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The list of shipwrecks in 1966 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1966.

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1966
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date
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JanuaryEdit

2 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Pytheas   Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was beached at Rhodes, a total loss.[1]

4 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Faro   Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore near Tokyo, Japan (34°53′N 139°55′E / 34.883°N 139.917°E / 34.883; 139.917) in a cyclone. Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped in situ.[1]

6 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Polynesia   United States The schooner ran aground on a reef 15 nautical miles (28 km) south of Bimini, Bahamas. Fourteen of the 47 people on board were rescued by a United States Coast Guard helicopter.[2]

10 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Monte Palomares   Spain The cargo ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean 840 nautical miles (1,560 km) north east of Bermuda with the loss of 32 of her 38 crew.[3][4]

13 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Lampsis   Greece The Liberty ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean (34°18′N 51°22′W / 34.300°N 51.367°W / 34.300; -51.367).[1]

14 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Le Trégor   France The coaster sank 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) of Cap Gris Nez following a collision with an unnamed motor vessel.[5]

20 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Bright Star   Panama The coaster ran aground in the South China Sea (15°32′N 109°09′E / 15.533°N 109.150°E / 15.533; 109.150) and was wrecked.
Kremsertor   West Germany The cargo ship foundered in heavy weather off Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom. All crew 27 rescued by the tug Atlantic (  West Germany) or by a helicopter from 845 Naval Air Squadron based at RNAS Culdrose, Cornwall.[6]
Mi Amigo   Netherlands The coaster ran aground off Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom. Later refloated and returned to service.

21 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Viking Liberty   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground at Trinidad. She was refloated, but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]

22 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Praia do Saude   Portugal The cargo ship ran aground in the southern Algarve. All six crew escaped alive.[8]

23 JanuaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1966
Ship Country Description
Chelwood Beacon   United Kingdom The tanker ran aground in New York Bay,[9] 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, United States. Thirty-nine crew taken off by the pilot boat New Jersey (  United States). Thirteen crew and a pilot taken off the next day by USCGC Yeaton (  United States Navy). The ship was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[10]

FebruaryEdit

1 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Rockport   Liberia The Liberty ship was abandoned in the Pacific Ocean (32°59′N 168°10′W / 32.983°N 168.167°W / 32.983; -168.167) after her hull fractured. She foundered on 5 February.[11]
Unidentified submarine chaser   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-25-class submarine chaser was sunk by U. S. aircraft.[12]

16 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1966
Ship Country Description
White Mountain   Liberia The Liberty ship collided with Funabashi (flag unknown) off Singapore (1°19′N 104°18′E / 1.317°N 104.300°E / 1.317; 104.300). She capsized and sank.[13]

20 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Anne Mildred Brovig   Norway The tanker was involved in a collision off Heligoland, West Germany with the coaster Pentland (  United Kingdom). Both ships caught fire.[14]

20 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Rexton Kent   Canada The cargo ship, a converted Flower-class corvette, was scuttled off Cape Spencer, Nova Scotia.

25 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Ariete   Spanish Navy The destroyer was wrecked on the coast of Galicia in Spain.[15]
Marine Bounty   United Kingdom The Liberty ship ran aground at Hasieshan, China and broke in two.[7]
Sun Beam   United States During a voyage from Ketchikan in Southeast Alaska to Kodiak on Kodiak Island with five men, one woman, and a cargo of lumber on board, the 194-gross register ton, 89.4-foot (27.2 m) fishing vessel disappeared without trace in a storm in the Gulf of Alaska.[16]

27 FebruaryEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1966
Ship Country Description
Euxeinos   Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned off the Azores (33°05′N 31°00′W / 33.083°N 31.000°W / 33.083; -31.000). Presumed subsequently foundered.[1]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: February 1966
Ship Country Description
Kyra Hariklia   Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Malmö, Sweden. Refloated on 11 February, declared a constructive total loss.[17]

MarchEdit

2 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Anne II   United States The 17-gross register ton, 41.1-foot (12.5 m) fishing vessel sank at Snettisham, Alaska.[18]

4 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Sand Star   United Kingdom The dredger collided with Caroline M (  United Kingdom) in Southampton Water and sank. All eight crew rescued by Caroline M.

