List of shipwrecks in 1997

The list of shipwrecks in 1997 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1997.

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1997
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May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January

1 January

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Debra D  United States With no one aboard, the 182-gross ton, 101.6-foot (31.0 m) fishing vessel caught fire while moored at Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The fire destroyed her bridge and accommodation spaces, and she was declared a constructive total loss. She later was completely rebuilt and placed back in service.[1]

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Pacific Alliance  United States The crab-fishing vessel sank in bad weather with the loss of four lives off Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.[2]

21 January

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Sandra W  United States The 49-foot (14.9 m) fishing vessel capsized and sank in the Gulf of Alaska approximately 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) east of Sitkalidak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago. The fishing vessel Green Hope ( United States) rescued her entire crew of three from a life raft.[3]

25 January

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1997
ShipCountryDescription
USS Tolman  United States Navy The decommissioned fast minelayer, formerly a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer, was sunk as a target.

30 January

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Rosie G  United States The 80-foot (24.4 m) crab-fishing vessel sank due to a leaking crab tank in the Bering Sea approximately 14 nautical miles (26 km; 16 mi) northwest of Unalaska on Unalaska Island in the Aleutian Islands. The fishing vessel Handler ( United States) rescued her entire crew of six from a life raft.[4]

February

18 February

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Magic Minnow  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) crab-fishing vessel was destroyed by an engine room explosion and fire in Gastineau Channel in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[5]

19 February

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Lisa Jo  United States The 82-foot (25.0 m) fishing vessel ran aground, capsized, and sank without loss of life in Akun Bay (54°15′N 165°30′W) on the coast of Akun Island in the Aleutian Islands after her operator – who was the only person on board – fell asleep at her wheel.[6]

27 February

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1997
ShipCountryDescription
USS Picking  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target .

28 February

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Jennie D  United States The 35-foot (10.7 m) herring-fishing vessel ran aground and sank at Cape Paramanof (58°18′20″N 153°03′30″W) on the coast of Afognak Island in Alaska′s Kodiak Archipelago after her engine failed. Her crew of two abandoned ship in a skiff and were rescued by the cutter USCGC Roanoke Island ( United States Coast Guard).[7]

March

1 March

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Novic  United States The 37-foot (11.3 m) longline cod-fishing vessel sank at English Bay, Alaska. Her crew of two survived.[8]

5 March

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Vikartindur  Germany The container ship was beached on the south coast of Iceland. Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped in situ.

23 March

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Coral  United States The 43-foot (13.1 m) longline fishing vessel ran aground and sank in Resurrection Bay on the south-central coast of Alaska. Her crew of two survived.[9]

26 March

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Cita  Antigua and Barbuda

The cargo ship ran aground at Newfoundland Point, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly. She subsequently sank. All seven crew were rescued.

28 March

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Kateri i Radës  Albania Tragedy of Otranto: The motorboat was in collision with Sibilia ( Marina Militare) in the Strait of Otranto. She capsized and sank with the loss of 83 lives

30 March

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1997
ShipCountryDescription
8 LTTE boats  Sri Lanka Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Sri Lankan Civil War: Action off Mullaitivu: One Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam explosive motorboat was shelled and blown up by SLNS Parakramabahu ( Sri Lanka Navy). Seven other LTTE explosive motorboats and/or assault boats were sunk by other Sri Lanka Navy warships 20 miles east of Mullaitivu.[10]

April

16 April

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Sea Mint  United States The 54-foot (16 m) salmon seiner sank in the Gulf of Alaska off Sitkalidak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago. No one was aboard her at the time.[3]

30 April

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1997
ShipCountryDescription
La Fidèle  French Navy The La Prudente-class netlayer exploded and sank in the English Channel off Cherbourg, Seine-Maritime with the loss of five of her sixteen crew.[11]

May

4 May

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1997
ShipCountryDescription
King Cruiser  Thailand The ferry ran aground on the Anemone Reef, Andaman Sea, 10 nautical miles (19 km) off the Phi Phi Islands. All on board, in excess of 560 people, were rescued.

9 May

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Beluga  United States The 17-foot (5.2 m) pleasure craft was stranded on boulders on the coast of Cheval Island (59°46′N 149°31′W) in Resurrection Bay on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska. The four people aboard abandoned her and were rescued by a United States Coast Guard helicopter.[12]

12 May

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1997
ShipCountryDescription
USS Richard S. Edwards  United States Navy The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk as a target in Pacific Ocean off Kauai, Hawaii.

