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Date Event
1453-04-21

Turkish fleet sinks ships Golden Receiver in Constantinople

1492-12-25

Columbus' ship Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola

1528-09-28

Spanish fleet sinks in Florida hurricane; about 380 die

1545-07-19

King Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose sinks at Portsmouth; 73 die

1559-09-19

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

1587-04-19

Sir Frances Drake sails into Cadiz Spain & sinks Spanish fleet

1600-12-14

Olivier van Noort sinks Spanish galleon San Diego at Bay of Manila, 350 die

1628-08-10

Wasa sinks at Stockholm, 50 killed

1657-04-20

Battle in Santa Cruz Bay, Tenerife: English fleet under Robert Blake sinks Spanish silver fleet

1715-07-29

10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane

1768-12-01

The slave ship Fredensborg sinks off Tromøy in Norway.

1771-10-09

The Dutch merchant ship Vrouw Maria sinks near the coast of Finland.

1776-09-06

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

1805-10-23

Sailing ship "Aeneus" sinks off Newfoundland killing 340

1810-12-22

British frigate Minotaur sinks killing 480

1817-01-22

British freighter Diana sinks off Malaysia

1828-04-14

18-gun sloop "Acorn" sinks off Halifax with 115 men aboard

1833-05-11

"Lady-of-the-Lake" strikes iceberg & sinks in N Atlantic; kills 215

1837-10-09

Steamboat "Home" sinks off Okracoke NC killing 100

1840-01-13

The steamship Lexington burns and sinks four miles off the coast of Long Island with the loss of 139 lives.

1841-09-09

Great Lakes steamer "Erie" sinks off Silver Creek NY, kills 300

1850-03-29

SS Royal Adelaide sinks in storm; 200 die

1852-02-26

British troopship Birkenhead sinks off South Africa-458 die, 193 survive

1852-08-13

Steamer "Atlantic" crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard

1853-09-29

Emigrant ship "Annie Jane" sinks off Scotland, drowning 348

1854-04-16

Steamer "Long Beach" sinks off Long Beach NY, 311 die

1854-09-27

Steamship "Arctic" sinks with 300 people on board

1854-11-13

"New Era" sinks off NJ coast with loss of 300

1857-09-12

423 die when "Central America" sinks off Cape Romain SC

1858-09-13

Hamburg-US ship Austria catches fire & sinks, 471 die

1859-04-27

"Pomona" sinks in North Atlantic drowning all 400 aboard

1861-09-13

1st naval battle of Civil War, Union frigate "Colorado" sinks privateer "Judah" off Pensacola, Fla

1862-07-27

Steamer "Golden Gate" burns & sinks off west coast of Mexico

1863-02-07

HMS Orpheus sinks off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand, killing 189.

1863-02-28

Confederate raider "Nashville" sinks near Fort McAllister Georgia

1864-02-17

Confederate submarine HL Hunley sinks Union ship Housatonic

1864-10-27

Confederate ship Albemarle torpedoed/sinks

1865-03-25

SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400

1866-01-11

Steamship London sinks in storm off Land's End, England and kills 220

1866-03-19

Immigrant ship Monarch of the Seas sinks in Liverpool; 738 die

1870-09-06

Ship sinks in Gulf of Biscay; 483 die

1873-01-22

British SS Northfleet sinks at Dungeness, England, 300 die

1873-04-01

British White Star steamship Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, 547 die

1874-11-17

Emigrant ship Cospatrick catches fire & sinks off Auckland, NZ

1875-02-24

The SS Gothenburg hits the Great Barrier Reef and sinks off the Australian east coast, killing approximately 100, including a number of high profile civil servants and dignitaries.

