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The list of shipwrecks in 1971 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1971.

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1971
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

January[]

7 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Kolno  Poland Ran aground off Falsterbo, Sweden, withdrawn from service as a result and converted to a floating boilerhouse.
West Shore  Norway The supply vessel foundered in the North Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km; 1.2 mi) off the Ocean Viking oil rig. All thirteen crew rescued.[1]

8 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Antilles  France The ocean liner ran aground off Mustique, St Vincent and the Grenadines and caught fire when her fuel tanks ruptured. All passengers and crew took to the lifeboats and were rescued by Queen Elizabeth 2 ( United Kingdom).

11 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Texaco Caribbean  Peru Collided with Paracas ( Panama), exploded, split in two and sank in the English Channel off Folkestone with the loss of at least eight lives.[2][3] Survivors were rescued by Bravagos ( Norway) and the fishing vessel Viking Warrior ( United Kingdom).[4]

12 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Brandenburg  West Germany Struck wreck of Texaco Caribbean ( Peru) and sank with the loss of 21 lives.[2][3]

14 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Pasteur  Panama Sank at 00°56′N 107°53′E / 0.933°N 107.883°E / 0.933; 107.883 when on a voyage from Sibu, Sarawak to Singapore. Was well off the normal route at the time.

31 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1971
Ship Country Description
Princess Margarethe  Denmark The ferry ran aground off the Kullen Lighthouse, Sweden. All on board rescued by Kärmen ( Denmark).[5]

February[]

6 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 6 February 1971
Ship Country Description
Byzantium  Cyprus cCaught fire at Gibraltar, bridge deck and accommodation gutted, repairs uneconomic and ship scrapped later in the year.

10 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1971
Ship Country Description
Aguedal  Italy The cargo ship ran aground 15 nautical miles (28 km) off the coast of Libya.[6]

22 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 22 February 1971
Ship Country Description
Endeavour II  New Zealand The three-masted auxiliary barque was driven ashore in Parengarenga Harbour, a few miles south of North Cape. She was en route to New Zealand from Australia, and after being becalmed encountered a gale on rounding North Cape and failed to make Houhora Harbour. The crew of 13 men and one woman landed safely, there were no fatalities. She was the first square-rigged sailing vessel wrecked on the New Zealand coast for more than 50 years. Endeavour II had taken part in the 1970 bi-centenary re-enactment of James Cook's landing at Botany Bay, Sydney on 29 April 1970.[7]

26 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 26 February 1971
Ship Country Description
Wafra  Liberia The tanker ran aground at Cape Agulhas, Libya.[8]

27 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1971
Ship Country Description
Niki  Greece Struck wreck of Texaco Caribbean ( Peru) and sank with the loss of all 22 crew.[2]
Esso Antwerp  Belgium Collided with Panachaikon ( Liberia) and sank in the River Scheldt. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[9]

March[]

1 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1971
Ship Country Description
USS Reuben James  United States Navy The decommissioned Buckley-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

2 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Trinity Navigator  Sweden The tanker ran aground off Berry Head, Devon, United Kingdom.[10]

3 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Henna  Panama The bulk carrier sprang a leak and foundered in the Indian Ocean (34°57′S 72°08′E / 34.95°S 72.133°E / -34.95; 72.133). Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Bunbury, Western Australia to Savannah, Georgia, United States.[11]

4 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1971
Ship Country Description
USS Gregory  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was deliberately run aground on San Clemente Island off Southern California for use as a target.

12 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Wafra  Liberia The tanker was towed out to sea and sunk by bombing from South African Air Force aircraft.[12]

29 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Texaco Oklahoma United States The tanker broke in two and foundered off North Carolina with the loss of 33 of her 44 crew.[13][14]

30 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Panther  Liberia The tanker ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom.[15] She was refloated on 4 April.[4]

31 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1971
Ship Country Description
Christos  Liberia Ran aground on Kandeliusa Island, Kos, Greece.

