List of shipwrecks in 1947

The list of shipwrecks in 1947 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1947.

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1947
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May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date
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January

1 January

For the loss of the Liberty ship An-Mer-Mar on this date, see the entry for 27 December 1946.
List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Karla  Denmark The cable laying ship struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland, 15 nautical miles (28 km) of Ormus Island, Estonia. Sixteen of the 44 crew were killed.[1]

2 January

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Caritas I  Belgium The cargo ship broke in two and sank after being beached in the River Scheldt following a collision with Jan Steen ( Netherlands) on 1 January.
Empire Wharfe  United Kingdom The cargo ship arrived at Lagos, Nigeria on fire and was beached in Badagry Creek. Refloated on 6 January, repaired and returned to service.[2]

3 January

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Magnhild  Norway The cargo ship collided with Imba No. 401 ( Soviet Union) whilst on a voyage from Kolding, Denmark to Gdynia, Poland.[3]

5 January

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Varvassi  Greece The cargo ship ran aground off the Needles Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.[4]

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Pollnes  Norway The cargo ship foundered off the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom whilst on a voyage from Bodø, Norway, to Dublin, Ireland. Thirteen crew killed.[3]

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Senjen  Norway The cargo ship ran aground west of the Kvaløy Lighthouse whilst on a voyage from Bangsund to Trondheim, Norway.[3]

11 January

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ewell  United Kingdom The collier ran aground off Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk.[5]

12 January

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Clarinda  United States The 76-gross register ton, 89.6-foot (27.3 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire at Sand Point, Territory of Alaska.[6]

13 January

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Good Shepherd  United Kingdom The ship was driven ashore on Fair Isle and was a total loss.[5]

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Astafjorden  Norway The cargo ship sank west of Kvænangen whilst on a voyage from Tromsø to Hammerfest, Norway.[3]
Simbra  United Kingdom The whaler foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all bar one of her sixteen crew.[7]

19 January

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Authority  United Kingdom The coastal tanker ran aground in the River Mersey, United Kingdom.[8]
Chihkiang  China The passenger ship collided with a tug and sank at Shanghai with the loss of at least 100 lives.[9]
Chimarra  Greece The ferry struck a mine and sank off Kavaliani with the loss of about 300 lives.[10]
Sweet Water  United States The tanker ran aground in the River Mersey. Refloated after twelve hours.[8]
Wanganella  Australia The passenger ship ran aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, New Zealand. She was refloated 18 days later and repaired, and she returned to service in November 1948.

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Grassland  Australia The hopper ship foundered in the Pacific Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) north north west of Carnarvon, Western Australia whilst under tow from Singapore to Australia by Empire Downland ( Australia).[2]

21 January

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Bonaventure  Royal Navy The submarine tender ran aground at Cape Melville, Australia.[11] Refloated on 23 January.[12]

23 January

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ampleforth  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore in a storm at Tel Aviv, Palestine. She was refloated on 3 March but declared a constructive total loss. She was repaired, sold and re-entered service in 1948 as Bangor Bay.[2]

25 January

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Storesand I  Norway The cargo ship sank in Drammensfjord whilst on a voyage from Gilhus to Oslo, Norway.[3]

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Samwater  United Kingdom The Liberty ship caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (42°41′N 10°13′W).[13]

30 January

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Star of Mex  Egypt The cargo ship ran aground off Bahrein. The ship was attacked by Arab pirates on 15 February. All 28 crew rescued by British Destiny ( United Kingdom).[14]

February

2 February

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Dora Oldendorff  Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Bay of Biscay. (47°40′N 9°02′W).[15]

5 February

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Winkleigh  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off the mouth of the Humber.[16]

18 February

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Arrow  United States Army The Army transport, formerly Colonial Navigation Company's Belfast (1909), wrecked off Ocean Park, Washington while under tow to Puget Sound.[17][18]

