List of shipwrecks in November 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.

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1 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Dietrich Hasseldieck  Germany World War II: The schooner struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Tallinn, Estonia.[1]
East Oaze Lightship  United Kingdom Woeld War II: The lightship was bombed and sunk in the Thames Estuary by Luftwaffe aircraft.[2]
Empire Bison  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 82: The Design 1019 cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°30′N 17°40′W / 59.500°N 17.667°W / 59.500; -17.667 by U-124 with the loss of 38 of the 42 people on board.
Hundvaag  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, United Kingdom (51°08′41″N 1°27′55″E / 51.14472°N 1.46528°E / 51.14472; 1.46528) with the loss of one crew member of the 15 people aboard.[3][4]
Letchworth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 22: The collier was bombed and sunk in the Thames Estuary north east of Sheerness, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[5][6]
Santa Lucia  Netherlands World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in Belfast Lough, United Kingdom with the loss of four crew.[5][7]
HMT Tilbury Ness  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the Thames Estuary by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of ten crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Royal Eagle ( Royal Navy) and Salvo ( United Kingdom)[5][8][9]
HMT Torbay II  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in The Downs, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft.[5][10]

2 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Deanbrook  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the River Thames at Tilbury, Essex with the loss of six crew. She was later raised and scrapped.[5]
Goodwill  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter struck a mine and sank in the Firth of Forth.[5]
Lea  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the River Thames at Tilbury with the loss of six crew. She was later raised and scrapped.[5]
Menelaos  Greece The cargo ship capsized and sank in the English Channel south of Selsey Bill, West Sussex, United Kingdom.[11]
Penola  United Kingdom The schooner sank in the North Sea off Toward Point, Argyllshire.[12]
HMT Rinovia  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall with the loss of 14 crew.[5][13]
U-31  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIA submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland (56°26′N 10°18′W / 56.433°N 10.300°W / 56.433; -10.300) by HMS Antelope ( Royal Navy) with the loss of two of her 46 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[5]

3 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Casanare  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of County Donegal, Ireland by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 63 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Beagle ( Royal Navy).[14]
Eros  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea east of Wick, Caithness by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[2]
Hillfern  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the north coast of Aberdeenshire.[15]
Kildale  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy WN 29: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north east of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire (57°45′N 1°45′W / 57.750°N 1.750°W / 57.750; -1.750) by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of two crew.[2][5][16]
HMS Laurentic  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Bloody Foreland, Ireland by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 49 of the 417 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMS Beagle ( Royal Navy).[17]
Sigrun  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in Oslofjord 10 nautical miles (19 km) east south east of Larvik, Norway (58°59′N 10°21′E / 58.983°N 10.350°E / 58.983; 10.350) by HMS Sturgeon ( Royal Navy).[5][18]
Van der Weyden  Belgium World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank at Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom.[2]

4 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 November 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Patroclus  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Bloody Foreland, Ireland (53°43′N 14°41′W / 53.717°N 14.683°W / 53.717; -14.683) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 56 of her 319 crew. Survivors, plus those from Casanare ( United Kingdom) and HMS Laurentic ( Royal Navy), were rescued by HMS Achates and HMS Hesperus (both  Royal Navy).[5]
Snia Amba  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged at Benghazi, Libya by HMS Tetrarch ( Royal Navy). She was beached but was consequently declared a total loss.[2]

