List of shipwrecks in 1909

List of shipwrecks in 1909 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1909.

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JanuaryEdit

2 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Tam O'Shanter   United States The tugboat struck a sunken obstruction in Tonawanda Creek and was beached at Tonawanda, New York.[1][2]

5 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Anglo-African   United Kingdom The 4,186 GRT steamer on a passage from Tocopilla, Chile for Baltimore, Maryland with a cargo of 7,000 tons of nitrates ran aground around 21:30 in thick weather five miles (8.0 km) south of Cape Henry. Attempts were made to move the vessel, and salvage tugs were employed but unsuccessfully. On 8 January the ship developed a heavy list to port and was abandoned.[3]
Chicago   United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Arkansas River near Waddells Landing, Arkansas, a total loss.[4]
Standard   United States The launch struck a submerged object in the Mississippi River and was beached to prevent her from sinking.[5]

6 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Eugenia A. Eley   United States The 5-gross register ton sloop capsized in the Chesapeake Bay with the loss of two lives. There were two survivors.[6]

8 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1909
Ship Country Description
J. A. Towns   United States The 82-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was lost when she struck a snag in the Yazoo River in Mississippi. Two of the 20 people on board lost their lives.[7]

11 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1909
Ship Country Description
B. Hersey   United States The steamer, laid up for the winter, sank at Dubuque, Iowa. Later raised, repaired and returned to service before April.[8]
Glendale   United Kingdom The 1,000 GRT steamer on a passage from Bo'ness, Scotland for Hamburg, Germany with a cargo of 1,200 tons of coal ran aground shortly after 03:00 in thick weather 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Helgoland. Attempts were made to move the vessel, but rising water forced the crew to abandon the ship by about noon. The master visited the ship two days later and found her completely wrecked.[9]
Wangard   Germany The 4,222 GRT steamer on a passage from Tacoma, Washington to Europe with cargo of cereals ran aground at Punta Mogotes and was subsequently abandoned.[10][11]

12 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Adeline Townsend   United States The 231-gross register ton schooner was lost in a collision with the screw steamer Mohican (  United States) off Cape Henlopen, Delaware, with the loss of all six people on board.[6]
Sibyl Marston   United States
 
The wreck of Sibyl Marston in 2010.
The 1,086-gross register ton wooden screw steam schooner was wrecked during a storm near Surf, California, with the loss of two crewmen. There were 21 survivors.[12]
Virginia F. Hawley   United States The steamer sheared into the bank of the Dismal Swamp Canal and was holed and sunk. She was abandoned after salvage of her machinery.[13]

15 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Dave Wood   United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in 12 feet (3.7 m) of water in the Ohio River at Lock No. 4. Raised and laid up.[14]
Fidra   United Kingdom The 1,218 GRT steamer on a passage from Burntisland for Rendsburg, Germany with a cargo of coal ran aground at Jungnamensand, Amrum and subsequently broke up with the loss of her entire crew.[15][16]

17 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Number Twenty-Two   United States The 936-gross register ton schooner barge foundered off Barnegat, New Jersey, with the loss of all five people on board.[17]
Willie   United States The tug sank at dock at Pier 75, North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Raised the next day.[18]

19 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1909
Ship Country Description
T. L. Morse   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire at a shipyard in Berwick, Louisiana.[19]

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Adato   United Kingdom The 3,347 GRT steamer on a passage from Seattle for Hong Kong with a cargo consisting of 2,400 bales of cotton, 3,500 packages of general cargo, and 99,000 bags of flour went ashore on Oshima after leaving Yokohama for Kobe and subsequently sunk.[20][21]
Bengar   United Kingdom The 2,531 GRT steamer on a passage from Huelva for Garston with a cargo of 3,300 tons of ore ran ashore on a bank outside the entrance to Garston Old Dock. Attempts to tow the ship off failed and about 02:00 on 21 January the vessel broke down abaft the engine-room with both ends filling with water.[22]

21 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Ensign   United States The 618-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Naples, California. All 10 people on board survived.[6]

22 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Anton Wilbert   United States The steamer, while tied up opposite Franklin, Louisiana, caught fire when the watchman's lantern exploded and burned to the waterline.[23]
Frances   United States With no one on board, the 10-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Los Angeles, California.[7]
Sadie Downman   United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in Six-Mile Lake, Louisiana at the end of Cypress Pass Island. The vessel was later raised.[24]

23 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Nantucket   United States The steamer ran aground on Nobska Point at the entrance to Woods Hole, Massachusetts in dense fog piercing a hole in her hull and filled with water to below the main deck. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[25]
RMS Republic   United Kingdom
 
RMS Republic sinking
The 15,000-gross register ton White Star Line ocean liner collided in fog with the ocean liner Florida (  Italy) in the Atlantic Ocean south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. Aboard Republic, the impact killed two passengers, and two passengers died later of injuries, and three members of Florida's crew were killed when her bow was crushed in. Republic sank in 240 to 270 feet (73 to 82 m) of water 50 nautical miles (93 km; 58 mi) south of Nantucket at 40°26′00″N 069°46′00″W / 40.43333°N 69.76667°W / 40.43333; -69.76667 (Republic) on 24 January. Florida and the revenue cutter USRC Gresham (  United States Revenue Cutter Service) rescued over 1,500 survivors from Republic.[26][27][28]

24 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Elizabeth Silsbee   United States The 153-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Blanche Point on the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. All 25 people on board survived.[7]

25 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Alnmere   United Kingdom The 3,252 GRT steamer on a passage from Baltimore to Vera Cruz with a cargo of 4,450 tons of coal and coke ran aground on the reefs off the western end of Pensacola Cay, Little Abaco, Bahamas around 23:20 while travelling at about 8 knots (15 km/h; 9.2 mph). The crew tried to save the ship but the storms that developed soon after forced them to abandon the vessel on 1 February as she began breaking up.[29]
William C. Tanner   United States The 1,033-gross register ton schooner departed Rockport, Massachusetts, bound for Key West, Florida, with ten people on board and was never heard from again.[17]

26 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Buck   United States The 29-gross register ton screw steamer foundered at dock at Charleston, South Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[30][31]
Mjølner   Norway The 1,687 GRT cargo ship while on a passage from North Shields to Naples with a cargo of coal and coke struck a rock and went aground off Burhou, Alderney Channel Islands at around 02:00 and was subsequently wrecked.[32]
No Wonder   United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with T. J. Potter (  United States) in the Willamette River near Gillihan, Oregon and was beached in sinking condition.[33]

27 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Yip   United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton scow was stranded at White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.[12]

28 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Golden Ball   United States The 291-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Jonesport, Maine. All six people on board survived.[17]
Hays   United States With no one on board, the 10-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel was stranded in the Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri.[7]
P. E. Wharton   United States The 76-gross register ton schooner was stranded at North Beach, Maryland. All five people on board survived.[30]
Sailor Boy   United States The 14-gross register ton motor vessel burned on the Ohio River at Tell City, Indiana. Both people on board survived.[12]

30 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Helena   United States The 619-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Scituate, Massachusetts. All eight people on board survived.[17]

31 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1909
Ship Country Description
Clan Ranald   United Kingdom The 3,596 GRT steamer on a passage from Adelaide for South Africa via Albany with a cargo of wheat and flour while passing by Troubridge suddenly developed a list to starboard at about 14:00. In rough seas many of the ship's lifeboats were destroyed and at about 22:00 the ship foundered and sank in approximately 700 feet (210 m) of water. Out of crew of 64, only the first officer, 3 whites and 20 Lascars were saved.[34][35]
Mary Sanford   United States The 479-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean at 38°N 65°W / 38°N 65°W / 38; -65 (Mary Sanford). All seven people on board survived.[17]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Pendeen   United Kingdom The fishing vessel was lost in a gale. A search by the St Ives Lifeboat found no wreckage.[36]

FebruaryEdit

1 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Horace P. Shares   United States The 413-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean east of North Carolina at 35°32′N 073°48′W / 35.533°N 73.800°W / 35.533; -73.800 (Horace P. Shares). All six people on board survived.[17]

2 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Milton S. Lankford   United States The bugeye was sunk in a collision with Columbia (  United States) in the Norfolk, Virginia Channel.[37]
Sun   United States With no one on board, the 84-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was stranded at Appalachicola, Florida.[12]

4 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Belle O'Neill   United States The 467-gross register ton schooner foundered on the Cape Lookout shoals off the coast of North Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Lobito   Portugal The passenger-cargo ship sank at Ilha do Maio in the Cape Verde Islands while on passage from São Vicente for Cape Verde.

