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21/04Nat StevensThe Schooner Nathaniel Stevens[0]
20/04Jan LettensSs Alegria[1]
14/04Laheyne DanielNelly[2]
04/04Jan LettensName Of Ship[4]
03/04Carl RaceyHartlepool[1]
02/04Spoong LillemorCoonagh Ss (+1917)[2]
30/03Callum SwiftS S Malachite[3]
26/03Jan LettensTwo Four-Masted Barques Lost At Cape Horn, 1909.[1]
24/03Rosso AlbertoSs Erlangen[2]
24/03Jan LettensSs Kansan 216438 Steam[1]
23/03Chiriac MarinelBulkcarrier " Carbunesti" - Imo 9002582[2]
22/03Ivan HarrisonSs Aguila[0]
20/03Chiriac MarinelTilly Wreck On Swa Coast[2]
14/03Van Der Meij WimInfo Penthievre Also Known As H2[0]
14/03Jan LettensBarque Kobenhavn[1]
13/03Jan LettensInsert A New Owner[1]
11/03Alyssa BehrThe Steam Ship “Jon Breydel” Painting[0]
10/03Sandra TaylorSs Malachite[0]
08/03Janet CollinsonHirose[0]
05/03John WhitfieldIrmgard Sailing Ship Sunk Of S/America 26.6.10[0]
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27/04/1896 Gowanbank SV (I) (+1896) wreck
Gowanbank SV (I) (+1896)The second of three steel 4-masted barques built for the Pacific grain trade by Russell & Co. The Gowanbank was abandoned near Cape Horn in April, 1896 whilst on a voyage from Barry to Iquique.
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27/04/1915 Léon Gambetta (+1915) wreck
Léon Gambetta (+1915)LÉON GAMBETTA was a French Navy Crusier of 12,400 tons of the Leon Gambetta Class. On the night of 26th/27th April 1915, Central Mediterranean, when 15 miles south of Cape Santa Maria di Leuca, SE tip of Italy in the Ionian Sea LÉON GAMBETTA was torpedoed twice by Austrian submarine K.u.K. U-5. LÉON GAMBETTA was part of the French Fleet based at Malta blockading the the Austrian Navy in the Adriatic, usually from a position south of the Strait of Otranto. At this time the blockade line was moved further north because of expected Austrian naval activity - the Allies were negotiating with the Italians which shortly led to them declaring war on Austria-Hungary. In spite of the growing threat from Austrian and now German U-boats in the Mediterranean, the armoured cruiser was patrolling unescorted at a reported seven knots on a clear, calm night just to the south of the Otranto Straits when LÉON GAMBETTA was hit by Austrian submarine K.u.K U-5 (Lt Cdr Ritter von Trapp, later made famous when his story was partly told in the stage musical and film "The Sound of Music"). "Léon Gambetta" sank in just 10 minutes. Out of 821 men on board, 684 including Rear-Adm Sénès, commander of the 2nd Light Division were lost. There were 137 survivors. The French cruiser patrol line was moved south to the longitude of Cephalonia, western Greece. Other sources place her loss 20 miles off Cape Leuca.
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27/04/1940 Athelstan FV (GY648) (+1940) wreck
Athelstan FV (GY648) (+1940)Last seen by the trawler FV Claire (GY 318). This would prove to be the last sighting of the FV Athelstan (GY 648).Fate: Posted as missing, lost with all nine crew, in April 1940.
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27/04/1917 Inveramsay SV (+1917) wreck
Inveramsay SV (+1917)Inveramsay, built by Russell & Co., Port Glasgow in 1891 and owned at the time of her loss by Munro, Brice & Co., was a British bark of 1438 tons. On April 27th, 1917, Inveramsay, on a voyage from Gulfport to Fleetwod with a cargo of pitch pine, was sunk by gunfire by the German submarine U-62 (Ernst Hashagen), northwest of Ireland.
