List of shipwrecks in October 1939

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The list of shipwrecks in October 1939 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during October 1939. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

October 1939
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1 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Gun  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk off the south coast of Norway by U-3 ( Kriegsmarine).[1]
M-85  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine in the Baltic Sea north of Jastarnia, Poland (54°45′N 18°45′E / 54.750°N 18.750°E / 54.750; 18.750) and sank with the loss of 24 of her 71 crew. The survivors were rescued by M-122 and a number of R boats (all  Kriegsmarine).[2][3]
Suzon  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 42 nautical miles (78 km) north west of Ouessant, Finistère, France (48°08′N 7°36′W / 48.133°N 7.600°W / 48.133; -7.600) by U-35 ( Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by HMS Acheron ( Royal Navy).[3][4][5]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Baltic  Finland World War II: The schooner struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat.[6]
ORP Czajka  Polish Navy World War II: Invasion of Poland: The minesweeper was scuttled at Hel, Poland. Refloated the next day, salvaged and repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Westernplatte.[3]
ORP Rybitwa  Polish Navy World War II: Invasion of Poland: The minesweeper was scuttled at Hel. Later salvaged by the Germans and entered Kriegsmarine service as Rixhoft.[3]
ORP Zuraw  Polish Navy World War II: Invasion of Poland: The minesweeper was scuttled at Hel. She was refloated the next day, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Oxhoft.[3]

3 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Diamantis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of the Skellig Islands, County Kerry, Ireland (49°22′N 6°46′W / 49.367°N 6.767°W / 49.367; -6.767) by U-35 ( Kriegsmarine). All 28 crew were rescued by U-35, and later landed at Ventry, County Kerry.[3][7][8][9]
Høegh Transporter  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine off Saint John's Island, Singapore and sank with the loss of one crew member. The ship was later salvaged.[2][3]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Glen Farg  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 nautical miles (110 km) south south west of Sumburgh Head, Shetland Islands (58°52′N 1°31′W / 58.867°N 1.517°W / 58.867; -1.517) by U-23 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 17 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Firedrake ( Royal Navy).[2][3][10][11]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Marwarri  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Bristol Channel. She was beached in Mumbles Bay. Later repaired and returned to service.[12]
Newton Beech  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Atlantic Ocean south of Freetown, Sierra Leone (9°35′S 6°30′W / 9.583°S 6.500°W / -9.583; -6.500) by Admiral Graf Spee ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled three days later.[2][3]
Stonegate  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) east south east of Bermuda (31°10′N 54°00′W / 31.167°N 54.000°W / 31.167; -54.000) by Deutschland ( Kriegsmarine).[2][3]

6 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Lochgoil  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Bristol Channel (5 nautical miles (9.3 km)) off the Scarweather Lightship ( United Kingdom) (51°24′N 4°00′W / 51.400°N 4.000°W / 51.400; -4.000). She was beached in Mumbles Bay. Lochgoil was on a voyage from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Newport, Monmouthshire. She was refloated on 28 November, repaired and returned to service.[3][13]
Mahratta  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 1: The cargo ship ran aground on Fork Spit, Goodwin Sands, Kent and was wrecked. All crew were rescued by the hoveller Lady Haig ( United Kingdom).

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Ashlea  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured and sunk in the South Atlantic (9°00′S 3°00′W / 9.000°S 3.000°W / -9.000; -3.000) by Admiral Graf Spee ( Kriegsmarine).[2]
Binnendijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south east of the Shambles Lightship ( United Kingdom). She sank 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) north of the lightship (50°32′N 2°20′W / 50.533°N 2.333°W / 50.533; -2.333 early the next day. The wreck was dispersed on 10 October.[2][3][14]
V-804  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Schiermonnikoog, Friesland, Netherlands.[15]

8 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Hansi  Norway The cargo ship sank off North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom.[16]
U-12  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IIB submarine struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, United Kingdom (approximately 51°10′N 1°30′E / 51.167°N 1.500°E / 51.167; 1.500) with the loss of all 27 crew.
Vistula  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 35 nautical miles (65 km) north of Muckle Flugga, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 18 crew.[17][18]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Indra  Finland The cargo ship sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands.[19]
Mount Ida  Greece The cargo ship ran aground on the Ower Bank in the North Sea. All 29 crew rescued by lifeboat but one later died from injuries sustained during the rescue.