1875-05-07

German SS Schiller sinks near Scilly Islands, 312 killed

1878-05-31

German battleship SMS Grosser Kurfürst sinks, 284 killed

1878-12-18

French SS Byzantin sinks after collision in Dardanellen, 210 killed

1881-04-11

River ferry "Princess Victoria" sinks in Thames River, Ontario, 180 die

1881-05-24

Canadian ferry Princess Victoria sinks near London Ontario, 200 die

1881-06-13

The USS Jeannette, under the command of George Washington De Long, sinks in the Arctic circle following 21 months of drifting after becoming trapped in the ice

1883-07-03

SS Daphne sinks on Clyde River Scotland; 195 die

1891-03-17

British Steamer "Utopia" sinks off Gibraltar killing 574

1895-01-30

SS Elbe sinks after collision in North Sea, 332 killed

1895-03-11

Spanish cruiser Reina Regente sinks in Straits of Gibraltar, over 400 die

1898-02-15

USS Maine sinks in Havana harbor, cause unknown-258 sailors die

1900-02-23

Steamer "Rio de Janeiro" sinks in SF Bay

1901-08-14

SS Islander hits iceberg near Alaska & sinks killing 70

1902-05-06

British SS Camorta sinks off Rangoon; 739 die

1904-04-13

A squadron of the Russian fleet is decoyed out of Port Arthur by Japanese maneuvers, when they realize they are sailing into a trap; their battleship Petropavlovsk hits a mine and sinks, with a loss of 700 men

1904-06-28

The SS Norge Runs aground and sinks

1907-02-11

Passenger ship Larchmont sinks by Block Island, off Rhide Island, 322 die

1907-02-21

SS Berlin sinks off Hoek van Holland Neth (142 dead)

1912-03-05

Spanish steamer "Principe de Asturias" sinks NE of Spain, 500 die

1912-04-15

RMS Titanic sinks at 2:27 AM off Newfoundland as band plays on

1913-11-09

Storm "Freshwater Fury" sinks 8 ore-carriers on Great Lakes

1914-09-08

HMS (formerly RMS) Oceanic, sister ship of RMS Titantic, sinks off Scotland

1914-09-22

1 German submarine sinks 3 British ironclads, 1,459 die

1914-11-09

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

1915-02-23

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

1915-05-01

German submarine sinks US ship Gulflight

1915-05-05

German U-20 sinks Earl of Lathom

1915-05-06

German U-20 sinks Centurion SE of Ireland

1915-07-11

German cruiser Königsberg sinks off Dar-es-Salam

1915-11-07

An Austrian submarine sinks the Italian liner 'Ancona' without warning; 27 Americans are among the 272 who lose their lives

1915-11-09

Italian liner Ancona sinks by German torpedos, killing 272

1916-03-12

French airship sinks British submarine D3

1916-03-15

Dutch merchant ship Tubantia torpedoed by German submarine & sinks in North Sea

1916-10-07

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

1916-11-21

HMHS Britannic sinks in the Aegean Sea after a mine explodes, killing 30 people.

1917-02-21

British Mendi sinks off Isle of Wight, 627 die

1918-10-06

US ship Otranto sinks between Scotland & Ireland, 425 die

1918-10-15

British Q-ship Cymric sinks British submarine J6

1920-01-11

French passenger ship Afrique sinks near La Rochelle; 553 die

1922-05-20

"Egypt" sinks off Ushant after colliding with "Seine" killing 90

1926-10-16

Troop ship sinks in Yangtze River, killing 1,200

1927-12-17

US sub 'S-4' sinks after collision kills all 34 aboard

1928-10-03

French submarine "Ondine" sinks returning to Toulon, drowning 42

1928-11-12

British steamer "Vestris" capsizes & sinks off Virginia, kills 110

1932-01-26

British submarine M-2 sinks in Channel (60 dead)

1934-02-13

The Soviet steamship Cheliuskin sinks in the Arctic Ocean.