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27/04/1917 Ragnhild ? SS [+1917] wreck
Ragnhild ? SS [+1917] SS RAGNHILD Built by Bergens mek. Verksted, Bergen (#157); 1117 grt, 655 nrt, 1740 dwt.; 229.0 x 35.2 x 15.9; triple expansion engine (BMV), 124 nhp, 600 ihp On April 27th, 1917, the Norwegian cargo ship SS RAGNHILD, owned at the time of her loss by Hartmark H. N., Oslo, was on a voyage from Tyne to Skien with general cargo, when she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UC-28, 10 miles NW from the Tyne. 2 persons were lost. According to German sources, RAGNHILD was not torpedoed, but sunk by a mine, not 10 miles NW from the Tyne, but 10 miles N from the Tyne. From Norway sources : 1909: 04.05.: Levert som BIANCA for Adolph Halvorsen m.fl., Bergen 1915: 30.06.: Overført til A/S D/S Bianca (Adolph Halvorsen), Bergen 1916: 30.06.: Solgt til A/S D/S Ragnhild (Haakon Christensen), Haugesund. Omdøpt RAGNHILD 1917: 27.04. : Torpedert uten varsel av tysk ubåt UC-29 10 kvm. NV Tyne. Var på reise Tyne – Skien med stykkgods, gikk i konvoi Tyne – Lerwick. 2 mann omkom.
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27/04/1863 Anglo-Saxon SS (+1863) wreck
Anglo-Saxon SS (+1863)Anglo-Saxon SS was a British Passenger/Cargo Steamer of 1,700 tons built in 1856 by William Denny & Brothers, Dumbarton for J & A Allan & Co., Glasgow. She was powered by a steam, compound engine of 250hp giving 13.5 knots. On the 27th April 1863 she was wrecked in fog near Cape Race with loss of 238 lives (although another source says Lloyd´s agents in Quebec reported 227 lost) After leaving Liverpool on 16th April 1863 the ship grounded on the rocks at Clam Cove. The crew dropped onto the rocks and fixed a hawser, a basket was used to convey 130 passengers to safety, meanwhile four boats succeeded in getting to safety, but time was against the rescue operation as the ship was slipping. After an hour she sank into much deeper water with the resultant awful casualties.
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27/04/1865 Sultana PSS (+1865) wreck
Sultana PSS (+1865) Sultana PSS; 1863; Cincinnat; 1.719 tons; Sultana was to bring home Union soldiers, who were waiting anxiously to get to their homes and families. Most were walking skeletons, held in prisoner camps. She transported 2.394 people, when on April 27, 1865, while paddling up river, just above Memphis, off Tagleman´s Landing, (eight miles above Memphis) she was suddenly rocked by a gigantic explosion. One of the boilers had exploded, spreading fire that soon spread over the entire vessel. It was the worst marine disaster in U.S. history. The number saved was 741, leaving 1.653 unaccounted for.
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27/04/1916 Russell HMS (+1916) wreck
Russell HMS (+1916)HMS Russell, built by Palmer & Co., Jarrow in 1901 and owned at the time of her loss by Royal Navy, was a British battleship. On April 27th, 1916, HMS Russell was sunk by a mine from the German submarine U-73 (Gustav Sieß) at the entrance of Malta harbour. 124 persons were lost. She sank close enough to Malta for many small boats to get out to her to assist in the rescue of survivors. 625 were saved.
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27/04/1916 UC-5 (+1916) wreck
UC-5 (+1916)[Fate of Uboats in WWI:] UC-5; Cmdr. Mohrbutter Captured while stranded on Shipwash Shoal, 27 April 1916
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27/04/1941 Costa Rica SS (+1941) wreck
Costa Rica SS (+1941)Bombed and sunk by German aircraft on passage Kalamata for Crete with 2600 troops. There were no casualties.
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27/04/1941 Slamat SS (+1941) wreck
Slamat SS (+1941)The Dutch liner Slamat was engaged in the evacuation of troops from Crete to Nauplia, when she was attacked and sunk by German aircraft off Nauplia, with the loss of 193 men.
