Polish Casualties


List of Polish Casualties
03.06.1952 -  Sank trawler "Perseusz".
10.05.1955 -  В11 type trawler "Czubatka" sank in the Northen Sea.
04.10.1956 -  В11 type trawler "Cyranka" sank in the Dogger Bank.
24.09.1957 -  Trawler KOL-38 sank in the Baltic Sea during a heavy weather condition.
19.03.1959 -  Trawler GDY-281 sank in the Baltic Sea following a collision.
07.12.1959 -  Trawler LEB-30 sank in the Baltic Sea.
03.12.1961 -  Trawler GDY-229 sank not far from Norwey coast.
15.07.1962 -  Fire in the engine room of the В14 type trawler"Walpusza".
26.07.1963 -  В17 type trawler "Mazurek" sank in the Scagerrak.
25.10.1963 -  В14 type trawler "Swider" sank in a dry dock in the port Szczecin.
27.02.1964 -  B14 type trawler "Wislok" ran aground in heavy seas on the south coast of Iceland.
27.02.1965 -  Тrawler KOL-61 sank in the Baltic Sea.
25.05.1965 -  B23 type trawler "Tarpon" ran aground on a sandy beach about 70 miles north-east of Dakar.
24.11.1965 -  В17 type trawler "Gluszec" sank in the Scagerrak.
17.02.1969 -  В17 type trawler "Gawron" sank in the port Szczecin.
22.06.1971 -  B14 type trawler "Kamienna" sank following a collision with the USSR vessel "Neytrino" in the vicinity of Georges Bank in lat 41°07"N, long. 67°02"W.
18.08.1971 -  USA fishing boat "Malene and Marie" sank after collision in heavy fog with В14 type trawler "Nidzica".
31.10.1973 -  В14 type trawler "Swider" run aground on a rocks.
04.01.1974 -  B14 typet rawler "Nurzec" ran aground in a storm at Murcar near Balmedie on the Belhelvie coast in lat 57°00"N, long. 02°04"W.
03.06.1974 -  Fire in the engine room of the trawler"Albakora".
10.01.1975 -  B10 type trawler "Brda"  capsized and sank after being smashed against a concrete breakwater at Hanstholm, north-western Denmark.
19.11.1977 -  Trawler KOL-175 sank in the Baltic Sea.
31.10.1978 -  Trawler KOL-166 sank in the Baltic Sea.
07.02.1979 -  Trawler HEL-126 sank in the Baltic Sea.
07.10.1980 -  B20 type trawler "Gardno"  sprang a leak in her engine room during very bad weather conditions when about three miles north of Utsira, south-western Norway.
30.03.1981 -  Sank trawler GDY-20.
10.10.1982 -  Fire in the engine room of the fish carrier "Terral".
15.12.1982 -  Trawler HEL-35 sank in the Baltic Sea.
14.05.1983 -  Fire on board of the trawler "Lacerta".
23.10.1983 -  Fire on board of the trawler "Uran".
26.04.1984 -  Trawler WLA-87 sank in the Baltic Sea.
10.01.1985 -  Fire on board of the trawler WLA-93.
12.12.1985 -  Fish processing base "Pomorze" run aground on the Baltic Sea.
1987 -  Fire on board of the freezer trawler "Kaprela".
30.09.1987 -  Fire on board of the fish processing base "Pomorze".
20.03.1988 -  Fire on board of the trawler DAR-159.
16.08.1990 -  Fire in the engine room of the trawler DAR-166.
13.02.1992 -  Trawler HEL-128 sank in the Baltic Sea.
12.03.1992 -  While fishing in the Sea of Okhotsk, in the engine room of the trawler "Awior" broke out a fire.
12.10.1994 -  B418 type trawler "Walen" sustained major damage during typhoon.
16.02.1999 -  While fishing in the Sea of Okhotsk, in the engine room of the trawler "Rekin" broke out a fire.


27.02.1964 - "WISLOK" Polish; steam trawler; Government of Poland; 1957; Stocznia im. Komuny Paryskiej, Gdynia.
  The Polish steam trawler "Wislok" ran aground in heavy seas at Krossandur, on the south coast of Iceland during the early morning of  February 27, 1964. A United States Air Force helicopter managed to haul 18 of the 19 man crew on board safely after lifeboatmen had failed to get a rescue line across to the vessel in raging seas. The remaining crew member was drowned in the high seas as he and the rest of the crew tried to reach shore in a lifeboat and a rubber dinghy.  The Polish authorities sent their salvage tug "Koral" to the scene, but storms hindered salvage operations, causing damage to both the "Koral" and the "Wislok". The "Koral" eventually managed to refloat the stranded trawler on April 5 but, owing to serious damage to her hull, the "Wislok" sank on 7 April while being towed to the Vestmann Islands. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


