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The list of shipwrecks in 2003 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 2003.

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2003
Jan Feb Mar Apr
May Jun Jul Aug
Sep Oct Nov Dec

January

1 January

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 2003
Ship Country Description
Vicky  Turkey The cargo ship ran aground on the wreck of Tricolor ( Norway) in the English Channel off Dunquerque, Nord, France. Later refloated.[1]

3 January

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 2003
Ship Country Description
Vermontborg  Romania This new ship, under tow from Romania to Germany, broke free and came aground on the Guernsey, Channel Islands coast.[2][3]

February

17 February

List of shipwrecks: 17 February 2003
Ship Country Description
Tor I  Tonga The cargo ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea between Malta and Sicily, Italy with the loss of all eight crew.[4]

March

22 March

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 2003
Ship Country Description
RMS Mulheim  Antigua and Barbuda

RMS Mulheim, September 2003.

Ran aground at Sennen Cove, United Kingdom and declared a constructive total loss on 24 March.

April

2 April

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Bigelow  United States Navy The decommissioned Forrest Sherman-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

11 April

List of shipwrecks: 11 April 2003
Ship Country Description
ROCS Lai Yang  Republic of China Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as an artificial reef. (Formerly USS Leonard F. Mason (DD-852) ( United States Navy) the ship′s name in Republic of China Navy service also is reported as ROCS Shuei Yang.)

16 April

List of shipwrecks: 16 April 2003
Ship Country Description
361  People's Liberation Army Navy The Ming-class submarine was lost due to an engine run-on accident in the Bo Hai Sea. All seventy crew suffocated.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 2003
Ship Country Description
al-Mansur  Iraqi Navy Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht was bombed and wrecked at Basra by Grumman F-14 Tomcat aircraft of the United States Navy during the Iraq War.[5]

May

13 May

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 2003
Ship Country Description
HMS Tireless  Royal Navy The Trafalgar-class submarine collided underwater with an iceberg in the Arctic Ocean and was damaged.

31 May

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 2003
Ship Country Description
Fu Shan Hai  China The bulk carrier collided with Gdynia ( Cyprus) off Bornholm, Denmark and sank.[6]

June

19 June

List of shipwrecks: 19 June 2003
Ship Country Description
ex-USS Richard E. Byrd  Hellenic Navy The decommissioned Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer was sunk as a target by Greek forces after sale to Greece and cannibalization for spare parts.

July

8 July

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 2003
Ship Country Description
Nazreen-1  Bangladesh The ferry sank in the Meghna River near Chandpur, causing the deaths of 400 people.[7]

21 July

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Dixon  United States Navy The decommissioned L. Y. Spear-class submarine tender was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Charleston, South Carolina, at 31°16′17.9″N 073°57′46.2″W / 31.271639°N 73.962833°W / 31.271639; -73.962833.
USS Seneca  United States Navy The decommissioned Navajo-class fleet tug was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina.

22 July

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Samuel Gompers  United States Navy The decommissioned Samuel Gompers-class destroyer tender sank in the Atlantic Ocean off North Carolina at 31°17′N 073°51′W / 31.283°N 73.85°W / 31.283; -73.85 after being used as a target for Harpoon missiles and aerial bombs the previous day.

28 July

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 2003
Ship Country Description
Tasman Spirit  Greece The tanker ran aground in the Arabian Sea off Karachi, Pakistan. She broke up and sank on 14 August.[8]

29 July

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Ingersoll  United States Navy The decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

August

1 August

List of shipwrecks: 1 August 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Leftwich  United States Navy The decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean at 22°48′47″N 160°34′00″W / 22.81306°N 160.5666667°W / 22.81306; -160.5666667.
USS Merrill  United States Navy The decommissioned Spruance-class destroyer was sunk as a target in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Hawaii at 22°43′53″N 160°29′23″W / 22.73139°N 160.48972°W / 22.73139; -160.48972.

4 August

List of shipwrecks: 4 August 2003
Ship Country Description
United Malika  Morocco

United Malika

The reefer ship ran aground near Ras Nouadhibou in Mauritania. Its crew were rescued by the Mauritanian Navy.

15 August

List of shipwrecks: 15 August 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Downes  United States Navy The decommissioned Knox-class frigate was sunk as a target near Mare Island, California, at 31°10′01″N 119°48′03″W / 31.16694°N 119.80083°W / 31.16694; -119.80083.
USS Henry B. Wilson  United States Navy The decommissioned Charles F. Adams-class guided-missile destroyer was sunk as a target.

30 August

List of shipwrecks: 30 August 2003
Ship Country Description
K-159  Russian Navy The November-class submarine sank in the Barents Sea while under tow to a scrapyard. Nine of her ten crew were killed.

September

11 September

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 2003
Ship Country Description
Moby Magic  Italy The ferry ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea off Porto Cervo, Sardinia. All 160 people on board were rescued.[9]

October

8 October

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 2003
Ship Country Description
ROCS Fu Yang  Republic of China Navy The decommissioned Gearing-class destroyer was sunk as a target.

14 October

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 2003
Ship Country Description
ROCS An Yang  Republic of China Navy The decommissioned Fletcher-class destroyer was sunk as a target.
ROCS Huei Yang  Republic of China Navy The decommissioned Allen M. Sumner-class guided-missile destroyer was sunk as a target.

15 October

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 2003
Ship Country Description
Andrew J. Barberi United States The ferry collided at full speed with a pier at Staten Island, New York. Eleven people were killed and seventy-one were injured. The ship was later repaired and returned to service.

25 October

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Hartford  United States Navy

USS Hartford.

USS Hartford grounding: The Los Angeles-class submarine ran aground at La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy. She was subsequently repaired and returned to service

November

18 November

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 2003
Ship Country Description
USS Yosemite  United States Navy The decommissioned destroyer tender was sunk as a target.

25 November

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 2003
Ship Country Description
Dieu Merci  Democratic Republic of the Congo The ferry capsized and sank in Lake Mai-Ndombe, killing 163 people on board. Over 200 people were rescued.[10]

December

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 2003
Ship Country Description
Elizabeth flag unknown The cargo ship sank in the Aegean Sea off Santorini, Greece. Eight crew were rescued.[11]

References

  1. Charles Bremner and Ben Webster (3 January 2003). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  2. cite web |url=http://www.towingline.com/wp-content/uploads/2003/nieuws_2003.pdf |name=SMIT Salvage awarded LOF contract for the grounded Vermont Borg |publisher=towingline.com
  3. cite web |url=http://www.dragtimes.com/video-viewer.php?v=medIozRMKiI&feature |nameWagenborg 'Vermontborg' Shipwreck in Guernsey 3/1/03 |publisher=dragtimes.com
  4. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 18 February 2003. 
  5. Ian Cobain, additional material by Tim Butcher (Daily Telegraph) and Tom Newton Dunn (Daily Mirror) (11 April 2003). "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 
  6. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 3 June 2003. 
  7. "Ferry disaster claims hundreds". BBC. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3051683.stm. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 15 August 2003. 
  9. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 12 September 2003. 
  10. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 28 November 2003. 
  11. "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 27 December 2003. 


Ship events in 2003
Ship launches: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Ship commissionings: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Ship decommissionings: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Shipwrecks: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

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