List of shipwrecks in 1971

The list of shipwrecks in 1971 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1971.

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1971
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May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Kolno  Poland The cargo ship ran aground off Falsterbo, Sweden, withdrawn from service as a result and converted to a floating boilerhouse.
West Shore  Norway The supply vessel foundered in the North Sea one nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) off the oil rig Ocean Viking. All thirteen crew rescued.[1]

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Antilles  France The ocean liner ran aground off Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines and caught fire when her fuel tanks ruptured. All passengers and crew took to the lifeboats and were rescued by Queen Elizabeth 2 ( United Kingdom).

11 January

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Texaco Caribbean  Peru It was struck by the 12,000-tonne Paracas ( Panama) at 4:10 in thick fog. Paracas had ignored the shipping lanes so that it could take a quicker route down the channel. Texaco Caribbean exploded from the bunker oil fumes in its hold.[2] It split in two, the bow section sinking immediately, the stern section drifting for several hours before sinking too, resulting in 600 tonnes of bunker fuel being spilled.[3] The incident occurred in the English Channel 13 km (8.1 mi) off Folkestone with the loss of at least eight lives. The explosion was so great that property was damaged in Folkestone.[4][5] 20 survivors were rescued by Bravagos ( Norway) and the fishing vessel Viking Warrior ( United Kingdom). The survivors were taken to Dover. Paracas was towed to Hamburg.[6]

12 January

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Brandenburg  West Germany Despite the British coastal authorities placing three vertical green lights on site to warn other ships of the presence of the wreck, the 2,695-ton Brandenburg struck the wreck of Texaco Caribbean ( Peru) at 07:30 and sank within minutes with the loss of 21 lives. Lifeboats did not have time to respond and only 11 survivors were picked out from the water by fishermen.[4][5][2][3]

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Pasteur  Panama Sank at 00°56′N 107°53′E when on a voyage from Sibu, Sarawak to Singapore. Was well off the normal route at the time.

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Arctic Sea  United States The crab-fishing vessel was reported aground on Fairmount Island (60.8722°N 147.4353°W / 60.8722; -147.4353 (Fairmount Island)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[7]

27 January

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Norland  United States The fishing vessel ran aground and broke up on Barlow Island (58°23′30″N 134°54′00″W) in Southeast Alaska approximately 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi) northwest of Juneau, Alaska. Her entire crew of three survived and was rescued by the buoy tender USCGC Clover ( United States Coast Guard).[8]

28 January

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Hoveringham II  United Kingdom The dredger sprang a leak, capsized and sank off Puffin Island, Anglesey. Her four crew were rescued by the Holyhead Lifeboat.[9]

31 January

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Princess Margarethe  Denmark The ferry ran aground off the Kullen Lighthouse, Sweden. All on board rescued by Kärmen ( Denmark).[10]

February

3 February

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Decora  United States The fishing vessel sank after striking Colorado Reef (56°38′20″N 132°56′10″W) in Wrangell Narrows in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. The cutter USCGC Cape Henlopen ( United States Coast Guard) rescued her entire crew of five.[11]

6 February

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Byzantium  Cyprus The ship caught fire at Gibraltar, with its bridge deck and accommodation gutted. Repairs were deemed uneconomic and the ship was scrapped later in the year.

10 February

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Aguedal  Italy The cargo ship ran aground 15 nautical miles (28 km) off the coast of Libya.[12]

22 February

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Endeavour II (barque)  New Zealand The three-masted auxiliary barque was driven ashore in Parengarenga Harbour, a few miles south of North Cape. She was en route to New Zealand from Australia, and after being becalmed encountered a gale on rounding North Cape and failed to make Houhora Harbour. The crew of 13 men and one woman landed safely, there were no fatalities. She was the first square-rigged sailing vessel wrecked on the New Zealand coast for more than 50 years. Endeavour II had taken part in the 1970 bi-centenary re-enactment of James Cook's landing at Botany Bay, Sydney on 29 April 1970.[13]
Ocean Castle  United States The fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near the Barren Islands (58°57′N 152°15′W) off the south-central coast of Alaska after colliding with the tanker Hawaiian Standard (flag unknown). Hawaiian Standard rescued her crew of four.[14]

