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List of shipwrecks in 1873

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The list of shipwrecks in 1873 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1873.

January

6 January


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ship= Otto
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desc=The brig was fifty-eight days out from Bahia for Falmouth when she was wrecked in Mount's Bay. The Penzance lifeboat Richard Lewis rescued eight men, a dog and a pig at the third attempt. (Wrecked again in 1888).

7 January


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ship= Margaret
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desc=The 22-ton cutter capsized close to Tokomaru Bay during a storm. Two of the four crew made it ashore safely, but the captain and mate were drowned.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 184.

22 January


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ship= Northfleet
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desc=The full-rigged ship sank with the loss of 293 lives after being rammed while at anchor in thick fog by the steamship Murillo ( ) three miles off Dungeness. There were 86 survivors rescued by Tug "City of London", Pilot boat "Princess" and Lugger all ( ). Murillo failed to offer assistance and left the scene.

23 January


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ship= Talisman
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desc=The 738-gross register ton general cargo ship foundered northwest of The Burlings archipelago off Portugal.

25 January


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ship=George S. Wright
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desc=The 214.94-ton, steamer departed Klawock, Territory of Alaska, bound for Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, with a crew of 21 and approximately 13 passengers aboard and was never heard from again. Wreckage – and two bodies – from George S. Wright later washed ashore along the coast of North America from Queen Charlotte Sound in British Columbia to Prince of Wales Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska.alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (G)

February

3 February


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ship=Mary Russell
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desc=The brig was driven ashore at Dunwich, Suffolk.
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ship= Unidentified brigantine
flag=flag unknown
desc=Foundered in heavy seas on the Seven Stones Reef, between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall. The captain of a nearby French schooner decided it was too dangerous to approach the wreck, leaving those on board to drown.

17 February


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ship= Lion
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desc=The 216-ton barque was wrecked on the bar at Whangapoua Harbour, New Zealand, while outbound for Adelaide with a load of timber. All hands were saved.Ingram & Wheatley, pp. 184–185.

March

1 March


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ship= Chacabuco
flag=
desc=The 999-ton iron–hulled full-rigged ship carrying wheat from San Francisco to Liverpool, sank off the Great Orme, United Kingdom with the loss of 24 lives after SS Torch collides with her, also sinking.

2 March


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ship=
flag=
desc=The 690-ton iron–hulled barque carrying sugar from Semarang to Falmouth, sank under Angrouse Cliff near Mullion Cove, Cornwall with the loss of all but four of her crew.McBride, P. W. J.; Richard, L. & Davis, R. (Ferdinand Research Group). (1971) "A Mid–17th Century Merchant Ship-wreck near Mullion, Cornwall: interim report". Cornish Archaeology 10: 75–78Larn, Richard and Bridget (1997). "Vol 1 Section 4". Shipwreck Index of the British Isles. London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping

3 March


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ship=
Odysseus
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desc=The barque was driven ashore and wrecked on Pwll Du Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. She was on a voyage from Dublin to Swansea, Glamorgan.

7 March


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ship=
Dollart
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desc=The schooner got into difficulties of Cemaes Head, Cardiganshire, United Kingdom. Her crew were rescued by
John Stuart ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution).

22 or 23 March


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ship=
Coquette
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desc=The yacht left Peraki Bay on Banks Peninsula with three people on board on the 22nd, and was last seen later the same evening west of the mouth of Akaroa Harbour. It is thought she succumbed to damage caused by hitting a rock a week earlier which had not been fully repaired.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 185.

April

1 April


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ship=
flag=
desc=The ocean liner hit an underwater rock off Marr's Head, Meagher's Island (now Mars Head, Mars Island), Nova Scotia, Canada, and sank with the loss of between 535 and 560 lives. There were 371 survivors.

23 April


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ship=
Nebula
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desc=The barque ran aground at Port Eynon Point, Glamorgan and was severely damaged. Her crew were rescued. She was on a voyage from Antwerp, Belgium to Cardiff, Glamonrgan.
Nebula was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.

May

3 May


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ship=
Nancy
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desc=The 17-ton schooner was wrecked when she was driven onto rocks while attempting to cross the bar at the mouth of the New River, New Zealand.