11 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Evi   Greece The cargo ship ran aground and was wrecked in the Red Sea near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

12 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Lambda 2   Cuba The fishing vessel was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[19]
Lambda 17   Cuba The fishing vessel was sunk by a Cuban exile-operated speedboat.[19]

16 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Kettara IV   Panama Vietnam War: The small 1910 coaster was sunk by gunfire by North Vietnamese Army artillery off the Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone with the loss of her entire crew crew.[20][21]

19 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Maria Despina   Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground at Alexandria, Egypt and broke in tow. The bow section was salvaged and subsequently used as a derrick barge.[11]
Monteleon   Spain The tug was severely damaged by an internal explosion at Santa Cruz de Tenerife.[22]

23 MarchEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1966
Ship Country Description
Pegasus   Netherlands The coaster sank in the Tagus at Lisbon, Portugal following a collision with Transsylvania (  West Germany. All crew rescued.[23]

AprilEdit

3 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Anzio   United Kingdom The passenger ship ran aground at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire and capsized, killing at least thirteen people.[24][25]

8 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Oriente   Cuba The cargo ship collided with Stavfjord (  Norway) 16 nautical miles (30 km) north of Ameland, Netherlands. Both ships sank, all crew rescued by Luden (  Netherlands).[26]
Stavfjord   Norway The cargo ship collided with Oriente (  Cuba) 16 nautical miles (30 km) north of Ameland, Netherlands. Both ships sank, all crew rescued by Luden (  Netherlands).[26]

12 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Sparta   Netherlands The coaster ran aground at Berwick-on-Tweed, Northumberland. Refloated with slight damage on 17 April.[27]

14 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Sofoclis Venizelos   Greece The cargo ship suffered a fire at Piraeus, Greece, and was wrecked.[28]

19 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Pericles   Greece The liberty ship ran aground on the Ajax Reef (25°25′N 80°07′W / 25.417°N 80.117°W / 25.417; -80.117). Declared a constructive total loss, she was consequently scrapped.[29]

21 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Costance   Panama The cargo ship ran aground on Lampedusa Island in the Mediterranean Sea and sank.
USS Lewis   United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.
Saba   Netherlands The coaster sank between the Isles of Scilly and Penzance, Cornwall after her cargo shifted. All seven crew rescued by Scillonian (  United Kingdom).[30]
USS Walter B. Cobb   United States Navy The decommissioned Crosley-class high-speed transport sank in the Pacific Ocean after colliding with the decommissioned high-speed transport USS Gantner (  United States Navy) while both ships were under tow.

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Corrine   United States The 22-gross register ton, 39.5-foot (12.0 m) fishing vessel sank off Craig, Alaska.[31]

26 AprilEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1966
Ship Country Description
Heinz Bernd   West Germany The coaster collided with the motor vessel Torne (  Sweden) in the Kattegat and sank with the loss of six lives.[32]

MayEdit

10 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Capetown Castle   United Kingdom The ocean liner ran aground off Vlissingen, Netherlands. Refloated undamaged later that day.[33]

11 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1966
Ship Country Description
C-100   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The naval trawler, a blockade runner, either was bombed and sunk by South Vietnamese Air Force aircraft or destroyed by gunfire while beached near the Ca Mau Peninsula in South Vietnam by the cutters USCGC Point Cypress and USCGC Point Grey (both   United States Coast Guard).[34]

17 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Fina Norvege   Belgium The tanker ran aground on Cani Island, Tunisia. Her cargo was transferred to Fina Canada (  Belgium). She was refloated on 31 May, rebuilt with a new bow section and returned to service.[35]
Pioneer Cebu   Philippines The ferry foundered off Cebu Island during Typhoon Irma.[36] Of the 305 passengers and crew, at least 175 were killed.[37]

18 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Aurora   Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of Cape Race, Canada. Presumed subsequently sank.[38]

