List of shipwrecks of Oceania

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This is a list of shipwrecks located in the region of Oceania.

Australia and Oceania (administrative map)

Australia[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
SS Admella 5 August 1859 A passenger ship that ran onto a reef off the Carpenter Rocks, with 89 lives lost including 14 children. 37°52′47″S 140°21′3″E / 37.87972°S 140.35083°E / -37.87972; 140.35083 (SS Admella)
Batavia 4 June 1629 A Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship that struck Morning Reef in the Houtman Abrolhos. The survivors, stranded on an island, turned on each other, and over 100 people were killed in the months that followed. 28°29′25″S 113°47′36″E / 28.49028°S 113.79333°E / -28.49028; 113.79333 (Batavia (ship))
Cataraqui 4 August 1845 A barque that was wrecked off King Island, Tasmania, claiming 400 lives. 40°1′37.7″S 143°52′49.6″E / 40.027139°S 143.880444°E / -40.027139; 143.880444 (Cataraqui (ship))
SS Gothenburg 24 February 1875 A steamship that struck the Great Barrier Reef. 19°22′06″S 148°03′21″E / 19.36833°S 148.05583°E / -19.36833; 148.05583 (SS Gothenburg)
Greycliffe 3 November 1927 A Sydney ferry that collided with the mail steamer Tahiti and sank with the loss of 40 lives.
Kormoran 19 November 1941 A German merchant raider that was scuttled after being damaged in battle by HMAS Sydney. 26°05′46″S 111°04′33″E / 26.09611°S 111.07583°E / -26.09611; 111.07583 (German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran)
SS Mauna Loa 19 February 1942 A cargo ship that was lost in the Japanese bombing of Darwin. 12°29.86′S 130°49.16′E / 12.49767°S 130.81933°E / -12.49767; 130.81933 (SS Mauna Loa)
Neva 13 May 1835 A convict ship that sank off King Island, with about 225 lives lost.
HMS Pandora 28 August 1791 A Porcupine-class post ship that was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef. 11°23′S 143°59′E / 11.383°S 143.983°E / -11.383; 143.983 (HMS Pandora (1779))
HMAS Sydney 19 November 1941 A Leander-class light cruiser that was sunk in battle by the German merchant raider Kormoran. 26°14′31″S 111°12′48″E / 26.24194°S 111.21333°E / -26.24194; 111.21333 (HMAS Sydney (1934))
Sydney Cove 9 February 1797 A sailing ship that sank at Preservation Island with no loss of life. 40°29′S 148°04′E / 40.49°S 148.07°E / -40.49; 148.07 (Sydney Cove (ship))
MV Sygna 26 May 1974 A bulk carrier that ran aground near Newcastle, New South Wales. 32°51′32.94″S 151°50′40.96″E / 32.8591500°S 151.8447111°E / -32.8591500; 151.8447111 (MV Sygna)
Tryall 25 May 1622 Honourable East India Company ship that was wrecked on the Tryal Rocks.
HMAS Voyager 10 February 1964 A Daring-class destroyer that sank in a collision with HMAS Melbourne, with 82 killed.
SS Yongala 23 March 1911 A passenger ship that sank in a cyclone off Townsville. 19°18′27″S 147°37′31″E / 19.30750°S 147.62528°E / -19.30750; 147.62528 (SS Yongala)
Zeewijk 9 June 1727 A Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship that was wrecked on Half Moon Reef in the Houtman Abrolhos. 28°54′30″S 113°49′0″E / 28.90833°S 113.81667°E / -28.90833; 113.81667 (Zeewijk)
Zuytdorp 1712 A Dutch VOC merchant sailing ship that was wrecked against the Zuytdorp Cliffs, Western Australia. 27°11′10″S 113°56′13″E / 27.18611°S 113.93694°E / -27.18611; 113.93694 (Zuytdorp)

Federated States of Micronesia[edit]

Chuuk[edit]

During World War II, Chuuk Lagoon (then known as Truk) was the logistical hub of Japan's operations in the South Pacific theatre. In February 1944, in preparation for the forthcoming Battle of Eniwetok, the United States Navy launched an attack on the atoll. Over the course of two days, a series of airstrikes devastated the Japanese fleet, in an offensive codenamed Operation Hailstone. A total of 50 ships were sunk, although many key Japanese warships had been relocated the week before, and thus escaped destruction.