1935-04-06

H Levitt sinks 499 basketball free throws, misses & sinks 371 more

1939-05-23

Submarine USS Squalus sinks in the Gulf of Maine, drowning 26 men immediately. The 33 remaining crew are rescued from a depth of 243 ft (74 m) by divers using newly developed heliox air systems to prevent the cognitive impairment usually associated with deep dives. The rescue divers are later awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery.

1939-06-01

British submarine "Thetis" sinks in Liverpool Bay with all 99 aboard

1939-09-03

German submarine U-30, commanded by Oberleutnant Fritz-Julius Lemp, sinks British passenger ship SS Athenia; 117 people die, among them 28 Americans

1939-09-17

German U-29 sinks British aircraft carrier Courageous, 519 die

1939-10-14

German U-47 sinks British battleship HMS Royal Oak, 833 killed

1940-02-22

German air force sinks 2 German destroyers, killing 578

1940-05-10

Dutch torpedo boat Johan van Galen sinks

1940-06-10

German "Dutch" Q-ship Atlantis sinks Norwegian tanker

1940-06-14

German U-47 sinks airship Balmoral

1940-07-03

British Royal Navy sinks French fleet in Mers-el-Kebir, Algeria, to prevent Germany seizing it.

1940-07-31

38 U boats sinks this month (196,000 ton)

1940-11-25

SS Patria, carrying illegal immigrants, sinks in port of Haifa, 200 die

1941-05-08

German Q-ship Pinguin sinks in Indian Ocean

1941-05-18

An Egyptian steamer sinks

1941-05-24

Bismarck sinks British battle cruiser HMS Hood; 1,416 die, 3 survive

1941-09-23

German air raid on Russian naval base at Kronstadt (battleship Marat sinks)