26 February

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Wafra  Liberia The tanker ran aground at Cape Agulhas, Libya.[15]

27 February

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Niki  Greece A light ship and five light buoys were added above the site of the wreck of Texaco Caribbean ( Peru) by Trinity House. However, the ship Niki, sailing out of Dunkirk, ignored these and additional warnings of the nearby tanker Hebris. As observed by Hebris, Niki hit the submerged wreck(s) at approximately 8.16 pm and sank with the loss of all 21 crew and 1 passenger (the chief engineer's wife) before Hebris could perform a rescue of the men that had been observed in the water. Ten bodies were subsequently recovered.[16][2][4]
Esso Antwerp  Belgium The ship collided with Panachaikon ( Liberia) and sank in the River Scheldt. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[17]

28 February

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Maureen Greer  United States The crab-fishing vessel sank at the entrance to Uganik Bay (57°50′N 153°32′W) on the coast of Kodiak Island in Alaska. Her crew of three survived.[18]

March

1 March

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
USS Reuben James  United States Navy The decommissioned Buckley-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

2 March

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Trinity Navigator  Sweden The tanker ran aground off Berry Head, Devon, United Kingdom.[19]

3 March

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Henna  Panama The bulk carrier sprang a leak and foundered in the Indian Ocean (34°57′S 72°08′E). Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Bunbury, Western Australia to Savannah, Georgia, United States.[20]

4 March

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
USS Gregory  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was deliberately run aground on San Clemente Island off Southern California for use as a target.

12 March

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Wafra  Liberia The tanker was towed out to sea and sunk by bombing from South African Air Force aircraft.[21]

29 March

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Texaco Oklahoma  United States The tanker broke in two and foundered off North Carolina with the loss of 33 of her 44 crew.[22][23]

30 March

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Panther  Liberia The tanker ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom.[24] She was refloated on 4 April.[6]

31 March

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Christos  Liberia The cargo ship ran aground on Kandeliusa Island, Kos, Greece. She was refloated on 1 April but developed leaks and sank later the same day.

April

1 April

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Christos  Liberia Aground on Kandeliusa Island, Kos, Greece, since 31 March, the cargo ship was refloated but developed leaks and sank at 36°32′N 26°57′E.

12 April

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Adak  United States The motor vessel sank near Eliza Harbor (57°09′N 134°17′W) on the coast of Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[7]

15 April

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1956
ShipCountryDescription
Lynda K  United States The fishing vessel was lost in the Gulf of Alaska somewhere between Homer and Seward, Alaska.[25]

20 April

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Cohansey  Panama The T2 tanker collided with Marimunda ( Sweden) off Pladju, Indonesia. Arrested and laid up at Singapore, she was scrapped in 1973.[26]

21 April

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Stork  Royal Navy The Troubles: The survey launch, attached to the survey ship HMS Hecate ( Royal Navy), was towed out to sea, bombed, and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Baltimore, Ireland, by a Provisional Irish Republican Army unit.[27]

26 April

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ostrich Provisional Government of Bangladesh Mukti Bahini Bangladesh Liberation War: The ship was sunk by Pakistan Air Force F-86 Sabre aircraft.[28]

27 April

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Kiejak  United States The fishing vessel flooded, ran aground, and was lost in Dry Bay (59°08′N 138°25′W) on the south-central coast of Alaska. Her crew of four survived.[29]

30 April

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Pacific  United States Carrying a cargo of heavy construction equipment, the motor vessel sank in Portage Bay on the coast of Alaska. Reports of the sinking do not indicate in which of several Alaskan bodies of water named "Portage Bay" the sinking took place.[14]

May

2 May

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Tongass  United States The fishing vessel ran aground and sank at the south end of Baranof Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Another fishing vessel rescued all six members of her crew.[30]

15 May

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Herulv  Norway The tanker was involved in a collision off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom and was holed.[31]

