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The list of shipwrecks in 1988 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1988.

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1988
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1988
Ship Country Description
Rolandia  Cyprus The cargo ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean 820 nautical miles (1,520 km) south west of Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of all twelve crew.[1]

February

8 February

List of shipwrecks: 8 February 1988
Ship Country Description
Simone Marguerite  Belgium The trawler ran ashore on the Cressars Rock, Penzance, Cornwall in a SW gale after steering the wrong side of the pole. Refloated by the Penlee Lifeboat.[2]

12 February

List of shipwrecks: 12 February 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Yorktown  United States Navy Deliberately rammed by Bezzavetnyy ( Soviet Navy) in the Black Sea.

16 February

List of shipwrecks: 16 February 1988
Ship Country Description
Sol Phryne  Greece Sunk by a limpet mine at Limassol, Cyprus. Later raised and taken to Bijela, Yugoslavia.

29 February

List of shipwrecks: 29 February 1988
Ship Country Description
Vinca Gorthon  Sweden The cargo ship capsized in the North Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the coast of the Netherlands. All seventeen crew were rescued.[3]

March

31 March

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1988
Ship Country Description
Haven  Cyprus Iran–Iraq War: The supertanker was hit by an Iranian missile in the Strait of Hormuz and set on fire.[4] Subsequently repaired and returned to service.

April

14 April

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Samuel B. Roberts  United States Navy Struck a mine and severely damaged, breaking her keel. Salvaged and repaired at a cost of US$. The attack led to Operation Praying Mantis being carried out.

19 April

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1988
Ship Country Description
Sahand  Islamic Republic of Iran Navy Operation Praying Mantis – set on fire by aircraft bombing and a missile from USS Joseph Strauss ( United States Navy) 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Larak Island. Ship abandoned and burnt for several hours before an explosion sank her in 660 feet (200 m) of water.

24 April

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Bonefish  United States Navy Onboard fire while submerged 160 nautical miles (300 km) off the coast of Florida. Surfaced and abandoned with the loss of three crew. Ship towed to Charleston, South Carolina where she was declared a constructive total loss and was subsequently scrapped in August 1989.

26 April

List of shipwrecks: 26 April 1988
Ship Country Description
Reijin  Panama

Reijin.

The car transporter capsized in shallow water off Oporto, Portugal.[5]

29 April

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Sam Houston  United States Navy Ran aground on Fox Island, Washington. Later refloated and returned to service.

May

14 May

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1988
Ship Country Description
Seawise Giant  Liberia Iran–Iraq War: The tanker was struck by air-launched Iraqi Exocet missiles in the Strait of Hormuz and sank off Larak Island, Iran. Raised and repaired post-war.

20 May

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1988
Ship Country Description
Korean Star The bulk carrier dragged her anchors off Cape Cuvier, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone and was wrecked. She broke in two shortly after grounding.

27 May

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1988
Ship Country Description
Anna Broere  Netherlands The coaster was in collision with Atlantic Compass ( Sweden) in the North Sea and sank with the loss of one of her twelve crew.[6]

June

4 June

List of shipwrecks: 4 June 1988
Ship Country Description
Federal Huron  Panama Ran aground 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Masinloc during Typhoon Susan. Refloated 13 June.[7]

July

2 July

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1988
Ship Country Description
Dalriada  United Kingdom an Army Sail Training Association yacht, sank after a collision with nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror ( Royal Navy) 11 miles south of the Mull of Kintyre. The four crewmembers were rescued by HMS Battleaxe ( Royal Navy).[8]

4 July

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1988
Ship Country Description
Singa Sea  Philippines Broke in two and sank in the Indian Ocean, position approximately 35°00′S 106°00′E / 35°S 106°E / -35; 106 with the loss of 19 crew.

6 July

List of shipwrecks: 6 July 1988
Ship Country Description
Piper Alpha  United Kingdom Explosion and fire destroyed the rig, with the loss of 165 crew. Two crew of rescue vessel Sandhaven were also killed.

11 July

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1988
Ship Country Description
City of Poros  Greece Attacked by Abu Nidal Organisation terrorists between Aegina and Faliro. Nine passengers killed, 98 injured.

