List of ship launches in 1940

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The list of ship launches in 1940 includes a chronological list of some ships launched in 1940.

Country Builder Location Ship Class Notes
24 January  United States Sun Shipbuilding Mormacmail Merchant Converted to escort carrier USS Long Island in 1941
24 January  United Kingdom Smiths Dock Company River Tees Gladiolus Flower-class corvette
February  Germany G. Seebeck A.G. Wesermünde Malangen Trawler Captured by Norway 13 April 1940 and renamed HNoMS Honningsvåg
4 March  United States Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company Kearny, New Jersey Markay Maritime Commission Type N tanker
9 May  United Kingdom Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd Goole, Yorkshire Fiddown Coaster For S Morris Ltd, Dublin
1 June  United States Philadelphia Navy Yard Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Washington North Carolina-class battleship
13 June  United States New York Naval Shipyard Brooklyn, New York North Carolina North Carolina-class battleship
29 July  Germany Schichau Königsberg Falke Bussard-class seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
1 August  Australia Cockatoo Island Dockyard Sydney Bathurst Bathurst-class corvette
5 August  United Kingdom Barrow-in-Furness Erne Black Swan-class sloop
10 August  Australia Mort's Dock and Engineering Co Sydney Lismore Bathurst-class corvette
19 August  United Kingdom R & W Hawthorn, Leslie & Co Ltd Newcastle upon Tyne Empire Bronze Tanker For Ministry of War Transport
22 August  Finland Wärtsilä Crichton-Vulcan Turku Ruotsinsalmi Minelayer For Finnish Navy
24 August  Germany Blohm & Voss Hamburg Vaterland passenger ship For HAPAG
2 September  Germany Schichau Königsberg Hans Albrecht Wedel Hans Albrecht Wedel-class light seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
15 September  United Kingdom Cochrane & Sons Selby Celia Shakespearian-class trawler For Royal Navy
1 October  India Sutlej Black Swan-class sloop
2 October  Germany Ch. de St. Nazaire Penhoet Saint-Nazaire Jupiter Sans Souci-class light seaplane tender Former French Sans Souci
3 October  United Kingdom J L Thompson & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Breeze Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
16 October  United Kingdom Goole Shipbuilding & Repairing Co Ltd Goole Empire Cliff Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
25 October  Australia Mort's Dock and Engineering Co Sydney Burnie Bathurst-class corvette
30 October  Germany Ch. de St. Nazaire Penhoet Saint-Nazaire Saturn Sans Souci-class light seaplane tender Former French Sans Reproche
13 November  United Kingdom A & J Inglis Ltd Glasgow Empire Deep Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
13 November  United Kingdom A & J Inglis Ltd Glasgow Empire Gat Coaster For Ministry of War Transport
16 November  Australia Cockatoo Island Dockyard Sydney Goulburn Bathurst-class corvette
16 November  India Jumna Black Swan-class sloop
21 November  United Kingdom Lithgows Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Comet Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
21 November  United Kingdom Lithgows Ltd Port Glasgow Empire Dew Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
27 November  United States Sun Shipbuilding Rio Hudson C3 merchant freighter Converted to escort carrier HMS Avenger in 1942
28 November  United Kingdom Ibis Black Swan-class sloop
30 October  Germany Ch. de St. Nazaire Penhoet Saint-Nazaire Merkur Sans Souci-class light seaplane tender Former French Sans Peur
30 October  Germany Ch. de St. Nazaire Penhoet Saint-Nazaire Uranus Sans Souci-class light seaplane tender Former French Sans Pareil
10 December  Australia Williamstown Naval Dockyard Williamstown, Victoria Ballarat Bathurst-class corvette
10 December  United States Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point, Maryland Robin Doncaster Type C2-S cargo ship Built for Robin Line, but requisitioned on completion and delivered to Ministry of War Transport as Empire Curlew.
14 December  United Kingdom William Doxford & Sons Sunderland, Co Durham Empire Dawn Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
14 December  United States Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News, Virginia Hornet Yorktown-class aircraft carrier
18 December  United States Sun Shipbuilding Chester, Pennsylvania Rio Parana C3 merchant freighter Converted to escort carrier HMS Biter in 1942
27 December  United Kingdom William Pickersgill & Sons Ltd Sunderland Empire Cloud Cargo ship For Ministry of War Transport
Date uncertain  Germany D W Kremer Sohn Elmshorn Else coastal Tanker For Kriegsmarine
Date uncertain  Germany Lübecker Maschinenbau Gesellschaft Lübeck Friedrich Bischoff Cargo ship For Argo Reederei Richard Adler & Co
Date uncertain  Germany Nobiskrug Werft Rendsburg Justinian Cargo ship For Hilmar Reksten, Bergen, Norway. Seized on completion in May 1942
Date uncertain  Germany Norderwerft Koser und Meyer Hamburg Karl Meyer Karl Meyer-class seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
Date uncertain  Germany Norderwerft Koser und Meyer Hamburg Max Stinsky Karl Meyer-class seaplane tender For the Luftwaffe
Date uncertain Netherlands Netherlands Van Diepen Scheepswerf Gebroeders NV Waterhuizen Caribe II Cargo ship For S G Hallstrom, Amsterdam.

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Ship events in 1940
Ship launches: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship commissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship decommissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Shipwrecks: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945