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List of shipwrecks in 1891

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The list of shipwrecks in 1891 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1891.

January

2 January


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desc=The Penzance steamer was on a voyage to London when she grounded on the Chesil Bank in thick fog.

8 January


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desc=The cargo steamer was wrecked in the River Elbe in Germany.

9 January


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desc=The schooner was stranded in a storm at Barrances Light, Pensacola, Florida.

February

5 February


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ship=Chiswick
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desc=The 1,261-ton steamship ran aground in calm weather on the northeast ledges of the Seven Stones Reef, while bound for St Nazaire, France, with coal from Cardiff, Wales. The captain is supposed to have said "every man for himself" before going down along with ten crew and his ship. Eight survivors were picked up by the Sevenstones Lightship's longboat.

6 February


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desc=The bark was stranded on Santa Rosa Island, Florida ( ).

18 February


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desc=The sailing ship capsized in New York Harbor. She was salvaged and placed in use as a coal storage hulk.

19 February


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ship=Trignac
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desc=The steamer sprang a leak, blew up and sank within five minutes, between the Isles of Scilly and the Seven Stones Reef. She was carrying coal from Newport to St Nazaire.

20 February


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ship=Teresa Garnham
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desc=The ship was sailing from Valparaiso to Chiloé when she struck a rock. The crew took to her boats and reached port.Vidal Gormaz, Francisco (1901) Algunos naufrajios ocurridos en las costas chilenas desde su descubrimiento hasta nuestros dias (Imprenta Elzeviriana).

March

1 March


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ship=H.L.C.
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desc=The brigantine ran aground on the Mixon Shoal, in the Bristol Channel and was wrecked. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Port Talbot, Glamorgan, United Kingdom to Pornic, Loire-Inférieure.

9 March


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desc=The cargo ship was wrecked at "Straythe" with the loss of a crew member. She was on a voyage from São Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal to Hull, Yorkshire.

13 March


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ship=Roxburgh Castle
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desc=The 1,222-ton cargo steamer was on a voyage from Newport to Piraeus with a cargo of coal when she collided with the sailing ship ( ) 120 miles southwest of the Isles of Scilly during the "Great Blizzard of 1891". Roxburgh Castle sank, losing 22 of her 24 crew members.

17 March


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The passenger ship collided with the battleship ( ) in the Bay of Gibraltar and sank with the loss of 552 of the 880 people aboard.

19 March


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desc=The full-rigged ship was driven ashore at Penare Point, Cornwall with the loss of eight lives. She was on a voyage from Calcutta, India to Dundee, Forfarshire.

20 March


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ship=Sovereign
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desc=The full-rigged ship was destroyed by fire while loading coal.

April

2 April


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desc=The bark was stranded on Flug Island Shoals hear the West Pass to Apalachicola Bay. Florida.

6 April


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ship=Premier
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desc=Carrying 18 fishermen, seven crewmen, and a cargo of 350 tons of cannery supplies, the 307.69-gross register ton, , three-masted schooner was wrecked during a snowstorm in Ramsey Bay ( ) in the Territory of Alaska on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. All on board survived. Premier was salvaged, repaired, and returned to service.alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (P)

15 April


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ship=Dashing Wave
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desc=During a voyage in the Territory of Alaska from Sand Point to a destination identified as "Isatok" with a crew of eight and a cargo of 120 tons of general merchandise on board, the 141.46-ton schooner was wrecked without loss of life during a gale and heavy snowstorm in a location identified as "Coal Bay." This location often is equated with Coal Harbor ( ) on Unga Island in the Shumagin Islands, but it might instead be Coal Bay ( ) on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula. The wreck may also have occurred in Zachary Bay ( ) – often called "Coal Bay" at the time – on the coast of Unga Island, and some early reports place it somewhere in the Bering Sea, while an 1892 report places it on Hair Seal Cape – now known as Seal Cape ( ) – on the south coast of the Alaska Peninsula.alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (P)

23 April


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desc=1891 Chilean Civil War: The central battery ship was sunk by a torpedo gunboat in the port of Caldera, Chile.

May

2 May


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ship=Sadie F. Caller
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desc=During a voyage from San Francisco, California, to Chignik Bay, Territory of Alaska, carrying 158 cannery workers as passengers, a 450-ton salmon-canning outfit as cargo, and a crew of 10, the 413.81-gross register ton, schooner was wrecked on a sand bar whose position had shifted without the knowledge of the crew, altering the navigable channel, at the entrance to Chignik Bay Harbor ( ) on the Gulf of Alaska coast of the Alaska Peninsula near Chignik. The steamer Polar Bear ( ) towed her to shore two hours later, and she was beached and declared a total loss. By 1913, her wreck reportedly had sunk in of water.alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (S)

3 May


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ship=Clan Lamont
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desc=The ship ran aground and sank off Vindiloas Point, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.

17 May


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desc=The barque ran aground and was wrecked off the coast of Cuba. She was on a voyage from the Salt River, Jamaica to Glasgow, Renfrewshire.

July

18 July


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desc=The steamer was wrecked off Christiansand, Norway.

