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The list of shipwrecks in 1997 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1997.

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1997
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec
Unknown date

January[]

25 January[]

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1997
Ship Country Description
USS Tolman  United States Navy The decommissioned fast minelayer, formerly a Robert H. Smith-class destroyer, was sunk as a target.

February[]

27 February[]

List of shipwrecks: 27 February 1997
Ship Country Description
USS Picking  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target .

March[]

5 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1997
Ship Country Description
Vikartindur  Germany The container ship was beached on the south coast of Iceland. Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped in situ.

26 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1997
Ship Country Description
Cita  Antigua and Barbuda

Cita

The cargo ship ran aground at Newfoundland Point, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly. She subsequently sank. All seven crew were rescued.

28 March[]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1997
Ship Country Description
Kateri i Radës  Albania Tragedy of Otranto: The motorboat was in collision with Sibilia ( Marina Militare) in the Strait of Otranto. She capsized and sank with the loss of 83 lives

April[]

30 April[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 April 1997
Ship Country Description
La Fidèle  Marine Nationale The La Prudente-class netlayer exploded and sank in the English Channel off Cherbourg, Seine-Maritime with the loss of five of her sixteen crew.[1]

May[]

4 May[]

List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1997
Ship Country Description
King Cruiser  Thailand The ferry ran aground on the Anemone Reef, Andaman Sea, 10 nautical miles (19 km) off the Phi Phi Islands. All on board, in excess of 560 people, were rescued.

12 May[]

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1997
Ship Country Description
USS Richard S. Edwards  United States Navy The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk as a target in Pacific Ocean off Kauai, Hawaii.

July[]

2 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1997
Ship Country Description
Diamond Grace  Panama The supertanker ran aground in Tokyo Bay 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Yokohama.[2]

22 July[]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1997
Ship Country Description
USS Stoddard  United States Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk in the Pacific Ocean 64 nautical miles (74 miles; 119 km) north-northwest of Kauai, Hawaii at 22°47′39.2″N 160°36′41″W / 22.794222°N 160.61139°W / 22.794222; -160.61139 ("USS Stoddard (DD-566)) by explosive charges planted by SEAL Team One ( United States Navy).

August[]

2 August[]

List of shipwrecks: 2 August 1997
Ship Country Description
USS Southerland  United States Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a missile target in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California at 34°57′N 122°08′W / 34.95°N 122.133°W / 34.95; -122.133 ("USS Southerland (DD-743)).

September[]

8 September[]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1997
Ship Country Description
Fierté Gondávienne  Haiti The sailing vessel sank in the Windward Passage with the loss of up to 400 lives.[3]

October[]

27 October[]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1997
Ship Country Description
Sand Kite  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck one of the piers of the Thames Flood Barrier and sank. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[4]

November[]

17 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1997
Ship Country Description
Constitution United States The ocean liner sank in the Pacific Ocean 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) north of Hawaii whilst under tow to the shipbreakers.

19 November[]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1997
Ship Country Description
Green Lily  Bahamas The cargo ship ran aground at Bressay, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom after her engine failed in a storm. All fifteen crew were rescued by the Lerwick lifeboat and a helicopter, although the winchman of the helicopter was killed after his winchline had to be cut.[5]

December[]

14 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1997
Ship Country Description
HMAS Swan  Royal Australian Navy The decommissioned River-class destroyer escort was scuttled in the Indian Ocean approximately 1.3 nautical miles (1.5 miles; 2.4 km) from Point Picquet near Dunsborough, Western Australia, at 33°33′02″S 115°06′02″E / 33.55056°S 115.10056°E / -33.55056; 115.10056 to serve as a recreational dive site.
The Living Christ  Haiti The sailing ship sank off the Île de Gonâve with the loss of about 40 lives. There were fifteen survivors reported.[6]

30 December[]

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1997
Ship Country Description
Merchant Patriot  United Kingdom The ship sprang a leak in her engine room and was abandoned off the Bahamas. Declared a constructive total loss, she was towed to Freeport, Bahamas for scrapping.[7]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1997
Ship Country Description
Catalina United States

Catalina, June 2011

The passenger ferry foundered at Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.[8]

Unknown date[]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1997
Ship Country Description
Anafi nationality unknown Carrying a cargo of coal, the ship caught fire in the Piraeus Roads, Greece and was abandoned.[9]
Christiana  Norway The ketch foundered in the North Sea,[10] and sank at a depth of 500 metres off Mandal, Norway. Later raised and repaired.[11]
HMBS David Tucker  Royal Bahamas Defence Force The decommissioned Cape-class patrol vessel was sunk as an artificial reef in the Bahamas.

References[]

  1. Adam Sage (1 May 1997). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  2. Edwin Karmiol (3 July 1997). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  3. David Adams (9 September 1997). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  4. Lane, Anthony (2009). Shipwrecks of Kent. Stroud: The History Press. pp. 36. ISBN 978-0-7524-1720-2. 
  5. Shirley English (20 November 1997). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  6. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 15 December 1997. 
  7. "MARON". Clydesite. http://www.clydesite.co.uk/clydebuilt/abandoned-ships/MARON_749.html. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  8. "SS Catalina (+1997)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?159236. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
  9. "Company’s History". Loucas G Matsas. http://www.matsas.gr/serframe.htm. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  10. Simper, Robert (1998). River Medway and the Swale. Lavenham: Creekside Publishing. p. 24. ISBN 978-0951992777. 
  11. Knudsen, Reidar (2011). "RS 24 "Risør" 100 år - Dystert mysterium" (in Norwegian). http://www.batmagasinet.no/bladarkivet/rs-24-%E2%80%9Dris%C3%B8r%E2%80%9D-100-%C3%A5r-dystert-mysterium. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 


Ship events in 1997
Ship launches: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Ship commissionings: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Ship decommissionings: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002
Shipwrecks: 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002

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