List of shipwrecks in July 1940

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The list of shipwrecks in 1940 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1940. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

July 1940
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1 July[edit]

For the loss of Avelona Star on this day, see the entry for 30 June 1940

List of shipwrecks: 1 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Adamastos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Atlantic Ocean (46°20′N 14°30′W / 46.333°N 14.500°W / 46.333; -14.500) by U-29 ( Kriegsmarine) and scuttled by gunfire. All 25 crew survived.[1][2]
Beignon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (47°20′N 10°30′W / 47.333°N 10.500°W / 47.333; -10.500) by U-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 33 crew and three survivors from Avelona Star ( United Kingdom). The survivors were rescued by HMS Vesper and HMS Windsor (both  Royal Navy).[1][3][4]
Clearton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 36: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west of Ouessant, Finistère, France (47°53′N 9°30′W / 47.883°N 9.500°W / 47.883; -9.500) by U-102 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Vansittart ( Royal Navy).
Tweedledee  United Kingdom World War II: The special service vessel was sunk as a blockship.[1]
Tweedledum  United Kingdom World War II: The special service vessel was sunk as a blockship.[1]
U-102  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (48°33′N 10°26′W / 48.550°N 10.433°W / 48.550; -10.433) by HMS Vansittart ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 43 crew.

2 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Aeneas  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 172G: The ocean liner was bombed and damaged in the English Channel 20 nautical miles (37 km) south east of Start Point, Devon, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 21 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Witherington ( Royal Navy). The wreck was scuttled two days later at approximately 50°N 3°W / 50°N 3°W / 50; -3.[1]
Arandora Star  United Kingdom World War II: The prisoner of war ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland (55°20′N 10°33′W / 55.333°N 10.550°W / 55.333; -10.550 by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 592 German and Italian (POWs or civilian Internees, depending on source) 92 troops, and 57 crewmen. The survivors, 586 German/Italian Internees, 162 troops and 119 crewmen, were rescued by HMCS St. Laurent ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1]
Athellaird  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (47°24′N 16°49′W / 47.400°N 16.817°W / 47.400; -16.817) by U-29 ( Kriegsmarine. Athellaird sank the next day.[1][5] The 42 crew took to their two lifeboats. The British steamer Sandwick ( United Kingdom) rescued 22 from the first lifeboat, a day later. After nine days the 20 men in second lifeboat were rescued by the Moyalla ( Ireland) and were landed at Fenit.[6]
S-23  Kriegsmarine World War II: The torpedo boat struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea east of South Foreland, Kent, United Kingdom. She was taken in tow but subsequently sank.[1][7]
Santa Margarita  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (47°00′N 15°30′W / 47.000°N 15.500°W / 47.000; -15.500) by U-29 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 39 crew. 21 crew were rescued by King John ( United Kingdom).[1][8]
U-26  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IA submarine sank after being depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off the Bishop Rock (48°03′N 11°30′W / 48.050°N 11.500°W / 48.050; -11.500) the previous day by a Short Sunderland of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force and the corvette HMS Gladiolus ( Royal Navy). All 48 crew were rescued by the sloop HMS Rochester ( Royal Navy).[1]

3 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Bijou  United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft in the River Stour at Mistley, Essex. All crew were rescued.[1]
Bretagne  French Navy
Bretagne

World War II: Operation Catapult: The Bretagne-class battleship was shelled and sunk at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria by the Royal Navy with the loss of 977 of her 1,012 crew.

Cygnus  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off Egersund, Rogaland (58°18′N 5°13′E / 58.300°N 5.217°E / 58.300; 5.217 by HMS Snapper ( Royal Navy).[1]
Dunkerque  French Navy World War II: Operation Catapult: The Dunkerque-class battleship was shelled and damaged at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria by the Royal Navy with the loss of 46 crew.[1] She was later salvaged and placed under repair.
James 83  United Kingdom World War II: The special services ship was sunk as a blockship.[1]
Mistral  French Navy World War II: Operation Catapult: The Bourrasque-class destroyer was partially scuttled at Plymouth Dockyard, Devon.[1] Later salvaged by the British and entered service as HMS Mistral.
Mogador  French Navy
Mogador

World War II: Operation Catapult: The Mogador-class destroyer was shelled and sunk by the Royal Navy at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria with the loss of 18 crew. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1]

Provence  French Navy World War II: Operation Catapult: The Bretagne-class battleship was shelled and damaged by the Royal Navy at Mers-el-Kébir, Algeria with the loss of three crew.[1] She was beached to prevent her sinking. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.