5 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 November 1940
Ship Country Description
SS Beaverford  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°26′N 32°34′W / 52.433°N 32.567°W / 52.433; -32.567) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 77 crew.[5][19]
Fresno City  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gloucester City ( United Kingdom) and Mount Taygetus ( Greece).[5][20]
Haig Rose  United Kingdom The cargo ship departed from Barry, Glamorgan for Plymouth, Devon. No further trace, presumed foundered in the Bristol Channel.[5][21]
HMS Jervis Bay  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy HX 84: The armed merchant cruiser was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 735 nautical miles (1,361 km) south west of Iceland (52°50′N 32°15′W / 52.833°N 32.250°W / 52.833; -32.250) by Admiral Scheer with the loss of 136 crew. 65 survivors were rescued by Stureholm ( Sweden).[5]
Kenbane Head  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°26′N 32°34′W / 52.433°N 32.567°W / 52.433; -32.567) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 23 of her 47 crew. The survivors were rescued by Gloucester City ( United Kingdom.[5][22]
Lady Drusie  United Kingdom World War II: The vessel struck a mine and sank off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire.[23]
Maidan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°28′N 32°08′W / 52.467°N 32.133°W / 52.467; -32.133) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 91 crew.[5][24]
Mopan  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°59′N 32°12′W / 52.983°N 32.200°W / 52.983; -32.200 by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine). All crew survived but were taken as prisoners of war.[5][25]
Palime  Germany World War II: The collier struck a mine and was damaged. She was declared a total loss on arrival at Stavanger, Norway.[26]
San Demetrio  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The tanker was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°48′N 32°15′W / 52.800°N 32.250°W / 52.800; -32.250 and was abandoned by her crew. All 41 crew survived. 25 survivors were rescued by Gloucester City ( United Kingdom). The other 16 reboarded the burning ship on 7 November and she reached the Clyde on 16 November, one of the crew dying en route from injuries sustained. Subsequently repaired and returned to service.
Scottish Maiden  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 83: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 225 nautical miles (417 km) west by south of Bloody Foreland, County Donegal, Ireland (54°36′N 14°23′W / 54.600°N 14.383°W / 54.600; -14.383) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Beagle ( Royal Navy).[5][27]
Trewellard  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°27′N 32°09′W / 52.450°N 32.150°W / 52.450; -32.150) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Gloucester City ( United Kingdom).[5][28]

6 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Clan MacKinlay  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy WN 31: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Noss Head, Caithness (58°33′N 2°53′W / 58.550°N 2.883°W / 58.550; -2.883) by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of five crew.[2][5][29]
Delfinus  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea west of Varhaug, Jæren, (58°34′N 5°37′E / 58.567°N 5.617°E / 58.567; 5.617) by HMS Sturgeon ( Royal Navy). All crew survived.[5][30][31]
Comandante Faà di Bruno  Regia Marina World War II: The Marcello-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland by HMS Harvester ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Ottawa ( Royal Canadian Navy).[5]
Elly  Sweden World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak 20 nautical miles (37 km) west of the Pater Noster Lighthouse with the loss of five crew.[5]
HMT Girl Helen  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.[5][32]
Nalon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°57′N 15°03′W / 53.950°N 15.050°W / 53.950; -15.050) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[2][5][33]
HMS Sevra  Royal Navy World War II: The Naval whaler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall.[34][35]

7 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Astrologer  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 28: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Thames Estuary off the coast of Essex (51°32′N 1°06′E / 51.533°N 1.100°E / 51.533; 1.100) by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of Küstenfliegergrüppe 506, Luftwaffe and was beached. She was wrecked in a gale on 15 November.[2][5][36]
Cambridge  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Bass Strait, Australia and sank with the loss of one of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMAS Orara ( Royal Australian Navy).[5]
Herland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north east of Sheerness, Kent with the loss of 18 crew.[5][37]
Poncelet France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Gabon: The submarine was damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Gabon, French Equatorial Africa by HMS Milford ( Royal Navy) and a Supermarine Walrus aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Devonshire ( Royal Navy). She was scuttled by her crew at 0°20′S 8°50′E / 0.333°S 8.833°E / -0.333; 8.833. They were rescued by HMS Foxhound and HMS Fortune (both  Royal Navy).[5]
Poulmic  Free French Naval Forces World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon, United Kingdom with the loss of 11 of her 18 crew.[5]
HMT Reed  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (51°46′00″N 1°14′05″E / 51.76667°N 1.23472°E / 51.76667; 1.23472) with the loss of all 15 crew.[5][38]
HMS Swordfish  Royal Navy World War II: The S-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the English Channel south of St. Catherine's Point, Isle of Wight with the loss of all 40 crew.
T-6  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1935-class torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Kinnaird Head, Aberdeenshire United Kingdom. The crew were rescued by T-7 and T-8 (both  Kriegsmarine).[5]
HMT William Wesney  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea east of Felixstowe, Suffolk (51°53′48″N 1°33′36″E / 51.89667°N 1.56000°E / 51.89667; 1.56000) with the loss of five crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Sheldrake ( Royal Navy) and two trawlers ( United Kingdom).[5][39]