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27/04/1850 Anthony Wayne PSS (+1850) wreck
Anthony Wayne PSS (+1850)On the night of 27th April 1850, the passenger steamer PSS Anthony Wayne, on voyage from Toledo to Buffalso with passengers, wine, whiskey and cattle, sank when her boilers exploded, 6 miles North of Vermilion. The ill-fated steamer was immediately engulfed in flames and quickly sank to the bottom of Lake Erie, as crew and passengers struggled for survival. Out of the nearly 100 people on-board, 38 people were reported as killed or missing.
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27/04/1863 Preble USS (+1863) wreck
Preble USS (+1863)Named after Commodore Edward Preble, the second USS Preble was constructed at the Portsmouth Naval Yard, in April 1838 and was launched on June 13th 1839. The USS Preble was a Dale Class 16 gun Sloop of War with a length of 117 feet and a beam of 32 feet and of 556 tons. Commissioned by the US Navy on June 2nd 1840 she had a respectable naval career. On the 27th April 1863 while at anchor off Pensacola a crewman was emptying a barrel of tar oil when an open flame ignited the oil. This caught the ship afire. The ship was abandoned and she burnt to the water line and sank. The USS Peble now lies on the bottom of the bay in approximately 25 feet of water just SE of the mouth of Bayou Chico where she burned and sank. Navy divers located the wreck on the 27th April 1963.
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27/04/1895 Derby SV (+1895) wreck
Derby SV (+1895)The Norwegian bark DERBY went ashore in a storm on Saturday evening, 27th April 1895, about six miles westward of Cape St. Francis and became a total wreck. The ship’s company, numbering fourteen, with the captain’s daughter, reached the shore safely in boats, but for some reason four of the A. B.’s went back to the ship, and staying by her too long, were engulfed by the breakers and were drowned. The captain, officers, and the remainder of the crew were brought to Algoa bay. DERBY, on voyage from Port Elizabeth to New South Wales was in ballast at the time of the disaster and was built in the USA.
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27/04/1898 Servia SS (+1898) wreck
Servia SS (+1898)The bulk carrier Servia caught fire from a painting accident by a watchman while towing the disabled steamer ARGONAUT and the schooner FRANK EWEN. A heavy gale blew up while the blaze was being fought, fanning the fire and making it hard for the crew to work on deck. She was abandoned, capsized and sank shortly after. SERVIA’s crew, EWEN & ARGONAUT were all rescued by the Canadian passenger steamer ALBERTA, whose men also tried to help put out the fire. The three were bound Duluth for Kingston, Ont. Master: Capt. Ahlstrom Part of Hawgood fleet of Cleveland
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27/04/1907 Ada Dent SS (+1907) wreck
Ada Dent SS (+1907) Ada Dent; 43 tons; 21.6x4.6x1.8 m.; Owned by Burns Philp & Co. Ltd.; Built in 1884. Registered at Sydney. On 27 April 1907, Ada Dent was lost off Proserpine River.
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27/04/1907 Hide Maru (+1907) wreck
Hide Maru (+1907)Hide Maru ran aground and was wrecked at Suyon Bay, Korea on the 27th April 1907.
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27/04/1911 Alfa SS (+1911) wreck
Alfa SS (+1911)On April 27th, 1911, the Danish iron cargo ship ALFA, built in 1886 by Flensburger Schiffsbau Gesellschaft and owned at the time of her loss by Lauritzen J., on voyage from Rouen to Methil in ballast, sank after a collision off Middlesbrough, North Sea. Previously called, SS Ludwig Possehl 1886-1897 SS Ajax 1897-1900 SS Alfa 1900-1911
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27/04/1914 Benjamin Noble SS (+1914) wreck
Benjamin Noble SS (+1914)Reportedly overloaded with a cargo of steel rails, she turned back toward Two Harbors after an unsuccessful attempt to make the harbor at Duluth in a powerful gale. She foundered with all hands at an unknown position somewhere along that route. On April 29 her pilot house washed up on Minnesota Point. Master: Capt. John E. Eisenhardt(d) Owner: Capitol Transportation Co. Detroit [president- Benjamin Noble].The wreck was located in 2004.
