List of shipwrecks in 1946

The list of shipwrecks in 1946 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1946.

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JanuaryEdit

1 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Dorsey   United States Navy The hulk of the high-speed minesweeper, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed.

2 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1946
Ship Country Description
U-516   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The captured Type IXC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W / 56.100°N 9.000°W / 56.100; -9.000).[1]
U-2502   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W / 56.100°N 9.000°W / 56.100; -9.000).[2]
William H. Webb   United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a reef off Kildin Island, Soviet Union and broke in two.[3]

3 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Tigachi   United Kingdom The coastal tanker ran aground at Nidingen, Sweden. Later broke in two, a total loss.
U-825   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight. The Type VIIC submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°31′N 7°30′W / 55.517°N 7.500°W / 55.517; -7.500).[4]
U-2336   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXIII submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W / 56.100°N 9.000°W / 56.100; -9.000) by HMS Offa (  Royal Navy).
U-2351   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXIII submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 8°20′W / 55.833°N 8.333°W / 55.833; -8.333) by HMS Offa (  Royal Navy).[5]

5 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1946
Ship Country Description
U-541   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°38′N 7°35′W / 55.633°N 7.583°W / 55.633; -7.583).[6]
U-901   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 8°30′W / 55.833°N 8.500°W / 55.833; -8.500).[7]
U-2506   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°37′N 7°30′W / 55.617°N 7.500°W / 55.617; -7.500).[8]

6 JanuaryEdit

7 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1946
Ship Country Description
U-1010   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°37′N 7°49′W / 55.617°N 7.817°W / 55.617; -7.817) by ORP Garland (  Polish Navy).[11]
U-1023   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC/41 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°49′N 8°24′W / 55.817°N 8.400°W / 55.817; -8.400).
U-2511   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type XXI submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°33′N 7°38′W / 55.550°N 7.633°W / 55.550; -7.633).

8 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Safari   Royal Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine sank under tow in the English Channel while on her way to the breaker′s yard.

14 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Snowbell   United States Navy The hulk of the Ailanthus-class net laying ship, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
USS Southard   United States Navy The hulk of the fast minesweeper, a former Clemson-class destroyer, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.

15 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1946
Ship Country Description
British Loyalty   United Kingdom The tanker was scuttled in the Indian Ocean (0°38′12″S 73°07′43″E / 0.63667°S 73.12861°E / -0.63667; 73.12861).[12]

18 JanuaryEdit

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1946
Ship Country Description
Dursley   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Redcar, Yorkshire.[14]

24 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1946
Ship Country Description
Carnifex Ferry   United States The tanker collided with F F Wolfe (  United Kingdom) in The Downs off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom and was severely damaged at the bows.[15]
Cobble Hill   United States The tanker ran aground off Sheerness, Kent, United Kingdom.[15]

27 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1946
Ship Country Description
USAT Crown Reefer   United States Army During a voyage transporting perishables and cargo from Seattle, Washington, to Kodiak, Territory of Alaska, and military bases in the Aleutian Islands, the 5,100-ton United States Army Transport – a refrigerated cargo ship – was abandoned when she ran aground off Kirilof Point (51°25′15″N 179°17′50″E / 51.42083°N 179.29722°E / 51.42083; 179.29722 (Kirilof Point)) on the coast of Amchitka Island in the Aleutians. A United States Navy rescue tug rescued her entire crew of 39. She later broke up.[16]
Gradisca   United Kingdom The troopship ran aground on Gavos, Greece.[17]
USS Tamaroa   United States Navy The tug collided with the aviation supply ship USS Jupiter (  United States Navy) in San Francisco Bay and sank.[18]

28 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1946
Ship Country Description
Bluenose The coastal freighter ran aground off Île à Vache, Haiti and broke up.[19]

29 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1946
Ship Country Description
HDMS ME 1016   Royal Danish Navy The minesweeper ran aground off Jernhatten. She was declared a total loss.[20]

30 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1946
Ship Country Description
Antetam   United States The cargo ship struck a mine in the Gironde Estuary and sank with the loss of one of her 41 crew.[21]
Luray Victory   United States The Victory ship ran aground and sank, Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[22]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date January 1946
Ship Country Description
Akagi Maru   Japan The merchant ship struck a mine and sank in the Seto Inland Sea off Okayama Prefecture, Japan. She was raised, repaired, and returned to service.

FebruaryEdit

1 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Fort Massac   United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Thornaby (  United Kingdom) near the Sunk Light Vessel (  United Kingdom), 10 nautical miles (19 km) east south east of Harwich (51°53′N 1°32′E / 51.883°N 1.533°E / 51.883; 1.533). Fort Massac sank, Thornaby put into Harwich with severely damaged bows.[23]

2 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1946
Ship Country Description
U-764   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (56°06′N 9°00′W / 56.100°N 9.000°W / 56.100; -9.000).[24]

3 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Captive   Royal Navy The rescue tug was beached in Potomas Bay, Cyprus.[25]
I-505   Imperial Japanese Navy The Type VIID submarine was scuttled in the Sunda Strait by the destroyer HNLMS Kortenaer (  Royal Netherlands Navy).[26]
Rian   Netherlands The coaster collided with the minesweeper HNLMS Jan van Gelder (  Royal Netherlands Navy) and sank off Ramsey, Isle of Man. All six crew were rescued by Jan van Gelder.[27]

4 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Per Gynt   United States The 20-gross register ton 39.9-foot (12.2 m) fishing vessel sank in Gardiner Bay (54°49′30″N 131°57′45″W / 54.82500°N 131.96250°W / 54.82500; -131.96250 (Gardiner Bay)) on the southeast coast of Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[28]
Yukon   United States With 480 people – 369 passengers and 111 crew members – aboard, the 5,746-gross register ton, 360-foot (109.7 m) steam passenger ship ran aground at Cape Fairfield in Johnstone Bay, Territory of Alaska, and broke in two. With surf reaching heights of 40 feet (12.2 m) and pounding the ship to pieces, rescue operations took three days. Eleven people – five civilians and six United States Army soldiers – died in the disaster.[29][30]