4 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Britsum  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OA 178: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Selsey Bill, West Sussex (50°04′N 1°55′W / 50.067°N 1.917°W / 50.067; -1.917) Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG2, Luftwaffe.[1][9]
Coquetmouth  United Kingdom World War II: The dredger struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Amble, Northumberland with the loss of three crew.[1][10]
Dallas City  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 178: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the English Channel south of Dorset (50°09′N 2°01′W / 50.150°N 2.017°W / 50.150; -2.017) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG2, Luftwaffe. She collided with Flimstone ( United Kingdom) and sank. All crew were rescued by HMS Shikari ( Royal Navy).[1][9][11]
Deucalion  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OA 178: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 20 nautical miles (37 km) south south west of Portland Bill, Dorset by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG2, Luftwaffe. 27 crew survived.[1][9][12]
Elmcrest  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 178: The Crest Line Shipping Co. (London) owned 5,032 grt cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel 13 nautical miles (24 km) south of Portland Bill by S-19 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 16 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sabre ( Royal Navy).[1]
Hartlepool  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 16 nautical miles (30 km) off Portland Bill, by S-20 and S-26 (both  Kriegsmarine). The survivors were rescued by HMS Scimitar ( Royal Navy).[1][13]
Kolga  Estonia World War II: Convoy OA 178: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel south of the Isle of Portland, Dorset (50°13′N 2°00′W / 50.217°N 2.000°W / 50.217; -2.000) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe with the loss of one of her 30 crew.[9][14][15]
Remembrance  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the English Channel (51°53′N 1°22′E / 51.883°N 1.367°E / 51.883; 1.367). Both crew were rescued.[1]
Rigault de Genouilly  French Navy World War II: Operation Catapult: The Bougainville-class aviso was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Matifou, Algeria by HMS Pandora ( Royal Navy)
Silverdial  United Kingdom The tug was bombed and sunk in Portland Harbour by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG2, Luftwaffe.[1][9]

5 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Euro  Regia Marina World War II: The destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy). She was beached to prevent her sinking. Euro was later salvaged.[16]
HMS Foylebank  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-aircraft ship - formerly MV Foylebank - sank with the loss of 176 of her 323 crew after being bombed and damaged the previous day at Portland Harbour, Dorset, England, by Junkers Ju 87 dive bombers of Stukageschwader 2, Luftwaffe.[1][9]
Liguria  Regia Marina World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy). She was beached to prevent her sinking.[1]
Magog  Canada World War II: Convoy HX 53: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed, shelled, and split in two in the Atlantic Ocean 58 nautical miles (107 km) west south west of the Fastnet Rock by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). The stern section sank. All 23 crew survived and were rescued by Sidra ( Sweden). The bow section sank three days later at 50°32′N 11°20′W / 50.533°N 11.333°W / 50.533; -11.333.[1][17][18]
Manzoni  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy). She was later salvaged by the British.[1][19]
Serenitas  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy) and was beached. She was later salvaged by the British.[20]
Whirlwind  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°17′N 8°48′W / 50.283°N 8.800°W / 50.283; -8.800) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 57 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Westcott, which scuttled the ship with gunfire.[1]
Zeffiro  Regia Marina World War II: The Turbine-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm from HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy).[16]