25.05.1965 - "TARPON"  Polish; motor stern trawler; Government of Poland; 1964; Stocznia im. Komuny Paryskiej, Gdynia; 1,377.
  The one year old Polish motor stern trawler "Tarpon" was wrecked when she ran aground on a sandy beach about 70 miles north-east of Dakar on May 25, 1965. She listed 80 degrees on her port side, exposed to very strong waves which smashed the side of the vessel, leaving her full of water and sand. All 40 crew members managed to reach the beach safely, where they were met by members of the Senegalese Army with food and drink. The wrecked vessel was abandoned as a total loss. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


22.06.1971 - "KAMIENNA"  Polish; steam trawler; Government of Poland; 1959; Stocznia im. Komuny Paryskiej, Gdynia.
  The Polish steam trawler "Kamienna" sank following a collision with the Russian vessel "Neytrino" in the vicinity of Georges Bank in lat 41°07'N, long. 67°02'W, on  June 22, 1971. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


04.01.1974 - "NURZEC"
Wreck No: 47;           Date Sunk: 04 01 1974;            Latitude: 57 00N PA Longitude: 02 04 000 W PA;       GPS Lat: 57 11.000 N GPS Long: 02 04.000 W
Location: Near Balmedie, N of Aberdeen Area: Aberdeen
Type: Trawler Tonnage: 686 grt, Length: 179.6 ft, Beam: 29.6 ft Draught: 18.3 ft
How Sunk: Ran aground/salvaged

 Crew members of the Polish trawler "Nurzec" were rescued by helicopter and breeches buoy when she ran aground in a storm at Murcar near Balmedie on the Belhelvie coast on 4 January 1974. The vessel had grounded about 400 yards from the shore. Two of the crew left the trawler in a liferaft which overturned, but they made it ashore through the surf and staggered into Murcar golf clubhouse.
  While the rescue services were being alerted, the Russian tug "Gordyy" arrived on the scene and sent a raft with five men over to the stranded trawler, to rescue the twenty six men still aboard. Eighteen of the crew were successfully taken off before that raft also capsized in the surf, throwing the occupants in the water. Nine survivors made it to Murcar clubhouse.
 Although the Nurzec had grounded on sand about 400 yards offshore, the coastguards were able to get a line aboard the vessel, but none of the remaining men aboard would leave by that line. Five others were found alive on the beach and were taken to hospital, and four bodies were recovered from the upturned raft. One of the Russian seamen was found exhausted on the beach about a mile from the stricken trawler, and coastguards gathered up debris from the beach and lit a fire to keep him warm. A helicopter lifted him from the beach and took him to Murcar golf club, where an ambulance was waiting. Police appealed to journalists and other car owners at the scene to ring the 18th green with car headlights to give the helicopter pilot an indication of where to land. One of the four men still on the "Nurzec" was eventually persuaded to leave by breeches buoy, and the other three, including skipper Bartczak, were taken off by helicopter. After several unsuccessful attempts, the "Nurzec" was finally refloated on 22 June, and towed to Aberdeen, where she was sold for scrap. (from Shipwrecks of the North of Scotland by R.N.Baird)


10.01.1975 - "BRDA"  Polish; steam trawler;  "Dalmor"; 1955; Stocznia Gdanska, Gdansk; 648; 59.24 x 9.07 x 4.88 metres.
  Ten Polish seamen lost their lives when the steam trawler "Brda" capsized and sank after being smashed against a concrete breakwater at Hanstholm, north-western Denmark, on January 10, 1975, after high winds had forced the vessel to drag her anchors.
 The "Brda", which had become disabled with rudder damage off Hanstholm the previous day, had then been towed into Hanstholm outer harbour. A helicopter rescued 17 other members of the crew, while another two managed to climb on to the breakwater to reach safety. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


07.10.1980 - "GARDNO" Polish; motor trawler; Przedsietiiorstwo Polowow Dalekomorskich i Uslug Rybackich  "Odra";  1962;   Stocznia im "Komuny Paryskiej", Gdynia; 797; 61.24 x 9.83 x 5.19 metres.
  The Polish motor trawler "Gardno"  sprang a leak in her engine room during very bad weather conditions when about three miles north of Utsira, south-western Norway, on October 7, 1980. After being towed to Haugesund she was later towed to Poland and broken up at Swinoujscie as a consequence of the severe damage sustained to her machinery. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)


12.10.1994 - "WALEN" Polish; motor stern trawling fish factory; Pnedsiebiwstwo  Polowow Dalekomorskich Using Rybackich "Odra"; 1973; Stoania im. "Komuny Paryskiej", Gdynia; 2,476 grt; 88.96 x 15.02 x 9.40.
  The 21 year old Polish motor stern trawling fish factory "Walen" sustained major damage when she struck a wharf at Busan as a result of her mooring lines parting during typhoon "Seth" on October 12, 1994. As a consequence, she was sold to Indian shipbreakers for demolition, arriving at Alang on February 8, 1995, to be broken up. (from Maritime Casualties 1963-1996 by N.Hooke)




































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