5 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1946
Ship Country Description
U-1228   Kriegsmarine The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast of the United States.[31]

6 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Sphene   United Kingdom The coaster foundered in the Bristol Channel off Cornwall. All five crew were rescued.[32]

10 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Girl Lena   United Kingdom The trawler collided with HMS Saga (  Royal Navy) in the English Channel near the Eddystone Lighthouse and sank. The crew were rescued by Saga.[33][34]
Lindøy   Norway Capsized and sank south of Sogneoksen whilst on a voyage from Bulandet to Bergen, Norway.[35]
U-975   Kriegsmarine Operation Deadlight: The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (55°42′N 9°01′W / 55.700°N 9.017°W / 55.700; -9.017) by HMS Loch Arkaig (  Royal Navy).[36]

11 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 February 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Greene   United States Navy The hulk of the seaplane tender, a former Clemson-class destroyer aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
Ponce de Lyon   United States The Liberty ship ran aground at The Gantocks, off Dunoon, Argyllshire, Scotland.[33]

12 FebruaryEdit

14 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Fulham VII   United Kingdom The coaster collided with Alfred Victory (  United States) 16 nautical miles (30 km) south west of Beachy Head, Sussex, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of one of her seventeen crew.[38]
Lake Crystal   United States Under tow by a tug and carrying a cargo of coal, the 254-foot (77 m), 2,308-gross register ton barge sank in heavy seas in 130 feet (40 m) of water in Block Island Sound 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) southeast of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, at 41°15.985′N 071°46.428′W / 41.266417°N 71.773800°W / 41.266417; -71.773800 (Lake Crystal), with the loss of seven lives. There was one survivor.[39]

15 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
Ship Country Description
I-502   Imperial Japanese Navy The Type IXD2 submarine was scuttled in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore by HMS Loch Lomond (  Royal Navy).[40]
I-506   Imperial Japanese Navy The Type IXD1 submarine was scuttled in the Bali Sea east of the Kangean Islands, Dutch East Indies by a Royal Navy ship.[41]
Tijger   Netherlands The coaster collided with Edward R. Squibb (  United States) east of the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom and sank. All eight people on board were rescued.[38]

16 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Robert G. Cann   Canada During a voyage from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, via Tiverton, Nova Scotia, the 119-foot (36 m), 265-gross register ton coastal screw steamer sank in approximately 400 feet (120 m) of water in the Bay of Fundy 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 mi) southeast of Swallowtail Lighthouse on Grand Manan during a blizzard. Her entire crew of 13 men abandoned ship in a 17-foot (5.2 m) lifeboat, but by the time the lifeboat came ashore at Digby Neck, Nova Scotia, 19 hours later, 12 of them had died of hypothermia, leaving her captain as her only survivor.[42]

17 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Donbass   Soviet Union The 10,488-ton Type T2 tanker broke in two in a storm in the Pacific Ocean approximately 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi) south of Adak in the Aleutian Islands. Three Soviet ships rescued 15 survivors from the forward part of the ship. The tanker Puente Hills (  United States) rescued 23 men and women from the after section of the ship, which she then towed to Port Angeles, Washington with 20 people still aboard it. Both sections of the ship remained afloat and eventually were scrapped.[43][44]

19 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1946
Ship Country Description
MAL 38   Soviet Navy The MAL 2 type landing fire support lighter (Soviet designation unknown) was wrecked.

21 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Edna S   United States The 20-gross register ton, 42.4-foot (12.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Hoonah, Territory of Alaska.[45]

24 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Hodnaberg   Norway The steamship struck a mine in the Kattegat and sank with the loss of nine crew.[35]

25 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Leeuwarden   United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine and sank 18 nautical miles (33 km) north of Dieppe, France. All crew were rescued by the trawler André Marcel (  France).[46]

28 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 February 1946
Ship Country Description
Herisle   United Kingdom The cargo ship was hit by William A. Jones (  United States) after the latter broke free from her moorings in a gale at Gibraltar. Two hours later, there were two explosions on board and she sank with the loss of five of her 34 crew.[47][48]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Lanikai   United States Navy The decommissioned schooner sank in Subic Bay in a storm in February 1946 or during a typhoon sometime in 1947.[49][50]
No. 13   Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered T51-class motor torpedo boat was lost in February.
U-1197   Kriegsmarine The Type VIIC submarine was scuttled in the North Sea by the United States Navy.[51]

MarchEdit

1 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Orphée   French Navy The Diane-class submarine exploded at Casablanca, Morocco. Two of her crew were killed.[52]
Sackett's Harbor   United States The 10,488-gross register ton T2 tanker broke in two in a storm in the North Pacific Ocean southeast of Attu Island, about 800 nautical miles (1,500 km; 920 mi) southwest of Adak, Alaska. Two cats died, but there was no loss of human life. Her bow section later was sunk by gunfire by the patrol frigate USS Orlando (  United States Navy). Her stern section reached the vicinity of Adak under its own power, where the tug Sarsi (  United States) came to its assistance. The stern section was towed to Anchorage, Alaska, where it served as a floating power plant from 1946 to 1955. It was then towed to Seattle, Washington, where it received a new bow around 1957 and returned to service as Angelo Petri (  United States).[53]

2 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Waveney   United Kingdom The ocean liner caught fire at Canada Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire and sank. Declared a total loss, scrapped in 1947.[23]

4 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Bolivar   Norway The cargo ship was wrecked and broke in two at Kish Bank, Ireland.[54]
USS Extricate   United States Navy The hulk of the Anchor-class rescue and salvage ship, aground at Okinawa since 9 October 1945, was destroyed with explosives.
HMS MFV 411   Royal Navy The MFV-1-class motor fishing vessel was lost at Brisbane, Australia.[55]
HMS MFV 812   Royal Navy The MFV-601-class motor fishing vessel was lost at Brisbane, Australia.[56]

5 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Kielce   Poland The cargo ship, loaded with ammunition, collided with Lombardy (  United Kingdom) in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, United Kingdom and sank. All crew were rescued by Lombardy.[57] On 22 July 1967, attempted removal of the wreck caused a major explosion, damaging property onshore.[58]

6 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1946
Ship Country Description
USS LSM-265   United States Navy The LSM-1-class Landing Ship Medium was sunk as a torpedo target by a United States Navy submarine in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.[59][60]
Osashi   Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete Ohama-class escort foundered from leaks at Yokohama, Japan.

