List of shipwrecks in March 1941

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The list of shipwrecks in March 1941 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during March 1941.

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1 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Cadillac  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 109: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) south west of the Bishop Rock (59°44′N 11°16′W / 59.733°N 11.267°W / 59.733; -11.267) by German submarine U-552 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of the 42 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Malcolm ( Royal Navy).[1][2]
Empire Simba  United Kingdom The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°21′N 5°23′W / 52.350°N 5.383°W / 52.350; -5.383) by a Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe and was abandoned by her crew. She was towed to Liverpool, Lancashire, arriving on 4 March. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.
Huldra  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank at Hustadvika, Norway.[3]
HMT Ploughboy  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck three mines off Malta and was severely damaged with the loss of one crew member. She was beached to prevent her sinking.[1]
Rotula  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SC 22: The tanker was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°15′N 5°33′W / 52.250°N 5.550°W / 52.250; -5.550) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of 16 of her 48 crew. She was later scuttled by a Royal Navy trawler.[1][4][5]
HMT St Donats  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler collided in the North Sea off the mouth of the Humber with HMS Cotswold ( Royal Navy) and sank.[1]

2 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Augvald  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 109: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north west of Loch Ewe (59°30′N 7°30′W / 59.500°N 7.500°W / 59.500; -7.500) by U-147 with the loss of 29 of her 30 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Pimpernel ( Royal Navy).[1][6]
Castlehill  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel off Minehead, Somerset by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of all but one crew.[1][4]
Madge Wildfire  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Congress Point, Derbyhaven, Isle of Man and was wrecked.[7]
Pacific  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 109: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 180 nautical miles (330 km) west south west of the Faroe Islands by U-95 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 34 crew. The survivor was rescued by the trawler Dora (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland).[1][8]
Simaloer  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°40′N 10°46′W / 56.667°N 10.767°W / 56.667; -10.767) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of two crew.[1][4]

3 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 March 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Cobbers  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk off Lowestoft, Suffolk by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 11 of her 15 crew.[1][9]
Knight of Malta The cargo ship ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) west of Ras Azzaz, Egypt. Salvage was abandoned on 10 March following bombing by enemy aircraft.[1]
MGB 12  Royal Navy World War II: The Motor Gun Boat struck a mine in the Bristol Channel off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. She was taken in tow but sank on 6 March.[1]
Port Townsville  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°05′N 5°24′W / 52.083°N 5.400°W / 52.083; -5.400) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe. She sank the next day.[1][4]
Tiny  Royal Navy World War II: The armed yacht was bombed and sunk at Sunderland, Co Durham by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]

4 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Andø  Norway World War II: The coaster was sunk at Lofoten, Norway, either by Fleet Air Arm aircraft or by demolition charges laid by British troops.[10]
Anonity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south east of Skegness Pier, Lincolnshire with the loss of four of her six crew.[1]
Bernhard Schulte  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands, Norway by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy). She was later raised and repaired.
Coburg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted off Italian Somaliland (8°40′N 61°25′E / 8.667°N 61.417°E / 8.667; 61.417) by a Supermarine Walrus aircraft from HMAS Canberra ( Royal Australian Navy) and was scuttled. The crew were rescued by HMAS Canberra and HMNZS Leander ( Royal New Zealand Navy).[1][11]
Eilenau  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands, Norway.[1]
Elbing  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Claymore: The collier was shelled and set on fire in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy) and was beached. She was later repaired and returned to service.
Felix Heumann  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands.[1]
Gumbinnen  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy). She was later raised and repaired
Hamburg  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy).[1]
Ketty Brøvig  Germany World War II: The captured Norwegian tanker was intercepted off Italian Somaliland (8°40′N 61°25′E / 8.667°N 61.417°E / 8.667; 61.417) by HMAS Canberra ( Royal Australian Navy) and HMNZS Leander ( Royal New Zealand Navy). She was scuttled by her crew, who were rescued by the Allied warships.[1][11]
Krebs  Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Claymore: The patrol boat was sunk by gunfire from HMS Somali ( Royal Navy) in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands.[12]
Mira  Norway World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands by HMS Bedouin ( Royal Navy). Two people were killed.[1][13]
Pasajes  Germany World War II: Operation Claymore: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Norwegian Sea off the Lofoten Islands by HMS Tartar ( Royal Navy).[1]

5 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Colombo Lofaro  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Calabria (37°45′N 15°46′E / 37.750°N 15.767°E / 37.750; 15.767) by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[1]
Marzamemi  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north east of Calabria (37°45′N 15°46′E / 37.750°N 15.767°E / 37.750; 15.767) by HMS Triumph ( Royal Navy).[1]
Murjek  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west north west of Rockall, Inverness-shire by U-95 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 31 crew.[1][14]
S70  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 Schnellboot was sunk by a mine.[15]
Silverstone  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the River Medway 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) upstream of Rochester Bridge, Kent with the loss of all hands. Silverstone was towing barges Cestone, Rockstone, Sandstone and Stonecurb (all  United Kingdom), two of which sank.[1]
Stolzenfels  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk by enemy action in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands.[1]

