List of shipwrecks in 1947

The list of shipwrecks in 1947 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1947.

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JanuaryEdit

1 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Karla   Denmark The cable laying ship struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland, 15 nautical miles (28 km) of Ormus Island, Estonia. Sixteen of the 44 crew were killed.[1]

2 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Caritas I   Belgium The cargo ship broke in two and sank after being beached in the River Scheldt following a collision with Jan Steen (  Netherlands) on 1 January.
Empire Wharfe   United Kingdom The cargo ship arrived at Lagos, Nigeria on fire and was beached in Badagry Creek. Refloated on 6 January, repaired and returned to service.[2]

3 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Magnhild   Norway The cargo ship collided with Imba No. 401 (  Soviet Union) whilst on a voyage from Kolding, Denmark to Gdynia, Poland.[3]

5 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Varvassi   Greece The cargo ship ran aground off the Needles Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.[4]

7 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Pollnes   Norway The cargo ship foundered off the Shetland Islands, United Kingdom whilst on a voyage from Bodø, Norway, to Dublin, Ireland. Thirteen crew killed.[3]

8 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Senjen   Norway The cargo ship ran aground west of the Kvaløy Lighthouse whilst on a voyage from Bangsund to Trondheim, Norway.[3]

11 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Ewell   United Kingdom The collier ran aground off Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk.[5]

12 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Clarinda   United States The 76-gross register ton, 89.6-foot (27.3 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire at Sand Point, Territory of Alaska.[6]

13 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Good Shepherd   United Kingdom The ship was driven ashore on Fair Isle and was a total loss.[5]

14 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Astafjorden   Norway The cargo ship sank west of Kvænangen whilst on a voyage from Tromsø to Hammerfest, Norway.[3]
Simbra   United Kingdom The whaler foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all bar one of her sixteen crew.[7]

19 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Authority   United Kingdom The coastal tanker ran aground in the River Mersey, United Kingdom.[8]
Chihkiang   China The passenger ship collided with a tug and sank at Shanghai with the loss of at least 100 lives.[9]
Heimara   Greece The ferry run aground and sank off Kavalliani in the South Euboean Gulf with the loss of about 300 lives.
Sweet Water   United States The tanker ran aground in the River Mersey. Refloated after twelve hours.[8]
Wanganella   Australia
 
Wanganella aground on Barrett Reef.
The passenger ship ran aground on Barrett Reef at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, New Zealand. She was refloated 18 days later and repaired, and she returned to service in November 1948.

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Empire Grassland   Australia The hopper ship foundered in the Pacific Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) north north west of Carnarvon, Western Australia whilst under tow from Singapore to Australia by Empire Downland (  Australia).[2]

21 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1947
Ship Country Description
HMS Bonaventure   Royal Navy The submarine tender ran aground at Cape Melville, Australia.[10] Refloated on 23 January.[11]

23 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Ampleforth   United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore in a storm at Tel Aviv, Palestine. She was refloated on 3 March but declared a constructive total loss. She was repaired, sold and re-entered service in 1948 as Bangor Bay.[2]

25 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Storesand I   Norway The cargo ship sank in Drammensfjord whilst on a voyage from Gilhus to Oslo, Norway.[3]

26 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Sten Sture   Sweden The cargo ship (ex Sverre Nergaard) sank off of Bornholm while on a voyage from Gdansk, Poland to Helsingborg, Sweden with the loss of 5 officers and 13 crew.[12][13][14]

29 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Samwater   United Kingdom The Liberty ship caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (42°41′N 10°13′W / 42.683°N 10.217°W / 42.683; -10.217).[15]

30 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1947
Ship Country Description
Star of Mex   Egypt The cargo ship ran aground off Bahrein. The ship was attacked by Arab pirates on 15 February. All 28 crew rescued by British Destiny (  United Kingdom).[16]

FebruaryEdit

2 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 February 1947
Ship Country Description
Dora Oldendorff   Germany The cargo ship was scuttled in the Bay of Biscay. (47°40′N 9°02′W / 47.667°N 9.033°W / 47.667; -9.033).[17]

