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18/09/1679 Griffon (+1679) wreck
Griffon (+1679)The Griffon's first voyage was in 1679 with 32 men on board en route to Green Bay which is on Lake Michigan. Some of the crew were said to be scoundrels and scholars, saints and sinners, schemers and whisky traders. The crew were not very fond of La Salle as he did not treat his men very well. It was not uncommon of him to forget that he had to pay them. The Griffon left Lake Erie and had a hard time finding Long Point, but eventually the fog cleared and the dangerous sand cape was made visible. La Salle sailed on to Lake Huron and stopped for a short time at Michilimackinac and then made his way through the tangle of islands in Upper Lake Michigan. La Salle and his crew felt relieved to arrive safely at Green Bay. The ship was loaded with beaver pelts and La Salle gave orders to six of his crew members to sail back to Niagara to pay his creditors. They were ordered to return with materials to build another vessel for him to use while exploring the Mississippi River. On September 18, 1679, with her pilot and five sailors, the Griffon weighed anchor and spread her sails out onto the broad waters of Lake Erie. It is believed that a gale swept the lake, and the Griffon perished with all hands. Some say that the crew turned traitor and sold the cargo of precious furs. She simply vanished without a trace as though she had never existed. The fate of the Griffon remained a mystery for over three centuries. While his crew gone, La Salle waited at Peoria, Illinois the spot where he intended to build his next ship. The Griffon remains a mystery that has caught the attention of history enthusiasts for centuries.
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18/09/1944 Zyunyo Maru (Junyo Maru) [+1944] wreck
Zyunyo Maru (Junyo Maru) [+1944] S/S Zyunyo Maru (Junyo Maru) Owned by Baba Shoji K. K. and built in 1913 by Robert Duncan Co, Glasgow; 5.065 tons; 405x53x27.2ft; 475 n.h.p.; triple expansion engines On September 18th, 1944, when sailing from Tangjung Priok, Java to Padang, Sumatra , Junyo Maru was unfortunately torpedoed west off Sumatra, Mukomuko by the British submarine HMS TRADEWIND. Apart from the crew and Japanese guards, there were 1,377 Dutch, 64 British and Australian, and 8 American prisoners of war and 4.200 Javanese slave labourers packed in her holds and on deck, bound to work on the Sumatra Railway Line between Pakan Baru and Muaro. The ship was fitted with extra decks of bamboo, subdivided into cages to keep the prisoners in. The conditions the prisoners had to live in on board in were absolutely inhuman. Of this total of 6.500 prisoners, 5.620 lost their lives in the sinking. The 723 who survived, were rescued only to be put to work in conditions, perhaps worse then their comrades who died. Just like the Wilhelm Gustloff and many others, the Junyo Maru disaster is one of the most forgotten disasters .
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18/09/1901 Cobra HMS [+1901] wreck
Cobra HMS [+1901] HMS COBRA; Owned by the British Navy and built in 1901 by Armstrong Whitworth & Co.; 350 tons; 210x21x7; 10,000 i.h.p.; 36 knots; turbine engines; On September 18th, 1901, the destroyer HMS Cobra (Lieut. Bosworth Smith) carried a naval party of 54 officers and men and a number of contractor´s men, including Mr. Barnard, manager of the Parsons Turbine Co., having in all 79 persons on board. Steam turbines were just new and everybody was interested in the performance. The weather, however deteroriated to a full gale and the ship was beginning to show signs of strain, as due to her slim design, she had a tendency to ride upon bow and stern waves, imposing an immense strain upon the midship section. At 7.30 a.m., the destroyer simply broke in two. Only one small life boat, with 12 men was able to survive. In total 67 downed, including Lieut. Bosworth Smith and Messrs. R. Barnard and M. Sandison of the contractor´s party. The Cobra was sister ship to the HMS Viper , which also broke in two on the Renouquet Rock, off Alderney, on August 3rd, 1901.
