List of shipwrecks in 1946

The list of shipwrecks in 1946 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1946.

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1946
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January

1 January

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Dorsey  United States Navy The hulk of the high-speed minesweeper, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed.

2 January

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-516  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The captured Type IXC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W).[1]
U-2502  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W).[2]
William H. Webb  United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a reef off Kildin Island, Soviet Union and broke in two.[3]

3 January

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Tigachi  United Kingdom The coastal tanker ran aground at Nidingen, Sweden. Later broke in two, a total loss.
U-825  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight. The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°31′N 7°30′W).[4]
U-2336  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXIII submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W) by HMS Offa ( Royal Navy).
U-2351  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXIII submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 8°20′W) by HMS Offa ( Royal Navy).[5]

5 January

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-541  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°38′N 7°35′W).[6]
U-901  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 8°30′W).[7]
U-2506  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°37′N 7°30′W).[8]

6 January

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-1109  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°49′N 8°31′W) by HMS Templar ( Royal Navy).[9]
U-2356  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXIII submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 8°20′W) by HMS Onslaught ( Royal Navy).[10]

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-1010  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°37′N 7°49′W) by ORP Garland ( Polish Navy).[11]
U-1023  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°49′N 8°24′W).
U-2511  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°33′N 7°38′W).

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Safari  Royal Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine sank under tow in the English Channel while on her way to the breaker′s yard.

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Snowbell  United States Navy The hulk of the Ailanthus-class net laying ship, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
USS Southard  United States Navy The hulk of the fast minesweeper, a former Clemson-class destroyer, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.

15 January

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
British Loyalty  United Kingdom The tanker was scuttled in the Indian Ocean (0°38′12″S 73°07′43″E).[12]

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Roald  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.7-foot (9.1 m) fishing vessel sank off Southeast Alaska at (56°30′N 133°00′W) near Horn Cliff (56°47′40″N 132°40′00″W).[13]

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Dursley  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Redcar, Yorkshire.[14]

24 January

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Carnifex Ferry  United States The tanker collided with F F Wolfe ( United Kingdom) in The Downs off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom and was severely damaged at the bows.[15]
Cobble Hill  United States The tanker ran aground off Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom.[15]

27 January

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USAT Crown Reefer United States Army During a voyage transporting perishables and cargo from Seattle, Washington, to Kodiak, Territory of Alaska, and military bases in the Aleutian Islands, the 5,100-ton United States Army Transport – a refrigerated cargo ship – was abandoned when she ran aground off Kirilof Point (51°25′15″N 179°17′50″E) on the coast of Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. A United States Navy rescue tug rescued her entire crew of 39. She later broke up.[16]
Gradisca  United Kingdom The troopship ran aground on Gavos, Greece.[17]
USS Tamaroa  United States Navy The tug collided with the aviation supply ship USS Jupiter ( United States Navy) in San Francisco Bay and sank.[18]

28 January

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Bluenose The coastal freighter ran aground off Île à Vache, Haiti and broke up.[19]

30 January

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Antetam  United States The cargo ship struck a mine in the Gironde Estuary and sank with the loss of one of her 41 crew.[20]
Luray Victory  United States The Victory ship ran aground and sank, Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[21]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date January 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Akagi Maru  Japan The merchant ship struck a mine and sank in the Seto Inland Sea off Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She was raised, repaired, and returned to service.

February

1 February

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fort Massac  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Thornaby ( United Kingdom) near the Sunk Light Vessel ( United Kingdom), 10 nautical miles (19 km) east south east of Harwich (51°53′N 1°32′E). Fort Massac sank, Thornaby put into Harwich with severely damaged bows.[22]

2 February

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-764  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W).[23]

3 February

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Captive  Royal Navy The rescue tug was beached in Potomas Bay, Cyprus.[24]
I-505  Imperial Japanese Navy The Type VIID submarine was scuttled in the Sunda Strait by the destroyer HNLMS Kortenaer ( Royal Netherlands Navy).[25]
Rian  Netherlands The coaster collided with the minesweeper HNLMS Jan van Gelder ( Royal Netherlands Navy) and sank off Ramsey, Isle of Man. All six crew were rescued by Jan van Gelder.[26]

4 February

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Per Gynt  United States The 20-gross register ton 39.9-foot (12.2 m) fishing vessel sank in Gardiner Bay (54°49′30″N 131°57′45″W) on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[27]
Yukon  United States With 480 people – 369 passengers and 111 crew members – aboard, the 5,746-gross register ton, 360-foot (109.7 m) steam passenger ship ran aground at Cape Fairfield in Johnstone Bay, Territory of Alaska, and broke in two. With surf reaching heights of 40 feet (12.2 m) and pounding the ship to pieces, rescue operations took three days. Eleven people – five civilians and six United States Army soldiers – died in the disaster.[28] All 496 passengers and crew were rescued.[29][30]