9 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1946
Ship Country Description
William L. Davidson   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore near the Osko Lighthouse, Norway. She was later refloated and towed to the United States. Subsequently served as a hulk with the United States Navy.[3]

11 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Roche   United States Navy The damaged hulk of the decommissioned Cannon-class destroyer escort, was sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Yokosuka, Japan.

16 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Byron Darnton   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore on Sanda Island, Argyllshire, United Kingdom (55°17′N 5°35′W / 55.283°N 5.583°W / 55.283; -5.583). She broke in two, a total loss.[61]
Falkenfels   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[62]
Hugo Oldendorf   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[63]
Karl Leonhardt   Germany The 6,042 GRT cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[64]
Lotte   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of poison gas munitions.[65]

17 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Byron Darmton   United States The Liberty ship ran aground on Sanda Island, Argyllshire, United Kingdom and broke in two.[66]

25 MarchEdit

26 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1946
Ship Country Description
J. P. Poe   United States The Liberty ship ran aground near Dover, Kent, United Kingdom. Later refloated.[69]
HMS LCI(L) 4   Royal Navy The landing craft infantry (large) was lost in the Far East.[70]
Muggur   Norway The cargo ship capsized and sank in Ofotfjord after her cargo of herring and timber shifted.[35]
Z34   Germany The destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[71]

27 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Essu   United States The 9-gross register ton, 32.5-foot (9.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the small-boat harbor at Wrangell, Territory of Alaska.[45]

30 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1946
Ship Country Description
Nickajack Trail   United States The T2 tanker was wrecked at the Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands. She was on a voyage from Port Arthur to Yokohama, Japan.[72]

AprilEdit

1 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Ha-103   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°30′N 128°40′E / 32.500°N 128.667°E / 32.500; 128.667 (Ha-103).[73]
Ha-105   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-105).[74]
Ha-106   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine and the submarine I-36 (  Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, were sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-106).[75]
Ha-107   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-107).[76]
Ha-108   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-108).[77]
Ha-109   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-109).[78]
Ha-111   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type SS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-111).[79]
Ha-201   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was sunk as a gunnery target along with the submarine I-401 (  Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, by the destroyers USS Everett F. Larson and USS Goodrich (both   United States Navy) in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-201).[80]
Ha-202   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-202).[81]
Ha-208   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (Ha-208).[82]
I-36   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B1 submarine and the submarine Ha-106 (  Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, were sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[83]
I-47   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B2 submarine was sunk by the United States Navy forces in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[84]
I-53   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type C3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-156).[85]
I-58   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type B3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-156).[86]
I-156   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-156).[87]
I-157   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-157).[88]
I-158   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by aerial bombing by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-158).[89]
I-159   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-159).[90]
I-162   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Kaidai-class cruiser submarine was sunk by gunfire by the submarine tender USS Nereus (  United States Navy) in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-162).[91]
I-366   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type D1 submarine was sunk by United States Navy demolition charges in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[92]
I-367   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type D1 submarine was sunk by a United States Navy demolition charge in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands.[93]
I-402   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a gunnery target along with the submarine Ha-201 (  Imperial Japanese Navy), lashed alongside, by the destroyers USS Everett F. Larson and USS Goodrich (both   United States Navy) in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands at 32°37′N 129°17′E / 32.617°N 129.283°E / 32.617; 129.283 (I-402).[94]
Ro-50   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Road's End: The captured Type K6 submarine was sunk by a United States Navy forces in the East China Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) due east of Kinai Island in Japan's Gotō Islands.[95]

2 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Charles S. Haight   United States The 7,198-gross register ton Liberty ship was stranded on Flat Ground Shoal at Cape Ann off Rockport, Massachusetts. The ship burned out on 17 August and sank in up to 30 feet (9.1 m) of water at 42°40′38″N 070°35′03″W / 42.67722°N 70.58417°W / 42.67722; -70.58417 (Charles S. Haight).[96][97]

4 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1946
Ship Country Description
USS S-35   United States Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target.

5 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 April 1946
Ship Country Description
I-202   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Japan's Gotō Islands, 13 nautical miles (15 miles; 24 km) off Kongō Point.[98]
Ro-31   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Kaichū V-type submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99][100][101]
Ha-207   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99]
Ha-210   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[100]
Ha-215   Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99][100][101]
Ha-216   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[101]
Ha-217   Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99][100][101]
Ha-219   Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99][100][101]
Ha-228   Imperial Japanese Navy The incomplete captured Type STS submarine was scuttled by the United States Navy in the East China Sea off Sasebo Bay.[99][100][101]

8 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Despatch   United States Navy The former protected cruiser was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California.

9 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Bridge   United Kingdom The coaster collided with the wreck of Fort Massac during salvage operations. She was holed and quickly sank in an upright position. A salvage attempt on 23 August only succeeded in turning her on her side, and she was declared a total loss.

