List of shipwrecks in 1949

The list of shipwrecks in 1949 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1949.

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JanuaryEdit

1 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1949
Ship Country Description
Queen Mary   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Cherbourg, France. Refloated the next day.[1]

16 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1949
Ship Country Description
Carlene   United States The 12-gross register ton, 34-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Skookum Chuck (55°10′N 132°10′W / 55.167°N 132.167°W / 55.167; -132.167 (Skookum Chuck)) in Tlevak Narrows (55°16′N 133°07′W / 55.267°N 133.117°W / 55.267; -133.117 (Tlevak Narrows)) in Southeast Alaska.[2]

22 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1949
Ship Country Description
NRP Fataga   Portuguese Navy The gunboat was wrecked.[3]

27 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1949
Ship Country Description
Taiping   Republic of China The badly overloaded passenger steamer, packed with over 1,000 refugees fleeing advancing Chinese Communist forces during the Chinese Civil War, sank near the Zhoushan Archipelago after a collision with the cargo vessel Chienyuan during a voyage from Shanghai, China, to Keelung, Taiwan, killing over 1,500 passengers and crew.

FebruaryEdit

3 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Yewpark   United Kingdom The collier collided with Beminnes (  United Kingdom) in the Thames Estuary at Purfleet, Essex and sank.[4]

9 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Prenton   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Mytiki, Greece. Declared a constructive total loss but later repaired and returned to service.

13 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Granny Suzanne   United Kingdom The coaster collided with San Miguel Bay (  Panama) in the English Channel off Dover, Kent and sank with the loss of two of her eleven crew.[5]

22 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1949
Ship Country Description
Bombo   Australia The coastal freighter sank at night outside Port Kembla, Australia with the loss of twelve of her fourteen crew.[6]
Flying Cloud (or North Cloud)   United States During a voyage from Cordova, Territory of Alaska, to Seattle, Washington, the 105-foot (32.0 m) motor barge was stranded in a sleet-and-snowstorm off Grass Island (57°37′N 152°10′W / 57.617°N 152.167°W / 57.617; -152.167 (Grass Island)) in the Copper River Flats on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska. All four people on board survived, including her engineer, who hiked 30 miles (48 km) through sloughs and waist-deep snow to get help.[7]

MarchEdit

1 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Katowice   Poland The cargo ship ran aground off the Netherlands. All 26 crew rescued by a Dutch lifeboat.[8]

4 MarchEdit

6 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Fiducia   Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground at Whitby, Yorkshire and was severely damaged.[10]

25 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Tchoung King   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The Arethusa-class light cruiser was bombed and sunk by Nationalist Chinese aircraft. The ship was salvaged, stripped of parts and used as an accommodation ship.[11]
Miss Orient   Hong Kong The passenger ship struck a mine at Canton, China and sank with the loss of up to 100 lives.[12]

28 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1949
Ship Country Description
A S P No. 5   United States The 40-gross register ton, 59.8-foot (18.2 m) scow sank in the Gulf of Alaska 75 nautical miles (139 km; 86 mi) east of Cape Saint Elias on Kayak Island off the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[13]

30 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Dan   United States The former YMS-1-class minesweeper ran aground in Queen Charlotte Sound, British Columbia, Canada and was declared a total loss.

31 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1949
Ship Country Description
Charles M   United Kingdom The coaster was in collision with another vessel off Dungeness, Kent.[14] All seven crew rescued by Sir Leonard Pearce (  United Kingdom) Charles M later sank.[15]

AprilEdit

3 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Christina Dawn   United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at Irvine, Renfrewshire.[16]

10 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Tung An   Republic of China Navy The cargo ship was wrecked in the Yangtze River 6 nautical miles (11 km) south west of Shaweishan.[17]