5 February

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-1228  Kriegsmarine The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States.[31]

6 February

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Sphene  United Kingdom The coaster foundered in the Bristol Channel off Cornwall. All five crew were rescued.[32]

10 February

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Lindøy  Norway Capsized and sank south of Sogneoksen whilst on a voyage from Bulandet to Bergen, Norway.[33]
U-975  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°42′N 9°01′W) by HMS Loch Arkaig ( Royal Navy).[34]

11 February

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Girl Lena  United Kingdom The trawler collided with HMS Saga ( Royal Navy) in the English Channel near the Eddystone Lighthouse and sank. The crew were rescued by Saga.[35]
USS Greene  United States Navy The hulk of the seaplane tender, a former Clemson-class destroyer aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
Ponce de Lyon  United States The Liberty ship ran aground at The Gantocks, off Dunoon, Argyllshire, Scotland.[35]

12 February

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-501  Imperial Japanese Navy The Type IXD2 submarine was scuttled in the Strait of Malacca (3°05′50″N 100°41′50″E) by HMS Loch Glendhu and HMS Loch Lomond (both  Royal Navy).
U-3514  Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 10°05′W) by HMS Loch Arkaig ( Royal Navy). She was the last U-boat sunk in Operation Deadlight.[36]

14 February

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fulham VII  United Kingdom The coaster collided with Alfred Victory ( United States) 16 nautical miles (30 km) south west of Beachy Head, Sussex, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of one of her seventeen crew.[37]

15 February

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-502  Imperial Japanese Navy The Type IXD2 submarine was scuttled in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore by HMS Loch Lomond ( Royal Navy).[38]
I-506  Imperial Japanese Navy The Type IXD1 submarine was scuttled in the Bali Sea east of the Kangean Islands, Dutch East Indies by a Royal Navy ship.[39]
Tijger  Netherlands The coaster collided with Edward R. Squibb ( United States) east of the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom and sank. All eight people on board were rescued.[37]

17 February

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Donbass  Soviet Union The 10,488-ton Type T2 tanker broke in two in a storm in the Pacific Ocean approximately 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi) south of Adak in the Aleutian Islands. Three Soviet ships rescued 15 survivors from the forward part of the ship. The tanker Puente Hills ( United States) rescued 23 men and women from the after section of the ship, which she then towed to Port Angeles, Washington with 20 people still aboard it. Both sections of the ship remained afloat and eventually were scrapped.[40][41]

19 February

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
MAL 38  Soviet Navy The MAL 2 type landing fire support lighter (Soviet designation unknown) was wrecked on this date.[42]

21 February

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Edna S  United States The 20-gross register ton, 42.4-foot (12.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Hoonah, Territory of Alaska.[43]

24 February

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Hodnaberg  Norway Struck a mine in the Kattegat and sank with the loss of nine crew.[33]

25 February

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Leeuwarden  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine and sank 18 nautical miles (33 km) north of Dieppe, France. All crew were rescued by the trawler André Marcel ( France).[44]

28 February

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Herisle  United Kingdom The cargo ship was hit by William A. Jones ( United States) after the latter broke free from her moorings in a gale at Gibraltar. Two hours later, there were two explosions on board and she sank with the loss of five of her 34 crew.[45][46]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Lanikai  United States Navy The decommissioned schooner sank in Subic Bay in a storm in February 1946 or during a typhoon sometime in 1947.[47][48]
No. 13  Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered T51-class motor torpedo boat was lost in February.[49]
U-1197  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the North Sea by the United States Navy.[50]

March

1 March

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Sackett's Harbor  United States The 10,488-gross register ton T2 tanker broke in two in a storm in the North Pacific Ocean southeast of Attu Island, about 800 nautical miles (1,500 km; 920 mi) southwest of Adak, Alaska. Two cats died, but there was no loss of human life. Her bow section later was sunk by gunfire by the patrol frigate USS Orlando ( United States Navy). Her stern section reached the vicinity of Adak under its own power, where the tug Sarsi ( United States) came to its assistance. The stern section was towed to Anchorage, Alaska, where it served as a floating power plant from 1946 to 1955. It was then towed to Seattle, Washington, where it received a new bow around 1957 and returned to service as Angelo Petri ( United States).[51]

2 March

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Belgian Tenacity  Belgium The cargo ship collided with Esso Belgium ( Belgium) in the Scheldt and was beached to avoid sinking. Later repaired and returned to service.[52]
Empire Waveney  United Kingdom The ocean liner caught fire at Canada Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire and sank. Declared a total loss, scrapped in 1947.[22]

