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Ships - Notable Historical Events

Edward IIIAug 29, 1350

Christopher ColumbusAug 3, 1492

Ferdinand MagellanAug 10, 1519

NapoleonApr 17, 1808

Hermann GoeringJun 19, 1940

HitlerDec 9, 1941

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Ships - Historical Events
Date Event
1350-08-29

Battle of Winchelsea (or Les Espagnols sur Mer): The English naval fleet under King Edward III defeats a Castilian fleet of 40 ships.

1453-04-21

Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople

1492-08-03

Christopher Columbus sets sail on his first voyage with 3 ships Santa Maria, Pinta and Niña from Palos de la Frontera, Spain for the "Indies"

1493-09-25

Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas

1498-05-30

Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America

1500-03-09

Pedro Cabral departs with 13 ships to India

1501-04-23

Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral & 6 ships return to Lisbon

1519-08-10

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan's Spanish expedition of 5 ships set sail to circumnavigate the Earth (returned 5 Sept 1522)

1534-03-26

Lübeck accepts free Dutch ships into East Sea

1559-09-19

5 Spanish ships sinks in storm off Tampa, about 600 die

1585-05-19

Spain confisquates English ships

1593-12-24

Storm hits Texel: 40 ships hit, 500 killed

1595-04-02

Cornelis de Houtman's ships depart to Asia through Cape of Good Hope

1597-08-20

1st Dutch East India Company ships return from the Far East

1600-10-16

Olivier van Noorts ships reach Philippines

1623-04-29

11 Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru

1627-03-03

Piet Heyn conquerors 22 ships in Bay of Salvador Brazil

1627-06-10

Piet Heyn conquerors 38 ships at bay of Salvador

1630-02-14

Dutch fleet of 69 ships reaches Pernambuco, Brazil

1634-07-06

Johan van Walbeeck's ships bypass St-Anna Bay, Curaçao

1642-08-14

Able Tasmans ships Heemskerck/Zeehaen depart out of Batavia

1642-12-19

4 of Tasman's crew are killed at Wharewharangi (Murderers) Bay by Māori; Tasman's ships depart without landing

1664-07-23

4 British ships to drive Dutch out of NY, arrive in Boston

1666-08-09

Rear Admiral Robert Holmes leads a raid on the Dutch island of Terschelling, destroying 150 merchant ships in the Vlie estuary, and pillaging the town of West-Terschelling, an act later known as "Holmes's Bonfire".

1673-08-08

Dutch battle fleet of 23 ships demands surrender of NYC

1675-09-06

Swedish admiral Stenbock sails out with fleet of 66 ships

1694-09-27

Hurricane hits Carlisle Bay Barbados; 27 British ships sink & 3,000 die

1697-02-04

Three Dutch East India Company ships anchor at Dirk-Hartogeiland, Australia

1698-07-14

The Darien scheme begins with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.

1703-11-26

Great storm of 1703 hits Southern England (NS 7 Dec) - thousands killed, Royal Navy losses 13 ships and around 1,500 seamen

1772-08-31

Hurricane destroy ships off Dominica

1773-10-14

American Revolutionary War: The United Kingdom's East India Company tea ships' cargo are burned at Annapolis, Maryland.

1773-12-26

Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia

1775-12-22

Continental navy organized with 7 ships

1776-09-06

Hurricane hits Martinique; 100 French & Dutch ships sinks; 600 die

1781-08-30

French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War

1787-05-13

Arthur Phillip sets sails with 11 ships of criminals to Botany Bay, Australia

1792-06-21

Vancouver meets Spanish ships Sutil & Mexicana off Vancouver, BC

1804-04-28

31 British ships sail up Suriname river demanding transition colony from the Dutch

1808-04-17

Bayonne Decree by Napoleon I of France orders seizure of US ships

1839-11-25

A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.

1850-07-01

At least 626 ships lie at anchor around SF Bay

1850-12-16

Ships the Charlotte-Jane and the Randolph bring the first of the Canterbury Pilgrims to Lyttelton, New Zealand

1854-08-04

The Hinomaru is established as the official flag to be flown from Japanese ships.

1861-02-06

British Vice-Admiral Robert Fitzroy issues first storm warnings for ships

1863-03-03

Federal ironclad ships bombard Fort McAllister, Georgia

1863-08-17

Federal batteries & ships attacked Fort Sumter in SC

1864-05-05

Battle between Confederate & Union ships at mouth of Roanoke

1879-05-21

War of the Pacific: Two Chilean ships blocking the harbor of Iquique (then belonging to Peru) battle two Peruvian vessels in the Battle of Iquique.