6 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Angele Mabro  Egypt World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay west south west of Brest, Finistère, France by U-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[21][22]
Axum  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk at Bardia, Libya by HMS Caledon, HMS Capetown, HMS Ilex, HMS Imperial, HMS Janus and HMS Juno (all ( Royal Navy).[1]
P-17 Cap Fagnet  French Navy World War II: Operation Lever: The auxiliary patrol vessel was sunk at Mers-el-Kébir by British aircraft .[23]
Dunkerque  French Navy World War II: Operation Lever: The Dunkerque-class battleship was torpedoed at Mers-el-Kébir by aircraft based on HMS Ark Royal ( Royal Navy) and sunk by the explosion of Terre Neuve ( French Navy) with the loss of 154 crew. She was subsequently refloated, towed to Toulon, Var, France and placed under repair.[1]
Esterel V  French Navy World War II: Operation Lever: The auxiliary minesweeper was torpedoed and sunk at Mers-el-Kébir by aircraft of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Ark Royal ( Royal Navy).[1][16]
Sant' Antonio  Italy The sailing ship was shelled and sunk at Bardia by HMS Caledon, HMS Capetown, HMS Ilex, HMS Imperial, HMS Janus and HMS Juno (all ( Royal Navy).[16]
HMS Shark  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine sank while under tow by the minesweepers M-1803, M-1806, and M-1807 (all  Kriegsmarine), after being bombed and damaged the previous day west-southwest of Egersund, Norway, by Dornier Do 17 aircraft of the Luftwaffe and surrendering to German forces.
Terre Neuve  French Navy World War II: Operation Lever: The auxiliary patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk by the detonation of her depth charges, at Mers-el-Kébir, by aircraft of 810 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Ark Royal ( Royal Navy) with the loss of eight crew.[16]
Vapper  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°30′N 9°15′W / 49.500°N 9.250°W / 49.500; -9.250) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMCS Restigouche ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][24]
UJ-D Treff VIII  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea off the coast of Norway (63°15′N 7°39′E / 63.250°N 7.650°E / 63.250; 7.650).[1][25][16]

7 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Almora  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank.[26]
Bissen  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 80 nautical miles (150 km) west of Cape Clear Island, Ireland (50°06′N 10°23′W / 50.100°N 10.383°W / 50.100; -10.383). All 20 crew were rescued by a Royal Navy destroyer.[1][27][28]
Delambre  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (6°13′S 25°06′W / 6.217°S 25.100°W / -6.217; -25.100) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).[1][29]
Lucrecia  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall, United Kingdom (49°50′N 8°07′W / 49.833°N 8.117°W / 49.833; -8.117) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 30 crew. The survivors were rescued by Alferrarede ( Portugal).[1][30]
Sea Glory  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of the Fastnet Rock by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[1][31]

8 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 July 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Cayton Wyke  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south east of Dover, Kent by S-36 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 crew.[1][32]
HMS Escort  Royal Navy World War II: The E-class destroyer was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea east of Gibraltar by Guglielmo Marconi ( Regia Marina) with the loss of two of her 145 crew. An attempt was made to tow her to Gibraltar, but she foundered on 11 July.
Humber Arm  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 53: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celtic Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) south of the Fastnet Rock (50°36′N 9°24′W / 50.600°N 9.400°W / 50.600; -9.400 by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All 43 crew were rescued by Scimitar and HMS Vanquisher (both  Royal Navy).[1][33]
James 9  United Kingdom World War II: The special services ship was sunk as a blockship.[1]
Suippe  French Navy World War II: The sloop was bombed and damaged at Falmouth, Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached to prevent her sinking.[1]

9 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Aylesbury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°39′N 13°33′W / 48.650°N 13.550°W / 48.650; -13.550) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by HMS Harvester and HMS Havelock (both  Royal Navy).[34]
Bruges  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (4°S 28°W / 4°S 28°W / -4; -28) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine). The crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
HMS Foxglove  Royal Navy World War II: The Acacia-class sloop was bombed and severely damaged in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was consequently withdrawn from front-line service and converted to an accommodation ship.
HMS Salmon  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine struck a mine and sank off Egersund, Rogaland, Norway (57°22′N 5°00′E / 57.367°N 5.000°E / 57.367; 5.000) with the loss of all 39 crew.[1]
Talvaldis  Latvia World War II: Convoy CW 2: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel south of Start Point, Devon, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[1][35]
Tiiu  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cornwall, United Kingdom (50°20′N 12°00′W / 50.333°N 12.000°W / 50.333; -12.000) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by a British trawler.[1][36][37]