4 March

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Bolivar  Norway The cargo ship was wrecked and broke in two at Kish Bank, Ireland.[53]
USS Extricate  United States Navy The hulk of the Anchor-class rescue and salvage ship, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
HMS MFV 411  Royal Navy The MFV-1-class motor fishing vessel was lost at Brisbane, Australia.[54]
HMS MFV 812  Royal Navy The MFV-601-class motor fishing vessel was lost at Brisbane, Australia.[55]

5 March

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Kielce  Poland The cargo ship collided with Lombardy ( United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, United Kingdom and sank. All crew were rescued by Lombardy.[56]

6 March

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Osashi  Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete Ohama-class escort foundered from leaks at Yokohama.[57]

9 March

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
William L. Davidson  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore near the Osko Lighthouse, Norway. She was later refloated and towed to the United States. Subsequently served as a hulk with the United States Navy.[3]

11 March

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Roche  United States Navy The damaged hulk of the decommissioned Cannon-class destroyer escort, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Yokosuka, Japan.

16 March

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Byron Darnton  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore on Sanda Island, Argyllshire, United Kingdom (55°17′N 5°35′W). She broke in two, a total loss.[58]
Falkenfels  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[59]
Hugo Oldendorf  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[60]
Karl Leonhardt  Germany The 6,042 GRT cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[61]
Lotte  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[62]

17 March

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Byron Darmton  United States The Liberty ship ran aground on Sanda Island, Argyllshire, United Kingdom and broke in two.[63]

25 March

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS MFV 777  Royal Navy The MFV-601-class motor fishing vessel burned at Hong Kong.[64]
Venus  United States The 42-gross register ton 52.4-foot (16.0 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire in Sumner Strait near McNamara Point (56°19′50″N 133°03′45″W) in Southeast Alaska.[65]

26 March

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
J. P. Poe  United States The Liberty ship ran aground near Dover, Kent, United Kingdom. Later refloated.[66]
HMS LCI(L) 4  Royal Navy The landing craft infantry (large) was lost in the Far East.[67]
Muggur  Norway The cargo ship capsized and sank in Ofotfjord after her cargo of herring and timber shifted.[33]
Z34  Germany The destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[68]

27 March

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Essu  United States The 9-gross register ton, 32.5-foot (9.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the small-boat harbor at Wrangell, Territory of Alaska.[43]

30 March

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Nickajack Trail  United States The T2 tanker was wrecked at the Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands. She was on a voyage from Port Arthur to Yokohama, Japan.[69]

April

1 April

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-36  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B1 submarine and the submarine Ha-106 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, were sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[70]
I-47  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B2 submarine was sunk by the United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[71]
I-53  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type C3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[72]
I-58  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[73]
I-156  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[74]
I-157  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[75]
I-158  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by aerial bombing by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[76]
I-159  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[77]
I-162  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus ( United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[78]
I-366  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type D1 submarine was sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[79]
I-367  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type D1 submarine was sunk by a United States Navy demolition charge in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[80]
I-402  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a gunnery target along with the submarine Ha-201 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, by the destroyers USS Everett F. Larson and USS Goodrich (both  United States Navy) in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[81]
Ro-50  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type K6 submarine was sunk by a United States Navy forces in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands.[82]
Ha-103  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°30′N 128°40′E.[83]
Ha-105  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[84]
Ha-106  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine and the submarine I-36 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, were sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[85]
Ha-107  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[86]
Ha-108  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[87]
Ha-109  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[88]
Ha-111  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[89]
Ha-201  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was sunk as a gunnery target along with the submarine I-401 ( Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, by the destroyers USS Everett F. Larson and USS Goodrich (both  United States Navy) in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[90]
Ha-202  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[91]
Ha-208  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E.[92]

2 April

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
SS Charles S. Haight  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Cape Ann, Massachusetts. The ship burned out on 17 August.[93]

4 April

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS S-35  United States Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target.

5 April

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-202  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands, 13 nautical miles (15 miles; 24 km) off Kongō Point.[94]
Ro-31  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Kaichū V-type submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95][96][97]
Ha-207  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95]
Ha-210  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[96]
Ha-215  Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95][96][97]
Ha-216  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[97]
Ha-217  Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95][96][97]
Ha-219  Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95][96][97]
Ha-228  Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[95][96][97]

8 April

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Despatch  United States Navy The former protected cruiser was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California.

9 April

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Bridge  United Kingdom The coaster collided with the wreck of Fort Massac during salvage operations. She was holed and quickly sank in an upright position. A salvage attempt on 23 August only succeeded in turning her on her side, and she was declared a total loss.

