List of ship launches in 1942

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The list of ship launches in 1942 includes a chronological list of some of the ships launched in 1942.

January[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
6 January  UK Harland & Wolff Ltd Glasgow Empire Bede Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
13 January  United Kingdom Richard Dunston Ltd Thorne Empire Spruce Tug For Ministry of War Transport
15 January  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Bogue Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
15 January  UK Clelands (Successors) Ltd Wallsend Empire Dyke Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
15 January  United Kingdom S P Austin & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Jill Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
17 January  Australia Echuca Bathurst-class corvette
17 January  United Kingdom J.L. Thompson and Sons Sunderland Empire Barrie Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
19 January  United Kingdom Cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Goblin Tug For Ministry of War Transport
20 January  United Kingdom Scott & Sons Bowling Empire Palm Tug For Ministry of War Transport
24 January  Australia Armidale Bathurst-class corvette
30 January  Australia Gympie Bathurst-class corvette
31 January  Australia Quiberon Q-class destroyer
31 January  United Kingdom Richards Ironworks Ltd Lowestoft Empire Punch Coaster For Ministry of War Transport

February[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
7 February  Australia Warramunga Tribal-class destroyer
12 February  United States New York Shipbuilding Corporation Camden, New Jersey Montpelier Cleveland-class light cruiser
14 February  United Kingdom Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd Haverton Hill-on-Tees Empire Dickens Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
15 February  United States Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS Breton Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
16 February  United States Norfolk Navy Yard Portsmouth, Virginia Alabama South Dakota-class battleship
17 February  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Elgar Heavy lift ship For Ministry of War Transport
17 February  United Kingdom Barclay Curl & Co Glasgow Empire Fairbairn Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
17 February  United Kingdom Henry Scarr Ltd Hessle Empire Sprite Tug For Ministry of War Transport
18 February  Australia Wallaroo Bathurst-class corvette
19 February  UK G Brown & Co Ltd Greenock Empire Dweller coastal tanker For Ministry of War Transport
23 February  UK G Brown & Co Ltd Greenock Empire Audrey coastal tanker For Ministry of War Transport
23 February  UK Lithgows Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Beatrice Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
27 February  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Card Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter

March[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
1 March  Germany Schichau Königsberg Richthofen Hans Albrecht Wedel-class light seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
4 March  Australia Tamworth Bathurst-class corvette
5 March  United States Western Pipe & Steel Hamlin Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
5 March  United Kingdom Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd Grangemouth Empire Arthur Coastal tanker For Ministry of War Transport
5 March  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Cadet Coastal tanker For Ministry of War Transport
6 March  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Arnold Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
7 March  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Tracker Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
16 March  United Kingdom Hall, Russell & Co Ltd Aberdeen Empire Cherub Tug For Ministry of War Transport
17 March  United Kingdom Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Coleridge Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
18 March  United Kingdom William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Chaucer Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
19 March  Germany Schichau Königsberg Hermann Kohl Hans Albrecht Wedel-class light seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
20 March  United States Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Newport News, Virginia Birmingham Cleveland-class light cruiser
23 March  United Kingdom Lithgows Port Glasgow Empire Conrad Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
24 March  United Kingdom Lithgows Port Glasgow Empire Austen Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
24 March  United Kingdom John Crown & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Wold Tug For Ministry of War Transport
31 March  United Kingdom Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd Haverton Hill-on-Tees Empire Beaumont Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
31 March  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Caxton Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport

April[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
2 April  United States Abraham Clark Liberty ship
2 April  United Kingdom John Readhead & Sons Ltd South Shields Empire Clough Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
4 April  United States New York Shipbuilding Corporation Camden, New Jersey Denver Cleveland-class light cruiser
4 April  United States Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS Battler Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
4 April  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Croatan Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
4 April  United Kingdom C Connell & Co Ltd Scotstoun Empire Bowman Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
4 April  United Kingdom Harland & Wolff Ltd Belfast Empire Fletcher Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
4 April  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Nassau Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
4 April  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Searcher Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
6 April  United Kingdom Ferguson Bros Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Mead Tug For Ministry of War Transport
16 April  UK Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd Grangemouth Empire Gawain Coastal tanker For Ministry of War Transport
16 April  United Kingdom A Hall & Co Ltd Aberdeen Empire Minotaur Tug For Ministry of War Transport
18 April  United States Electric Boat Company Groton, Connecticut Blackfish Gato-class submarine
29 April  Norway Geo. Lawley Neponset, Massachusetts King Haakon VII PC class escort ship Ex-USS PC-467
30 April  United Kingdom A Hall & Co Aberdeen Empire Gnome Tug For Ministry of War Transport

May[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
2 May  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Barnes Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
2 May  Australia Inverell Bathurst-class corvette
7 May  United States Western Pipe & Steel Prince William Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
15 May  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Core Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
15 May  United States Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company Newport News, Virginia Mobile Cleveland-class light cruiser
16 May  Australia Horsham Bathurst-class corvette
18 May  United Kingdom Lithgows Port Glasgow Empire Galahad Refrigerated cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
22 May  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Altamaha Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
22 May  United States Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS Hunter Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
22 May  United Kingdom Cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Imp Tug For Ministry of War Transport
28 May  United Kingdom Clelands (Successors) LTd Willington Quay-on-Tyne Empire Piper Tug For Ministry of War Transport
30 May  United Kingdom Cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Pat Tug For Ministry of War Transport

June[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
1 June  United Kingdom cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Sam Tug For Ministry of War Transport
2 June  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Boswell Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
2 June  United Kingdom Scott & Sons Bowling Empire Cupid Tug For Ministry of War Transport
4 June  United Kingdom J S Watson Ltd Gainsborough Empire Meadow Tug For Ministry of War Transport
6 June  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Block Island Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
10 June  United States New York Shipbuilding Corporation Camden, New Jersey Santa Fe Cleveland-class light cruiser
11 June  Australia Bowen Bathurst-class corvette
19 June  Australia Latrobe Bathurst-class corvette
23 June  Australia Kapunda Bathurst-class corvette
25 June  Canada Huron Tribal-class destroyer
27 June  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Breton Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
27 June  United States Permanente Metals Richamond, CA Ocean Victory Ocean ship For Ministry of War Transport
29 June  United Kingdom Woodpecker Modified Black Swan-class sloop
29 June  United Kingdom Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Dundee Empire Archer Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
29 June  United Kingdom Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Collins Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
29 June  United Kingdom Grangemouth Dockyard Co Ltd Grangemouth Empire Damsel Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
29 June  United Kingdom Bartram & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Banner Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
29 June  United Kingdom Henry Scarr Ltd Hessle Empire Titan tug For the Ministry of War Transport
30 June  United Kingdom Lithgows Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Buckler Cargo ship For the Ministry of War Transport
30 June  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Clarion Cargo ship For the Ministry of War Transport

July[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
8 July  United Kingdom Richard Dunston Ltd Thorne Empire Toby tug For the Ministry of War Transport
14 July  United Kingdom Scott & Sons Ltd Bowling Empire Sinew Tug For Ministry of War Transport
16 July  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Ravager Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
18 July  United States Ingalls Shipbuilding Pascagoula, MS St. George Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
23 July  United Kingdom Ferguson Brothers Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Warlock Tug For Ministry of War Transport
28 July  United States Fore River Shipyard Quincy, Massachusetts Baltimore Baltimore-class heavy cruiser
28 July  United Kingdom Cygnet Modified Black Swan-class sloop
28 July  United Kingdom Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company Greenock Mahratta M-class destroyer
30 July  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Centaur Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
31 July  United States Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, Virginia Essex Essex-class aircraft carrier

