List of shipwrecks in 1961

The list of shipwrecks in 1961 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1961.

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JanuaryEdit

1 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Sadie   United States The 10-gross register ton, 34.8-foot (10.6 m) fishing vessel sank at Tee Harbor (also known as "The Harbor"), Alaska.[1]

3 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Indian Navigator   India The cargo ship sank 60 nautical miles (110 km) off the Isles of Scilly.[2] Thirteen crew of Indian Success (  India) that were put on board to salvage the ship after it caught fire were lost. One of her 67 crew was also reported lost.[3]

5 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Arcadia   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Refloated after two hours.[4]
Harry R. Jones   United States The cargo ship ran aground off Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland whilst under tow to Troon for scrapping.[5]

9 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1961
Ship Country Description
El Pensativo   Cuba The motor sailer was intercepted and sunk at sea by an armed boat. Four Cuban intelligence agents were killed.[6]

10 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Egoz   Israel The passenger ship foundered in the Mediterranean Sea with the loss of 46 of the 49 people on board. She was on a voyage from Al Hoceima, Morocco to Gibraltar.

11 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1961
Ship Country Description
HDMS Egenæs   Royal Danish Navy The patrol vessel ran aground off Odden. She was consequently scrapped.[7]
Vega   United States While under tow from New York City to Jacksonville, Florida, the 75-foot (22.9 m) motor automobile ferry capsized and sank without loss of life in 55 feet (17 m) of water in the North Atlantic Ocean off Avon-by-the-Sea, New Jersey, at 40°11.646′N 073°56.787′W / 40.194100°N 73.946450°W / 40.194100; -73.946450 (Vega) after her tow line parted during a storm.[8]

12 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1961
Ship Country Description
HMS Oberon   Royal Navy The Oberon-class submarine ran aground at Rothesay Bay in the Firth of Clyde.[9] Refloated the next day with the assistance of three tugs and two boom defence vessels.[10]

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Caribbean Queen   United Kingdom The cargo ship sank between Cuba and Florida, United States. All crew rescued.[11]

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1961
Ship Country Description
Yewmount   United Kingdom The coaster collided with Stamatios M. Embiricos (  Greece) and sank. She was on a voyage from Liverpool, Lancashire to Glasgow, Renfrewshire. Yewmount was refloated on 30 March 1961 and was scrapped in 1964.[12]

26 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1961
Ship Country Description
S-80   Soviet Navy The Whiskey-class submarine sank in the Barents Sea with the loss of her entire crew of 68. Her wreck remained undiscovered until 23 June 1968.
Vrmac   Yugoslavia The cargo ship capsized and sank off Venice, Italy with the loss of five of her 22 crew.[13]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date January 1961
Ship Country Description
Yarasli   Turkey The coaster foundered in the Ionian Sea. She was last heard from on 25 January.

FebruaryEdit

3 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 February 1961
Ship Country Description
De Vilhena   Malta The tug foundered 40 nautical miles (74 km) north west of Calvi, Corsica, France.

5 FebruaryEdit

8 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Braga   Norway The cargo ship foundered in the English Channel. All 27 crew and both passengers rescued by the tug Rennes and cargo ship Banora (both   France) and landed at Newhaven, Sussex or Dieppe, France respectively.[15]

17 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 1961
Ship Country Description
BP Explorer   United Kingdom The coastal tanker capsized and sank in the River Severn at Awre, Gloucestershire with the loss of all five crew.[16]
C 632   Royal Navy The auxiliary vessel ran aground at Dungeness, Kent and was holed. A pump was put on board and the ship was escorted to Dover.[17]
Eminence   United Kingdom The coaster collided with American Farmer (  United States) off Thames Haven, Essex and was holed, with her steering gear destroyed.[17]
ex-USS Huron   Canada The floating breakwater, formerly the armored cruiser USS South Dakota (later renamed USS Huron) (  United States Navy), sank at Powell River, British Columbia, Canada, due to flooding of her hull during a storm.
Parcorali   Liberia The cargo ship ran aground on the Rosslyn Rock whilst on a voyage from Bangkok, Thailand to Japan. She was refloated the next day but was consequently declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[18]