14 April

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
RFA Oligarch  Royal Fleet Auxiliary The Ol-class tanker was scuttled in the Red Sea (27°30′N 34°45′E) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[98]

15 April

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Ha-110  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type SS submarine possibly was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. (Some sources claim she was scrapped rather than scuttled.)[99]
Ha-112  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type SS submarine possibly was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. (Some sources claim she was scrapped rather than scuttled.)[100]

16 April

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Helen May  Norway The cargo ship ran aground in the Krakhellesundet whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Ålesund, Norway.[33]
I-503  Imperial Japanese Navy The Marcello-class submarine was scuttled in the Inland Sea off Kobe, Japan by the United States Navy.[101]
I-504  Imperial Japanese Navy The Marconi-class submarine was scuttled in the Kii Channel by the United States Navy.[102]

17 April

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Frithjof  Norway The fishing boat sprang a leak and sank in the West Ice off Greenland.[33]

21 April

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Christopher  United Kingdom The tugboat struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Martaban (14°09′N 98°03′E).
Ramø  Norway World War II: The ship struck a mine and sank at Henningsvær, Lofoten Islands, Norway.[33]

24 April

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Alfios  Greece The cargo ship ran aground on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her crew were rescued by HMCS Middlesex ( Royal Canadian Navy).[103]

26 April

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Warrigal  United States The 9-gross register ton, 30.8-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel was stranded and lost at the southwest end of Chichagof Pass in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[104]

28 April

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Thea  Netherlands The coaster capsized and sank in Bridlington Bay, United Kingdom with the loss of two of the eight people on board.[105]

30 April

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Georgetown Victory  United States The troopship ran aground in the entrance to Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland, at 54°18′45″N 5°31′15″W and broke her back. All 1,100-plus on board were rescued by the Claughey, Donaghadee, and Newcastle lifeboats.[106]
I-121  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-121-class submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[107]
Ro-68  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type L4 submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[108]
RO-500  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type IXC submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[109]
USS Solar  United States Navy The Buckley-class destroyer escort exploded and sank at Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, New Jersey with the loss of seven of her 213 crew.
HMS Stubborn  Royal Navy The S-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.
HMAS Tolga  Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled off the north coast of New Guinea.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown April 1946
ShipCountryDescription
SS-16  Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered SS-class landing ship sank at Yohimi. Raised and scrapped.[110]

May

1 May

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Tarantula  Royal Navy The decommissioned Insect-class river gunboat was sunk as a gunnery target in the Bay of Bengal off Trincomalee, Ceylon, by the destroyers HMS Carron and HMS Carysfort (both  Royal Navy).

2 May

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
S 7  Royal Navy The surrendered S 7-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.[111]
S 9  United States Navy The surrendered S 7-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.[111]
S 12  United States Navy The surrendered S 7-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.[112]

6 May

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Ha-206  Imperial Japanese Navy The wreck of the incomplete Type STS submarine – refloated in April 1946 after sinking in a typhoon in August 1945 – was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. The wreck again was refloated in 1952 and scrapped.[113]

8 May

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Diomede  Royal Navy Whilst on tow and sheltering in Mount's Bay from an easterly gale, the Danae-class cruiser drifted onto the Larrigan, rocks and stranded at low tide. Refloated several hours later she continued on her journey from Falmouth to the Clyde for scrapping.[114]
Ha-205  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type STS submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117]
I-153  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117] (Some sources say she was scrapped rather than sunk.)[118]
I-154  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117][119][116][117]
I-155  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117][120]
Ro-59  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117]
Ro-62  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L4 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117][121]
Ro-63  Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L4 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon ( Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej ( Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[115][116][117][122]

9 May

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
K F C No 1  United States The 125-gross register ton barge sank at Point Gore (59°12′00″N 150°57′30″W) on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[123]

10 May

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fort Sumter  United States The T2 tanker broke in two and sank in the Pacific Ocean 720 nautical miles (1,330 km) south of Attu Island, Alaska. She was on a voyage from Yokohama, Japan to San Pedro.[124]
H I C 5  United States The 51-gross register ton, 60.1-foot (18.3 m) scow sank in Excursion Inlet (58°25′N 135°26′W) in Southeast Alaska.[125]

14 May

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Bellona  United States Navy The Achelous-class landing craft repair ship, hard aground on Kama Rock, Iwo Jima, since 1 December 1945, was blown up with explosive charges after being stripped of all salvageable equipment.

18 May

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
M-16  Germany The minesweeper was scuttled at 58°10′N 10°42′E in the Skagerrak.[126]

21 May

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-203  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W by a Mark 18-2 torpedo fired by the submarine USS Caiman ( United States Navy).[127]

23 May

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-201  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W by a Mark 18-2 torpedo fired by the submarine USS Queenfish ( United States Navy).[127]

24 May

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
DD-224  United States Navy The decommissioned Clemson-class destroyer, formerly USS Stewart, was sunk as a target by aircraft off San Francisco, California.