17 May

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ellinis  Greece The ocean liner ran aground off Calshot, Hampshire, United Kingdom. She was refloated undamaged after two hours.[31]

20 May

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Marjorie H  United States The 40-gross register ton, 50-foot (15.2 m) halibut-fishing vessel struck a snag and sank off the Kenai Peninsula on the south-central coast of Alaska, 80 nautical miles (150 km; 92 mi) west of Resurrection Bay. Her crew of five abandoned ship in a life raft and were rescued by another fishing vessel on 22 May.[18]

31 May

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Gyro Jumbo  United States The fishing vessel sank during a storm with the loss of one life in the Copper River Delta on the south-central coast of Alaska.[32]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: unknown
ShipCountryDescription
Viking L&R  Cayman Islands The converted yacht foundered in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
PB 7  Republic of Korea Navy The PB 3-class patrol craft was wrecked sometime in May.[33]

June

1 June

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1971
ShipCountryDescription
USS Bugara  United States Navy The Balao-class submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Flattery, Washington whilst under tow.

2 June

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Agulleit  United States The 23-ton, 54-foot (16.5 m) motor vessel was destroyed by ice at Emmonak, Alaska.[7]

28 June

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Husky II  United States The pilot boat was destroyed by fire approximately 1,000 yards (910 m) off Bethel, Alaska.[34]

July

1 July

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Clyde Venture  United Kingdom The coastal tanker sank in the Rothesay Dock, Clydebank due to the actions of vandals.[35]
HMS Artemis  Royal Navy The Amphion-class submarine foundered at her moorings at Gosport, Hampshire. Subsequently raised and sold for scrap.

3 July

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Harlequin  United States The motor vessel sank at Seward, Alaska.[34]

4 July

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Naniward Abone  Indonesia The cargo ship collided with Ocean Prime ( Liberia) and sank off Waikayama, Japan.[36]
Rakusui Maru  Japan The coaster collided with another ship and sank off Waikayama with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[36]
Koyo Maru  Japan The coaster collided with another ship and sank off Japan.[36]

5 July

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ocean Glory  Liberia The cargo ship sprang a leak and foundered in the Bay of Bengal. All crew rescued by Chilka ( United Kingdom).[36]

13 July

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Iron Mule  United States The fishing vessel sank in bad weather in Cook Inlet near Kalgin Island on the south-central coast of Alaska. Two skiffs from a United States Air Force helicopter squadron from Elmendorf Air Force Base rescued all eight people and a spaniel who had been aboard Iron Mule.[37]

17 July

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Selamat  Singapore The vessel ran aground at Kalampunian Island, Borneo. The ship was abandoned as a total loss.

August

5 August

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Mania  Liberia Caught fire off Bari, Italy and abandoned. Beached at Split, Yugoslavia on 8 August. Scrapped in November 1971.[38]

7 August

List of shipwrecks: 7 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Stag  United States The crab-fishing vessel sank in bad weather off Land's End (59°37′N 151°27′W) on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. A pleasure craft rescued her entire crew of three.[39]

16 August

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Al-Abbas  Pakistan Bangladesh Liberation War: The cargo ship was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines at Chittagong.[28]
Hormux  Pakistan Bangladesh Liberation War: The cargo ship was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines at Chittagong.[28]
No. 6  Pakistan Bangladesh Liberation War: The barge was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with Limpet Mines at Chittagong.[28]

17 August

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Red Sea  Hong Kong Typhoon Rose: The cargo ship was driven ashore at Lanatu Island, Hong Kong. Refloated but scrapped the following month.[40]
USS Regulus  United States Navy

Typhoon Rose: The Denebola-class stores ship was driven ashore at Kau-i-chau, Hong Kong. Subsequently declared a constructive total loss.