19 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Petromar Buenos Aires   Argentina The tanker collided with Pennsylvania (  Denmark) in the Paraná River 217 kilometres (135 mi) from river mouth. The ship and caught fire and was declared a constructive total loss.[19]
Lapwing   United Kingdom The coastal tanker capsized in the River Humber with the loss of three lives.[20]
Runic   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Middleton Rock, 400 nautical miles (740 km) north west of Sydney, Australia. Her crew were rescued by Arabic (  United Kingdom).[21][22] Declared a constructive total loss in March 1961.[23]
Scaldis   Belgium The tug capsized and sank at the mouth of the Scheldt. Two of the fourteen crew were reported missing.[21]

20 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Hilda Garston   United States The 86-foot (26 m), 159-gross register ton scallop-fishing dragger struck a reef and sank without loss of life in up to 45 feet (14 m) of water in Buzzards Bay off Gooseberry Neck, Westport, Massachusetts, 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) south of Old Cock Rock at 41°16.4′N 071°02.1′W / 41.2733°N 71.0350°W / 41.2733; -71.0350 (Hilda Garston).[24]

26 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1961
Ship Country Description
Yoshiura Maru No. 5   Japan The cargo ship sank southeast of Hong Kong. All 15 crew were rescued.[25]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date
Ship Country Description
Parks No. 11   United States The 12-gross register ton, 31.2-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on Sitkalidak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago.[26]

MarchEdit

1 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Western   United States The 25-gross register ton, 41.5-foot (12.6 m) fishing vessel sank near Russian Harbor (56°44′N 154°05′W / 56.733°N 154.083°W / 56.733; -154.083 (Russian Harbor)) at the southern end of Kodiak Island, Alaska.[27]

11 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Newfoundland   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Argentia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Refloated after six hours.[28]
Tundra   United States The 13-gross register ton, 36.9-foot (11.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Seward, Alaska.[29]

16 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Dominator   Greece
 
SS Dominator, May 1965
The Liberty ship ran aground off California, United States and was wrecked. All 31 crew rescued.[30]
Lizzonia   United Kingdom The Channel tanker collided with Arctic Ocean (  Sweden) and sank near the Varne Lightvessel (  United Kingdom) in the English Channel.
Martin Lutjens   West Germany The coaster collided with Schelde Lloyd (  Netherlands) off the coast of the Netherlands and sank. All crew rescued.[31]

19 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Verao   Fiji The cargo ship foundered off the coast of Queensland, Australia. All fifteen crew rescued by Iron Flinders (  Australia).[32]

21 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Mary P Cooper   United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with the coaster "Foamville" and sank in the Manchester Ship Canal, blocking it completely. All eight crew rescued.[33]

22 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1961
Ship Country Description
Chresten   Denmark The Channel Tanker struck a submerged object and sank near Stubbekøbing
Mary P. Cooper   United Kingdom The sand hopper collided with another vessel and sank in the Manchester Ship Canal.[34]

AprilEdit

8 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Dara   United Kingdom The passenger ship suffered an onboard explosion and fire off Dubai, with 238 of the 819 people on board killed. The ship was taken under tow, but sank on 10 April.

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Marine Merchant   Greece The bulk carrier broke in two and sank in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south east of Portland, Maine.[35]
Theia Maria   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground near Punta Galera, Mexico (15°53′N 97°46′W / 15.883°N 97.767°W / 15.883; -97.767) and broke in two. She was scrapped in situ.[36]

16 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Baldwin   United States Navy
 
Baldwin (extreme right) being refloated on 28 April 1961.
While under tow, the decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer ran aground 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) southwest of Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, when her tow line parted. She was later refloated and scuttled.
Comedian   United States The 12-gross register ton, 38.5-foot (11.7 m) fishing vessel sank off the coast of Mary Island in Alaska. The wreck report does not specify off which of several islands of the name the sinking took place.[37]