5 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1909
Ship Country Description
C. H. Tucker   United States The 227-gross register ton canal boat was lost in a collision with an unnamed dredge in Hell Gate in New York City. The only person on board survived.[12]

8 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Elvira Ball   United States The 869-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km; 150 mi) east of Cape Charles, Virginia. All nine people on board survived.[6]

9 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Ocean View   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire at dock in Norfolk, Virginia. Three burned to death.[38]

10 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Georgia   United States The 350-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Munroe Island off the coast of Maine. All six people on board survived.[17]
John A. Lingo   United States The 36-gross register ton schooner foundered in Salem Cove on the coast of New Jersey. All four people on board survived.[17]
Sarah W. Lawrence   United States The 1,369-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Hen and Chicken Shoal, Cape Henlopen on the coast of Delaware. All nine people on board rescued by the United States Life Saving Service.[30][39]

12 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Penguin   New Zealand The inter-island steam ferry struck Toms Rock in the Cook Strait and sank off New Zealand's Cape Terawhiti near the entrance to Wellington Harbour with the loss of 85 passengers and crew. Thirty survivors.
Australia   Belgium The steamer collided with a sailing ship and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Alborán Island.[40]

13 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Forest Castle   United Kingdom The 2,788 GRT steamer on a passage from Bilbao to Rotterdam with a cargo of 4,600 tons of iron ore struck the La Vandrée rock in heavy weather around 15:30 and sank. Seven of her 24-men crew, including the ship's master, three engineers, and second officer, and 2 stowaways drowned in the incident.[41]

14 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Carlos French   United States The inland barge, under tow by Resolute (  United States), sprung a leak and sank in five fathoms (30 ft; 9.1 m) of water on Sarah's Ledge in Long Island Sound off the harbor of New London, Connecticut. The crew were rescued by Resolute. Raised, taken to New London and repaired.[42][43]
Nugget   United States After being blown out into the Gulf of Alaska off Cross Sound by a storm on 9 February during a voyage from Lituya Bay to Juneau, Territory of Alaska, the sloop was abandoned 75 nautical miles (139 km; 86 mi) off Cape Fairweather (58°48′30″N 137°56′45″W / 58.80833°N 137.94583°W / 58.80833; -137.94583 (Cape Fairweather)) after a second storm struck and destroyed her sails and rigging. The steamer Northwestern (  United States) rescued seven crewmen.[44]

15 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Lady Mildred   Australia The 2,180 GRT steamer on a passage from Newcastle to Melbourne with a cargo of coal ran ashore a few minutes after midnight in hazy weather on the eastern side of Wilsons Promontory Lighthouse. The vessel could not be salvaged and was abandoned.[45]

16 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Clara   United States The 9-gross register ton motor vessel burned at Liverpool, Florida. Both people on board survived.[7]
We Three   United States The 15-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel burned on the Green River at Spottsville, Kentucky. All six people on board survived.[12]

17 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Miles M. Merry   United States The 1,589-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the coast of Long Island at Moriches, New York. All 11 people on board survived.[17]
Minnie Gorgas   United States The steamer burned on Sweetbay Lake on the Atchafalaya River in Louisiana.[5]

19 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Guide   United States The steamer was beached in the Pasquotank River in North Carolina to avoid her being swamped during a gale.[46]
HDMS Hejmdal   Royal Danish Navy The cruiser suffered severe damage in a collision with the steamer Astrakhan (  United Kingdom) off Helsingør, Denmark.[47]
John H. Starin   United States The 174-foot (53 m), 312-gross register ton sidewheel paddle steamer was blown onto a breakwater in the harbor at Bridgewater, Connecticut, during a storm. She later was hauled off the breakwater, repaired, and placed back in service.[48]

20 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1909
Ship Country Description
John H. Starin   United States The steamer was wrecked and sank on a breakwater at Bridgeport, Connecticut in a storm.[49][50]
Kansas City   United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel foundered off Cuivre Island, Missouri.[7]
Rescue   United States The tow steamer sank at dock at Pier 5 in the East River, after shipping water in stormy weather off The Battery and crossing the North River. Raised and repapired.[51]

21 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1909
Ship Country Description
P. Rasmussen, jr.   United States The 15-gross register ton schooner was stranded in Smith Island Inlet, Virginia. Both people on board survived.[30]

22 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Soquel   United States The 767-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the Fraser River on Sea Bird Island in British Columbia in Canada with the loss of two lives. There were 12 survivors.
Urbanus Dart   United States The tow steamer caught fire off Romer Shoals in the Harbor of New York City and was beached at Sandy Hook.[52]

23 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Lydia   United States With no one on board, the 8-gross register ton schooner foundered in Galveston Bay off High Island, Texas.[17]

24 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Esther   United States The 12-gross register ton motor vessel burned on the Osage River at Hoecker, Missouri. All five people on board survived.[7]
F. C. Loxley   United States The steamer sank at Car Point, Louisiana.[5]

26 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Columbia   United States The steamer sank in shallow water in the Mississippi River when she hit an obstruction while making a landing at Grand Levee, 9 miles (14 km) above Bayou Sara, Louisiana. The portion of the ship that remained above water then burned.[5]
USRC Mohawk   United States Revenue Cutter Service The United States Revenue cutter ran aground in Hell Gate on a ledge known as Hog Back. Refloated, repaired and returned to service.[53]
S. E. Swayze   United States The steamer burned at Jones Landing, Louisiana in the Boeuf River.[5]
Venus   United States The 21-gross register ton sloop was stranded at Truro, Massachusetts. All four people on board survived.[30]

28 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1909
Ship Country Description
Queen City No. 2   United States With no one on board, the 46-gross register ton scow was stranded in Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island in Washington.[12]

MarchEdit

1 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1909
Ship Country Description
William Chestnut   United States The 19-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Sturgeon Bar in the Rappahannock River in Virginia. Both people on board survived.[30]

3 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Calhoun   United States The steamer struck a log sticking out from the bank and sank in the Chipola River. The ship's cook died.[54]
Mary Washington or Martha Washington   United States The 27-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded at Sewell's Point in Norfolk, Virginia after parting her anchor line, a total loss. The only person on board survived.[7][55]

4 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Plymouth   United States The steamer sank at Henderson's Wharf at the foot of Fells Street, Baltimore, Maryland.[56][57]

5 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Glenmore   United States The 208-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer was undergoing repairs on a marine railway at Harlem, Missouri when a sudden rise in the river flooded the Yard, launching the vessel into the river where she sank, a total loss. All eight people on board survived.[7][58]
Queen of Decatur   United States The 24-gross register ton sternwheel motor paddle vessel was "cut down by ice' on the Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska. Both people on board survived.[12]

6 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Uncle Tom   United States The steamer sank while lying on the bank at St. Louis, a total loss.[59]

8 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Emma Marie   United States The steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Great Kanawha River at Henderson, West Virginia.[60]
J. M. Bowell   United States The steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Great Kanawha River at Henderson, West Virginia.[61]
Kawailani   United States The 24-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the coast of Oahu in the Territory of Hawaii with the loss of one life. There were three survivors.[17]

10 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Horatio Hall   United States The 3,167-gross register ton steel-hulled cargo liner sank in 35 feet (11 m) of water after a collision with the cargo ship H. F. Dimock (  United States) at Pollock Rip Shoal 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) east of Chatham, Massachusetts. All 63 people on board survived.[7][62]
Ladysmith   Canada The Barkentine ran aground on Fishers Island, New York.[63]
Massachusetts   United States The steamer ran aground on Cedar Tree Neck, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[63]

11 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Love Point   United States The 618-gross register ton iron-hulled sidewheel paddle steamer burned in the Chesapeake Bay off Love Point on Kent Island in Maryland. All 22 people on board survived.[7]

12 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Fred A. Small   United States The 619-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Nantucket Shoals off the coast of Massachusetts. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Michigan   United States The 450-ton barge sank in the Tanana River in the Territory of Alaska.[64]

15 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Tarboro   United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Tar River.[65]

20 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1909
Ship Country Description
R. D. Inman   United States The 768-gross register ton screw steamer was stranded on Duxbury Reef off the coast of California, a total loss. All 22 people on board survived.[12][66]

21 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Hathor   United Kingdom The 2,828 GRT cargo ship departed Rio de Janeiro for Santos on 20 March and ran ashore next day at Boi Point, near San Sebastian. She became stranded and soon was abandoned.[67]
Joseph B. Thomas   United States The 1,564-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Fowey Rocks on Key Biscayne, Florida. All 11 people on board survived.[17]
Massasoit   United States The steamer caught fire at dock in Boston due to an exploding lamp. She was scuttled to put out the fire. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[68]