April[]

1 April[]

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1971
Ship Country Description
Christos  Liberia Refloated, but developed leaks and sank at 36°32′N 26°57′E / 36.533°N 26.95°E / 36.533; 26.95

20 April[]

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1971
Ship Country Description
Cohansey  Panama The T2 tanker collided with Marimunda ( Sweden) off Pladju, Indonesia. Arrested and laid up at Singapore, she was scrapped in 1973.[16]

21 April[]

List of shipwrecks: 21 April 1971
Ship Country Description
Stork  Royal Navy The Troubles: The survey launch, attached to the survey ship HMS Hecate ( Royal Navy), was towed out to sea, bombed, and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Baltimore, Ireland, by a Provisional Irish Republican Army unit.[17]

May[]

15 May[]

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1971
Ship Country Description
Herulv  Norway The tanker was involved in a collision off the coast of Kent, United Kingdom and was holed.[18]

17 May[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1971
Ship Country Description
Ellinis  Greece The ocean liner ran aground off Calshot, Hampshire, United Kingdom. She was refloated undamaged after two hours.[18]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: unknown
Ship Country Description
Viking L&R  Cayman Islands The converted yacht foundered in Montego Bay, Jamaica

June[]

1 June[]

List of shipwrecks: 1 June 1971
Ship Country Description
USS Bugara  United States Navy The Balao-class submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Flattery, Washington whilst under tow.

July[]

1 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1971
Ship Country Description
Clyde Venture'  United Kingdom The coastal tanker sank in the Rothesay Dock, Clydebank due to the actions of vandals.[19]
HMS Artemis  Royal Navy The Amphion-class submarine foundered at her moorings at Gosport, Hampshire. Subsequently raised and sold for scrap.

4 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1971
Ship Country Description
Naniward Abone  Indonesia The cargo ship collided with Ocean Prime ( Liberia) and sank off Waikayama, Japan.[20]
Rakusui Maru  Japan The coaster collided with another ship and sank off Waikayama with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[20]
Koyo Maru  Japan The coaster collided with another ship and sank off Japan.[20]

5 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1971
Ship Country Description
Ocean Glory  Liberia The cargo ship sprang a leak and foundered in the Bay of Bengal. All crew rescued by Chilka ( United Kingdom).[20]

17 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1971
Ship Country Description
Selamat  Singapore Ran aground at Kalampunian Island, Borneo. Abandoned as a total loss.

August[]

5 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 5 August 1971
Ship Country Description
Mania  Liberia Caught fire off Bari, Italy and abandoned. Beached at Split, Yugoslavia on 8 August. Scrapped in November 1971.[21]

17 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 August 1971
Ship Country Description
Red Sea  Hong Kong Typhoon Rose: The cargo ship was driven ashore at Lanatu Island, Hong Kong. Refloated but scrapped the following month.[22]
USS Regulus  United States Navy

USS Regulus.

Typhoon Rose: The Denebola-class stores ship was driven ashore at Kau-i-chau, Hong Kong. Subsequently declared a constructive total loss.

19 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 19 August 1971
Ship Country Description
Billy  Liberia Typhoon Rose: The cargo ship was driven aground at Hong Kong.

Declared a constructive total loss and sold for scrap.[21]

HAM 308[23]  Netherlands The dredger collided with Polycastle ( Norway) and sank in Jade Bight off Wilhelmshaven, West Germany with the loss of five crew and two other persons.[24][25]

30 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 1971
Ship Country Description
Bertha Denz  West Germany The trawler was in collision with Achatina ( United Kingdom) and sank 25 nautical miles (46 km) west of Heligoland. Two crew rescued by Achatina.[26]

September[]

4 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1971
Ship Country Description
Ricardo Manuel  Panama Cut in two by Zagora ( Morocco) and sunk at entrance to Casablanca harbour.

5 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1971
Ship Country Description
Eleni  Greece The cargo ship collided with Princess Ragnhild ( Norway). Declared uneconomic to repair, scrapped in April 1972 at Santander, Spain.