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1949
Ship Country Description
City of Waterford   Republic of Ireland The cargo ship collided with Marpessa (  Greece) in the English Channel and sank east of the Owers Lightship. All 29 crew rescued by Keynes (  United Kingdom).[16]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Christina Dawn   United Kingdom The coaster sank when her cargo of carbide exploded at Irvine, Renfrewshire.[16]

20 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Amethyst   Royal Navy Chinese Civil War: The Black Swan-class sloop ran aground on in the Yangtze River at Rose Island, 15 nautical miles (28 km) east of Chianking after she was shelled and damaged by the People's Liberation Army with the loss of 22 crew killed and 31 wounded. HMS Consort (  Royal Navy) came to her assistance and was also attacked with the loss of 10 crew killed and three injured. On 26 April, HMS London and HMS Black Swan (both   Royal Navy) refloated Amethyst. They also came under fire, with three crew killed and 14 wounded. Amethyst made a dash for freedom down the Yangtze on 30 July, reaching Hong Kong on 11 August.[11]

21 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1949
Ship Country Description
ROCS Pao-50   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The gunboat was shelled and sunk by Communist Chinese artillery between Jiangyin and Shanghai.[18]

22 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1949
Ship Country Description
James Clunie   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Mar del Plata, Argentina.[19]

23 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 April 1949
Ship Country Description
ROCS Hsing An   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: Yangtze fleet Uprising/breakout: The repair ship ran aground and burned under fire from Communist Chinese artillery and warships. She was salvaged by the People's Republic of China, repaired, and placed in service as Taku Shan (  People's Liberation Army Navy).
ROCS Wei Hai   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: Yangtze fleet Uprising/breakout:The escort ran aground in heavy fog and was captured by Communist Chinese. She was salvaged by the People's Republic of China, repaired, and placed in service.[20]
ROCS Yung Sui   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: Yangtze fleet Uprising/breakout: The river gunboat was shelled and sunk by Communist Chinese artillery. She was salvaged by the People's Republic of China, repaired, and placed in service[21]

25 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Magdalena   United Kingdom The cargo liner ran aground near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on her maiden voyage. Declared a total loss after breaking in two during attempt to tow her into harbour.
Yung Chi   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The Yung Chien-class gunboat was sunk in the Yangtze by Chinese Communist artillery fire. Raised, repaired and put in People's Liberation Army Navy service.[22][11]

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Martha A   United States The 128-gross register ton, 107.7-foot (32.8 m) fishing vessel was wrecked near Mary Island in the Territory of Alaska.[23]

28 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 April 1949
Ship Country Description
Hui An   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The river gunboat was sunk, probably by Communist Chinese artillery. Raised, repaired, returned to service.[24]
Shian   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The Yingkou-class escort ship was sunk near Yanziji by Nationalist aircraft. Raised and scrapped.[25]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
ROCS Ying Hao   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The gunboat was scuttled in the Yangtze.[26]
ROCS Yung Chi   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The gunboat was sunk by Chinese Communist forces in the Yangtze.[26][27] The People's Republic of China refloated and repaired her and placed her in service with the People's Liberation Army Navy[27] as Yan′an.[citation needed]

MayEdit

1 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Tai Yuan   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The river gunboat was sunk in the Caishiji River by Nationalist aircraft.[28]

4 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Mudo   Netherlands The coaster collided with Algol (  United Kingdom) in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk and sank with the loss of two of her six crew.[29]

8 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Olga N   United States The 11-gross register ton motor vessel sank in the Gulf of Alaska.[30]

15 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Ebba   Denmark The schooner sank 200 nautical miles (370 km) off Cape Farewell, Greenland. The five crew took to a lifeboat.[31]

25 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Henrik   Norway The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Sound of Falsterbo, Denmark with the loss of four of her nineteen crew.[32]
Reliable   United States The 104-foot (31.7 m) fishing trawler sank in the North Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey east-southeast of Barnegat Inlet.[33]

28 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Glycine   French Navy First Indochina War: The D 210-class minesweeper was sunk by a mine in the Mekong River, Vietnam, French Indochina. 32 crewmen killed, one survivor.[34]

29 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1949
Ship Country Description
Inchmark   Hong Kong The cargo ship ran aground on the Schilpad Island Reef, Banda Sea (7°05′S 132°03′E / 7.083°S 132.050°E / -7.083; 132.050) and was declared a total loss.[35]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
ROCS Mei Yuan   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The Wake-class river gunboat was scuttled at Shanghai, China, to prevent capture by Chinese Communist forces.