26 May

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
H.C. Horn  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Baltic Sea.[128]

28 May

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-14  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type AM submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Oahu, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W by torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Bugara ( United States Navy).[129]
Marianne  Denmark The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Øresund off Stevns.[130]

31 May

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-401  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°12′N 158°07′W by two Mark 18 torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Cabezon ( United States Navy).[131]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: unknown 1946
ShipCountryDescription
F 192  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type AM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was scuttled sometime in May.[132]
Nattie  United States The 10-gross register ton, 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel drifted out to sea from Seldovia, Territory of Alaska, and was wrecked.[133]

June

4 June

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Kunashiri  Imperial Japanese Navy The Shimushu-class escort ship ran aground and was wrecked on the coast of Japan.
I-400  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°07′W by three Mark 18-2 torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Trumpetfish ( United States Navy).[134]

6 June

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Jan Wellem  Germany The tanker was wrecked in the Kiel Fjord, Germany. Scrapped at Blyth, United Kingdom, from November 1947.[135]

7 June

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Kamikaze  Japan The repatriation ship, a former Kamikaze-class destroyer, ran aground off Cape Omaezaki, Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, at (34°38′N 138°8′E) while coming to the aide of Kunashiri ( Japan) and was declared a constructive total loss.[136]
Kunashiri  Japan The repatriation ship, a former Shimushu-class escort, ran aground off Cape Omaezaki, Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, at (34°35′N 138°5′E). She was abandoned and scrapped 1946–1947.[136]

8 June

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
AF 112  Kriegsmarine The surrendered Type D Artilleriefährprahm sank on this date.[137]
Myōkō  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Myōkō-class heavy cruiser was scuttled by British forces in the Strait of Malacca off Port Swettenham, Malaya, at 03°05′N 100°40′E.

9 June

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Solar  United States Navy The Buckley-class destroyer escort was scuttled 100 nautical miles (190 km) off New York.

13 June

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fechenheim  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled off Arendal, Norway.[138]

18 June

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Hugh Williamson  United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Pernambuco, Brazil. She was later refloated and laid up. Consequently scrapped in 1946.[139]
Wafico No. 8  United States The 8-gross register ton, 30.9-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Halibut Bay on the southwest end of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska.[104]

20 June

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Oderstrom  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[140]

25 June

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Gold Creek  United States The T2 tanker ran aground off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and was severely damaged. She was on a voyage from Houston, Texas to Providence, Rhode Island.[141]

28 June

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1946
ShipCountryDescription
C 4  Spanish Navy The C 1-class submarine was rammed by the destroyer Lepanto ( Spanish Navy) and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Balearic Islands with the loss of all 46 crew.[142]
Miss D  United States The 23-gross register ton, 49.9-foot (15.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Territory of Alaska.[143]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Flowergate  United Kingdom The ship ran aground on Porthminster Beach, St. Ives whilst under tow to breakers yard. Later refloated and continued her journey.[144]
James W. Nesmith  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical munitions.[145]

July

1 July

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Anderson  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Sims-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Carlisle  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Gilliam-class attack transport was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Gilliam  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Gilliam-class attack transport was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Lamson  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Mahan-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
Sakawa  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The captured Agano-class light cruiser ( Imperial Japanese Navy) was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.

2 July

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Agnes  Norway The cargo ship struck a mine and sank at Hai Phong, Vietnam. 15 crewmen killed.[33][146]

7 July

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Kjeøy  Norway Ran aground at Ytre Sula, Norway. Salvaged and found to be damaged beyond repair.[147]

11 July

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Topdal  Norway Sank whilst laid up at Bergen, Norway, after some boys opened her sea cocks.[33]

12 July

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Island Duke  United States The 15-gross register ton 45.6-foot (13.9 m) motor towing vessel was wrecked off Graveyard Point (58°52′N 157°01′W) in Kvichak Bay on the Bristol Bay coast of the Territory of Alaska.[148]

13 July

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Freiburg  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[149]
Gertrud Fritzen  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak as a means of disposing of poison gas munitions that had been loaded aboard her.[150]

14 July

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Somehow  United States The 14-gross register ton, 33.3-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Elfin Cove in Southeast Alaska.[51]

20 July

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Z45  Germany World War II: The incomplete Type 1936B destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[151]

22 July

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Cougar  United States The 43-gross register ton, 59.2-foot (18.0 m) fishing vessel sank in the Shelikof Strait 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) off Rocky Point (57°39′45″N 154°13′50″W) on the coast of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska′s Kodiak Archipelago with the loss of three crewmen and seven or eight passengers. The sole survivor was a man who clung to a floating gasoline tank for 11 hours until a passing fishing vessel rescued him.[16]

25 July

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
USS Apogon  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Arkansas  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Wyoming-class battleship was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS LSM-60  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned LSM-1-class medium landing ship disintegrated in the explosion of an atomic bomb suspended beneath her at Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb testing.
USS Pilotfish  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Saratoga  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Lexington-class aircraft carrier was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Skipjack  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Salmon-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll. She later was raised for further use as a target ship and sunk again in August 1948.
YON-160  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The fuel oil barge was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.