August[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
1 August  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Croatan Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
11 August  United Kingdom Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd Newcastle upon Tyne Empire Dace Ferry For Ministry of War Transport.
11 August  United Kingdom Wren Modified Black Swan-class sloop
22 August  United States New York Shipbuilding New York City Independence Independence-class light aircraft carrier Converted cruiser hull
23 August  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Prince William Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
25 August  Canada Haida Tribal-class destroyer
25 August  United Kingdom Whimbrel Modified Black Swan-class sloop
25 August  United Kingdom Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd Newcastle upon Tyne Empire Roach Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
26 August  United States Fore River Shipyard Quincy, Massachusetts Boston Baltimore-class heavy cruiser
27 August  United States New York Navy Yard Brooklyn, New York Iowa Iowa-class battleship
27 August  United Kingdom Harland & Wolff Belfast Empire Castle Refrigerated cargo liner For Ministry of War Transport
27 August  United Kingdom Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Cavalier Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
27 August  United Kingdom A Hall & Co Ltd Aberdeen Empire Ned Tug For Ministry of War Transport
27 August  United Kingdom Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd Goole Empire Pixie Tug For Ministry of War Transport
30 August  United States Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, Virginia Intrepid Essex-class aircraft carrier
31 August  United States Thomas T. Tucker Liberty ship

September[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
7 September  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Glacier Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
10 September  United Kingdom Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd Newcastle upon Tyne Empire Cadet Ferry For Ministry of War Transport
12 September  UK Cochrane & Sons Selby Empire Ace Tug For Ministry of War Transport
17 September  United States Electric Boat Company Groton, Connecticut Hoe Gato-class submarine
19 September  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Chatham Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
20 September  UK R Dunston Ltd Thorne Empire Ariel Tug For Ministry of War Transport
23 September  United States Bethlehem Steel Company Quincy, Massachusetts Lexington Essex-class aircraft carrier
23 September  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Driver Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
24 September  United Kingdom Chanticleer Modified Black Swan-class sloop
24 September  United Kingdom Scott & Sons Ltd Bowling Empire Minnow Tug For Ministry of War Transport
25 September  United Kingdom Short Brothers Ltd Sunderland, Co Durham Empire Envoy Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
25 September  Australia Glenelg Bathurst-class corvette
26 September  UK Cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Denis Tug For Ministry of War Transport
27 September  United States Western Pipe & Steel Attacker Attacker-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter

October[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
7 October  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Pybus Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
10 October  United Kingdom Grangemouth Dockyard Company Grangemouth Empire Clansman Collier For Ministry of War Transport
12 October  United Kingdom Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd Goole Empire Harry Tug For Ministry of War Transport
13 October  United Kingdom Kite Modified Black Swan-class sloop
14 October  United Kingdom Starling Modified Black Swan-class sloop
14 October  United Kingdom Wild Goose Modified Black Swan-class sloop
17 October  United Kingdom J Harker Ltd Knottingley Empire Reaper Collier For Ministry of War Transport
18 October  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Baffins Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
18 October  United States New York Shipbuilding New York City Princeton Independence-class light aircraft carrier Converted cruiser hull
23 October  United States Bethlehem Steel Company San Francisco, California Oakland Atlanta-class light cruiser
24 October  United States Basalt Rock Company Napa, California Gear Diver-class rescue and salvage ship
25 October  United Kingdom Cochrane & Sons Ltd Selby Empire Seraph Tug For Ministry of War Transport

November[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
1 November  United States Consolidated Steel Corporation Orange, Texas Edsall Edsall-class destroyer escort
9 November  United Kingdom Crane Modified Black Swan-class sloop
10 November  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Cato Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
10 November  United Kingdom Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd Goole Empire Rupert Tug For Ministry of War Transport
11 November  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Bolinas Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter
11 November  United States North Carolina Shipbuilding Wilmington, North Carolina Henry Bacon Liberty ship
11 November  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Bastian Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
19 November  United Kingdom Sir W G Armstrong, Whitworth & Co (Shipbuilders) Ltd Newcastle upon Tyne Empire Claymore Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
19 November  United Kingdom Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd Haverton Hill-on-Tees Empire Cobbett Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
21 November  United Kingdom C Connell & Co Ltd Scotstoun Empire Carpenter Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
22 November  United States Basalt Rock Company Napa, California Escape Diver-class rescue and salvage ship
23 November  United Kingdom Henry Scarr Ltd Hessle Empire Oberon Tug For Ministry of War Transport
24 November  United Kingdom Harland & Wolff Ltd Belfast Empire Benefit Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
25 November  United Kingdom Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd Barrow in Furness Empire Charmian Heavy lift ship For Ministry of War Transport
26 November  United Kingdom Woodcock Modified Black Swan-class sloop