JuneEdit

3 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Norjerv   United Kingdom Broke in two whilst under tow of the tugs Rifleman and Tradesman (both   United Kingdom) whilst being towed from Normandy, France to Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland for scrapping. Both halves sank.

5 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Sophie   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.4-foot (9.0 m) fishing vessel sank 1,000 yards (910 m) west of Point Amelia (57°13′30″N 135°52′30″W / 57.22500°N 135.87500°W / 57.22500; -135.87500 (Point Amelia)) in Southeast Alaska.[36]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Chilkoot   United States The 41-gross register ton, 60.6-foot (18.5 m) tug and fishing vessel was destroyed y fire off "Rocky Point" – probably a reference to Rocky Bay (60°21′30″N 147°03′00″W / 60.35833°N 147.05000°W / 60.35833; -147.05000 (Rocky Bay)) – on Montague Island on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska. Her crew of four was rescued by the tug New Sunrise (  United States).[2]

10 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Sunset   United States The 40-gross register ton, 58.9-foot (18.0 m) seiner capsized and sank at False Pass, Territory of Alaska, with the loss of five lives. The fishing vessel Johnny B (  United States) rescued her four survivors.[36]

20 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Empire Conyngham   United Kingdom The vessel was scuttled in the Bay of Biscay with a cargo of obsolete bombs.
Myosotis   French Navy First Indochina War: The D 210-class minesweeper was sunk by a mine in the Mekong River, Vietnam, French Indochina. 29 crewmen killed.[34]

21 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Prinses Astrid   Belgium The cross-Channel ferry struck a mine 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Dunquerque, France and sank with the loss of five of her 65 crew. All 60 surviving crew members and all 218 passengers on board were rescued by Cap Hatid (  France) and various tugs from Dunquerque.[37]

22 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 June 1949
Ship Country Description
Corcrest   United Kingdom The cargo ship struck the wreck of the Victory ship Fort Massac (  United Kingdom) off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex and ran aground in a sinking state.[38]

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Marie-Flore   Belgium The vessel collided with Ragnhild Brövig (  Norway) off the mouth of the River Scheldt (51°24′45″N 3°23′30″E / 51.41250°N 3.39167°E / 51.41250; 3.39167) and sank. The wreck was raised in 1950, repaired and sold to Dutch buyers.[39]

3 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Cheng Huo   Republic of China Chinese Civil War: The merchant vessel was sunk by People's Liberation Army artillery in the Yangtze River.[40]

11 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Ioannis G. Kulukundis   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground at Point Arguello, California, United States and broke in two. She was declared a constructive total loss.[41]

14 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Tung Nan   China Chinese Civil War: The merchant vessel was sunk at Wenchow by Nationalist aircraft.[42]

29 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Valo   United States The 10-gross register ton 33.9-foot (10.3 m) gasoline-powered fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Hoonah, Territory of Alaska.[43]

30 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Kiang Ling   Republic of China Chinese Civil War: The ferry was shelled and sunk in the Yangtze by Red Chinese artillery that was targeting HMS Amethyst (  Royal Navy) as it escaped down river.[44]

31 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1949
Ship Country Description
Swan Point   United Kingdom Stranded in the Karnaphuli River, Chittagong, India and broke in two. Declared a total loss.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: unknown July 1949
Ship Country Description
Ha Sin   China Chinese Civil War: The merchant vessel was sunk at Shanghai by Nationalist aircraft sometime in July. Raised and scrapped.[45]

AugustEdit

8 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1949
Ship Country Description
HMNZS Philomel   Royal New Zealand Navy After being sold out of naval service, deliberately run aground, stripped, and refloated, the decommissioned Pearl-class cruiser was scuttled off Cuvier Island, New Zealand.