24 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Kaitawa   New Zealand The collier foundered 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Reinga with the loss of all 29 crew.[39]

26 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Eastern Mariner   Australia Vietnam War: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Saigon River in South Vietnam. She was salvaged 1968 and scrapped. [40]

28 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1966
Ship Country Description
P A F #13   United States A storm destroyed the barge at Sitkinak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago off Alaska.[41]

30 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1966
Ship Country Description
Andrea   United States The 9-gross register ton, 33.6-foot (10.2 m) fishing vessel was lost after she collided with an unidentified object in Chatham Strait in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska off Point Marsden (58°03′30″N 134°48′25″W / 58.05833°N 134.80694°W / 58.05833; -134.80694 (Point Marsden)).[18]
Tempo   Panama The Liberty ship was driven ashore in a typhoon at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[42]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date May 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Tingey   United States Navy The Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Francisco, California.

JuneEdit

1 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1966
Ship Country Description
P A F #23   United States A tsunami destroyed the barge at Sitkinak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago off Alaska.[41]

2 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Kawana   Hong Kong The cargo ship caught fire in the Chittagong Roads, East Pakistan. She was beached but broke in two and was declared a total loss.[17]

6 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Cordova   United States The 55-gross register ton, 79.2-foot (24.1 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in the Copper River Flats near Cordova, Alaska.[31]

8 JuneEdit

10 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Dixmude   French Navy The decommissioned Avenger-class escort aircraft carrier was sunk as a target by United States Navy forces.[17]

16 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape   United Kingdom The tanker collided with Texaco Massachusetts (  United States), and caught fire, killing 33 people on board both ships and the tugs Esso Vermont and Latin America.[44]

19 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 1966
Ship Country Description
C-187   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: When her scuttling charges failed to detonate, the blockade runner was captured by South Vietnamese forces after running aground near the mouth of the Cổ Chiên River in the Mekong Delta in South Vietnam while trying to escape attack by the destroyer USS John A. Bole, the destroyer escort USS Haverfield, and the dock landing ship USS Tortuga (all   United States Navy).[45]
Zanita   Liberia The Liberty ship developed a leak and sank off the Kuria Muria Islands . All crew rescued by the Ol-class tanker RFA Olna (  Royal Fleet Auxiliary.[7][46]

25 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Stalwart   United States Navy The Aggressive-class minesweeper caught fire, capsized and sank at San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was later refloated and scrapped.

28 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape   United Kingdom The tanker exploded whilst her cargo of naptha was being unloaded in New York Harbor, killing four people.[44]

29 JuneEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 June 1966
Ship Country Description
Mystras   Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground in the Elbe. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[47]

JulyEdit

1 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Sandy Joy   United States The 9-gross register ton, 31.4-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in Aniakchak Bay (56°42′N 157°22′W / 56.700°N 157.367°W / 56.700; -157.367 (Aniakchak Bay)) on the Gulf of Alaska coast of the Alaska Peninsula.[16]
South African Seafarer   South Africa The cargo liner ran aground in Table Bay on the coast of South Africa and broke in two. All 76 people on board were rescued by South African Air Force helicopters.[48]
T-333   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-333/Project 123K-class motor torpedo boat was lost, probably to air attack.[49]
T-336   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-333/Project 123K-class motor torpedo boat was lost, probably to air attack.[50]
T-339   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The T-333/Project 123K-class motor torpedo boat was lost, probably to air attack.[51]

2 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1966
Ship Country Description
P G No. 10   United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.6-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was wrecked in southwest Alaska on the Kvichak River between King Salmon Creek and Copenhagen Creek.[41]

3 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Alva Cape   United Kingdom The burning tanker was scuttled by USCGC Spencer (  United States Navy).[44]

5 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Elias Dayfas II   Greece The Liberty ship sprang a leak and was abandoned off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico (21°09′N 86°28′W / 21.150°N 86.467°W / 21.150; -86.467. Presumed subsequently sank.[52]

8 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Cosmos Altair   Panama The Liberty ship ran aground on the Altair Reef (28°55′N 48°47′E / 28.917°N 48.783°E / 28.917; 48.783). She was later refloated.[53]

10 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Paestum   Italy The Liberty ship sprang a leak and foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, United States.[7]

11 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Naifeh   United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Clemente Island, California, by a combination of naval gunfire and aircraft attacks.

