List of shipwrecks in 1939

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The list of shipwrecks in 1939 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1939.

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Ship Country Description
Aurea  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 150 nautical miles (280 km) east by north of the Isle of May, Fife by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
City of Taunton  United States The 292-foot (89 m) cargo ship, a sidewheel paddle steamer, was beached and abandoned at Somerset, Massachusetts, on the west bank of the Taunton River at 41°42′39″N 071°10′33″W / 41.71083°N 71.17583°W / 41.71083; -71.17583 (City of Taunton), just south of the future site of the Charles M. Braga Jr. Memorial Bridge, sometime during the 1930s. The wreck settled on the river bottom in very shallow water.[2]
F. C. Pendleton  United States The 145-foot (44 m), 408-gross register ton three-masted schooner burned and sank without loss of life in up to 45 feet (14 m) of water at 44°19′38″N 068°54′27″W / 44.32722°N 68.90750°W / 44.32722; -68.90750 (F. C. Pendleton) while at anchor in Seal Harbor at Islesboro, Maine, sometime during the 1930s.[3]
Gardner G. Deering  United States The 251-foot (77 m), 1,982-gross register ton five-masted schooner was abandoned and later burned in Smith Cove off West Brooksville, Maine, sometime during the 1930s. Her wreck settled in 10 to 30 feet (3.0 to 9.1 m) of water approximately 500 feet (150 m) off the north shore of the cove at 44°22′55″N 068°46′30″W / 44.38194°N 68.77500°W / 44.38194; -68.77500 (Gardner G. Deering).[4]
Ghambria  United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow Orkney Islands sometime in 1939. Raised in 1943 and re-sunk in Liverpool Bay for use as sonar target on 15 October 1943.[5]
Giuseppe  Italy The collier (1,289 GRT) foundered in the North Sea off Withernsea, Yorkshire.[6]
Governor Stone  United States The sailing vessel sank at Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Refloated, repaired, and returned to service.[7]
Hornet  United States With no one on board, the 11-gross register ton, 53-foot (16.2 m) motor vessel sank near Unga, Territory of Alaska.[8]
Kinsol  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank off Sanda Island, Argyllshire.[9]
Oduno  United States The salmon-fishing vessel was lost off Noyes Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. Her entire crew of 12 perished.[10]
Ruban  United Kingdom The collier ran aground on The Lizard, Cornwall and was wrecked.[11]
Sans Peur  United Kingdom The yacht, owned by George Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 5th Duke of Sutherland, ran aground off Espiritu Santo Island in the Gulf of California. The vessel's captain managed to refloat Sans Peur and anchor it, but a hole had been opened in the bottom and the ship lay partly flooded. With the aid of the tugboat Retriever, the vessel was made sound and the ship resumed its journey.[12]


  1. ^ "FV Aurea (FD300) (+1939)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  2. ^ "City of Taunton". Hunting New England Shipwrecks. Retrieved 1 February 2021.
  3. ^ "F. C. Pendleton". Hunting New England Shipwrecks. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Gardner G. Deering". Hunting New England Shipwrecks. Retrieved 6 February 2021.
  5. ^ "SS Ghambria cargo ship (1919-1943)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ "SS Giuseppe (+1939)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  7. ^ Delgado, James P. (31 October 1990). "Maritime Heritage of the United States NHL Themes Study Large Vessels / Governor Stone (schooner)" (pdf). National Park Service. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  8. ^ Alaska Shipwrecks (H)
  9. ^ "SS Kinsol (+1939)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  10. ^ Alaska Shipwrecks (O)
  11. ^ "SS Ruban (+1939)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Ambulance for Crippled Ships". Popular Mechanics. Vol. 72, no. 6. Chicago, Illinois: Popular Mechanics Co. December 1939. pp. 850–852. OCLC 506031407.
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