17 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1961
Ship Country Description
El Baire   Cuban Revolutionary Navy Bay of Pigs Invasion: The El Baire-class submarine chaser was bombed and sunk at the Isle of Pines by Cuban Exile-operated Martin B-26 Marauder aircraft.[38]
Houston   Liberia Bay of Pigs Invasion: The CIA-chartered N3-S-A1 type coaster was bombed and damaged by a Cuban Air Force Hawker Sea Fury and Lockheed T-33 aircraft in the Bay of Cochinas. The ship was beached and later burned out.[38][39]
Olsen   United States The retired wooden-hulled fishing trawler and clam dredger was scuttled as an artificial reef in the North Atlantic Ocean off Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, in 65 feet (20 m) of water.[40]
Rio Escondido   Liberia Bay of Pigs Invasion: The CIA-chartered cargo ship, a converted landing craft tank, was rocketed and damaged by Cuban Air Force Hawker Sea Fury and Lockheed T-33 aircraft 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Playa Girón. The ship blew up and sank.[38][41]
Seagarden   United States The Liberty ship ran aground off Tobago. She was refloated but declared a constructive total loss.[42]
SV-3   Cuban Revolutionary Navy Bay of Pigs Invasion: The auxiliary patrol ship was sunk, or damaged and grounded, by ground fire.[43]

19 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Larsen Bay No. 3   United States The 61-gross register ton, 70.2-foot (21.4 m) scow was wrecked at Swikshak Beach near Kodiak, Alaska.[44]
Tuskar   Netherlands The coaster struck a rock and sank 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) south west of Chicken Rock, Isle of Man. All five crew saved by the cable layer Ariel (  United Kingdom).[45]

25 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1961
Ship Country Description
Ivernia   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Southampton, Hampshire. Refloated after five hours.[46]
White Cap   United States The 31-gross register ton, 44-foot (13.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire near Fox Island in the Aleutian Islands.[27]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date April 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Makassar Strait   United States Navy
 
The wreck of USS Makassar Strait on 22 January 1963.
The Casablanca-class escort carrier ran aground on San Nicolas Island, Channel Islands, California.

MayEdit

3 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Albatross   United States The brigantine foundered in the Gulf of Mexico during a squall. Six of the nineteen people on board were killed.[47]

7 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1961
Ship Country Description
R-43   Cuban Revolutionary Navy The auxiliary patrol ship went missing on this date, lost with all 17 hands.[6]

28 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Madura   Liberia Typhoon Viola: The cargo ship ran aground at Hong Kong. Refloated on 10 August but declared a constructive total loss and consequently scrapped.[48]

31 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1961
Ship Country Description
Vercharmian   United Kingdom The heavy lift ship ran aground in Mormugao Bay, India, She was refloated 7 July but leaking and beached. Scrapped in 1962.
Marie Kerk   Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground on the Varne Shoal in the English Channel. She was refloated with the aid of the tugs Diligent, Dominant (both   United Kingdom) and Jean Bart (  France).[49]

JuneEdit

1 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Josephine I   United States The 14-gross register ton, 38-foot (11.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Juneau, Alaska.[50]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Baldwin   United States Navy The decommissioned Gleaves-class destroyer was scuttled near Montauk Point, Long Island, New York.

8 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Tien Hsiang   Taiwan The passenger ship sank 20 nautical miles (37 km) south west of Kaohsiung. Two survivors reported of her eleven crew and 33 passengers.[51]

14 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Malina   United States The 165-gross register ton, 82-foot (25.0 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Bristol Bay off the coast of Alaska near the Black Hills (55°41′N 162°05′W / 55.683°N 162.083°W / 55.683; -162.083 (Black Hills)) on the Alaska Peninsula.[52]

18 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Southern Author   South Africa The 439 GRT steam whaler was wrecked after running aground on Dassen Island, 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Cape Town, South Africa.[53]