6 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Anfitrite  Regia Marina World War II: The submarine was sunk in the Aegean Sea (34°55′N 23°45′E / 34.917°N 23.750°E / 34.917; 23.750) by HMS Greyhound ( Royal Navy). 39 crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1][16]
HMT Keryado  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the English Channel and sank 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of Brighton, East Sussex with the loss of nine crew.[1][17]
Mexico  Norway World War II: Convoy FS 247: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°53′N 1°37′E / 51.883°N 1.617°E / 51.883; 1.617) with the loss of ten of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Codrington ( Royal Navy). The partially sunk wreck was dispersed in 1946.[1][18]
Mouse  United Kingdom World War II: The echo sounding boat was sunk by the explosion of a mine at Falmouth, Cornwall.[1]
Queen Wasp  United Kingdom World War II: The barge was sunk by the explosion of a mine at Falmouth.[1]
Sun VII  Royal Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of five crew.[1]

7 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Adolphe Urbain  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was last reported in the Mumbles Roads, Glamorgan, United Kingdom, en route to Drogheda, Ireland. No further trace, except for a lifeboat that washed up at Kilrush, Ireland on 26 March.[19]
Athelbeach  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 293: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°30′N 13°30′W / 60.500°N 13.500°W / 60.500; -13.500) by U-70. She was then torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-99 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Camellia ( Royal Navy).[1][20][21]
Boulderpool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (52°58′N 1°28′E / 52.967°N 1.467°E / 52.967; 1.467) by S-61 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[1]
Corduff  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 23 crew. Two of the survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
Delilian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 293: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°28′N 13°38′W / 60.467°N 13.633°W / 60.467; -13.633) by U-70 ( Kriegsmarine) and was abandoned by her 68 crew. She was later reboarded, repaired and returned to service in May 1941.[22]
Dotterel  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Southwold, Suffolk by S-29 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached at 52°41′N 1°59′E / 52.683°N 1.983°E / 52.683; 1.983 but declared a total loss. Eight of her 27 crew were lost. Survivors were rescued by Sheldrake[1]
Flashlight  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombeded and sunk in the North Sea (53°39′N 0°49′E / 53.650°N 0.817°E / 53.650; 0.817) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1]
Kenton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea (52°57′N 1°30′E / 52.950°N 1.500°E / 52.950; 1.500) by S-31 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew.[1][19]
Mentor  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°30′N 25°00′W / 59.500°N 25.000°W / 59.500; -25.000) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 22 crew.[1][23]
MTB 28  Royal Navy World War II: The Thorneycroft 73 foot class Motor Torpedo Boat was destroyed by fire at Portsmouth, Hampshire.[1]
Rye  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea by S-27 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 24 crew.[1]
Terje Viken  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 293: The whaler was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°00′N 12°50′W / 60.000°N 12.833°W / 60.000; -12.833) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 107 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Hurricane ( Royal Navy). She was one of the largest merchant ships sunk during World War II at 20,638 tons. She was scuttled on 14 March by three Royal Navy ships.[1][24][25][26]
U-70  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Arbutus and HMS Camellia (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 20 of her 45 crew. Survivors were taken on board the corvettes as prisoners of war.

8 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 March 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS Dart  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Suez Canal with the loss of two of her four crew.[1]
Dunaff Head  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 293: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°33′N 18°50′W / 60.550°N 18.833°W / 60.550; -18.833) by U-A ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five crew.[1]
Francis Dawson  United Kingdom The cargo ship caught fire at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and was declared a constructive total loss. Repaired and returned to service as Empire Tyne.[27]
George E. Klinck  United States The lumber schooner foundered off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina in a gale. All eight crew were rescued by USS Wasp ( United States Navy).[28][29][30]
Harmodius  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°35′N 20°40′W / 20.583°N 20.667°W / 20.583; -20.667) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Faulknor and HMS Forester (both  Royal Navy).[1][31][32]
Hindpool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°51′N 20°32′W / 20.850°N 20.533°W / 20.850; -20.533) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Faulknor ( Royal Navy) and Guido ( United Kingdom).[1][33]
Lahore  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (21°03′N 20°38′W / 21.050°N 20.633°W / 21.050; -20.633) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine). All 82 crew were rescued by HMS Forester ( Royal Navy).[1][34][35]
Nardana  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°51′N 20°32′W / 20.850°N 20.533°W / 20.850; -20.533) by U-120 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 107 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Faulknor and HMS Forester (both  Royal Navy).[1][36]
Norman Queen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk by S-102 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 crew. One survivor was taken as a prisoner of war.[1]
Nurgis  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 7 nautical miles (13 km) west by north of The Lizard, Cornwall, United Kingdom by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe. All 14 crew were rescued by Arthur Wright ( United Kingdom).[1][4][37]
Prins Frederik Hendrik  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in St George's Channel (52°20′N 5°37′W / 52.333°N 5.617°W / 52.333; -5.617) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of eight crew.[1][4]
Tielbank  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 67: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°51′N 20°32′W / 20.850°N 20.533°W / 20.850; -20.533) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 66 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Forester ( Royal Navy).[1][38]
Togstun  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 426 or FS 429: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Cromer, Norfolk by S-102 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight crew.[1]