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1946
Ship Country Description
RFA Oligarch   Royal Navy The Ol-class tanker was scuttled in the Red Sea (27°30′N 34°45′E / 27.500°N 34.750°E / 27.500; 34.750) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[102]

15 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Ha-110   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type SS submarine possibly was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. (Some sources claim she was scrapped rather than scuttled.)[103]
Ha-112   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type SS submarine possibly was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. (Some sources claim she was scrapped rather than scuttled.)[104]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Helen May   Norway The cargo ship ran aground in the Krakhellesundet whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Ålesund, Norway.[35]
I-503   Imperial Japanese Navy The Marcello-class submarine was scuttled in the Inland Sea off Kobe, Japan by the United States Navy.[105]
I-504   Imperial Japanese Navy The Marconi-class submarine was scuttled in the Kii Channel by the United States Navy.[106]

17 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Frithjof   Norway The fishing boat sprang a leak and sank in the West Ice off Greenland.[35]
USS Wasp   United States Navy The Essex-class aircraft carrier ran aground off the coast of New Jersey.[52]

21 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Christopher   United Kingdom The tugboat struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Martaban (14°09′N 98°03′E / 14.150°N 98.050°E / 14.150; 98.050).
Ramø   Norway World War II: The ship struck a mine and sank at Henningsvær, Lofoten Islands, Norway.[35]

24 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Alfios   Greece The cargo ship ran aground on Sable Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Her crew were rescued by HMCS Middlesex (  Royal Canadian Navy).[107]

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Warrigal   United States The 9-gross register ton, 30.8-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel was stranded and lost at the southwest end of Chichagof Pass in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[108]

28 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Thea   Netherlands The coaster capsized and sank in Bridlington Bay, United Kingdom with the loss of two of the eight people on board.[109]

30 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1946
Ship Country Description
Georgetown Victory   United States The troopship ran aground in the entrance to Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland, at 54°18′45″N 5°31′15″W / 54.31250°N 5.52083°W / 54.31250; -5.52083 (Georgetown Victory) and broke her back. All 1,100-plus on board were rescued by the Claughey, Donaghadee, and Newcastle lifeboats.[110]
I-121   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-121-class submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[111]
Ro-68   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type L4 submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[112]
Ro-500   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type IXC submarine was scuttled in Wakasa Bay off Maizuru, Japan, by the United States Navy.[113]
USS Solar   United States Navy The sonar test vessel, a former Buckley-class destroyer escort exploded and sank at Naval Ammunition Depot Earle, New Jersey with the loss of seven of her 213 crew, with 125 injured.[114]
HMS Stubborn   Royal Navy The S-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.
HMAS Tolga   Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned auxiliary minesweeper was scuttled off the north coast of New Guinea.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown April 1946
Ship Country Description
SS-16   Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered SS-class landing ship sank at Yohimi. Raised and scrapped.

MayEdit

1 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Tarantula   Royal Navy The decommissioned Insect-class river gunboat was sunk as a gunnery target in the Bay of Bengal off Trincomalee, Ceylon, by the destroyers HMS Carron and HMS Carysfort (both   Royal Navy).

2 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1946
Ship Country Description
S 7   Royal Navy The surrendered S 7-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.
S 9   United States Navy The surrendered S 7-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.
S 12   United States Navy The surrendered S 10-class motor torpedo boat was scuttled.

6 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1946
Ship Country Description
Ha-206   Imperial Japanese Navy The wreck of the incomplete Type STS submarine – refloated in April 1946 after sinking in a typhoon in August 1945 – was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the Kii Channel. The wreck again was refloated in 1952 and scrapped.[115]

8 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Diomede   Royal Navy Whilst on tow and sheltering in Mount's Bay from an easterly gale, the Danae-class cruiser drifted onto the Larrigan, rocks and stranded at low tide. Refloated several hours later she continued on her journey from Falmouth to the Clyde for scrapping.[116]
Ha-205   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type STS submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119]
I-153   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119] (Some sources say she was scrapped rather than sunk.)[120]
I-154   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119][121]
I-155   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Kaidai-class submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119][122]
Ro-59   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L3 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119]
Ro-62   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L4 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119][123]
Ro-63   Imperial Japanese Navy Operation Bottom: The captured Type L4 submarine was sunk by gunfire by the destroyer HMAS Quiberon (  Royal Australian Navy) and the sloop-of-war HMIS Sutlej (  Royal Indian Navy) in the Inland Sea.[117][118][119][124]

9 MayEdit

10 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1946
Ship Country Description
Fort Sumter   United States The T2 tanker broke in two and sank in the Pacific Ocean 720 nautical miles (1,330 km) south of Attu Island, Alaska. She was on a voyage from Yokohama, Japan to San Pedro.[126]
H I C 5   United States The 51-gross register ton, 60.1-foot (18.3 m) scow sank in Excursion Inlet (58°25′N 135°26′W / 58.417°N 135.433°W / 58.417; -135.433 (Excursion Inlet)) in Southeast Alaska.[127]

14 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Bellona   United States Navy The Achelous-class landing craft repair ship, hard aground on Kama Rock, Iwo Jima, since 1 December 1945, was blown up with explosive charges after being stripped of all salvageable equipment.

18 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1946
Ship Country Description
M-16   Germany The minesweeper was scuttled at 58°10′N 10°42′E / 58.167°N 10.700°E / 58.167; 10.700 in the Skagerrak.[128]

21 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1946
Ship Country Description
I-203   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W / 21.217°N 158.133°W / 21.217; -158.133 ("I-203") by a Mark 18-2 torpedo fired by the submarine USS Caiman (  United States Navy).[129]

23 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1946
Ship Country Description
I-201   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-201-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W / 21.217°N 158.133°W / 21.217; -158.133 ("I-201") by a Mark 18-2 torpedo fired by the submarine USS Queenfish (  United States Navy).[129]

24 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1946
Ship Country Description
DD-224   United States Navy
 
DD-224 sinking.
The decommissioned Clemson-class destroyer, formerly USS Stewart, was sunk as a target by aircraft in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California.

25 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Lewes   Royal Navy The decommissioned Caldwell-class destroyer, formerly USS Craven and USS Conway (  United States Navy), was scuttled in the Tasman Sea off Sydney, Australia.

