List of shipwrecks in 1979
|Ocean Cape||The 80-foot (24.4 m) crab-fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi) from Cape Fairweather (58°48′30″N 137°56′45″W) on the south-central coast of Alaska. The tug Stalwart (|
|Glacier Queen||The floating hotel′s wreck – refloated after sinking at anchor in November 1978 in Seldovia Bay (59.4274°N 151.7249°W) in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska – was scuttled in 12,000 feet (3,700 m) of water in the Gulf of Alaska 100 nautical miles (190 km; 120 mi) west of Cape Saint Elias on the southwestern tip of Alaska′s Kayak Island after being towed out to sea by the salvage tug Salvage Chief (|
|Edna B||The crab-fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Gulf of Alaska 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi) south of Seward, Alaska. Her crew of four reached a cabin on the south-central coast of Alaska on the shore of Driftwood Bay (59°56′N 149°13′W), where one of them died. The cutter USCGC Cape Jellison (|
|François Vieljeux||The container ship foundered in rough seas 45 nautical miles (83 km) south west of Cape Finisterre with the loss of 23 lives.|
|Home||The 33-foot (10.1 m) sailboat was wrecked on the southern tip of Long Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska southwest of [[Ketchikan, Alaska}Ketchikan]], Alaska. The family of four on board survived on shore in the wilderness for over a month, suffering severe frostbite and hypothermia, before being rescued.|
|Revi||She foundered 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) (53°39′N 0°23′E) off the Humber Lightship (|
|Alaska Roughneck||The 198-gross register ton, 113.5-foot (34.6 m) or 130-foot (39.6 m) landing craft ran aground and sank near King Cove, Alaska, with the loss of two lives. The fishing vessel Seven Seas (|
|Sirius||The 72-foot (21.9 m) crab-fishing vessel ran aground on Douglas Reef (58°45′45″N 153°16′00″W) north of Kodiak, Alaska, and was pounded to pieces by the surf. The crab-fishing vessel Polar Star (|
|Kurdistan||The tanker struck ice in the Cabot Strait which fractured her hull. She subsequently broke in two during a gale. Her crew were rescued by CCGS Sir William Alexander (|
|Pacific Pride||The 80-foot (24.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Harvester Island (57°39′N 154°00′W) in Uyak Bay on the coast of Kodiak Island. The fishing vessel Cougar (|
|USCGC Cuyahoga||The wreck of the cutter – sunk in a collsion on 20 October 1978 and later refloated – was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) off the Virginia Capes to form an artificial reef.|
|Charlotte B||The 80-foot (24.4 m) crab-fishing vessel sank in 27 feet (8.2 m) of water while docked in the small boat harbor at Kodiak, Alaska, pulling some of the dock under with her. She was refloated and scuttled at sea on 13 June.|
|Restless C||The 52-foot (15.8 m) fishing vessel capsized and sank in Hallo Bay on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula in Alaska, perhaps after colliding with another vessel. Two of her four crewmen were lost; the other two were rescued by the vessel Awtam (|
|Spirit||The 50-foot (15.2 m) fishing vessel capsized and sank without loss of life in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) north of the Barren Islands (58°57′N 152°15′W) off the south-central coast of Alaska.|
|Brown Bear||The 86-foot (26.2 m) fish tender burned and sank in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south of Glacier Island (60°53′N 147°11′W). The vessels Glacier Queen and Lulubell (both |
|Hokuto Maru No. 5||The fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea southwest of Saint Paul Island with the loss of six lives after colldiing with the fish processing vessel Tsuda Maru (|
|Atlantic Empress||Collided with Aegean Captain (|
|USS Tiru||The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at 36°N 73°W by the submarine USS Silversides (|
|Yakutat||The barge dragged her anchor in the Kaliakh River, was swamped, and sank north of the river and west of Cape Yakataga, Alaska. Two men on board were swept overboard and died; a 15-year-old girl survived by clinging to wreckage in the water all night and swimming to shore in the morning.|