8 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Agamemnon  Netherlands World War II: Convoy FN 329: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Thames Estuary by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[5][40]
HMS An 2  Royal Navy World War II: The converted whaler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall.[5][41]
City of Rayville  United States World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bass Strait off Cape Otway, Australia (38°51′S 143°39′E / 38.850°S 143.650°E / -38.850; 143.650) with the loss of one of her 38 crew.[42]
Fireglow  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Turk Head by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of Küstenfliegergruppe 506, Luftwaffe.[2]
HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The offshore patrol vessel ran aground and sank on Jan Mayen Island.
HMS Muria  Royal Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the North Sea north of Margate, Kent (51°26′30″N 1°27′00″E / 51.44167°N 1.45000°E / 51.44167; 1.45000) with the loss of all hands.[43]
HNLMS O 22  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine was depth charged and sunk off Lindesnes, Vest-Agder, Norway by UJ-117 and UJ-1104 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[2][5]
Vingaland  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 84: The cargo ship was bombed and set on fire in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°41′N 18°24′W / 55.683°N 18.400°W / 55.683; -18.400) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of six of her 25 crew. The ship was torpedoed and sunk the next day by Marconi ( Regia Marina). Survivors were rescued by Danae II ( United Kingdom).[2][5][44]

9 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Baltrader  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°41′N 1°18′E / 51.683°N 1.300°E / 51.683; 1.300) with the loss of two crew.[5][45]
Bougainville France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Gabon: The Bougainville-class aviso was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Gabon, French Equatorial Africa by Commandant Dominé and Savorgnan de Brazza (both  Free French Naval Forces).[5]
City of Rayville  United States World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Pacific Ocean east of Cape Otway, Australia (38°51′S 143°39′E / 38.850°S 143.650°E / -38.850; 143.650) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. She was the first American merchant vessel lost through enemy action during the war.[5][46][47] (actually 8th of November, see above)
Gartbrattan  United Kingdom The cargo ship collided with Melrose Abbey ( United Kingdom in the Atlantic Ocean west of Cape Clear Island, Ireland and sank.[48]
Minerva  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany.[5][49]
Poncelet France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Gabon: The Redoutable-class submarine was shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off French Equatorial Africa by HMS Milford ( Royal Navy) and was later scuttled.[50]
Vivi  Greece World War II: The coaster was sunk from a Greek mine in the Gulf of Patras.[51]

10 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 November 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Kingston Alalite  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon with the loss of six crew.[5][52]
HMT Marcelle  Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel (51°21′48″N 3°08′00″W / 51.36333°N 3.13333°W / 51.36333; -3.13333 with the loss of one of her five crew.[5]

11 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Anna C. Minch  United States Armistice Day Blizzard : The cargo ship broke in two and sank in Lake Michigan with the loss of all 24 crew.
Ardmore  United Kingdom The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Great Saltee Island, County Wexford, Ireland with the loss of all 18 crew.[5][53]
Automedon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was captured in the Bay of Bengal off Sumatra, Dutch East Indies by ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 76 crew. She was subsequently scuttled.
Balmore  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of Ireland (52°00′N 17°00′W / 52.000°N 17.000°W / 52.000; -17.000 by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All 27 crew were killed.[2][5][54]
CH-6 and CH-7  Free French Naval Forces The CH-5-class submarine chasers were sunk by German destroyers.[55]
Caio Duilio  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Taranto: The Andrea Doria-class battleship was torpedoed and damaged off Taranto, Apulia by Fairey Swordfish torpedo bombers from HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy) and was beached.
Colonel Crompton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Southend, Essex by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 506 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[2]
Conte di Cavour  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Taranto: The Conte di Cavour-class battleship was torpedoed and sunk off Taranto by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy).
Corduff  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Southend by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 506 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[2]
Corsea  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk at Southend by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 506 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[2]
Creemuir  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy EN 23: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) south east of Aberdeen by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of 27 crew.[2][5][56]
Dionyssios Stathatos  Greece The tanker lost her rudder in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom and was abandoned.[57]
Littorio  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Taranto: The Littorio-class battleship was damaged off Taranto by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy. She was beached but later sank.
Novadoc  Canada Armistice Day Blizzard: The cargo ship was driven ashore and wrecked in Lake Michigan on the coast of Michigan near Pentwater. All crew saved by the tugboat Three Brothers II.
Porthcarrack  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at Porthcawl, Glamorgan with the loss of four crew.[58]
Ravnanger  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Redcar, Yorkshire by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of Küstenfliegergruppe 506, Luftwaffe with the loss of one of the 40 people on board.[2][5][59]
Skarv  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel.[5]
HMT Stella Orion  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Herne Bay, Kent. All crew were rescued.[5][60]
Trebartha  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy EN 23: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Aberdeen by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of four crew.[2][5][61]
William B. Davock  United States Armistice Day Blizzard : The cargo ship sank in Lake Michigan with the loss of all 32 crew.