5 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 February 1947
Ship Country Description
Winkleigh   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off the mouth of the Humber.[18]

8 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1947
Ship Country Description
Ary   Panama The cargo ship was carrying coal from Port Talbot, Wales to Waterford, Ireland when the vessel foundered in the waters off County Waterford during the notoriously cold winter of 1946–1947. 15 of the 16 crew died (most of them Poles); many are buried at Ardmore Cathedral, Ireland.[19][20][21][22]

18 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 February 1947
Ship Country Description
Arrow   United States Army The Army transport, formerly Colonial Navigation Company's Belfast (1909), wrecked off Ocean Park, Washington while under tow to Puget Sound.[23][24]

26 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1947
Ship Country Description
P T & B Co. 1651   United States The 1,008-gross register ton barge was wrecked on Lewis Reef (55°22′30″N 131°44′15″W / 55.37500°N 131.73750°W / 55.37500; -131.73750 (Lewis Reef)) in Tongass Narrows in Southeast Alaska near Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska.[25]
Royal Ulsterman   United Kingdom The ferry ran aground at Clauchlands Point, Isle of Arran, Argyllshire. Refloated with the aid of the tug Vanguard (  United Kingdom).[26]
Zephyros   Greece The cargo ship was driven ashore at Cullercoats, Northumberland, United Kingdom.[26]
Zeprom   Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Whitley Bay, Northumberland, United Kingdom. All 35 crew rescued.[26]

MarchEdit

3 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Luana   Italy The vessel struck a mine and sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Capo Promontore, Yugoslavia.[27]
Novadoc   Canada Carrying a cargo of gypsum and a crew of 24, the 2,250-gross register ton cargo ship sent a distress signal reporting herself taking on water in the Atlantic Ocean 22 nautical miles (41 km; 25 mi) east of Portland, Maine, during a gale. She probably sank in over 400 feet (120 m) of water. An extensive search failed to find any trace of her or her crew.[28]
Oakey L. Alexander   United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 5,284-gross register ton cargo ship broke in half in the Atlantic Ocean during a gale. Her bow section disappeared. Her stern section sank in up to 20 feet (6.1 m) of water just off Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Her entire crew survived.[29]

4 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Bolivar   Norway The cargo ship ran aground on the Kish Bank, Irish Sea whilst on a voyage from Dublin, Ireland to Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom.[3]

6 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Trondhjem   Norway The cargo ship struck a mine in the Weser, West Germany and sank. She was on a voyage from Stavanger, Norway to Hamburg.[3]

8 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Ira   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom and broke in two. All 34 crew rescued by the Walmer Lifeboat.[30]

9 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Sondra Lee   United States The 296-gross register ton, 99.1-foot (30.2 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire in Wrangell Narrows in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[31]

12 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Fort Dearborn   United States The T2 tanker broke in two in the Pacific Ocean 800 nautical miles (1,500 km) north west of Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten crew on the bow section were rescued by General W. H. Gordon (  United States). Twenty-two crew on the stern section were rescued by USS Eldorado (  United States Navy). The bow section was shelled and sunk, the stern section was towed to Hawaii. Fort Dearborn was on a voyage from San Francisco, California to Shanghai, China.[32]

13 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Edmund Fanning   United States The Liberty ship exploded at Genoa Italy and was beached. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[33]
Empire Jonquil   United Kingdom The vessel sank at Hull Docks and was declared a constructive total loss. Empire Jonquil was later repaired and returned to service.

19 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1947
Ship Country Description
ROCS Fu Po   Republic of China Navy The Flower-class corvette sank in a collision with the merchant ship Hai Ming (  Republic of China) in the Formosa Strait.[34][35]

21 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1947
Ship Country Description
HMCS Onyx   Royal Canadian Navy The Admiralty-type drifter foundered.[36]

22 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Empire Contamar   United Kingdom The schooner ran aground in St Austell Bay. Seven crew rescued by the Fowey lifeboat. Refloated in June and declared a constructive total loss but rebuilt as a coaster and returned to service.