19 August

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Billy  Liberia Typhoon Rose: The cargo ship was driven aground at Hong Kong. Declared a constructive total loss and sold for scrap.[38]
HAM 308[41]  Netherlands The dredger collided with Polycastle ( Norway) and sank in Jade Bight off Wilhelmshaven, West Germany with the loss of five crew and two other persons.[42][43]

30 August

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Bertha Denz  West Germany The trawler was in collision with Achatina ( United Kingdom) and sank 25 nautical miles (46 km) west of Heligoland. Two crew rescued by Achatina.[44]

September

3 September

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Viking King  United States The 87-foot (27 m) crab fishing vessel sank with the loss of two lives when she was swamped off Akun Island near Unalaska, Alaska. Her two survivors reached shore by clinging to an overturned life raft.[45]

4 September

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ricardo Manuel  Panama Cut in two by Zagora ( Morocco) and sunk at entrance to Casablanca harbour.

5 September

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Eleni  Greece The cargo ship collided with Princess Ragnhild ( Norway). Declared uneconomic to repair, scrapped in April 1972 at Santander, Spain.

18 September

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Chubby  United States The fishing vessel was found adrift near Eldred Rock in Lynn Canal in Southeast Alaska. The only person who had been aboard disappeared without trace.[46]

21 September

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Precious Pearl  Hong Kong The ship caught fire and sank in the South China Sea.[47][48]

22 September

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Shapta Dinga  Pakistan Bangladesh Liberation War: The cargo ship was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines at Chalna.[49]

24 September

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Teviotbank  United Kingdom The Bank Line cargo ship was damaged by East Bengal guerrillas at Chalna, East Pakistan.[50]

25 September

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Clara J  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire in Hoodoo Bay (60°03′30″N 148°00′30″W) in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska.[46]

29 September

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Apollo  Cyprus Stranded four nautical miles (7.4 km) off Skije.[51]

October

14 October

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1971
ShipCountryDescription
London Valour  United Kingdom The bulk carrier had run aground and broken her back at Genoa in April 1970, but Smit Tak International had refloated the after portion on 12 October 1971 and was towing it to be scuttled on the Balearic Abyssal Plain. About 90 miles (78 nmi; 140 km) out from Genoa the hulk sank in the early hours of 14 October.[52]

15 October

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ben Jon  United States The 25-ton motor vessel sank in Kamishak Bay on the south-central coast of Alaska.[53]

16 October

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Softuk  United States The motor vessel was found abandoned in Orca Inlet in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska. One person aboard her was lost.[39]

22 October

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Loch Seaforth  United Kingdom The mailboat ran aground off Skye. All 26 passengers rescued, ship later refloated.[54]

30 October

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Nam Sanh  South Vietnam The coaster was stranded at Chu Lai, South Vietnam, during a typhoon.

November

4 November

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Mahtab Javed II  Pakistan Bangladesh Liberation War: The tanker was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines near Chittagong. Later raised.[55][56]

5 November

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Lynda  United States The fishing vessel was wrecked near Cape Mordvinof (54°56′45″N 164°26′00″W) on the northwest coast of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands.[25]

8 November

List of shipwrecks: 8 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Saratoga  United States The fishing vessel was wrecked on rocks near the mouth of Little Tonki Bay (56°20′N 152°04′W) on Afognak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska. All seven men on board reached a rock, where a United States Coast Guard helicopter rescued them.[39]

9 November

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Heythrop  United Kingdom The OBO carrier exploded and caught fire 150 nautical miles (280 km) East London, South Africa. All on board were rescued by Showa Venture ( Liberia). The captain and five officers later reboarded the ship, which was towed by the tugs Arctic and Statesman to Port Elizabeth.[57] The ship was repaired and returned to service.[58]
Maori  France The cargo ship sank 250 nautical miles (460 km) off the coast of Spain. There was only one survivor of her 39 crew.[57]

14 November

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
USS Samuel B. Roberts  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean 195 nautical miles (361 km) north of Puerto Rico at 21°42.8′N 65°55.1′W.