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18/09/1890 Ertugrul (+1890) wreck
Ertugrul (+1890)Ertugrul, a 76-meter wooden ship of the Ottoman Turks, sank in a typhoon in 1890 after the Turkish delegation on board delivered a message and decoration to Emperor Meiji. Of the 650 crew members, 69 were rescued by local residents. The rescue has become a symbol of Japan-Turkey friendship.
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18/09/1932 Niobe SV (+1932) wreck
Niobe SV (+1932) SV NIOBE Built by Fredrikshavns Skibsværft & Flydedok, Fredrikshavn; 367 grt, 259 nrt; 143.8 x 30.3 x 9.4; 2 cyl. oil engine (J. & C. G. Bolinder, Stockholm), In 1916, the Norwegian schooner TYHOLMEN was captured by the German submarine UB-40 and declared a war prize. TYHOLMEN was sold in 1921 to the German Reichsmarine and used as a Segelschulschiffe. She was subsequently rebuilt and named 'barque-schooner'. On June 26th, 1932 schoolship NIOBE capsized and sank, off Puttgarden, Fehrmarn with the loss of 69 crew. 40 were saved. The wreck was raised to be inspected and to recover the bodies. 19 crew were never found. NIOBE was finally disposed off and sunk by a torpedo from torpedoboat JAGUAR on September 18th, with full military honours and in presence of nearly all ships of the German Navy. Captain Heinrich Ruhfus, was intially blamed for the accident, but the cause for the capsizing turned out to be an over-dimensioned top weight of sails, making the ship unstable. From Norway sources : 1913: 02.08.: Levert som MORTEN JENSEN for L. F. Knakkegaard, Nykøbing, DK 1916: 21.01.: Solgt til A/S Tyholm (Otto & Viggo Kallevig), Arendal. Omdøpt TYHOLMEN 1916: Sept.: Solgt til A/S Skiens Motor (H. T. Realfsen), Skien 1916: 21.11.: Oppbrakt i Nordsjøen av tysk ubåt UB-41. Ført til tysk havn. 1917: 16.02.: Erklært god prise. 1920: 07.06.: Satt i fartt som ALDEBARAN for ukjent tysk eier. 1921: 10.03.: Solgt til Die Deutsche Reichsmarine. Omdøpt NIOBE Benyttet som skoleskip. 1921: Sept.: Leiet ut til et filmselskap. Omdøpt SCHWAN 1922: 06.02.: Levert tilbake, omdøpt NIOBE 1923: Ombygd til permanent skoleskip. Rigget om til skonnertbark. 724 t.depl. 42,00 x 9,20 x 5,20 Seilarealet økt fra 740 kvm. til 983 kvm. 1932: 26.06.: Gikk rundt og sank utenfor Puttgarden på Fehmarn på reise Fehmarn – Warnemünde. 69 mann omkom. Vraket ble hevet og undersøkt, man mente å kunne slå fast at skuta var overtaklet. 1932: 18.09. : Senket av tysk torpedobåt JAGUAR
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18/09/1940 City Of Benares SS (V) [+1940] wreck
City Of Benares SS (V) [+1940]City of Benares SS was a British Passenger/Cargo Steamer of 11,081 tons built in 1936 by Barclay Curle & Company, Glasgow, Yard No 656 for the Ellerman City Line Ltd, Glasgow. She was powered by a steam, turbines, single screw giving 15 knots. On the 18th September 1940 she was in Convoy OB-120 which was attacked before midnight on 17th September 1940 in the north Atlantic. In the early hours of the 18th, a single torpedo was fired at her by German submarine U-48. On board the liner were 90 children being evacuated to Canada escaping the effects of the Blitz. The sinking ship took on an immediate list preventing the launching of many of the liferafts and trapping numerous crew and passengers below decks. As a result, many of the 400 people on board were unable to escape. As hundreds of survivors struggled in the water, the U~boat´s searchlight swept over the chaotic scene, before it left the area for good. The survivors in the boats were not rescued for nearly 24 hours, as the nearest allied units were 300 miles away, and in that time dozens of children and adults died from exposure, or drowned, leaving only 147 survivors. One boat was not picked up for a further eight days. In total 255 people (including 77 of the evacuees) died.