26 February

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1947
ShipCountryDescription
P T & B Co. 1651  United States The 1,008-gross register ton barge was wrecked on Lewis Reef (55°22′30″N 131°44′15″W) in Tongass Narrows in Southeast Alaska near Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[19]
Royal Ulsterman  United Kingdom The ferry ran aground at Clauchlands Point, Isle of Arran, Argyllshire. Refloated with the aid of the tug Vanguard ( United Kingdom).[20]
Zephyros  Greece The cargo ship was driven ashore at Cullercoats, Northumberland, United Kingdom.[20]
Zeprom  Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Whitley Bay, Northumberland, United Kingdom. All 35 crew rescued.[20]

March

3 March

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Luana  Italy Struck a mine and sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Capo Promontore.[21]

4 March

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Bolivar  Norway The cargo ship ran aground on the Kish Bank, Irish Sea whilst on a voyage from Dublin, Ireland to Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.[3]

6 March

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Trondhjem  Norway The cargo ship struck a mine in the Weser, West Germany and sank. She was on a voyage from Stavanger, Norway to Hamburg.[3]

8 March

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ira  Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom and broke in two. All 34 crew rescued by the Walmer Lifeboat.[22]

9 March

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Sondra Lee  United States The 296-gross register ton, 99.1-foot (30.2 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire in Wrangell Narrows in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[23]

12 March

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Fort Dearborn  United States The T2 tanker broke in two in the Pacific Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) north west of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten crew on the bow section were rescued by General W. H. Gordon ( United States). Twenty-two crew on the stern section were rescued by USS Eldorado ( United States Navy). The bow section was shelled and sunk, the stern section was towed to Hawaii. Fort Dearborn was on a voyage from San Francisco, California to Shanghai, China.[24]

13 March

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Edmund Fanning  United States The Liberty ship exploded at Genoa Italy and was beached. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[25]
Empire Jonquil  United Kingdom Sank at Hull Docks, declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

19 March

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
ROCN Fu Po  Republic of China Navy The Flower-class corvette was sunk in a collision.[26]

21 March

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMCS Onyx  Royal Canadian Navy The Admiralty-type drifter foundered.[27]

22 March

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Contamar  United Kingdom The schooner ran aground in St Austell Bay. Seven crew rescued by the Fowey lifeboat. Refloated in June and declared a constructive total loss but rebuilt as a coaster and returned to service.

24 March

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Garnes  Norway The cargo ship struck a mine off the Dutch coast and sank at 53°26′N 4°35′E whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Emden, West Germany.[3]

28 March

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Sevilla  Norway The cargo ship collided with Clio ( Norway) west of Bloksen and sank with the loss of ten crew. She was on a voyage from Bergen, Norway to Geneva, Switzerland.[3]

30 March

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Titania  Norway The cargo ship struck a mine off the Dutch coast (53°35′N 4°35′E) whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Oslo, Norway. Declared a constructive total loss and scrapped at Stavanger, Norway.[3]

Unknown March

List of shipwrecks: Unknown March 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Hrvatska  Yugoslavia The Victory ship struck a mine in the Adriatic Sea near Dubrovnik and was beached to prevent sinking. Raised, repaired, and returned to service in 1949.[28]
Kunitsu Maru  Imperial Japanese Navy The Kamitsu-class transport, irreparably damaged when sunk during World War II, was scuttled off Singapore sometime in March.[29]

April

1 April

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Freelock  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank on this date.[30]

3 April

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Stancliffe  United Kingdom Ran aground at Sharpness Docks. Declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

13 April

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Belpamela  Norway Sank in a storm off Newfoundland. Cargo included 16 locomotives for the French Railways.[31]

14 April

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Queen Elizabeth  United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground on the Brambles Bank in the Solent.[32] Refloated the next day.[33]

15 April

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Georgie  Panama The cargo ship ran aground at St Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.[34]
Nicolaos G Kulukundis  Greece The cargo ship ran aground off Beachy Head, Sussex, United Kingdom.[33]

16 April

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Grandcamp  France Texas City disaster: The Liberty ship caught fire at Texas City, Texas, United States. She was obliterated by the explosion of her cargo of explosives. Around 580 people were killed.
Wilson B. Keene  United States

Texas City disaster: The Liberty ship was sunk by the explosion of Grandcamp ( France).