12 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Antonio Locatelli  Italy World War II: Battle of the Strait of Otranto: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Otranto by Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy ships.
Argus  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north east of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent with one survivor of her 35 crew.[5][62]
Capo Vado  Italy World War II: Battle of the Strait of Otranto: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Otranto by Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy ships.
Catalani  Italy World War II: Battle of the Strait of Otranto: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Otranto by Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy ships.
Premuda  Italy World War II: Battle of the Strait of Otranto: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Otranto by Royal Australian Navy and Royal Navy ships.
Witte Zee  Royal Netherlands Navy The salvage tug ran aground at Oxwich Point, Glamorgan, United Kingdom and was wrecked. She was on a voyage from Falmouth, Cornwall to Lamlash, Arran.[63][64]

13 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Anvers  Belgium World War II: Convoy WN 35: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) north east of Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom (57°43′N 1°49′W / 57.717°N 1.817°W / 57.717; -1.817) by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of one of her 37 crew.[2][5][65][66]
Buoyant  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Skegness, Lincolnshire.[5]
Cape St Andrew  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 240: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Tory Island, Ireland (55°14′N 10°29′W / 55.233°N 10.483°W / 55.233; -10.483) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 68 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Salvonia ( Royal Navy)[67][68]
Charles Edmond  France World War II: The schooner was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay 60 nautical miles (110 km) off the mouth of the Gironde (45°41′N 2°57′E / 45.683°N 2.950°E / 45.683; 2.950) by HMS Tigris ( Royal Navy).[5][69]
Dekabrist  Soviet Navy The Dekabrist-class submarine sank in Motovsky Bay during a diving exercise with the loss of all 53 crew.[2][70]
Empire Wind  United Kingdom The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°48′N 15°52′W / 53.800°N 15.867°W / 53.800; -15.867 by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued by HMS Arrow ( Royal Navy).[2][5][71]
Leon Martin  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall with the loss of 16 crew.[5][72]
HMT Ristango  Royal Navy World War II: The Boom Defence Vessel fouled the boom and sank at Sheerness, Kent.[5]
Shipmates  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter was bombed and sunk at Dover, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft.[5]
St Catherine  United Kingdom Convoy WN 35: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Aberdeen by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 706 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of fifteen people.[2][5][73]
Wilhelmsburg  Germany The tanker ran aground at Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France and was wrecked.[74]

14 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 November 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Restango  Royal Navy The tug sank in the Thames Estuary north of Sheerness, Kent.[75]
Teddy  Norway World War II: The tanker was scuttled in the Indian Ocean by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine). She had been captured on 8 November at 5°35′N 88°22′E / 5.583°N 88.367°E / 5.583; 88.367.[5]

15 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Amenity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Spurn Head, Yorkshire. All seven crew were rescued.[76][77]
Apapa  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 53: The Elder Dempster passenger ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west of Achill Head, County Mayo, Ireland (54°34′N 16°47′W / 54.567°N 16.783°W / 54.567; -16.783 by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40 with the loss of 23 people. She was carrying 95 passengers from Lagos to Liverpool and a crew of 158. Her cargo of gold was valued at £19,188. The survivors were rescued by Mary Kingsley and New Columbia (both  United Kingdom).[2][78]
Blue Galleon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 34: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of three crew.[76][79]
HMT Dungeness  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Happisburgh. She was declared a constructive total loss.[76][80]
HMS Guardsman  Royal Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off North Foreland, Kent with the loss of two crew.[76][81]
Havbør  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Sierra Leone (4°24′N 13°46′W / 4.400°N 13.767°W / 4.400; -13.767) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 29 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by Baron Ardrossan ( United Kingdom).[76][82]
Kohinur  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 235: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Freetown, Sierra Leone (4°24′N 13°46′W / 4.400°N 13.767°W / 4.400; -13.767 by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 48 of her 85 crew. Survivors were rescued by City of Pittsburgh ( United Kingdom).[76][83][84]
Penryn  United Kingdom The coaster collided with another vessel in Liverpool Bay and sank.[85]

