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The list of shipwrecks in 1996 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1996.

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1996
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
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January

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1996
Ship Country Description
Patraikos II  Cyprus The cargo ship ran aground in the South China Sea (01°18′30″N 105°23′30″E / 1.30833°N 105.39167°E / 1.30833; 105.39167). Refloated on 7 April, later repaired and returned to service.[1]

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1996
Ship Country Description
Calypso  France The research vessel was rammed by a barge at Singapore and sank. Refloated on 16 January, repaired and returned to service.

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1996
Ship Country Description
North Cape The tank barge ran aground on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, while under tow by the tugboat Scandia, which also ran aground.
Scandia

Scandia (foreground) and North Cape (background) aground on 20 January 1996.

The tugboat ran aground on Moonstone Beach in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, after her engine room caught fire while she was towing the tank barge North Cape, which also ran aground.

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1996
Ship Country Description
Gurita  Indonesia The ferry sank in the Strait of Malacca with the loss of about 260 lives.[2]

27 January

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1996
Ship Country Description
Pacesetter United States The fishing vessel disappeared in the Bering Sea with the loss of all seven crew.

February

15 February

List of shipwrecks: 15 February 1996
Ship Country Description
Sea Empress  Liberia Sea Empress oil spill: The tanker ran aground on rocks at the entrance to the Cleddau Estuary near Milford Haven, Dyfed loaded with 130,000 tonnes of crude oil. Later repaired and returned to service.

19 February

List of shipwrecks: 19 February 1996
Ship Country Description
Gretchen I  Philippines The overloaded ferry capsized and sank off Cadiz with the loss of 71 lives. There were at least 141 survivors.[3]

May

14 May

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1996
Ship Country Description
Solar Wind flag unknown The trimaran and its two-person crew were reported missing after encountering a tropical storm.

21 May

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1996
Ship Country Description
Bukoba  Tanzania The passenger vessel sank in Lake Victoria, drowning some 800 people.

June

23 June

List of shipwrecks: 23 June 1996
Ship Country Description
Nadine flag unknown The 167-foot (51 m) yacht sank en route from the Italian mainland to Sardinia during a mistral storm. All passengers and crew were rescued by the Italian coast guard. A fictionalized version of the sinking is depicted in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street.[4]

September

2 September

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1996
Ship Country Description
Uniceb  Panama The livestock carrier suffered an engine fire in the Pacific Ocean north of the Seychelles. She was abandoned by her crew and subsequently sank.[5]

18 September

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1996
Ship Country Description
Unidentified Sang-O-class submarine  Korean People's Navy The Sang-O-class submarine ran aground on the east coast of South Korea near Jeongdongjin while trying to retrieve a three-person North Korean special operations reconnaissance team (North Korea it had landed there three days earlier. Its crew abandoned it, and it was captured by South Korean (South Korea) forces.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1996
Ship Country Description
HMFS Kiro  Fijian Navy Fijian Navy:The Redwing-class minesweeper was wrecked on a reef off Suva. The wreck was disposed of by burning.

November

11 November

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1996
Ship Country Description
Bever  Netherlands The tug capsized and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her two crew.[6]

14 November

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1996
Ship Country Description
Princess Jihan  Egypt The riverboat capsized and sank in the Nile at Qalh al-Jabal with the loss of over 20 lives.[7]
Cordigliera  Panama After placing a distress call to Durban Radio at 10:30 pm requesting immediate assistance due to a leak in a hold, the freighter sank off South Africa off Port St Johns with the loss of all 23 lives.[8]

26 November

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1996
Ship Country Description
Franz Hals  Russia

Franz Hals

The factory ship was driven ashore at Biarritz, France. She was refloated on 21 December.[9]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1996
Ship Country Description
Lene Marie  Denmark The ketch was abandoned in a storm in the North Atlantic.

December

9 December

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1996
Ship Country Description
Alexandria United States The schooner sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

25-26 December (overnight)

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1996
Ship Country Description
F174 The wooden ship sank 19 nautical miles, (22 miles; 35 km) from Portopalo di Capo Passero, Sicily, Italy, while transporting illegal immigrants to Italy after either breaking up in stormy weather or colliding with the cargo ship Iohan El Hallal  Malta), killing at least 283 people.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1996
Ship Country Description
Dystos  Greece Sank with some loss of life.[10]

References

  1. "Belgian Merchant A-G". Belgische Koopvaardij. http://www.belgischekoopvaardij.net/belgian%20merchant%20A-G%2023.5.04.pdf. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  2. Tim Jones (22 January 1996). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  3. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 20 February 1996. 
  4. Hoogs, Doug. "Mayday in the Med". Yachts International. http://www.yachtsinternational.com/mayday-in-the-med/. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  5. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 11 September 1995. 
  6. Jonathan Prynn (12 November 1996). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  7. Christopher Walker (16 November 1995). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  8. "Cordigliera sinks off Port St Johns". 16 November 1996. 
  9. "Franz Hals – Biarritz". Bourbon. http://www.bourbon-online.com/en/marine-services/assistance-salvage-and-pollution-remediation/operations/franz-hals-biarritz. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  10. "Company’s History". Loucas G Matsas. http://www.matsas.gr/serframe.htm. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 


Ship events in 1996
Ship launches: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Ship commissionings: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Ship decommissionings: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001
Shipwrecks: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001

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