List of shipwrecks of Africa
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- 1 East Africa
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|Black Assarca shipwreck||A wreck discovered at Black Assarca Island in 1995, believed to date to the early 7th century. It was excavated in 1997, and found to hold a cargo of amphoras.|
|Globe Star||27 April 1973||A cargo ship that ran aground off Mombasa.|
|HMS Gulland||13 April 1951||A 545-ton Isles-class trawler built for World War II. It ran aground three miles (4.8 km) north of Mombasa.|
|MV Mtongwe||27 April 1994||A Likoni and Mombasa route ferry that capsized due to overcrowding off Kilindini Harbour. 270 people lost their lives.|
|Katina P||26 April 1992||A Greek oil tanker that was damaged in a storm, spilling several thousand tonnes of oil.|
|Sunny South||20 February 1861||An American-built extreme clipper sold to Havana and put to work in the slave trade. It was captured by the Royal Navy and used as a store ship, before striking a reef and sinking at Mayotte.|
|MS Achille Lauro||2 December 1994||A cruise ship that was hijacked in 1985 by the Palestine Liberation Front. It ultimately sank after an explosion in the engine room started a fire that engulfed the ship.|
|U-852||3 May 1944||A Type IXD2 U-boat that was attacked by British aircraft and run aground near Bayla.|
|SMS Königsberg||11 July 1915||A Königsberg-class light cruiser that was sunk in the Rufiji River.|
|HMS Pegasus||20 September 1914||A Pelorus-class protected cruiser that was sunk at Zanzibar by SMS Königsberg.|
|MV Spice Islander I||10 September 2011||A RORO ferry that sank between Unguja and Pemba Island, with the loss of at least 200 lives.|
|MV Bukoba||21 May 1996||A Lake Victoria ferry that sank off Mwanza with over 200 confirmed dead.|
|MV Kabalega||8 May 2005||A train ferry that collided with MV Kaawa near the Ssese Islands.|
|SS Robert Coryndon||1962||A British ferry named after Robert Coryndon, Governor of Uganda (1918–22).|
|Adventure Galley||A galley that was captained by William Kidd, who ordered it burnt at Île Sainte-Marie.|
|HMS Serapis||July 1781||A Roebuck-class fifth-rate that caught fire and sank off Île Sainte-Marie.|
|HMS Karanja||12 November 1942||Troop carrier (infantry), former BI cargo liner. Sunk by German aircraft off Bougie (Béjaïa).|
|HMS Algerine||15 November 1942||An Algerine-class minesweeper that was torpedoed by the Italian submarine Ascianghi off Béjaïa.|
|SS City of Venice||4 July 1943||A troopship that was torpedoed by the German submarine U-375.|
|HMT Narkunda||14 November 1942||Narkunda British P&O requisitioned troopship bombed and sunk by German aircraft. Sister ship Naldera. Located off Bougie (Béjaïa), Algeria, passing Cape Carbon.|
|HMS Ibis||10 November 1942||A Black Swan-class sloop that was sunk by an Italian aircraft north of Algiers.|
|USS Leedstown||9 November 1942||A troopship that was sunk by the German submarine U-331 off Algiers.|
|HMCS Louisburg||6 February 1943||A Flower-class corvette that was sunk by German aircraft near Mostaganem.|
|HMT Rohna||26 November 1943||A British troop carrier sunk north of Béjaïa in an air attack during World War II.|
|HMS Samphire||30 January 1943||A Flower-class corvette that was torpedoed by an Italian submarine off Béjaïa.|
|HMS Attack||30 December 1917||An Acheron-class destroyer that was sunk northwest of Alexandria.|
|HMS Defender||11 July 1941||A D-class destroyer that was attacked by a German bomber and sank under tow off Sidi Barrani.|
|HMS Myngs||16 May 1970||A Z-class destroyer that was sunk by Israeli aircraft in Foul Bay.|
|L'Orient||1 August 1798||An Océan-class ship of the line and Napoleon's flagship, destroyed by fire and explosion in Aboukir Bay during the Battle of the Nile.|
|HMS Salvia||24 December 1941||A Flower-class corvette that was torpedoed by U-568 about 100 nautical miles west of Alexandria.|
|Jolanda||April 1980||A cargo ship that ran aground on a reef at Ras Muhammad.|
|HMS Dainty||24 February 1941||A D-class destroyer that was sunk by German bombers east of Tobruk.|
|HMS Ladybird||12 May 1941||An Insect-class gunboat that was sunk by German dive bombers at Tobruk.|
|SS Shuntien||23 December 1941||A passenger and cargo liner that was torpedoed by the German submarine U-559 east of Tobruk.|
|HMS Sikh||14 September 1942||A Tribal-class destroyer that was sunk by shore batteries off Tobruk.|
|HMS Terror||23 February 1941||An Erebus-class monitor that was attacked by German aircraft and sank under tow off Derna.|
|U-652||2 June 1942||A Type VIIC U-boat that was attacked by a British aircraft and scuttled north of Bardia.|
|SS Yoma||17 June 1941||A troopship that was torpedoed by the German submarine U-81 northwest of Derna.|