25 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1961
Ship Country Description
Evertsen   Netherlands The coaster collided with Favoriet (  Netherlands) and sank 17 nautical miles (31 km) south of Portland Bill, Dorset, United Kingdom. All twelve crew rescued by Favoriet and landed at Weymouth. Evertsen was only five weeks old at the time of her loss.[54]

26 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 June 1961
Ship Country Description
CL-54   Imperial Russian Navy The target ship, a Storozhevoy-class destroyer foundered in the Sea of Okhotsk off Cape Taran.[55]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date June 1961
Ship Country Description
Johnny E   United States The 24-gross register ton, 44.5-foot (13.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at the Icy Straits Cannery in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[50]

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1961
Ship Country Description
A R 4   United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was lost in the vicinity of the Egegik River Buoy near Egegik, Alaska, after she became caught between a fish brailer and the motor vessel Alaska Reefer (  United States).[56]

2 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Stoyky   Soviet Navy The Storozhevoy-class destroyer sank in a storm off Cape Taran, Kaliningrad Oblast.[57]

4 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Lilly   United States The 18-gross register ton, 40.1-foot (12.2 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cordova, Alaska.[44]

8 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Dupont   United States The 71-gross register ton, 51.8-foot (15.8 m) motor cargo vessel sank off the south-central coast of Alaska approximately 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) south of Cape Suckling (59°59′30″N 143°53′00″W / 59.99167°N 143.88333°W / 59.99167; -143.88333 (Cape Suckling)). The tug Barbara Foss (  United States) rescued her crew of three.[58]

9 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Save   Portugal The cargo liner ran aground at Quelimane, Mozambique and caught fire.[59] Of the 549 passengers and crew, 259 were killed.[60]

15 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Dora   Panama The ship ran aground on the Bitto Bank (10°30′N 107°42′E / 10.500°N 107.700°E / 10.500; 107.700) and was abandoned. She was on a voyage from Phnom Penh, Cambodia to Hong Kong. Subsequently damaged and declared a total loss.[61]
Welcome   United States The 12-gross register ton, 42.3-foot (12.9 m) fishing vessel became stranded and was lost in Gambier Bay (57°28′N 133°55′W / 57.467°N 133.917°W / 57.467; -133.917 (Gambier Bay)) on Admiralty Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[27]

18 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Kathi J   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Naknek, Alaska.[14]

19 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Pen 12   United States The 8-gross register ton 28.6-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel sank on the coast of Alaska between King Salmon and Bear River.[26]

21 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1961
Ship Country Description
Fort Hearne   Canada The supply vessel was trapped in ice and sank in the Canadian Arctic.[62]

AugustEdit

4 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 1961
Ship Country Description
Mist   United States The 17-gross register ton, 39.6-foot (12.1 m) fishing vessel sank at Mount Edgecumbe Dock in Sitka, Alaska.[52]

18 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 August 1961
Ship Country Description
Exhibit   United States The 21-gross register ton, 40.8-foot (12.4 m) motor cargo vessel was destroyed by fire at Hydaburg, Alaska.[63]

23 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1961
Ship Country Description
Merka   United States The 8-gross register ton, 34-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Controller Bay (60°05′N 144°15′W / 60.083°N 144.250°W / 60.083; -144.250 (Controller Bay)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[52]
Peary   United Kingdom The coaster sank off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. All eight crew rescued by Fergus (  United Kingdom).[64]

24 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1961
Ship Country Description
World Jury   Greece The tanker ran aground off Masirah Island, Oman and broke up. Twenty-eight of her crew rescued by HMS Llandaff (  Royal Navy).[65]

SeptemberEdit

4 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Vencedor   Colombia The passenger ship capsized and sank off Buenaventura with the loss of 50 lives.[66]

9 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Denia M   United States The 19-gross register ton, 38.9-foot (11.9 m) fishing vessel sank off Bold Cape (55°01′30″N 162°15′00″W / 55.02500°N 162.25000°W / 55.02500; -162.25000 (Bold Cape)) near King Cove, Alaska.[58]

