List of shipwrecks in 1975

The list of shipwrecks in 1975 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1975.

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1975
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date
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January

5 January

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Lake Illawarra  Australia The bulk carrier sank in the River Derwent in Tasmania, Australia, after a collision with the Tasman Bridge.

6 January

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Robert G. Seymour  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Angoon, Alaska.[1]

11 January

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
David Foss  United States While tending an oil platform in icy conditions, the tug sank near Cape Kasilof (60°22′N 151°22′W) in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska. Her crew of six survived.[2]

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Suzanne  United States The 275-gross register ton barge was wrecked at Cape Suckling (59°59′30″N 143°53′00″W) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[3]

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Danesh  Iran The tug collided with the motor vessel Arya Tab and the barge Gulf 107 and sank in Khor Musa Channel off Khorramshahr, Iran.

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Jakob Maersk  Denmark While entering the port of Leixões, Portugal, with the assistance of tugboats, the tanker ran aground on a sandbar, caught fire, and suffered a series of explosions that broke her apart. Seven of her 17 crew members died, and she burned for 58 hours.

25 January

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Lovat  United Kingdom The coaster sank in a west-northwest gale gusting to hurricane force 25 nautical miles (46 km) south of Penzance, England. All crew lost.[4]

February

11 February

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1975
ShipCountryDescription
K P No. 2  United States The 62-gross register ton, 65-foot (19.8 m) barge was lost off Vanik Island (56°28′N 132°36′W) in Southeast Alaska, 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi) west of Wrangell, Alaska.[5]

20 February

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Marten  United States The 188-gross register ton, 82.2-foot (25.1 m) crab-fishing vessel struck a rock pinnacle, capsized, and sank with the loss of three lives off Spruce Cape (57°49′15″N 152°20′00″W) on Kodiak Island, 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) north of the harbor at Kodiak, Alaska. Her only survivor was her captain, who clung to a cliff in a snowstorm overnight before he was rescued.[6]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Rogue  Canada Sank off Triple Island, British Columbia.[7]

March

14 March

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Rey Mar Houston  United States The 157-gross register ton motor vessel sank off Popof Island in the Shumagin Islands off the south coast of Alaska.[1]

17 March

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Red Eagle  Thailand The coastal trading vessel sank in Telok Ayer Basin, Singapore.

April

4 April

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Spartan Lady  Liberia The oil tanker broke apart in heavy seas in the North Atlantic Ocean south of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

6 April

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Santa Elia  Panama The bulk carrier ran aground off Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands. She was on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Hull, Humberside, United Kingdom. Later refloated, but laid up. Scrapped in 1976.[8]

15 April

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
USS Killen  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target off Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.

17 April

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Manzanita  United States The 78-gross register ton, 76.5-foot (23.3 m) motor vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Cordova, Alaska.[6]

19 April

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Ida K  United States The 18-gross register ton, 39.4-foot (12.0 m) fishing vessel sank in Stephens Passage near Juneau, Alaska.[9]

22 April

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Unidentified skiff  United States The skiff sank with the loss of two lives in Valdez Narrows (61.0678°N 146.6697°W / 61.0678; -146.6697 (Valdez Narrows)) on the south-central coast of Alaska after a 3-inch (76-mm) hole opened in her hull.[10]

27 April

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
USS Carbonero  United States Navy The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii by the submarine USS Pogy ( United States Navy).

30 April

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
RVNS Keo Ngua  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The Phu Du-class motor gunboat was scuttled at the conclusion of the war to prevent capture .[11]
Suntory  United States The motor vessel was destroyed by fire in Day Harbor on the coast of the Kenai Peninsul in Alaska.[3]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1975
ShipCountryDescription
George P. Garrison  United States Sunk as an artificial reef 30 nautical miles (56 km) east of Cape Henry.[12]

May

2 May

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1975
ShipCountryDescription
RVNS Lam Giang  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: End of War: The Hat Giang-class landing ship was scuttled to prevent capture.[13]

11 May

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1975
ShipCountryDescription
USS Bell  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

13 May

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Three unidentified patrol boats Khmer Rouge Vietnam War: Mayaguez Incident: U.S. aircraft sank the Patrol Craft Fast.[14]
Two unidentified motor torpedo boats Khmer Rouge Vietnam War: Mayaguez Incident: U.S. aircraft sank the Higgins-type patrol torpedo boats at Kampong Som, Cambodia.[14]

25 May

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Kevalaksa  United States While under tow by the tug Daphne ( United States) carrying logs, cement, and general cargo, the 3,384-gross register ton, 326-foot (99.4 m) barge capsized and sank off the south-central coast of Alaska near Kachemak Bay and Seldovia.[5]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: May 1975
ShipCountryDescription
RVNS Hau Giang  Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The Hat Giang-class Landing Craft Mechanized was scuttled to prevent capture at the conlusion of the war. She was raised, repaired, and put in Vietnam People's Navy service.[15]

June

13 June

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1975
ShipCountryDescription
USS Moore  United States Navy The decommissioned Edsall-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia.