22 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Clay Forman   United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in the Pasquotank River.[69]

23 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Marconi   United States The 693-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the bar in Coos Bay on the coast of Oregon. All 10 people on board survived.[17]

24 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Wanderer   United States The 84-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer, or tow steamer foundered in Florida Bay off Money Key in the Florida Keys in 8 feet of water sitting on an even keel. All 18 people on board rescued by Columbia (  United States).[12][70]

25 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Cleopatra   United States The 13-gross register ton motor vessel was stranded on St. George Island on the coast of Florida. Both people on board lost their lives.[7]
Pomona   United States The steamer struck rocks in heavy fog off Milwaukee, Oregon and sank.[71]
Samar   United States The 1,082-gross register ton schooner barge, under tow of Prudence (  United States), sprung a leak in a gale and foundered in 17 fathoms (102 ft; 31 m) of water 8 miles (13 km) south south east of Highlands, New Jersey. All four people on board rescued by Prudence.[30][72]
Spotsville   United States The steamer sank due to negligence and inattention to duty by her officers at the levee at Evansville, Indiana on the Ohio River.[73]
Vulcan   United Kingdom The steamer foundered one mile (1.6 km) south west of the Middle Buoy, off Haisborough Sands.[74]

26 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Hiram Lowell   United States The schooner ran aground on rocks off New London, Connecticut.[63]

29 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1909
Ship Country Description
C. P. Raymond   United States The tow steamer sprung a leak and sank at dock over night at the foot of Pacific Street, Brooklyn. Raised and repaired.[75]
Ilorin   United Kingdom The 946 GRT Elder Dempster cargo ship ran aground and sank on the bar at Forçados River, Nigeria while attempting to assist Andoni.[76]
Kittle Lawry   United States The 33-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the White Islands in Penobscot Bay off the coast of Maine. Both people on board survived.[17]

31 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles E. Falk   United States The 298-gross register ton schooner was stranded on the Cohalis Rocks off the coast of Washington. All eight people on board survived.[6]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Sea Bird   United States The tug was wrecked off Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[77]

AprilEdit

3 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Admiral   United States The steamer collieded with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis and Omaha Railway bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota and sank.[78]
Indiana   United States The 3,335-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer was stranded at Cape Tosco on Santa Margarita Island, Mexico, in thick fog, a total loss. Cargo partially salvaged. All 82 people on board rescued by USS Albany(  United States Navy).[7][79]

6 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 April 1909
Ship Country Description
HMS Blackwater   Royal Navy The Laird-type River-class destroyer sank in the English Channel off Dungeness, England, at position 50°55′21″N 1°6′10″E / 50.92250°N 1.10278°E / 50.92250; 1.10278 after colliding with the merchant ship Hero (flag unknown).[80]
Emerald   United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Glenville (  United States) in thick fog one-half mile (0.80 km) east of Throgs Point Buoy. The crew were rescued by Glenville.[81]
Leo   United States The tug struck an obstruction and sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water at Algiers, Louisiana. Raised and repaired.[82]

7 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Beacon   United States The 341-gross register ton barge foundered off Watch Hill, Rhode Island. Both people on board survived.[12]
Beaver   United States The 314-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned at Cairo, Illinois while tied up alongside Geo. Gardner (  United States), with the loss of one life. There were 24 survivors.[30]
Cubana   United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with Havana (  United States) while anchored in fog at Quarantine, New York. She was run aground on a mud bank off Clifton, New Jersey as a precaution.[83]
Geo. Gardner   United States The 72-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned at Cairo, Illinois while tied up alongside Beaver (  United States). The only person on board survived.[7][84]
J. J. H. Brown   United States The steamer dragged anchor in a severe gale and went ashore at Buffalo, New York. Refloated same day by tugs.[85]
Slatington   United States The tow steamer shipped water in rough weather, sinking after arrival at her dock at Pier 41, Brooklyn, New York. Raised and repaired.[86]
William H. Truesdale   United States The steamer dragged anchor in a severe gale and went ashore at Buffalo, New York. Refloated on 13 April.[87]

8 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Beacon   United States The inland barge, under tow by John Scully (  United States), sank in Block Island Sound after breaking loose from R. M. Waterman (  United States) during a gale the night before. No casualties.[88]
Dagenham   United Kingdom The 1,466 GRT British cargo steamer built in 1907 by John Crown & Sons for Furness, Withy & Co. On 18 April 1909, when northwest Grunes, Cobo Bay, Guernsey Channel Islands, she ran aground and was wrecked while on a voyage from the Tyne to Saint-Malo with a cargo of coal.[89][90]
Geo. A. Floss   United States The fishing steamer sank off Cleveland, Ohio in a heavy gale and lost with all seven hands. Raised later.[91]
Mahratta   United Kingdom
 
Mahratta broken in half.
The passenger-cargo ship was wrecked on Goodwin Sands in the English Channel off Kent, England, and broke in half two days later. One crew member committed suicide.

9 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Hetty Agnes   United States The launch sprang a leak, capsized and sank in Boston harbor. The crew abandoned ship in her boat, but it was capsized when the ship capsized. Her captain died of exposure.[92]

12 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Emmett Small   United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Ocmulgee River 24 miles (39 km) east of Macon, Georgia, a total loss.[93]

13 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Albany   United States The barge, being towed by North America (  United States), was sunk in a collision with Manhattan (  United States) in Long Island Sound off New Haven, Connecticut. The crew were rescued by another barge in the tow.[94]
Honora Butler   United States The schooner was damaged in a collision with tow steamer Manuet in the East River off Corlears Hook. She was towed to Tenth Street, New York City, where she sank.[95]
Virginia   United States The steamer struck a rock in the Ohio River at Wellsville, Ohio and was beached. Filled and sank the next morning.[96][97]

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Emmette Small   United States The steamer struck a snag and sank 12–15 miles (19–24 km) below Macon, Georgia.[98]
James C. Clifford   United States The 377-gross register ton schooner was abandoned in the Gulf of Mexico 60 nautical miles (110 km; 69 mi) southeast of Pensacola, Florida. All seven people on board survived.[17]

15 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Daisy   United States The tug was destroyed by fire at Lorain, Ohio.[99]
Fred B. Hall   United States The steamer was sunk by ice while moored off Susie Island in Lake Superior. Later raised.[100]
G. A. Hayden   United States The 107-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Point Judith, Rhode Island. All four people on board survived.[6]
Kimball   United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water at the junction of the Mobile River and the Tensas River. Raised and repaired.[101]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Hampton   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire on Smith & McCoy's Railway, Norfolk, Virginia.[102]

17 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1909
Ship Country Description
La Fayette   United States With no one on board, the 26-gross register ton schooner foundered in the St. Johns River in Delaware.[17]

18 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1909
Ship Country Description
E. A. Shores   United States The sand sucker dredge sprung a leak and was beached on Stag Island in the St. Clair River. The crew escaped in her yawl.[103][104]
Gen. H. M. Robert   United States The US Army Corps of Engineers dredge burned in Texas.[105]

19 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Eber Ward   United States The 1,343-gross register ton screw steamer, a cargo ship, was sunk by ice in the Strait of Mackinac with the loss of five crew. There were 11 survivors.[7][106]

21 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Samuel Eccles, Jr.   United States The steamer sank at dock at Norfolk, Virginia.[107]

22 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Lillie   United States The 11-gross register ton motor vessel was lost when she struck a pile at Long Branch, New Jersey. Both people on board survived.[7]
Rebecca W. Huddell   United States The 256-gross register ton schooner was stranded on East Libbey Island on the coast of Maine. All six people on board survived.[30]
Wm. H. Conner or William H. Conner   United States The 1,514-gross register ton schooner barge ran aground and filled with water after a collision with the barge A.G. Ropes, also being towed by tow steamer M. E. Luckenbach (  United States), with the schooner Hugh Kelly (  United States) in the ship channel of the Harbor of New York City causing her tow line to be cast off. Crew rescued by M. E. Luckenbach.[30][108]

25 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Eagle   United States The 185-gross register ton sternwheel tow paddle steamer capsized off Point Celeste, Louisiana, 41 miles (66 km) below New Orleans, with the loss of her master, six crewmen and a female chamber maid. There were eight survivors.[7][109]