9 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Capo Vita  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Hammanet (36°09′N 11°07′E / 36.150°N 11.117°E / 36.150; 11.117) by HMS Utmost ( Royal Navy).[1]
HMT Gulfoss  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Hastings, East Sussex with the loss of ten crew.[1][39]
HMT Hatsuse  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and was damaged in the English Channel 1.2 nautical miles (2.2 km) south of Penlee Point, Rame, Cornwall. She was beached in Cawsand Bay. Refloated on 11 March, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Marathon  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (approximately 21°N 25°W / 21°N 25°W / 21; -25) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

10 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Bur  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel (52°12′N 5°52′W / 52.200°N 5.867°W / 52.200; -5.867) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe. She was beached on Goodwick Sands. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[1][4]
Corinia  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (50°55′N 0°35′E / 50.917°N 0.583°E / 50.917; 0.583) with the loss of 14 crew.[1]
Fenicia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) east of the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia by HMS Unique ( Royal Navy).[1]
Reykjaborg Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland World War II: The trawler was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 459 nautical miles (850 km) south east of Iceland by U-552 with the loss of 13 of her 15 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Pimpernel ( Royal Navy).[1][40]
Sparta  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (50°55′N 0°35′E / 50.917°N 0.583°E / 50.917; 0.583) with the loss of nine crew.[1]
Waterland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (50°55′N 0°35′E / 50.917°N 0.583°E / 50.917; 0.583) with the loss of seven crew.[1]

11 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Aberdeen  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in Cardigan Bay by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of eight of her ten crew.[1][4]
Memnon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°41′N 21°00′W / 20.683°N 21.000°W / 20.683; -21.000) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of the 29 people on board. Survivors either landed in French West Africa and were interned by Vichy French authorities or were rescued by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine)[1][41]
HMT Revello  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Portsmouth, Hampshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was raised on 20 March and later repaired and returned to service.[1]
HMS Witherington  Royal Navy World War II: The W class destroyer was bombed and damaged at Portsmouth by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. She was later repaired and returned to service.[1]

12 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Buenos Aires  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was subsequently refloated, and used as a hulk at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands.[1]
Empire Frost  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 23: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in St George's Channel (51°36′N 5°40′W / 51.600°N 5.667°W / 51.600; -5.667) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe. She was taken in tow by Seine ( Netherlands) but was bombed again the next day and sank (51°33′N 5°54′W / 51.550°N 5.900°W / 51.550; -5.900) with the loss of six of her 43 crew.[1][4][27][42]
Essex Lance  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea (51°03′N 1°38′E / 51.050°N 1.633°E / 51.050; 1.633 by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached the next day off Cromer, Norfolk. She was subsequently refloated, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Mammoth  United Kingdom The floating crane was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Pétursey Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine).[1][43]
Stella  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Manchester, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated in October. Subsequently repaired and entered British service as River Swift.[1]
Trevethoe  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 32: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Orfordness, Suffolk (52°46′N 1°57′E / 52.767°N 1.950°E / 52.767; 1.950) by S-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member.[1]

13 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Excelsior  United Kingdom World War II: The flat was bombed and sunk at Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Myrmidon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated on 27 March and drydocked for repairs.[1]
Ngatira  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was damaged in the Bristol Channel (51°21′N 3°17′W / 51.350°N 3.283°W / 51.350; -3.283) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe and was beached. She was later refloated.[1][4]
Perseus  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea 12 nautical miles (22 km) off Bardsey Island, Caernarvonshire by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[1][4]
Samlanes  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the English Channel 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) due south of The Lizard, Cornwall with the loss of all hands.[1]
Star XIX  Germany World War II: The captured Norwegian whaler was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 45°N 23°W / 45°N 23°W / 45; -23) by HMS Scarborough ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew, who were rescued by the sloop.[1]
Star XXIV  Germany World War II: The captured Norwegian whaler was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 45°N 23°W / 45°N 23°W / 45; -23) by HMS Scarborough ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew, who were rescued by the sloop.[1]
Tacoma City  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 110: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Liverpool Bay with the loss of four crew.[1][44]
Two Brothers  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing smack was bombed and sunk at King's Lynn, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Ullapool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 23: The cargo ship struck a parachute mine, broke in two and sank in the Mersey with the loss of 15 of her 38 crew. The wreck was subsequently demolished.[1][42]

