The list of shipwrecks in 1887 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1887.

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January

6 January

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Achilles  United States Carrying a cargo of coal, the 195-foot (59 m), 764-gross register ton screw steamer, a cargo ship, was stranded in fog on a shoal 1 to 2 nautical miles (1.9 to 3.7 km; 1.2 to 2.3 mi) south of Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island. She later broke up and sank.[1]

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1887
Ship Country Description
City of Brussels  United Kingdom The ocean liner was rammed and sunk by the ocean liner Kirby Hall ( United Kingdom) in thick fog off Great Orme, or Liverpool. Eight crew and two passengers were killed.[2][3]
Nor  Norway The schooner-rigged steamship was wrecked at Chesil Beach, Dorset, England.[4]

11 January

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Ella  Sweden The wooden barque Ella, built in 1851, was on a voyage from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Liverpool, England, with a cargo of pit props when she ran aground and was wrecked in Belgrave Bay (Belle Grève), Guernsey, Channel Islands. There were no casualties.[5][6]

12 January

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Bolina  United Kingdom The Caernarvon schooner was carrying slate from Portmadoc, Wales, to London when she sank south of Gugh, Isles of Scilly, during an easterly gale.[7]

16 January

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Caterina  Italy The barque was wrecked on the Nash Sands in the Bristol Channel with the loss of all 13 people on board.[8]

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Argus  United Kingdom The sloop was driven ashore and wrecked at Llangenneth, Glamorgan. Her crew survived. She was on a voyage from Lannion, Côtes du Nord, France to Cardiff, Glamorgan.[8]
Theodore Birely  United States The tug's boiler exploded and she sank at Fall River, Massachusetts. Her engineer died.[9]

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Kapunda  United Kingdom The full-rigged emigrant sailing ship collided with the barque Ada Melmore ( United Kingdom) off Brazil and sank with the loss of 299, or 303, lives. 16 survivors were rescued by Ada Melmore.[10][11][12]

24 January

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Francis Perkins (pilot boat)  United States The 78-foot (23.8 m) schooner was wrecked with the loss of two lives on the Barnegat shoals, off the coast of New Jersey during a gale and snowstorm. There were seven survivors. Her wreck sank in 80 feet (24 m) of water.[13][14]

26 January

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Ribble  United Kingdom The ship was in collision with the ship Coniston Fell ( United Kingdom in the Bristol Channel and sank with the loss of two of her seven crew. Survivors were rescued by the lifeboat Wolverhampton II (
Royal National Lifeboat Institution). Coniston Fell was beached at The Mumbles, Glamorgan, Wales.[8]

28 January

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Ada Melmore  United Kingdom The barque collided with the full-rigged ship Kapunda ( United Kingdom) off Brazil on 20 January causing Kapunda to sink. 16 survivors were rescued by Ada Melmore. Ada Melmore was damaged in the incident and was taking on water. She was able to transfer her crew and survivors to an unknown ship, losing two, and was abandoned to sink on 28 January.[15][16]

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1887
Ship Country Description
Brighton  United Kingdom The paddle steamer was on voyage from Weymouth, Dorset, England, to Guernsey, when, steaming faster than her crew thought, she hit a rock in fog north of the island and foundered. There was no loss of life.[17][18]

February

1 February

List of shipwrecks: 1 February 1887
Ship Country Description
Hermes  United Kingdom The brigantine foundered off Île Vierge, France.[19]

10 February

List of shipwrecks: 10 February 1887
Ship Country Description
A. C. Monroe  United States The schooner was sunk in a collision off White Point in Pensacola Bay, Florida, with the tugboat Echo ( United States).[20]

March

1 March

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1887
Ship Country Description
W. H. Gardner  United States The steamer was destroyed by fire in the Tombigbee River off Howard's Bar three miles (4.8 km) south of Gainesville, Alabama when a bale of cotton caught fire and a deck hand attempted to extinguish it but caught fire himself. He ran spreading the fire through the ship, a total loss. Some survivors were rescued by a boat from Tally ( United States). Eight passengers and 13 crew died.[21][22]

10 March

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1887
Ship Country Description
Samuel MacManemy  United States The schooner was lost off Apalachicola, Florida.[20]