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18/09/1907 Effie M. SV (+1907) wreck
Effie M. SV (+1907)The Canadian 2-masted schooner Effie M., built in 1888, was lost on September 18th, 1907, after running aground in a storm off Lead Cove, Trinity Bay. She was returning home from Labrador and was lost with all hands (at least 13 people).
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18/09/1896 Congal SV (+1896) wreck
Congal SV (+1896)10/1869: C. & P.Pedersen m.fl.,Grimstad "CONGAL" 2/1878: C.Pedersen m.fl.,Grimstad 7/1881: E.Pedersens Enke m.fl.,Grimstad /1891: C.Danielsen,Grimstad /1893: C.Pedersens Enke m.fl.,Grimstad /1894: L.A.Knudsen,Porsgrunn /1895: A/S Brig Congal(H.Helland)Fredrikstad 9/1896: Strandet og ble vrak 18/9 utenfor Karlskrona på reise Guernsey til Karlskrona i ballast.
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18/09/1898 Meditor SV (+1898) wreck
Meditor SV (+1898)On September 18, 1898, the steamer Kalkaska was towing the schooner barges J.H. Mead and Mediator from Duluth to Buffalo with deckloads of lumber when they were beset by rough conditions at Keweenaw Point. The heaving barges soon parted their towlines and were driven before the gale until they were thrown ashore about a mile west of the Gratiot River mouth. The plight of the two barges was seen the next day by the crew of the Portage Lifesaving Station who were on their way to the wreck of the steamer Colorado on Sawtooth Reef. When the gale abated, tugs went to work at freeing the two barges and both were again afloat by the next week. Although the Mead required only minor repairs, the cost of repairing the Mediator proved to be prohibitive. Her owners had her towed to Houghton where she was stripped and laid up in the canal. By 1902 she had sunk beneath the surface with only her masts and bow visible.
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18/09/1898 Fritz Reuter SV (+1898) wreck
Fritz Reuter SV (+1898)The FRITZ REUTER was originally the steamship CRIMEAN which was converted in 1874 by Sloman to a full-rigged sailing ship. In 1892 the FRITZ REUTER under command of Captain Langhinrichs saved the crew of the 4-mast barque WAMPHRAY from their wet death at Cape Horn. In 1897 the barque was sold to Norwegian owners and was subsequently lost on voyage from Mobile (Alabama) for Greenock with a cargo of pitch pine due to water leakage. Some rumors tell that the famous German shanty "Hamburger Veermaster" is telling the story of the FRITZ REUTER.
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18/09/1906 Apenrade SS (+1906) wreck
Apenrade SS (+1906)Wrecked on Stonecutter's Island, Hong Kong.
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18/09/1906 San Cheong SS (+1906) wreck
San Cheong SS (+1906)The Canton River steamer was wrecked at her berth during a typhoon.
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18/09/1907 Kintyre SS [+1907] wreck
Kintyre SS [+1907]Only for Hydrographic service subscribers.
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18/09/1908 Snowdrop FV (+1908) wreck
Snowdrop FV (+1908)The whaler Snowdrop, of Dundee, was wrecked on September 18th, 1908, at Frobit, Newfoundland.
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18/09/1909 John Pridgeon Jr. SS (+1909) wreck
John Pridgeon Jr. SS (+1909)A rapidly-rising westerly gale turned this lumber hooker sideways to the wave-troughs and capsized her. The crew was picked up by steamer MARYLAND, which was nearby. Owned by Boland & Cornelius. Major repair in 1883, rebuilt from pkg to bulk freighter in 1902.