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Aikoku Maru 17 February 1944 An armed merchantman that was sunk during Operation Hailstone. The remains of 400 men were recovered from the wreck and cremated in 1984. 07°22′N 151°56′E / 7.367°N 151.933°E / 7.367; 151.933 (Aikoku Maru (1940))
Fujikawa Maru 17 February 1944 An armed aircraft transport that was sunk during Operation Hailstone
Fumizuki 18 February 1944 A Japanese Mutsuki-class destroyer that was sunk during Operation Hailstone. 07°24′N 151°44′E / 7.400°N 151.733°E / 7.400; 151.733 (Japanese destroyer Fumizuki (1925))
Heian Maru 17 February 1944 A Japanese submarine tender that was sunk during Operation Hailstone.
Sankisan Maru A Japanese freighter that was sunk during Operation Hailstone.
Shinkoko Maru A Japanese oil tanker that was sunk during Operation Hailstone.
I-169 4 April 1944 A Japanese Kaidai-class submarine that participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor, and sank northwest of Dublon, when it flooded while diving to avoid an air-raid.
Tachikaze 18 February 1944 A Japanese Minekaze-class destroyer that ran aground at Kuop Atoll on 4 February 1944, and remained stranded until it was sunk in Operation Hailstone. 07°03′N 151°56′E / 7.050°N 151.933°E / 7.050; 151.933 (Japanese destroyer Tachikaze)
Umikaze 1 February 1944 A Japanese Shiratsuyu-class destroyer that was torpedoed by USS Guardfish south of Chuuk. 07°10′N 151°43′E / 7.167°N 151.717°E / 7.167; 151.717 (Japanese destroyer Umikaze)

Palau[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Amatsu Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese tanker that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Bichu Maru 30 March 1944 A Japanese freighter that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Chuyo Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Gozan Maru 30 March 1944 A Japanese troopship that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Irō 31 March 1944 A Japanese Notoro-class oil tanker that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One. She was the sister ship of Sata.
Kamikaze Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese troopship that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Kibi Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Nagisan Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
USS Perry 13 September 1944 A Clemson-class destroyer that was sunk by a mine off Anguar. 6°53′N 134°10′E / 6.883°N 134.167°E / 6.883; 134.167 (USS Perry (DD-340))
Raizan Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Ryuko Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Samidare 25 August 1944 A Japanese Shiratsuyu-class destroyer that was torpedoed by USS Batfish after running aground on Velasco Reef. 8°10′N 134°38′E / 8.167°N 134.633°E / 8.167; 134.633 (Samidare)
Sata 31 March 1944 A Japanese Notoro-class oil tanker that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One. She was a sister ship of the Irō.
Teshio Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese freighter (army cargo vessel) that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Urakami Maru 31 March 1944 A Japanese repair ship that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One.
Wakatake 30 March 1944 A Japanese Wakatake-class destroyer that was sunk during Operation Desecrate One. 7°50′N 134°20′E / 7.833°N 134.333°E / 7.833; 134.333 (Wakatake)

Indonesia[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
MV Senopati Nusantara 30 December 2006 A passenger ferry that sank off Mandalika Island.
Levina 1 25 February 2007 A passenger ferry that sank several hours from Jakarta.

