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1960 Feb 9
The Angelo Petri, the world’s largest wine tanker, foundered outside the Golden Gate. It carried a capacity load of 2,383,000 gallons of wine and vegetable oil. In 1946 the vessel had broken in two near Honolulu.
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1960 Dec 19
A fire aboard the USS Constellation, under construction at Brooklyn, killed 50.
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1961 Apr 29
The diesel-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk was commissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1976 the ship was drydocked in Bremerton, Wa., for a year-long overhaul.
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1961 Oct 27
The USS Constellation, a Kitty Hawk-class supercarrier, was commissioned with Captain T. J. Walker in command.
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1961
The diesel-powered aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk was commissioned.
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1963
In San Francisco the steam lumber schooner Wapama (b.1915) went on display at the Hyde Street Pier. It had operated on the Alaskan coast until about 1947 and was purchased by the state in 1957 to be a museum ship. it was the only survivor of some 225 steam powered schooners built for maritime trade on the pacific coast. In 2011 the National Park Service decided to dismantle it due to old age and dry rot.
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1964 Oct
The 547-foot USS Horne, built at the Hunter’s Point naval shipyard in SF, was launched. It was named after Adm. Frederick J. Horne (d.1959), who played a major role in directing the Navy’s efforts in WW II. It was decommissioned in 1994. In 2008 it was scheduled to be sunk in the Pacific following target practice.
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1964
The diesel-powered aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy was commissioned.
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1965
Bethlehem Steel built the Bradley, a carrier escort ship. This was its last ship that Bethlehem built at SF Pier 70 facility. During the 1960s 57 sections of underwater steel tubes for BART were created at the shipyards.
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1968 Jan 23
North Korea seized the U.S. Navy intelligence ship Pueblo, charging it had in-truded into the communist nation's territorial waters on a spying mission. One crewman was killed in the attack. Cmdr. Lloyd Bucher (d.2004 at 76) was quickly separated from the 81-man crew. The crew was released 11 months later.
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1969 May 7
The Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sailed into New York Harbor for the first time under Commodore William Warwick (d.1999 at 86).
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1969 Jun 2
Australian aircraft carrier Melbourne sliced the destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half during NATO maneuvers off the shore of South Vietnam. 74 US sailors were killed.
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1969 Jul 24
The Apollo XI astronauts, two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon, splashed down safely in the Pacific. They were picked up by the 42,000 ton USS Hornet. The Hornet was decommissioned in 1970 and set up as a museum in 1998 in Alameda, Ca.
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1970 May 1
The US troop ship General John Pope came to rest at the Suisun Bay, Ca., reserve fleet rest stop. It was launched in 1943 and served up to this time. In 2010 it was scheduled to be recycled at a Texas shipyard.
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1970 Dec 14
In South Korea the Namyoung ferry sank killing 323 people.
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1971
Periklis Panagopoulos, Greek ferry operator, founded Royal Cruise Line.
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1972 Jan 9
The RMS Queen Elizabeth, the world’s largest ocean liner, sank after a major fire in Hong Kong harbor. It had been purchased by Tung Chao-yung at a bankruptcy sale in Florida. He had hoped to turn it into a floating school. Arson was blamed and it was scrapped.
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1972 May 4
The remains of the ship Gjoe, a converted herring boat used by Roald Amundsen to cross the Northwest Passage (1903-1905), departed San Francisco for Oslo, Norway. A commemorative sculpture was left next to the Beach Chalet at Ocean Beach.
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1972 Oct 12
On the US aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk a series of incidents broke out wherein a group of blacks, armed with chains, wrenches, bars, broomsticks and other dangerous weapons, went marauding through sections of the ship disobeying orders to cease, terrorizing the crew, and seeking out white personnel for senseless beating with fists and with weapons which resulted in extremely serious injury to three men and the medical treatment of many more, including some blacks.
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1972
The hospital ship S.S. Hope sailed to Brazil to train doctors and nurses for a year under Project Hope.
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1973
American President Lines moved from SF to the port of Oakland. The line became a subsidiary of Singapore’s Neptune Orient Lines in 1997.
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1973
Chung Ju-yung (1915-2001), North Korea-born founder of Hyundai (1947), founded Hyundai Heavy Industries, a South Korean ship builder. It grew to become the world’s largest ship builder.
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1974 Mar 7
Duke Univ. and the North Carolina Department of Archives and History announced the discovery of the Civil War ship USS Monitor.
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1974
Jeraldine Saunders, cruise ship director, authored “Love Boats.” This sparked the 1977 TV show “The Love Boat.”
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1975 Mar 15
Aristotle Onassis (69) Greek shipping magnate died near Paris.
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1975 Apr 25
The 1st Boeing Jetfoil revenue service began between Hong Kong and Macao.
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1975 May 11
The Cambodian government seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez.
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1975 May 12
The White House announced the new Cambodian government had seized an American merchant ship, the Mayaguez, with 39 crew members in international waters. Pres. Gerald Ford sent a company of Marines to rescue the ship. The ship was freed but there were 41 Americans killed or missing and more than 50 wounded.
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1975 May 15
US forces raided the Cambodian island of Koh Tang and recaptured the American merchant ship Mayaguez. All 40 crew members were released safely by Cambodia, but some 40 US servicemen were killed in the military operation. Some 200 Marines stormed the island of Koh Tang to rescue the crew of the Mayaguez, but the crew had been moved. The Marines fought all day against the Khmer Rouge and escaped by helicopter in the evening. Three comrades were left behind and later died under the Khmer Rouge. The crew was freed about the same time that the Marine assault began.