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Foca   Italian Royal Navy The Foca-class submarine was scuttled in the harbor at Naples, Italy, to extinguish a fuel fire that resulted from an internal gasoline explosion. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.[110]
Roderick Dhu   United States The 1,534-gross register ton iron-hulled oil schooner was stranded at Point Pinos, Monterey Bay California. Abandoned after a number of failed salvage attempts. All 12 people on board survived.[30][111][112]

29 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Aurania   United States The 3,218-gross register ton steel-hulled screw steamer sprang a leak working through ice and foundered in 50 fathoms of water in Whitefish Bay, Michigan. All 20 people on board used her lifeboat to get to Bartow (flag unknown).[30][113]

30 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1909
Ship Country Description
Columbia   United States During a voyage from San Francisco, California, to Bristol Bay on the coast of the Territory of Alaska carrying passengers and a cargo of cannery supplies, the 1,327-ton or 1,471-gross register ton (sources disagree), 205.9-foot (62.8 m) full-rigged ship was wrecked near Seal Cape (54°23′30″N 164°38′30″W / 54.39167°N 164.64167°W / 54.39167; -164.64167 (Seal Cape)) in Unimak Bay on the coast of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands during a snowstorm. Sources disagree on whether 193 people or 194 people — 170 passengers and 24 crewmen — were on board, but agree that all on board survived. Columbia became a total loss.[6][114]
George Nester   United States The 790-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Huron Island of the coast off Michigan with the loss of all seven people on board.[17]
Russia   United States The 1,501-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer foundered due to cargo shifting 12 miles (19 km) south south east of Point Detour, Michigan. All 20 people on board made it to shore in lifeboats.[12][115]

MayEdit

1 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Adelia Shores   United States The 734-gross register ton screw steamer foundered in Lake Superior off Grand Island, Michigan, with the loss of all 14 people on board.[30]
William C. Carnegie   United States The 2,663-gross register ton schooner was stranded at Moriches, Long Island, New York. All 13 people on board survived.[30]

2 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1909
Ship Country Description
St. Lucie   United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in ten feet (3.0 m) of water in Sawyer's Key Channel, Florida. Ship was raised.[116]

3 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Alice   United States The barge, being towed by Hokendaqua (  United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon.[117]
Anthracite   United States The barge went ashore on Falkner Island, Connecticut.[118]
Florence   United States The barge, being towed by Hokendaqua (  United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon.[119]
Moosic   United States The barge went ashore on Falkner Island, Connecticut.[118]
Susquehana   United States The barge, being towed by C. B. Sandford (  United States), broke loose from her tow in strong wind off Goose Island in Long Island Sound and went ashore. Her captain, his wife and son, and one crewman died trying to get to shore.[120]
Unidentified barge   United States The barge, being towed by Resolute (  United States), foundered in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon after loosing her towline.[121]
Unidentified barge   United States The barge, being towed by C. B. Sandford (  United States), broke loose from her tow in strong wind off Goose Island in Long Island Sound and went ashore.[122]
Unidentified scows   United States Three scows, being towed by Resolute (  United States), broke loose from their tow in strong wind off the Branford, Connecticut Beacon and went ashore.[123]

5 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Dorothy   United States The schooner was sunk in a collision in thick fog with City of Bangor (  United States) in Muscle Ridge Channel, Maine. The crew were rescued by City of Bangor.[124]
Illeri   Norway The brig collided with the Ve Skerries, Shetland in thick fog.[125]

7 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Nunivak   United States The 681-gross register ton, 180-foot (54.9 m) sternwheel paddle steamer was wrecked on the Tanana River at Nenana, Territory of Alaska. All seven people on board survived.[12][44]

10 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Jerry   United States The motor vessel sprung a leak in the Gulf of Mexico and was abandoned in sinking condition 50 miles (80 km) south of the Ship Shoal Light.[126]

14 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1909
Ship Country Description
S. O. Co. No. 91   United States The barge, under tow of Maverick (  United States), struck the bar entering the Columbia River and was anchored four miles (6.4 km) below Astoria, Oregon for the night. Over night she sank in 7 fathoms (42 ft; 13 m) of water. The vessel was raised three weeks later.[127][128]

18 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Clifton   United States The 256-gross register ton sidewheel paddle steamer was stranded five miles (8.0 km) north of Beaufort, South Carolina and broke up, a total loss. All 16 people on board survived.[7][129]
Jennie French Potter   United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 258-foot (79 m), 1,993-gross register ton five-masted schooner was wrecked on Halfmoon Shoal in Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts at 41°28′28″N 070°16′38″W / 41.47444°N 70.27722°W / 41.47444; -70.27722 (Jennie French Potter). All 11 people on board survived. Her wrecked settled in 20 feet (6.1 m) of water.[17][130]
William G. Eadle   United States The 46-gross register ton schooner was stranded in the harbor at Gouldsboro, Maine. Both people on board survived.[30]

19 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Ina   United States With no one on board, the 15-gross register ton scow foundered off Bellingham, Washington.[12]

20 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Gertrude Riley   United States The canal boat was pushed by the tide into Mill Rock in the East River near Ninety-Fourth Street, New York City, causing her to sink.[131]

21 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Harry Lynds   United States The steamer struck a stump and sank in the Missouri River at White Cloud, Kansas, a total loss.[132]

24 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Princeton   United States The tug, while passing lines to Western States (  United States), was rammed by Western States causing her to roll over and sink at Buffalo, New York. Three crewmen were killed.[133]

26 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1909
Ship Country Description
James H. Robinson   United States With no one on board, the 97-gross register ton canal boat foundered off Brooklyn, New York.[12]
London   United States The 8-gross register ton motor vessel foundered off Galveston, Texas. The only person on board survived.[7]

27 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1909
Ship Country Description
E. J. Earling   United States The steamer stranded in dense fog on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. Later pulled off and repaired.[134]

29 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Ann Arbor No. 4   United States The train ferry capsized and sank at dock in Manistique, Michigan when a train got out of control while being loaded. Raised and back in service in five days.[135][136]
Narara   Australia The cargo steamer sprang a leak and sank in the Narrabeen Bight off Sydney, Australia, with no loss of life.

30 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1909
Ship Country Description
F. M. Smith   United States With no one on board, the 295-gross register ton sternwheel paddle steamer burned on the Alameda Flats in California.[7]

31 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1909
Ship Country Description
Harry M.   United States The ferry yacht was sunk in a collision with Ruth (  United States) in the Ohio River at Moundsville, West Virginia.[137]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1909
Ship Country Description
Loango The schooner was wrecked near St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom.[138] Four crew rescued.[36]

JuneEdit

4 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1909
Ship Country Description
A. Gebhart   United States The 354-gross register ton schooner burned off Drummond Island off the coast of Michigan. All six people on board survived.[6]
Dan Kunz   United States The steamer pounded bottom leaving a dock at Kirtland Street, Cleveland, Ohio causing a leak and she sank.[139]
Iron Age   United States The 1,114-gross register ton screw steamer burned to the waterline and sank in the Shipping Channel ten miles (16 km) below Bar Point, Ontario and three miles (4.8 km) east of Detroit River Light. The wreck was later blown up as a hazard to navigation. All ten people on board survived.[7][140][141]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Lilly Amiot   United States The 14-gross register ton motor vessel exploded and burned at Ellison Bay, Wisconsin. All three people on board survived.[7]

8 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Clifton   United States The tow steamer was destroyed by fire over night in the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh.[142]

9 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Cresent City   United States The steamer was damaged in the Canadian lock at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario when the south lower Lock gate was destroyed when hit by Perry G. Walker (  United States). The unleashed water drove Cresent City over the Miter Sills puncturing or tearing out her bottom plates. She made the government pier on the US side and sank.[143]
Freeman   United States The 1,197-gross register ton bark was stranded on Hicacos Island in Puerto Rico. All 16 people on board survived.[6]
Sea Lion   United States The 185-gross register ton iron-hulled screw steamer Tug was lost in a collision with the schooner Oceania Vance (  United States) in dense fog at Race Rocks at the eastern entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca in the Salish Sea off British Columbia. All ten people on board crossed over to the schooner.[12][144]

11 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1909
Ship Country Description
RMS Slavonia   United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground at Punda dos Fenais, Flores, Azores, Portugal and was wrecked. All passengers were rescued by Prinzess Irene and Batavia (both   Germany).