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Huntsman  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the South Atlantic (8°30′S 5°15′W / 8.500°S 5.250°W / -8.500; -5.250) by Admiral Graf Spee ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled on 17 October at approximately 16°S 17°W / 16°S 17°W / -16; -17.[3][20]
Marly  Norway The cargo ship foundered in a cyclone in the Indian Ocean (18°30′N 72°21′E / 18.500°N 72.350°E / 18.500; 72.350) with the loss of all 46 crew.[21]
Saltaire  United Kingdom The trawler ran aground at Spurn Point, Yorkshire. Salvage attempts failed and she was declared a total loss.[22]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Aris  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Ireland (53°28′N 14°30′W / 53.467°N 14.500°W / 53.467; -14.500) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by Sicilien ( Netherlands).[2][3][23]
Emile Miguet  France World War II: Convoy KJ 2S: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 190 nautical miles (350 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°15′N 14°50′W / 50.250°N 14.833°W / 50.250; -14.833) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by Black Hawk ( United States). Emile Miguet was scuttled by HMS Imogen ( Royal Navy).[2][3][24]

13 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Gressholm  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 90 nautical miles (170 km) north west of Texel, North Holland, Netherlands (53°55′N 2°55′E / 53.917°N 2.917°E / 53.917; 2.917) with the loss of three of her 11 crew. The survivors were rescued by Emmi ( Finland).[3][25]
Heronspool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 17S: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 260 nautical miles (480 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°13′N 14°48′W / 50.217°N 14.800°W / 50.217; -14.800) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by President Harding ( United States).[2][3][26]
Louisiane  France World War II: Convoy OA 17: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 240 nautical miles (440 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°14′N 15°05′W / 50.233°N 15.083°W / 50.233; -15.083) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by HMS Imogen ( Royal Navy).[2][3][27][28]
U-40  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXA submarine struck a mine in the English Channel (50°42′N 0°15′E / 50.700°N 0.250°E / 50.700; 0.250) and sank with the loss of 45 of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Boreas and HMS Brazen (both  Royal Navy).[3]
U-42  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXA submarine was depth charged and sunk at 49°12′00″N 16°00′00″W / 49.20000°N 16.00000°W / 49.20000; -16.00000 by HMS Imogen and HMS Ilex (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of 26 of her 46 crew.

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Bretagne  France World War II: Convoy KJF 3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°20′N 12°45′W / 50.333°N 12.750°W / 50.333; -12.750) by U-45 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Ilex and HMS Imogen (both  Royal Navy).[2][3][29]
Lochavon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy KJF 3: The cargo liner was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 230 nautical miles (430 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock by U-45 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Isis ( Royal Navy) and Lochavon sank on 16 October.[2][3]
Lorentz W Hansen  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 420 nautical miles (780 km) east of Newfoundland (49°05′N 43°44′W / 49.083°N 43.733°W / 49.083; -43.733) by Deutschland ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 21 crew.[2][3][30][31]
Marion Traber  Germany The cargo ship ran aground in the Baltic Sea off Nyköping, Sweden and was wrecked.[2]
HMS Royal Oak  Royal Navy World War II: The Revenge-class battleship was torpedoed and sunk in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 833 of her 1,219 crew.
Sneaton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (49°05′N 13°05′W / 49.083°N 13.083°W / 49.083; -13.083) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by Alexandre Andre ( Belgium).[2][3][32]
U-45  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°58′N 12°57′W / 50.967°N 12.950°W / 50.967; -12.950) by HMS Icarus, HMS Inglefield, HMS Intrepid and HMS Ivanhoe (all  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 38 crew.

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Vermont  France World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 360 nautical miles (670 km) south west of the Fastnet Rock (48°01′N 17°22′W / 48.017°N 17.367°W / 48.017; -17.367) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Inglefield ( Royal Navy).[33][34][35]
Wanja  Norway The cargo ship ran aground off North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom and was wrecked.[36]

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Halle  Germany World War II: The blockade running cargo ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Dakar, Senegal by Duguay-Trouin ( French Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.[33]
Ionic Star  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in Liverpool Bay off Southport, Lancashire. Her cargo was salvaged but the ship was a total loss.[37]
Ste Clair  French Navy World war II: the auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Dover.[38]