16 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 November 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Arsenal  Royal Navy The naval trawler collided with Burza ( Polish Navy) in the Clyde Estuary (55°46′25″N 4°59′05″W / 55.77361°N 4.98472°W / 55.77361; -4.98472) and sank. Survivors rescued by HMS Arrow ( Royal Navy) and the Tug Superman ( United Kingdom).[86]
Fabian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (2°49′N 15°29′W / 2.817°N 15.483°W / 2.817; -15.483) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of six of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by British Statesman ( United Kingdom).[76][87][88]
Planter  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SLS 53: The cargo ship romped ahead of the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°38′N 8°38′W / 55.633°N 8.633°W / 55.633; -8.633) by U-137) ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of the 73 people on board. survivors were rescued by HMS Clare ( Royal Navy).[89]
Phrygia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The tanker was scuttled in the Gulf of Mexico when her crew mistook USS Broome, USS McCormick and USS Plunkett (all of the neutral  United States Navy) for Allied warships.[76]
WBS 4 Hinrich Freese  Kriegsmarine World War II: The weather ship was deliberately run aground and wrecked on Jan Mayen Island, Norway whilst under attack from HMS Naiad ( Royal Navy).[76]

17 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Saint Germain  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 46: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off County Donegal, Ireland (55°40′N 8°40′W / 55.667°N 8.667°W / 55.667; -8.667) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine). She sank the next day at 55°20′N 8°50′W / 55.333°N 8.833°W / 55.333; -8.833. All 18 crew were rescued by HMS Mallow ( Royal Navy).[76][90]
Veronica  Sweden World War II: Convoy HG 46: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of County Donegal (55°20′N 8°45′W / 55.333°N 8.750°W / 55.333; -8.750) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 20 crew. survivors were rescued by a British fishing vessel.[76][91]

18 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Ability  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (51°45′N 1°11′E / 51.750°N 1.183°E / 51.750; 1.183) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All seven crew were rescued.[76]
Ardita IV  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Vlorë, Albania by Royal Hellenic Air Force aircraft.[76]
Congonian  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°21′N 16°12′W / 8.350°N 16.200°W / 8.350; -16.200) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Devonshire ( Royal Navy).[76][92]
HMT Go Ahead  Royal Navy World War II:The naval trawler sank in the River Medway at Queenborough, Kent.[93]
Lillian Moller  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (57°00′N 17°00′W / 57.000°N 17.000°W / 57.000; -17.000) by Maggiore Baracca ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all hands.[76][94]
Nestlea  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 53: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Celtic Sea south of Ireland (50°38′N 10°00′W / 50.633°N 10.000°W / 50.633; -10.000) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[2][76][95]
Nowshera  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (31°02′S 100°51′E / 31.033°S 100.850°E / -31.033; 100.850) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine).[76]
SNA 8  Free France World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the North Sea off the Barrow Sand by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of 506 Küstendliegergruppe, Luftwaffe.[2]

19 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 November 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Fontenoy  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk (52°31′N 1°55′E / 52.517°N 1.917°E / 52.517; 1.917) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[76][96]

20 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Ardita II  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Assab, Italian Somaliland by Royal Air Force aircraft.[76]
Confienza  Regia Marina The Palestro class destroyer collided off Brindisi, Apulia with Capitano A. Cecchi ( Regia Marina) and sank.
HMAS Goorangai  Royal Australian Navy The auxiliary minesweeper/trawler collided with Duntroon ( United Kingdom) at Port Philip Bay, Victoria and sank with the loss of all 24 crew.
Maimoa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (32°14′S 100°56′E / 32.233°S 100.933°E / -32.233; 100.933) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war by Pinguin.[76][97][98]
S-38  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 1939/40 schnellboot was shelled and sunk in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom by HMS Campbell and HMS Garth (both  Royal Navy).[99]
Snorre I  Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank at Kjøkkelvik, Hordaland, Norway.[100]

21 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Birgitte Raabe  Germany World War II: The coaster collided with another vessel in the Baltic Sea 18 nautical miles (33 km) south of Utklippan, Sweden and was severely damaged. Declared unsalvageable, she was scuttled.[76]
Dakotian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. All crew were rescued.[101]
Daydawn  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 244: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°30′N 14°10′W / 56.500°N 14.167°W / 56.500; -14.167) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 39 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Castleton and HMS Rhododendron (both  Royal Navy).[76][102]
NB 17 Wespe  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Naval Whaler was lost on this date.[103]
Orungal  Australia The AUSN Co 5,826 GRT passenger liner ran aground at Barwon Heads, Victoria. Salvage operations were abandoned after a fire on 13 December, the ship was declared a total loss.[104]
Port Brisbane  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (29°29′S 95°35′E / 29.483°S 95.583°E / -29.483; 95.583) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member of the 93 people on board. The 27 crew not taken on board Pinguin as prisoners of war were rescued by HMAS Canberra ( Royal Australian Navy.[76][97][105][106]
Victoria  Greece World War II: Convoy OB 244: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal (56°17′N 14°12′W / 56.283°N 14.200°W / 56.283; -14.200 by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by HMS Castleton ( Royal Navy).[76][107]
HMT Xmas Rose  Royal Navy World War II: The naval drifter (A.K.A. Christmas Rose) struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary (51°47′45″N 1°25′30″E / 51.79583°N 1.42500°E / 51.79583; 1.42500) with the loss of four crew.[76]