|Transilvania||The passenger ship, built at the shipyard Burmeister & Wein in 1938, capsized on 23 September 1979 at Galatz, where it was due to be restored at a local shipyard. It was partially scrapped with the rest of the wreck removed in 2009.|
|USS Ozark||The decommissioned mine countermeasures support ship, serving as a target ship, was driven aground near Perdido Key, Florida, in Hurricane Frederic. She was salvaged and returned to service as a target ship.|
|Ryoto Maru No. 2||During a storm, the factory trawler was wrecked without loss of life in Village Cove (57.12531°N 170.28517°W) near Tolstoi Point (57°07′40″N 170°16′40″W) on Saint Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands. A United States Navy explosive ordnance disposal detachment and United States Coast Guard personnel later demolished the wreck with explosives and thermite grenades as part of a post-wreck clean-up.|
|El Lobo del Mar||The motor vessel sank off Juneau, Alaska.|
|Pelican||The barge ran aground in Chichagof Bay (55°01′30″N 131°58′50″W) on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. She later broke up during a storm.|
|Daylight||The 37-foot (11.3 m) troller was blown onto rocks, capsized, and sank in a gale in Seven Fathom Bay (56°47′30″N 135°18′45″W) in Southeast Alaska 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi) south of Sitka, Alaska. A United States Coast Guard helicopter rescued the two men aboard.|
|Salinta||The badly damaged 33-foot (10.1 m) gillnet fishing vessel was found washed ashore at Tree Point (54°48′15″N 130°55′45″W) in Southeast Alaska. She had departed Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, on 2 December for a day trip to Portland Inlet on the coast of British Columbia, but had not returned. All three adults (a man and two women) and seven children (three boys and four girls) on board were lost.|
|Norrona||The herring packing vessel heeled over and sank in a few minutes after her stern became submerged in heavy seas 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) off North Cape (56°35′45″N 135°08′15″W) near Whale Bay (56.6192°N 135.0000°W) on the southwest coast of Baranof Island in the northern Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. The fishing vessel Lazaria (|
|Malmi||The cargo ship capsized and sank in the Baltic Sea 40 nautical miles (46 miles; 74 km) northeast of Gotska Sandön after her cargo shifted in heavy weather.|
|Captain Said||Ran aground off Şile, Turkey. Refloated in August 1980, repaired and returned to service.|
|Caroline of Leigh||The Moody 36 yacht sank three miles (4.8 km) off Lulworth, Dorset while heading for Bordeaux, France with the loss of four lives.|
|Arctic Wind||The 117-foot (35.7 m) fishing vessel sank in Kalekta Bay (53.9780°N 166.3292°W) on coast of Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands. She was salvaged in June 1980, repaired, and returned to service.|
|Rough Draft||The fishing vessel was wrecked in Southeast Alaska in the vicinity of Inian Island (58°15′N 136°19′W) near Elfin Cove, Alaska. Both members of her crew perished.|
|Lee Wang Zin||After departing Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada, with a cargo of 54,000 tons of iron pellets and a Taiwanese crew of 30 aboard, the 741-foot (225.9 m) bulk carrier capsized with the loss of all hands in a storm in Dixon Entrance on the Canada-United States border between British Columbia and Alaska, possibly after running aground on Celestial Reef. Her overturned hull drifted 25 nautical miles (46 km; 29 mi) and ran aground in Kendrick Bay (54.8741667°N 132.01°W) on Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska on 27 December. The United States Coast Guard later attempted to tow her out to sea and scuttle her in deep water, but the towline broke 9 miles (14 km) south of Forrester Island and she sank in 1,000 feet (300 m) of water.|
|Leschi||The fish processing vessel – a retired Washington sternwheel steam paddle ferry – sank in shallow water in Shotgun Cove (60°48′05″N 148°32′30″W) in Prince William Sound near Whittier, Alaska. Her wreck became a popular recreational dive site.|
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