hong Kong Harbour. She later was refloated and scrapped.

18 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1989
Ship Country Description
Kamran  Iran foundered of Abu Musa, United Arab Emirates

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1989
Ship Country Description
USS Muliphen  United States Navy The decommissioned Andromeda-class attack cargo ship was sunk as an artificial reef off Fort Pierce, Florida[3] at 27°24.331′N 80°00.337′W / 27.405517°N 80.005617°W / 27.405517; -80.005617Coordinates: 27°24.331′N 80°00.337′W / 27.405517°N 80.005617°W / 27.405517; -80.005617.[4]

26 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1989
Ship Country Description
Tidings  United States The 51-foot (16 m) fishing vessel sank without loss of life in the Gulf of Alaska off Cape Chiniak (57°37′N 152°10′W / 57.617°N 152.167°W / 57.617; -152.167 (Cape Chiniak)) on Kodiak Island.[5]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1989
Ship Country Description
Vestfjord  United States During a voyage from Seattle, Washington, to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, the 97-foot (30 m) crab fishing vessel sent out a distress signal reporting herself to be experiencing severe icing during a storm with 60-knot (110 km/h) winds and 30-foot (9.1 m) seas before sinking with the loss of her entire crew of six in the North Pacific Ocean about 30 nautical miles (56 km) south of the Trinity Islands.[6]

February[edit]

15 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1989
Ship Country Description
Maassluis The tanker sank during heavy weather in the Mediterranean Sea near Skikda, Algeria, with the loss of 27 of her 29 crew members.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1989
Ship Country Description
Secil Angola  Panama The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all seventeen crew.[7]

March[edit]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1989
Ship Country Description
Perintis  Indonesia The coaster foundered in the English Channel 35 nautical miles (65 km) off Guernsey, Channel Islands.[8][9]
Secil Japan  Panama The cargo ship ran aground at Hell's Mouth, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her sixteen crew. Survivors were rescued by helicopter.[7]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1989
Ship Country Description
Masagusar  Liberia The tanker sank off the coast of Japan having caught fire on 13 March. All 23 crew were reported as missing.[10]

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1989
Ship Country Description
Exxon Valdez  United States
Exxon Valdez.

The very large crude carrier ran aground on Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, while carrying approximately 210,000 m3 (1,300,000 bbl) of crude oil. A major oil spill resulted.

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1989
Ship Country Description
Terminator  United States The fishing vessel was wrecked on Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea. She was scrapped in situ.[5]

April[edit]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1989
Ship Country Description
K-278 Komsomolets  Soviet Navy The Mike-class nuclear submarine sank in the Barents Sea (73°43′18″N 13°16′54″E / 73.72167°N 13.28167°E / 73.72167; 13.28167) with the loss of 42 of her 67 crew.

10 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1989
Ship Country Description
Mineral Europe  British Hong Kong Collided off Singapore with Ambition ( Liberia) and was damaged, losing some cargo. Later repaired and returned to service.[11]

25 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1989
Ship Country Description
USS Parsons  United States Navy The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class guided-missile destroyer was sunk as a target.

May[edit]

15 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1989
Ship Country Description
Teal  United States The 65-foot (20 m) fishing tender sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Spruce Cape (57°49′15″N 152°20′00″W / 57.82083°N 152.33333°W / 57.82083; -152.33333 (Spruce Cape)) north of Kodiak, Alaska, after a seam opened in her hull. Five people and a dog were rescued from Teal.[5]

June[edit]

13 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1989
Ship Country Description
Vostok  United States The fishing vessel sank off the coast of Alaska near Middleton Island.[12]

16 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1989
Ship Country Description
Virginian  United States The 38-foot (12 m) salmon fishing vessel burned at Grass Island (60°17′30″N 145°11′30″W / 60.29167°N 145.19167°W / 60.29167; -145.19167 (Grass Island)) in the Gulf of Alaska.[12]

19 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1989
Ship Country Description
SS Maxim Gorkiy  Soviet Union hit an ice floe near Svalbard, Norway. Passengers evacuated by lifeboat, ship later repaired and returned to service.

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1989
Ship Country Description
Lady Rhoda  Cyprus The cargo ship collided with Meloviya ( Morocco) and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Vigo, Spain with the loss of six of her crew. Survivors were rescued by Meloviya.[13]
MV World Prodigy  Greece The ship struck a reef at the mouth of the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, spilling several hundred thousand gallons of fuel oil; she was later refloated and repaired.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1989
Ship Country Description
USS Blenny  United States Navy The Balao-class submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Ocean City, Maryland, as an artificial reef.