13 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Ulvert M. Moore   United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off San Nicolas Island in Californiaʼs Channel Islands by surface gunfire and by aircraft from the attack aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (  United States Navy).

17 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Bridlington Queen   United Kingdom The passenger boat sprang a leak and sank at Bridlington, Yorkshire. All 120 on board rescued by various pleasure craft. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[54]
Catherine J   United States The 24-gross register ton, 40.2-foot (12.3 m) fishing vessel sank off a location identified in the wreck report as "Seal Cape Light" on the coast of Alaska. The report does not specify to which of several locations known as Seal Cape in Alaska it refers.[31]

25 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Angelic   Panama The Liberty ship ran aground at Nojima Saki, Japan. Later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[1]
Favourite   United Kingdom The 163-year-old Thames barge sank at Chiswick.[55]
Koula F   Greece
 
The wreck of Koula F, known locally as the "Greek Ship," on 3 December 2008.
The cargo ship ran aground in the Persian Gulf at Kish Island, Iran. She was declared a total loss.[17]
Taiwind   Panama The Liberty ship collided with St. Matthew (flag unknown) off Irosaki, Japan. She was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]

27 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Peanut   United States The 12-gross register ton, 31.2-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Uyak (57°38′20″N 154°00′00″W / 57.63889°N 154.00000°W / 57.63889; -154.00000 (Uyak)), Alaska.[41]

28 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Archangel Michael   Liberia The Liberty ship ran aground near Okha Port, India (22°27′N 68°59′E / 22.450°N 68.983°E / 22.450; 68.983) and broke in two, a total loss.[56]

30 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Janet Glory   Liberia The cargo ship ran aground at Spencer's Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. All 31 on board abandoned the ship by lifeboat and landed at Spencer's Wharf. Three local fishermen boarded the ship with the intention of salvage, but were killed when the ship exploded. Their fishing boat was also sunk.[57][58]

31 JulyEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1966
Ship Country Description
Chignik 2   United States The 10-gross register ton, 29.8-foot (9.1 m) fishing vessel sank in Warner Bay (56°08′N 158°24′W / 56.133°N 158.400°W / 56.133; -158.400 (Warner Bay)) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula in Alaska.[31]

AugustEdit

2 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1966
Ship Country Description
AR 1   United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 5   United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 7   United States The 8-gross register ton, 28.7-foot (8.7 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 8   United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
AR 9   United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[18]
N S 10   United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]
N S 11   United States The 8-gross register ton, 27.5-foot (8.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]
N S 22   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]
N S 24   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]
N S 25   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]
N S 26   United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.2-foot (8.9 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Koggiung, Alaska.[59]

8 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Mystitchi   Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground in the Great Belt, Denmark.[60]

10 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Diana   United States The 13-gross register ton, 37.6-foot (11.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire in Judd Harbor (54°53′N 131°16′W / 54.883°N 131.267°W / 54.883; -131.267 (Judd Harbor)) on the coast of Duke Island in the Gravina Islands of the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[61]

11 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Dashava   Soviet Union The cargo ship ran aground in the Great Belt, Denmark, while going to the assistance of Mystitchi (  Soviet Union). The teleprinter hotline between the White House and the Kremlin was cut.[60]

14 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Snug   United States The 6-gross register ton, 27.8-foot (8.5 m) fishing vessel sank in Cook Inlet on the south-central coast of Alaska.[16]

23 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 August 1966
Ship Country Description
Baton Rouge Victory   United States Vietnam War: The Victory ship was damaged by a limpet minein the Long Tau River with the loss of seven crewmen killed and was beached to prevent her from sinking, although she nonetheless blocked the shipping channel. She was refloated on 30 August, towed to Vung Tao, South Vietnam, and scrapped in Taiwan in 1967.[62]