16 May

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Trident  United States The 26-foot (7.9 m) salmon seiner sank in the Gulf of Alaska off Hinchinbrook Island, Alaska. The only person on board survived.[13]

29 May

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Columbia  United States The 75-foot (22.9 m) fish tender was destroyed by an engine room fire off the Barren Islands off the south-central coast of Alaska. The only person aboard survived.[9]

June

23 June

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Mark Christopher  United States The 49-foot (14.9 m) salmon seiner ran aground and sank in Southeast Alaska 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) west of Sitka, Alaska. Her entire crew of five survived.[5]

July

2 July

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Diamond Grace  Panama The supertanker ran aground in Tokyo Bay 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Yokohama.[14]

4 July

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Maurelle  United States The 36-foot (11.0 m) salmon troller suffered an explosion which ignited a fire that destroyed her off Southeast Alaska approximately 20 nautical miles (37 km; 23 mi) northwest of Cape Spencer. Her crew of three survived.[5]

20 July

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Miss Mari  United States The 28-foot (8.5 m) longline fishing vessel sank southwest of Elrington Island (60°00′N 148°03′W) in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska. The fishing vessel Coho II ( United States) rescued the only person on board.[5]
Pasqualle  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska west of Cape Fairweather (58°48′30″N 137°56′45″W) on the coast of Southeast Alaska after gear shifted and caused her to flood. The only person aboard survived.[2]

22 July

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1997
ShipCountryDescription
USS Stoddard  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 64 nautical miles (119 km) north-northwest of Kauai, Hawaii at 22°47′39.2″N 160°36′41″W by explosive charges planted by SEAL Team One.

26 July

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Quin Delta  United States The 90-foot (27.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Bristol Bay off the coast of Alaska. Her crew of three abandoned ship in a life raft and was rescued by other fishing vessels.[15]

August

2 August

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1997
ShipCountryDescription
USS Southerland  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a missile target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California at 34°57′N 122°08′W.

13 August

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Blue Fiord  United States The 38-foot (11.6 m) salmon seiner sank off Evans Island in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska due to flooding caused by the failure of a circulation pump. Her crew of four survived.[12]
Gail S  United States The 80-foot (24.4 m) tug capsized and sank with the loss of one life in Bristol Bay approximately 130 miles (210 km) north of Cold Bay, Alaska, while towing a 240-foot (73.2 m) barge. Four crew members survived. The barge remained tetered to the sunken Gail S and was salvaged.[16]

14 August

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Blue Ox  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) longline fishing vessel sank 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) southwest of Homer, Alaska. Her crew of three survived.[12]

24 August

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Cry Havoc  United States With no one on board, the 32-foot (9.8 m) salmon seiner was wrecked at Ugashik, Alaska.[9]
Myrtle D  United States The 33-foot (10.1 m) salmon troller was wrecked without loss of life at Elfin Cove, Alaska, after her operator fell asleep at her wheel.[5]

25 August

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1997
ShipCountryDescription
South Wind  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) salmon seiner was wrecked at Sand Point, Alaska. Her two crew members survived.[3]

September

8 September

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Fierté Gondávienne  Haiti The sailing vessel sank in the Windward Passage with the loss of up to 400 lives.[17]

10 September

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Ronny  United States With no one on board, the 46-foot (14.0 m) salmon seiner ran aground and sank in Stepovak Bay (55°40′N 159°50′W) on the Gulf of Alaska coast of the Alaska Peninsula in Alaska.[4]

22 September

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Troika  United States The 50-foot (15 m) crab-fishing vessel sank in the Bering Sea about 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi) southeast of Saint Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands. Three members of her four-man crew put on survival suits and survived, and they were rescued by the fishing vessel Gala Maureen ( United States); the fourth, her captain, was not wearing a survival suit and died of hypothermia.[13]

24 September

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Victoria Ann  United States After a hull plank gave way, the 42-foot (13 m) seiner ran aground and sank in Hidden Basin, Ugak Bay, Alaska.[18]