22 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Cree  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 53: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (54°39′N 18°50′W / 54.650°N 18.833°W / 54.650; -18.833) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 45 crew.[76][108][109]
HMT Ethel Taylor  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Tyne with the loss of two crew.[76][110]
Glen  United Kingdom World War II: The barge struck a mine and sank in the River Forth at Low Torry, Fife.[111]
Hercules  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank at the mouth of the Tyne (55°01′N 1°23′W / 55.017°N 1.383°W / 55.017; -1.383) with the loss of five crew.[76][112]
ML-127  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile B motor launch struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex with the loss of 11 crew.[76][113]
Pikepool  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank south of Linney Head, Pembrokeshire with the loss of 17 crew.[114]

23 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Anten  Sweden World War II: Convoy OB 223: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom (56°57′N 18°18′W / 56.950°N 18.300°W / 56.950; -18.300) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss on one of her 33 crew. The ship was abandoned; survivors were rescued by HMS Sandwich ( Royal Navy). Anten sank on 25 November at 57°15′N 17°40′W / 57.250°N 17.667°W / 57.250; -17.667.[76][115][116]
Bonaparte  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Southampton, Hampshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[76]
Bradfyne  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 170 nautical miles (310 km) north of Ireland (55°04′N 12°15′W / 55.067°N 12.250°W / 55.067; -12.250) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 39 of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Norse King ( Norway).[76][117]
Bruse  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°04′N 12°15′W / 55.067°N 12.250°W / 55.067; -12.250) U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 22 crew. The survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMCS Skeena ( Royal Canadian Navy). Bruse was taken in tow on 28 November and arrived at the Clyde two days later. She was consequently scrapped.[76][118]
Bussum  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Ireland (55°39′N 8°58′W / 55.650°N 8.967°W / 55.650; -8.967). The 29 crew were rescued by HMCS Ottawa ( Royal Canadian Navy).[76][119][120]
Cotmarsum  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°00′N 12°00′W / 55.000°N 12.000°W / 55.000; -12.000) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine).[76]
HMS Duchess of Cornwall  Royal Navy World War II:The auxiliary paddle minesweeper was lost on this date.[121]
HMT Good Design  Royal Navy World War II:The patrol vessel sank north east of Inchkeith, Fife.[122]
Justitia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°00′N 13°10′W / 55.000°N 13.167°W / 55.000; -13.167) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Enchantress ( Royal Navy).[76][123][124]
King Idwal  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 244: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°44′N 19°13′W / 56.733°N 19.217°W / 56.733; -19.217) by German submarine U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sandwich ( Royal Navy).[76][125]
Kolchis  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 13: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all 23 crew.[76][126]
Leise Mærsk  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (55°30′N 11°00′W / 55.500°N 11.000°W / 55.500; -11.000) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 24 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Dutch salvage tug.[76][127][128]
New Comet  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter struck a mine off the mouth of the Tyne and was beached. She was later refloated, but sank on 28 February 1941.[76]
Oakcrest  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 244: The cargo ship straggeld behind the convoys. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°00′N 17°00′W / 53.000°N 17.000°W / 53.000; -17.000) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 35 of her 41 crew.[76][129][130]
Ootmarsum  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) west of Inishtrahull Island, County Donegal, Ireland by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 25 crew.[131]
Sailor King  United Kingdom The drifter struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Brightlingsea, Essex.[76]
Salonica  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal (55°16′N 12°14′W / 55.267°N 12.233°W / 55.267; -12.233) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 25 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Enchantress ( Royal Navy).[76][132][133]
Tymeric  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 223: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°00′N 20°30′W / 57.000°N 20.500°W / 57.000; -20.500) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 71 of her 76 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sandwich ( Royal Navy).[76][134]