23 April

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Samtampa  United Kingdom The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Sker Point, Glamorgan and broke in three. All 39 crew were lost, as well as all eight crew of the Mumbles lifeboat Edward, Prince of Wales ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
HMS Warspite  Royal Navy Ran aground at Prussia Cove after parting tow on final voyage from Portsmouth to the breakers yard on the Clyde.[35] Towed to Marazion in 1950 and dismantled.[36][37]

28 April

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Merganser  United Kingdom Collided with Norwalk Victory ( United States) and sank in the River Scheldt between Doel and Liefkenshoek.[38] Raised on 2 July and beached. Repaired between 1949 and 1951, sold and returned to service.[21]

29 April

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Witherington  Royal Navy Under tow to the breaker's yard, the decommissioned Admiralty modified W-class destroyer parted her tow line in a gale and was wrecked on the northeast coast of England off the mouth of the River Tyne.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
ShipCountryDescription
San Nicolao  Panama The cargo ship departed from the Tees on 2 April bound for Gibraltar. No further trace.[39]

May

2 May

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Wicklow Head  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground near Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 30 crew were rescued by the fishing vessel Ray Richard ( Canada).[40]

8 May

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Muirchú  Irish Naval Service The decommissioned patrol vessel sank in the Irish Sea off the Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, while under tow to a scrapyard.

13 May

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Balena  United Kingdom The whaler ran aground on the Shipwash Shoal, off the coast of Essex. Refloated but again ran aground.[41]
General Botha  South Africa The training ship was sunk as a target in False Bay off Simonstown.[42]

14 May

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Balena  United Kingdom The whaler ran aground off Gorleston, Norfolk.[43]

17 May

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
USS Oklahoma  United States Navy The decommissioned Nevada-class battleship sank under tow 540 nautical miles (1,000 km) off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, while on her way to San Francisco, California, for scrapping.

22 May

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
USS Mallard  United States Navy The decommissioned Lapwing-class minesweeper was sunk as a target by the submarine USS Piper ( United States Navy).

24 May

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Newhall Hills  United States The tanker collided with Monica ( Sweden) off the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom causing an explosion in No.2 tank and subsequent fire. Two hours later, an explosion blew off her bow forward of No.3 tank and that section sank. Newhall Hills was towed to Sheerness.[44]
Oceanic II  Belgium The trawler was in collision with John la Farge ( United States) and was cut in two. She sank with the loss of three of her five crew.[44]

25 May

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Trader Horn  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in the Caribbean with the loss of two of her five crew.[45]

31 May

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Berlin  Germany The former cruiser was scuttled in the Skagerrak to dispose of chemical weapons.[46]

June

4 June

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Emperor  Canada The cargo ship struck a rock and sank of Isle Royale, Lake Superior with the loss of twelve of her 33 crew. The survivors were rescued by USCGC Kimball ( United States Navy).[47]

6 June

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMS LCT 1068  Royal Navy The landing craft tank was lost on this date.[48]

14 June

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Winifred  United States The 13-gross register ton, 37-foot (11 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Uganik, Territory of Alaska.[49]

21 June

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Cape Karluk  United States The 15-gross register ton, 32.6-foot (9.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Kumlik Island (56°38′N 157°24′W) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[6]

28 June

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Heron  Greece The cargo ship collided with Stal ( Denmark) in the English Channel off Folkestone, Kent, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of one of her 24 crew. The survivors were rescued by Suavity ( United Kingdom).[50]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ourang Medan  Netherlands Allegedly exploded and sank after its crew died under suspicious circumstances.