Kiribati[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
SS Norwich City 29 November 1929 A British freighter that ran aground at Nikumaroro. 4°39′39″S 174°32′40″W / 4.66083°S 174.54444°W / -4.66083; -174.54444 (SS Norwich City)
Canton A whaling ship that ran aground at Kanton Island.
Golden Sunset 1866 A British barque that ran aground at Enderbury Island.[1]

Marshall Islands[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
USS Anderson 1 July 1946 A Sims-class destroyer that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS Apogon 25 July 1946 A Balao-class submarine that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS Arkansas 25 July 1946 A Wyoming-class battleship that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS Barrow 11 May 1948 A Gilliam-class attack transport that sustained heavy damage in atomic bomb tests and was scuttled off Kwajalein.
USS Carlisle 1 July 1946 A Gilliam-class attack transport that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS Gilliam 1 July 1946 A Gilliam-class attack transport that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
SS Kembu Maru 4 December 1943 A Japanese freighter that was sunk by US aircraft at Kwajalein Atoll. 09°19′N 167°25′E / 9.317°N 167.417°E / 9.317; 167.417 (SS Kembu Maru)
USS Lamson 2 July 1946 A Mahan-class destroyer that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS LST-545 12 May 1948 An LST-542-class tank landing ship that was sunk at Enewetak Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
USS LST-661 25 July 1948 An LST-542-class tank landing ship that was sunk at Enewetak Atoll in an atomic bomb test.
Nagato 30 July 1946 A Japanese Nagato-class battleship that sustained heavy damage in an atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, and capsized and sank five days later.
USS Pennsylvania 10 February 1948 A Pennsylvania-class super-dreadnought battleship, that was sunk off Kwajalein after atomic bomb tests.
USS Pilotfish 25 July 1946 A Balao-class submarine that sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test. 30°26′N 140°53′E / 30.433°N 140.883°E / 30.433; 140.883 (USS Pilotfish (SS-386))
Prinz Eugen 22 December 1946 A German Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser that was damaged at Bikini Atoll by atomic bomb tests, and later towed to Kwajalein where it capsized and sunk. 8°45′9.85″N 167°40′59.16″E / 8.7527361°N 167.6831000°E / 8.7527361; 167.6831000 (German cruiser Prinz Eugen)
Sakawa 2 July 1946 A Japanese Agano-class cruiser that sustained heavy damage in an atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll, and sank the following day. 11°35′N 165°23′E / 11.583°N 165.383°E / 11.583; 165.383 (Japanese cruiser Sakawa)
USS Saratoga 25 July 1946 A Lexington-class aircraft carrier that was sunk at Bikini Atoll in an atomic bomb test. 11°34′53.33″N 165°29′54.78″E / 11.5814806°N 165.4985500°E / 11.5814806; 165.4985500 (USS Saratoga (CV-3))
Toreshima Maru December 1943 A Japanese supply ship sunk at Maloelap Atoll off Taroa Island by US Navy.