24 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Garnes   Norway The cargo ship struck a mine off the Dutch coast and sank at 53°26′N 4°35′E / 53.433°N 4.583°E / 53.433; 4.583 whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Emden, West Germany.[3]

28 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Sevilla   Norway The cargo ship collided with Clio (  Norway) west of Bloksen and sank with the loss of ten crew. She was on a voyage from Bergen, Norway to Geneva, Switzerland.[3]

30 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1947
Ship Country Description
Titania   Norway The cargo ship struck a mine off the Dutch coast (53°35′N 4°35′E / 53.583°N 4.583°E / 53.583; 4.583) whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Oslo, Norway. Declared a constructive total loss and scrapped at Stavanger, Norway.[3]

Unknown MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown March 1947
Ship Country Description
Hrvatska   Yugoslavia The Victory ship struck a mine in the Adriatic Sea near Dubrovnik and was beached to prevent sinking. Raised, repaired, and returned to service in 1949.[37]
Kunitsu Maru   Imperial Japanese Navy The Kamitsu-class transport, irreparably damaged when sunk during World War II, was scuttled off Singapore sometime in March.[38]

AprilEdit

1 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Freelock   United Kingdom The cargo ship sank on this date.[39]

3 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Stancliffe   United Kingdom The vessel ran aground at Sharpness Docks. The ship was declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

4 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 April 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Ernest G. Small   United States Navy The Gearing-class destroyer ran aground off Block Island, Rhode Island.[40]

13 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Belpamela   Norway The heavy-lift ship sank in a storm off Newfoundland. The ship's cargo included 16 locomotives for the French Railways.[41]

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Queen Elizabeth   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground on the Brambles Bank in the Solent.[42] Refloated the next day.[43]

15 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Georgie   Panama The cargo ship ran aground at St Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.[44]
Nicolaos G Kulukundis   Greece The cargo ship ran aground off Beachy Head, Sussex, United Kingdom.[43]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Grandcamp   France Texas City disaster: The Liberty ship caught fire at Texas City, Texas, United States. She was obliterated by the explosion of her cargo of explosives. Around 580 people were killed.
Great Isaac   United States While towing the Liberty ship Thomas M. Cooley (  United States), the 1,117-gross register ton tug sank in 90 feet (27 m) of water off Barnegat Light, New Jersey, after colliding with the cargo ship Bandeirante (  Norway) in dense fog. Bandeirante rescued her entire crew of 27.[45][46]
Wilson B. Keene   United States
 
Wilson B. Keene

Texas City disaster: The Liberty ship was sunk by the explosion of Grandcamp (  France) at Texas City, Texas.

23 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Samtampa   United Kingdom The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Sker Point, Glamorgan and broke in three. All 39 crew were lost, as well as all eight crew of the Mumbles lifeboat Edward, Prince of Wales (  Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
HMS Warspite   Royal Navy The battleship ran aground at Prussia Cove after parting tow on final voyage from Portsmouth to the breakers yard on the Clyde.[47] Towed to Marazion in 1950 and dismantled.[48][49]

28 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Merganser   United Kingdom The ship collided with Norwalk Victory (  United States) and sank in the River Scheldt between Doel and Liefkenshoek.[50] Raised on 2 July and beached. Repaired between 1949 and 1951, sold and returned to service.[51]

29 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1947
Ship Country Description
HMS Witherington   Royal Navy Under tow to the breaker's yard, the decommissioned Admiralty modified W-class destroyer parted her tow line in a gale and was wrecked on the northeast coast of England off the mouth of the River Tyne.

30 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1947
Ship Country Description
Teniente Pratt Gill   Paraguay Paraguayan Civil War: The transport was attacked by two aircraft and forced to run aground at Río Pilcomayo.[52]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
Ship Country Description
San Nicolao   Panama The cargo ship departed from the Tees on 2 April bound for Gibraltar. No further trace.[53]

MayEdit

2 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Wicklow Head   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground near Port Mouton, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 30 crew were rescued by the fishing vessel Ray Richard (  Canada).[54]

8 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Muirchú   Irish Naval Service The decommissioned patrol vessel sank in the Irish Sea off the Saltee Islands, County Wexford, Ireland, while under tow to a scrapyard.