26 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1946
Ship Country Description
H.C. Horn   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Baltic Sea.[130]

28 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1946
Ship Country Description
I-14   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Type AM submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Oahu, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°08′W / 21.217°N 158.133°W / 21.217; -158.133 ("I-14") by torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Bugara (  United States Navy).[131]
Marianne   Denmark The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Øresund off Stevns.[132]

31 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1946
Ship Country Description
I-401   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°12′N 158°07′W / 21.200°N 158.117°W / 21.200; -158.117 ("I-401") by two Mark 18 torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Cabezon (  United States Navy).[133]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: unknown 1946
Ship Country Description
F 192   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type AM minelayer Marinefahrprahm was scuttled sometime in May.
Nattie   United States The 10-gross register ton, 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel drifted out to sea from Seldovia, Territory of Alaska, and was wrecked.[134]

JuneEdit

4 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Kunashiri   Imperial Japanese Navy The Shimushu-class escort ship ran aground and was wrecked on the coast of Japan.
I-400   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured I-400-class submarine was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, at 21°13′N 158°07′W / 21.217°N 158.117°W / 21.217; -158.117 ("I-400") by three Mark 18-2 torpedoes fired by the submarine USS Trumpetfish (  United States Navy).[135]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Jan Wellem   Germany The tanker was wrecked in the Kiel Fjord, Germany. Scrapped at Blyth, United Kingdom, from November 1947.[136]

7 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Kamikaze   Japan The repatriation ship, a former Kamikaze-class destroyer, ran aground off Cape Omaezaki, Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, at (34°38′N 138°8′E / 34.633°N 138.133°E / 34.633; 138.133 (Kamikaze)) while coming to the aide of Kunashiri (  Japan) and was declared a constructive total loss.[137]
Kunashiri   Japan The repatriation ship, a former Shimushu-class escort, ran aground off Cape Omaezaki, Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, at (34°35′N 138°5′E / 34.583°N 138.083°E / 34.583; 138.083). She was abandoned and scrapped 1946–1947.[137]

8 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1946
Ship Country Description
AF 112   Kriegsmarine The surrendered Type D Artilleriefährprahm sank on this date.
Myōkō   Imperial Japanese Navy The captured Myōkō-class heavy cruiser was scuttled by British forces in the Strait of Malacca off Port Swettenham, Malaya, at 03°05′N 100°40′E / 3.083°N 100.667°E / 3.083; 100.667 (Myōkō).

9 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Solar   United States Navy The Buckley-class destroyer escort was scuttled 100 nautical miles (190 km) off New York.

13 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Fechenheim   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled off Arendal, Norway.[138]

16 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Meerkerk   Netherlands The ship struck a mine off Westkapelle, Netherlands. 12 crew jumped overboard and were drowned. The remainder, including 14 passengers, were rescued. The ship sank on 18 June.[139]

18 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Hugh Williamson   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Pernambuco, Brazil. She was later refloated and laid up. Consequently scrapped in 1946.[140]
Wafico No. 8   United States The 8-gross register ton, 30.9-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Halibut Bay on the southwest end of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska.[108]

20 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Oderstrom   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[141]

25 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1946
Ship Country Description
Gold Creek   United States The T2 tanker ran aground off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and was severely damaged. She was on a voyage from Houston, Texas to Providence, Rhode Island.[142]

28 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1946
Ship Country Description
C 4   Spanish Navy The C 1-class submarine was rammed by the destroyer Lepanto (  Spanish Navy) and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Balearic Islands with the loss of all 46 crew.
Miss D   United States The 23-gross register ton, 49.9-foot (15.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Anchorage, Territory of Alaska.[143]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
Ship Country Description
Flowergate   United Kingdom The ship ran aground on Porthminster Beach, St. Ives whilst under tow to breakers yard. Later refloated and continued her journey.[144]
James W. Nesmith   United States The Liberty ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical munitions.[145]

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Anderson   United States Navy
 
The atomic bomb explosion of 1 July 1946.
Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Sims-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Carlisle   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Gilliam-class attack transport was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Gilliam   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Gilliam-class attack transport was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Lamson   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Mahan-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
Sakawa   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The captured Agano-class light cruiser (  Imperial Japanese Navy) was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.

2 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Agnes   Norway The cargo ship struck a mine and sank at Hai Phong, Vietnam. 15 crewmen killed.[35][146]

7 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Kjeøy   Norway Ran aground at Ytre Sula, Norway. Salvaged and found to be damaged beyond repair.[147]

11 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Topdal   Norway Sank whilst laid up at Bergen, Norway, after some boys opened her sea cocks.[35]

12 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Island Duke   United States The 15-gross register ton 45.6-foot (13.9 m) motor towing vessel was wrecked off Graveyard Point (58°52′N 157°01′W / 58.867°N 157.017°W / 58.867; -157.017 (Graveyard Point)) in Kvichak Bay on the Bristol Bay coast of the Territory of Alaska.[148]

13 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Freiburg   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[149]
Gertrud Fritzen   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak as a means of disposing of poison gas munitions that had been loaded aboard her.[150]

14 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Majaba   United States Navy The decommissioned and abandoned non-self propelled auxiliary vessel sank at dock in Subic Bay, Philippines.[151][152]
Somehow   United States The 14-gross register ton, 33.3-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Elfin Cove in Southeast Alaska.[53]

20 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1946
Ship Country Description

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ship=Z45 flag=  Germany desc=World War II: The incomplete Type 1936B destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.