26 July

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
T37  Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[152][153]
T38  Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[152][153]
T39  Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[152][153]
TF-11  Germany The torpedo training ship, a former Type 1940 minesweeper, was scuttled in the Skagerrak by the Allies.[154]

27 July

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Kanaga  United States The 60-gross register ton, 61.6-foot (18.8 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Southeast Alaska, 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) south of Sitka, Territory of Alaska.[123]

30 July

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Nagato  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The captured Nagato-class battleship sank at Bikini Atoll due to damage sustained on 25 July 1946 as a test target in an atomic bomb explosion.
Vipya  Nyasaland The sternwheel ferry capsized and sank in a storm while only on her fourth voyage on Lake Nyasa 7 nautical miles (13 km) near Florence Bay with the loss of 145 lives.[155] The Malawi Department of Antiquities's sign at the Memorial site at Fort Johnston (now Mangochi) confirms the loss of life as being 145.

31 July

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
American Farmer  United States The cargo ship collided with William J. Riddle ( United States) in the Atlantic Ocean and was severely damaged and abandoned. All passengers and crew rescued by William J. Riddle. American Farmer was initially reported to have sunk, but later reported to be still afloat.[156]
Argyle  Canada The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked near Punta Gorda, Cuba while on passage from Baracoa for Miami with bananas.[157]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in July 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Patrick Henry  United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a reef off the coast of Florida and was severely damaged

August

1 August

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Peregrin  United States The 13-gross register ton 34.3-foot (10.5 m) motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Naknek, Territory of Alaska.[27]

2 August

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Cross  United Kingdom Capsized following an explosion and fire at Haifa, Palestine. Up to 25 people killed.

5 August

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Homestead  United States The T2 tanker was struck by lightning and burnt out at Jacksonville, Florida. Consequently scrapped.[141]

7 August

List of shipwrecks: 7 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Red Wing  United States The 20-gross register ton, 44.6-foot (13.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked at "Bent Point" – probably Bent Cape (54°53′30″N 162°25′00″W) – on Deer Island at the mouth of Cold Bay on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[13]

10 August

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Adur II  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank off Hartland Point, Devon with the loss of one of her crew.[158]

16 August

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Finisterre  France Fishing vessel driven ashore at St. Ives. Three crew killed.[144]

22 August

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Rival  United Kingdom The cargo ship was damaged at Haifa, Palestine by a limpet mine and was beached. She was later repaired and returned to service.[22]

25 August

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Peacock  United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (47°55′N 8°30′W) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[22]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date August 1946
ShipCountryDescription
I-372  Imperial Japanese Navy The refloated wreck of the Type D submarine was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan.[159]

September

3 September

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fulani  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the River Mersey at Liverpool, Lancashire.[160] Refloated the next day.[161]
Sea King  Norway The cargo ship sank in the Trondheimsleia following a collision with another ship. Was on a voyage from Skrova to Trondheim, Norway.[33]

8 September

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Rhön  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled off Arendal, Norway.[162]

12 September

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fort Fraser  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Paull, Yorkshire. Later refloated.[163]
Helena Modjeska  United States The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom. Later broke her back, a total loss.[21]

13 September

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Marit II  Norway The tanker broke in two off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°09′N 73°24′W and sank with the loss of eleven crew.[33]
S. Wiley Wakeman  United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a wreck off Tobago. She was refloated on 22 September. Subsequently laid up, scrapped in 1948.[164]

15 September

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Herøy  Norway The cargo ship sprang a leak and sank west of the Feistein Lighthouse whilst on a voyage from Odda to Sarpsborg, Norway.[33]

19 September

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Ohio  United Kingdom Both halves of the tanker, which had broken in two in 1942 due to combat damage, were sunk as gunnery targets in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.

20 September

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
TID 62  United Kingdom The tug suffered a failure of her steering gear off Beachy Head, Sussex. She was taken in tow by HMS Zephyr ( Royal Navy) and anchored off Folkestone, Kent where she later sank with the loss of a crewman.[165]

25 September

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
SS-22  Imperial Japanese Navy The T-class landing ship was wrecked near Chipei-Hsiaotao, Pescadore Islands.[166]

29 September

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Brigadier General M. G. Zalinski  United States Army The transport ran aground and sank in the Grenville Channel, 1.3 miles south west of James Point, British Columbia.[167]
Fort Vermillion  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[168] Refloated on 6 October.[21]
Torni  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Petard Point, Ravenscar, Yorkshire.[168]