13 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Balena   United Kingdom The whaler ran aground on the Shipwash Shoal, off the coast of Essex. Refloated but again ran aground.[55]
SATS General Botha   South African Navy The decommissioned accommodation ship was sunk as a target in False Bay off Simonstown, South Africa.[56]

14 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Balena   United Kingdom The whaler ran aground off Gorleston, Norfolk.[57]

17 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Oklahoma   United States Navy The decommissioned Nevada-class battleship sank under tow 540 nautical miles (1,000 km) off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, while on her way to San Francisco, California, for scrapping.

22 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Mallard   United States Navy The decommissioned Lapwing-class minesweeper was sunk as a target by the submarine USS Piper (  United States Navy).

24 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Newhall Hills   United States The tanker collided with Monica (  Sweden) off the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom causing an explosion in No.2 tank and subsequent fire. Two hours later, an explosion blew off her bow forward of No.3 tank and that section sank. Newhall Hills was towed to Sheerness.[58]
Oceanic II   Belgium The trawler was in collision with John la Farge (  United States) and was cut in two. She sank with the loss of three of her five crew.[58]

25 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Trader Horn   United Kingdom The schooner foundered in the Caribbean with the loss of two of her five crew.[59]

31 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1947
Ship Country Description
Berlin   Germany The former cruiser was scuttled in the Skagerrak to dispose of chemical weapons.[60]

JuneEdit

4 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1947
Ship Country Description
Emperor   Canada The cargo ship struck a rock and sank of Isle Royale, Lake Superior with the loss of twelve of her 33 crew. The survivors were rescued by USCGC Kimball (  United States Coast Guard).[61]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1947
Ship Country Description
HMS LCT 1068   Royal Navy The landing craft tank was lost on this date.[62]

14 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1947
Ship Country Description
Winifred   United States The 13-gross register ton, 37-foot (11 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Uganik, Territory of Alaska.[63]

21 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1947
Ship Country Description
Cape Karluk   United States The 15-gross register ton, 32.6-foot (9.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Kumlik Island (56°38′N 157°24′W / 56.633°N 157.400°W / 56.633; -157.400 (Kumlik Island)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula in the Territory of Alaska.[6]

28 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1947
Ship Country Description
Heron   Greece The cargo ship collided with Stal (  Denmark) in the English Channel off Folkestone, Kent, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of one of her 24 crew. The survivors were rescued by Suavity (  United Kingdom).[64]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
Ship Country Description
Ourang Medan   Netherlands A ghost ship that allegedly exploded and sank after its crew died under suspicious circumstances.

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Panigaglia   Italy The ship exploded at Santo Stefano, Sardinia, killing 68 people.[40]

3 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Kronholm   Norway The former minesweeper was destroyed by fire at the Soon shipyard.[3]

4 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1947
Ship Country Description
M Xilas   Greece The cargo ship caught fire at Ko Sichang, Thailand. She was beached and abandoned, and sank on 13 July.[2]

11 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1947
Ship Country Description
ARP Humaitá   Paraguayan Navy (Revolutionary) Paraguayan Civil War: The Humaitá-class gunboat, under control of Revolutionaries, was bombed and damaged by government North American T-6 Texan aircraft and forced to run aground off Ituzaingó. Refloated 13 August.[65]

13 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Rainbow III   United States The 139-gross register ton, 100.3-foot (30.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Marmot Bay (58°03′52″N 152°15′16″W / 58.0644°N 152.2544°W / 58.0644; -152.2544 (Marmot Bay)) on Afognak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago near Afognak, Territory of Alaska.[66]

17 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Empire Lark   United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean (47°55′N 8°25′W / 47.917°N 8.417°W / 47.917; -8.417) with a cargo of obsolete chemical bombs and contaminated soil.[2]
Ramdas   India The coastal passenger ship sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Bombay with the loss of around 600 lives.[67]

18 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Avis   United States The 8-gross register ton, 31-foot (9.4 m) fishing vessel sank in Cross Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[68]

21 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Nascopie   Canada The steamer was wrecked near Cape Dorset near the southern tip of Canada's Baffin Island.