11 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Smile   United States The 8-gross register ton, 31.5-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire north of Wrangell Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[1]

12 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Alf and Jim   United States The 12-gross register ton, 34.6-foot (10.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Port Wakefield, Alaska.[56]

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Pafco No. 9   United States The 14-gross register ton, 33.1-foot (10.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at King Cove, Alaska.[26]

16 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Heron   Netherlands The coaster sank off Jersey, Channel Islands. Of her eleven crew, six were rescued by Cranborne (  United Kingdom) and two by Port du Bouc (  France).[67]

17 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1961
Ship Country Description
L'Opiniatre   French Navy The frigate ran aground at Dales Voe, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom. Refloated by Haakon VII (  Norway) and towed to Lerwick.[68]

21 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Irma Belle   United States The 9-gross register ton, 27.9-foot (8.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Meyers Chuck, Alaska.[69]
Juno   United States The 30-gross register ton, 47.7-foot (14.5 m) fishing vessel sank in Japanese Bay (56°56′N 153°41′W / 56.933°N 153.683°W / 56.933; -153.683 (Japanese Bay)) on the coast of Alaska's Kodiak Island.[50]

23 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Hyperien   United States The 18-gross register ton, 43.2-foot (13.2 m) fishing vessel sank in Bartlett Cove (58°27′N 135°55′W / 58.450°N 135.917°W / 58.450; -135.917 (Bartlett Cove)) in Glacier Bay in Southeast Alaska.[70]

24 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1961
Ship Country Description
Virgie K   United States The 13-gross register ton, 39.4-foot (12.0 m) fishing vessel foundered in Sitka Sound in Southeast Alaska.[71]

26 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1961
Ship Country Description
USNS Potomac   United States Navy The Maumee-class oiler caught fire and was wracked by a series of explosions while moored at a pier at Morehead City, North Carolina, killing two men. Her bow section was declared a constructive total loss, but her 200-foot (61 m) stern section was cut away and combined with a new bow section to create the oiler SS Shenandoah, later renamed USNS Potomac.

OctoberEdit

1 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Hess Mariner   United States The tanker suffered an explosion and fire 110 nautical miles (200 km) east of Jacksonville, Florida. She was on a voyage from Houston, Texas to Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Hess Mariner sank the next day.[72][73]

2 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Pioneer II   United States The 17-gross register ton 36.9-foot (11.2 m) fishing vessel sank off Driest Point (55°10′40″N 131°36′15″W / 55.17778°N 131.60417°W / 55.17778; -131.60417 (Driest Point)) on Annette Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[26]
Richard K   United States The 10-gross register ton, 34-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Cold Bay, Alaska.[74]
Simferapol   Soviet Union The depot ship ran aground between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, South-West Africa and was wrecked.[75]

3 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Chignik Pride   United States The 7-gross register ton, 27.8-foot (8.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Chignik Lagoon, Alaska.[37]
KFC-7   United States The 7-gross register ton, 31.5-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Chignik Lagoon, Alaska.[14]

8 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Partner   United States The 16-gross register ton, 37.5-foot (11.4 m) troller sank off Lemesurier Island in Icy Strait in Southeast Alaska. All five people aboard – a husband and wife and their three children – perished.[26]

10 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1961
Ship Country Description
USS Guardfish   United States Navy The decommissioned Gato-class submarine was sunk as a torpedo target in Long Island Sound off New London, Connecticut, by the submarines USS Apogon and USS Blenny (both   United States Navy).

13 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1861
Ship Country Description
Husky   United States The 50-gross register ton, 55.2-foot (16.8 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on Amak Island in the Aleutian Islands.[70]

15 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Vibex   United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in the St. Lawrence River in Canada.[76] She later was refloated and returned to service.[77]

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1961
Ship Country Description
B B P 14   United States The 8-gross register ton, 30-foot (9.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Dillingham, Alaska.[78]

17 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Peggy L   United States The 11-gross register ton, 32-foot (9.8 m) fishing vessel sank near Homer, Alaska.[26]

18 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Arctic Viking   United Kingdom The 501-gross register ton, 167-foot (50.9 m) fishing vessel sank off Flamborough Head, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, with the loss of five of her crew.