24 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Alice Marie  United Kingdom World War II: The collier struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary. All crew were rescued.[76][135]
Alma Dawson  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 11: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off the north coast of Northern Ireland (55°32′N 6°44′W / 55.533°N 6.733°W / 55.533; -6.733). All crew were rescued by Spurt ( Norway).[76][136][137]
HMT Amethyst  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the Thames Estuary and sank. The crew were rescued by HMT Le Tiger ( Royal Navy).[76]
Appolonia  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of The Lizard by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 crew.[76][138]
Behar  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire (51°42′N 5°07′W / 51.700°N 5.117°W / 51.700; -5.117). She was beached but declared a constructive total loss.[76][139]
HMY Gael  Royal Navy World War II: The Armed Yacht struck a mine and sank in the Humber Estuary off Spurn Point, Yorkshire.[140]
Llandovery Cstle  United Kingdom The cargo liner was severely damaged in a Luftwaffe air raid on Southampton, Hampshire.[2] Her conversion to a hospital ship was subsequently completed.[141]
Marguerite Simmone  Belgium World War II: The fishing vessel was shelled and sunk in the English Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) south east by south of the Wolf Rock by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[76]
Port Hobart  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (24°44′N 58°21′W / 24.733°N 58.350°W / 24.733; -58.350) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[76]
Preserver  United Kingdom World War II: The salvage vessel struck a mine and sank off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire with the loss of four crew.[76][142]
Ryal  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine in the North Sea (51°32′N 1°04′E / 51.533°N 1.067°E / 51.533; 1.067) and sank with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[2][76]
Thomas M  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Gorleston-on-Sea, Suffolk with the loss of seven crew.[76][143]

25 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Conquistador  Royal Navy World War II:The naval trawler collided with another vessel and sank in the Thames Estuary while transporting survivors of HMT Kennymore ( Royal Navy).[76][144]
Holmwood  New Zealand World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off the Chatham Islands (43°44′S 177°30′W / 43.733°S 177.500°W / -43.733; -177.500) by Komet ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 people on board were rescued.[145]
HMT Kennymore  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of four crew. Some survivors rescued by HMT Conquistador ( Royal Navy):[76][146]
HMS ML 111  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile A motor launch struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of two crew.[76]
Patria  United Kingdom
Patria

World War II: Patria disaster: The passenger ship was sabotaged and sunk in the Port of Haifa, Palestine by Haganah activists with the loss of at least 260 lives.

Tees Hopper No.3  United Kingdom World War II: The hopper barge struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Stockton on Tees, Co Durham (54°40′N 1°07′W / 54.667°N 1.117°W / 54.667; -1.117). All crew were rescued.[76][147]

26 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 November 1940
Ship Country Description
ORP Medoc  Polish Navy World War II: The patrol boat was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Rame Head, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of 41 crew.[76][148]
Grijalva  Nicaragua The cargo ship departed from Carmen for Vera Cruz, no further trace.[149]

27 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Diplomat  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 88: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°42′N 11°37′W / 55.700°N 11.617°W / 55.700; -11.617) by U-104 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 14 of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Active ( Royal Navy).[76][150][151]
HMT Elk  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon. All crew were rescued.
Glenmoor  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 248: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 167 nautical miles (309 km) north west of the Slyne Head Lighthouse, County Galway, Ireland (54°35′N 14°31′W / 54.583°N 14.517°W / 54.583; -14.517) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 31 of her 33 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Harvester and HMS Havelock (both  Royal Navy).[76][152][153]
Havborg  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Weser by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of four crew.[154]
Irene Maria  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland by U-95 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 25 crew.[155]
Lisieux  France Convoy SC 13: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland. 16 crew were rescued by Bernhard ( Norway).[76][156][157]
HMS Port Napier  Royal Navy
The wreck of HMS Port Napier on 18 May 2010.
The auxiliary minelayer exploded and sank in Loch Alsh, Argyllshire (57°17′N 5°44′W / 57.283°N 5.733°W / 57.283; -5.733) after a fire had developed the previous day.
Rangitane  New Zealand World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean east of New Zealand (36°48′S 175°07′W / 36.800°S 175.117°W / -36.800; -175.117) by Komet and Orion (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of the 296 people aboard.

