List of shipwrecks in 1872
|Magnet||The 153-ton brig was reported missing in April. In mid-May, the mate of the ketch Mary reported seeing a floating derelict brig drifting near the mouth of the Whanganui Inlet, which was thought to be the Magnet.|
|Ocean Bird||The 33-ton schooner left Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand, on 17 April. The master of the schooner Emerald reported seeing her capsized hull to the west of Stephens Island a week later. All three men on board perished. The steamer Lyttelton, aided by the steamer Charles Edward managed to tow her to Nelson.|
|Hydra||The 585-ton barque left Newcastle, Australia, bound for New Zealand, on 2 July. She hit rough weather and seas in the Tasman, and the Hydra started taking on water. She approached the bottom of the South Island on 15 July, making slow progress in a heavy gale, taking onboard some 20 inches (51 cm) of water per hour. She signalled a passing ship, the Ottawa, on the 22nd, which stayed alongside. On 24 July, when she was close to the Solander Islands, the Hydra's engine broke down, and the crew abandoned her and were taken on board the Ottawa.|
|Tell||The 302-ton barque was wrecked stranded in Northland, New Zealand, while en route from Newcastle, New South Wales and became a total wreck.|
|Victoria||The 17-ton schooner was wrecked at the mouth of the Awanui River when she stranded on rocks.|
|City of Newcastle||The 538-ton barque was en route from Wellington to Newcastle, New South Wales and took shelterin Cloudy Bay from a heavy storm raging in Cook Strait. In a thick mist, she drifted close in to the cliff-faced shore and became wedged between two rocks. Most of the 14 crew and nine passengers took to the ship's two boats, from which they were rescued by the schooner Canterbury and barque John Knox. Six men remained on board, of whom two drowned (one passenger and the ship's cook). The four survivors were rescued by the steamer Rangatira.|
|Jane Catherine||The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked between Fleet and Wyke, Dorset with the loss of four of her crew,|
|Pera||The barque was driven ashore and wrecked at Port Tennant, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. All seventeen people on board survived.|
|Antonio Luca||The barque was driven ashore and wrecked at Oxwich Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. She was on a voyage from Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom to Venice.|
|Paladino||The brig was driven ashore at Swansea, Glamorgan. Her crew were rescued. She broke up over the next few days.|
|Royal Adelaide||The sailing ship was driven ashore at Chesil Beach, Dorset, England, and wrecked with the loss of six lives. Four salvors also killed in attempting to salvage her cargo of brandy and gin.|
|Celeste Maria||The schooner ran aground on the Barnard Sands, in the North Sea off the coast of Suffolk, United Kingdom. Her crew were rescued by the Southwold Lifeboat (|
|Coronella||The smack foundered in the North Sea between 10 and 16 November.|
|Thomas and Edward||The smack foundered in the North Sea between 10 and 16 November.|
|Gosforth||On a voyage from Sark to Guernsey the ship struck a rock between Herm and Jethou Channel Islands and sank. All crew and passengers got ashore on Herm|
|Hope||The collier was driven ashore and wrecked in Porteynon Bay. Her four crew survived. She was on a voyage from Cork to Swansea, Glamorgan.|
|Margaret Ann||The barque was driven ashore at Swansea. She was later refloated. Margaret Ann was on a voyage from Quebec, Canada to Swansea.|
|Mystery||The cutter was in collision with the schooner John Pearce (|
|The Eleanor||The ship ran aground off Cardiff, Glamorgan. All but one of her crew were taken off by George Gay (|
|Wallace||The brig capsized in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all hands.|
|Don Leandro||Unknown||The 86-ton two-masted lumber schooner was wrecked. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.|
|Glenmark||The clipper left Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand, for Gravesend, England, in early 1872 with a cargo of wool and fifty people on board. She was never sighted again.|
|USS Mohican||The decommissioned steam sloop-of-war sank at her moorings at Mare Island Navy Yard in Vallejo, California, during the second half of the year. She was refloated, beached, and scrapped.|
|Ocean Chief||The clipper sank in a storm in the Bay of Bengal off Calcutta, India.|
|USS Picket Boat No. 5||The torpedo boat was lost.|
|Seabreeze||The 472-ton whaling ship was abandoned in the Arctic Ocean. Her crew may have returned to her later and saved her.|
|Ticonderoga||The clipper was wrecked off India.|
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