14 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Artemisia  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°53′N 1°39′E / 52.883°N 1.650°E / 52.883; 1.650) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[1]
Belhaven  United Kingdom World War II: The collier was bombed and sunk in the Clyde by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]
Clermiston  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Glasgow, Renfrewshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was raised in October 1941 and beached. In 1942, she was towed to Ardrossan, Ayrshire.[1]
Herport  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (53°15′N 1°05′E / 53.250°N 1.083°E / 53.250; 1.083) with the loss of four crew.[1]
HMT Jeannie Leask  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and was damaged in the North Sea (51°44′N 1°07′E / 51.733°N 1.117°E / 51.733; 1.117) and was beached at Brightlingsea, Essex. She was bombed on 25 March by Luftwaffe aircraft. Refloated on 13 April and arrived at Wivenhoe, Essex.[1]
Peaceful Star  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea 17 nautical miles (31 km) east south east of Rockabill, County Dublin, Ireland. All crew were rescued.[1]
Po  Italy (Flag of the Red Cross.pngRed Cross): World War II: The hospital ship was torpedoed and sunk at Vlorë, Albania by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm
Rainer  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpeded and sunk in the North Sea by a Kriegsmarine U-boat.[1]
Santa Clara  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (30°48′N 68°42′W / 30.800°N 68.700°W / 30.800; -68.700 by a Kriegsmarine U-boat with the loss of all hands.[1]
Santa Maria  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk at Vlorë by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm. She as later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Stanleigh  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Liverpool Bay 12 nautical miles (22 km) west of the Bar Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of 17 crew.[1][4]
Trevarrack  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Dalmuir, Renfrewshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated later that month, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Western Chief  United Kingdom Convoy SC 24: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°25′N 21°13′W / 58.417°N 21.217°W / 58.417; -21.217) by Emo ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 22 of her 43 crew.[1][42]
Wirma  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north of Juist, Lower Saxony, Germany by Royal Air Force aircraft (may have been named Rainier at time of loss[45]).[4]

15 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Athelfoam  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (42°00′N 43°25′W / 42.000°N 43.417°W / 42.000; -43.417) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Bianca  Norway World War II: The tanker was captured in the Atlantic Ocean by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled five days later when intercepted by HMS Renown  Royal Navy).[46]
British Strength  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately (42°N 43°W / 42°N 43°W / 42; -43) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Chabool  Royal Navy The tug sailed from Aden for Berbera, British Somaliland. No further trace, all eight crew lost.[46]
Eminent  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in St George's Channel, United Kingdom (52°32′N 5°37′W / 52.533°N 5.617°W / 52.533; -5.617). All crew were rescued.[19][46]
Myson  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 42°N 43°W / 42°N 43°W / 42; -43) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[46]
Rio Dorado  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 42°N 43°W / 42°N 43°W / 42; -43) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[46]
Royal Crown  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 42°N 43°W / 42°N 43°W / 42; -43) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[46]
San Casimiro  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was captured in the Atlantic Ocean (39°59′N 43°19′W / 39.983°N 43.317°W / 39.983; -43.317) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled five days later at 45°12′N 19°42′W / 45.200°N 19.700°W / 45.200; -19.700 when intercepted by HMS Renown)  Royal Navy).[46]
Simnia  United Kingdom World War II: World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (40°28′N 43°30′W / 40.467°N 43.500°W / 40.467; -43.500) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Warrior  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and was damaged in the Clyde at its confluence with the River Cart. She was beached at Renfrew. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[46]

16 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Almkerk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (13°40′N 20°30′W / 13.667°N 20.500°W / 13.667; -20.500) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine). All 66 crew were rescued by Martand ( United Kingdom).[46][47]
Beduin  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 112: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 34 crew. She later broke in two, the bow section was shelled and sunk by a naval trawler at 61°02′N 11°53′W / 61.033°N 11.883°W / 61.033; -11.883 on 19 March and the stern section was shelled and sunk at 61°07′N 10°50′W / 61.117°N 10.833°W / 61.117; -10.833 on 20 March. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Hilmir (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland) and River Ayr ( United Kingdom).[48][49]
Bullger  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine in Druridge Bay and sank while towing Empire Breeze.[27]
Chilean Reefer  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°58′N 44°00′W / 45.967°N 44.000°W / 45.967; -44.000) by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 39 crew. Three of the survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[46][50]
Demeterton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (45°58′N 44°00′W / 45.967°N 44.000°W / 45.967; -44.000) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Elna E  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel 18 nautical miles (33 km) south west of Lundy Island, Devon, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her 19 crew.[46][51]
Empire Industry  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 272: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (43°27′N 45°25′W / 43.450°N 45.417°W / 43.450; -45.417) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[27][46]
Erodona  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 112: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (61°20′N 17°00′W / 61.333°N 17.000°W / 61.333; -17.000) by U-110 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 36 of her 51 crew. The ship was abandoned, she broke in two, with the stern section sinking. The bow section was towed to Edisvik, Iceland. It was later towed to Reykjavík and then to Blyth, Northumberland. Repaired and returned to service in February 1944.[46][52]
Ferm  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 112: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (60°42′N 13°10′W / 60.700°N 13.167°W / 60.700; -13.167) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). The ship broke in two. The bow section was scuttled by a naval trawler on 19 March at 61°02′N 11°53′W / 61.033°N 11.883°W / 61.033; -11.883. The stern section was scuttled on 20 March at 61°07′N 10°50′W / 61.117°N 10.833°W / 61.117; -10.833. All crew were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy)[46]
Giovanni Boccaccio  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Melito Porto Salvo, Italy (35°57′N 15°40′E / 35.950°N 15.667°E / 35.950; 15.667) by HMS Parthian ( Royal Navy). She was beached at Condofuri. Later refloated and towed to Rimini, Emilia-Romagna for repairs.[46][53]
Granli  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 292: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of Newfoundland by Gneisenau ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[46]
J B White  Canada World War II: Convoy HX 112: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°57′N 12°27′W / 60.950°N 12.450°W / 60.950; -12.450) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Walker ( Royal Navy).[46][54]
Korshamn  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 112: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 36 crew.[55][56]
HMT Lady Lilian  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) west of Erris Head, Ireland by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe.[4][57]
Mangkai  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 44°N 43°W / 44°N 43°W / 44; -43) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine). Some crew were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Sardinian Prince  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 44°N 43°W / 44°N 43°W / 44; -43) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Silver Fir  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 44°N 43°W / 44°N 43°W / 44; -43) by Scharnhorst ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Varangnes  Norway The cargo ship was rammed and sunk in the North Sea by V-1106 ( Kriegsmarine).[58]
Venetia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 112: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°00′N 12°36′W / 61.000°N 12.600°W / 61.000; -12.600) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).[46][59]