17 November

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Elcano  Spain The tanker sank off the Cape Verde Islands following an onboard explosion with the loss of four of her 35 crew.[59]
Louise II  United States The seiner ran aground on rocks and broke up in bad weather on Clam Island (55°58′48″N 133°15′30″W) in Southeast Alaska between Craig and Klawock, Alaska. Her crew of three survived.[25]

22 November

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Astron  United States After suffering an explosion, the 107-gross register ton, 74.8-foot (22.8 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Bering Sea six nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) north of Akutan Island in the Aleutian Islands. Her crew of four abandoned ship in a seven-foot (2.1 m) rubber life raft and was rescued on 25 November by the fishing trawler Chidori Maru No 51 ( Japan) near North Head (54.2333333°N 165.9333333°W / 54.2333333; -165.9333333 (North Head)) on the coast of Akutan Island.[7]
Chrysovalandou  Greece Bangladesh Liberation War: The cargo ship was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines in the Pussur River.[49]

23 November

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Mastro Stelius  Greece Bangladesh Liberation War: The cargo ship was sunk by Mukti Bahini frogmen with limpet mines in the Pussur River.[49]

30 November

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Juliana  Liberia The tanker ran aground off Niigata, Japan and broke in two.[60]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date November 1971
ShipCountryDescription
USS Roberts  United States Navy The decommissioned Cannon-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

December

3 December

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Seven Seas  United States The fishing vessel disappeared near Kodiak Island off the south-central coast Alaska during a voyage to Wide Bay (57°22′N 156°11′W) with the loss of all four people on board.[39]

4 December

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
PNS Comilla  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Rajshahi-class patrol craft was sunk by Indian Hawker Sea Fury aircraft in the Bay of Bengal off Chittagong.[61][62]
PNS Ghazi  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Ghazi-class submarine was sunk in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam, India, by Indian surface ships, or loss by accidental explosion while laying mines, with the loss of her entire crew of 92.[63][64]
PNS Khaibar  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The Badr-class destroyer was sunk in the Arabian Sea south of Karachi, Pakistan, by two SS-N-2 Styx missiles fired by the missile boat INS Nirghat ( Indian Navy). 289 crewmen killed.[63][65]
PNS Muhafiz  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The Mahmood-class minesweeper was sunk in the Arabian Sea south of Karachi, Pakistan, by two SS-N-2 Styx missiles fired by the missile boat INS Veer ( Indian Navy).[63][66]
Venus Challenger  Liberia Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The cargo ship was sunk in the Arabian Sea 26 nautical miles (48 km; 30 mi) south of Karachi, Pakistan, by an SS-N-2 Styx missile fired by the missile boat INS Nipat ( Indian Navy).[63]

5 December

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
PNS Salamat  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The patrol craft was sunk by Breguet Alize aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy) in the Bay of Bengal.[61]
PNS Shahbaz  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The patrol craft was sunk by Breguet Alize aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy) in the Bay of Bengal.[61]

6 December

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Lightning  Ethiopia Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian Air Force aircraft at Chulna.[67][68]
Ondarroa  Spain Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian Air Force aircraft at Chulna.[69][70][71]
Thetic Charley  Greece Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy).[67][72]

8 December

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Four unknown patrol craft  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: Four unknown patrol craft were shelled and sunk in the Bay of Bengal by INS Brahmaputra ( Indian Navy).[73]

9 December

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
PNS Balaghat  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The patrol craft was sunk by Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy).[67]
Gulf Star  Panama Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Python: The cargo ship was sunk by one SS-N-2 Styx missile fired by the missile boat INS Vinash ( Indian Navy) at Karachi, Pakistan.[74][63]
Harmattan  United Kingdom Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 - Operation Python: The cargo ship was sunk by one SS-N-2 Styx missile fired by the missile boat INS Vinash ( Indian Navy) at Karachi, Pakistan. Seven crew were killed.[74][63]
INS Khukri  Indian Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Khukri-class frigate was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) southwest of Diu by PNS Hangor ( Pakistan Navy) with the loss of 194 of her crew.
Mustali  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft in Chalna, East Pakistan.[75]
Makran  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft in Chalna, East Pakistan.[76]
Two unidentified landing craft tank  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The two landing craft tanks were sunk by Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy).[67][28]
Zoe  Greece Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Python: The tanker was shelled and set on fire at Karachi, Pakistan.[74]