27 AugustEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 August 1966
Ship Country Description
P S No. 76   United States A storm destroyed the 337-gross register ton, 120-foot (36.6 m) barge at East Landing (57°07′10″N 170°16′00″W / 57.11944°N 170.26667°W / 57.11944; -170.26667 (East Landing)) on Saint Paul Island in the Pribilof Islands.[41]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1966
Ship Country Description
Hunzeborg   Netherlands The cargo ship was involved in a collision in the Strait of Dover, and was beached at Sandown, Kent.[63]
USS Maurice J. Manuel   United States Navy The decommissioned John C. Butler-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

SeptemberEdit

1 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Prins der Nederlands   Netherlands The ocean liner ran aground off Flores, Azores, Portugal. Two hundred passengers taken off.[64]

3 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Maria   Greece The Channel tanker sank south of Cyprus.

7 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Skagerak   Norway The train ferry sank in the North Sea with the loss of two of the 147 people on board.[65]
Hanseatic   West Germany The ocean liner caught fire at New York. The fire developed in the engine room and gutted five decks.[66]

11 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Etta   United States The 17-gross register ton, 41.6-foot (12.7 m) fishing vessel was lost after colliding with the vessel My Laddie (  United States) 5,000 feet (1,500 m) off Beacon Point (56°56′15″N 132°59′30″W / 56.93750°N 132.99167°W / 56.93750; -132.99167 (Beacon Point)) in Southeast Alaska.[67]

12 SeptemberEdit

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Jeannette F   United States The 74-gross register ton, 67.7-foot (20.6 m) fishing vessel was lost near Narrow Cape (57°25′37″N 152°19′44″W / 57.4269°N 152.3289°W / 57.4269; -152.3289 (Narrow Cape)) on Kodiak Island south of Kodiak, Alaska, after colliding with the vessel Rosemary (  United States) at 57°27′N 152°15′W / 57.450°N 152.250°W / 57.450; -152.250 (Jeannette F).[68]

14 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1966
Ship Country Description
U-Hai   German Navy The Type XXIII submarine foundered in the North Sea with the loss of all hands.[69] The wreck was raised on 19 September and consequently scrapped.[70]

18 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1967
Ship Country Description
New Bay Beauty   United States The 11-gross register ton, 31.6-foot (9.6 m) fishing vessel was wrecked on East Amatuli Island (58°55′N 152°00′W / 58.917°N 152.000°W / 58.917; -152.000 (East Amatuli Island)) in the Barren Islands off the south-central coast of Alaska.[59]

19 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Granikos   Lebanon The Liberty ship ran aground off Pulo Sambu, Indonesia. She was later refloated and towed to Singapore where she was declared a constructive total loss.[47]

20 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Ioanna   Greece The cargo ship caught fire off Arzew, Algeria, and was scuttled two days later 5 nmi (9.26 km) offshore.[71]

25 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1966
Ship Country Description
City of Wellington   United Kingdom The ocean liner was driven ashore in Tokyo Bay during a typhoon. Later refloated.[72]

26 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Saggitatius   Liberia The Liberty ship collided with Schwarzburg (  West Germany) off Buenos Aires, Argentina and sank. She was refloated on 1 October. Subsequently scrapped.[38]

29 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1966
Ship Country Description
Eleni K   Greece The Liberty ship broke in two and sank off Thevenard, South Australia. She was refloated on 17 November and beached on Goat Island (32°18′S 133°32′E / 32.300°S 133.533°E / -32.300; 133.533 where she subsequently broke up.[56]

OctoberEdit

1 OctoberEdit

2 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1966
Ship Country Description
RVNS Le Van Bihn   Republic of Vietnam Navy Vietnam War: The LCS(L)-class landing ship was sunk by the North Vietnamese 126th Special Naval Commandos with limpet mines.[74]

15 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Hernan Cortes   Panama The Liberty ship ran aground on the Alacran Reef, off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. She was later refloated but declared a constructive total loss and scrapped.[7]
S J No. 9   United States The 12-gross register ton, 31.1-foot (9.5 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by a storm in the Gulf of Alaska off Aiaktalik Island (56°42′N 154°03′W / 56.700°N 154.050°W / 56.700; -154.050 (Aiaktalik Island)) in the Kodiak Archipelago.[16]