17 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Andalusian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (14°33′N 21°06′W / 14.550°N 21.100°W / 14.550; -21.100) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew survived.[46][60]
Andromeda  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Vlorë, Albania by aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm.[4]
Einar Jarl  Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (56°17′N 2°18′W / 56.283°N 2.300°W / 56.283; -2.300) with the loss of one of her 22 crew. Survivors were rescued by Medway Coast ( United Kingdom).[46][61]
Korshamm  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 112: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°09′N 12°20′W / 61.150°N 12.333°W / 61.150; -12.333) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 crew.[46]
HMY Mollusc  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine yacht was sunk bombed and in the North Sea off Blyth, Northumberland by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46][62]
Tapanoeli  Netherlands Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (15°56′N 20°49′W / 15.933°N 20.817°W / 15.933; -20.817) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[46]
U-99  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (61°16′N 12°56′W / 61.267°N 12.933°W / 61.267; -12.933) by HMS Vanoc and HMS Walker (both  Royal Navy). She surfaced and was scuttled with the loss of three of her 43 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Walker and taken as prisoners of war.[46]
U-100  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 61°N 12°W / 61°N 12°W / 61; -12) by HMS Vanoc ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 38 of her 44 crew.[46]

18 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Aldebaran  Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Vlorë, Albania by Royal Air Force aircraft.[46]
Bremen  Germany The ocean liner was set on fire in an arson attack at Bremen and was burnt out. She was scrapped in 1946.
Daphne II  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off the mouth of the Humber by S 102 ( Kriegsmarine). She was beached off the Bull Lightship ( United Kingdom) but broke in two and sank.[4][46]
Medjerda  United Kingdom Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 17°N 21°W / 17°N 21°W / 17; -21) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 54 crew.[46][63]
HMS Rosaura  Royal Navy World War II: The Armed Boarding Vessel struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya with the loss of 59 P.O.W.s, 5 Guards and 14 crewmen.
Widar  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Wadden Sea off Borkum, Germany, by an aerial torpedo dropped by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[4][46]

19 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Benvorlich  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 298: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°48′N 13°10′W / 54.800°N 13.167°W / 54.800; -13.167) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of five crew. Survivors were rescued by the convoy rescue ship Zamalek ( United Kingdom).[4][31][46]
Clan MacNab  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean with Strix ( Norway) and sank.[46]
Juno  United Kingdom The coaster was bombed and damaged at Surrey Commercial Docks, Rotherhithe, London by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was declared a constructive total loss.[46]
Leo  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) north west of the Butt of Lewis, Hebrides, United Kingdom. All 21 crew were rescued by HMS Echo ( Royal Navy).[46][64]
Mandalika  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (18°16′N 21°26′W / 18.267°N 21.433°W / 18.267; -21.433) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 65 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Marguerite ( Royal Navy).[46][65]
Nyegg  Norway The coaster ran aground north of Egersund, Norway. Salvage efforts were abandoned and she was declared a total loss.[66]

20 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Bianca  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Irish Sea by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of five crew.[4][46]
Cieszyn  Poland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south south east of Manacle Point, Cornwall, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46]
HMT Dox  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Plymouth, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Elan II  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Plymouth by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated in October 1941.[46]
HMT Gloaming  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was mined and sunk in the North Sea off the mouth of the Humber.[46]
HMT Helvellyn  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary anti-aircraft ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[46]
Joan Margaret  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of five crew.[46]
Lindenhall  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Royal Victoria Dock, Plaistow, London by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later raised and entered a drydock at Millwall, London on 23 April.[46]
Mackay-Bennett  United Kingdom World War II: The hulk was bombed and sunk at Plymouth, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated on 28 July. Subsequently returned to service.[46]
Mari II  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Plymouth by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated on 27 June, repaired and returned to service.[46]
HMS Sir Bevois  Royal Navy World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Plymouth by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of nine of her 15 crew.[46][67][68]
HMT Soizic  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was sunk by enemy action.[46]
Stolzenfels  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was sunk in the North Sea off Ameland, Friesland, Netherlands by aircraft of Coastal Command, Royal Air Force.[4]