July

3 July

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Kronholm  Norway The former minesweeper was destroyed by fire at the Soon shipyard.[3]

4 July

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
M Xilas  Greece The cargo ship caught fire at Ko Sichang, Thailand. She was beached and abandoned, and sank on 13 July.[2]

13 July

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Rainbow III  United States The 139-gross register ton, 100.3-foot (30.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Marmot Bay (58.0644°N 152.2544°W / 58.0644; -152.2544 (Marmot Bay)) on Afognak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago near Afognak, Territory of Alaska.[51]

17 July

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Lark  United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (47°55′N 8°25′W) with a cargo of obsolete chemical bombs and contaminated soil.[2]
Ramdas  India The coastal passenger ship sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Bombay with the loss of around 600 lives.[52]

18 July

List of shipwrecks: 18 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Avis  United States The 8-gross register ton, 31-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel sank in Cross Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[53]

21 July

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Nascopie  Canada The steamer was wrecked near Cape Dorset near the southern tip of Canada's Baffin Island.

22 July

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Lützow  Kriegsmarine World War II: The captured Deutschland-class cruiser was sunk by the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea off Świnoujście, Poland, during weapons testing.[54]

23 July

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Empire Lifeguard  United Kingdom The cargo ship was sunk at Haifa, Palestine by limpet mines which had been placed on her hull whilst at Famagusta, Cyprus. Refloated on 8 August, subsequently repaired and returned to service.[2]

28 July

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ocean Liberty  Norway The Liberty ship caught fire at Brest, France whilst unloading a cargo of ammonium nitrate. Later towed out of port and scuttled.[3]

31 July

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
USS Chewink  United States Navy The decommissioned Lapwing-class minesweeper was sunk as a target in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut.

Unknown July

List of shipwrecks: Unknown July 1947
ShipCountryDescription
ROCS Heyong  Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The landing craft tank ran aground and was stranded in a river in Jiangsu Province. Captured and put in Red Chinese service.[55]

August

8 August

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Ole II  United States The 8-gross register ton, 31.9-foot (9.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Union Bay in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[56]

9 August

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Leighton  United Kingdom She was scuttled with an obsolete cargo of ammunition, 100 nautical miles (190 km) northwest of Malin Head.[57]

11 August

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Gravina Point  United States The 59-gross register ton, 71.6-foot (21.8 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[58]

16 August

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Graf Zeppelin  Kriegsmarine World War II: The captured, incomplete Graf Zeppelin-class aircraft carrier was sunk by the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea off Świnoujście, Poland, during weapons testing.[54]

18 August

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Rovena  Norway Wrecked off Langanes, Iceland.

20 August

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Mayo  United States The 23-gross register ton, 42.9-foot (13.1 m) fishing vessel sank 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) off Ninilchik Light (60°03′N 151°40′W) near Ninilchik, Territory of Alaska.[59]

21 August

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
VAS 234  Regia Marina The VAS 231-class submarine chaser burned at Vinice.[60]

25 August

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1947
ShipCountryDescription
USS S-24  United States Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine was sunk for use as a sonar target in the Pacific Ocean off Portland, Oregon.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Unidentified MAS boat  Regia Marina The captured MAS boat was sunk by explosives off Marsaxlokk, Malta. Five other MAS boats were scuttled in open seas.[61]

September

3 September

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Tidings  United States The 17-gross register ton, 40.5-foot (12.3 m) fishing vessel ran aground and sank off Soapstone Point (58°06′10″N 136°29′50″W) in Cross Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[62]

6 September

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Matagalpa  United States Army The fire-damaged fast transport, former Clemson-class destroyer, was scuttled off Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

8 September

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Norfisk  Norway The cargo ship was abandoned whilst on a voyage from Aalborg, Denmark to Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands.[3]

9 September

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Goma  Norway The cargo ship sank north of the Tylön Lightship whilst on a voyage from Aalborg, Denmark to Gdańsk, Poland.[3]

13 September

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMAS Warrnambool  Royal Australian Navy The Bathurst-class corvette sank near Cockburn Reef along the Great Barrier Reef off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia, after striking a mine. Four of her crew were killed and 29 were injured.