11 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1949
Ship Country Description
A S P No. 4   United States The 40-gross register ton, 60-foot (18.3 m) scow sank off Ninilchik, Territory of Alaska.[13]

14 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1949
Ship Country Description
Three Deuces   United States The 14-gross register ton, 45.1-foot (13.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire 100 yards off the coast of Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska and about 0.25-mile (0.4 km) south of the point where Bear Creek empties into Stephens Passage.[46]

17 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1949
Ship Country Description
Frolic   United States The 9-gross register ton, 36.2-foot (11.0 m) fishing vessel sank Salisbury Sound near Kane Island (57°19′25″N 135°40′00″W / 57.32361°N 135.66667°W / 57.32361; -135.66667 (Kane Island)) in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[7]
Tung Shan   China Chinese Civil War:The merchant vessel was sunk between Shanghai and Pukow by Nationalist aircraft. Eventually raised and repaired.[47]

23 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1949
Ship Country Description
Chungli   China Chinese Civil War: The cargo ship loaded with ammunition exploded and sank at Kaohsiung, Formosa with the loss of over 500 lives. Two other ships were sunk and many fires started in Kaohsiung.[48]
Maine   United States The 29-gross register ton, 45.4-foot (13.8 m) fishing vessel sank in Lisianski Strait (57°50′N 136°27′W / 57.833°N 136.450°W / 57.833; -136.450 (Lisianski Strait)) in Southeast Alaska.[23]

26 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1949
Ship Country Description
Boomer   United States The 8-gross register ton, 30.6-foot (9.3 m) or 35-foot (10.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Cape Georgiana (57°19′45″N 135°51′30″W / 57.32917°N 135.85833°W / 57.32917; -135.85833 (Cape Georgiana)) in Southeast Alaska.[49]
USS Cochino   United States Navy The Balao-class submarine sank in an arctic gale caused battery explosions in the Barents Sea off Norway at 71°35′N 023°35′E / 71.583°N 23.583°E / 71.583; 23.583 (USS Cochino). All crew were rescued, except for a civilian technician on board who was lost, by USS Tusk (  United States Navy) with the loss of six of Tusk's crew members.[50]
Gambier   United States The 31-gross register ton, 47-foot (14.3 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) west of Cape Bingham (58°05′30″N 136°31′00″W / 58.09167°N 136.51667°W / 58.09167; -136.51667 (Cape Bingham)) in Cross Sound in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[51]

31 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 August 1949
Ship Country Description
El Paso   United States The 33-gross register ton, 58.8-foot (17.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire off Silvester Point (55°25′15″N 133°24′40″W / 55.42083°N 133.41111°W / 55.42083; -133.41111 (Silvester Point)) in Southeast Alaska.[52]

SeptemberEdit

5 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Kiang Hsin   China Chinese Civil War: The merchant vessel was sunk at Shanghai by Nationalist aircraft.[53]

7 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Benjamin Peixotto   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Hong Kong in a typhoon. She was subsequently scrapped.[54]
Chaksang   United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire at Hong Kong due to barratry. She sank the next day and was declared a total loss. Raised on 22 March 1950 and subsequently scrapped.[35]
Henry L. Abbott   United States The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Hong Kong in a typhoon. Declared a constructive total loss, she was subsequently scrapped.[55]

9 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Pacific Enterprise   United Kingdom The cargo liner ran aground 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) north of Point Arena, California, United States.[56]

14 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Noronic   Canada
 
Noronic

The ship caught fire and sank whilst moored in Toronto Harbour with the loss of at least 118 lives. The vessel was raised in November 1949 and subsequently scrapped.