New Zealand[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Anjou 5 February 1905 A barque that struck rocks off the Auckland Islands. 50°46′37″S 165°53′15″E / 50.777075°S 165.887516°E / -50.777075; 165.887516 (Anjou (ship))
TSS Arahura 24 January 1952 A passenger and cargo steamer that was sunk for target practice in Cook Strait.
Boyd (1783) 1810 A whaler that caught fire in the Bay of Islands.
Boyd (1793) October 1809 A brigantine that was attacked by Maori warriors at Whangaroa. The ship was destroyed by fire during the resulting Boyd massacre.
HMS Buffalo 28 July 1840 A storeship that was wrecked in a storm in Mercury Bay, with two lives lost. 36°49′36.20″S 175°42′20.00″E / 36.8267222°S 175.7055556°E / -36.8267222; 175.7055556 (HMS Buffalo (1813))
HMNZS Canterbury 3 November 2007 A Leander-class frigate that was scuttled as a dive wreck in the Bay of Islands. 35°11′38″S 174°17′40″E / 35.1938°S 174.2944°E / -35.1938; 174.2944 (HMNZS Canterbury (F421))
Derry Castle 20 March 1887 A barque that ran aground on Enderby Island. 50°29′04″S 166°18′10″E / 50.484323°S 166.302761°E / -50.484323; 166.302761 (Derry Castle (barque))
Dundonald 7 March 1907 A barque that was wrecked in a storm off Disappointment Island, where the survivors remained for seven months until rescued. 50°36′29″S 165°57′17″E / 50.607938°S 165.954817°E / -50.607938; 165.954817 (Dundonald (ship))
SS Elingamite 5 November 1902 A steamship that struck West Island (one of the Three Kings Islands) and sank within 20 minutes. 34°11′10″S 172°01′54″E / 34.186047°S 172.031590°E / -34.186047; 172.031590 (SS Elingamite)
Endeavour II 22 February 1971 A three-masted auxiliary barque driven onto the bar of Parengarenga Harbour, a few miles south of North Cape. There were no fatalities amongst the crew of thirteen men and one woman.[2] 34°31′18″S 173°00′37″E / 34.521762°S 173.010206°E / -34.521762; 173.010206 (Endeavour II)
General Grant 14 May 1866 A barque that drifted into a cave on the western shore of the Auckland Islands and sank.
MV Holmglen II 24 November 1959 A coastal trading vessel that was lost off Timaru. 44°31′20″S 171°41′22″E / 44.5223°S 171.6894°E / -44.5223; 171.6894 (MV Holmglen)
Hydrabad 24 June 1878 A cargo and passenger sailing ship that was beached on North Island in a storm.
MS Mikhail Lermontov 16 February 1986 A Soviet passenger liner that ran aground in the Marlborough Sounds. 41°02′32″S 174°13′10″E / 41.042087°S 174.219496°E / -41.042087; 174.219496 (MS Mikhail Lermontov)
RMS Niagara 19 June 1940 An ocean liner that struck a mine and sank off Bream Head while carrying a secret consignment of gold from the Bank of England. 35°51′50″S 174°56′38″E / 35.86389°S 174.94389°E / -35.86389; 174.94389 (RMS Niagara)
HMS Orpheus 7 February 1863 A Jason-class corvette that ran aground on the Manukau Heads, with 189 lives lost. 37°04.1′S 174°28.3′E / 37.0683°S 174.4717°E / -37.0683; 174.4717 (HMS Orpheus (1860))
SS Penguin 12 February 1909 A ferry that foundered off Cape Terawhiti.
SS Port Kembla 18 September 1917 A cargo ship that was sunk by a mine off Farewell Spit.
HMNZS Puriri 14 May 1941 A coastal cargo boat that was converted into a minesweeper, and hit a mine off Bream Head 25 days after being commissioned. 35°46′15″S 174°43′00″E / 35.77083°S 174.71667°E / -35.77083; 174.71667 (HMNZS Puriri (T02))
Queen Bee 7 August 1877 A barque that ran aground on Farewell Spit.[3] 40°30′00″S 172°52′00″E / 40.50000°S 172.86667°E / -40.50000; 172.86667 (Queen Bee (ship))
Rainbow Warrior 2 December 1987 A fishing trawler that was purchased by Greenpeace in 1978 for use as a fundraising and protest ship. She was sabotaged and sunk by the French secret service at Auckland on 10 July 1985, and although later refloated, was found to be beyond repair and finally scuttled in Matauri Bay. 34°58′29″S 173°56′06″E / 34.9748°S 173.9349°E / -34.9748; 173.9349 (Rainbow Warrior (1955))
MV Rena 5 October 2011 A container ship that ran aground on Astrolabe Reef, resulting in New Zealand's worst oil spill. The wreck broke apart and sank in January 2012. 37°32′25″S 176°25′45″E / 37.54028°S 176.42917°E / -37.54028; 176.42917 (MV Rena)
HMS Sandfly 1868 A passenger paddle steamer used as a gunboat during the New Zealand land wars. In 1865 she reverted to civilian use and became the Tasmanian Maid, before being wrecked off New Plymouth.
Sydney Packet 17 July 1837 A schooner that was wrecked in a storm off Moeraki, Otago.
SS Tararua 29 April 1881 A passenger steamer that struck a reef off Waipapa Point and sank the next day, claiming over 100 victims. 46°40′07″S 168°51′44″E / 46.6686°S 168.8622°E / -46.6686; 168.8622 (SS Tararua)
HMS Torch 17 November 1924 An Alert-class sloop that ran aground in the Chatham Islands.
HMNZS Tui February 1999 An oceanographic survey and research ship that was scuttled as a dive wreck. 35°35′00″S 174°32′22″E / 35.5832°S 174.5394°E / -35.5832; 174.5394 (HMNZS Tui (1970))
SS Victory 3 July 1861 A steamship that ran aground off Otago Peninsula. 45°50′33″S 170°43′56″E / 45.8425°S 170.7321°E / -45.8425; 170.7321 (Victory wreck)
Wahine 10 April 1968 A passenger ferry that ran aground and capsized, with 51 lives lost.
HMNZS Waikato 18 December 2000 A Leander-class frigate that was scuttled off Tutukata as an artificial reef. 35°39′10″S 174°32′40″E / 35.6528°S 174.5445°E / -35.6528; 174.5445 (HMNZS Waikato (F55))
SS Wairarapa 25 October 1894 A luxury steamer that hit a reef off Great Barrier Island. 36°04′03″S 175°21′07″E / 36.0674°S 175.3519°E / -36.0674; 175.3519 (SS Wairarapa)
HMNZS Wellington 13 November 2005 A Leander-class frigate that was scuttled off the coast of Wellington. 41°21.18′S 174°46.80′E / 41.35300°S 174.78000°E / -41.35300; 174.78000 (HMNZS Wellington (F69))