1941-11-20

German Q/pirate ship Kormoran sinks near Australia

1941-11-22

British cruiser Devonshire sinks German auxiliary cruiser Atlantis

1941-12-01

British cruiser Devonshire sinks German sub Python

1941-12-10

British battleship Prince of Wales sinks off Singapore

1941-12-15

German submarine U-127 sinks

1941-12-18

German submarine U-434 sinks

1941-12-19

German submarine U-574 sinks

1941-12-21

German submarine U-567 sinks

1942-03-29

German submarine U-585 sinks

1942-04-14

Destroyer Roper sinks German U-85 of US east coast

1942-05-12

Nazi U-boat sinks American cargo ship at mouth of Mississippi River

1942-06-07

USS Yorktown sinks near Midway Island

1942-08-06

Canadian destroyer HMCS Assiniboine sinks U-210

1942-08-08

British corvette HMS Dianthus sinks U-379

1942-08-11

British aircraft carrier Eagle torpedoed & sinks

1942-10-27

US aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz

1942-11-30

German scout ship Altmark explode & sinks off Yokohama

1943-01-30

USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean

1943-02-28

63 U Boats (359,300 ton) sinks this month

1943-03-16

Elin K (No) & Zaanland (Neth) torpedoed & sinks

1943-03-17

Aldemarin (Ned) & Fort Cedar Lake (US) torpedoed & sinks

1943-03-18

James Oglethorpe (US) & Terkolei (Neth), torpedoed & sinks

1943-03-19

Airship Canadian Star torpedoed & sinks

1943-03-20

German U-384 bombed & sinks

1943-05-01

German plane sinks boat loaded with Palestinian Jews bound for Malta

1943-05-15

Halifax bombers sinks U-463

1943-07-02

Gulf of Biskaje: Liberator bombers sinks U-126

1943-07-03

Liberator bombers sinks U-628

1943-07-07

Liberator bombers sinks U-517

1943-07-08

British air raid sinks U-232

1943-07-09

British air raid sinks U-435

1943-08-02

Lt John F Kennedy's PT-boat 109 sinks at Solomon islands

1943-08-02

Sunderland seaplanes sinks U-706 & U-106

1943-09-11

Last German Q/pirate ship sinks near Easter Island

1943-09-19

Liberator bombers sinks U-341

1943-09-20

Liberator bomber sinks U-338

1943-09-22

Destroyer HMS Itchen torpedoed & sinks

1943-09-22

Destroyer HMS Keppel sinks U-229

1943-10-28

U-220 sinks

1943-11-18

U-211 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1943-11-19

U-536 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1943-11-20

U-538 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1943-11-25

U-600 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1943-11-29

U-86 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1943-12-27

German warship "Scharnhorst" sinks in Barents Sea

1944-01-17

Korvet Violet sinks U-641 in Atlantic Ocean

1944-02-19

U-264 sinks off Ireland

1944-03-01

U-358 sinks in Atlantic

1944-03-10

U-575 sinks HMS Asphodel

1944-06-18

U-767 sinks

1944-07-09

U-740 sinks

1944-07-10

U-821 sinks

1944-07-19

Japanese aircraft carriers Taiho/Shokaku sinks in Marianas

1944-10-06

Royal Ducth Navy submarine Zwaardvis (Swordfish) sinks U168 at Java

1944-10-23

Vice-adm Kurita's sailboat Atago sinks

1944-10-24

US air raid on Japanese battleships/cruisers in Sibuya Sea: Musashi sinks

1944-10-24

US aircraft carrier Princeton sinks at Philippines

1944-11-12

RAF sinks German battleship "Tirpitz" at Tromso Fjord, Norway

1945-01-04

US jeep-aircraft carrier Ommaney Bay sinks after Japanese kamikaze attack

1945-07-30

Philippines Sea: US cruiser Indianapolis torpedoed/sinks, 880 die

1945-11-08

Riverboat sinks off Hong Kong; kills 1,550

1948-12-04

SS Kiangya hits mine in Whangpoo River China, sinks killing 2,750 die

1949-09-04

Marie Robie sinks 393 yd hole-in-one (1st hole in Furnace Brook)

1952-01-05

Flying Enterprise sinks

1954-09-26

Japanese ferry boat Toya Maru sinks in Strait of Tsugaru, 1172 die

1956-04-17

Willie Mosconi sinks 150 consecutive balls in a billiard tournament

1956-07-25

Italian liner Andrea Doria sinks after colliding with the Stockholm

1956-11-26

USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks

1957-07-14

Soviet steamer "Eshghbad" sinks in Caspian Sea, drowning 270

1960-02-02

Michale Eufemia sinks 625 balls in pool match without a miss

1963-04-10

USS Thresher, a nuclear powered submarine, sinks 220 miles east of Boston

1964-02-10

Australian destroyer HMAS Voyager sinks after colliding with aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne, killing 82

1964-04-10

Iranian motor launch catches fire & sinks killing 113 (Persian Gulf)

1965-11-13

"Yarmouth Castle" burns & sinks off Bahamas, killing 89

1966-11-29

SS Daniel J Morrell sinks in a storm on Lake Huron, 28 die, 1 survivor.

1967-02-28

Wilt Chamberlain sinks NBA record 35th consecutive field goal

1967-10-21

Egypt sinks Israeli torpedo boat

1968-01-26

Israeli submarine Dakar sinks in Mediterranean Sea, 69 die

1968-04-10

Ferry Wahine sinks in Wellington harbour, New Zealand on route from Lyttelton (51 killed)

1969-05-16

US nuclear sub Guitarro sinks off SF

1970-12-15

S Korean ferry Namyong-Ho sinks in Strait of Korea, 308 killed

1975-01-05

14 die when British freighter "Lake Illawarra" rams pylon bridge between Derwent & Hobart, Tasmania & ship sinks