12 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Shearwater   United States The passenger steamer sank off Pier 2, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One woman drowned.[145][146]

14 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Arthur Binney   United States The 118-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Cape Breton Island at Fourchu, Nova Scotia. All 18 people on board survived.[6]

15 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Camilla A   United States During a voyage in the Territory of Alaska from Cordova to St. Michael, the 322.96-ton scow was wrecked and sank in heavy seas in Chignik Bay (56°22′N 158°00′W / 56.367°N 158.000°W / 56.367; -158.000 (Chignik Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. Her crew of two survived, but she became a total loss.[114]
Hattie M. Graham   United States The 140-gross register ton schooner was stranded on Cape Breton Island at Bouline, Nova Scotia. All 17 people on board survived.[17]
Madeira   United States The tug was carried by the tide onto the bank in Mantua Creek causing her to roll over, fill and sink.[147]

17 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Carrie   United States The 10-gross register ton motor vessel burned at Charleston, South Carolina. All three people on board survived.[30]
Gazette   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire when a boiler tube burst ten miles (16 km) above Ford, Kentucky on the Kentucky River, a total loss.[148]

18 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Hugh John   Canada The schooner went ashore on Race Point, Fishers Island, New York. Returned to service.[43]

20 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Louise   Belgium The ship foundered 28 nautical miles (52 km) off Ventimiglia, Italy.[149]

21 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Rambler   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while moored in Hampton Roads.[150]

22 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Sonoma Valley   United States The 37-gross register ton motor vessel burned and sank at Antioch, California. All three people on board survived.[12][151]
W. P. Thew   United States The 206-gross register ton screw steamer was lost in a collision with the screw steamer William Livingstone (  United States) in Lake Huron off Thunder Bay Island, Michigan. All 12 people on board rescued from her yawl by Mary C. Elphicke (  United States).[12][152][153]

24 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Scylla   Canada The schooner went aground on Middle Ground near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.[118]

25 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles Hanson   United States The motor vessel, or schooner, caught fire 30 miles (48 km) off Cleopatra Island, Mexico. The fire got out of hand and the crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats. Shortly after she was abandoned dynamite in her cargo detonated destroying the ship. The crew made it to Cleopatra Island where the ship's cook died there, the rest of the crew was rescued on 4 July by a Mexican launch.[154][155]
Geo. R. Bailey   United States The motor vessel was wrecked in thick fog at Pebble Beach, California, a total loss.[156]
Jane   United States The 26-gross register ton motor yacht burned at New Orleans, Louisiana. Both people on board survived.[7]
Lord Londonderry   United Kingdom The cargo ship, which had caught fire the day before, was abandoned 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Sines, Portugal. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Huelva, Spain, to Savannah, Georgia, United States.[157]

27 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Bradwell   United States The vessel, being towed by Fearless (  United States), sank from waves breaking over her in Lake Borgne four miles (6.4 km) off New Orleans in nine feet (2.7 m) of water. She was raised.[158]
Fearless   United States The steamer struck a piling at the mouth of the Lake Borgne Canal and sank in seven feet (2.1 m) of water.[159]

28 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Benj. C. Frith   United States The 888-gross register ton schooner foundered on Martin Industry Shoal off the coast of South Carolina. All eight people on board survived.[6]
Tempest   United States The 369-gross register ton screw steamer burned off Parry Island in Parry Sound on the coast of Ontario. All 12 people on board survived.[12]
Tempest   United States The steamer burned off Parry Island in Prince William Sound, Territory of Alaska.[160]

30 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 June 1909
Ship Country Description
Swatara   United States The tug was sunk in a collision with Juan (  Norway) in the Delaware River off Duck Creek gas buoy.[161]

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Alice E. Clark   United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 227-foot (69 m), 1,621-gross register ton four-masted schooner sank in 60 feet (18 m) of water in Penobscot Bay off Isleboro, Maine, at 44°21′00″N 068°51′24″W / 44.35000°N 68.85667°W / 44.35000; -68.85667 (Alice E. Clark) after striking Islesboro Ledge in fog.[162]
Isleton   United States The steamer caught fire at dock at Stockton, California. The fire got out of hand and she burned to the waterline and sank in eight feet (2.4 m) of water.[163][164]
USS Nero   United States Navy The collier ran aground on Brenton's Reef after leaving Newport, Rhode Island. Refloated 2 August and taken to Newport for temporary repairs before being towed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard 21–22 December for permanent repairs. Repaired and returned to service.[165][166]

2 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Albert Hanson   United States The steamer capsized in a storm on Grand Lake. One crewman killed.[167]
John Schuette   United States The schooner was sunk in a collision with Alfred Mitchell (  United States), probably in the Detroit area.[168]

8 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Norman   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while docked at Bayside, North Carolina.[169]
Perkasie   United States The barge, towed by Valley Forge (  United States), sank nine miles (14 km) off Barnegat Lighthouse.[170]

9 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Yosemite   United States The passenger steamer ran aground on a reef near Rock Point in Port Orchard Narrows in Puget Sound four miles (6.4 km) from Bremerton, Washington. Her back was broken and she went to pieces.[171][172]

10 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Lula B.   United States The steamer destroyed by fire in the Red River near West Point, Arkansas, a total loss.[173]
Petersburg   Russia The steamer ran aground and was wrecked at Tjellsund, Norway off Narvik. Refloated and sold for scrap.[174]

12 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1909
Ship Country Description
John B. Cowle   United States The 420-foot (130 m), 4,731 GRT ore carrier was laden with 7,023 tons of iron ore loaded at Two Harbors, Minnesota and bound for Cleveland, Ohio, when she was sunk in a collision with Isaac M. Scott (  United States) in dense fog two miles (3.2 km) north of Whitefish Point Light in Lake Michigan. 14 crew died.[175][176]

15 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1909
Ship Country Description
HMS C11   Royal Navy The C-class submarine sank in collision with the collier Eddystone (  United Kingdom) in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk, England. Three survivors.
Laura D.   United States The sand dredge struck a submerged pile and sank at the Hocking Valley Dock in the Maumee River at Toledo, Ohio.[177]

16 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Miles Standish   United States The tug ran aground on the north west end of Old Silas Reef, near Plum Island in dense fog. Beached on Plum Island to prevent sinking.[178]

20 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Martha Stevens   United States The freighter was sunk in a collision with the tow steamer Confidence (  United States) above Robbins Reef Light in New York Bay. The crew were rescued, but one died of exhaustion shortly after.[179]

23 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1912
Ship Country Description
Columbus   United States The 19-gross register ton sloop sank in the Gulf of Mexico with the loss of both people on board.[180]

24 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1912
Ship Country Description
Burnadina King   United States The steamer was totally destroyed by fire at Evansville, Indiana.[181]
Kenosha   United States The 1,677-gross register ton steam collier sank in heavy weather in 105 feet (32 m) of water in the North Atlantic Ocean six nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) off Fire Island Lighthouse on Fire Island off the south coast of Long Island, New York, and 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) southeast of Fire Island Inlet. Her crew of 12 or 17 (sources disagree) abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were rescued by Winifred (  United States).[182][183]

25 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Vigilancia   United States The steamer caught fire while laying off Pier 18, Brooklyn and was scuttled to extinguish the fire. Raised and repaired.[184]

27 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Waratah   United Kingdom The Blue Anchor Line ocean liner was due to reach Cape Town on 29 July. No trace was ever found and 211 passengers and crew were lost. Last sighted by Guelph (  United Kingdom) on 27 July.

28 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Aug. Demarest   United States The canal boat ran aground between Grassy Point, New York and Stony Point, New York. When the tide dropped she rolled off the flat and filled.[185]
Delaware   United States The freighter sank at dock at Pier 1, South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania due to a loose plank.[186]

31 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1909
Ship Country Description
Winnebago   United States The cargo ship struck a rock off Point Arena, California in dense fog and was wrecked.[187][188]

AugustEdit

1 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Benton   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire, probably in the Detroit, Michigan, area.[189]
Cadillac   United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Geo. L. Craig (  United States) at Southeast Bend in the St. Clair River.[190]

4 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Perfection   United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in shallow water in the Chicago River.[191]

5 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Langton Grange   United Kingdom The 5,852 GRT refrigerated cargo steamer on a passage from Glasgow to Newport in ballast struck submerged Bell Rock, just off North Bishop Island, and got stranded. The ship subsequently broke amidships and sank.
Lucania   United Kingdom The ocean liner caught fire at Huskisson Dock at Liverpool, England. She sank at her moorings and later was sold for scrap.
Maori   United Kingdom
 
SS Maori
The steamer was wrecked near on the Cape Peninsula neat Llandudno, Cape Town, South Africa, with 32 crew killed.