10 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Alwaki  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OA 180: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sank in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) off Cape Wrath, Sutherland, United Kingdom (58°46′N 4°46′W / 58.767°N 4.767°W / 58.767; -4.767) by U-61 ( Kriegsmarine). All eight crew were rescued by Harmonic ( United Kingdom).[1][38]
Bill S  Netherlands World War II: Convoy CW 3: The coaster was bombed and sank in the English Channel off Dungeness, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft. All the crew were rescued.[1]
British Chancellor World War II: The tanker was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft and sank in Falmouth harbour.[39]
Cheik  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Scire ( Regia Marina) 54 nautical miles (100 km) off Semaphore d'Asmare.[1]
HMS Corfu  Royal Navy The armed merchant cruiser collided with HMS Hermes ( Royal Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean and was damaged and abandoned. She was later re-boarded and subsequently taken in tow by HMS Milford and the tug Donau ( Netherlands) and reached Freetown, Sierra Leone on 13 July. She was beached on 19 August for repairs to her bow and re-entered service in early 1941.[1]
Davisian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled, torpedoed and sank in the Caribbean Sea 450 nautical miles (830 km) north of Guadeloupe (18°09′N 54°40′W / 18.150°N 54.667°W / 18.150; -54.667) by Widder ( Kriegsmarine). All the crew were taken as prisoners of war.[40][41][42]
Glenburnie  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk.[43]
Hellenic Skipper  Greece The passenger ship caught fire. She sank on 13 July off Astoria, Washington, United States after burning for three days.[44]
Leone Pancaldo  Regia Marina World War II: The Navigatori-class destroyer was torpedoed and sank off Augusta, Sicily, by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy). She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Marie Chandris World War II: The steamer was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft and sank in Falmouth harbour. Her cargo of raw cotton caught alight and she was later towed to a small bay near St Mawes and sunk by gunfire. She was later re-floated and beached at Place where some of her cargo was salvaged, and she was cut up for scrap.[39]
Petsamo  Finland World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sank in the Celtic Sea south of County Cork, Ireland (51°08′N 9°22′W / 51.133°N 9.367°W / 51.133; -9.367) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her thirty-eight crew.[1][45][46]
Tascalusa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed by Luftwaffe aircraft and sank in Falmouth harbour. She was refloated on 29 August and beached at St Just, but declared a constructive total loss and her superstructure was cut and towed to Freeman's yard, Penryn in November.[47][39]
Waterloo  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sank in the North Sea off Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft.[48]

11 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Beme  Panama World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk by Tarantini ( Regia Marina) in the Mediterranean Sea off Haifa, Palestine (33°12′N 33°38′E / 33.200°N 33.633°E / 33.200; 33.633). All crew were rescued.[1][49][50]
City of Baghdad  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (0°14′N 86°34′E / 0.233°N 86.567°E / 0.233; 86.567) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 83 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
HMS Escort  Royal Navy World War II: The E-class destroyer foundered after being torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea east of Gibraltar by the submarine Guglielmo Marconi ( Regia Marina) on 8 July 1940 with the loss of two of her 145 crew members.
Janna  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 54: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°34′N 12°10′W / 50.567°N 12.167°W / 50.567; -12.167) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued.[51]
Mallard  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of Bognor Regis, West Sussex (50°23′38″N 2°19′11″W / 50.39389°N 2.31972°W / 50.39389; -2.31972) by S-26 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her nine crew. The survivors were rescued by S-26 and taken as prisoners of war.[1][52][53]
Providentia  Belgium World War II: The fishing vessel was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°55′N 9°12′W / 49.917°N 9.200°W / 49.917; -9.200) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
HMS Warrior  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine yacht was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Portland, Dorset by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crewmember.

12 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Hornchurch  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off the Aldeburgh Lightship ( United Kingdom) (52°11′15″N 1°52′30″E / 52.18750°N 1.87500°E / 52.18750; 1.87500) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued by HMS Widgeon ( Royal Navy).[1][54]
Ia  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland by (51°N 14°W / 51°N 14°W / 51; -14) U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 30 crew.[1][55][56]
S-23  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1937 schnellboot was sunk by a mine.[57]
Volante  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Hvalba, Faroe Islands by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[1]

13 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Emerald Wings  United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled in Skerry Sound, Scapa Flow as a Block Ship.[58]
Kemmendine  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (4°12′S 81°47′E / 4.200°S 81.783°E / -4.200; 81.783) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine). 57 crew and 23 passengers were taken as prisoners of war. 30 of them were lost when Tirrana ( Kriegsmarine was sunk on 21 September.[1]
King John  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the South Atlantic (20°40′N 59°26′W / 20.667°N 59.433°W / 20.667; -59.433) by Widder ( Kriegsmarine) and scuttled.[1][40][41][59]