20 March

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1887
Ship Country Description
Derry Castle  United Kingdom During a voyage from Geelong, Australia to Falmouth, Cornwall carrying wheat and a single passenger, the iron barque was wrecked off Enderby Island with eight survivors from her 23 crew.[23]
Seal  United States During a voyage in Southeast Alaska from Juneau to Dyea carrying passengers, cargo, and mining gear, the steamer was lost in Lynn Canal north of Berners Bay with the loss of 12 lives.[24]

22 March

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1887
Ship Country Description
Prophete Elie  France The brig was driven ashore at Oxwich Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom. Her crew survived.[8]

31 March

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1887
Ship Country Description
Ounimak  United States The 34.67-gross register ton, 61.5-foot (18.7 m) schooner was found bottom-up on a reef off Pavlof Harbor on Sanak Island in the Aleutian Islands, apparently having capsized in a gale and snowstorm sometime during the night of 30–31 March. Her entire crew of six men perished.[25]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1887
Ship Country Description
City of Exeter  United Kingdom The steamship foundered in the Bristol Channel off Lundy Island, Devon, England, with the loss of 16 of her 19 crew.[8]

April

8 April

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1887
Ship Country Description
Bride of Lorne  United Kingdom The schooner was wrecked on Santa Rosa Island, Florida (30°17′N 87°13′W / 30.283°N 87.217°W / 30.283; -87.217), or just west of the Pensacola Pass.[26][27]

14 April

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1887
Ship Country Description
Corsair  United States The tug struck the bank of the Mississippi River just above New Orleans in fog causing her to careen and sink. A female passenger died.[28]

May

5 May

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Louis O'Neill  United States The schooner collided with Thos. W. Parker after both lost their tow, Swain ( United States), in a gale off Port Stanley, sinking in 12 fathoms of water. The crew reached shore in her boat, they were exposed to the violent storm for 60 hours.[29]

13 May

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Empire State  United States The passenger ship, a sidewheel paddle steamer, burned and sank in 20 feet (6.1 m) of water at dock while moored on the east side of the harbor at Bristol, Rhode Island.[30]

19 May

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Celtic  United Kingdom The ocean liner collided with the ocean liner Britannic ( United Kingdom) 350 nautical miles (650 km) east of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, United States. Both ships were damaged and 12 people were killed on board Britannic. Both ships were escorted to New York City.

20 May

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Cochrane  United Kingdom The steamship foundered in the North Sea. Her thirteen crew survived. She was on a voyage from the River Tyne to Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands.[31]
Go Ahead  New Zealand The vessel ran aground in fog at Cape Kidnappers during a voyage from Wellington Harbour to Napier with one man drowned.

21 May

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Charley Bowen No. 2  United States The steamer struck a snag and sank in the Mississippi River near Twin Hollows. One crewman died.[32]

23 May

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Glenroy  United Kingdom The full-rigged ship sank in the Red Sea.[33]

26 May

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Ivy  United States The tug was sunk in a collision with Wydale ( United Kingdom) in the Mississippi River at New Orleans. One person died.[34]

30 May

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1887
Ship Country Description
Oswego  United States The tug was rammed and sunk by the sail barge May Richards after a steering error by Oswego five miles (8.0 km) below Colchester Lighthouse sinking in mid channel three miles (4.8 km) offshore in five fathoms (30 ft; 9.1 m) of water. The wreck was located on 16 June, and was raised and taken to Detroit for repairs.[35]

June

8 June

List of shipwrecks: 8 June 1887
Ship Country Description
Castleford  United Kingdom The ship struck the Crebawethans, Isles of Scilly, in dense fog, and led to some of her cargo of 450 cattle being landed on Annet and staying there for up to ten days.[36] Some of the cattle were shipped to Falmouth, Cornwall, England, and dead steers later washed up as far away as Penzance and Lelant, Cornwall.[37]

11 June

List of shipwrecks: 11 June 1887
Ship Country Description
Goodhit  United States The steam barge caught fire and was beached on Grosse Island below Ballard's where she burned to the water's edge.[38]

15 June

List of shipwrecks: 15 June 1887
Ship Country Description
Champlain  United States The steamer caught fire at the mouth of Grand Traverse Bay near Fisherman Island, near Charlevoix, Michigan and was run aground where she burned to the water's edge. The wreck was salvaged, completely rebuilt and returned to service as City of Charlevoix. Approximately 30 crew and passengers were killed.[39][40]