21 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 March 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Asama  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Plymouth, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft.[46]
Benwyvis  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 20°N 26°W / 20°N 26°W / 20; -26) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 34 of her 35 crew. The survivor was rescued by Ville de Rouen ( France).[46]
Clan Ogilvy  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (20°04′N 25°45′W / 20.067°N 25.750°W / 20.067; -25.750) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 61 of her 85 crew. Survivors were rescued by Batna ( United Kingdom), Cabo Villano ( Spain) and King Edgar ( United Kingdom).[46][69]
Embiricos Nicolaos  Greece World War II: Convoy AS 21: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (34°30′N 24°45′E / 34.500°N 24.750°E / 34.500; 24.750) by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 30, Luftwaffe with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by a Royal Hellenic Navy destroyer.[4][46]
Halo  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the River Thames at Beckton, London with the loss of four crew. She was later refloated and beached at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.[46]
London II  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel (51°23′N 4°30′W / 51.383°N 4.500°W / 51.383; -4.500) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four of her eighteen crew. She sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) south of Mumbles Head, Glamorgan. London II was on a voyage from Manchester, Lancashire to Cardiff, Glamorgan.[46][70]
Jhelum  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 68: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 21°N 25°W / 21°N 25°W / 21; -25) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 57 crew. The survivors landed in French West Africa and were taken as prisoners of war by Vichy French authorities.[46][71]
Millisle  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) off the Helwick Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of ten crew. She was on a voyage from Cardiff to Cork.[46][70]

22 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Agnita  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (2°30′N 25°00′W / 2.500°N 25.000°W / 2.500; -25.000) by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[46]
Solheim  Norway World War II:Convoy AS 21: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea (34°30′N 24°10′E / 34.500°N 24.167°E / 34.500; 24.167) by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of III Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 30, Luftwaffe. She was abandoned with the intention of salvage, but sank the next day. All 32 crew were rescued by a Royal Hellenic Navy destroyer and a Greek tug.[4][72]
St Fintan  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea 7 nautical miles (13 km) north north west of the Smalls Lighthouse with the loss of all nine crew.[46]
Vestlkyst I  Norway World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged off Skadberg, Norway, and was beached. She was attacked again on 24 July by Royal Air Force aircraft and partly sank. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service in autumn 1942.[58]

23 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Carnia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north east of Brindisi by Triton ( Hellenic Navy).[73] She was subsequently salvaged.[4]
Chama  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 56: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west south west of the Fastnet Rock (49°35′N 19°13′W / 49.583°N 19.217°W / 49.583; -19.217) by U-97 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 59 crew.[46][74]
Elmira  United Kingdom The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel (59°55′N 3°40′W / 59.917°N 3.667°W / 59.917; -3.667) with the loss of ten of her 11 crew.[46]
Tabarka  United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow as a Block Ship. Refloated and moved to Burra Sound and resunk sometime in 1944.[75]
U-551  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIC submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (62°37′N 16°47′W / 62.617°N 16.783°W / 62.617; -16.783) by HMT Visona ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 45 crew.

24 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Agnete Maersk  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (49°00′N 22°55′W / 49.000°N 22.917°W / 49.000; -22.917) by Veniero ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 28 crew.[46][76]
Eastlea  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 37 crew.[77]
Hørda  Norway World War II: Convoy OG 56: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 49°N 23°W / 49°N 23°W / 49; -23) by U-95 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 30 crew.[46][78]
Nuraghe  Italy The coaster sank in the Adriatic Sea off Capo Pali, Vlorë, Albania.[46]
Oder  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Red Sea by HMS Shoreham ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.[46]
HMY Wilna  Royal Navy World War II: The yacht was bombed and sunk in The Solent by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46][79]

25 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Alaskan  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel (54°49′N 1°07′W / 54.817°N 1.117°W / 54.817; -1.117). All five crew were rescued.[46]
Beaverbrae  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°12′N 9°00′W / 60.200°N 9.000°W / 60.200; -9.000) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All 86 crew were rescued by HMS Gurkha and HMS Tartar (both  Royal Navy).[4][46]
Britannia  United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil (7°24′N 24°03′W / 7.400°N 24.050°W / 7.400; -24.050) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 249 of the 484 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Bachi, Cabo de Hornos (both  Spain) and Raranga ( United Kingdom).[46][80]
Cities Service Denver  United States The tanker caught fire and exploded in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Carolina.[81] The ship sank while under tow by USCGC Shoshone. Nineteen crew members were missing after the explosion which originated below the crew quarters.[82][83]
Escaut  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 24 nautical miles (44 km) south west of Hartland Point, Devon and was abandoned. She came ashore at Bude, Cornwall. Refloated on 7 September and taken to Appledore, Devon.[46]
Rossmore  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 12 nautical miles (22 km) north east of Godrevy Island, Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of six crew.[46]
Trolleholm  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was attacked in the Atlantic Ocean by Thor ( Kriegsmarine) and was scuttled. All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[46][84]
Waimarama  United Kingdom The troopship ran aground in the Mediterranean Sea on a voyage from Port Said to Alexandria, Egypt and was severely damaged. She was later repaired and returned to service.[46]