|Commerce||1815||An American merchant ship that ran aground off Cape Bojador in what is now the Western Sahara. The surviving crew, led by Captain James Riley, were subsequently captured and taken as slaves by local tribes.|
|SS Delhi||12 December 1911||A steamship that ran aground in heavy fog. The Duke of Fife was rescued from the sinking ship, but contracted pleurisy and died soon afterward.|
|SS Empire Barracuda||15 December 1942||A cargo ship that was torpedoed by the U-77 off Morocco.|
|USS Hugh L. Scott||12 November 1942||A Hugh L. Scott-class troopship that was torpedoed by U-130 off Casablanca.|
|HMS Lady Shirley||11 December 1941||A warship that was torpedoed by U-374 in the Straits of Gibraltar.|
|USS Tasker H. Bliss||13 November 1942||A Tasker H. Bliss-class troopship that was sunk by U-130 off Casablanca.|
|SY Taube||20 January 2009||The sailing yacht Taube, sailing for the (since abandoned) cultural exploration project Migrobirdo, capsized in heavy swell on the approach to the port of Mehdya on the Sebou River. Six youths of different nationalities drowned, while one German female survived. An investigation concluded that several factors contributed to the accident, including an untrained skipper, an inexperienced crew, overloading, and the absence of a clear line of command.|
|U-173||16 November 1942||A Type IXC U-boat that was sunk by American destroyers off Casablanca.|
|U-204||19 October 1941||A Type VIIC U-boat that was sunk by HMS Mallow and HMS Rochester near Tangier.|
|U-731||15 May 1944||A Type VIIC U-boat that was sunk by British ships north of Tangier.|
|U-732||31 October 1943||A Type VIIC U-boat that came under attack from British forces and was scuttled north of Tangier.|
|HMS Havock||6 April 1942||A H-class destroyer that ran aground off Kelibia.|
|HMS Hostile||23 August 1940||A H-class destroyer that struck a mine and was scuttled off Cap Bon.|
|Mahdia||An ancient shipwreck discovered near Mahdia in 1907. It is thought to date from around 80 BC.|
|HMS Manchester||13 August 1942||A Town-class light cruiser that was sunk during Operation Pedestal.|
|USS PC-496||4 June 1943||A PC-461-class submarine chaser that sank off Bizerte.|
|USS Redwing||29 June 1943||A Lapwing-class minesweeper that capsized off Bizerte.|
|Bom Jesus||A Portuguese nau that set sail from Lisbon in 1533. It was discovered in 2008 on the coast near Oranjemund.|
|MV Dunedin Star||29 November 1942||A refrigerator ship that ran aground on the Skeleton Coast, 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of the Cunene River.|
|Eduard Bohlen||5 September 1909|||
|Natal Coast||1955||A Durban steamer that ran aground on a sandbank in dense fog, about 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Swakopmund. The crew were unharmed and were able to get off the ship once the area's coast guard arrived and allowed everyone off.|
|Frotamerica||15 February 2013|||
|Zeila||25 August 2008||Henties Bay, Namibia.|
|Bredenhof||6 June 1753||A Dutch East Indiaman carrying copper duits, silver bars, and gold ducats, which hit a reef twenty-one kilometres (13 mi) from the eastern coast of Africa and 190 kilometres (120 mi) south of the Portuguese settlement of Mozambique. The wreck was discovered in 1986.|
|Cordigliera||16 November 1996||After placing a distress call to Durban Radio at 10:30 pm requesting immediate assistance due to a leak in a hold, the freighter sank off Port St JohnsSouth Africa, with the loss of all 23 lives.|
|Doddington||17 July 1755||An East Indiaman that was wrecked at Bird Island in Algoa Bay.|
|Grosvenor||4 August 1782||An East Indiaman that was wrecked off the Pondoland coast.|
|Kapodistrias||1985||A Greek bulk carrier wrecked at Cape Recife near Port Elizabeth|
|Kiperousa||2005||A bulk carrier that was stranded northeast of Port Alfred.|
|Meng Yaw||A fishing trawler that sank near St Francis Bay.|
|MTS Oceanos||4 August 1991||A cruise liner that sank off the Transkei coast, after leaving East London en route to Durban.|
|Santissimo Sacramento||1647||A Portuguese vessel wrecked at Sardinia Bay near Port Elizabeth|
|SS Shalom||26 July 2001||A combined ocean liner/cruise ship that sank off Cape St. Francis while under tow to be scrapped.|
|TMP Sagittarius||July 2002||Stranded southwest of East London.|
|HMS Otus||September 1946||An Odin-class submarine that was scuttled off Durban.|
|MT Phoenix||September 2011||A tanker that ran aground near Ballito on 26 July 2011, and was then refloated and scuttled offshore.|
|Volo||6 March 1886||A barque that was stranded in the Bushman River.|
|Arniston||30 May 1815||A British East Indiaman, requisitioned for troop transport, wrecked near Waenhuiskrans.|
|HMS Birkenhead||26 February 1852||A British iron-hulled troopship that struck a submerged rock near Gansbaai. The chivalry of the soldiers in abandoning ship gave rise to the "women and children first" protocol.|