10 December

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Ocean Enterprise  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian aircraft at Chalna-Mongla East Pakistan.[72]
Nordpol/North Pole Unknown Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk by Indian aircraft at Chalna-Mongla East Pakistan.[72]
Padma Provisional Government of Bangladesh Mukti Bahini Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Ford-class ASW ship was sunk at Kulna on the Pussur River by Indian Air Force Folland Gnat aircraft. 14 survivors of Padma and Palash were rescued by INS Panvel ( Indian Navy).[28][77]
Palash Provisional Government of Bangladesh Mukti Bahini Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Ford-class ASW ship was sunk at Kulna on the Pussur River by Indian Air Force Folland Gnat aircraft. 14 survivors of Padma and Palash were rescued by INS Panvel ( Indian Navy).[28][77]

12 December

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Al-Abbas  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk at Chittagong by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft.[49]
Anisbaksh  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was sunk at Chittagong by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft.[78][79]
Avlos  Brazil Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The tanker was sunk at Chittagong by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft. Raised and scrapped April, 1972.[80][81]

13 December

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Surma  Pakistan Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The cargo ship was bombed, capsized and sank at Chittagong by Indian Navy Hawker Sea Hawk aircraft.[82][79][83]

14 December

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Katata Maru  Japan The 310-foot (94.5 m) fish processing vessel – which had caught fire 200 nautical miles (370 km; 230 mi) west of Adak Island in the Aleutian Islands, been abandoned by her crew (which the United States Coast Guard rescued), and then been towed to Adak, where she was pumped full of water to extinguish the fire – was towed out of the harbor at Adak by a United States Navy tug to a point 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) away in the Bering Sea, where she capsized and sank in deep water.[29]

16 December

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Saint Mark  United States The 139-gross register ton, 79.6-foot (24.3 m) crab-fishing vessel disappeared in the Gulf of Alaska during a voyage from Kodiak to Seward, Alaska, with the loss of all four people on board. She was last seen off Port William on Shuyak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago, apparently trying to escape rough seas.[39]

19 December

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Tralee Trader  Panama The coaster foundered 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Land's End, United Kingdom. All crew rescued by the trawler Petronella ( Netherlands).[84]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown December 1971
ShipCountryDescription
PNS Jessore  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Rajshahi-class patrol craft was damaged on 4 or 11 December by Breguet Alize aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy) in the Bay of Bengal and beached. Refloated after the War, repaired and put in Bangladeshi Navy service.[61][85]
PNS Sylhet  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Rajshahi-class patrol craft was sunk on 4 or 6 December by aircraft from INS Vikrant ( Indian Navy) in the Bay of Bengal.[61][86]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1971
ShipCountryDescription
Altair  Marina Militare The frigate was sunk as a target.[87]
Katmai  United States The crab-fishing vessel sank in deep water off the Alaska Peninsula. Her crew of four survived.[29]
Hela  United States The 32-gross register ton 52.1-foot (15.9 m) motor vessel sank in the Lower Yukon River in central Alaska.[34]
Menlo  United States The 23-gross register ton, 47.4-foot (14.4 m) fishing vessel sank with the loss of three lives after striking an unidentified submerged object in the waters of Alaska. Some reports claim that the incident occurred on 24 April near Portland Bank off the south end of the Kenai Peninsula at 58°25′N 150°15′W, others that it happened on 24 April near Seldovia, and still others that it took place sometime in June in Southeast Alaska 45 nautical miles (83 km; 52 mi) southeast of Juneau.[18]
Nissei Maru  Japan The 90-ton fishing vessel capsized and sank in the Bering Sea north of Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands with the loss of ten lives. Other fishing vessels rescued her eight survivors.[8]

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See also

Ship events in 1971
Ship launches: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Ship commissionings: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Ship decommissionings: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Shipwrecks: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976


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