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18/09/1913 Okta SV (+1913) wreck
Okta SV (+1913) SV OKTA Built by J. & R. Swan, Dumbarton ; 1109 grt, 1058 nrt; 221.0 x 34.3 x 20.7 On September 18th, 1913, the Norwegian barque SV OKTA, owned at the time of her loss by Grefstad B.J., Arendal, was on a voyage from Port Huan Tasmania to Falmouth with a cargo of wood, when she was wrecked, off Pelham Rock, about 300 yards from Stirling Point and 150 yards off shore, while entering Bluff Harbour, New Zealand. There were no casualties. Note : other ships wrecked on these rocks in previous disasters: steamer SCOTIA, schooner MAID OF OTAGO and steamer PELHAM. From Norway sources : 1874: Juli: Levert som JESSIE OSBOURNE for Brown & Co., Glasgow, UK 1876: Overtatt av W. & A. Brown, Glasgow, UK 1878: Omdøpt MARIPOSA 1882: Solgt til Joseph Hossach Sen., Liverpool, UK. Omdøpt JESSIE OSBOURNE 1894: Solgt til J. C. Page, Liverpool, UK 1901: Solgt til W. W. G. Irvine, Liverpool, UK 1907: Mars: Solgt til A/S Okta (Bendik J. Grefstad), Arendal. Omdøpt OKTA 1913: 18.09. : Grunnstøtte i innseilingen til Bluff Harbour NZ, på reise Port Huan TAS – Falmouth f.o. med trelast.
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18/09/1914 Automaat SS (+1914) wreck
Automaat SS (+1914)On September 18th, 1914, the Dutch steel cargo AUTOMAAT, built in 1904 by Smit, J. & K., Kinderdijk on voyage from Hull to Rotterdam with a cargo of coal, foundered in the North Sea.
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18/09/1914 Francis H. Leggett SS (+1914) wreck
Francis H. Leggett SS (+1914)On September 18th, 1914, the American steel cargo FRANCIS H. LEGGETT on voyage from Hoquiam, Wash. to San Pedro with a cargo of lumber, and 37 passengers, sprang a leak and foundered in a storm, 60 miles southwest of the Columbia River. The pumps could not cope with the water and before any lifeboat was launched, the ship went down. Only 2 were rescued by ships answering her distress calls. Notes : 1) The Japanese cruiser IDZUMO sighted the foundering and dispatched a brief wireless message. The warship, operating under wartime restrictions and searching for the cruiser LEIPZIG, made no effort to render assistance and even refused to give her location or any further details of the tragedy. 2) sources mention 60 miles south, 60 miles southwest and 50 miles southwest.
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18/09/1916 J. Holmes Birdsall SV (+1916) wreck
J. Holmes Birdsall SV (+1916)On September 18th, 1916, the American wooden schooner J. HOLMES BIRDSALL, on voyage from Norfolk, Va. to San Juan with a cargo of coal, was wrecked at the entrance of San Juan harbour, P.R.
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18/09/1917 Aigwen SS (ex-Joseph Chamberlain) (+1917) wreck
Aigwen SS (ex-Joseph Chamberlain) (+1917)SS Aigwen (ex-Joseph Chamberlain), built by W. Gray & Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool in 1910 and owned at the time of her loss by W. & C. T. Jones SS. Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool (Cardiff), was a British steamer of 3709 tons. On September 18th, 1917, SS Aiwen, on a voyage from Arkhangelsk to Dieppe with a cargo of timber, was sunk by the German submarine UB-62 (Bernhard Putzier), 50 miles NxW Muckle Flugga. 18 persons were lost.
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18/09/1917 Contest HMS [+1917] wreck
Contest HMS [+1917]On September 18th, 1917, the British destroyer HMS Contest was torpedoed and sunk by the German submarine U-106 (Hans Hufnagel), in the Western Approaches of the Channel, while assisting the torpedoed steamer City of Lincoln. 35 persons were killed. 60 survivors from HMS Contest were then picked up by the damaged City of Lincoln. Fortunately, U-106 didn't continue her attack on the freigther and she reached port later.
