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The List of shipwrecks in the 1720s includes some ships sunk, wrecked or otherwise lost during the 1720s.

1720[]

1720 did not begin on 1 January![Note 1]

November[]

24 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1720
Ship Country Description
HMS Monck Kingdom of Great Britain Royal Navy The third rate frigate foundered in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[1]

1721[]

November[]

10 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1721
Ship Country Description
HMS Royal Anne Galley Kingdom of Great Britain Royal Navy The fifth rate galley-frigate was wrecked on the Stags Rocks, in the English Channel off The Lizard, Cornwall with the loss of all but three of the approximately 200 people on board.[2]

December[]

7 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1721
Ship Country Description
Hind Kingdom of Great Britain Royal Navy 20-gun sixth rate launched in 1711 and wrecked in 1721. The ship struck a rock "half a musket shot" off Castle Cornet, Guernsey, Channel Islands on 7 December 1721, and 21 hands were lost including the Captain Fuzzard. The loss was attributed to the "ignorance of the pilot". 94 of the ship's company were saved.[3] Amongst those rescued was the ship's surgeon, Mr Forkington, "who was laid up with the gout, but made shift to swim to a rock not far distant, and the cold baths that endangered his life, hath effectively cured his said distemper."[4] The pilot was tried and found guilty, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment and loss of pay.[5]

1722[]

June[]

16 June[]

List of shipwrecks: 16 June 1722
Ship Country Description
Addison Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company The East Indiaman was wrecked at the Cape of Good Hope.[6]
Chandos Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company The East Indiaman was wrecked at the Cape of Good Hope.[7]

17 June[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 June 1722
Ship Country Description
Nightingale Flag of the British East India Company (1707).svg British East India Company The East Indiaman was wrecked at the Cape of Good Hope.[8]

November[]

20 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1722
Ship Country Description
Schoonenberg Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman ran aground at Cape Agulhas, Africa at 04h00 at night through negligence of her skipper and officers. All evidence contradict allegation of deliberate beaching.[9]

1723[]

January[]

18 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1723
Ship Country Description
Fortuyn Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman departed from the Cape of Good Hope for the Netherlands East Indies on her maiden voyage. No further trace, possibly wrecked on the Houtman Abrolhos archipelago.

1724[]

December[]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: December 1724
Ship Country Description
Slot ter Hooge Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman struck rocks and sank off Porto Santo Island, Madeira with the loss of 221 of the 254 people on board. She was on a voyage to Batavia, Netherlands East Indies.[10]

1725[]

March[]

8 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1725
Ship Country Description
Akerendam Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman was wrecked on Runde, Norway.

August[]

26 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1725
Ship Country Description
Chameau  French Navy The transport ship, a flutte, was wrecked north of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia with the loss of all 216 people on board. She was on a voyage from La Rochelle, Loire-Atlantique to Quebec City.[11]

1726[]

September[]

6 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1726
Ship Country Description
Santa Rosa  Portugal The galleon caught fire, exploded and sank off Recife, Brazil with the loss of all but seven of the approximately 700 people on board. She was on a voyage from Salvador to Portugal.[12]

January[]

3 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1726
Ship Country Description
Aagtekerke Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman departed from Cape Town for Batavia, Netherlands East Indies. No further trace, presumed lost with all 200 crew. Possibly wrecked in the Houtman Abrolhos archipelago.

1727[]

June[]

9 June[]

List of shipwrecks: 9 June 1727
Ship Country Description
Zeewijk Flag of the Dutch East India Company.svg Dutch East India Company The East Indiaman ran aground and was wrecked off the Houtman Abrolhos with the loss of ten of her 208 crew. She was on her maiden voyage from Vlissingen, Zeeland, Dutch Republic to Batavia, Netherlands East Indies. Survivors built a sloop, the Sloepie from the wreck and 82 of them reached Batavia in her.

25 June[]

List of shipwrecks: 25 June 1727
Ship Country Description
Luxborough Galley Kingdom of Great Britain South Sea Company

Luxborough Galley.

African slave trade: The ship was accidentally set on fire in the Atlantic Ocean and burnt down to the waterline with the eventual loss of all but eleven of her crew.

1728[]

A public house sign that depicts a ship believed to be sunk in UK waters, 1720s

There is a public house in Walmer, Kent, UK, called The Stag. The building dates from 1715 and, as an inn, it was tenanted from 1733 by Nathaniel Long, also a sailmaker. The Stag is believed to have sunk near Deal in 1728 'under ill-fated circumstances'. It is possible that Long had supplied the ship at some time.[citation needed]

1729[]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: 1729
Ship Country Description
Galera Victoria  Spanish Navy The frigate, a galleon, foundered off Gijón on her maiden voyage.[13]

Notes[]

  1. ^ Until 1752, the year began on Lady Day (25 March) Thus 24 March 1720 was followed by 25 March 1721. 31 December 1721 was followed by 1 January 1721.

References[]

  1. "HMS Monck (+1720)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?17154. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. "1721 Cornwall shipwreck to be further studies". Xray Magazine. 28 June 2008. http://www.xray-mag.com/content/1721-cornwall-shipwreck-be-further-studied?qt-sidebar_tabs=0. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  3. "From the Whitehall Evening Post, Jan 2". Caledonian Mercury. British Newspaper Archive. 9 January 1722. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000045/17220109/004/0003. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  4. "From the Weekly Journal; Or, Saturday's Post, London Jan.6". Newcastle Courant. British Newspaper Archive. 13 January 1722. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000085/17220113/013/0008. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  5. "From the St Jame's Evening Post, London Jan.18". Newcastle Courant. British Newspaper Archive. 27 January 1722. http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/BL/0000085/17220127/005/0003. Retrieved 6 September 2014. 
  6. "Addison (+1722)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?136604. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  7. "Chandos (+1722)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?136605. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  8. "Nightingale (+1722)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?136606. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  9. Malan Jan G.: Die Stranding van die VOC-skip Schoonenberg: Waarheid en Verdigsel. Kaapstad, Africana Uitgewers, 2017.
  10. "Slot ter Hooge, (Castle of Hooge) 1724". Artifact Exchange. http://artifactexchange.com/index.php/shipwrecks/slot-ter-hooge. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  11. "Chameau - 1725". Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. https://novascotia.ca/museum/wrecks/wrecks/shipwrecks.asp?ID=309. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  12. "Santa Rosa (+1726)". Wrecksite. http://wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?140140. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  13. "Galera Victoria (+1729)" (in Spanish). Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?232638. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 


Ship events in 1720
Ship launches: 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725
Ship commissionings: 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725
Ship decommissionings: 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725
Shipwrecks: 1715 1716 1717 1718 1719 1720 1721 1722 1723 1724 1725
Ship events in 1730
Ship launches: 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735
Ship commissionings: 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735
Ship decommissionings: 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735
Shipwrecks: 1725 1726 1727 1728 1729 1730 1731 1732 1733 1734 1735

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