20 June

List of shipwrecks: 20 June 1887
Ship Country Description
P. H. Walley  United States The steam barge capsized and sank in a storm in Lake Erie. Eight crewmen, the captain's wife and two of his children died. The captain, two of his children and the ship's mate survived.[41]
Philip Walter  United States The steamer was struck by a cyclone between Cleveland, Ohio and Marblehead, Ohio and sank due to cargo shift. Lost with all eight hands, a mix of men and women.[42]

27 June

List of shipwrecks: 27 June 1887
Ship Country Description
Star of Scotia  United Kingdom The full-rigged ship was wrecked on Bull Point, Falkland Islands with the loss of seven lives. She was on a voyage from San Francisco, California, United States to Queenstown, County Cork and London.[43]

July

9 July

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1887
Ship Country Description
Barremann  United Kingdom The Glasgow sailing ship hit the Pollard Rock within the Seven Stones Reef, between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall with the loss of all of the twenty-seven crew. The 1,400-ton ship was on voyage from South Shields to San Francisco with coal, pig-iron and cement.[44]

26 July

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1887
Ship Country Description
Amanda  United States The schooner capsized in a storm off Piney Point in Choctawhatchee Bay, Florida.[26]

27 July

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1887
Ship Country Description
H. S. Rowe  United States The schooner wrecked in a storm 25 miles (40 km) east of East Pass Destin, Florida.[26]

30 July

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1887
Ship Country Description
Twilight  United States The steamer sank in the St. John's River. Her engineer died.[45]

August

8 August

List of shipwrecks: 8 August 1887
Ship Country Description
City of Ashland  United States The sidewheel paddle steamer burned and sank in Chequamegon Bay, Lake Superior, off Ashland, Wisconsin, one mile (1.6 km) south of Chequamegon Point Light with the loss of one life.[46][47]

10 August

List of shipwrecks: 10 August 1887
Ship Country Description
City of Montreal  United Kingdom
City of Montreal.
City of Montreal.
The Inman Line passenger steamer caught fire and sank in the mid-Atlantic Ocean, 400 nautical miles (740 km) from Newfoundland. All 245 passengers and crew were rescued.[48]

20 August

List of shipwrecks: 20 August 1887
Ship Country Description
Jane Sophia  United Kingdom The crew of the Plymouth schooner was saved after she sank following a collision with the steamer Zenobia (flag unknown) in the Atlantic Ocean near the Seven Stones Reef between the Isles of Scilly and Cornwall, England.[37]

27 August

List of shipwrecks: 27 August 1887
Ship Country Description
King George  United Kingdom The fishing trawler struck the Black Rocks and sank in West Bay, Dorset, England.[4]

September

17 September

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1887
Ship Country Description
Perth  United Kingdom The steamship ran aground off Point Cloates in Western Australia.[49]

29 September

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1887
Ship Country Description
Earl of Jersey  United Kingdom The four-masted full-rigged ship ran aground in the Chittagong River, India, and was declared a total loss.[50]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1887
Ship Country Description
HMS Wasp  Royal Navy The Bramble-class gunboat disappeared with the loss of all hands after departing Singapore on 10 September for a voyage to Shanghai, China.

October

4 October

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Mary Blundell  United Kingdom The barque caught fire in the Yarra River, Victoria, Australia.[51]

11 October

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1887
Ship Country Description
George W. Beale  United States The fishing steamer was sunk in a collision with an unknown tug in the East River near the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City. One missing.[52]

16 October

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Kameruka  United Kingdom The Illawarra & South Coast Steam Navigation Company's 515-gross register ton steamship was wrecked on Pedro Rocks, Moruya Heads, New South Wales, Australia.[53]

18 October

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1887
Ship Country Description
L. T. Billinger  United States The canal boat, under the tow of Oswego ( United States) suddenly sank off Newburgh, New York. Her captain and his wife, asleep in their cabin, drowned.[54]

19 October

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Cheviot  Victoria
Cheviot
Cheviot
The screw steamer ran aground in Port Philip Bay, Victoria, Australia, and wrecked with the loss of 35 lives.
Four Brothers  United States The schooner was abandoned in the Gulf of Mexico south south west of Panama City, Florida(29°30′N 86°00′W / 29.500°N 86.000°W / 29.500; -86.000).[26]
Sara F. Bird  United States The schooner wrecked a mile east of the entrance to the Perdido River in 60 mph (97 km/h) winds.[26]

23 October

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Delaware  United States The 1,731-gross register ton screw steamer was beached in a storm near Hammond Bay, Michigan Straits and declared a total loss. Refloated, rebuilt and returned to service as Charles B. Hill.[55]

26 October

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Ada and Ethel  New South Wales The schooner was wrecked 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of Seal Rocks, New South Wales, Australia.