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1975 Nov 5
The scrapped passenger ship Queen Elizabeth rolled over and disgorged several tons of oil in Hong Kong.
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1975 Nov 7
On the eve of the anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution Capt. Valery Sablin (1939-1976) seized control of the Storozhevoy (Vigilant), a Russian destroyer in the Baltic, intending to proclaim a new revolution. The Russian air force managed to disable the vessel and Sablin was executed for the mutiny. This incident inspired Tom Clancy’s novel and the film “The Hunt for Red October.”
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1975 Nov 10
The ore-hauling, 729-foot ship "Edmund Fitzgerald" broke in half and sank during a storm at the eastern end of Lake Superior and its crew of 29 perished. Oglebay Norton Co., the ship's Cleveland-based owner, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004. In 1976 Gordon Lightfoot’s song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” went to #2 on the pop charts. In 2005 Michael Schumacher authored "Mighty Fitz," an examination of debates over what happened. In 2005 Michael Schumacher authored “Mighty Fitz,” an examination of debates over what happened.
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1975
The USS Constitution (aka Old Ironsides) was restored and reopened to the public in Boston Harbor.
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1976 Oct 20
76 people died when the Norwegian tanker Frosta collided with the ferryboat George Prince on the Mississippi River north of New Orleans.
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1976 Dec 21
The Liberian-registered tanker Argo Merchant ran aground near Nantucket Island, spilling millions of gallons of oil into the North Atlantic.
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1977 Sep 24
ABC launched the TV series “The Love Boat.”
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1979 Jul 19
Two supertankers collided off Tobago and spilled 260,000 tons of oil. It was the worst oil spill to date with 88 million gallons spewed.
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1979 Dec 4
The Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty ship was guided into dry dock at the Bethlehem Yard in SF for a $1 million project to memorialize it as one of the last WW II Liberty Ships. The project was led by Rear Admiral Thomas J. Patterson (1924-2008).
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1980 Feb 23
Oil tanker explosion off Pilos, Greece, caused a 37-mil-gallon spill.
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1980 May 9
In Florida 35 motorists were killed when a Liberian-flagged freighter rammed the Sunshine Skyway Bridge over Tampa Bay. The freighter MV Summit Venture collided with a pier (support column) during a blinding thunderstorm, sending over 1200 feet (366m) of the bridge plummeting into Tampa Bay. The collision caused six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water.
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1980 Sep 12
Authorities in SF seized 20 tons of Colombian marijuana at Pier 26 along with 2 vessels, that included the Potomac, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s historic yacht. Gunnysacks of the marijuana were labeled “Crippled Children’s Society of America.” 15 men and a woman were arrested.
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1980 Oct 4
Some 520 people were forced to abandon the cruise ship “Prisendam” in the Gulf of Alaska after the Dutch luxury liner caught fire—no deaths or serious injury resulted. The ship capsized and sank a week later.
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1980 Oct 24
The merchant freighter SS Poet departed Philadelphia bound for Port Said, Egypt, with a crew of 34 and a cargo of grain; it was never heard from again.
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1980
The 2,032 passenger SS France became the SS Norway, flagship of the Norwegian Cruise Lines.
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1981 Jan 27
The Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas II caught fire and sank in Java sea killing 580 people.
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1981 Apr 9
The submarine USS George Washington ran into the Japanese freighter Nisso Maru. 2 Japanese crewmen were killed.
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1981 May 26
14 people were killed when a Marine jet crashed onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz off Florida.
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1981 Aug 27
Divers recovered the Banco di Roma safe from the Andrea Doria.
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1981 Nov
San Francisco Mayor Diane Feinstein established Fleet Week as an annual celebration for Columbus Day weekend.

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1982 May 2
In the Falklands War the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano was sunk by the British submarine Conqueror, killing more than 350 men. Some 600 Argentine sailors were killed when the Belgrano was sunk. Lord Terence Thornton Lewin (d.1999 at 78), British military commander, was regarded as the one who persuaded Margaret Thatcher to order the sinking.
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1982 May 4
The British destroyer HMS Sheffield was hit by Exocet rocket off the Falkland Islands. 20 men died and a further 24 were injured in the sinking of the Sheffield, the first British warship to be lost in 37 years.
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1982 Oct 11
The Mary Rose, English Tudor flagship of Henry VIII, was raised at Portsmouth, England. It had sank after launching in 1545.
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1982
A UN treaty allowed land-locked countries to use sea routes including providing paid services such as ship registry.
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1983 Apr 28
The nuclear powered aircraft carrier Enterprise ran aground in SF Bay and was stick for over 5 hours yards from her berth at the Alameda Naval air Station.
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1983
A tanker ship sank and exploded west of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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1984 Oct 31
The oil tanker Puerto Rican exploded in the Gulf of the Farallones off the coast of San Francisco spilling 2 million gallons of oil as the ship caught fire. A bomb was believed to have caused the blast 10 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The inferno left one man dead. On Nov 18 a 360-foot remnant of the 600-foot tanker was towed to San Francisco Bay. There was no leakage of some 2.7 million gallons of lube oil in the hold.
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1984
An oil industry ship was modified as a scientific drilling vessel and named the JOIDES Resolution, Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling. The Resolution was in commemoration of James Cook’s 18th cent. exploration ship.
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1984
The oldest know shipwreck was found off the southern coast of Turkey at Uluburun (Big Nose/Cape) by Dr. George Bass. It dates to about 1300BC, the era of the fall of Troy and reign of King Tut.
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1984
Off the island of Bonaire, Netherland Antilles, the Hilma Hooker, a 235 ton freighter, sank.
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1985 Jul 20
US divers found the wreck of Spanish galleon Atocha.
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