22 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Lützow   Kriegsmarine World War II: The captured Deutschland-class cruiser was sunk by the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea off Świnoujście, Poland, during weapons testing.[69]

23 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Empire Lifeguard   United Kingdom The cargo ship was sunk at Haifa, Palestine by limpet mines which had been placed on her hull whilst at Famagusta, Cyprus. Refloated on 8 August, subsequently repaired and returned to service.[2]

28 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1947
Ship Country Description
Ocean Liberty   Norway The Liberty ship caught fire at Brest, France whilst unloading a cargo of ammonium nitrate. Later towed out of port and scuttled.[3]

31 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Chewink   United States Navy The decommissioned Lapwing-class minesweeper was sunk as a target in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in July 1947
Ship Country Description
ROCS Heyong   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The landing craft tank ran aground and was stranded in a river in Jiangsu Province. Captured and put in Red Chinese service.[70]
Kapsul   Soviet Navy The patrol vessel ran aground. She was refloated in July 1948.[71]

AugustEdit

1 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Unknown cargo ship   Paraguay (Revolutionary) Paraguayan Civil War: The twin-masted river cargo ship was bombed by government aircraft at Puerto Ybapobó, causing her cargo of ammo and explosives to explode.[72]

8 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Ole II   United States The 8-gross register ton, 31.9-foot (9.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Union Bay in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[73]

9 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Leighton   United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled with an obsolete cargo of ammunition, 100 nautical miles (190 km) northwest of Malin Head.[74]

11 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Gravina Point   United States The 59-gross register ton, 71.6-foot (21.8 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Territory of Alaska.[75]

16 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Graf Zeppelin   Kriegsmarine World War II: The captured, incomplete Graf Zeppelin-class aircraft carrier was sunk by the Soviet Union in the Baltic Sea off Świnoujście, Poland, during weapons testing.[69]

18 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Rovena   Norway Wrecked off Langanes, Iceland.

20 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1947
Ship Country Description
Mayo   United States The 23-gross register ton, 42.9-foot (13.1 m) fishing vessel sank 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) off Ninilchik Light (60°03′N 151°40′W / 60.050°N 151.667°W / 60.050; -151.667 (Ninilchik Light)) near Ninilchik, Territory of Alaska.[76]

21 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 August 1947
Ship Country Description
VAS 234   Regia Marina The VAS 231-class submarine chaser burned at Vinice.[77]

25 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 August 1947
Ship Country Description
USS S-24   United States Navy The decommissioned S-class submarine was sunk for use as a sonar target in the Pacific Ocean off Portland, Oregon.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
Ship Country Description
Unidentified MAS boat   Regia Marina The captured MAS boat was sunk by explosives off Marsaxlokk, Malta. Five other MAS boats were scuttled in open seas.[78]

SeptemberEdit

3 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Tidings   United States The 17-gross register ton, 40.5-foot (12.3 m) fishing vessel ran aground and sank off Soapstone Point (58°06′10″N 136°29′50″W / 58.10278°N 136.49722°W / 58.10278; -136.49722 (Tidings)) in Cross Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[79]

6 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Matagalpa   United States Army The fire-damaged fast transport, a former Clemson-class destroyer, was scuttled off Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

8 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Norfisk   Norway The cargo ship was abandoned whilst on a voyage from Aalborg, Denmark to Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands.[3]

9 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Goma   Norway The cargo ship sank north of the Tylön Lightship whilst on a voyage from Aalborg, Denmark to Gdańsk, Poland.[3]

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1947
Ship Country Description
HMAS Warrnambool   Royal Australian Navy
 
HMAS Warrnambool sinking.
The Bathurst-class corvette sank near Cockburn Reef along the Great Barrier Reef off the northern coast of Queensland, Australia, after striking a mine. Four of her crew were killed and 29 were injured.