19 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1961
Ship Country Description
HMS Barmouth   Royal Navy The Bar-class boom defence vessel was in danger of running aground between Bempton and Speeton, Yorkshire after her tow line parted. All nine crew rescued by a helicopter from RAF Leconfield.[79]

22 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Bianca C.   Italy The passenger ship suffered an explosion and fire off Grenada. Although taken in tow by HMS Londonderry (  Royal Navy), she sank on 24 October. One crew member was killed and eight were injured. Over 700 people were rescued.
Bascobel   United States The tug sank at Mariners Harbor, New York. She was declared a constructive total loss, and scrapped in December 1963.

23 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Halronell   Republic of Ireland The cargo ship struck Black Rock, off Rosslare Co Wexford coast and broke in two. Three of her six crew were killed, the other three were rescued by a helicopter from RAF Brawdy, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom.[80]

27 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Ruby S   United States The 8-gross register ton, 31.8-foot (9.7 m) fishing vessel sank near Duke Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[74]

30 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1961
Ship Country Description
Hwei Sung   Taiwan The Liberty ship ran aground at Naoyetsu, Japan. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[81]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1961
Ship Country Description
Guy Junior   United States The 50-gross register ton, 58.6-foot (17.9 m) fishing vessel sank off Montague Island on the south-central coast of Alaska.[82]
Silver Star   United States The 37-gross register ton, 43.9-foot (13.4 m) fishing vessel sank near Sukoi Bay on the south-central coast of Alaska sometime on or after 8 October with the loss of her entire crew of three. Her wreckage was found on a beach near Cape Douglas (58°52′N 153°16′W / 58.867°N 153.267°W / 58.867; -153.267 (Sukoi Bay)) on 14 October.[1]

NovemberEdit

1 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Brant   United States The 44-foot (13.4 m) fishing vessel disappeared off the north coast of Alaska's Kodiak Island with the loss of her entire crew of three.[83]

6 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Carmella J   United States The 35-gross register ton, 44.3-foot (13.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by a storm off Ugak Bay (57°25′N 152°35′W / 57.417°N 152.583°W / 57.417; -152.583 (Ugak Bay)) on the coast of Alaska's Kodiak Island.[37]
Clan Keith   United Kingdom The cargo ship hit rocks (initially thought to have exploded but later disproved) and sank off the coast of Tunisia with the loss of 62 of her 68 crew.[84]

7 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Union Reliance   Taiwan The cargo ship collided with Berea (  Norway) in the Houston Ship Channel, Texas, United States, killing twelve people on board Berea. Union Reliance subsequently caught fire and grounded and was abandoned by her owners. She was scrapped in March 1962.

10 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Freshfield   United Kingdom In a fog, the coaster was struck by the Guinness ship Lady Gwendolen (  Ireland)[85] and sank in the Crosby Channel, River Mersey. All nine crew rescued after taking to the liferafts.[86]

12 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Bluebelle   United States The ketch was scuttled in the Atlantic Ocean by her captain after he murdered five of the other six people on board.

16 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Sparky   United States The 7-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on the Copper River Flats in south-central Alaska.[1]

21 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Ruth L   United States The 55-gross register ton, 60.4-foot (18.4 m) motor vessel sank with the loss of three lives near Cape Douglas (58°51′N 153°15′W / 58.850°N 153.250°W / 58.850; -153.250 (Cape Douglas)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[74]

24 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1961
Ship Country Description
Peggy Foss   United States The 32-gross register ton, 51.9-foot (15.8 m) tug was destroyed by ice at Anchor Point, Alaska.[26]