Papua New Guinea[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
USS Brownson 26 December 1943 A Fletcher-class destroyer that was sunk by a Japanese dive bomber off Cape Gloucester, New Britain. 5°20′S 148°25′E / 5.333°S 148.417°E / -5.333; 148.417 (USS Brownson (DD-518))
HMAS Geelong 18 October 1944 A Bathurst-class corvette that collided with the American tanker York north of Langemak Bay. 6°4′S 147°45′E / 6.067°S 147.750°E / -6.067; 147.750 (HMAS Geelong (J201))
Hakaze 23 January 1943 A Japanese Minekaze-class destroyer that was torpedoed by USS Guardfish south of Kavieng, New Ireland. 02°47′S 150°38′E / 2.783°S 150.633°E / -2.783; 150.633 (Japanese destroyer Hakaze)
SS Kyokusei Maru 2 March 1943 A Japanese troopship that was sunk by Allied aircraft in the Battle of the Bismarck Sea. 06°46′S 147°10′E / 6.767°S 147.167°E / -6.767; 147.167 (SS Kyokusei Maru)
MV Macdhui 18 June 1942 A passenger and cargo ship that was sunk by Japanese aircraft in Port Moresby.
Mikazuki 28 July 1943 A Japanese Mutsuki-class destroyer that ran aground on a reef off the west coast of New Island. 5°27′S 148°25′E / 5.450°S 148.417°E / -5.450; 148.417 (Japanese destroyer Mikazuki (1926))
USS Mount Hood 10 November 1944 A Mount Hood-class ammunition ship that exploded in Seeadler Harbor, killing over 300 people and destroying twenty-two smaller boats and landing craft. 2°01′42″S 147°21′18″E / 2.02833°S 147.355°E / -2.02833; 147.355 (USS Mount Hood (AE-11))
SS Pruth 31 December 1923 A steamship that was wrecked on Natara Reef, off Port Moresby.
Ro-33 29 August 1942 A Japanese Ro-33-class submarine that was sunk by HMAS Arunta off Port Moresby. 09°36′S 147°06′E / 9.600°S 147.100°E / -9.600; 147.100 (Japanese submarine Ro-33)
USS S-39 13 August 1942 An S-class submarine that ran aground off Rossel Island. 11°21′02.74″S 154°08′56.51″E / 11.3507611°S 154.1490306°E / -11.3507611; 154.1490306 (USS S-39 (SS-144))
Tenryū 19 December 1942 A Japanese Tenryū-class cruiser that was torpedoed by USS Albacore off Madang. 05°12′S 145°56′E / 5.200°S 145.933°E / -5.200; 145.933 (Japanese cruiser Tenryū)
W-26 17 February 1944 A Japanese W-19-class minesweeper that was bombed by American aircraft at Karavia Bay, New Britain.
Yūgiri 26 November 1943 A Japanese Fubuki-class destroyer that was sunk in the Battle of Cape St. George. 04°44′S 154°0′E / 4.733°S 154.000°E / -4.733; 154.000 (Japanese destroyer Yūgiri (1930))