15 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Rolfsøy   Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Egersund whilst on a voyage from Fredrikstad to Harstad, Norway.[3]

16 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1947
Ship Country Description
Sunset   Norway The cargo ship sank off the coast of Norway whilst on a voyage from Raufarhafn to Åkrehamn.[3]

29 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Douglas H. Fox   United States Navy The Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer struck a mine and was damagedin the Adriatic Sea 18 nautical miles (33 km) off Trieste, Italy. Three of her crew were killed.[40]

OctoberEdit

2 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Reine II   Norway The cargo ship sank off Halmstad, Sweden, with the loss of all five crew. She was on a voyage for Halmstad to Oslo, Norway, and may have struck a mine.[3]

4 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Troll   Norway The cargo ship collided in the Øresund with the DFDS ship Jolantha (  Denmark) and sank. Raised on 22 January 1948 and repaired at Copenhagen, Denmark. Returned to service as Bandak.[3]

6 OctoberEdit

7 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Betty Hindley   United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine off Scarborough, Yorkshire and broke her back. She was beached sinking by the bows. One crewmember was killed.[80]
Bro   Norway The cargo ship ran aground off the coast of Iceland whilst on a voyage from Sandur, Faroe Islands to Reykjavík, Iceland.[3]

11 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Gulfstream   Canada The ferry was wrecked off Powell River, British Columbia.[81]

15 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1947
Ship Country Description
HMS Gillstone   Norway The Isles-class trawler was driven ashore at Kvalbeinsrumen, Jæren, Norway whilst on a voyage from Bergen to Risør for conversion to a merchant ship. Later refloated and returned to Bergen.[3]

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Auk   United States The 28-gross register ton, 60.2-foot (18.3 m) tug was wrecked at the mouth of the Ugashik River on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[68]

18 OctoberEdit

19 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Corona   Norway The cargo ship, which had been refloated two days earlier having sunk on 24 February 1943, sank in the Mediterranean Sea whilst under tow 20 nautical miles (37 km) north of Derna, Libya.[82]

21 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Oda   Norway The cargo ship capsized and sank at Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua whilst being loaded with a cargo of timber bound for Maracaibo, Venezuela.[3]
U-190   Royal Canadian Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean by Avro Anson, Fairey Firefly, Fairey Swordfish and Supermarine Seafire aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force and by HMCS Haida, HMCS New Liskeard and HMCS Nootka (all   Royal Canadian Navy).

30 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Matrona   United Kingdom The passenger ship capsized at Birkenhead, Cheshire. Righted in June 1949, she was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[83]

31 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1947
Ship Country Description
Dolly   Norway The cargo ship sank off Mariager whilst on a voyage from Mariager to Isefjord, Denmark.[3]

NovemberEdit

1 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Tilla   Norway The cargo ship sank off Fosnes whilst on a voyage from Randers to Fredrikstad, Norway.[3]

2 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Castillo Montjuich   Spain The vessel broke moorings, collided with another ship and was driven ashore at Gijón, France. The ship was refloated in March 1948, repaired and returned to service.[84]

3 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Mona   Norway The sailing barge sank off Lille Marnet whilst on a voyage from Horsens to Slemmestad, Norway.[3]

6 NovemberEdit

11 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Aqueity   United Kingdom The vessel struck a mine and sank off Terschelling, the Netherlands.

20 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Roald Amundsen   Norway The Liberty ship ran aground at Skudeneshavn whilst on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Narvik, Norway. Broke into three on 15 January 1948, with two sections sinking. The remaining section was scrapped in situ during the summer of 1948.[3][85]
U-234   United States Navy
 
U-234

The Type X submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States East Coast by the submarine USS Greenfish (  United States Navy).[86]

U-889   United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States by USS Flying Fish (  United States Navy).[87]

21 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Havøy I   Norway The cargo ship sank off Lillesund after striking flotsam whilst on a voyage from Oslo to Bergen, Norway.[3]
U-858   United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States East Coast by the submarine USS Sirago (  United States Navy).[88]

22 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1947
Ship Country Description
North Pass   United States The 32-gross register ton, 46.6-foot (14.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Southeast Alaska 1.1 nautical miles (2.0 km; 1.3 mi) north-northeast of Rocky Island Light and 0.5 nautical miles (0.93 km; 0.58 mi) from Point Couverden (58°11′25″N 135°03′10″W / 58.19028°N 135.05278°W / 58.19028; -135.05278 (Point Couverden)) on the southeastern tip of Couverden Island.[89]