28 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Eugena Cambanis  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 13: The cargo ship was abandoned in the Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland (46°53′N 48°37′W / 46.883°N 48.617°W / 46.883; -48.617). Sources conflict on survivors, with some saying none survived and others stating all survived. Eugena Cambanis was shelled and sunk on 19 December by Hilda Knudsen ( Norway)[76][158][159][160]
HMT Manx Prince  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at the entrance to the Humber, 3 miles off Spurn Point, Yorkshire. All crew were rescued by HMT Cortina ( Royal Navy).[76][161]
Mount Athos  Greece World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (55°30′N 15°25′W / 55.500°N 15.417°W / 55.500; -15.417) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 19 crew.[76][162]
Saint Elwyn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) east of the Bishop Rock (55°30′N 19°30′W / 55.500°N 19.500°W / 55.500; -19.500) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by Leeds City ( United Kingdom).[76][163][164]

29 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Aid  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was shelled and sunk in the English Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Start Point, Devon by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her ten crew.[76]
B H C 10  United Kingdom World War II: The barge was shelled and sunk in the English Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Start Point, Devon by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her eight crew.[76]
HMT Calverton  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of two crew.[76]
HMS Javelin  Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer was shelled, torpedoed and severely damaged in the English Channel by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine). She lost both bow and stern. Repairs took almost a year to complete.
Parthenia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 88: The cargo ship collided with Robert F Hand ( United Kingdom) in the Firth of Clyde and sank 7 nautical miles (13 km) south west of the Sanda Lightship ( United Kingdom).[165][166]
Stroomloodsvartuig 4 flag unknown World War II: The pilot boat was shelled and sunk in the English Channel by Z10 Hans Lody, Z20 Karl Galster and Z4 Richard Beitzen (all  Kriegsmarine).[2]

30 November[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 November 1940
Ship Country Description
Aracataca  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight crew. Survivors were rescued by Djurdjura ( France and Potaro ( United Kingdom).[76]
HMT Chestnut  Royal Navy World War II: The Tree-class trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off North Foreland, Kent. All crew were rescued.[76][167]
Port Wellington  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Indian Ocean (30°50′S 73°20′E / 30.833°S 73.333°E / -30.833; 73.333) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. She was scuttled the next day, survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[76]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
Quarto  Regia Marina The decommissioned protected cruiser was sunk in weapons testing at Livorno, Italy.
HNLMS O 22  Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The O 21-class submarine was sunk, probably by a mine, with all hands off the coast of Norway (57°55′N 05°31′E / 57.917°N 5.517°E / 57.917; 5.517) sometime after 5 November.
U-104  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXB submarine's last contact was on the 19th, reported missing Nov 28, probably struck a mine in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland and sank with the loss of all hands.

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  45. ^ "SS Baltrader (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  47. ^ "MV City of Rayville (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  48. ^ "SS Gartbrattan (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  50. ^ "Poncelet (Q-141) (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  51. ^ "SS Vivi (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
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  54. ^ "SS Balmore (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  60. ^ "HMT Stella Orion (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  61. ^ "SS Trebartha (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
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  101. ^ "SS Dakotian (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  102. ^ "SS Daydawn (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
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  108. ^ "SS Cree (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  109. ^ "Cree". Uboat. Retrieved 24 February 2012. 
  110. ^ "HMT Ethel Taylor (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  111. ^ "SS Glen (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  112. ^ "SS Hercules (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  113. ^ "ML-127 ? (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
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  115. ^ "SS Anten (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  117. ^ "Bradfyne". Uboat. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  118. ^ "D/S Bruse". Warsailors. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
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  124. ^ "Justitia". Uboat. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
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  126. ^ "CONVOY SC 3". Warsailors. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
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  133. ^ "D/S Salonica". Warsailors. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
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  137. ^ "D/S Spurt". Warsailors. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
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  139. ^ "SS Behar (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  145. ^ "SS Holmwood (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  146. ^ "HMT Kennymore (part Of)? (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  147. ^ "Tees Hopper No.3 (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
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  156. ^ "SS Lisieux (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  157. ^ "M/S Bernhard". Warsailors. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  158. ^ "SS Eugena Cambani (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 8 November 2011. 
  159. ^ "M/T Hilda Knudsen". Warsailors. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  160. ^ "CONVOY SC 13". Warsailors. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
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  162. ^ "SS Mount Athos (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  163. ^ "SS Saint Elwyn (+1940)". Wrecksite. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
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Ship events in 1940
Ship launches: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship commissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship decommissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Shipwrecks: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945