Polynesia[edit]

Samoa[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
SMS Adler 16 March 1889 A gunboat that was wrecked in the 1889 Apia cyclone. 13°49′36″S 171°45′53″W / 13.8266°S 171.7647°W / -13.8266; -171.7647 (SMS Adler)
SMS Eber 16 March 1889 A warship that was wrecked in the 1889 Apia cyclone. 13°49′53″S 171°45′07″W / 13.83139°S 171.75194°W / -13.83139; -171.75194 (SMS Eber (1887))
USS Trenton 16 March 1889 A warship that was wrecked in the 1889 Apia cyclone.

Pitcairn Islands[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Wild Wave 5 March 1858 A 1500-ton clipper ship that was wrecked on Oeno Island.
Cornwallis 23 January 1875 A ship that was wrecked on Pitcairn Island.
Khandeish 25 September 1875 A ship that was wrecked on Oeno Island.
Acadia 5 June 1881 A mail ship that was wrecked on Ducie Island.
Oregon 23 August 1883 A ship that was wrecked on Oeno Island.
Bowdon April 1893 A ship that was wrecked on Oeno Island.

Tahiti[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
Lady of St Kilda A schooner that was wrecked sometime shortly after 1843.

Solomon Islands[edit]

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
USS Chicago 30 January 1943 A Northampton-class heavy cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Rennell Island. 11°25′S 160°56′E / 11.417°S 160.933°E / -11.417; 160.933 (USS Chicago (CA-29))
USS Helena 6 July 1943 A St. Louis-class light cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Kula Gulf. 7°46′0″S 157°11′0″E / 7.76667°S 157.18333°E / -7.76667; 157.18333 (USS Helena (CL-50))
Jintsu 13 July 1943 A Japanese Sendai-class light cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Kolombangara. 07°38′S 157°06′E / 7.633°S 157.100°E / -7.633; 157.100 (Japanese cruiser Jintsu)
USS Juneau 13 November 1942 An Atlanta-class light cruiser that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. 10°34′S 161°04′E / 10.567°S 161.067°E / -10.567; 161.067 (USS Juneau (CL-52))
Ro-34 5 April 1943 A Japanese Kaichū type submarine that was sunk by USS O'Bannon and USS Strong off the Russell Islands. 08°15′S 158°58′E / 8.250°S 158.967°E / -8.250; 158.967 (Japanese submarine Ro-34)
Yūgumo 7 October 1943 A Japanese Yūgumo-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Vella Lavella. 07°33′S 156°14′E / 7.550°S 156.233°E / -7.550; 156.233 (Japanese destroyer Yūgumo (1941))
Yura 25 October 1942 A Japanese Nagara-class light cruiser that was bombed by US aircraft and scuttled off Savo Island. 08°15′S 159°07′E / 8.250°S 159.117°E / -8.250; 159.117 (Japanese cruiser Yura)

Ironbottom Sound[edit]

Ironbottom Sound is the name given to the stretch of water between Guadalcanal and Florida Island, because of the dozens of ships and planes that sank there during the Guadalcanal Campaign in 1942-43.