30 September

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Alta  Norway The cargo ship sank off Makkaur, Norway. Raised in 1949 and converted to a barge in 1950.[33]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
ShipCountryDescription
LCG(M) 132  Norway The landing craft was driven ashore whilst under tow from Inveraray, Argyllshire to Greenock, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom and was a total loss.[33]
Schuyler Colfax  United States The liberty ship was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tilefish ( United States Navy).[169]

October

1 October

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
June  United States The 20-gross register ton, 43.2-foot (13.2 m) motor cargo vessel sank in Yakutat Bay on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[170]

10 October

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Fluor  United Kingdom The coaster was struck by Strathnaver ( United Kingdom) whilst moored at Southampton, Hampshire and sank. All twelve crew escaped.[171]

11 October

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Glamorganbrook  United Kingdom The coaster sprang a leak and sank off Scarborough, Yorkshire with the loss of one of the fifteen people on board.[172]

12 October

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Arthur Sewall  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[173]
Empire Severn  United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled north west of the Hebrides (58°18′N 9°37′E) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[22]
Ludwigshafen  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[174]

14 October

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Eider  Germany The former (hulked) cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[175]

17 October

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMAS Waree  Royal Australian Navy The tug was run aground near the mouth of the Clarence River at Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, after beginning to take on water. She was declared a total loss.

19 October

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Takao  Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Takao-class heavy cruiser was sunk as a gunnery target in the Strait of Malacca at 03°05′05″N 100°41′00″E by the Crown Colony-class light cruiser HMS Newfoundland ( Royal Navy).

22 October

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Saumarez  Royal Navy Corfu Channel Incident: The S-class destroyer suffered heavy damage when she struck a mine in the Corfu Channel which blew her bow off. Eleven of her crew were killed and 25 others were listed as missing and presumed dead. She returned to base stern-first. She was declared a total loss and scrapped.
HMS Volage  Royal Navy Corfu Channel Incident: The V-class destroyer suffered heavy damage when she struck a mine in the Corfu Channel which blew her bow off while she was attempting to tow HMS Saumarez ( Royal Navy) to safety. One of her crew was killed and seven others were listed as missing and presumed dead. She returned to base stern-first. She was eventually repaired and returned to service.

24 October

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Bakkøy  Norway The cargo ship ran aground east of Lindesnes whilst on a voyage from Korshamn to Oslo, Norway.[33]

26 October

For the loss of the German cargo ship Arizona on or after this date, see the entry for 17 April 1944.
List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Arthur Sewall  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[176]

28 October

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Renascent  Norway The coaster sprang a leak and sank in the North Sea whilst on a voyage from Lowestoft, United Kingdom to Kristiansand, Norway.[33]

29 October

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Stanburn  United Kingdom The cargo ship foundered off Sfax, Tunisia with the loss of four of her 35 crew.[177]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
ShipCountryDescription
George Hawley  United States The Liberty ship was scuttled with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[178]

November

2 November

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Woodlark  United Kingdom The troopship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Hebrides (59°00′N 7°40′W) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[22]
Gyoraitei No. 222  Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered Gyoraitei No. 31-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.[179]
Tora  Norway The cargo ship sprang a leak and sank in the Åland Sea west of Almagrundet, Sweden whilst on a voyage from Kotka, Finland to Stavanger, Norway.[33]

3 November

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
A T T No. 1  United States The 3,577-gross register ton, 314.8-foot (96.0 m) barge was wrecked on the northeast coast of Amukta in the Aleutian Islands.[180]

4 November

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Gulli  Norway The motor vessel ran aground at Kragerø, Norway.[33]

5 November

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Lund  Royal Navy The naval trawler was sunk by the explosion of a depth charge whilst engaged in an operation to disperse the wreck of SS Flandres ( Belgium) off Deal, Kent. Four crew were killed and three were injured.[181]
Valle  Norway The coaster suffered engine failure and struck rocks whilst on a voyage from Grimstad to Haugesund, Norway.[33]

11 November

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Pitt  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the English Channel off Berville-sur-Mer, Eure, France and broke her back. She was declared a constructive total loss.[22]

13 November

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
U-977  United States Navy The Type VIIC submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts by the submarine USS Atule ( United States Navy).