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18/09/1917 Polar Prince SS [+1917] wreck
Polar Prince SS [+1917]SS Polar Prince, built by Wigham Richardson & Co., Newcastle in 1895 and owned at the time of her loss by Farrar, Groves & Co. Ltd., Newcastle (London) (crown nominees), was a British steamer of 3611 tons. On September 18th, 1917, Polar Prince, on a voyage from Milford Haven to Malta with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UB-50 (Franz Becker), 8 miles WxS of Cape Spartel. There were no casualties.
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18/09/1917 Bia SS (+1917) wreck
Bia SS (+1917)On September 18th, 1917, the Swedish steel cargo ship BIA, on voyage from Gothenburg to the Pesian Gulf with a cargo of box boards and matches, was wrecked on Albatross Rocks near Cape Point. BIA mistook the old Cape Point light for a steamer which caused them to head straight for the rocks and run aground. Three ships were sent, and took off the Second Officer with the ship's papers. The remainder of the officers and crew refused to leave the stranded vessel. The next morning, two of the lifeboats cast off, but before they could reach the rescue vessels, one of the boats capsized and three men drowned. The remaining 14 crew-members on board the Bia had to use a rocket-line fired from Clara, one of the rescue vessels, before reaching land.
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18/09/1917 Dean E. Brown SV (+1917) wreck
Dean E. Brown SV (+1917)On September 18th, 1917, the American wooden schooner DEAN E. BROWN, left Mobile, Alabama for Santiago, Cuba with a cargo of lumber, and went missing. She was last seen 20th September, crossing Mobile Bar and not heard of ever since.
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18/09/1918 Primo SS [+1918] wreck
Primo SS [+1918]SS Primo, built by J. Meyer's Shipbuilding Co., Zalt-Bommel in 1908 and owned at the time of her loss by The Shipping Controller (J. J. Thomas & Co.), London, was a British steamer of 1037 tons. On September 18th, 1918, Primo, on a voyage from Penarth to Rouen with a cargo of coal, was sunk by the German submarine UB-117 (Erwin Waßner), 3.5 miles NNW of the Godrevy lighthouse. There were no casualties.
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18/09/1918 Buffalo SS (+1918) wreck
Buffalo SS (+1918)SS Buffalo, built by Bertram Engineering Works Co. Ltd., Toronto in 1903 and owned at the time of her loss by French Government, was a French steamer of 2.359 tons. On September 18th, 1918, Buffalo, on route from Cardiff, was sunk by the German submarine UB-117 (Erwin Waßner), and sunk 2 miles east of St. Agnes Head.
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18/09/1919 Pareora SS (+1919) wreck
Pareora SS (+1919)Pareora SS ran aground and was wrecked on Althorpe Island, South Australia on a voyage from Port Pirie to Hobart with calcines and spelter on the 18th September 1919.
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18/09/1919 Point Comfort PSS (+1919) wreck
Point Comfort PSS (+1919)On September 18th, 1919, the American wooden cargo ship POINT COMFORT, on voyage from New York to Catskill with a cargo of sugar and apples, was reported lost after running aground in fog on the rocks, south side of Esopus Island, Hudson River. Point Comfort was originally the NANTUCKET, built in 1886 by Hillman, Camden, NJ and completed by Pusey & Jones for the Nantucket Steamboat Co. The POINT COMFORT settled in 40 feet of water. The wreck was heavily salvaged.
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18/09/1922 Begona No.1 SS (+1922) wreck
Begona No.1 SS (+1922)Sank 18th September 1922 after a collison with s.s. AVONTOWN when 7 miles off Cape Roca on passage Algiers for Brake with ore.
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18/09/1922 John J. Barlum SV (+1922) wreck
John J. Barlum SV (+1922)Outbound in tow of the tug GUARDIAN, she filled and sank five miles off the harbor entrance. Later removed to deeper water.Canadian registry 1901-1911, C#107490.
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