List of shipwrecks in 1998
The list of shipwrecks in 1998 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1998.
|Santa Anna||Panama||The tanker ran aground on Thatcher Rock, Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom.|
|Flare||Cyprus||The bulk carrier broke in two in severe weather and sank off Saint Pierre and Miquelon with the loss of 21 crew.|
|Marie Bouanga||Democratic Republic of the Congo||The cargo ship collided with Zircone ( Italy) near Borkum Riff, Germany ( ). She was declared a constructive total loss and subsequently scrapped.|
The cargo ship ran aground off Paphos, Greece in bad weather. All eight crew were rescued by helicopter.
|USS Hull||United States Navy||The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the United States West Coast at .|
|St. Michael||Malta||The tug was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea off Marsaskala as an artificial reef.|
|Tug No. 10||Malta||The tug was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea off Marsaskala as an artificial reef.|
|Hualien Express||Saint Vincent and the Grenadines||The cargo ship ran aground at Kandla, India. She was refloated on 8 August; the salvage was completed on 18 August and she was then sold for scrapping.|
|A Yugo-class submarine||Korean People's Navy||became entangled in the nets of a South Korean trawler and was subsequently taken in tow by South Korean Navy vessels. The submarine sank with the loss of all eight crew.|
|USS Badger||United States Navy||The decommissioned Knox-class frigate was sunk as a target by units of the United States Third Fleet ( United States Navy) during the RIMPAC 98 exercise.|
|USS Somers||United States Navy||After use as a target for two AGM-142 Have Nap missiles fired by two United States Air Force B-52 Stratofortresses the previous day during the RIMPAC 98 exercise, the decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Kauai, Hawaii, at by explosive charges placed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.|
|USS Richmond K. Turner||United States Navy||The decommissioned Leahy-class guided-missile cruiser was sunk as a target off Puerto Rico by ships and aircraft of the USS Enterprise carrier battle group ( United States Navy).|
|ARA Comodoro Somellera||Argentine Navy||The Sotoyomo-class rescue tug sank after colliding during a storm with the patrol tug ( Argentine Navy) ARA Suboficial Castillo in port at Ushuaia, Argentina. She later was refloated and scrapped.|
|Um El Faroud||Libya||
The oil tanker was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea off Wied iż-Żurrieq, Malta, as an artificial reef. It had been laid up in Grand Harbour since 1995, when the ship exploded killing 9 Maltese dockyard workers.
|Princess of the Orient||Philippines||The ferry capsized and sank in a typhoon off Fortune Island, Batangas, killing around 150 people.|
|USS Belknap||United States Navy||The decommissioned Balknap-class guided-missile cruiser was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean at .|
|Ocean Alley||United Kingdom||The cargo ship was wrecked at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Renamed Adolphus Busch, she was sunk on 5 December as an artificial reef off Looe Key, Florida, United States.|
|Only One Express||Honduras||The cargo ship was wrecked while in port at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Repairs were attempted, but abandoned the next month.|
|Eendracht||Netherlands||The schooner ran aground at Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom. All 51 people on board were rescued by helicopter. She was later refloated and returned to service.|
|Fantome||The schooner sank in the Gulf of Mexico off Honduras with the loss of all 31 people on board during Hurricane Mitch after sending a final radio report on this date.|
|Ministro Portales||Chilean Navy||The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Cape Horn.|
|Adolphus Busch||United Kingdom||The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Big Pine Key, Florida, to create an artificial reef.|
|Monarch of the Seas||Bahamas||The cruise ship struck a reef off St. Maartan. Water started coming in,resulting in grounding the ship.|
|I-SILC-class semi-submersible infiltration vessel||Korean People's Navy||Battle of Yeosu: The infiltration vessel became entangled in a fishing net off Yeosu, South Korea, while attempting to land North Koream commandos in South Korea, was intercepted by Republic of Korea Navy () vessels, and sank with the loss of all nine of her passengers and crew while being pursued by South Korean ships and aircraft.|
|Arco Arun||United Kingdom||The coaster capsized in the Thames Estuary at Northfleet Hope. She was later raised and refloated.|
|HMS Sirius||Royal Navy||The decommissioned Leander-class frigate was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean by the submarine HMS Spartan ( Royal Navy).|
- Michael Horsnell (2 January 1998). "Tug frees oil tanker blown ashore in gales". The Times (66088). London. col B-F, p. 1.
- "Belgian Merchant H-O" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 31 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
- "Marsascala ~ Tugs". Subway Dive Centre. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
- Jennifer Veale (24 June 1998). "North Korean crew feared dead as captured midget submarine sinks". The Times (66236). London. col A-H, p. 15.
- "North Koreans found dead in salvaged submarine". The Times (66238). London. 26 June 1997. col D-H, p. 20.
- "Wreck ~ Um El Faroud". Subway Dive Centre. Retrieved 4 September 2014.
- "Only One Express (5372513)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 6 May 2017. (Subscription required (. ))
- Helen Johnstone (22 October 1998). "Helicopters winch crew off stricken vessel". The Times (66339). London. col D-H, p. 3.
- Lane, Anthony (2009). Shipwrecks of Kent. Stroud: The History Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7524-1720-2.
|Ship events in 1998|