16 November

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Flying Cloud  United States The 20-gross register ton, 41.2-foot (12.6 m) fishing vessel sank off Point Gardner (57°01′N 134°37′W) on the south end of Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[182]

20 November

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Albany  United Kingdom The coaster disappeared on a voyage between Port Talbot and Rosslare.
Stormont  United Kingdom The coaster was in collision with Empire Brent ( United Kingdom) in the River Mersey and sank with the loss of 160 of the 210 cattle she was carrying.[183]

22 November

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Hirma  Norway The cargo ship ran aground west of the Geita Lighthouse, whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Bodø, Norway.[33]

26 November

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Garth  United Kingdom The dredger sank in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all six crew.[184]

27 November

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Lasknes  Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Rongevær, Norway, broke in two and sank.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Tillamok  United States The tanker ran aground at Porthcawl, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. Still aground on 25 December.[185]

December

1 December

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Tillamook  United States The tanker was driven ashore at Sker Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. She was refloated on 6 February 1947 and taken in to Swansea, Glamorgan.[186]

2 December

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMCS Middlesex  Royal Canadian Navy The Algerine-class minesweeper ran aground on Shutin Island, Nova Scotia. She was subsequently scrapped in situ.[187]

5 December

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Rubens  United Kingdom The cargo ship was abandoned 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Bonacca, Honduras. Drifted ashore at Bonacca, a total loss.[52]

6 December

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
N16  French Navy The Type XXIII submarine was lost at Toulon, Var in a diving accident with the loss of a number of lives.[188]

7 December

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Rafiah Aliyah Bet: The Jewish immigrant ship (formerly Athina S.) was wrecked on Sirina, north-east of Crete.[189]
Sea It  United States The 17-gross register ton, 45-foot (14 m) motor cargo vessel sank off Point Adolphus (58°17′15″N 135°47′00″W) in Southeast Alaska.[51]

8 December

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Eden  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Spurn Head, Yorkshire in a gale, but was refloated.
Francis Batey  United Kingdom The tug sank in the Tyne.[190]
Irma  Sweden The cargo ship was driven onto Manacle Rock, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Towed clear by Zwarte Zee ( Netherlands).[190]
Liberté  France The ocean liner collided with the wreck of Paris ( France) and sank at Le Havre.[191] Later raised, repaired and returned to service.
HMS Saltburn  Royal Navy The Hunt-class minesweeper broke free from her tow and ran aground at Hartland Point, Devon.[190]
Security  United Kingdom The tug sank off Portland, Dorset.[190]
HMS Truant  Royal Navy The T-class submarine broke free from her tow and sank off the Channel Islands.[190]
Wansford  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Falmouth, Cornwall. Towed clear by Zwarte Zee ( Netherlands).[190]

13 December

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Tove  Norway The coaster capsized and sank in the Kattegat whilst on a voyage from Randers to Bergen, Norway. One crewmember was killed.[33]

16 December

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Leipzig  Royal Navy The Leipzig-class light cruiser was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical weapons.
T21  Germany The torpedo boat was scuttled in the Skagerrak at 57°53′N 6°13′E.[192]
Z29  Germany The destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[193]

19 December

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Havskaaren  Norway The coaster ran aground at Kvalnesflæsa, Lofoten Islands, Norway.[33]

20 December

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Chichagoff  United States The 44-gross register ton, 57.3-foot (17.5 m) fishing vessel was abandoned off Khaz Head (57°31′45″N 136°01′00″W) off Piehle Passage (57.5275°N 136.0289°W / 57.5275; -136.0289 (Piehle Passage)) in Southeast Alaska after she lost rudder control and a breaker carried away her pilothouse. Her crew of three abandoned ship in a dory and survived, but Chichagoff sank.[16]

22 December

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Prinz Eugen  United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser capsized and sank at Kwajalein Atoll due to an unrepaired leak caused by damage when she was used as a target in atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll on 1 and 25 July 1946.

23 December

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Afognak  United States The beam trawler ran hard aground 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) north of Point Gardner (57°01′N 134°37′W) in Southeast Alaska. The mail boat Yakobi ( United States) rescued the eight people – Afognak′s captain, his wife, and six crewmen – on board.[180]
Marna  Norway The coaster sank west of Gamle Hellesund, Norway, during a voyage from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Grangemouth, Scotland, United Kingdom.[33]

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Northeastern Victory  United States The Victory ship ran aground and sank, Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[21]

25 December

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Anastasia  United Kingdom The coaster sprang a leak and was beached at Skar Point, Walney Island, Lancashire.[194]

27 December

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Am-Mer-Mar  United States The Liberty ship ran aground off Lindesnes, Norway. She sank on 1 January 1947.[173]

30 December

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
F2  Royal Navy The F-class escort ship sank at Scapa Flow (58°50′N 03°11′E) during a storm. Partially scrapped in place.[195]

31 December

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Monte Pascoal  Germany The Monte-class ocean liner was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.[196]
Schwabenland  Germany The seaplane tender/catapult ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.[197]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date December 1946
ShipCountryDescription
HMS H 97  Royal Navy The captured German destroyer was beached to prevent her from sinking due to corroded bottom plates.[198]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: unknown 1946
ShipCountryDescription
Claus Von Bevern  Kriegsmarine The test ship, a former G180-class torpedo boat, was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.[199]

See also

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Ship events in 1946
Ship launches: 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
Ship commissionings: 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
Ship decommissionings: 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
Shipwrecks: 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951
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