23 July

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1988
Ship Country Description
Fujimaru  Japan The fishing vessel was in collision with the submarine Nadashio (SS-577) ( Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) and sank in Tokyo Bay with the loss of 29 of the 48 people on board.[9][10]
USS Jonas Ingram  United States Navy The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk as a target by a Mark 48 ADCAP torpedo.

24 July

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Rankin  United States Navy The decommissioned Tolland-class attack cargo ship was sunk as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Stuart, Florida.

29 July

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1988
Ship Country Description
USNS Aeolus  United States Navy The inactivated Artemis-class cable repair ship was sunk as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 22 nautical miles (25 miles; 41 km) off Beaufort Inlet, North Carolina.[11]

August

6 August

List of shipwrecks: 6 August 1988
Ship Country Description
Unidentified ferry  India An overcrowded ferry capsized in the Ganges River near Manihari, India, killing over 400 people.

24 August

List of shipwrecks: 24 August 1988
Ship Country Description
USS Vermilion  United States Navy The decommissioned attack cargo ship was sunk as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (46 miles; 74 km) off Georgetown, South Carolina.[12]

26 August

List of shipwrecks: 26 August 1988
Ship Country Description
BAP Pacocha  Peruvian Navy Rammed by FV Kiowa Maru ( Japan) off Callao and sunk with the loss of five crew.

September

12 September

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1988
Ship Country Description
Marie L  Belgium Sank at Howdendyke, England. Refloated on 28 September and beached, later broken up in situ.[13]

22 September

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1988
Ship Country Description
Ocean Odyssey United States Blowout and fire in the North Sea with the loss of a crew member. Subsequently withdrawn from service, converted to a seaborne satellite launch vessel in 1997.

24 September

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1988
Ship Country Description
Martha  Belgium Ran aground at 7°52′N 118°26′E / 7.867°N 118.433°E / 7.867; 118.433. Later refloated and returned to service.[13]

26 September

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1988
Ship Country Description
Ardlough  West Germany The coaster foundered in the Irish Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Llandudno, Clwyd.[14][15]

October

8 October

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1988
Ship Country Description
HMAS Buccaneer  Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned Attack-class patrol boat was sunk as a gunnery target.

18 October

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1988
Ship Country Description
Pukeko  Egypt The coaster caught fire off Mokha and was abandoned. Presumed foundered.[16]

21 October

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1988
Ship Country Description
Jupiter  Greece The cruise ship collided with Adige ( Italy) in the Mediterranean Sea off Piraeus and sank with the loss of two of the 591 passengers on board.[17]

24 October

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1988
Ship Country Description
Doña Marilyn  Philippines Typhoon Ruby: The ferry sank in the Philippine Sea 300 nautical miles (560 km) south of Manila during a typhoon with the loss of 254 lives.

November

30 November

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1988
Ship Country Description
Komoros  Singapore Hurricane Joan–Miriam: The cargo ship sank in the Bay of Bengal.[18]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1988
Ship Country Description
Boiky  Soviet Navy The destroyer, under tow from Murmansk to Spain for scrapping, broke her tow line and ran aground on Skogsøya in Øksnes, Norway. Work on scrapping the wreck only began in 2001,[19] and the breaking of the wreck was then further delayed by the find of live munitions on board.[20]
ARA Piedrabuena  Argentine Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer was sunk as a target by an MM38 Exocet fired by the corvette ARA Espora ( Argentine Navy).

December

27 December

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1988
Ship Country Description
Hasail  Bangladesh The ferry collided with a tanker in foggy weather and sank in the Dhaleswari River at its confluence with the Sitalakhya River with the loss of over 200 of the 350 people on board.[21]

31 December

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1988
Ship Country Description
Bateau Mouche IV  Argentina The cruise ship capsized and sank in the South Atlantic off Rio de Janeiro with the loss of at least 51 of the 149 people on board.[22]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date 1988
Ship Country Description
USCGC Unimak  United States Coast Guard The decommissioned Casco-class cutter was scuttled as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia.

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Ship events in 1988
Ship launches: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Ship commissionings: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Ship decommissionings: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
Shipwrecks: 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993

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