22 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Cougar   United States The 43-gross register ton, 59.2-foot (18.0 m) fishing vessel sank in the Shelikof Strait 4 nautical miles (7.4 km; 4.6 mi) off Rocky Point (57°39′45″N 154°13′50″W / 57.66250°N 154.23056°W / 57.66250; -154.23056 (Rocky Point)) on the coast of Kodiak Island in the Territory of Alaska's Kodiak Archipelago with the loss of three crewmen and seven or eight passengers. The sole survivor was a man who clung to a floating gasoline tank for 11 hours until a passing fishing vessel rescued him.[16]

25 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1946
Ship Country Description
USS Apogon   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Arkansas   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Wyoming-class battleship was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS LSM-60   United States Navy
 
The atomic explosion beneath LSM-60.
Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned LSM-1-class medium landing ship disintegrated in the explosion of an atomic bomb suspended beneath her at Bikini Atoll during atomic bomb testing.
USS Pilotfish   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Balao-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Saratoga   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Lexington-class aircraft carrier was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.
USS Skipjack   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The decommissioned Salmon-class submarine was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll. She later was raised for further use as a target ship and sunk again in August 1948.
YON-160   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The fuel oil barge was sunk as a target by an atomic bomb at Bikini Atoll.

26 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1946
Ship Country Description
T37   Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[153]
T38   Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[153]
T39   Germany The incomplete Type 1941 torpedo boat was scuttled by the United States as a means of disposing of chemical weapons that had been loaded aboard.[153]
TF-11   Germany The torpedo training ship, a former Type 1940 minesweeper, was scuttled in the Skagerrak by the Allies.

27 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Kanaga   United States The 60-gross register ton, 61.6-foot (18.8 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Southeast Alaska, 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) south of Sitka, Territory of Alaska.[125]

30 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1946
Ship Country Description
Nagato   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The captured Nagato-class battleship sank at Bikini Atoll due to damage sustained on 25 July 1946 as a test target in an atomic bomb explosion.
Vipya   Nyasaland The sternwheel ferry capsized and sank in a storm while only on her fourth voyage on Lake Nyasa 7 nautical miles (13 km) near Florence Bay with the loss of 145 lives.[154] The Malawi Department of Antiquities's sign at the Memorial site at Fort Johnston (now Mangochi) confirms the loss of life as being 145.

31 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1946
Ship Country Description
American Farmer   United States The cargo ship collided with William J. Riddle (  United States) in the Atlantic Ocean and was severely damaged and abandoned. All passengers and crew rescued by William J. Riddle. American Farmer was initially reported to have sunk, but later reported to be still afloat.[155]
Argyle   Canada The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked near Punta Gorda, Cuba while on passage from Baracoa for Miami with bananas.[156]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in July 1946
Ship Country Description
Patrick Henry   United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a reef off the coast of Florida and was severely damaged
Seishu Maru The crane ship ran aground in a typhoon near Hong Kong. Deemed a total loss and probably scrapped in situ.[157]

AugustEdit

1 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Peregrin   United States The 13-gross register ton 34.3-foot (10.5 m) motor vessel was destroyed by fire at Naknek, Territory of Alaska.[28]

2 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Cross   United Kingdom Capsized following an explosion and fire at Haifa, Palestine. Up to 25 people killed.

5 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Homestead   United States The T2 tanker was struck by lightning and burnt out at Jacksonville, Florida. Consequently scrapped.[142]

7 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Red Wing   United States The 20-gross register ton, 44.6-foot (13.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked at "Bent Point" – probably Bent Cape (54°53′30″N 162°25′00″W / 54.89167°N 162.41667°W / 54.89167; -162.41667 (Bent Point)) – on Deer Island at the mouth of Cold Bay on the south side of the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[13]

10 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Adur II   United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank off Hartland Point, Devon with the loss of one of her crew.[158]

16 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Finisterre   France Fishing vessel driven ashore at St. Ives. Three crew killed.[144]

22 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Rival   United Kingdom The cargo ship was damaged at Haifa, Palestine by a limpet mine and was beached. She was later repaired and returned to service.[23]

25 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1946
Ship Country Description
Buccaneer   United Kingdom The tug was accidentally shelled and sunk, while towing a target off the Isle of Portland, by HMS St. James (  Royal Navy). Her crew were rescued by HMS St. James.[52][159]
Empire Peacock   United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (47°55′N 8°30′W / 47.917°N 8.500°W / 47.917; -8.500) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[23]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date August 1946
Ship Country Description
I-372   Imperial Japanese Navy The refloated wreck of the Type D submarine was scuttled in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Japan.[160]

SeptemberEdit

3 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Fulani   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the River Mersey at Liverpool, Lancashire.[161] Refloated the next day.[162]
Sea King   Norway The cargo ship sank in the Trondheimsleia following a collision with another ship. Was on a voyage from Skrova to Trondheim, Norway.[35]

8 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Rhön   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled off Arendal, Norway.[163]

12 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Fort Fraser   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Paull, Yorkshire. Later refloated.[164]
Helena Modjeska   United States The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom. Later broke her back, a total loss.[22]

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Marit II   Norway The tanker broke in two off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States (35°09′N 73°24′W / 35.150°N 73.400°W / 35.150; -73.400) and sank with the loss of eleven crew.[35]
S. Wiley Wakeman   United States The Liberty ship ran aground on a wreck off Tobago. She was refloated on 22 September. Subsequently laid up, scrapped in 1948.[165]

15 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Herøy   Norway The cargo ship sprang a leak and sank west of the Feistein Lighthouse whilst on a voyage from Odda to Sarpsborg, Norway.[35]

19 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Ohio   United Kingdom Both halves of the tanker, which had broken in two in 1942 due to combat damage, were sunk as gunnery targets in the Mediterranean Sea off Malta.

20 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1946
Ship Country Description
TID 62   United Kingdom The tug suffered a failure of her steering gear off Beachy Head, Sussex. She was taken in tow by HMS Zephyr (  Royal Navy) and anchored off Folkestone, Kent where she later sank with the loss of a crewman.[166]

24 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1946
Ship Country Description
RFA Green Ranger   Royal Navy The Ranger-class tanker was torpedoed and damaged at Portland Harbour, Dorset.[52]

25 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1946
Ship Country Description
SS-22   Imperial Japanese Navy The T-class landing ship was wrecked near Chipei-Hsiaotao, Pescadore Islands.