July[edit]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1989
Ship Country Description
City of Poros  Greece hijacked by terrorists and set on fire by grenades. Nine killed and 60 injured. Fire extinguished by salvage tugs Alcyon and Pegasus, ship towed to Piraeus.[14]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1989
Ship Country Description
Kouris  Cyprus The liquid petroleum gas carrier was driven onto the Merries Reef. She consequently came ashore at Cronulla, New South Wales, Australia. Kouris was refloated on 27 July.[15]

August[edit]

20 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1989
Ship Country Description
Marchioness  United Kingdom The pleasure steamer sank in the River Thames at London, England, with the loss of 51 lives after colliding with the dredger Bowbelle ( United Kingdom).

21 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 August
Ship Country Description
Bassam B.  Lebanon Lebanese Civil War: The cargo ship was sunk by mine at Sidon, Lebanon .[16]

29 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 August
Ship Country Description
Sun Shield  St. Vincent & Grenadines Lebanese Civil War: The tanker was damaged off Jounieh, Lebanon by a Syrian Project 205U missile boat, sinking 1 September in Jounieh Bay. Seven crewmen killed, including her master, two wounded and two missing.[17][18]

Unknown August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown August
Ship Country Description
Aloil  Malta Lebanese Civil War: The tanker was sunk off Jounieh, Lebanon by a Syrian warship on 7 or 9 August.[19][20]

September[edit]

10 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1989
Ship Country Description
Mogosoaia  Romania The ferry collided with the tug Peter Karaminchev ( Bulgaria) in the River Danube near Galați, Romania. At least 151 people were killed.[21]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1989
Ship Country Description
Tresco  United Kingdom The coaster foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) south west of the Wolf Rock. Seven crew were rescued by helicopter.[22]

October[edit]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1989
Ship Country Description
Trilby  United States The 43-foot (13 m) longline halibut-fishing vessel sank after striking a rock in Salisbury Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Her four-person crew was rescued from a life raft.[5]

17 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1989
Ship Country Description
Tiny  United States The 65-foot (20 m) fishing vessel flooded, capsized, and sank without loss of life in Bristol Bay south of Cape Newenham (58°39′00″N 162°10′30″W / 58.65000°N 162.17500°W / 58.65000; -162.17500 (Cape Newenham)) in Alaska.[5]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1989
Ship Country Description
Murree  Pakistan The cargo ship foundered in the English Channel off Start Point, Devon, United Kingdom. All forty people on board were rescued by a Royal Navy search and rescue Sea King helicopters, of 771 Naval Air Squadron flying from RNAS Culdrose.[23][24]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date October 1989
Ship Country Description
HMS Spartan  Royal Navy The Swiftsure-class submarine ran aground off the west coast of Scotland. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.

November[edit]

2 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1989
Ship Country Description
Ibis  Honduras The cargo ship capsized in Tor Bay, Devon, United Kingdom. She sank on 5 November.[25]

20 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1989
Ship Country Description
Despo  Greece The cargo ship sank off Zakynthos with the loss of one of her seven crew.[26]

December[edit]

4 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1989
Ship Country Description
USCGC Mesquite  United States Coast Guard
USCGC Mesquite.

The buoy tender ran aground on a reef off of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior. Originally intended to be salvaged, she was damaged further by winter storms and subsequently sunk as an artificial reef the next year.[27]

8 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1989
Ship Country Description
Capitaine Torres  Vanuatu The cargo ship sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of all hands.[28]
Johanna B  Panama The cargo ship sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrences with the loss of all hands.[28]

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1989
Ship Country Description
Arklow Victor  Ireland The cargo ship foundered in the Bay of Biscay with the loss of one of her six crew. Survivors were rescued by a French helicopter.[29]

19 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1989
Ship Country Description
Kharg 5  Iran The supertanker exploded and was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco. All 32 crew were rescued by a Soviet merchant ship.[30]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1989
Ship Country Description
HMS Leander  Royal Navy The decommissioned Leander-class frigate was sunk as a target by a Sea Dart missile, three Exocet missiles, and one gravity bomb.
YO-257  United States Navy The decommissioned yard oiler was sunk 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) off Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, to form an artificial reef.

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Ship events in 1989
Ship launches: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Ship commissionings: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Ship decommissionings: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Shipwrecks: 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994