26 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Adige  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached at Malzara Creek, later repaired and returned to service.[46]
Beinisvor  Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°40′N 4°37′W / 61.667°N 4.617°W / 61.667; -4.617) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[46]
Brier Rose  United Kingdom The coaster sank in the Irish Sea.[46]
Caroline Thordén  Finland World War II: The ship was bombed and damaged at Thorshavn, Faroe Islands by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of Küstenfliegergruppe 706, Luftwaffe. She ran aground at 62°11′20″N 7°00′10″W / 62.18889°N 7.00278°W / 62.18889; -7.00278 and was abandoned. One passenger was killed and eight were rescued by Venezuela ( Sweden). She was refloated on 8 October and towed to Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom, where sh was declared a constructive total loss. Carolina Thorden was sunk as a blockship at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands (58°50′30″N 2°54′04″W / 58.84167°N 2.90111°W / 58.84167; -2.90111) on 10 October 1942. She was refloated in 1949.[46][85][86]
Empire Mermaid  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (100 nautical miles (190 km) west of the Hebrides by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. She sank on 28 March at 57°33′N 12°43′W / 57.550°N 12.717°W / 57.550; -12.717.[4][27]
Helena  Italy World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Palermo, Sicily.[46]
Millimumul United Kingdom Australia World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank off Newcastle, New South Wales (33°34′N 151°56′E / 33.567°N 151.933°E / 33.567; 151.933) with the loss of seven crew.[46]
Knoll  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) west of Lundy Island, Devon. She was beached on Lundy Island. Refloated on 29 March and escorted to Swansea, Glamorgan.[46][87]
HMCS Otter  Royal Canadian Navy The naval yacht caught fire and sank off Halifax, Nova Scotia with the loss of 19 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Talisman ( Royal Navy) and Wisla ( Poland).[46]
Pericles  Norway World War II: Raid on Souda Bay: The tanker was damaged in Suda Bay, Crete, Greece when rammed by Italian explosive motor boats. Her cargo was salvaged. On 14 April, she broke in two in a storm in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Alexandria, Egypt due to the damage sustained in the raid. Both sections were shelled and sunk.[46]
Somali  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Blyth, Northumberland. She sank the next day off Snoop Head, Sutherland with the loss of one crew member.[46]
Ticino  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Trapani, Sicily (38°06′N 12°31′E / 38.100°N 12.517°E / 38.100; 12.517) by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy).[46]
Verde  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sicily.[88]
HMS York  Royal Navy
HMS York

World War II: Raid on Souda Bay: The York-class cruiser was damaged by being rammed by Italian explosive motor boats in the raid. She was subsequently beached to prevent her sinking. On 22 May she was scuttled by Allied forces to prevent capture by Axis forces. Salvaged in February 1952 and scrapped at Bari, Apulia, Italy.

27 March[edit]

For the constructive total loss of the South African tanker Tafelburg on this day see the entry for 28 January 1941

List of shipwrecks: 27 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Faraday  United Kingdom World War II: Bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off St Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire, England, by Luftwaffe aircraft the previous day, the cable layer sank off Dale with the loss of eight crew members.[46]
Koranton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 25: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°51′N 22°36′W / 58.850°N 22.600°W / 58.850; -22.600) by U-98 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 41 crew.[89]
Meg Merillies  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) south of the St Govan's Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken in tow but sank after the towline parted.[46]
Palmstone  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage vessel was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south east of the St Govan's Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, later refloated and taken to Pembroke.[46]

28 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Antwerpen  Netherlands World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel (51°16′N 4°21′W / 51.267°N 4.350°W / 51.267; -4.350) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of three crew.[46]
Borgund  Norway World War II: The cargo ship disappeared after departing Reykjavík, Iceland, on 25 March with a cargo of fish for Scrabster, Scotland. Probably sunk by aircraft on this date. All 13 on board lost.[90][91]
Fiume  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan: The Zara-class heavy cruiser was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (35°21′N 20°57′E / 35.350°N 20.950°E / 35.350; 20.950) by battleships HMS Barham, Valiant and Warspite (all  Royal Navy).[92][93]
Generale Antonio Chinotto  Regia Marina World War II: The torpedo boat struck a mine laid by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy), and sank north-east of Palermo, Sicily.[94]
Giosue Carducci  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan: The Oriani-class destroyer was shelled and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea by battleships HMS Barham, Valiant and Warspite (all  Royal Navy), scuttled by her crew.[95][96]
Heraklea  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia by HMS Utmost ( Royal Navy).[46]
Kestrel  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel north of Lundy Island, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached on Lundy Island the next day but was subsequently wrecked in a storm.[46]
Olivine  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster sank in the Irish Sea or the Bristol Channel.[46]
Staffordshire  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (59°30′N 10°18′W / 59.500°N 10.300°W / 59.500; -10.300) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 28 lives. She was beached in Loch Ewe on 29 March. Refloated on 23 April.[46]
Vittorio Alfieri  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan: The Oriani-class destroyer was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Battleships HMS Barham, Warspite and Valiant (all  Royal Navy).[96][97]