6 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daily   United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank two miles (3.2 km) below Commerce, Missouri, a total loss.[192]

10 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Josephine Lincoln   United States The tug sank in the Schuylkill River near the Penrose Ferry Bridge. Raised, repaired and returned to service before 22 September.[193]
Nunivak   United States The inland freighter, while laid up for the winter, was crushed by ice at dock at the mouth of the Neenana River, Territory of Alaska, a total loss.[194]

11 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1909
Ship Country Description
USS Nezinscot   United States Navy During a voyage from the Portsmouth Navy Yard in Kittery, Maine, to Boston, Massachusetts, with a cargo of chains, anchors, and searchlight equipment for the battleship USS Missouri, (  United States Navy), the 85-foot (26 m), 115-gross register ton tug capsized in heavy seas in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Ann, Massachusetts, when her deck cargo shifted. She sank in three minutes with the loss of four lives in approximately 300 feet (91 m) of water, 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) bearing 17 degrees true from Straitsmouth Island Light in Rockport, Massachusetts. There were nine suvivors.[195][196][197]

13 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 August 1909
Ship Country Description
L. D. Knapp   United States The canal boat, while under tow by the steamer Walter B. Pollock (  United States), was damaged in a collision with the launch James A. Walsh (  United States), creating a 12-foot (3.7 m) hole in her hull, resulting in her being beached, probably in the New York City area.[198]

15 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Notter   United States The freight and tow steamer ran aground on Hen and Chickens rocks near the west end of Long Sand Shoal, in Long Island Sound and sank, a total loss.[199]

17 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Shawpoint or Shawmont   United States The barge foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off the Shinnecock Light with the loss of all five crewmen.[200][201]

18 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daniel Kern   United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Geo. W. Elder (  United States) in the Columbia River near Waterford, Washington.[202]
Guide   United States The steamer sank from an open seam in shoal water at Newbern, North Carolina.[203]

19 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1909
Ship Country Description
City of Green Bay   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire in Saginaw Bay.[204]

20 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Adolphe   United Kingdom The ketch was wrecked in the Teifi Estuary.[205]
Fred Swain   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire in the Illinois River near Peoria, Illinois.[206]

22 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Senator   United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Norman B. Ream (  United States) one mile (1.6 km) north of Pipe Island in the St. Marys River in shoal water off De Tour, Michigan.[207]

23 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie May   United States The steamer burned at dock at the National Dock, Black Tom Island, Jersey City, New Jersey and sank. Not considered worth raising.[208]
Francis T. Simmons   United States The dredge sank in 30 feet (9.1 m) of water in Lake Michigan near Chicago.[209]
Nicholas Castania   United States The steamer was wrecked on the south coast of the Isle of Pines, Cuba between Carpatachi Bay and Hell's Cove. Lost with everybody on board, 2 passengers and 27 crew.[210][211]

25 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Aurelia   United States The tug was forced onto the bar in heavy wind and high seas at Cold Spring Inlet and was wrecked, a total loss.[212]
Colombia   Argentina The steamer was rammed, almost cut in two, by Schlesien (  German Empire) in the outer Harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. 60 killed.[213]

26 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Collingwood   Canada The steamer was sunk in a collision with George L. Craig (  United States) in the Detroit River.[214]
McCormack   United States The ship sprung a leak and just made it to dock at Oswego, New York before sinking.[215]
Ohio   United States Carrying 188 passengers, a crew of 88, and a cargo of 1,100 tons of general merchandise on a voyage from Seattle, Washington, to Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska, the 3,488-gross register ton, 343-foot (104.5 m) steamer began flooding after she struck a reef in Finlayson Channel on the coast of British Columbia, then sank quickly just before reaching Carter Bay when her boilers exploded after cold seawater reached them. A seasick soldier and three crewmen who remained behind to assist him were lost; the other 187 passengers and 85 crew members reached shore by swimming or in lifeboats and were rescued by the fishing vessel Kingfisher and steamers Humbolt and Rupert City (all flags unknown).[216]

28 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Charles A. Eddy   United States The steamer sprang a leak eight miles (13 km) south east of St. Martin Island in Lake Michigan and was beached.[217]
Na Ma Puk   United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank on Lake of the Woods. The crew escaped on a barge they were towing.[218]

30 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Nina   United States The steamer burned at dock at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a total loss.[219]

31 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1909
Ship Country Description
Daily   United States The steamer sprung a leak in the bow and sank at Canton, Missouri.[220]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date August 1909
Ship Country Description
Excelsior   United States The decommissioned steamer, stripped of her boiler, engine and everything else of value, was disposed of by burning as a spectator event. She was covered with pitch, tar and oil, anchored off Big Island in Lake Minnetonka and set ablaze. She burned to the waterline and sank in view of 5,000 spectators.[221]

SeptemberEdit

3 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Gracey Childers   United States The out of commission steamer was totally destroyed by fire at Paducah, Kentucky.[222]

4 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Dalzelline   United States The steamer filled with water and sank at dock at the foot of Congress Street, Brooklyn, New York, when the fireman fell asleep while filling her water tank, flooding her.[223]

5 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Eduard Bohlen   Germany
 
The wreck of Eduard Bohlen.
The cargo ship ran aground on German South-West Africa's Skeleton Coast in a heavy fog.
Petrel   United States The steamer sank at dock in the Willamette River at Portland, Oregon.[224]

7 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Weston   United States The steamer struck a submerged obstruction and sank between Bismarck, North Dakota and Fort Yates, North Dakota.[225]

8 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Clara Cavett   United States The steamer sprung a leak and sank in a sectional drydock while being repaired in the Allegheny River at Creighton, Pennsylvania. Raised and repaired.[226]

12 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Sarah Ann   United Kingdom The ship was wrecked at Porthgain, Pembrokeshire.[205]

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Eleanor   United States The tow steamer was destroyed by fire at Galveston, Texas.[227]
Uyak   United States During a voyage along the coast of Kodiak Island from Uyak Bay to Karluk with two people but no cargo aboard, the 22-ton, 55-foot (16.8 m) steamer was wrecked on what was reported as "Walcott Rock" – probably a reference to Walcott Reef – with no loss of life.[228]

15 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Francesco Morosini   Regia Marina The decommissioned Ruggiero di Lauria-class ironclad battleship was sunk as a torpedo target at La Spezia, Italy.

16 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Islander   United States The passenger steamer caught fire at the Cornwalls Dock at Alexandria Bay, New York. She burned to the waterline and sank, a total loss.[229][230]
Ocean Queen   Norway The 3,188 GRT cargo steamer grounded on a reef off the coast of Makatea while on her maiden journey, and subsequently sunk in 200 fathoms (1,200 ft; 370 m) of water.

18 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1909
Ship Country Description
John Pridgeon, Jr.   United States The steamer sprung a leak in a gale and became waterlogged in Lake Erie, then was turned sideways by waves, capsized, and sank 8 miles off Cleveland, Ohio. Crew rescued by Maryland (  United States).[231][232][233]

19 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1909
Ship Country Description
C. W. Standart   United States The steamer filled with water and sank at dock at West New Brighton, New York on Staten Island, when the fireman fell asleep while filling her water tank, flooding her. Later raised. The fireman was found drowned in his cabin.[234]
Monteagle   United States The steamer struck the submerged foundation of a turning buoy on Mud Lake in the St. Marys River and was beached on Pilot Island. During an attempt to raise her she was destroyed by fire 2 days later.[235][236][237][238]