14 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Gracefield  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Caribbean Sea off Trinidad (20°20′S 30°43′W / 20.333°S 30.717°W / -20.333; -30.717) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine). The crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
Island Queen  United Kingdom Convoy CW 5: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the English Channel off the Folkestone Gateway Lightship ( United Kingdom). She was taken in tow by HMT Kingston Alalite ( Royal Navy) but sank with the loss of three crew.[1]
Providentia  Belgium World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in St George's Channel (49°55′N 9°12′W / 49.917°N 9.200°W / 49.917; -9.200 with the loss of all hands.[1][60]
Sarita  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde, Portugal (15°22′N 26°28′W / 15.367°N 26.467°W / 15.367; -26.467) by U-A ( Kriegsmarine). The survivors were rescued by Dunstan ( United Kingdom).[61]
Thetis A  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west south west of the Isles of Scilly (47°40′N 13°20′W / 47.667°N 13.333°W / 47.667; -13.333) by U-52 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 29 crew.[1][62]

15 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Alpha  Portugal World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cornwall, United Kingdom (48°51′N 6°43′W / 48.850°N 6.717°W / 48.850; -6.717) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued by HMS Bedouin, HMS Mashona and HMS Tartar (all  Royal Navy).[63][64]
Bellerock  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Bristol Channel (51°20′N 3°47′W / 51.333°N 3.783°W / 51.333; -3.783) and sank with the loss of 17 crew.[63]
City of Limerick  Ireland World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) due west of Ouessant, Finistère, France (48°39′N 7°12′W / 48.650°N 7.200°W / 48.650; -7.200) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew. The survivors were rescued by the trawler Roger Jeannine ( Belgium).[63][65][66]
Draugen  Norway World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea off Salhus, Hordaland with the loss of six of her ten crew.[67]
Evdoxia  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) south west of the Bull Rock, Ireland by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 23 crew.[63][68][69]
Frossoula  Panama World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 240 nautical miles (440 km) north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four of her 36 crew.[63][70][71]
Heworth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 223: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of the Aldeburgh Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of four crew. She was taken in tow but later sank. Survivors were rescued by HMS Valorous ( Royal Navy).[63][72]
Merisaar  Germany World War II: The Estonian cargo ship had been captured on 12 July by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) and was ordered to sail to a French port. She was accidentally bombed and sunk off Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland (51°N 14°W / 51°N 14°W / 51; -14) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1] Her crew survived.[15]
Naftilos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (48°05′N 10°25′W / 48.083°N 10.417°W / 48.083; -10.417) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of one of her 28 crew.[63][73]
Pacific President  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 223: The cargo ship ran aground on Inchkeith, Fife.[74]
Zbaraz  Poland World War II: Convoy FN 223: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of the Aldeburgh Lightship ( United Kingdom). She was taken in tow by St Olaves ( United Kingdom) but sank. All crew were rescued by Muria and the trawler Vidonia (both  United Kingdom).[63][75]

16 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Jason  Germany World War II: The transport ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Dragør, Denmark.[16]
HMS Imogen  Royal Navy The I-class destroyer was rammed and sunk in the North Sea off Duncansby Head, Scotland (58°34′N 2°54′W / 58.567°N 2.900°W / 58.567; -2.900) by HMS Glasgow ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 19 of her 154 crew.
Pei Fu  China The cargo ship ran aground at Tsunoshima, Honshū, Japan and was wrecked.[76]
HMS Phoenix  Royal Navy World War II: The Parthian-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk off Augusta, Sicily, Italy by Albatros ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 53 crew.
Scottish Minstrel  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 55: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°10′N 10°20′W / 56.167°N 10.333°W / 56.167; -10.333) by U-61 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 41 crew. The survivors were rescued by Fiscus ( United Kingdom). Scottish Minstrel sank the next day.[63][77]
Wendover  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (23°08′S 34°49′W / 23.133°S 34.817°W / -23.133; -34.817) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 41 crew. The survivors were rescued by Thor and made prisoners of war.[63]