Ship Sunk date Notes Coordinates
USS Aaron Ward 7 April 1943 A Gleaves-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese aircraft during Operation I-Go. 9°10′30″S 160°12′0″E / 9.17500°S 160.20000°E / -9.17500; 160.20000 (USS Aaron Ward (DD-483))
Akatsuki 13 November 1942 A Japanese Akatsuki-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. 09°17′S 159°56′E / 9.283°S 159.933°E / -9.283; 159.933 (Japanese destroyer Akatsuki)
USS Astoria 9 August 1942 A New Orleans-class heavy cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island. 9°12′33″S 159°52′3″E / 9.20917°S 159.86750°E / -9.20917; 159.86750 (USS Astoria (CA-34))
USS Atlanta 13 November 1942 An Atlanta-class anti-aircraft cruiser that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. 9°23′24″S 159°58′44″E / 9.390°S 159.979°E / -9.390; 159.979 (USS Atlanta (CL-51))
Ayanami 15 November 1942 A Japanese Fubuki-class destroyer that was sunk by gunfire from USS Washington. 9°10′S 159°52′E / 9.167°S 159.867°E / -9.167; 159.867 (Japanese destroyer Ayanami (1929))
USS Barton 13 November 1942 A Benson-class destroyer that was struck by torpedoes from the Japanese destroyer Amatsukaze.
HMAS Canberra 9 August 1942 A Kent-class cruiser that was scuttled after taking damage in the Battle of Savo Island. 9°12′29″S 159°54′46″E / 9.20806°S 159.91278°E / -9.20806; 159.91278 (HMAS Canberra (D33))
USS Colhoun 30 August 1942 A Wickes-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese aircraft. 09°24′S 160°01′E / 9.400°S 160.017°E / -9.400; 160.017 (USS Colhoun (DD-85))
USS Cushing 13 November 1942 A Mahan-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
USS De Haven 1 February 1943 A Fletcher-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese bombers during Operation Ke. 9°9′S 159°52′E / 9.150°S 159.867°E / -9.150; 159.867 (USS De Haven)
USS Duncan 12 October 1942 A Gleaves-class destroyer that was sunk after taking damage in the Battle of Cape Esperance.
Fubuki 11 October 1942 A Japanese Fubuki-class destroyer that was sunk in the Battle of Cape Esperance. 09°06′S 159°38′E / 9.100°S 159.633°E / -9.100; 159.633 (Japanese destroyer Fubuki)
Furutaka 12 October 1942 A Japanese Furutaka-class cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Cape Esperance. 09°02′S 159°33′E / 9.033°S 159.550°E / -9.033; 159.550 (Japanese cruiser Furutaka)
USS George F. Elliott 8 August 1942 A Heywood-class attack transport that was sunk by Mitsubishi G4M bombers. 9°20′45″S 160°8′14″E / 9.34583°S 160.13722°E / -9.34583; 160.13722 (USS George F. Elliot (AP-130))
USS Gregory 5 September 1942 A Wickes-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese destroyers Yudachi, Hatsuyuki, and Murakumo.
Hiei 14 November 1942 A Japanese Kongō-class battleship that was scuttled after taking damage in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. 9°00′00″S 158°59′59″E / 9.00000°S 158.99972°E / -9.00000; 158.99972 (Japanese battleship Hiei)
Hirokawa Maru A Japanese military transport.
USS Jarvis 9 August 1942 A Gridley-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese aircraft. 9°42′S 158°59′E / 9.700°S 158.983°E / -9.700; 158.983 (USS Jarvis (DD-393))
USS John Penn 13 August 1943 An attack transport that was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Lunga Point.
Kasi Maru A Japanese freighter.
USS Kanawha 8 April 1943 A Kanawha-class fleet replenishment oiler that was sunk by enemy Vals.