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27/04/1916 Prangenhof SS [+1916] wreck
Prangenhof SS [+1916]Het schip lag in positie 51°22´07N-003°13´02E. Het is op 27/04/1916 gestrand voor Heist. Het betrof een stalen treiler van 36m lengte,7m breedte en 215 ton, gebouwd in Duitsland op de Tecklenborg Werft bouwnummer 186 voor reder J. Wieting uit Bremerhaven in 1902. Het werd in Oostende op de kade gelegd door de Rambiz waar het verder vrijgemaakt werd van munitie.
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27/04/1917 Nidelven SS [+1917] wreck
Nidelven SS [+1917] SS NIDELVEN SS NIDELVEN, built by Trondhjems Mek. Verks., Trondheim in 1908 and owned at the time of her loss by Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondheim, was a Norwegian steamer of 1262 tons; 746 nrt, 1500 dwt.; 231.1 x 33.3 x 13.6; triple expansion engine (TMV), 162 nhp, 890 ihp; On April 27th, 1917, NIDELVEN, on a voyage from Tyne to Svolvær with passengers and coal, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-29 (Ernst Rosenow), 10 miles northeast of Coquet Island. 3 persons were lost. HMS TEST and HMS PENN rescued the survivors and landed them at Leith. From Norway sources : 1908: Nov.: Levert som NIDELVEN for Det Nordenfjeldske Dampskibsselskab, Trondhjem 1917: 27.04. : Minesprengt NØ Coquet på reise Newcastle – Svolvær med kull og passasjerer i konvoi Newcastle – Lerwick. Minen var lagt 26/4 av tysk ubåt UC-29. 3 mann omkom. De overlevende ble berget av jagerne HMS TEST og HMS PENN og ført til Leith.
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27/04/1918 Romany SS (+1918) wreck
Romany SS (+1918)Romany, built by Armstrong, Whitworth & Co. Ltd., Newcastle in 1902 and owned at the time of her loss by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co. Ltd., London, was a British tanker of 3983 tons. On April 27th, 1918, Romany, on a voyage from Marseille to Port Said in ballast, was sunk by the German submarine UB-48 (Wolfgang Steinbauer), 47 miles SWxW3/4W of Cape Spartivento, Sardinia. There were no casualties.
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27/04/1921 Arnus SS (+1921) wreck
Arnus SS (+1921)The Spanish ship Arnus SS was built in 1898 by R. Thompson, Southwick, England as the British cargo steamer ORMAZAN SS. In 1913 she was renamed GOZAN MARU and in 1917 ARNUS SS. She sprang a leak after hitting an underwater object and sank on April 27th, 1921, 50 miles off Penmarc´h.
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27/04/1929 Pinnas SV (+1929) wreck
Pinnas SV (+1929)Pinnas 1914-1919:Navire allemand sequestré au Chili pendant la 1° guerre mondiale, attribué à la France comme indemnisation de guerre et racheté par son ancien armateur. 01.1929: Partit de Hambourg chargé de° ciment, coke et marchandises diverses vers des ports chiliens. 22.04.1929: Dématé dans la tempête. 27.04.1929: profitant d'une brève accalmie , le vapeur chilien Alfonso récupèra l'équipage sans des conditions extrêmes après 3 j d'impuissance 1914-1919: German Ship sequestered in Chile during the 1st World War, assigned to France as war compensation and acquired by her former owner. 01.1929: sailed from Hamburg loaded with cement, coke and general cargo cargo to chilean ports. 22.04.1929: dismasted in the storm. 27.04.1929: enjoying a brief lull, the Chilean SS Alfonso recovered the crew in extreme conditions after 3 days powerlessness 1914-1919: barco alemán secuestrado en Chile durante la 1 ª Guerra Mundial, asignado a Francia como compensación de guerra y adquirido por su antiguo dueño. 01.1929: zarpó de Hamburgo cargado de cemento, coque y carga general a los puertos chilenos. 