16 June

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Cynthia Rea  United States The gillnet fishing vessel ran aground on Zarembo Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska 30 nautical miles (56 km; 35 mi) south of Petersburg, Alaska, and sank with the loss of three lives.[16]

21 June

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Forrester  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel sank with the loss of one life after colliding with the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry Malaspina ( United States) in Olga Strait (57°11′N 135°27′W) in Southeast Alaska.[17][10]
Nicholas C  Panama The bulk carrier sprang a leak and was abandoned 200 nautical miles (370 km) off Beira, Mozambique. Presumed subsequently foundered.[18]

July

14 July

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Dalmatia  United States The 12-gross register ton motor vessel sank 7 nautical miles (13 km; 8.1 mi) south of Naknek, Alaska.[2]

15 July

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Point Law  United Kingdom

The coastal tanker ran aground on the south west coast of Alderney, Channel Islands. Her crew were rescued by the St Peter Port Lifeboat, Alderney Fire Brigade, a cliff rescue team and a French helicopter.[19]

19 July

List of shipwrecks: 19 July 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Herma A  Trinidad and Tobago Foundered at Port of Spain, Trinidad, during a storm.

23 July

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Shelly Ann  United States The 34-foot (10 m) vessel sank without loss of life at Narrow Cape (57°25′30″N 152°20′00″W) on the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska.[3]

24 July

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Savoydean  Panama Caught fire in Calcutta[20]

August

10 August

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Citation  United States The motor vessel sank in Sitka Sound in Southeast Alaska.[16]
Mojo  United States The 26-foot (7.9 m) vessel sank in Ugak Bay (57°25′N 152°35′W) on the coast of Kodiak Island, Alaska, without loss of life. The fishing vessel Mariner ( United States) rescued her crew.[6]

15 August

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Pursuit  United States The 11-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Dry Pass (56°28′00″N 132°22′40″W) in Wrangell, Alaska.[21]

20 August

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1975
ShipCountryDescription
USS Mona Island  United States Navy The decommissioned Luzon-class internal combustion engine repair ship was sunk as an artificial reef off Wachapreague, Virginia, at 37°32′36″N 075°26′18″W.

21 August

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Unidentified fishing vessel  United States The fishing vessel capsized near Cordova, Alaska, killing her captain′s two daughters.[10]

September

1 September

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Commander  United States The motor vessel was wrecked at Chignik Lagoon, Alaska.[16]

16 September

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Unidentified fishing vessel  United States The fishing vessel capsized in Vallenar Bay (55.3856°N 131.8472°W / 55.3856; -131.8472 (Vallenar Bay)) in Southeast Alaska near Ketchikan, Alaska, killing one person.[10]

26 September

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Foss 209  United States While under tow by the vessel Leslie Foss ( United States) off the south-central coast of Alaska, the barge capsized. She was towed 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) out into the Gulf of Alaska near Cape Saint Elias and scuttled with explosive charges.[17]

October

4 October

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Hongkong Delegate  Liberia The vessel suffered extensive damage in a collision with the cruise ship Columbus ( Canada) off Monterey, California. She was sold for scrap.[22]

12 October

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Hustler  United States The 24-gross register ton, 43.2-foot (13.2 m) fishing vessel sank off Kodiak Island in Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago.[23]

November

10 November

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Edmund Fitzgerald  United States The lake freighter sank in Lake Superior near Whitefish Bay with the loss of all 29 aboard. The wreck was found in two pieces on the bottom the next year by a remotely operated underwater vehicle. The cause of the wreck is still unknown but suspected hatch failure or possible grounding are the two most likely.

December

3 December

List of shipwrecks: 3 december 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Sealee  United States The fishing vessel was lost during severe weather in Culross Passage between Culross Island and the northeastern end of the Kenai Peninsula near "Night Island" (probably a reference to Knight Island) at the western end of Prince William Sound off the south-central coast of Alaska.[3]
Sharkay  United States The fishing vessel was lost during severe weather in Culross Passage between Culross Island and the northeastern end of the Kenai Peninsula near "Night Island" (probably a reference to Knight Island) at the western end of Prince William Sound off the south-central coast of Alaska.[3]

7 December

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Western  United States The 89-foot (27.1 m) shrimper and her crew of three men disappeared in the Gulf of Alaska somewhere between Pelican and Kodiak, Alaska.[24][10]

13 December

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Hornet  United States The 48-gross register ton motor vessel sank in Clarence Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska near Lincoln Rock (56°03′25″N 132°41′50″W).[23]

18 December

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Imbros  Cyprus foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (31°40′N 77°47′W) with the loss of all 22 crew.[22]

20 December

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Unidentified fishing vessel  United States The fishing vessel capsized off Peratrovich Island (55.5788889°N 133.11°W / 55.5788889; -133.11 (Peratrovich Island)) in Southeast Alaska near Klawock, Alaska, killing one person.[10]

26 December

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
William Wheelwright  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground off Sinoe, Liberia. She was refloated on 29 December and towed to Lisbon, Portugal. Deemed beyond repair, she was subsequently scrapped in 1976.[25]

28 December

List of shipwrecks: 28 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Kim Hua Li  Panama The coastal tanker sank in the South China Sea.

30 December

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Berge Istra  Norway The supertanker exploded and sank south west of Mindanao Island, the Philippines. Two of the 32 crew survived and were rescued after 22 days adrift in a lifeboat.[26]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1975
ShipCountryDescription
Aviere  Marina Militare The decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer was sunk as a target.[27]
Antonio Maceo  Cuban Revolutionary Navy The decommissioned Tacoma-class frigate was sunk as a target.

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See also

Ship events in 1975
Ship launches: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Ship commissionings: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Ship decommissionings: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
Shipwrecks: 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980
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