17 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Clan Macfarlane  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Ganges ( United Kingdom in the Indian Ocean off Socotra, Aden and sank with the loss of 41 crew.[78]
Fellside  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 184: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 135 nautical miles (250 km) north west of Bloody Foreland, County Donegal, Ireland (56°09′N 12°30′W / 56.150°N 12.500°W / 56.150; -12.500) by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 33 crew.[63][79]
Leola  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) west of the Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom (49°00′N 7°30′W / 49.000°N 7.500°W / 49.000; -7.500) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew. The survivors were rescued by Roger Jeannine ( Belgium).[63]
Manipur  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 55A: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Cape Wrath, Sutherland (58°14′N 5°14′W / 58.233°N 5.233°W / 58.233; -5.233) by U-57 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 78 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMCS Skeena ( Royal Canadian Navy).[63][80]
O A Brodin  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Orkney Islands (59°22′N 3°40′W / 59.367°N 3.667°W / 59.367; -3.667) by U-57 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 24 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Sicyon ( Royal Navy).[63][81]
HMS Steady  Royal Navy World War II: The Trinculo-class mooring vessel struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Newhaven, East Sussex. The wreck was sold for scrapping, raised and removed October, 1942. There were 13 survivors.[63][82]
Wiiri  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) off Malta by Regia Aeronautica aircraft. Her 26 crew were rescued.[63]

18 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Gyda  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°50′N 9°00′W / 55.833°N 9.000°W / 55.833; -9.000) by U-58 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 20 crew. The survivors were rescued by Ville d'Arlon ( Belgium).[63][20][83]
Sigurd Hurd  Norway The coaster ran aground on Jæren. Cargo was offloaded and she was refloated the next day. Taken in tow but capsized and sank.[84]
UJ-126 Styria  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea north of Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands (53°29′N 5°03′E / 53.483°N 5.050°E / 53.483; 5.050) by HMS H31 ( Royal Navy).[16][63][85]
Woodbury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (50°46′N 13°56′W / 50.767°N 13.933°W / 50.767; -13.933) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew survived.[86]

19 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Bartolomeo Colleoni  Regia Marina
Bartolomeo Colleoni

World War II: Battle of Cape Spada: The Condottieri-class cruiser was shelled and immobilized in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Spada, Crete by HMAS Sydney ( Royal Australian Navy). She was then torpedoed and sunk by HMS Hyperion and HMS Ilex (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 121 crewmen, 555 crewmen were rescued by HMS Hyperion and HMS Ilex and made POWs.

HMT Crestflower  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight (50°29′06″N 1°17′08″W / 50.48500°N 1.28556°W / 50.48500; -1.28556) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[63][87]
Pearlmoor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 38: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°23′N 9°18′W / 55.383°N 9.300°W / 55.383; -9.300) by U-62 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 39 crew.[63][88][89]
Tela  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (14°S 33°W / 14°S 33°W / -14; -33) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine). All 33 crew were rescued and made prisoners of war.[63]
RFA War Sepoy  Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The fleet oiler was bombed and severely damaged at Dover, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft. She broke in two, and was subsequently used as a blockship.[63][90]

20 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Nembo  Regia Marina World War II: The Turbine-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Bomba, off Tobruk Libya by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy).[63]
Ostro  Regia Marina World War II: The Turbine-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Bomba, off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy).[63]
Sereno  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Bomba, off Tobruk by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 813 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Eagle ( Royal Navy).[63]
Pulborough  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 7: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft. The 17 survivors were rescued by the trawler Lady Pulborough  United Kingdom).[63][91]
Troutpool  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Belfast Lough (54°40′N 5°40′W / 54.667°N 5.667°W / 54.667; -5.667) with the loss of 11 crew.[92]

21 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 July 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Brazen  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy CW 7: After being bombed and damaged in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, England, by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one of her 138 crew the previous day, the B-class destroyer broke in two and sank at 51°01′05″N 1°17′15″E / 51.01806°N 1.28750°E / 51.01806; 1.28750 while under tow by Lady Brassey ( United Kingdom).[63]
Ellaroy  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°30′N 12°36′W / 42.500°N 12.600°W / 42.500; -12.600 by U-30 ( Kriegsmarine). All 16 crew were rescued by the trawler Felix Montenegro ( Spain).[63][93]
Terlings  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 10 nautical miles (19 km) south west of St Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight by Dornier Do 17 and Messerschmitt Me 110 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of ten crew of her 28 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Scimitar ( Royal Navy).[63][94]

22 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 July 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Campina  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the Irish Sea off Holyhead, Anglesey and sank with the loss of all 11 crew.[95][96]