21 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1971
Ship Country Description
Precious Pearl  Hong Kong The ship caught fire and sank in the South China Sea.[27][28]

24 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1971
Ship Country Description
Teviotbank  United Kingdom The Bank Line cargo ship was damaged by East Bengal guerrillas at Chalna, East Pakistan.[29]

29 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1971
Ship Country Description
Apollo  Cyprus Stranded 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Skije[where?] .[30]

October[]

14 October[]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1971
Ship Country Description
London Valour  United Kingdom The bulk carrier had run aground and broken her back at Genoa in April 1970, but Smit Tak International had refloated the after portion on 12 October 1971 and was towing it to be scuttled on the Balearic Abyssal Plain. About 90 miles (78 nmi) out from Genoa the hulk sank in the early hours of 14 October.[31]

22 October[]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1971
Ship Country Description
Loch Seaforth  United Kingdom The mailboat ran aground off Skye. All 26 passengers rescued, ship later refloated.[32]

30 October[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1971
Ship Country Description
Nam Sanh  Vietnam Stranded in a typhoon at Chu Lai, Vietnam.

November[]

9 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1971
Ship Country Description
Heythrop  United Kingdom The OBO carrier exploded and caught fire 150 nautical miles (280 km) East London, South Africa. All on board were rescued by Showa Venture ( Liberia). The captain and five officers later reboarded the ship, which was towed by the tugs Arctic and Statesman to Port Elizabeth.[33] The ship was repaired and returned to service.[34]
Maori  France The cargo ship sank 250 nautical miles (460 km) off the coast of Spain. There was only one survivor of her 39 crew.[33]

14 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1971
Ship Country Description
USS Samuel B. Roberts  United States Navy

USS Samuel B. Roberts being sunk.

The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean 195 nautical miles (224 miles; 361 km) north of Puerto Rico at 21°42.8′N 65°55.1′W / 21.7133°N 65.9183°W / 21.7133; -65.9183 ("USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823)).

17 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1971
Ship Country Description
Elcano  Spain The tanker sank off the Cape Verde Islands following an onboard explosion with the loss of four of her 35 crew.[35]

30 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1971
Ship Country Description
Juliana  Liberia The tanker ran aground off Niigata, Japan and broke in two.[36]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date November 1971
Ship Country Description
USS Roberts  United States Navy The decommissioned Cannon-class destroyer escort was sunk as a target.

December[]

4 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1971
Ship Country Description
PNS Khaibar  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The Battle-class destroyer was sunk in the Arabian Sea south of Karachi, Pakistan, by two SS-N-2 Styx missiles fired by the missile boat INS Nirgat. ( Indian Navy).
Venus Challenger Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The cargo ship was sunk in the Arabian Sea 26 nautical miles (30 miles; 48 km) south of Karachi, Pakistan, by an SS-N-2 Styx missile fired by the missile boat INS Nipat. ( Indian Navy).
PNS Muhafiz  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Trident: The Adjutant-class minesweeper was sunk in the Arabian Sea south of Karachi, Pakistan, by two SS-N-2 Styx missiles fired by the missile boat INS Veer. ( Indian Navy).
PNS Ghazi  Pakistan Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971: The Tench-class submarine sank in the Bay of Bengal off Visakhapatnam, India, with the loss of her entire crew of 92.

9 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1971
Ship Country Description
Gulf Star  Panama Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Python: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Karachi, Pakistan.[37]
Harmattan  United Kingdom Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 - Operation Python: The cargo ship was shelled at Karachi, Pakistan and set on fire. Seven crew were killed.[37]
INS Khukri  Indian Navy Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 : The Blackwood-class frigate was torpedoed and sunk in the Arabian Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) off Diu by PNS Hangor ( Pakistan Navy) with the loss of 194 of her crew.
Zoe  Greece Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 - Operation Python: The tanker was shelled and set on fire at Karachi, Pakistan.[37]

19 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 19 December 1971
Ship Country Description
Tralee Trader  Panama The coaster foundered 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Land's End, United Kingdom. All crew rescued by the trawler Petronella ( Netherlands).[38]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1971
Ship Country Description
Venus Challenger  Liberia Indo-Pakistani War of 1971: Struck by a missile and sunk off Karachi, Pakistan with the loss of all hands.[39]

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See also[]

Ship events in 1971
Ship launches: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Ship commissionings: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Ship decommissionings: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976
Shipwrecks: 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976

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