15 SeptemberEdit

19 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Chatham   United States The seiner grounded on a rock and rolled over in Slocum Arm (57°34′N 136°03′W / 57.567°N 136.050°W / 57.567; -136.050 (Slocum Arm)) in Southeast Alaska. Her crew abandoned ship in a lifeboat and was rescued by a cannery tender.[2]
US FWS Scoter   United States Fish and Wildlife Service The vessel was wrecked on rocks in Slocum Arm (58°57′N 152°15′W / 58.950°N 152.250°W / 58.950; -152.250 (Slocum Arm)) in Southeast Alaska.[36] She was later salvaged and sold into private ownership.[57]
USS U-1105   United States Navy The Type VIIC/41 submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Piney Point, Maryland (38°08′10″N 76°33′10″W / 38.13611°N 76.55278°W / 38.13611; -76.55278) in a test of a depth charge.

20 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Shannon Belle   United States The troller was wrecked at the entrance to Lituya Bay on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska.[36]

22 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1949
Ship Country Description
ARA Fournier   Argentine Navy The Bouchard-class minesweeper was wrecked on an uncharted rock in the Strait of Magellan.

23 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1949
Ship Country Description
An Tung   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The An Tung-class gunboat was sunk by Nationalist planes at Wuhu, China.[58]
Surreybrook   United Kingdom Wrecked on Spanish Battery Point, Tynemouth.[59]
Yung Sui   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: The river gunboat was sunk by Nationalist North American B-25 Mitchell bomber aircraft near Yangjiagou, China.[60]

28 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1949
Ship Country Description
Roslin Caste   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground in the River Humber. Later refloated and resumed her voyage.[61]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
Ship Country Description
Eagle March   United States The 13-gross register ton, 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel was lost near Kake, Territory of Alaska.[52]
Major Richard M. Strong   United States The United States Army Transport ran aground at Camp Point on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. She was salvaged, sold, repaired, and placed in commercial service as Island Sovereign.[62]

OctoberEdit

4 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1949
Ship Country Description
ARA Fournier   Argentine Navy The minesweeper sank in the Strait of Magellan while en route from Rio Gallegos to Ushuaia, all hands lost. Worst peacetime maritime disaster in Argentina as of 2018 (77 dead and missing).
Mira   Sweden The cargo ship struck the wreck of the ocean liner Gneisenau (  Germany) with the loss of two crew.[63]

6 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Fantree   United Kingdom The 6,300-ton Elder Dempster Line cargo ship struck the Flemish Ledges on the Seven Stones Reef en route from West Africa to Liverpool via Amsterdam and carrying a cargo of hardwood, palm kernels, palm oil, cocoa, rubber, cotton, coffee beans and copal The hardwood was still being salvaged in 1992.[64] Her crew of fifty-eight was rescued by launches Kittern and Goldern Spray of the Isles of Scilly.[65]

7 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1949
Ship Country Description
USS Chehalis   United States Navy The Patapsco-class gasoline tanker exploded and sank at United States Naval Station Tutuila, American Samoa with the loss of six of her 75 crew.

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Ingertre   Norway The cargo ship was wrecked off Spitsbergen.[66]

18 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Maystone   United Kingdom The collier was in collision with HMS Albion (  Royal Navy) and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off the Longstone Lighthouse.