16 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Fennia   Finland The ferry ran aground in fog on a voyage between Turku, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden.[75]

18 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Lumberjack   United States The 4,924-gross register ton, 272.1-foot (82.9 m) barge was wrecked at Jorkins Point on Swindle Island in Milbanke Sound on the coast of the British Columbia in Canada.[76]

23 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Hercules   United States The 275-gross register ton, 116.9-foot (35.6 m) tug was destroyed by ice at Clarks Point (58°50′30″N 158°33′00″W / 58.84167°N 158.55000°W / 58.84167; -158.55000 (Clarks Point)) in Alaska′s Nushagak River.[77]
Pioneer Leyte   Philippines The passenger ferry collided with Golden State (  United States) and sank off Manila, Philippines, with the loss of 44 lives.[78]

24 OctoberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1966
Ship Country Description
Gulfscout   United States The tank ship capsized off Morgan City, Louisiana. She was on a voyage from Port Arthur, Texas to Tampa, Florida. Gulfscout was subsequently towed out to sea and sunk.[79]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date October 1966
Ship Country Description
USNS American Mariner   United States Navy The former range instrumentation ship was intentionally grounded on a sand bar in the Chesapeake Bay 7 nautical miles (13 km) east of Point Lookout, Maryland, between Point Lookout and Smith Island, Maryland, at 38°02′25″N 76°09′17″W / 38.04028°N 76.15472°W / 38.04028; -76.15472 (American Mariner) for use as an aerial bombing target.
USS Suisun   United States Navy The decommissioned Barnegat-class seaplane tender was sunk as a target by the United States Navy.

NovemberEdit

1 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1966
Ship Country Description
North Cape   United States A tsunami destroyed the 86-gross register ton, 109.7-foot (33.4 m) barge in Cook Inlet near Anchorage, Alaska.[59]

3 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Kitsap   United States While under tow from the Pacific Northwest to Alaska, where she was to be employed as a floating cannery, the retired 526-gross register ton, 158.9-foot (48.4 m) ferry sank approximately 0.75 nautical miles (1.4 km; 0.9 mi) northwest of Tonki Cape Light (58°21′N 151°59′W / 58.350°N 151.983°W / 58.350; -151.983 (Tonki Cape Light)) on the south-central coast of Alaska.[80]

6 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Ada   Italy The dredger collided with Boček (  Yugoslavia) and sank at Lido de Venezia.[81] Refloated on 4 February 1967, repaired and given a new diesel engine, returned to service.[82]

8 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Bettles   United States The landing craft ran aground and broke up in gale off Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutian Islands without loss of life. The seagoing buoy tender USCGC Balsam (  United States Coast Guard) rescued her crew.[73]

10 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Shibam   Aden The coaster was driven ashore at Salalah, Oman during a tropical cyclone. Later repaired and returned to service.
White Eagle   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on San Clemente Island, California, United States (32°55′N 118°33′W / 32.917°N 118.550°W / 32.917; -118.550), a total loss.[83]

11 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Isle of Gigha   United Kingdom The roll-on/roll-off ferry capsized off the west coast of Scotland. She was salvaged and returned to service.

13 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Omega   Liberia The Liberty ship suffered a fractured hull and was abandoned in the Pacific Ocean (6°57′N 125°53′W / 6.950°N 125.883°W / 6.950; -125.883). Presumed subsequently foundered.[84]

14 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Marina di Sapri   Italy The cargo ship struck the wreck of Ada (  Italy) and sank.[82]

16 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Julie   United States The 20-gross register ton, 36.3-foot (11.1 m) fishing vessel sank at Meyers Chuck, Alaska.[68]

17 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Ypapanti   Panama The cargo ship ran aground on Long Sands Head Shoal, 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Harwich, Essex, United Kingdom and was wrecked. Assistance was given by the Walton on the Naze lifeboat.[85]

