List of shipwrecks in January 1861

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The list of shipwrecks in January 1861 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during January 1861.

January 1861
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 Unknown date

1 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Caroline  United States The 112-ton sternwheel paddle steamer was sunk by ice on the Wabash River at Terre Haute, Indiana.[1]

3 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Mary Jane  United Kingdom The ship ran aground on the Scarweather Sands in the Bristol Channel and was abandoned. She was subsequently taken in to Porthcawl, Glamorgan, Wales, repaired, and returned to service.[2]

4 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Frontier City  United States The 144-ton sternwheel paddle steamer struck a snag and sank in the Mississippi River at Napoleon, Arkansas, at the head of Smith's Cut-off near the mouth of the Arkansas River.[3]

9 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Shamrock United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New South Wales The brig was wrecked at Palliser Bay, New Zealand. She was en route from Auckland to Otago, when she was caught in a severe gale with mountainous seas. Her sails were all blown out. The captain steered the vessel onto the beach at Whangaimoana so as to avoid the danger of being dashed on the rocks.[4]
William Jenkins  United States The 1,011- or 1,012-ton sidewheel paddle steamer burned at Savannah, Georgia.[5]

12 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Ada United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New Zealand The steamer was wrecked at the mouth of the Clutha River, New Zealand. She hit the bar at the river's mouth and was holed. The crew and all seven passengers landed safely.[6]
Swift United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New Zealand The schooner was wrecked at the mouth of the Warehama River, on New Zealand's North Island east coast. She hit the bar at the river's mouth during a heavy gale. The crew and all seven passengers landed safely.[7]

21 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Dewi Wynn  United Kingdom The schooner was wrecked at Cardigan, Wales. Her eight crew were rescued.[8]

22 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Cora Anderson  United States The 658-ton sidewheel paddle steamer sank in the Mississippi River at Eagle Bend, Mississippi. She was refloated and returned to service.[9]

28 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Aid  United States The 60-ton sidewheel paddle steamer struck a snag on the St. Francis River in Arkansas and sank.[10]

29 January[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1861
Ship Country Description
Melrose  United States The 177-ton sternwheel paddle steamer sank in the Ohio River at Shawneetown, Illinois, after colliding with Pacific (flag unknown).[11]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1861
Ship Country Description
Fantome United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland New Zealand The schooner left Lyttelton Harbour for Wellington on 7 January and was not seen again. She is likely to have foundered in the same storm which claimed the Shamrock (qv). [7]
Mersey  United Kingdom The 219-ton Brixham brig was wrecked on the beach at Porthleven, Cornwall, England.[12]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Gaines, p. 53.
  2. ^ Tovey, Ron. "A Chronology of Bristol Channel Shipwrecks" (PDF). Swansea Docks. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  3. ^ Gaines, p. 94.
  4. ^ Ingram & Wheatley, pp. 69-70.
  5. ^ Gaines, p. 51.
  6. ^ Ingram & Wheatley, p. 71.
  7. ^ a b Ingram & Wheatley, p. 70.
  8. ^ "CARDIGAN & DISTRICT SHIPWRECKS AND LIFEBOAT SERVICE". Glen Johnson. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  9. ^ Gaines, p. 62.
  10. ^ Gaines, p. 8.
  11. ^ Gaines, p. 136.
  12. ^ Treglown, Tony (2011). Porthleven in Years Gone by; Local Shipwrecks. Ashton: Tony Treglown.

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Ship events in 1861
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