List of shipwrecks in 1998

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The list of shipwrecks in 1998 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1998.

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1998
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date


January[edit]

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1998
Ship Country Description
Santa Anna  Panama The tanker ran aground on Thatcher Rock, Torquay, Devon, United Kingdom.[1]

16 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1998
Ship Country Description
Flare  Cyprus The bulk carrier broke in two in severe weather and sank off Saint Pierre and Miquelon with the loss of 21 crew.

February[edit]

17 February[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1998
Ship Country Description
Marie Bouanga  Democratic Republic of the Congo The cargo ship collided with Zircone ( Italy) near Borkum Riff, Germany (53°48′N 6°21′E / 53.800°N 6.350°E / 53.800; 6.350). She was declared a constructive total loss and subsequently scrapped.[2]

March[edit]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1998
Ship Country Description
Demetrios II  Honduras
Demetrios II aground.

The cargo ship ran aground off Paphos, Greece in bad weather. All eight crew were rescued by helicopter.

April[edit]

7 April[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1998
Ship Country Description
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 32°35′00.9″N 120°32′00.3″W / 32.583583°N 120.533417°W / 32.583583; -120.533417 ("USS Hull (DD-945)").

May[edit]

16 May[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1998
Ship Country Description
St. Michael  Malta The tug was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea off Marsaskala as an artificial reef.[3]
Tug No. 10  Malta The tug was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea off Marsaskala as an artificial reef.[3]

June[edit]

9 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1998
Ship Country Description
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.[4]

23 June[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1998
Ship Country Description
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.[5][6]

July[edit]

22 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1998
Ship Country Description
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 22°21′N 160°58′W / 22.350°N 160.967°W / 22.350; -160.967 ("USS Somers (DD-947)") by explosive charges placed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.

August[edit]

9 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1998
Ship Country Description
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).

19 August[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1998
Ship Country Description
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.

September[edit]

2 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1998
Ship Country Description
Um El Faroud  Libya
Wreck of Um El Faroud

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.[7]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1998
Ship Country Description
Princess of the Orient  Philippines The ferry capsized and sank in a typhoon off Fortune Island, Batangas, killing around 150 people.

24 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1998
Ship Country Description
USS Belknap  United States Navy The decommissioned Balknap-class guided-missile cruiser was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean at 36°31′00.3″N 071°58′00.5″W / 36.516750°N 71.966806°W / 36.516750; -71.966806 ("USS Belknap (CG-266)").
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.[8]

October[edit]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1998
Ship Country Description
Eendracht  Netherlands The schooner ran aground at Newhaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom. All 51 people on board were rescued by helicopter.[9] She was later refloated and returned to service.

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1998
Ship Country Description
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.

November[edit]

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1998
Ship Country Description
Ministro Portales  Chilean Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Cape Horn.

December[edit]

5 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1998
Ship Country Description
Adolphus Busch  United Kingdom The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Big Pine Key, Florida, to create an artificial reef.

15 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1998
Ship Country Description
Monarch of the Seas  Bahamas The cruise ship struck a reef off St. Maartan. Water started coming in,resulting in grounding the ship.

17 December[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1998
Ship Country Description
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 (South Korea) vessels, and sank with the loss of all nine of her passengers and crew while being pursued by South Korean ships and aircraft.

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date December 1998
Ship Country Description
Arco Arun  United Kingdom The coaster capsized in the Thames Estuary at Northfleet Hope. She was later raised and refloated.[10]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1998
Ship Country Description
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).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Horsnell (2 January 1998). "Tug frees oil tanker blown ashore in gales". The Times (66088). London. col B-F, p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Belgian Merchant H-O" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 31 October 2010. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b "Marsascala ~ Tugs". Subway Dive Centre. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Belgian Merchant A-G" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Jennifer Veale (24 June 1998). "North Korean crew feared dead as captured midget submarine sinks". The Times (66236). London. col A-H, p. 15. 
  6. ^ "North Koreans found dead in salvaged submarine". The Times (66238). London. 26 June 1997. col D-H, p. 20. 
  7. ^ "Wreck ~ Um El Faroud". Subway Dive Centre. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Only One Express (5372513)". Miramar Ship Index. Retrieved 6 May 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  9. ^ Helen Johnstone (22 October 1998). "Helicopters winch crew off stricken vessel". The Times (66339). London. col D-H, p. 3. 
  10. ^ Lane, Anthony (2009). Shipwrecks of Kent. Stroud: The History Press. p. 36. ISBN 978-0-7524-1720-2. 
Ship events in 1998
Ship launches: 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Ship commissionings: 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Ship decommissionings: 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Shipwrecks: 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003