DecemberEdit

4 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Stientje Mensinga   Netherlands The coaster struck a rock off Eagle Island, County Mayo, Ireland and sank. Four crew took to a lifeboat. An attempt to rescue them was made by Maria Schulte (  West Germany), which resulted in the loss of five crew from that ship too. Six crew were rescued by an Irish Navy helicopter.[87]

6 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Antonakis   Panama The cargo ship ran aground at Cape Spartel, Morocco (35°43′N 5°57′W / 35.717°N 5.950°W / 35.717; -5.950) and broke in two. Declared a total loss.[48]
Montsoreau   France The T2 tanker collided with Isidora (  France) off Cape Spartel, Morocco and was beached. She was on a voyage from La Skhirra, Tunisia to Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône. Montsoreau was refloated on 19 December and consequently sold for scrapping.[88]
Ondo   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on a sandbank near the Elbe No.2 Lightship (  West Germany). She was abandoned as a total loss. She was on a voyage from Sapele, Nigeria to Riga, Soviet Union.[89]

8 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Thorsheimer   Norway The tanker ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom.[90]

9 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Sofia T   Greece The cargo ship sank off Marmara Island, Turkey (40°35′N 27°34′E / 40.583°N 27.567°E / 40.583; 27.567) with the loss of three crew.[91]
Wiema   Netherlands The coaster sank 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of the South Bishop Lighthouse, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom. Her cargo had shifted in a storm and she attempted to make for Pembroke. Assistance was offered by the Admiralty tug Empire Netta (  United Kingdom) but refused. She sank following engine failure, all five crew were rescued by the Trinity House vessel Argus (  United Kingdom).[92]

10 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Combine I   Panama The cargo ship foundered 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) north east of Singapore. Only five of her 29 crew were rescued.[93]
Ondo   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Elbe and was abandoned after attempts to salvage her were abandoned.[94][95]

12 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Streatham Hill   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Schelde at Westkapelle, Belgium. Later refloated and returned to service.[96]

13 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Allegrity   United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at St Anthony Head, Cornwall.
Spartan   Lebanon The Liberty ship, ex-Henry Watterson, ran aground at Pasa Buenavista, Cuba. She was refloated on 29 May 1962, and towed to Havana. Declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[97]

18 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1961
Ship Country Description
NRP Afonso de Albuquerque   Portuguese Navy Annexation of Portuguese India: The Afonso de Albuquerque-class aviso's crew ran her aground after she suffered serious damage in combat with the frigates INS Betwa and INS Beas and a minesweeper (all   Indian Navy) in the harbor at Goa, India. 5 killed and 13 wounded. Captured by Indian forces the next day, she was refloated in 1962 and scrapped.[98]
NRP Sirius   Portuguese Navy Annexation of Portuguese India: The Antares-class patrol ship was scuttled at Goa, India to prevent capture.
NRP Vega   Portuguese Navy Annexation of Portuguese India: The Antares-class patrol ship was strafed and sunk off Diu, India by Indian Air Force De Havilland Vampires. Her captain and one crewman were killed.[99]

22 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Allegrity   United Kingdom The coaster capsized and sank on Veryan beach, Cornwall. Her fourteen crew were saved by the Falmouth lifeboat.[100]

25 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Maria   Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Maizuru, Japan. She was declared a constructive total loss.[81]

29 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Malgomaj   Sweden The bulk carrier collided with the tanker Esso Berlin (  West Germany) in the Westerschelde and caught fire. Rondefjell (  Norway) ran aground trying to avoid the two ships.[101]

30 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1961
Ship Country Description
Klyuchevsky   Soviet Union The fishing trawler disappeared in the Bering Sea 90 nautical miles (170 km; 100 mi) west of Saint Paul Island.[14]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1961
Ship Country Description
Jubilee   United States The 30-foot (9.1 m) fishing vessel sank in Prince William Sound on the south-central coast of Alaska.[50]
USCGC Triumph   United States Coast Guard The motor lifeboat sank in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon with the loss of five of her six crew members.

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Ship events in 1961
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Ship commissionings: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966
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Shipwrecks: 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966