15 September

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Rolfsøy  Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Egersund whilst on a voyage from Fredrikstad to Harstad, Norway.[3]

16 September

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Sunset  Norway The cargo ship sank off the coast of Norway whilst on a voyage from Raufarhafn to Åkrehamn.[3]

October

2 October

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Reine II  Norway The cargo ship sank off Halmstad, Sweden, with the loss of all five crew. She was on a voyage for Halmstad to Oslo, Norway, and may have struck a mine.[3]

4 October

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Troll  Norway The cargo ship collided in the Øresund with the DFDS ship Jolantha ( Denmark) and sank. Raised on 22 January 1948 and repaired at Copenhagen, Denmark. Returned to service as Bandak.[3]

6 October

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Advance  United States The 17-gross register ton, 40-foot (12.2 m) motor vessel was destroyed by fire on beach on Gravina Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska between Rosa Reef (55.4128°N 131.8028°W / 55.4128; -131.8028 (Rosa Reef)) and Channel Island (55°26′48″N 131°52′45″W).[53]
USS Crittenden  United States Navy The decommissioned Gilliam-class attack transport was sunk in an explosives test in the Pacific Ocean off the Farallon Islands.

7 October

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Betty Hindley  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine off Scarborough, Yorkshire and broke her back. She was beached sinking by the bows. One crewmember was killed.[63]
Bro  Norway The cargo ship ran aground off the coast of Iceland whilst on a voyage from Sandur, Faroe Islands to Reykjavík, Iceland.[3]

11 October

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Gulfstream  Canada The ferry was wrecked off Powell River, British Columbia.[64]

15 October

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
HMS Gillstone  Norway The Isles-class trawler was driven ashore at Kvalbeinsrumen, Jæren, Norway whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Risør for conversion to a merchant ship. Later refloated and returned to Bergen.[3]

16 October

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Auk  United States The 28-gross ton, 60.2-foot (18.3 m) tug was wrecked at the mouth of the Ugashik River on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[53]

18 October

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Alannah  United States The 41-gross register ton, 51.1-foot (15.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked off Cape Fox Island (54°45′50″N 130°51′00″W) in Dixon Entrance in Southeast Alaska.[53]

19 October

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Corona  Norway The cargo ship, which had been refloated two days earlier having sunk on 24 February 1943, sank in the Mediterranean Sea whilst under tow 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of Derna, Libya.[65]

21 October

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Oda  Norway The cargo ship capsized and sank at Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua whilst being loaded with a cargo of timber bound for Maracaibo, Venezuela.[3]
U-190  Royal Canadian Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean by Avro Anson, Fairey Firefly, Fairey Swordfish and Supermarine Seafire aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force and by HMCS Haida, HMCS New Liskeard and HMCS Nootka (all  Royal Canadian Navy).

31 October

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Dolly  Norway The cargo ship sank off Mariager whilst on a voyage from Mariager to Isefjord, Denmark.[3]

November

1 November

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Tilla  Norway The cargo ship sank off Fosnes whilst on a voyage from Randers to Fredrikstad, Norway.[3]

2 November

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Castillo Montjuich  Spain Broke moorings, collided with another ship and driven ashore at Gijón, France. Refloated in March 1948, repaired and returned to service.[66]

3 November

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Mona  Norway The sailing barge sank off Lille Marnet whilst on a voyage from Horsens to Slemmestad, Norway.[3]

6 November

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Aurora  United States The 19-gross ton, 43.1-foot (13.1 m) motor vessel sank in Lisianski Inlet (58°07′30″N 136°27′30″W) in Southeast Alaska.[53]

11 November

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Aqueity  United Kingdom Struck a mine and sank off Terschelling, the Netherlands.

20 November

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Roald Amundsen  Norway The Liberty ship ran aground at Skudeneshavn whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Narvik, Norway. Broke into three on 15 January 1948, with two sections sinking. The remaining section was scrapped in situ during the summer of 1948.[3][67]
U-234  United States Navy

The Type X submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States East Coast by the submarine USS Greenfish ( United States Navy).[68]

U-889  United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States by USS Flying Fish ( United States Navy).[69]

21 November

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Havøy I  Norway The cargo ship sank off Lillesund after striking flotsam whilst on a voyage from Oslo to Bergen, Norway.[3]
U-858  United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States East Coast by the submarine USS Sirago ( United States Navy).[70]