20 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Ascension   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock in a violent storm at the foot of Napoleon Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana.[239]
Bell of the Bends   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by high winds and a submerged floating object at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[240][241]
Buck Elk   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by a submerged floating object at Vicksburg, Mississippi, a total loss.[242][243]
Carrie B.   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer, being used as a pump boat, broke loose from her moorings in heavy wind at Algiers, Louisiana, blowing down the Mississippi River to the foot of Esplanade St. New Orleans where she rolled over and sank.[244]
Conners   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[245]
Conquest   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was blown loose from her moorings at Bayou Sara, Louisiana and blown up the Mississippi River where she swamped and sank.[246]
F. & J.   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The motor vessel swamped at Grand Isle, Louisiana.[247]
Fawn   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[248]
Francis H.   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The fishing schooner sank in the hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico off Pensacola, Florida. Lost with all eight hands.[249]
H. C. Bronkman   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a severe storm while moored at Arkansas City, Arkansas. Later raised.[250]
Handy   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was wrecked and sank in a violent storm in the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[251]
Harvester   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer blew loose from her moorings while tied up at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, and blew out into the Mississippi River where she sank in 98 feet (30 m) of water, a total loss. Her female cook died. The captain and chief engineer survived.[252]
Heloise   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer broke loose from her moorings in a violent storm at Thibodeaux, Louisiana and sank.[253]
Joe   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a violent storm in the Mississippi River at Hanson City, Louisiana.[254]
Lola S.   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in the Mississippi River in a heavy wind storm at Water Valley, Louisiana.[255]
M. C. Neff   United States The steamer burned to the waterline while anchored at Duluth, Minnesota.[256]
Maine   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The launch sank in the hurricane at Grand Bay, Alabama.[257]
Millie W.   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer broke loose from her moorings in a violent storm at Mount Pleasant Landing, Louisiana and sank in the Mississippi River. Later raised.[258]
Samoa   United States The steamer was struck by lightning and destroyed by fire at Osceola Mills, Lake Linden, Michigan on the 20th, 21st, or 22nd, a total loss.[259][260][261]
S. S. Princess   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk by the hurricane at the mouth of St. Catherine Creek.[262]
Troy   United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in four feet (1.2 m) of water at Poplar Grove, Louisiana, near Columbia, Louisiana.[263]
V. L. Watson   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer sank in a violent storm while tied up in Bayou des Allemands, Louisiana.[264]
Wade   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk while tied to the bank in a violent storm at Water Valley, Louisiana near the head of the Atchafalaya River.[265]
Washington   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The ferry was sunk while tied up at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, a total loss.[266]
White Rose   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock in a violent storm at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[267]
X Ray   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The steamer was sunk at dock by the Hurricane at Berwick, Louisiana.[268]

21 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Fawn   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The out of commission steamer was sunk at dock during the hurricane at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[269]
Sam A. Conner   United States 1909 Grand Isle hurricane: The out of commission steamer was sunk at dock during the hurricane at Vicksburg, Mississippi.[270]

25 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Gere   Norway The steamer foundered off Cape Hatteras 9 miles east of the Winter Quarter Lightship. 8 or 12 died.[271][272]
Oconee   United States The motor boat was sunk in a collision with T. W. Wellington (  United States) at the drawbridge in Spuyten Duyvil Creek. Everyone rescued by T. W. Wellington and Castle Point.[273]

26 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Zeeburg   Netherlands The cargo ship was wrecked in a storm on the south jetty at the entrance to the St. Johns River, she broke her back, a total loss. At least some of her cargo was salvaged. Crew rescued.[274][275]

27 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Sir C. T. Van Straubenzie   Canada The schooner was rammed and sunk by City of Erie (  United States) in Lake Erie 8 miles (13 km) off Long Point, Dunkirk, New York in 200 feet (61 m) of water. The captain, the mate, and the female cook died, possibly one other, and two crewmen survived.[276][277][278]

29 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Riverside   United States The lighter sank at dock at Pier 37, Atlantic Docks, Brooklyn, New York overnight on 28–29 September. Raised on 30 September. The engineer's body was found in the engine room.[279]
West Virginia   United States The freight barge, being towed by Murrell (  United States), grounded off Pollock Rip Shoal after losing her towline and drifting. She was pulled off, but sank in 10 fathoms (60 ft; 18 m) of water, a total loss.[280]

30 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1909
Ship Country Description
Ethel   United States The freighter had mechanical problems resulting in a collision in the Delaware River with a steel buoy on Chester Island Flats causing a leak. She was beached at Thurlow, Pennsylvania. One of her firemen drowned.[281]
Henry Sheldon   United States The steamer sank from unknown causes at City Landing, Vicksburg, Mississippi.[282]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date September 1909
Ship Country Description
Belle of the Bends   United States The steamer sank at Peeler's Landing, 40 miles (64 km) above Vicksburg, Mississippi in the Mississippi River. Raised, repaired and returned to service.[283]
George Taulane Jr.   United States The schooner left Belfast, Georgia on 18 September and vanished.[284]
USS Katahdin   United States Navy The decommissioned harbor defense ram was sunk as a gunnery target at Rappahannock Spit, Virginia.

OctoberEdit

1 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1909
Ship Country Description
City of Salem   United States The freighter was rammed and sunk at dock at Arch Street Wharf, Philadelphia by the Philadelphia Police and Fire Department steamer Edwin S. Stewart (  United States).[285]

3 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Sangstad   Norway The 3,005 GRT steamer on a passage from Luleå to Middlesbrough with a cargo of iron ore ran aground on Gerdasgrund in Norra Kvarken and subsequently sank.

4 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Edith   United States The tug caught fire and sank at Gibsons Island, Maryland.[286]

5 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Helen R   United States The 284-gross register ton barge was stranded at Flushing, Queens, New York. The only person on board survived.[287]
HMS Lee   Royal Navy The destroyer was wrecked off Blacksod Bay on the west coast of Ireland.

6 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1909
Ship Country Description
William Carney   United States The vessel was sunk in a collision with the steamship Dorothy (  United States) at the foot of Front Street, Long Island City, New York.[288]

9 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Alert   United States The steamer was sunk in a collision with Breakwater (  United States) in Coos Bay at Marshfield, Oregon.[289]
Linea L   United States The 13-net register ton, 36.6-foot (11.2 m) schooner was driven onto the beach in Portage Bay (57°30′N 156°02′W / 57.500°N 156.033°W / 57.500; -156.033 (Portage Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula and wrecked during a gale. Her crew of three survived.[290]

10 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Charger   United States Carrying a cargo of 2,250 tons of copper ore, the 1,334-ton, 203.2-foot (61.9 m) scow was beached in a sinking condition in Karta Bay on the east coast of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Her crew of six survived, but on 11 October she rolled onto her side and was declared a total loss.[114]
Florence   United States While in winter quarters in a small canal near the mouth of Stabbine Slough on St. Michael Island in Norton Sound on the coast of the Territory of Alaska, the 90-gross register ton, 101-foot (30.8 m) sternwheel paddle steamer was blown across the channel during a gale and wrecked with her decks awash, or was crushed by ice. All 22 people aboard survived.[291][292]
J. H. Sheadle   United States The steamer went aground just inside the south entrance to Buffalo, New York. She was pulled off on 19 October.[293]

11 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Antillies   United States The steamer grounded on the Bahama Banks. Refloated on 20 October.[294]
Biscayne   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tow steamer, laid up for repairs, sank at Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida. Raised on 14 September 1910.[295]
Florida   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The auxiliary cargo schooner was sunk in the hurricane at Key West, a total loss.[296]
Frontenac   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The schooner was driven ashore in the hurricane at Key West.[63]
John B. Trevor   United States The steamer struck a reef between Grace Harbor and Rainbow Cove, Isle Royale in heavy winds and snow and was wrecked.[297][298]
Nettie J.   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug was sunk in the hurricane at Key West.[299]
Peerless   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tow steamer sank at Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, Florida.[300]
Sadie   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug was wrecked or sunk in the hurricane at Key West.[301]
Sybil   United States 1909 Florida Keys hurricane: The tug sank in the hurricane near Key West, Florida, killing 11.[302][303]

12 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1909
Ship Country Description
George Stone   United States The cargo ship struck Grubb Reef, off Point Pelee, Lake Erie in a heavy gale and was wrecked, partially breaking up forward. One lifeboat capsized drowning her master, a passenger and four crewmen. Two crewmen held on until the wreck drifted ashore. Nine survivors were taken off the ship by F. M. Osborne (  United States). Some of her machinery was salvaged.[304][305]
Quatsino   United States During a voyage from Nanaimo, British Columbia, to Cordova, Territory of Alaska, with a cargo of 3,000 tons of coal, the barge was wrecked in Dixon Entrance on the Canada–United States border.[306]

13 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1909
Ship Country Description
John B. Trevor   United States The whaleback steamer was wrecked on Rocky Reef near Isle Royale in Lake Superior. Abandoned to the underwriters as constructive total loss. Salvaged in 1910 by F. S. Wiley, Port Arthur, Ontario and towed there for repairs. Repaired and returned to service.[307][308]

14 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie Weatherby   United States The freighter sank at anchor overnight in the Delaware River above Oldmans Creek. Raised same day.[309]
Major W. Allan   United States The tug struck the bar and sank at Cold Spring Inlet, a total loss.[310]

15 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Quatrino   United Kingdom The barge was wrecked on Gray Island, British Columbia in Chatham Sound.[311][312]
Western Star   United States The steamer went aground just inside the south entrance to Buffalo, New York. She was pulled off on 19 October.[313]