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desc=thumbHarrier The schooner was wrecked on the Great Barrier Reef.

August

Unknown August


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desc=The schooner was found aground and abandoned 4 miles east of St. Andrews Bay, Florida.

September


5 September


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desc=The schooner, a fisheries research ship, was on a voyage from Hyannis to Woods Hole, Massachusetts, with U.S. Fish Commissioner Marshall McDonald and his wife and daughter, Assistant U.S. Fish Commissioner J. W. Collins, and two female guests aboard when she ran aground on L'Hommidieu Shoal in Vineyard Sound during a southeasterly storm. McDonald, Collins, McDonald's family members, and the other two women made it safely to Falmouth, Massachusetts, in a dory, and Grampus later was refloated and returned to service.Fisheries Historical Timeline: Historical Highlights 1890s

6 September


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desc=The barque was wrecked at Moonlight Head, Victoria with the loss of twelve of her 26 crew. She was on a voyage from Hamburg, Germany to Melbourne, New South Wales.

Unknown September


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ship= Ada
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desc=The schooner disappeared on a fishing trip out of Pensacola, Florida. lost with all five crew.

October

3 October


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ship=William Lewis
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desc=While on an Arctic whaling voyage, the 463-gross register ton, steam bark was wrecked during a gale and snowstorm off Point Barrow, Territory of Alaska, when she became stranded on a snow-covered sandspit that her captain mistook for slush ice floating on the sea. The steamers Belvedere and Navarch (flags unknown) rescued her entire crew of 45. During salvage operations, the wreck of William Lewis was destroyed by an accidental fire on 20 March 1892.alaskashipwreck.com Alaska Shipwrecks (W)

10 October


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desc=The steamer was wrecked without loss of life on Assateague Island off the coast of Virginia during a gale.

13 October


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ship=Ora et Labora
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desc=The brig was driven ashore and wrecked near Chesil Cove, Dorset, United Kingdom.

Unknown date


November


9 November


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desc=The schooner barge sank south southwest of Pensacola, Florida.

11 November


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desc=The full-rigged ship was driven ashore and wrecked at Sandgate, Kent with the loss of five lives. Twenty-seven survivors were rescued by the lifeboat Mayer de Rothchild (22pxborder Royal National Lifeboat Institution).
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desc=The Full rigged ship caught fire due to spontaneous combustion in her cargo of coal and was beached and burned out in Cumberland Bay, Juan Fernandez Island , Juan Fernandez Islands, Chile. The Captain, his wife and 2 daughters, and 30 crew were eventually rescued by government steamer ( ).

22 November


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desc=The wooden steam cargo ship sank after she was rammed by the steel cargo ship Brazil (flag unknown) in heavy fog in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.

December


5 December


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ship=Merannio
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desc=En route for Newport from Bilbao with a cargo of 1,300 tons of iron ore, the ship hit the Seven Stones Reef, but managed to reach St Ives, Cornwall where a hole was found in her bow.

8 December


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ship=Torbay Lass
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desc=After unloading her cargo of coal on St Michael's Mount, the Brixham schooner was under tow by the tug Merlin (flag unknown) when Merlin suffered a drop in steam pressure and Torbay Lass drifted onto the Cressars off the promenade at Penzance, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The steamship Lady of the Isles ( ) pulled her clear, but she sank after a few hundred yards, within a few hundred metres of Penzance harbour.Larn, R. and Larn, B. (1991) Shipwrecks around Mounts Bay. Penryn: Tor Mark Press.

10 December


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ship=Drumblair
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desc=The ship was driven ashore on Sully Island, Glamorgan. Her crew either took to the ships' boats or were rescued by the lifeboat Joseph Denman II (22pxborder Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Drumblair was on a voyage from Barry, Glamorgan to Mauritius. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.

18 December


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desc=The cargo liner burned and sank in Mid Atlantic Ocean, no casualties. All rescued by ( ).

23 December


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ship=Felicete
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desc=The brig ran aground at Port Eynon Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom, and was wrecked. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Nantes, Loire-Inférieure to Swansea, Glamorgan.
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desc=The passenger-cargo ship ran aground on the southern breakwater at Ballina, New South Wales, Australia. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.

29 December


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ship=Maggie
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desc=The sailing vessel collided with the passenger-cargo steamer ( ) in the Irish Sea just off the Kish Bank off the east coast of Ireland. Her crew were rescued by Inishtrahull, after which Maggie drifted away in a sinking condition and probably sank somewhere near the Kish Lighthouse.
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desc=The schooner sank after bottoming on Flug Island Shoals near the West Pass of Apalachicola Bay, Florida.

Unknown date


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ship=Sarsfield
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desc=The brigantine ran aground at Rhosilli, Glamorgan, Wales, and was wrecked. All seven people on board survived.
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desc=The clipper's crew of 17 abandoned her at sea at ( ) and were rescued by the barque (flag unknown). The derelict Sea Serpent was sighted on 18 October by the barque (flag unknown), having drifted unmanned in 93 days. Sea Serpent was sighted 19 times before disappearing.
1891
 
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