29 October

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Vernon  United States The steamer foundered in a gale in Lake Michigan off Two Rivers, Wisconsin in 210 feet (64 m) of water. Lost with all 41 on board, 16 passengers and 25 crew.[56][57][58]

31 October

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1887
Ship Country Description
Flower of May  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in Morecambe Bay, England. Three crew were rescued.[59]

November

1 November

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1887
Ship Country Description
Happy Go Lucky  United Kingdom The schooner was driven ashore on the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.[60]
Helvetia  Norway The barque was on a voyage from Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada, to Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, when she was wrecked in Rhossili Bay, Wales. A crew member was rescued by breeches buoy, the rest reaching safety in the ship′s boat.[8]
Robert Preston  United Kingdom The brigantine was driven ashore on the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.[60]

15 November

List of shipwrecks: 15 November 1887
Ship Country Description
Wah Young  United Kingdom The steamer burned between Hong Kong and Canton, China. 400 killed.[61]

16 November

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1887
Ship Country Description
Tom Roberts  United Kingdom The schooner foundered off Ballaugh, Isle of Man. All four crew were saved.[62]

20 November

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1887
Ship Country Description
Telephone  United States The steamer caught fire near Astoria, Oregon and was beached. later refloated and rebuilt. One person died.[63]

22 November

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1887
Ship Country Description
Charles P. Chouteau  United States The steamer burned in the Mississippi River at Sunflower Landing 135 miles (217 km) below Memphis, Tennessee. One of her firemen died.[64]

December

7 December

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1887
Ship Country Description
San Vancente  United States The steamer caught fire off Pidgeon Point, 45 miles (72 km) south of San Francisco, burned and sank. Eight crew who abandoned ship in a lifeboat died. The captain and second mate were taken off by a boat from Queen of the Pacific ( United States).[65]

12 December

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Brighouse  United Kingdom The 604-ton iron steamer was on passage from Bordeaux, France, to Cardiff, Wales, with a cargo of pitwood when she hit the Seven Stones Reef west-northwest of Land's End, Cornwall, England, in fog and sank. Her crew took to the lifeboats and had to stay for two weeks on the Sevenstones Lightship.[37]

14 December

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Lizzie Ella  United States The sloop was lost in the Gulf of Mexico on a fishing trip to the "Snapper Banks".[26]

17 December

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Alice Fisher  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in the Crosby Channel in the Mersey Estuary.[66]

23 December

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Newcastle City  United Kingdom During a voyage from South Shields, England, to New York City carrying general cargo, one passenger, and a crew of 26, the 2,129-gross register ton cargo ship — a two-masted, brigantine-rigged steamer — sank after striking a shoal in the Nantucket Shoals 40 nautical miles (74 km; 46 mi) southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. She sank within sight of the Nantucket Lightship (
United States Lighthouse Board), and all 27 people aboard rowed several miles to the lightship in two lifeboats and survived. Divers discovered her wreck in 2008 in 100 feet (30 m) of water at 40°37′N 069°37′W / 40.617°N 69.617°W / 40.617; -69.617 (Newcastle City).[67]

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Nellie Martin  United States During a voyage from Juneau, Territory of Alaska, to Shakan on Kosciusko Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska, the 24.5-ton, 47.9-foot (14.6 m) schooner was wrecked on rocks at the south end of Douglas Island after her anchor chain parted in a gale. Her two-man crew survived.[68]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1887
Ship Country Description
Renown  Germany The barque sank off Den Helder, North Holland, the Netherlands. Five crew were killed, 25 were rescued.

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1887
Ship Country Description
Hallowe'en  United Kingdom The clipper was wrecked off Salcombe, Devon, England.
Novelty  New Zealand The steam ship Novelty was wrecked off Quail Island, Lyttelton Harbour, New Zealand
Wan Nien Ch'ing  Imperial Chinese Navy The sloop-of-war was sunk in a collision.[69]

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Ship events in 1887
Ship launches: 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892
Ship commissionings: 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892
Ship decommissionings: 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892
Shipwrecks: 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892