10 May


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Margaret Campbell
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desc=The 122-ton schooner parted her cable and was driven ashore at Oamaru, New Zealand.

17 May


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ship=
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desc=The collier foundered in the North Sea south east of Spurn Point, Yorkshire. She was on a voyage from South Shields, County Durham to London.

24 May


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ship=
Argo
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desc=The 32-ton schooner left Auckland for Whangarei in April 1873 with four on board, and was not seen again.

June

5 June


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ship=
PSS Waverley
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desc=Two funnels, two masts side paddle wheel propulsion and accommodation for 450-560 passengers. Used on the Southampton - Channel Islands service. On 5 June 1873 she was wrecked in fog on Platte Boue Rock, Little Roussel, Guernsey.

7 June


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Stornoway
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desc=The clipper was wrecked on the Kentish Knock off the coast of England at the mouth of the River Thames.

10 June


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ship=
Advance
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desc=The 13-ton cutter was carried onto the spit at the mouth of the Waikouaiti River, New Zealand, and became a wreck.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 186.
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ship=
Cornish Girl
flag=
desc=Mousehole sailing lugger sank after striking the Round Rock in the Spanish Ledges on the Isles of Scilly in fine weather. No lives lost.

July

1 July


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ship=
flag=
desc=Ran aground off Cape Räz Ghärib, Egypt on maiden voyage. Refloated on 10 August, repaired and returned to service.

22 July


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ship=
Meteor
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desc=The 43-ton schooner ran aground on a sandspit at the mouth of the Whanganui River, New Zealand.

28 July


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ship=
Union
flag=
desc=The 158-ton brig was driven ashore in Whangaroa Bay, New Zealand, in a severe gale.

30 July


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ship=
Rangitoto
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desc=The steamer, which was carrying passengers between Nelson and Wellington, hit a reef near Cape Jackson in the Marlborough Sounds, ripping a hole in her side. The ship was deliberately beached in Port Gore to save the lives of those on board.

August

12 August


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ship=
Elizabeth
flag=
desc=The schooner foundered in the Bristol Channel south east of Worms Head, Glamorgan, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her five crew. Survivors were rescued by the schooner
Pet ( ). Elizabeth was on a voyage from Swansea, Glamorgan to Saint-Malo, Ille-et-Vilaine.

27 August


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ship=
Emile
flag=
desc=The 214-ton brig was driven ashore and wrecked at Oamaru by a cyclone which hit the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 187.
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ship=
Fairy Queen
flag=
desc=The 214-ton brig parted her cable and was driven ashore at Timaru by a cyclone which hit the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.Ingram & Wheatley, pp. 187–188.
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ship=
Scotsman
flag=
desc=The 231-ton brig was driven ashore and wrecked at Oamaru by a cyclone which hit the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.
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ship=
Wanderer
flag=
desc=The ketch was driven ashore at Timaru by a cyclone which hit the east coast of New Zealand's South Island.Ingram & Wheatley, pp. 187–188.

29 August


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ship=
Ironsides
flag=
desc=The paddle steamer ran aground at Hog Island, Virginia, and was lost.
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ship=
Triton
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desc=The barque was wrecked on the Mixon Shoal, in the Bristol Channel with the loss of two of her eight crew. Survivors were rescued by the paddle tug
Digby Grand ( ).

September


10 September


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ship=
Kestrel
flag=
desc=The 20-ton ketch went aground and was wrecked at Port Underwood in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, in a gale.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 188.

13 September


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ship=
Ocean
flag=
desc=The smack ran aground at Cardigan. Her two crew were rescued.

23 September


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ship=
Ottawa
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desc=The 222-ton brigantine struck rocks and foundered southwest of New Plymouth while en route from Kaipara Harbour to Lyttelton Harbour with a cargo of timber. All hands were saved.

October

19 October


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ship=
Peggy
flag=
desc=The sloop foundered off Cardigan. Her two crew were rescued by
John Stuart (22pxborder Royal National Lifeboat Institution). She was on a voyage from Swansea, Glamorgan to Cardigan.

20 October


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ship=
Fernando el Católico
flag=
desc=Cantonal Revolution: The gunboat sank off the coast of Spain with heavy loss of life after colliding with the broadside ironclad
Numancia ( ).