29 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Emma  United Kingdom World War II: The Thames barge struck a mine and sank in the River Thames at Rotherhithe, London.[46]
Exeter  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south west of Ballycotton, County Donegal, Ireland by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of Kampfgeschwader 27, Luftwaffe with the loss of all hands.[4][46]
Germanic  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 115: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°18′N 22°05′W / 61.300°N 22.083°W / 61.300; -22.083) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Dianella ( Royal Navy).[46][98]
Hylton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 115: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°20′N 18°10′W / 61.333°N 18.167°W / 61.333; -18.167) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). All 44 crew were rescued by HMS Dianella ( Royal Navy).[46][99]
Kimberley  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 22 nautical miles (41 km) south east of Flamborough Head, Yorkshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46]
Liguria  Sweden World War II: Convoy OG 56 / Convoy OB 322: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 60°N 29°W / 60°N 29°W / 60; -29) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 of her 29 crew.[46]
Limbourg  Belgium World War II: Convoy HX 115: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°18′N 22°05′W / 61.300°N 22.083°W / 61.300; -22.083) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 24 crew.[46][100]
Oiltrader  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (52°34′N 2°01′E / 52.567°N 2.017°E / 52.567; 2.017) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46]
Pola  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan: Damaged by an aerial torpedo in the Mediterranean Sea (35°15′N 21°00′E / 35.250°N 21.000°E / 35.250; 21.000) the previous day, the Zara-class heavy cruiser was torpedoed by the destroyer HMS Jervis ( Royal Navy). 328 crewmen lost. 1015 survivors rescued by British destroyers (including 258 by Jervis), another 110 by Greek destroyers, and another 161 by the Italian hospital ship Gradisca.[93][101]
Zara  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Matapan: Shelled by the battleships HMS Barham, Valiant, and Warspite (all  Royal Navy), and torpedoed and shelled by the destroyers HMAS Stuart ( Royal Australian Navy):, HMS Havock, and HMS Jervis (both  Royal Navy) late the previous evening, the Zara-class heavy cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (35°20′N 20°57′E / 35.333°N 20.950°E / 35.333; 20.950) by Jervis.[93][102]

30 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 March 1941
Ship Country Description
Celebes  Netherlands The coaster departed from Liverpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom for Falmouth, Cornwall. No further trace, lost with all seven crew.[103]
Coultarn  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 302: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°18′N 28°29′W / 60.300°N 28.483°W / 60.300; -28.483) by U-69 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS California ( Royal Navy)[46][104]
Laura Corrado  Italy World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Cape Gallo, Sicily by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy).[46][105]
Umona  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone by U-124 with the loss of 102 of her 88 crew and 14 passengers. Five survivors were rescued: three by HMS Foxhound ( Royal Navy) and two by Lorca ( United Kingdom).[46][106]

31 March[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 March 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS Bonaventure  Royal Navy World War II: The Dido-class cruiser was torpedoed and sunk south of Crete (33°20′N 26°35′E / 33.333°N 26.583°E / 33.333; 26.583) by Ambra ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 139 of her 480 crew. 310 survivors rescued by HMS Hereward ( Royal Navy) and HMAS Stuart ( Royal Australian Navy).[46]
Castor  Sweden World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (57°59′N 32°08′W / 57.983°N 32.133°W / 57.983; -32.133) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 42 crew. She sank on 3 April.[46][107]
Eisenach  Germany World War II: The German vessel sought refuge in the neutral port of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 1 September 1939, suspected of being used by Nazi spy networks despite confiscation of radio equipment, presumably scuttled by explosive devices 31 March 1941. Later salvaged by the salvage tug Retriever and, after a second fire presumed sabotage, repaired and put into service.[108][109]
Fella  Italy World War II: The cargo ship sought refuge in the neutral port of Puntarenas, Costa Rica, 5 June 1940, suspected of being used by Nazi spy networks despite confiscation of radio equipment, was scuttled by explosive devices 31 March 1941 at Puntarenas.[46][108]
Jole Fassio  Italy World War II: The tanker ship was scuttled at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela. She was later salvaged and entered American service as Alcibiades.[46]
HMT Lord Selborne  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank at the mouth of the River Humber with the loss of 17 crew.[46][110]
Ontario  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°15′N 11°00′W / 60.250°N 11.000°W / 60.250; -11.000) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[46]
Pier Capponi  Regia Marina World War II: The Mameli-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Stromboli (38°42′N 15°12′E / 38.700°N 15.200°E / 38.700; 15.200) by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy).[46]
Trottiera  Italy World War II: The tanker ship was scuttled at Puerto Cabello.[46]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS MGB 98  Royal Navy World War II: The VTB class Motor Gun Boat was bombed and sunk at Gosport by Luftwaffe aircraft sometime in March.[111]
U-47  Kriegsmarine The Type VIIB submarine was lost on or after March 7 with the loss of all 47 crew.

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Ship events in 1941
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