Kinugawa Maru A Japanese military transport.
Kirishima 15 November 1942 A Japanese Kongō-class battleship that was sunk by USS Washington. 9°05′S 159°42′E / 9.083°S 159.700°E / -9.083; 159.700 (Japanese battleship Kirishima)
USS Laffey 13 November 1942 A Benson-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
USS Little 5 September 1942 A Wickes-class destroyer that was sunk by Japanese destroyers Yudachi, Hatsuyuki, and Murakumo.
Makigumo 1 February 1942 A Japanese Yūgumo-class destroyer that was scuttled after striking a mine. 09°15′S 159°47′E / 9.250°S 159.783°E / -9.250; 159.783 (Japanese destroyer Makigumo)
HMNZS Moa 7 April 1943 A Bird-class minesweeper that was sunk by Japanese aircraft.
USS Monssen 13 November 1942 A Gleaves-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
USS Northampton 30 November 1942 A Northampton-class heavy cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Tassafaronga. 09°12′S 159°50′E / 9.200°S 159.833°E / -9.200; 159.833 (USS Northampton (CA-26))
USS Preston 14 November 1942 A Mahan-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
PT-37 An American PT boat.
PT-44 An American PT boat.
PT-111 An American PT boat.
PT-112 An American PT boat.
PT-123 An American PT boat.
USS Quincy 9 August 1942 A New Orleans-class cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island. 9°4′32″S 159°58′30″E / 9.07556°S 159.97500°E / -9.07556; 159.97500 (USS Quincy (CA-39))
USS Seminole 25 October 1942 A Navajo-class oceangoing tug that was sunk off Tulagi by Japanese destroyers. 9°23′0″S 160°13′14″E / 9.38333°S 160.22056°E / -9.38333; 160.22056 (USS Seminole (AT-65))
USS Serpens 29 January 1945 A Coast Guard-manned Liberty ship that exploded while anchored off Lunga Beach.
Takanami 30 November 1942 A Japanese Yūgumo-class destroyer that was sunk in the Battle of Tassafaronga. 9°14′S 159°49′E / 9.23°S 159.82°E / -9.23; 159.82 (Japanese destroyer Takanami (1942))
Teruzuki 12 December 1942 A Japanese Akizuki-class destroyer that was torpedoed by PT-37 and PT-40. 9°13′S 159°46′E / 9.217°S 159.767°E / -9.217; 159.767 (Japanese destroyer Teruzuki)
Toa Maru A Japanese military transport.
USS Vincennes 9 August 1942 A New Orleans-class cruiser that was sunk in the Battle of Savo Island. 9°7′17″S 159°52′48″E / 9.12139°S 159.88000°E / -9.12139; 159.88000 (USS Vincennes (CA-44))
USS Walke 15 November 1942 A Sims-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
World Discoverer 30 April 2000 A cruise ship that struck a reef in the Sandfly Passage and ran aground in Roderick Bay. 9°01′23.17″S 160°07′22.91″E / 9.0231028°S 160.1230306°E / -9.0231028; 160.1230306 (World Discoverer)
YP-284 An American yard patrol craft.
Yudachi 13 November 1942 A Japanese Shiratsuyu-class destroyer that was sunk in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal. 09°14′S 159°52′E / 9.233°S 159.867°E / -9.233; 159.867 (Japanese destroyer Yudachi)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Enderbury Island, Phoenix Group, Republic of Kiribati". Janeresture.com. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Roger (2008-02-01). Voyages of a Simple Sailor. Waltham Cross: The FitzRoy Press. ISBN 0955803500. 
  3. ^ 'Wreck of the Queen Bee, from London', pg 2, Nelson Evening Mail, 8 August 1877

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