27 September

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Trina  United States The 42-foot (13 m) longline cod-fishing vessel capsized and sank in the Gulf of Alaska near Perl Island off the coast of Alaska. The only person aboard abandoned ship in a life raft and was rescued by the fishing vessel Deva ( United States).[13]

October

6 October

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Coastal Trader  United States The 168.5-foot (51.4 m) fish tender′s crew of seven abandoned her 70 nautical miles (130 km; 81 mi) off Cape Muzon on Dall Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska near Dixon Entrance after she caught fire during a voyage from Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea to Seattle, Washington. United States Coast Guard helicopters rescued her crew, and a salvage vessel towed her into port.[9]

11 October

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Sea Glider  United States The 32-foot (9.8 m) salmon seiner sank in the Gulf of Alaska near the Barren Islands in the Kodiak Archipelago. A United States Coast Guard helicopter rescued her entire crew of four from a life raft.[3]

13 October

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Anna T  United States The 27-foot (8.2 m) salmon seiner was burned and sank in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska. The only person aboard survived.[19]

26 October

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Loose Goose Too  United States The 26-foot (7.9 m) cabin cruiser disappeared in Kachemak Bay in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska with the loss of both people on board.[6]

27 October

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Sand Kite  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck one of the piers of the Thames Barrier and sank. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[20]

28 October

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Memories  United States After her operator fell asleep at her wheel, the 49-foot (14.9 m) shrimp pot fishing vessel ran aground and sank in Wrangell Narrows in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Her crew of two survived.[5]

November

12 November

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Elizabeth  United States The 47-foot (14.3 m) dive boat sank near Metlakatla, Alaska, after her cargo shifted. All four people on board survived.[21]

17 November

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Constitution  United States The ocean liner sank in the Pacific Ocean 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) north of Hawaii whilst under tow to the shipbreakers.

19 November

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Green Lily  Bahamas The cargo ship ran aground at Bressay, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom after her engine failed in a storm. All fifteen crew were rescued by the Lerwick lifeboat and a helicopter, although the winchman of the helicopter was killed after his winchline had to be cut.[22]

20 November

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1997
ShipCountryDescription
September Song  United States The 33-foot (10 m) longline cod-fishing vessel flooded and sank in the Gulf of Alaska off Southeast Alaska southwest of Baranof Island (58°57′N 152°15′W) after her scuppers became clogged with fish. Both crew members survived.[3]

December

14 December

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1997
ShipCountryDescription
HMAS Swan  Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned River-class destroyer escort was scuttled in the Indian Ocean approximately 1.3 nautical miles (2.4 km) from Point Picquet near Dunsborough, Western Australia, at 33°33′02″S 115°06′02″E to serve as a recreational dive site.
The Living Christ  Haiti The sailing ship sank off the Île de Gonâve, Haiti, with the loss of about 40 lives. There were 15 survivors reported.[23]

22 December

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Callisto  United States The 36-foot (11.0 m) salmon troller sank approximately 45 nautical miles (83 km; 52 mi) south of Sitka, Alaska. The only person aboard survived.[9]

30 December

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Happy Hooker II  United States The 28-foot (8.5 m) dive boat iced up, dragged her anchor, and sank in Alitak Bay 56°50′N 154°10′W on the coast of Alaska′s Kodiak Island. All three people aboard survived.[24]
Merchant Patriot  United Kingdom The ship sprang a leak in her engine room and was abandoned off the Bahamas. Declared a constructive total loss, she was towed to Freeport, Bahamas for scrapping.[25]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Catalina  United States

The passenger ferry foundered at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.[26]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1997
ShipCountryDescription
Anafi nationality unknown Carrying a cargo of coal, the ship caught fire in the Piraeus Roads, Greece and was abandoned.[27]
Brown Bear  United States The motor vessel, a former research ship, was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off San Diego, California, in late 1997 or in January 1998.[28]
Christiana  Norway The ketch foundered in the North Sea,[29] and sank at a depth of 500 metres (1,640 ft) off Mandal, Norway. Later raised and repaired.[30]
HMBS David Tucker  Royal Bahamas Defence Force The decommissioned Cape-class patrol vessel was sunk as an artificial reef in the Bahamas.

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Ship events in 1997
Ship launches: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Ship commissionings: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Ship decommissionings: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Shipwrecks: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
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