23 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 July 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Narwhal  Royal Navy World War II: The Grampus-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Norwegian Sea (63°16′N 7°13′E / 63.267°N 7.217°E / 63.267; 7.217) by a Dornier Do 17 aircraft of Kustenfliegergrüppe 606, Luftwaffe with the loss of all 59 crew.[16][63][97]
The Lady Mostyn  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in Liverpool Bay off the Formby Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of all hands.[63][98]

24 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Celio  Italy World War II: The passenger ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea east of Tolmeita, Libya (32°39′N 21°03′E / 32.650°N 21.050°E / 32.650; 21.050).[63][99]
HMT Fleming  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the Thames Estuary east of Essex by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 19 of her 22 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Corena ( Royal Navy).[63][100][101]
Kem  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea north of Svåholmen (58°21′N 6°01′E / 58.350°N 6.017°E / 58.350; 6.017).[102][103]
HMT Kingston Galena  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent with the loss of 16 crew.[63][104]
Meknés  French Navy World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel by S-27 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 416 of the 1,381 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMS Sabre, HMS Shikari, HMS Viscount and HMS Wolverine (all  Royal Navy).[63][105][106]
HMT Rodino  Royal Navy The naval trawler sank in the English Channel off Dover with the loss of four crew.[63][107]
Trio  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea off Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany. All crew were rescued.[63][108]

25 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Corhaven  United Kingdom World War II Convoy CW 8: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I Gruppe, StG 1 (I/StG 1) and IV Gruppe, LG 1 (IV/LG 1), Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[63][109]
Henry Moon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Folkestone, Kent by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I/StG 1 and IV/LG 1, Luftwaffe with the loss of one of her crew.[63][110]
Leo  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I/StG 1 and IV/LG 1, Luftwaffe with the loss of six crew.[63][111]
Luchs  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Raubtier-class torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Utsira, Rogaland, Norway (58°30′N 4°30′E / 58.500°N 4.500°E / 58.500; 4.500) by HMS Thames ( Royal Navy).[63]
Polgrange  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I/StG 1 and IV/LG 1, Luftwaffe with the loss of two crew.[112]
Portslade  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The collier was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off New Romney, Kent by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of I/StG 1 and IV/LG 1, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[63][113]
HMS Thames  Royal Navy World War II: The River-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway (57°20′N 3°10′E / 57.333°N 3.167°E / 57.333; 3.167). with the loss of all 62 crew.[63]

26 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Accra  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 188: The ocean liner was torpoedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 320 nautical miles (590 km) west of Bloody Foreland, Ireland (55°40′N 16°28′W / 55.667°N 16.467°W / 55.667; -16.467) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of the 499 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMS Clarkia, HMS Enchantress (both  Royal Navy), Hollinside ( United Kingdom) and Loke ( Norway.[63][114][115][116]
Balzac  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Sunderland, Co Durham, United Kingdom (54°54′N 1°19′W / 54.900°N 1.317°W / 54.900; -1.317 with the loss of nine of her 20 crew.[117][118]
Broadhurst  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Shoreham, West Sussex by S-20 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew.[63][119]
Haytor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea east of Frinton-on-Sea, Essex.[120]
London Trader  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy CW 8: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel south of Worthing, West Sussex by S-19 ( Kriegsmarine).[63][121]
Lulonga  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel, 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of Shoreham, West Sussex by S-27 ( Kriegsmarine).[63][68]
M-61  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type M-1915 minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands.[122]
M-89  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland.[63]
M-136  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type M-1915 minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Hoek van Holland.[63]
Montan  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea off Spiekeroog, Lower Saxony.[123]
Vinemoor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (55°43′N 16°25′W / 55.717°N 16.417°W / 55.717; -16.417) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). All 32 crew were rescued by HMS Clarkia, HMS Enchantress (both  Royal Navy), Hollinside ( United Kingdom) and Loke ( Norway.[63][124][125]