1976-12-25

Egyptian SS Patria sinks in Red Sea, about 100 killed

1980-03-20

The Mi Amigo ship containing England's pirate Radio Caroline sinks

1985-01-14

British pound sinks to record low $US1.11

1986-04-14

Double-decker ferry sinks in stormy weather in Bangladesh killing 200

1986-05-25

Ferry boat Shamia sinks on Maghna River Bangladesh, 600 killed

1986-10-03

Soviet Yankee-class sub sinks off NC, 3 die

1986-10-06

Russian nuclear sub K291 sinks in Atlantic Ocean

1987-03-06

Belgium ferry boat "Herald of Free Enterprise" capsizes/sinks; 192 die

1987-12-20

Dona Paz ferry sinks after crash with oil tanker Vector, 4386 die

1988-01-31

Barge sinks near Anacortes, WA, spills 70,000 gallons of oil

1988-10-24

Typhoon Ruby sinks Philippine ferry; hundreds drown

1989-04-07

Soviet sub sinks in Norwegian Sea, with about a dozen deaths

1989-08-20

Dredger "Bow Belle" collides with pleasure boat "Marchioness" on the River Thames in central London; the "Marchioness" sinks in 30 seconds, drowning 51

1991-08-04

The Greek cruise ship Oceanos sinks off the Wild Coast of South Africa.

1991-12-14

Ferry boat Salem Express sinks in Red Sea, 476 killed

1993-01-24

Polish ferry boat John Heweliusz sinks, 52 killed

1993-07-02

Boat sinks at Bocaue Philippines, 325 die

1994-08-20

Ferry boat sinks at Chandpur Bangladesh, 300-350 killed

1994-09-28

909 people die when an Estonian ferry capsizes & sinks in Baltic sea

1994-12-02

Achille Lauro (Willem Ruys) sinks off the coast of Somalia

1995-03-02

Ferry boat sinks off Sumbe Angola, 42+ killed

1997-07-13

Indonesian ferry sinks, killing at least 77

2000-06-23

The bulk ore carrier MV Treasure sinks off the western coast of South Africa, soiling more than 19 000 penguins; this resulted in the world's largest ever rescue of birds from an oiling event

2000-08-12

The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise.

2000-09-26

M/S Express Samina sinks off Paros in the Agean sea killing 80 passengers.

2001-02-09

The American submarine USS Greeneville accidentally strikes and sinks the Ehime-Maru, a Japanese training vessel operated by the Uwajima Fishery High School.

2001-03-20

Petrobras 36 Oil Platform, the world's largest oil rig, sinks with 400,000 US gallons of fuel and crude oil aboard, after suffering three explosions on March 15

2002-02-14

Fishing vessel Tullaghmurray Lass sinks off the coast of Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland killing three members of the same family on board.

2002-11-13

The oil tanker Prestige sinks off the Galician coast and causes a huge oil spill.

2006-03-22

BC Ferries' M/V Queen of the North runs aground on Gil Island British Columbia and sinks; 101 on board, 2 presumed deaths.

2012-02-02

MV Rabaul Queen sinks off the coast of Papa New Guinea with 246 people saved and 126 missing (100 of these estimated to be trapped inside)

2012-07-18

24 people are killed after a ferry sinks off the coast of Zanzibar

2012-12-17

18 people drown after an overloaded boat sinks in Cotonou, Benin

2013-03-21

At least 45 people drown and 60 are missing after a Nigerian boat sinks off the shore of Gabon

2013-08-16

61 people are killed after the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas sinks in the Philippines

2013-10-11

27 people are killed after a migrant boat sinks in the Channel of Sicily

2013-11-03

6 people are killed after an overcrowded ferry sinks in Pattaya, Thailand

2014-09-13

At least 8 people are killed after the ferry MV Maharlika II sinks off the Philippines coast

2016-01-30

Children among 33 migrants dead after boat sinks off Turkish coast

2017-06-26

Dozens missing after tourist boat sinks in Colombia

2018-07-21

Seventeen dead after Missouri tourist boat sinks in storm

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Date Event
1956-02-05

Mao Daichi, Japan Sinks

1991-10-05

Julia Sinks, The Black Hole

1994-08-04

Mayuko Fukuda, Japan Sinks


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