22.04.1929: desarbolado en la tormenta. 27.04.1929: disfrutando de una breve pausa, el vapor chileno Alfonso logrí recuperar la tripulación en condiciones extremas después de 3 días de impotencia 1914-1919: Navio alemão seqüestrado no Chile durante a 1 ª Guerra Mundial, entregue a França como indemnização de guerra e adquirido pelo seu antigo proprietário. 01.1929: zarpou de Hamburgo carregado de cimento, coque e de carga para os portos do Chile. 22.04.1929: desarvorado na tempestade. 27.04.1929: desfrutando de uma breve pausa, o vapor chileno Alfonso cobsiguiu resgatar a tripulação em condições extremas após 3 dias de impotência
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27/04/1933 Isode SS (+1933) wreck
Isode SS (+1933)In tow of the propeller TRISTAN, her hawser parted and she went ashore and was wrecked. Owner: Hammermill Paper of Erie
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27/04/1941 Rimac SS [+1941] wreck
Rimac SS [+1941] Rimac SS Delivered in Apr.-1919 from Porsgrunds Mek. Værksted A/S, Porsgrunn (80) as cargo vessel Frank to A/S Frank (Chr. J. Reim), Porsgrunn. Steel hull, "Porsgrunn-type" (engine aft and bridge amidships) 202’ x 32.1’ x 12’, 942 gt, 1300 dwt, Triple Expansion (Porsgrunds) 103 nhp, 9 knots. Sold in Dec.-1919 to A/S Havtor (P. Meyer), renamed Havmøy in April 1921. Sold in December 1933 to Skibs-A/S Mairo (Anders Smith), renamed Rimac. On a voyage from Blyth to Loch Ewe with a cargo of coal when she in the early morning hours of April 27th 1941 was run into by the British minelayer Lord Plender nr. Yarmouth, Rimac sank with a loss of 5(?); Lord Plender lost 3. The 14 surviors ware taken aboard Lord Plender and landed at Grimsby. A lifeboat later drifted ashore at Weybourne and another at East Runton.
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27/04/1941 Rimfakse SS (+1941) wreck
Rimfakse SS (+1941)Rimfakse SS. Built by Kockums mek. Verkstads A/B, Malmö, Sweden, delivered in March-1921 as Rimfakse to D/S A/S Ringhorn (Albert Schjelderup), Bergen. 235.5´ x 37.7´ x 16.5´, Triple exp. (Kockum), 160 nhp. Rimfakse left Blyth on April 20th 1941 with a cargo of 1900 tons coal for Patricksfjord, Iceland, sailing in convoy to Loch Ewe, then departed alone on April 25th 1941. At 01:50 on the 27th she was struck in the after part of No. 2 hatch, port side, by a torpedo from U-147, Capt. Eberhard Wetjen had just taken over the command that month, previously commanded by Reinhard Hardegen, position 60 10N 08 54W (about 130 n. miles northwest of Scotland).
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27/04/1941 Patia HMS [+1941] wreck
Patia HMS [+1941]Patia HMS was an ordinary merchantman converted to launch aircraft (MK 1a Hurricanes) from a rocket driven catapault mounted on the forecastle. Bombed and sunk off Northumbria as loss of 39 lives.
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27/04/1941 Beacon Grange MV (+1941) wreck
Beacon Grange MV (+1941)Beacon Grange MV was a British Motor Merchant vessel of 10,160 tons built in 1938 and owned by the Houlder Line Ltd. On the 27th April 1941 when on route from Tyne for Buenos Aires in ballast she was torpedoed by U-522 and sunk. 2 crew lost from a complement of 82.
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27/04/1941 Diamond HMS (D-22) [+1941] wreck
Diamond HMS (D-22) [+1941]Diamond HMS (D22) was a British Royal Navy Destroyer Type Class D built in 1931 by Vickers Armstrong at Barrow in Furness, UK. On the 27th April 1941 during the evacuation of Greece she was sunk by a German Aircraft dive bomber. Lost with 148 men.
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