1893-12-11

11 fishing ships wash up at Wadden Sea, 22 killed

1898-09-10

Lord Kitchener's ships sails from Kartoum to Fashoda

1898-09-18

Lord Kitchener's ships reach Fashoda, Sudan

1902-12-13

British and German ships begin to bombard the Venezuelan forts after President Castro refuses to comply with an ultimatum demanding that he claims for damages caused during his takeover of the government in 1899; Castro asks US President Roosevelt to arbitrate

1904-07-06

Two Russian cruisers move into the Red Sea and begin to stop ships of Britain, Germany, and other nations they believe friendly to Japan

1904-08-11

The Russian fleet in the harbor of at Port Arthur are exposed to Russian guns on the hill above the harbor; Russian trips attempt escape, but most are forced back into harbor by Japanese ships

1906-02-08

Without warning, Japanese torpedo boats make a night attack on Russian ships near the naval base at Port Arthur, Manchuria; there is confusion because no deceleration of war was given

1906-02-10

British battleship HMS Dreadnought launched after only 100 days, renders all other capital ships obsolete with revolutionary design

1914-04-20

US President W Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary; Congress approves

1914-09-02

The US Treasury Department establishes the Bureau of War Risk Insurance to provide up to $5 million worth of insurance for merchant ships and their crews

1914-11-02

Great Britain declares the entire North Sea a military area: neutral ships will transit it at their own risk

1914-11-09

Off Cocos Island, near Sumatra, the Australian cruiser 'Sydney' sinks German cruiser 'Emden', which has been attacking ships in the Pacific

1914-12-26

The US Government protests British interference with American merchant ships at sea, but this same day the German announce they will treat food as contraband, subject to seizure; this will weaken America's protest

1915-02-10

US President Wilson protests to Britain on the use of US flags on British merchant ships to deceive the Germans

1915-02-23

Germany sinks US ships Carib & Evelyn & torpedoes Norwegian ship Regin

1915-07-08

The Germans reply to Wilson's second Lusitania note by saying that Americans may sail on clearly marked neutral ships, but Germany does not deal with Wilson's other demands

1916-02-11

Germany and Austria-Hungary notify the US that they will sink any armed merchant ships starting on 1 March

1916-02-16

The US rejects the right of Germany and Austria-Hungary to sink armed merchant ships

1916-03-01

Germany begins attacking ships in the Atlantic

1916-04-18

US Secretary of State Warns Germany that the USA may break diplomatic relations unless torpedo attacks on unarmed ships stop

1916-10-07

The German submarine U-53 arrives off Newport, Rhode Island, and sinks 9 British merchant ships in international waters

1917-02-22

German Navy torpedoes 7 Dutch ships

1917-05-10

Atlantic ships get destroyer escorts to stop German attacks

1929-01-12

Seatrain (RR cars on ships) service begins, New Orleans-Havana

1940-06-19

Hermann Goering orders seizure of Dutch horses, car, buses & ships

1941-07-31

U boats sink 21 allied ships this month: 94,000 ton

1941-12-09

Hitler orders US ships torpedoed

1941-12-24

1st ships of admiral Nagumo's Pearl Harbor fleet return to Japan

1942-07-31

U-boats sank 96 allied ships this month: 476,000 ton

1942-08-31

U boats sunk this month 108 ships (544,000 ton)

1942-10-22

1st ships of invasion fleet for Oran (Algeria) leave Scotland

1942-10-23

First ships of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk

1942-11-27

French navy at Toulon scuttles ships & subs so Nazis cannot seize them

1943-07-05

US invasion fleet (96 ships) sails to Sicily

1944-04-28

Exercise "Tiger" ends with 750 US soldiers dead in D-Day rehearsal after their convoy ships were attacked by German torpedo boats

1944-07-17

2 ammunition ships explodes at Port Chicago, California kills 322

1944-10-25

Battle at Cape Engano: 4 Japanese ships sink

1945-01-12

US Task Force 38 destroys 41 Jap ships in Battle of South China Sea

1945-01-28

Swedish ships bring food to starving Netherlands

1945-03-17

Allied ships bomb North-Sumatra

1945-03-19

US Task Force 58 attacks ships near Kobe/Kure

1945-03-23

Largest operation in Pacific War (WWII), 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Japanese island of Okinawa