22 November

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
North Pass  United States The 32-gross register ton, 46.6-foot (14.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Southeast Alaska 1.1 nautical miles (2.0 km; 1.3 mi) north-northeast of Rocky Island Light and 0.5 nautical miles (0.93 km; 0.58 mi) from Point Couverden (58°11′25″N 135°03′10″W) on the southeastern tip of Couverden Island.[71]

24 November

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Clarksdale Victory  United States The Victory ship was wrecked at Hippa Reef Island, British Columbia, Canada with the loss of 49 of her 53 crew.[72]
Sunbird  United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank in the River Thames at Limehouse Reach, London with the loss of two of her six crew.[73]
Vaagar  Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Gothenburg, Sweden whilst on a voyage from Menstad, Norway to Hälsingborg, Sweden.[3]

28 November

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
U-530  United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

30 November

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Stenberg  Norway The cargo ship ran aground at Tromøya with the loss of three crew. She was on a voyage from Skjebergkilen to Kristiansand, Norway.[3]
Oval  Norway The converted Portuguese-class naval trawler sank off Trelleborg whilst on a voyage from Stettin, Poland to Bergen, Norway.[3]

December

1 December

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Castillo Coca  Spain The cargo ship ran aground at the mouth of the Ferrol and was wrecked with the loss of 46 of her 50 crew.[74]

9 December

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
USS Ponaganset  United States Navy The Suamico-class fleet replenishment oiler broke in two at Boston, Massachusetts. Not repaired, scrapped in 1949.[75]

12 December

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Jerry S  United States The 41-foot (12.5 m) troller departed Sitka, Territory of Alaska, bound for Red Bluff Bay (56.8631°N 134.7738°W / 56.8631; -134.7738 (Red Bluff Bay)) in Southeast Alaska.and disappeared with the loss of all three men on board. Wreckage from Jerry S was discovered near Peschani Point (57.5367°N 135.3231°W / 57.5367; -135.3231 (Peschani Point)) in Southeast Alaska on 16 March 1948.[76]

18 December

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Francis P. Duke  Newfoundland The schooner Francis P. Duke was lost at sea and the wreckage drifted ashore on the north side of Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. The schooner had been driven ashore by the southeast gale. All died including Captain William Miller, Ignatius Miller, Donavan Bryan, Arthur Stewart Keefe, Maxwell Payne, Augustus Pickett, Alfred Mullins.[77]
BO-302  Soviet Navy The BO-201-class submarine chaser was wrecked on this date.[78]

20 December

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Kallipoi  Greece The Liberty ship struck a mine, broke in three and sank off Rijeka, Yugoslavia.[67]

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Skoghaug  Norway The cargo ship sank off the Dutch coast with the loss of all 26 crew after hitting a mine. She was on a voyage from Rotterdam, Netherland to Oslo, Norway.[3]

26 December

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Kina  Denmark The cargo liner ran aground on Samandag Island, Philippines and was wrecked.[79]
Samuel Bakke  Norway The cargo ship ran aground whilst going to the aid of Kina ( Denmark). She was refloated and rescued five crew from Kina.[79]

31 December

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Spencer  United States The 61-gross register ton, 64.5-foot (19.7 m) motor cargo vessel sank at Kanatak (57°34′05″N 156°02′15″W), Territory of Alaska.[23]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Vinkt  Belgium collided with trawler Sonny Boy, which sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) west of Dungeness, England.[80]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
ShipCountryDescription
Alek  Norway The cargo ship sank off Farsund, Norway.[3]
Ark  United States The motor vessel blew ashore and broke up in Amalga Harbor (58°29′30″N 134°47′20″W) in Southeast Alaska sometime during or after 1947.[53]
B D Co. No. 7  United States The 67-ton, 60-foot (18.3 m) wooden scow was wrecked on the shore at Cape Suckling (59°59′30″N 145°53′00″W), Territory of Alaska, in the autumn of 1947.[81]
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.[82][83]

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See also

  • List Of shipwrecks
Ship events in 1947
Ship launches: 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Ship commissionings: 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Ship decommissionings: 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952
Shipwrecks: 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952

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