27 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 July 1940
Ship Country Description
C4  Spanish Navy The submarine collided off Morro de la Vaca with the destroyer Lepanto ( Spanish Navy) and sank.
Charles-Madeleine  Belgium World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank.[126]
HMS Codrington  Royal Navy World War II: The A-class destroyer was bombed and severely damaged at Dover, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached with a broken back and declared a total loss.[63]
Durdham  United Kingdom World War II: The dredger struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Cardiff, Glamorgan (51°23′18″N 3°08′48″W / 51.38833°N 3.14667°W / 51.38833; -3.14667) with the loss of eight crew.[63][127]
Salvestria  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 57: The whale factory ship struck a mine in the Firth of Forth and sank north east of Inchkeith, Fife with the loss of ten of her 57 crew.[63][128][129]
Sambre  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 188: The cargo ship was torpedo and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°37′N 17°53′W / 56.617°N 17.883°W / 56.617; -17.883) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by HMS Winchelsea ( Royal Navy).[63]
Thiara  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 188: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°37′N 17°56′W / 56.617°N 17.933°W / 56.617; -17.933 by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of the 61 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMS Winchelsea ( Royal Navy).[63][130]
HMS Wren  Royal Navy World War II: The W-class destroyer was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk (52°10′N 2°06′E / 52.167°N 2.100°E / 52.167; 2.100) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 35 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Halcyon and HMS Montrose (both  Royal Navy).[63]

28 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Argo  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine off Egersund and sank.[102][131]
Auckland Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Clear Island, Ireland (52°17′N 12°32′W / 52.283°N 12.533°W / 52.283; -12.533) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All 74 crew survived.[132]
Ermioni  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Aegean Sea off Kea Island, while taking military supplies to Italy, by HMS Neptune ( Royal Navy) and HMAS Sydney ( Royal Australian Navy) and was scuttled.[133]
Maski  Norway World War II: The yacht was scuttled in the North Sea by HMS Swordfish ( Royal Navy), which rescued the four crew.[63]
Orlock Head  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea at 58°44′N 4°21′W / 58.733°N 4.350°W / 58.733; -4.350 by Luftwaffe aircraft.[134]
HMT Staunton  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary east of Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex with the loss of all 13 crew.[63][135]

29 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Clan Menzies  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (54°10′N 12°00′W / 54.167°N 12.000°W / 54.167; -12.000) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 94 crew.[63][136][137]
Clan Monroe  United Kingdom The cargo ship struck a mine off Harwich, Essex and was damaged. She was towed to Hollesley Bay, Suffolk and beached. 13 crew were killed.[138]
Grønland  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Dover Harbour, Kent, United Kingdom with the loss of 19 crew.[63][139]
HMY Gulzar  Royal Navy World War II: The motor yacht was bombed and sunk at Dover, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[63]
Leach's Romance  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the English Channel 10.5 nautical miles (19.4 km) south of Kemp Town, East Sussex with the loss of all four crew.[63][140]
Moidart  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Felixtowe, Suffolk (51°59′N 1°49′E / 51.983°N 1.817°E / 51.983; 1.817) with the loss of 11 crew.[63][141]
Ousebridge  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the River Mersey off Southport, Lancashire with the loss of two crew.[63][142]
Umvoti  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship at Dover, Kent.[63][143]

30 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 July 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Delight  Royal Navy World War II: The D-class destroyer sank in Portland Harbour in the early hours of the day after being bombed and damaged off Portland, England, in a Luftwaffe air raid with 14 killed, four missing, and 56 of her 145 crew wounded.[63]
HMS Lady Slater  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol/Examination ship burned and sank in the Caribbean Sea off Plumb Point Lighthouse, Jamaica.[144][145]

31 July[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 July 1940
Ship Country Description
Domingo de Larrinaga  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (5°27′S 18°21′W / 5.450°S 18.350°W / -5.450; -18.350) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 38 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[63][146]
Jamaica Progress  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Barra, Outer Hebrides (56°26′N 8°30′W / 56.433°N 8.500°W / 56.433; -8.500) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 47 crew. The survivors were rescued by Gloucester City ( United Kingdom).[63][147]
Jersey City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°47′N 9°18′W / 55.783°N 9.300°W / 55.783; -9.300) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 45 crew. The survivors were rescued by the trawler Newland ( United Kingdom).[63][148]
Loula  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Crete by an Italian submarine. At least 11 of the 18 crew survived.[149][150]
Stalheim  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Port Talbot, Glamorgan, United Kingdom (51°34′37″N 3°49′50″W / 51.57694°N 3.83056°W / 51.57694; -3.83056) with the loss of five of the 21 people on board. Survivors were rescued by a RAF Rescue Launch ( Royal Air Force).[63][151][152]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
Karstens  Germany World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk by shore batteries at Ningpo, China.[153]
HMS LCA 6  Royal Navy The Landing Craft, Assault was lost sometime in July.[154]

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