29 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Brigadier General M. G. Zalinski   United States Army The transport ran aground and sank in the Grenville Channel, 1.3 miles south west of James Point, British Columbia.[167]
Fort Vermillion   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[168] Refloated on 6 October.[22]
Torni   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Petard Point, Ravenscar, Yorkshire.[168]

30 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1946
Ship Country Description
Alta   Norway The cargo ship sank off Makkaur, Norway. Raised in 1949 and converted to a barge in 1950.[35]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
Ship Country Description
LCG(M) 132   Norway The landing craft was driven ashore whilst under tow from Inveraray, Argyllshire to Greenock, Renfrewshire, United Kingdom and was a total loss.[35]
Schuyler Colfax   United States The liberty ship was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean by USS Tilefish (  United States Navy).[169]

OctoberEdit

1 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1946
Ship Country Description
June   United States The 20-gross register ton, 43.2-foot (13.2 m) motor cargo vessel sank in Yakutat Bay on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[170]

10 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Fluor   United Kingdom The coaster was struck by Strathnaver (  United Kingdom) whilst moored at Southampton, Hampshire and sank. All twelve crew escaped.[171]

11 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Glamorganbrook   United Kingdom The coaster sprang a leak and sank off Scarborough, Yorkshire with the loss of one of the fifteen people on board.[172]

12 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Arthur Sewall   United States The Liberty ship was scuttled with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[173]
Empire Severn   United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled north west of the Hebrides (58°18′N 9°37′E / 58.300°N 9.617°E / 58.300; 9.617) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[23]
Ludwigshafen   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[174]

14 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Eider   Germany The former (hulked) cargo ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[175]

17 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1946
Ship Country Description
HMAS Waree   Royal Australian Navy The tug was run aground near the mouth of the Clarence River at Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, after beginning to take on water. She was declared a total loss.

19 OctoberEdit

22 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS Saumarez   Royal Navy Corfu Channel Incident: The S-class destroyer suffered heavy damage when she struck a mine in the Corfu Channel which blew her bow off. Eleven of her crew were killed and 25 others were listed as missing and presumed dead. She returned to base stern-first. She was declared a total loss and scrapped.
HMS Volage   Royal Navy Corfu Channel Incident: The V-class destroyer suffered heavy damage when she struck a mine in the Corfu Channel which blew her bow off while she was attempting to tow HMS Saumarez (  Royal Navy) to safety. One of her crew was killed and seven others were listed as missing and presumed dead. She returned to base stern-first. She was eventually repaired and returned to service.

24 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Bakkøy   Norway The cargo ship ran aground east of Lindesnes whilst on a voyage from Korshamn to Oslo, Norway.[35]

26 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Arthur Sewall   United States The Liberty ship was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[176]

28 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Renascent   Norway The coaster sprang a leak and sank in the North Sea whilst on a voyage from Lowestoft, United Kingdom to Kristiansand, Norway.[35]

29 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1946
Ship Country Description
Stanburn   United Kingdom The cargo ship foundered off Sfax, Tunisia with the loss of four of her 35 crew.[177]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
Ship Country Description
George Hawley   United States The Liberty ship was scuttled with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[178]

NovemberEdit

2 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Woodlark   United Kingdom The troopship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Hebrides (59°00′N 7°40′W / 59.000°N 7.667°W / 59.000; -7.667) with a cargo of obsolete chemical ammunition.[23]
Gyoraitei No. 222   Imperial Japanese Navy The surrendered Gyoraitei No. 31-class motor torpedo boat was lost on this date.
Tora   Norway The cargo ship sprang a leak and sank in the Åland Sea west of Almagrundet, Sweden whilst on a voyage from Kotka, Finland to Stavanger, Norway.[35]

3 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1946
Ship Country Description
A T T No. 1   United States The 3,577-gross register ton, 314.8-foot (96.0 m) barge was wrecked on the northeast coast of Amukta in the Aleutian Islands.[179]

4 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Gulli   Norway The motor vessel ran aground at Kragerø, Norway.[35]

5 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Lund   Royal Navy The naval trawler was sunk by the explosion of a depth charge whilst engaged in an operation to disperse the wreck of Flandres (  Belgium) off Deal, Kent. Four crew were killed and three were injured.[180]
Valle   Norway The coaster suffered engine failure and struck rocks whilst on a voyage from Grimstad to Haugesund, Norway.[35]

11 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Pitt   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the English Channel off Berville-sur-Mer, Eure, France and broke her back. She was declared a constructive total loss.[23]

13 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1946
Ship Country Description
U-977   United States Navy The Type VIIC submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in the Atlantic Ocean off Massachusetts by the submarine USS Atule (  United States Navy).

14 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Charmouth   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler (195 GRT) was sunk by a mine off Ballycotton, County York, Ireland. Nine crew were killed. There were five survivors.[181]

16 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Flying Cloud   United States The 20-gross register ton, 41.2-foot (12.6 m) fishing vessel sank off Point Gardner (57°01′N 134°37′W / 57.017°N 134.617°W / 57.017; -134.617 (Point Gardner)) on the south end of Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[182]

19 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1946
Ship Country Description
HNLMS Walcherin   Royal Netherlands Navy The Duiveland-class minesweeper was sunk by a Japanese mine on 19 November 1946 near Balikpapan, Netherlands East Indies. Three crewmen were killed.[183]

20 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Albany   United Kingdom The coaster disappeared on a voyage between Port Talbot and Rosslare.
Stormont   United Kingdom The coaster was in collision with Empire Brent (  United Kingdom) in the River Mersey and sank with the loss of 160 of the 210 cattle she was carrying.[184]

22 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Hirma   Norway The cargo ship ran aground west of the Geita Lighthouse, whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Bodø, Norway.[35]

26 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Garth   United Kingdom The dredger sank in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all six crew.[185]