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Anna M. II   United States The motor boat was wrecked in a collision with a train ferry towed by Transfer No. 20 (  United States) in the East River. The three people aboard the motor boat were rescued by Transfer No. 20.[314]

18 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Sallie Marmet   United States The steamer was blown onto rocks and sank in the Ohio River at Sciotoville, Ohio. Raised and repaired.[315]

19 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Ventura   United States The motor boat was sunk in a collision with tow steamer Eugene Hughes (  United States) in Newark Bay.[316]

23 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Anne Marie   France A barge based in Erquy (region of Brittany, France). The vessel was carrying cobblestone from its home port to Saint Malo (same area), was wrecked on the Minquiers, Channel Islands tray.[317]
William D.   United States The tug, one of three assisting Shenango (  United States) in the harbor of Cleveland, Ohio, was capsized and sunk by strong current and prop wash from Shenango. Probably raised.[318]

24 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1909
Ship Country Description
DeWet   United States The 14-ton, 36-foot (11.0 m) motor schooner was destroyed by fire at Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[319]
Olga   United States The 43-net register ton, 63.5-foot (19.4 m) motor schooner was wrecked by a storm while lying on the beach at Nome, Territory of Alaska, with no one on board.[216]

25 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Lizzie Gardner   United States The steamer, laid up for the winter, caught fire and was destroyed at Davenport, Iowa.[320]
Marion   United States The tug, while pulling mud scows near Hawgood (  United States) in the harbor of Cleveland, Ohio, was capsized and sunk by strong current and prop wash from Hawgood when the towline to one of the mud scows snapped, destabilizing the tug. Probably raised.[321]

26 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Hestia   United Kingdom During a voyage from Glasgow, Scotland, to St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, the 2,434-gross register ton steamer struck Old Proprietor Ledge — a reef off Grand Manan, New Brunswick — during a gale and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) east-southeast of Southwest Head Light at 44°33′N 066°40′W / 44.550°N 66.667°W / 44.550; -66.667 (Hestia) with the loss of 35 lives. There were six survivors.[322]

28 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Gertrude   United States The motor vessel was damaged in a collision with Pickwick (  United States). Pickwick towed Gertrude into shoal water where she filled and sank, probably in the Norfolk, Virginia area.[323]
Shenandoah   United States The schooner barge was sunk in a collision with Powhattan (  United States) one mile (1.6 km) west of the Shovel Lightship. Her engineer was killed.[324][325]

29 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Elsie K.   United States The tow steamer swamped and sank in high seas off Robbins Reef Light in five feet (1.5 m) of water.[326]
Shenandoah   United States The freight barge, being towed by International (  United States), was sunk in a collision with Powhatan (  United States) one mile (1.6 km) east of Shovelful Lightship, in Vineyard Sound. One crewman killed.[327]

30 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1909
Ship Country Description
George E.   United States The steamer destroyed by fire on Lake Huron one mile (1.6 km) south of Cedarville, Michigan.[328]
Ulrica   United States The passenger steamer was damaged in a collision in the Christiana River at Wilmington, Delaware with passenger steamer Brandywine (  United States) causing her to be beached.[329]

31 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1909
Ship Country Description
Winthrop   United States Carrying a cargo of 20 tons of general merchandise and a crew of two on a voyage from St. Michael, Territory of Alaska, to Nelson Island, the 14-gross register ton, 36.9-foot (11.2 m) motor vessel was wrecked without loss of life off Nunivak Island during a storm in the Bering Sea.[330]

NovemberEdit

2 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Stagg No. 2   United States The motor launch was sunk in a collision with City of Savannah (  United States) at Paducah, Kentucky. The two occupants were thrown into the river. One was rescued by City of Savannah and the other one by George Cowing (  United States).[331]

3 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Butterfly   United States The steamer burned at Martin's Island in the Columbia River, a total loss.[332]

4 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Avalon   Norway The steamer was wrecked at Buff Bay, Jamaica.[333][334]
George Brawdy   United States The laid up dredge was destroyed by fire in the Allegheny River at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[335]

5 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Alligator   United States The out of commission freight paddle steamer burned and sank on Lake Crescent in Florida without loss of life.[336]

6 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Suwanee   United States The steamer foundered at the mouth of the Orange River in heavy seas.[337]

7 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Falcon   United States The steamer was wrecked on South Fox Island, Michigan and burned, a total loss.[338][339]

12 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Edith E. Dennis   United States The Schooner sank in Plum Gut off Fort Terry, Plum Island, New York. Later removed under a US Army Corps of Engineers contract. Her Captain survived, his Wife, child and the other 2 crew died.[340][341]
Kanawha   United States The steamer sank at dock in Providence, Rhode Island while unloading. Raised and repaired.[342]

13 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Weston   United States The steamer was damaged in a collision with Ward Ames (  United States) in the St Marys River and was beached.[343]

14 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1909
Ship Country Description
La Seyne   France The 2,379 GRT French Messageries Maritimes liner out of Batavia, collided with the 5,247 GRT steamship Onda (  United Kingdom), departing Singapore in the Rhio Strait, near Pulo Sau Light near Singapore at 04:35. La Seyne sank in under two minutes with 61 of the crew and passengers saved by Onda with some 97 lost. Many of the lost were lost to shark attack. There was no loss of life aboard Onda but that ship had heavy bow damage.[344][345][346]
Ramapo   United States The tow steamer filled and sank at dock at the Manhassett steamship Pier, Jersey City, New Jersey when she was snagged on the dock on a rising tide. Raised and returned to service.[347]
W. M. Porter   United States The steamer burned at Oak Hill Landing, Bayou Teche, Louisiana.[282]

15 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Francis Hinton   United States The steam barge became waterlogged in 60-mile-per-hour (97 km/h) winds and stranded on Two River Point in Lake Michigan, a total loss.[348]

16 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Commerce   United States The schooner barge became waterlogged, capsized, broke up, and sank off Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The crew were rescued by the tug Reiss (  United States).[349][350]
Varuna   United States The steam yacht was wrecked at Madeira in a gale. One crewman was lost.[351][352]

17 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Rome   Canada The steamer burned at Lime Island, a total loss.[353][354]

18 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Louis Pahlow   United States The steamer broke her steering chains two miles (3.2 km) off the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal in a gale and snowstorm on 16 November. She was anchored and abandoned. One crewman drowned after refusing to abandon ship and was washed overboard after her lifeboat left. Most of the crew made it to shore in the boat. Her captain and two crewmen were rescued by the lighthouse tender Sumac (  United States). By 17 November she had dragged anchor within one mile (1.6 km) of the beach and she was beached on 18 November to be pumped out.[355]

20 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1909
Ship Country Description
St. Croix   United States The steamer burned off Point Dume, California. Her 96 passengers and all crew members made it to shore in her lifeboats.[312][356][357]

22 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Boston   United States The steamer went ashore at Kenilworth, Illinois in a gale.[358]
S. H. Prince   United States The steamer was wrecked in the Chicago River in a gale.[359]

23 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Gem   United States The steamer hit a snag, sprung a leak, and sank at a wharf in New Orleans.[282]

24 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Alf   Norway The barque ran aground on Haisborough Sands and was wrecked. Of 15 crew, 4 died; others rescued by Chanticleer and the Cromer lifeboat Louisa Heartwell (  Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

25 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Mary H. Miller   United States The steamer hit a snag and sank in the Yazoo River three miles (4.8 km) north of Yazoo City.[282]
Oscar T. Flint   United States The steamer was destroyed by fire while anchored nine miles (14 km) southeast of Alpena, Michigan in Lake Huron.[360]

26 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Argo   United States The steamer broke her wheel crossing the bar of the Tillamook River, she drifted out to sea and sank. Passengers and crew taken off by life saving crew, their lifeboat capsized drowning two women passengers. One crewman did not make it to the lifeboats and was lost.[361]

27 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Douglas Hall   United States The steamer struck an obstruction and sank in the Great Kanawha River near Davis Creek.[362]
Lancelot   United Kingdom The spritsail barge was driven ashore in West Bay, Dorset.[363]

29 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Levernbank   United Kingdom The barque was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of the Isles of Scilly. She was on a voyage from Bilbao, Spain to Cardiff, Glamorgan.[364]

30 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1909
Ship Country Description
Nueces   United States The steamer ran aground on French Reef, Florida Keys. Refloated on 4 December.[365]
Ottawa   Canada The wrecking tug burned to the waterline and sank off Outer Island, of the Apostle Islands after pulling off the wrecked John H. Hoyt (  United States). Machinery and equipment were salvaged in May 1910 and September 1911. The crew transferred to John H. Hoyt.