Unknown date


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ship=
Meridian
flag=
desc=The schooner sank in Lake Michigan off Sister Bay, Wisconsin, during a storm.

November


18 November


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ship=
flag=
desc=The barque was wrecked off Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Liverpool to Portland, Maine, United States.

22 November


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ship=
Clarisse
flag=
desc=The barque, based in Granville, Manche lost in the Minquiers, Channel Islands, during a trip from Bordeaux (Aquitaine) to her home port. There was only one survivor.
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ship=
flag=
desc=thumbAn illustration of
Ville du Havre (right) sinking after colliding with Loch Earn (left). Loch Earn later sank as well.The paddle steamer sank with the loss of 226 lives in the Atlantic Ocean at after a collision with the three-masted ship Loch Earn ( ). Loch Earn rescued 87 survivors.
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ship=
Loch Earn
flag=
desc=The three-masted ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean without loss of life after a collision with the paddle steamer ( ). Her passengers and crew and survivors she had taken aboard from
Ville du Havre were rescued by the cargo ship Tremountain ( ).

26 November


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ship=
Coquette
flag=
desc=The schooner was wrecked near Porthleven, Cornwall.Treglown, Tony (2011).
Porthleven in Years Gone by; Local Shipwrecks. Ashton: Tony Treglown.

December


8 December


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ship=
flag=
desc=Collided off South Foreland, England with fishing lugger
Consolation ( ) which sank.

19 December


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ship=
Mary Brilliard
flag=
desc=The 13-ton cutter (boat) was driven ashore and wrecked on Ruapuke Island, New Zealand, in a gale.

20 December


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ship=
Aborigine
flag=
desc=The 132-ton brigantine was driven ashore and wrecked inside the mouth of the Hokitika River, New Zealand, in a severe gale.Ingram & Wheatley, p. 189.
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ship=
Redcliffe
flag=
desc=The 22-ton ketch dragged her anchor and struck a reef at All Day Bay, New Zealand, during a heavy sea. One crewman was drowned.Ingram & Wheatley, pp. 188–189.

26 December


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ship=
flag=
desc=The sidewheel paddle steamer sank in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, while under tow from the Caribbean to New York City by the screw sloop-of-war ( ).Bradford, Richard H.,
The Virginius Affair, Boulder, Colorado: Colorado Associate University Press, 1980, ISBN 0870810804, p. 144.

30 December


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ship=
Tetuán
flag=
desc=Cantonal Revolution: The broadside ironclad burned and sank, perhaps due to sabotage, while undergoing repairs at Cartagena, Spain.

Unknown date


Unknown date


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ship=
Alexander Oldham
flag=
desc=The sidewheel paddle steamer was lost during 1873.Naval History and Heritage Command: Confederate Ships: Fisher
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ship=
Ellen Martin
flag=
desc=The schooner beached on Summerlease Point Cliffs, north Cornwall, while attempting to enter the harbour at Bude. Her crew was taken off by breeches buoy and the ship's figurehead was in the captain's garden for many years.
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ship=
flag=
desc=The cargo ship foundered.
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ship=
flag=
desc=After being sighted in the Atlantic Ocean on 2 October during a voyage from New York City to Glasgow, Scotland, with 52 people on board, the passenger-cargo ship disappeared without trace.
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ship=
Rose
flag=
desc=Five nights after the
Otto, easterly hurricane strength winds wrecked the schooners Rose and Treaty ( ) while the lifeboat was on call off the Eastern Green, Penzance to aid the schooner Marie Emile ( ) which was heading for her home port of Lorient with a cargo of coal from Cardiff. All saved on board.
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ship=
Treaty
flag=
desc=Five nights after the
Otto, easterly hurricane strength winds wrecked the schooners Rose and Treaty ( ) while the lifeboat was on call off the Eastern Green, Penzance to aid the schooner Marie Emile ( ) which was heading for her home port of Lorient with a cargo of coal from Cardiff. All saved on board.

Notes


Bibliography

  • Ingram, C. W. N., and Wheatley, P. O., (1936) Shipwrecks: New Zealand disasters 1795–1936.'' Dunedin, NZ: Dunedin Book Publishing Association.

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