19 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Liberté   France The ocean liner was severely damaged by fire at Saint Nazaire.[67]

20 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Africa Occidental   Portugal The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent, United Kingdom but was refloated undamaged after an hour.[68]

21 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Cydonia   Ireland The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea.[69]

25 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Unknown   People's Liberation Army Navy Chinese Civil War: Battle of Guningtou: A Red Chinese invasion fleet of 200 vessels, mostly junks, were stranded on Kinmen Island and were destroyed by Nationalist troops with hand grenades, flame throwers and burning oil. Some were sunk with 20 mm and 40 mm gunfire from ROCS Chung Lung (  Republic of China Navy).[70]

31 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1949
Ship Country Description
Carl Rehder   West Germany The cargo ship collided with Rane (  Sweden in the Kiel Canal and sank.[71]

NovemberEdit

2 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Regulus   Philippines The cargo ship sank in a typhoon near San Jose, Antique.[72][73]

9 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Ajax   Royal Navy The decommissioned Leander-class light cruiser ran aground at Newport, Monmouthshire, England, while under tow to a scrapyard.[74]

13 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Monte Gurugu   Spain The cargo ship foundered in the Bristol Channel off Lundy Island with the loss of twelve of her 37 crew.[75] Survivors were rescued by Richard Silver Oliver, Violet Armstrong and William Cantrell Ashley (all   Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[76]

18 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Astland   United Kingdom The dredger collided with tanker Esso Juniata (  United Kingdom) off Fleetwood, Lancashire and ran aground.[77]
Lunevale   United Kingdom The foot ferry ran aground off Fleetwood.[77]

19 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Hanna   United Kingdom The British motor-schooner, built in 1915, on voyage from Plymouth to Jersey with a cargo of lime, was wrecked off L'Etacq, Jersey Channel islands. Hanna was lost.[78]

22 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Harcourt Kent   Canada The cargo ship was wrecked in a storm 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km; 2.9 mi) west off St. Shott's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[79] All eighteen of her crew were saved.[80]

27 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1949
Ship Country Description
Britkon   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Oskarshamn, Sweden and was wrecked. All 27 people on board were rescued.[81]
Salmora   United States The 63-foot (19 m) fishing vessel was reported lost along with her two-man crew after disappearing during a voyage from Kodiak, Territory of Alaska, to Seattle, Washington. She reportedly had been seen at Cordova, Alaska, on 5 October.[36]

DecemberEdit

2 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1949
Ship Country Description
HMS Implacable   Royal Navy The third rate Téméraire-class ship of the line was scuttled off the Isle of Wight.

11 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Toornvliet   Netherlands The coaster foundered off the East Goodwin Lightship with the loss of six of her nine crew.[82]

13 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1949
Ship Country Description
G G K   United States The 8-gross register ton, 33-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel was lost after she collided with an unidentified object between Necker Island and Biorka Island in Southeast Alaska.[51]

19 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Florence Cooke   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Belfast Lough, Co Antrim.[83]
Nova   Norway The cargo ship was wrecked two nautical miles north of Obrestad, Norway.[84]
Star of El Nil   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in Holy Loch, Buteshire.[83]

23 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1949
Ship Country Description
HNLMS RS-21   Royal Netherlands Navy The tug sank in a storm off Borkum, Netherlands.[85]

29 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1949
Ship Country Description
Utklippan II   Sweden The cargo ship collided with a wreck and sank in the Baltic Sea at 54°31.21′N 10°31.55′E / 54.52017°N 10.52583°E / 54.52017; 10.52583.[86]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1949
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.[87]
Altalena   Israel The converted tank landing ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km; 17 mi) off the coast of Israel.
Empire Flamingo   United Kingdom The cargo ship was scuttled off Gwennap Head, Cornwall, England.[35]
ROKS Kaya San   Republic of Korea Navy The YMS-1-class coastal minesweeper was lost.[88]
ROCS Wei Ning or ROCS Wen Hsing   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The river gunboat was sunk, probably by Communist Chinese artillery. She was salvaged by the People's Republic of China, repaired, and placed in service in the People's Liberation Army Navy.[26][27][89]
ROCS Yun Hsing   Republic of China Navy Chinese Civil War: The river gunboat was sunk, probably by Communist Chinese artillery.[90]
Unidentified motor launches   Egyptian Navy Two Fairmile B motor launches sank ca. 1949–1950.[91]

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