|BOS 400||26 June 1994||A Derrick/Lay Barge that ran aground on Duiker point after breaking loose while being towed around the Cape Peninsula by the tug Tigr in a storm.|
|British Peer||8 December 1896||A three-masted iron sailing ship that ran aground near the Cape of Good Hope.|
|Cospatrick||17 November 1874||A wooden 3-masted full-rigged sailing ship that caught fire and sank south of the Cape of Good Hope, with a loss of 369 lives.|
|HMS Guardian||24 December 1789||A 44-gun Roebuck-class ship laid down in 1780. Severely damaged by an iceberg, the ship was sailed 400 leagues (1,900 km) to the Cape of Good Hope, where it was intentionally grounded.|
|Ikan Tanda||2001||A cargo ship that ran aground near Cape Town, and was re-floated and scuttled 320 kilometres (200 mi) from shore.|
|Joanna||8 June 1682||An East Indiaman (the first to be wrecked off the South African coast) that sank near Cape Agulhas. A considerable amount of gold was on the ship.|
|Johanna Wagner||15 July 1862||A Prussian barque that ran ashore due to navigational error near Muizenberg.|
|SS Kakapo||25 May 1900||A British 665 ton schooner rigged steamship built in 1898 by the Grangemouth Dockyard Company|
|SS Maori||5 August 1909||A Shaw Savill Line steamship that was wrecked near Llandudno, Cape Town.|
|Meisho Maru No. 38||1982||A fishing trawler that sank near Cape Aghulas.|
|Nolloth||A coastal trading vessel that sunk near Olifantsbos Bay.|
|Pantalis A Lemos||1978||A bulk carrier that sank near Saldanha Bay.|
|HMS Pelorus||12 November 1994||A British Algerine-class minesweeper built in 1943. It was renamed SAS Pietermarizburg in 1947, and at the end of its career was scuttled to make an artificial reef at Miller's Point near Simon's Town.|
|Phoenix||19 July 1829||A merchant vessel that was wrecked near Simon's Town.|
|SAS President Kruger||18 February 1982||A South African frigate that sank in deep water after a collision with its refueling ship, SAS Tafelberg.|
|São José Paquete Africa||27 December 1794||A Portuguese slave ship that was wrecked on the rocks off Cape Town, resulting in the deaths of over 200 slaves. The wreck was rediscovered in the 1980s, but wasn't identified until 2015.|
|HMS Sceptre||5 November 1799||A 64-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy that was blown ashore in Table Bay by a gale, with heavy losses.|
|MV Seli 1||18 September 2009||A Turkish bulk carrier carrying coal that ran aground on Bloubergstrand near Table Bay.|
|Staaten Generaal||1806||A Dutch ship of the line that was scuttled near Simon's Town to prevent her falling into enemy hands following the Battle of Blaauwberg.|
|A.H. Stevens||7 February 1962||Stranded in Shell Bay on Robben Island.|
|HMS Thames||13 May 1947||A former Mersey-class protected cruiser that became famous as SATS General Botha, a merchant naval training ship. After retiring as a training ship, it reverted to its original name and was sunk in False Bay near Simon's Town as a target.|
|SS Thomas T. Tucker||27 November 1942||A Houston-built munitions carrier that ran ashore on Oliphantsbos Point, near Cape Point.|
|MV Treasure||23 June 2000||A bulk ore carrier that developed a hole in its hull and sank under tow northwest of Cape Town, causing an oil spill that killed around 2,000 endangered African penguins.|
|SS Wafra||28 February 1971||An oil tanker that grounded near Cape Agulhas, causing an oil spill. The ship was later refloated, towed out to sea, and re-sunk to avoid further contamination of the coastline.|
|Waterloo||28 August 1842||A British convict ship that was driven ashore in Table Bay by a storm, together with the troop transport Abercrombie Robinson.|
|Diemermeer||1747||An East Indiaman that was wrecked off the Banana Islands, Sierra Leone. The wreck was rediscovered in 2014.|
|Hartwell||22 May 1787||An East Indiaman that ran aground off Cape Verde following a mutiny.|
|MV George||1 April 1999||A Nigerian and Port Harcourt to Nembe route ferry that capsized in rough sea off Port Harcourt. At least 100 people were killed.|
|MV Joola||26 September 2002||A Senegalese passenger ship that capsized off the coast of the Gambia.|
|Medusa||2 July 1816||A French passenger ship that sank near Bank of Arguin. The traumatic experience of the stranded passengers and crew was immortalized in Géricault's painting, The Raft of the Medusa.|
|HNoMS Nordkapp||27 November 1972||A Norwegian patrol boat that served in WWII before being sold off to civilian ownership as a fishing vessel.|
|Primauguet||8 November 1942||A French Duguay-Trouin-class light cruiser, laid down in 1923, that was sunk by gunfire from USS Massachusetts.|
|William D. Lawrence||A full-rigged ship that sank off Dakar.|
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