December[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
3 December  Australia Cootamundra Bathurst-class corvette
6 December  United States New York Shipbuilding New York City Belleau Wood Independence-class light aircraft carrier Converted cruiser hull
6 December  United Kingdom Blyth Dry Docks & Shipbuilding Co Ltd Blyth Empire Rosa Tug For Ministry of War Transport
7 December  United States Bethlehem Steel Company Quincy, Massachusetts Bunker Hill Essex-class aircraft carrier
7 December  United States Philadelphia Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania New Jersey Iowa-class battleship
8 December  United States William Cramp and Sons Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Miami Cleveland-class light cruiser
8 December  United Kingdom Short Brothers Ltd Sunderland Empire Bardolph Refrigerated cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
8 December  United Kingdom William Gray & Co Ltd West Hartlepool Empire Candida Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
11 December  United Kingdom Pheasant Modified Black Swan-class sloop
18 December  United States Amelia Earhart Liberty ship
18 December  United Kingdom J L Thompson & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Brutus Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
19 December  United States Basalt Rock Company Napa, California Diver Diver-class rescue and salvage ship
21 December  United Kingdom Narbada Black Swan-class sloop
21 December  United Kingdom Barclay Curle Glasgow Empire Courage Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
21 December  United Kingdom Scott & Sons Ltd Bowling Empire Titania tug For Ministry of War Transport
22 December  UK J S Watson Ltd Gainsborough Empire Ben Tug For Ministry of War Transport
23 December  UK Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Commerce Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
23 December  United States Bethlehem Steel Company San Francisco, California Reno Atlanta-class light cruiser
28 December  United States Western Pipe and Steel Company San Pedro, California Staten Island Wind-class icebreaker For Lend-Lease
30 December  United States Seattle-Tacoma Shipyard Seattle, WA Carnegie Bogue-class escort carrier Converted C3 merchant freighter for Lend-Lease
31 December  United States Basalt Rock Company Napa, California Grapple Diver-class rescue and salvage ship
31 December  UK John Crown & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Demon Tug For Ministry of War Transport

Unknown date[edit]

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
Unknown date  Germany Norderwerft Koser und Meyer Hamburg Boelke Karl Meyer-class seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
Unknown date Danisch Wold Coastal tanker
Unknown date  Japan Taikoo Dockyard & Engineering Company of Hong Kong Ltd Hong Kong Empire Blossom Cargo ship For the Imperial Japanese Navy
Unknown date  UK Harland & Wolff Ltd Belfast Empire Chapman tanker For the Ministry of War Transport
Unknown date  Norway Akers Mekaniske Verksted Oslo Flandern Whaler Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine on completion
Unknown date  Germany Elsflether Werft AG Elsfleth Flemhude Coastal tanker For the Kriegsmarine
Unknown date  Germany D W Kremer Sohn Elmshorn Grete Coastal tanker For the Kriegsmarine
Unknown date  Norway Akers Mekaniske Verksted Oslo Helgoland Whaler Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine on completion
Unknown date Hilde Coastal tanker For the Kriegsmarine
Unknown date  Norway Sarpsborg Mekaniske Verksted Sarpsborg Marsteinen Coastal tanker Requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine on completion


See also[edit]

Ship events in 1942
Ship launches: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship commissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Ship decommissionings: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947
Shipwrecks: 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947