1946-10-22

2 British ships sink near Albania

1947-01-10

British stop ships Independence & In-Gathering from landing in Israel

1951-08-17

Hurricane winds drive 6 ships ashore, Kingston, Jamaica

1953-01-05

-6] Passenger ships Willem Ruys & Orange collide in the Red Sea

1957-03-08

Israeli troops leave Egypt; Suez Canal re-opened for minor ships

1959-05-06

Iceland gunboats shoot at British fishing ships

1964-08-04

North Vietnam torpedos US ships Gulf of Tonkin

1977-06-10

Apple Computer ships its first Apple II computers

1984-03-27

Beginning of "tanker war": over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines

1985-08-20

Israel ships 96 TOWs to Iran on behalf of US

1987-03-23

US offers military protection to Kuwaiti ships in the Persian Gulf

1988-01-26

Australian 200th anniversary parade of tall ships in Sydney Harbour

2012-09-25

50 Taiwanese ships clash with the Japan Coast Guard in waters off the Senkaku Islands

2015-11-30

Ghostly ships filled with dead bodies arrive on Japan's shores

2017-04-23

Japanese ships join US carrier for drills as it nears Korean waters

2018-01-15

US moves ships, bombers toward Korea ahead of Olympics

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Ships - Notable Birthdays

Henry J. KaiserMay 9, 1882

Ships - Birthdays
Date Event
1810-09-04

Donald McKay, US naval architect, built fastest clipper ships

1824-02-10

Samuel Plimsoll, Bristol England, inventor (Plimsoll line for ships)

1844-10-19

Benjamin D. Cleveland, Down to the Sea in Ships

1856-12-28

Woodrow Wilson, Our Bridge of Ships

1859-12-05

Earl Jellicoe, Q-Ships

1862-01-01

Herbert E. Cushman, Down to the Sea in Ships

1864-01-24

Beatrice Harraden, Ships That Pass in the Night

1868-9-26

Henry F. Gilbert, Down to the Sea in Ships

1871-01-29

Frederick R. Fish, Down to the Sea in Ships

1871-03-24

Alec Hurley, Q-Ships

1872-01-16

E. Gordon Craig, Q-Ships

1874-11-16

John L.E. Pell, Down to the Sea in Ships

1878-05-30

Arthur Vezin, Ships That Pass in the Night

1879-07-06

Henry J. Mandly, Down to the Sea in Ships

1882-05-09

Henry J. Kaiser, Sprout Brook NY, ship builder and industrialist (Liberty Ships, Jeeps, Boulder Dam)

1886-07-20

Daisy Markham, Ships That Pass in the Night

1886-08-24

William Francis Gibbs, naval architect, designed Liberty ships

1887-03-14

George H. Sistare Jr., Down to the Sea in Ships

1887-05-12

Earle Chase, Down to the Sea in Ships

1890-9-25

Juliette Courtot, Down to the Sea in Ships

1922-06-06

Iain Hamilton, Seawards the Great Ships

1922-10-28

Clifford Hanley, Seawards the Great Ships

1924-06-11

Borislav Pascan, The Long Ships

1929-04-10

Dusan Radic, The Long Ships

1929-12-09

Hilary Harris, Seawards the Great Ships

1980-03-29

Angela Carmichael, Two Ships

1988-10-06

M. Sitare Akbas, Ships

Ships - Deaths
Date Event
1810-03-21

Philippe-Joseph van den Berghe graaf Limmighe, Brabants ships, dies

1924-02-03

Woodrow Wilson, Our Bridge of Ships

1925-06-21

Benjamin D. Cleveland, Down to the Sea in Ships

1928-05-19

Henry F. Gilbert, Down to the Sea in Ships

1935-11-20

Earl Jellicoe, Q-Ships

1936-05-05

Beatrice Harraden, Ships That Pass in the Night

1954-12-19

Frans G. Bengtsson, The Long Ships

1958-09-01

Juliette Courtot, Down to the Sea in Ships

1967-12-23

Karen Verne, actress (Ships of Fools, Underground), dies at 49

1986-05-28

Marguerite Courtot, Down to the Sea in Ships

1999-08-09

Clifford Hanley, Seawards the Great Ships

1999-10-26

Hilary Harris, Seawards the Great Ships

2000-07-21

Iain Hamilton, Seawards the Great Ships

2010-04-03

Dusan Radic, The Long Ships


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