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.
|Thames||United Kingdom||The Penzance steamer was on a voyage to London when she grounded on the Chesil Bank in thick fog.|
The cargo steamer was wrecked in the River Elbe in Germany.
|Chiswick||United Kingdom||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.|
|Bruce||United Kingdom||The sailing ship capsized in New York Harbor. She was salvaged and placed in use as a coal storage hulk.|
|Trignac||France||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.|
|H.L.C.||France||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-Atlantique.|
|Roxburgh Castle||United Kingdom||The 1222-ton cargo steamer was on a voyage from Newport to Piraeus with a cargo of coal when she collided wuth the sailing ship British Peer ( United Kingdom) 120 miles southwest of the Isles of Scilly during the "Great Blizzard of 1891". Roxburgh Castle sank, losing 22 of her 24 crew members.|
|Sovereign||Norway||The full-rigged ship was destroyed by fire while loading coal.|
|Blanco Encalada||Chilean Navy||1891 Chilean Civil War: The Almirante Cochrane-class central battery ship was sunk by a torpedo gunboat in the port of Caldera, Chile.|
|Clan Lamont||United Kingdom||The ship ran aground and sank off Vindiloas Point, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.|
|Princesse Stephanie||Belgium||The steamer was wrecked off Christiansand, Norway.|
|USFC Grampus||United States Fish Commission||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.|
|USS Despatch||United States Navy||The steamer was wrecked without loss of life on Assateague Island off the coast of Virginia during a gale.|
|Ora et Labora||Norway||The brig was driven ashore and wrecked near Chesil Cove, Dorset, United Kingdom.|
|Red Wing||The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked on the coast of Delaware just south of the Indian River Inlet during a gale, killing her entire crew of six.|
|Benvenue||United Kingdom||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 ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution).|
|Samuel Mather||United States||The wooden steam cargo ship sank after she was rammed by the steel cargo ship Brazil in heavy fog in Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior.|
|Merannio||United Kingdom||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 10 ft (3 m) hole was found in her bow.|
|Torbay Lass||United Kingdom||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 ( United Kingdom) pulled her clear, but she sank after a few hundred yards, within a few hundred metres of Penzance harbour.|
|Drumblair||United Kingdom||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 ( Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Drumblair was on a voyage from Barry, Glamorgan to Mauritius. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.|
|Felicete||France||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-Atlantique to Swansea, Glamorgan.|
|Oakland||New South Wales||The passenger-cargo ship ran aground on the southern breakwater at Ballina, New South Wales, Australia. She was refloated, repaired, and returned to service.|
|Maggie||United Kingdom||The sailing vessel collided with the passenger-cargo steamer Inishtrahull ( United Kingdom) in the Irish Sea just off the Kish Bank off the east coast of Ireland. Her crew was rescued by Inishtrahull, after which Maggie drifted away in a sinking condition and probably sank somewhere near the Kish Lighthouse.|
|Sarsfield||United Kingdom||The brigantine ran aground at Rhosilli, Glamorgan, Wales, and was wrecked. All seven people on board survived.|
|Sea Serpent||United States||The clipper′s crew of 17 abandoned her at sea at 46°N 40°W / 46°N 40°W and were rescued by the barque Gulnare (flag unknown). The derelict Sea Serpent was sighted on 18 October by the barque Ardgowan (flag unknown), having drifted 1,120 miles (1,800 km) unmanned in 93 days. Sea Serpent was sighted 19 times before disappearing.|
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- Tovey, Ron. "A Chronology of Bristol Channel Shipwrecks" (PDF). Swansea Docks. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
- The Blizzard in the West. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co. 1891.
- "SS Clan Lamont (+1891)".
- "Belgian Merchant P-Z" (PDF). Belgische Koopvaardij. Retrieved 1 December 2010.
- Fisheries Historical Timeline: Historical Highlights 1890's
- "Historical List of Shipwrecks at Chesil Beach & from Bridport to Lyme Regis". Burton Bradstock Online. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
- Anonymous, Shipwrecks of the Mid-Atlantic: Maryland, Delaware & Southern New Jersey (poster), Sealake Products USA, undated.
- Bignell, Alan (2001). Kent Shipwrecks (Second ed.). Newbury: Countryside Books. ISBN 1 85306 719 9.
- Larn, R. and Larn, B. (1991) Shipwrecks around Mounts Bay. Penryn: Tor Mark Press.
- "Board of Trade Wreck Report for 'Maggie' and 'Inishtrahull', 1891". Board of Trade. 19 January 1892. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- Crothers, William L. (1997). The American-Built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856: Characteristics, Construction, Details. Camden, ME: International Marine. pp. xvii, 342, 502, etc. ISBN 0-07-014501-6.
- State Street Trust Company; Walton Advertising and Printing Company, Boston. (1913). Some ships of the clipper ship era, Their builders, owners, and captains. Boston, MA: Printed for the State Street Trust Company. p. 18. Cite uses deprecated parameter
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