20 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Eastern Argo   Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore at Mapingil, Philippines.[7]

25 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Can-do   United States The buoy tender sank off Anchor Point, Alaska, with the loss of three lives.[86]

27 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1966
Ship Country Description
C-41   Vietnam People's Navy Vietnam War: The blockade runner was run aground at Duc Pho, South Vietnam. to avoid capture. Two crewmen were killed after abandoning ship when they went back to her to check scuttling charges that failed to detonate on schedule but which detonated when they approached.[87]

28 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Tegean   Greece The Liberty ship ran aground on Sisters Shoal, Sambro Island, and was wrecked.[88][89]

29 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Daniel J. Morrell   United States The Great Lakes freighter broke up in a storm on Lake Huron with a loss of 28 of its 29 crewmen.

30 NovemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1966
Ship Country Description
Nightmare   United States The fishing vessel disappeared along with both people aboard – a husband and wife – during a voyage from Seldovia to Halibut Cove, Alaska.[59]
Pionere   Italy The tug capsized while assisting Guglielmo Marconi at Messina. Refloated 22 January 1967, repaired and returned to service.

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date in November 1966
Ship Country Description
Stamatis   Liberia The Liberty ship was driven ashore and wrecked in a typhoon at Madras, India.[7]

DecemberEdit

1 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1966
Ship Country Description
519   United States The 210-gross register ton, 103.8-foot (31.6 m) barge sank in Chatham Strait off Takatz Island (57°08′N 134°48′W / 57.133°N 134.800°W / 57.133; -134.800 (Takatz Island)) in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.[90]

8 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Heraklion   Greece The passenger ferry capsized and sank in the Aegean Sea

11 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1966
Ship Country Description
U F 21   United States The 17-gross register ton, 34.2-foot (10.4 m) fishing vessel was destroyed by fire at Port Lions, Alaska.[91]

12 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Agia Varvara   Greece The coaster caught fire, then capsized and sank off Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Contentia   West Germany The cargo ship collided with the Bull lightvessel (  Trinity House, [United Kingdom]) and sank at the mouth of the Humber.[92]
Eldorita   United Kingdom The coaster foundered north west of Hoek van Holland, Netherlands. All four crew survived.[92]
Elke   West Germany The coaster collided with another ship and sank in the Humber Estuary.[92]

15 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Shelikof   United States The 72-foot (21.9 m) crab-fishing vessel foundered and drifted ashore at Cape Lazaref (54°37′00″N 163°35′10″W / 54.61667°N 163.58611°W / 54.61667; -163.58611 (Cape Lazaref)) on Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands, where the surf pounded her to pieces. Her four-man crew survived and was rescued from the beach, two by the tug Trojan (  United States) and two by the medium endurance cutter USCGC Storis (  United States Coast Guard).[16]

18 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Colahan   United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

30 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Mahnomen County   United States Navy The LST-542-class tank landing ship was driven ashore off Chu Lai, South Vietnam, by the 18-foot (5.5-meter) surf and high winds of a typhoon.

31 DecemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1966
Ship Country Description
Oriana   Panama The cargo ship caught fire at Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was grounded due to the amount of water pumped aboard during firefighting operations. She was refloated on 4 January 1967 and declared a constructive total loss.[17]
Refrigerator 10   Soviet Union The 239-foot (72.8 m) refrigerator ship sank in the Bering Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km; 40 mi) north of Unimak Pass with the loss of about 50 lives. Soviet fishing vessels rescued about 50 survivors.[93]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date 1966
Ship Country Description
USS Corson   United States Navy The decommissioned Barnegat-class seaplane tender was sunk as a target by the United States Navy.
Francis Garnier   French Navy The decommissioned sloop-of-war was sunk as a target in a nuclear weapon test in the Pacific Ocean.
Nafsiporos   Greece The cargo ship foundered in the Irish Sea. Her crew were rescued by the Holyhead Lifeboat.[94]

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Ship events in 1966
Ship launches: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Ship commissionings: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Ship decommissionings: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971
Shipwrecks: 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971