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Shipwrecks of April 29

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Shipwrecks of April 29

April 29 was the day of New Zealand’s greatest maritime loss. On the same day, but many years before her, HMS London was burned by her own crew on the coast of West Africa. The Swedish steamer Nanking, bound from India to England, was torpedoed on that day in WWII. She had made a stop at Cape Town raising questions as to why. Did she pick up a cargo of gold bullion or even ...

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Shipwrecks of April 19

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Shipwrecks of April 19

Today’s shipwrecks include one that was caused by a true “tempest in a teakettle.” Other wrecks range from a Spanish slave ship to the largest passenger liner of its time. And the two big mysteries for this day are whether the SS Gold Coast, torpedoed in 1917, was carrying gold bullion, and whether the SS Steelmaker torpedoed in 1942 was carrying cement or silver.

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April 19

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Shipwrecks of April 18

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Shipwrecks of April 18

Today’s shipwrecks include a Union Army transport and a couple of sailing vessels destroyed for attempting to run the Federal blockade of the south, as well as other vessels from earlier and later time periods. They include a British submarine and freighter, both sunk by the same German submarine during WWII, within just hours of each other.

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April 18

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

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Shipwrecks of April 17

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Shipwrecks of April 17

The 17th day of April has not only seen lots of shipwrecks. In one instance in 1617, a Dutch “pirate” ship, which had run out of cannon balls, loaded its heavy guns with stolen gold and silver to fire into the attacking Spanish fleet. And then there is the question of whether the Dutch freighter Sembilan was involved in the shipment of Iranian gold pahlevis and British gold sovereigns when she was torpedoed during World War II? Read more below.

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Shipwrecks of April 16

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Shipwrecks of April 16

The most tragic ship loss to take place on any April 16 was certainly that of the German steamer Goya in 1945 with almost 7,000 lives. Other losses for this day in history included the French frigate Harmonie in 1797 and the Confederate gunboat Chattahoochee in 1864. And there is even a mystery. Was the SS Lake Michigan carrying silver bullion when she was torpedoed in 1918?

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April 16

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Shipwrecks of April 15

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Shipwrecks of April 15

The most well known ship to sink on April 15, was the Titanic in 1912, but, over the years, there were many other shipwrecks on this day. Here are a few of them.

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April 15

compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1785: A sloop bound from Hispaniola with a cargo of sugar, molasses, coffee, etc., was lost on the Charleston Bar, South Carolina, ...

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Shipwrecks of April 14

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Shipwrecks of April 14

A German submarine, a British freighter and an American freighter sunk off the U.S. coast were just a few of the vessels sunk on April 14, 1942.

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April 14
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1626: On April 14, 1626, the Payon Gallego, a vessel belonging to Pedro de Vargas, was sunk in the Mona Passage between Porto Rico and Hispaniola. (Note: Gallego ...

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Shipwrecks of April 13

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Shipwrecks of April 13

Considerable treasure is believed to have been lost in some shipwrecks that took place on April 13. 

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April 13
compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1749: Two of the East India Company’s ships were lost during a storm, variously described as a hurricane or a monsoon, that struck the eastern coast of India on April 13, 1749. These wrecks are significant, not ...

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Shipwrecks of April 12

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Shipwrecks of April 12

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April 12
compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1749: The British hospital ship, HMS Apollo, 20 guns, commanded by Lieutenant Robert Wilson, with 350 men aboard, was wrecked a hurricane on the coast of South Arcot (southeast India) on April 12, 1749. She was described as dismasted and “on the point” between Fort David and Cuddalore, which is about 100 miles from Madras. Some records ...

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Shipwrecks of April 11

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Shipwrecks of April 11

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April 11
compiled and edited by Dr. E. Lee Spence

1794: The floating battery, HMS Proselyte, commanded by Walter Serocold, was destroyed by fire from the French batteries (guns) at Bastia, Corsica, on April 11, 1794.

Ancestry.com lists Walter Serocold as dying in 1794 at Calvi, Corsica, so it appears he did not survive the battle.

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