27 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1946
Ship Country Description
Laksnes   Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Rongevær, Norway, broke in two and sank.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1946
Ship Country Description
Tillamok   United States The tanker ran aground at Porthcawl, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. Still aground on 25 December.[186]

DecemberEdit

1 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Tillamook   United States The tanker was driven ashore at Sker Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. She was refloated on 6 February 1947 and taken in to Swansea, Glamorgan.[187]

2 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1946
Ship Country Description
HMCS Middlesex   Royal Canadian Navy The Algerine-class minesweeper ran aground on Shutin Island, Nova Scotia. She was subsequently scrapped in situ.[188]

5 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Rubens   United Kingdom The cargo ship was abandoned 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Bonacca, Honduras. Drifted ashore at Bonacca, a total loss.[189]

6 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1946
Ship Country Description
N35   French Navy The Type XXIII submarine was lost at Toulon, Var in a diving accident with the loss of 21 of lives.[190][52]

7 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Rafiah Aliyah Bet: The Jewish immigrant ship (formerly Athina S.) was wrecked on Sirina, north-east of Crete.[191]
Sea It   United States The 17-gross register ton, 45-foot (14 m) motor cargo vessel sank off Point Adolphus (58°17′15″N 135°47′00″W / 58.28750°N 135.78333°W / 58.28750; -135.78333 (Point Adolphus)) in Southeast Alaska.[53]

8 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Empire Eden   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Spurn Head, Yorkshire in a gale, but was refloated.
Francis Batey   United Kingdom The tug sank in the Tyne.[192]
Irma   Sweden The cargo ship was driven onto Manacle Rock, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Towed clear by Zwarte Zee (  Netherlands).[192]
Liberté   France The ocean liner collided with the wreck of Paris (  France) and sank at Le Havre.[193] Later raised, repaired and returned to service.
HMS Saltburn   Royal Navy The Hunt-class minesweeper broke free from her tow and ran aground at Hartland Point, Devon.[192]
Security   United Kingdom The tug sank off Portland, Dorset.[192]
HMS Truant   Royal Navy The T-class submarine broke free from her tow and sank off the Channel Islands.[192]
Wansford   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Falmouth, Cornwall. Towed clear by Zwarte Zee (  Netherlands).[192]

13 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Tove   Norway The coaster capsized and sank in the Kattegat whilst on a voyage from Randers to Bergen, Norway. One crewmember was killed.[35]

16 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Leipzig   Royal Navy The Leipzig-class light cruiser was scuttled in the North Sea with a cargo of obsolete chemical weapons.
T21   Germany The torpedo boat was scuttled in the Skagerrak at 57°53′N 6°13′E / 57.883°N 6.217°E / 57.883; 6.217.[194]
Z29   Germany The destroyer was scuttled in the Skagerrak.[195]

19 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Havskaaren   Norway The coaster ran aground at Kvalnesflæsa, Lofoten Islands, Norway.[35]

20 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Chichagoff   United States The 44-gross register ton, 57.3-foot (17.5 m) fishing vessel was abandoned off Khaz Head (57°31′45″N 136°01′00″W / 57.52917°N 136.01667°W / 57.52917; -136.01667 (Khaz Head)) off Piehle Passage (57°31′39″N 136°01′44″W / 57.5275°N 136.0289°W / 57.5275; -136.0289 (Piehle Passage)) in Southeast Alaska after she lost rudder control and a breaker carried away her pilothouse. Her crew of three abandoned ship in a dory and survived, but Chichagoff sank.[16]

22 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Prinz Eugen   United States Navy Operation Crossroads: The Admiral Hipper-class heavy cruiser capsized and sank at Kwajalein Atoll due to an unrepaired leak caused by damage when she was used as a target in atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll on 1 and 25 July 1946.

23 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Afognak   United States The beam trawler ran hard aground 2 nautical miles (3.7 km; 2.3 mi) north of Point Gardner (57°01′N 134°37′W / 57.017°N 134.617°W / 57.017; -134.617 (Point Gardner)) in Southeast Alaska. The mail boat Yakobi (  United States) rescued the eight people – Afognak's captain, his wife, and six crewmen – on board.[179]
Marna   Norway The coaster sank west of Gamle Hellesund, Norway, during a voyage from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Grangemouth, Scotland, United Kingdom.[35]

24 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Northeastern Victory   United States The Victory ship ran aground and sank, Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom.[22]

25 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Anastasia   United Kingdom The coaster sprang a leak and was beached at Skar Point, Walney Island, Lancashire.[196]

27 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Am-Mer-Mar   United States The Liberty ship ran aground off Lindesnes, Norway. She sank on 1 January 1947.[173]

30 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1946
Ship Country Description
F 2   Royal Navy The F-class escort ship sank at Scapa Flow (58°50′N 03°11′E / 58.833°N 3.183°E / 58.833; 3.183) during a storm. Partially scrapped in place.[197]

31 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1946
Ship Country Description
Monte Pascoal   Germany The Monte-class ocean liner was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.[198]
Schwabenland   Germany The seaplane tender/catapult ship was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.[199]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date December 1946
Ship Country Description
HMS H 97   Royal Navy The captured German destroyer was beached to prevent her from sinking due to corroded bottom plates.[200]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: unknown 1946
Ship Country Description
Alice L. Pendleton   United States The 228-foot (69 m), 1,349-gross register ton four-masted lumber schooner was abandoned at the Palmer Shipyard on the west side of the Mystic River in Noank, Connecticut, sometime during the 1940s, gradually rotted away, and settled on the river bottom in 10 feet (3.0 m) of water.[201]
Claus Von Bevern   Germany The test ship, a former G180-class torpedo boat, was scuttled in the Skagerrak, laden with gas shells.
Yu 1007   Imperial Japanese Army The surrendered Yu I-type Type 3 submergence transport vehicle sank in a storm at Mikuriya, Japan, in either 1945 or 1946. She later was salvaged, and was scrapped in January 1948.[202][203]

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