24 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1947
Ship Country Description
USAT Clarksdale Victory   United States Army The Victory ship was wrecked at Hippa Reef Island, British Columbia, Canada with the loss of 49 of her 53 crew.[90][91]
Sunbird   United Kingdom The tug capsized and sank in the River Thames at Limehouse Reach, London with the loss of two of her six crew.[92]
Vaagar   Norway The cargo ship ran aground off Gothenburg, Sweden whilst on a voyage from Menstad, Norway to Hälsingborg, Sweden.[3]

28 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1947
Ship Country Description
U-530   United States Navy The Type IXC/40 submarine was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean north east of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

30 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1947
Ship Country Description
Stenberg   Norway The cargo ship ran aground at Tromøya with the loss of three crew. She was on a voyage from Skjebergkilen to Kristiansand, Norway.[3]
Oval   Norway The converted Portuguese-class naval trawler sank off Trelleborg whilst on a voyage from Stettin, Poland to Bergen, Norway.[3]

DecemberEdit

1 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1947
Ship Country Description
Castillo Coca   Spain The cargo ship ran aground at the mouth of the Ferrol and was wrecked with the loss of 46 of her 50 crew.[93]
Sonny Boy   Belgium The trawler was in collision with the cargo ship Vinkt and sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) west of Dungeness, England.[94]

9 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1947
Ship Country Description
USS Ponaganset   United States Navy The Suamico-class fleet replenishment oiler broke in two at Boston, Massachusetts. Not repaired, scrapped in 1949.[95]

12 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1947
Ship Country Description
Jerry S   United States The 41-foot (12.5 m) troller departed Sitka, Territory of Alaska, bound for Red Bluff Bay (56°51′47″N 134°46′26″W / 56.8631°N 134.7738°W / 56.8631; -134.7738 (Red Bluff Bay)) in Southeast Alaska.and disappeared with the loss of all three men on board. Wreckage from Jerry S was discovered near Peschani Point (57°32′12″N 135°19′23″W / 57.5367°N 135.3231°W / 57.5367; -135.3231 (Peschani Point)) in Southeast Alaska on 16 March 1948.[96]

18 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1947
Ship Country Description
BO-302   Soviet Navy The BO-201-class submarine chaser was wrecked on this date.[97]
Francis P. Duke   Newfoundland The schooner Francis P. Duke was lost at sea and the wreckage drifted ashore on the north side of Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland. The schooner had been driven ashore by the southeast gale. All crew perished in the incident.[98]

20 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1947
Ship Country Description
Kallipoi   Greece The Liberty ship struck a mine, broke in three and sank off Rijeka, Yugoslavia.[85]

24 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1947
Ship Country Description
Skoghaug   Norway The cargo ship sank off the Dutch coast with the loss of all 26 crew after hitting a mine. She was on a voyage from Rotterdam, Netherland to Oslo, Norway.[3]

26 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1947
Ship Country Description
Kina   Denmark The cargo liner ran aground on Samandag Island, Philippines and was wrecked.[99]
Samuel Bakke   Norway The cargo ship ran aground whilst going to the aid of Kina (  Denmark). She was refloated and rescued five crew from Kina.[99]

31 DecemberEdit

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1947
Ship Country Description
Alek   Norway The cargo ship sank off Farsund, Norway.[3]
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.[100]
Ark   United States The motor vessel blew ashore and broke up in Amalga Harbor (58°29′30″N 134°47′20″W / 58.49167°N 134.78889°W / 58.49167; -134.78889 (Amalga Harbor)) in Southeast Alaska sometime during or after 1947.[68]
B D Co. No. 7   United States The 67-ton, 60-foot (18.3 m) wooden scow was wrecked on the shore at Cape Suckling (59°59′30″N 145°53′00″W / 59.99167°N 145.88333°W / 59.99167; -145.88333 (Cape Suckling)), Territory of Alaska, in the autumn of 1947.[101]
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.[102][103]

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