17 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1939
Ship Country Description
City of Mandalay  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 360 nautical miles (670 km) west north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (44°57′N 13°36′W / 44.950°N 13.600°W / 44.950; -13.600) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of the 80 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Independence Hall ( United States) and Skudd IV ( Norway)[2][33][39]
Clan Chisholm  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) north north west of Cape Finisterre (approximately 44°57′N 13°40′W / 44.950°N 13.667°W / 44.950; -13.667) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 78 crew. Survivors were rescued by Independence Hall ( United States).[33][40]
Huntsman  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (16°00′S 17°00′W / 16.000°S 17.000°W / -16.000; -17.000) by Admiral Graf Spee ( Kriegsmarine).[2]
HMS Iron Duke  Royal Navy World War II: The Iron Duke-class battleship was attacked by four Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of 1 Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 30, Luftwaffe at Scapa Flow and was beached to prevent her sinking.[38] Twenty-five crew were killed. She was later repaired and returned to service.
V 804 Skolpenbank  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Vorpostenboot was sunk on this date.[41]
Yorkshire  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 3: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 700 nautical miles (1,300 km) west of Bordeaux, Gironde, France (44°52′N 12°40′W / 44.867°N 12.667°W / 44.867; -12.667) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 of the 281 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Independence Hall ( United States).[2][33][42]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Gonzenheim  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Denmark Strait (63°25′N 12°00′W / 63.417°N 12.000°W / 63.417; -12.000 by HMS Rawalpindi ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.[33]

19 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1939
Ship Country Description
City of London  United Kingdom The coaster collided in the River Thames with a Dutch vessel and was beached at World's End, Tilbury, Essex.[43]
ShCh-424  Soviet Navy The Shchuka-class submarine collided in Kola Bay with trawler RT-43 ( Soviet Union) and sank.[2]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Azariah  United Kingdom The Thames barge sank in the North Sea off Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex.[44]
Gustav Adolf  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the North Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north of Sullom Voe, Shetland Islands (61°00′N 0°48′E / 61.000°N 0.800°E / 61.000; 0.800) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by Biscaya ( Norway).[33][45][46]
Sea Venture  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the North Sea east of the Shetland Islands (60°50′N 0°15′E / 60.833°N 0.250°E / 60.833; 0.250) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued by the Lerwick lifeboat.[33][47][48]
V-701  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Møn, Denmark with the loss of 70 of her 75 crew.[33][49][50]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Capitaine Edmund Laborie  France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) east of the Inner Dowsing Lightship ( United Kingdom) (53°19′50″N 0°38′20″E / 53.33056°N 0.63889°E / 53.33056; 0.63889). All crew were rescued by the Gorleston Lifeboat Louise Stephens (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[33][51][52]
Deodata  Norway World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (53°21′00″N 0°36′09″E / 53.35000°N 0.60250°E / 53.35000; 0.60250). All crew were rescued by the Gorleston Lifeboat Louise Stephens (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution).[52][53]
Lake Neuchatel  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled as a blockship in Kirk Sound, Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands. Salvaged in 1948.[54]
New Mathilde  United States [55] The cargo ship foundered in the South China Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Kwangchowan, French Indo-China.[56]
Orsa  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 15 nautical miles (28 km) off Flamborough Head, Yorkshire with the loss of 11 of her 15 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Woolston ( Royal Navy[2][33][57][58]
Poseidon  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Denmark Strait (67°08′N 21°18′W / 67.133°N 21.300°W / 67.133; -21.300 by HMS Scotstoun ( Royal Navy). She was taken in tow by HMS Transylvania ( Royal Navy) on 25 October but scuttled by her two days later after the towline parted in a blizzard.[33]
V 701 Este  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Danish Straits.[38]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Trevanion  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (19°40′S 4°02′W / 19.667°S 4.033°W / -19.667; -4.033) by Admiral Graf Spee ( Kriegsmarine).[2]
Whitemantle  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 5 to 6 nautical miles (9.3–11.1 km) off the Withernsea Lighthouse with the loss of 14 crew.[2][33]

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Albania  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off the Humber Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by Channel Fisher ( United Kingdom).[2][33][59]
Emmy Friedrich  Germany World War II: The tanker was intercepted in the Gulf of Mexico by HMS Caradoc ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Saguenay ( Royal Canadian Navy). She was scuttled by her crew.[2][33][38]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Konstantinos Hadjiperatas  Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Inner Dowsing Lightship ( United Kingdom) (53°20′57″N 0°36′54″E / 53.34917°N 0.61500°E / 53.34917; 0.61500) with the loss of four of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by the Gorleston Lifeboat Louise Stephens (Flag of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.svg Royal National Lifeboat Institution). The wreck was dispersed in 1947.[33][52][60][61]
Ledbury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Gibraltar (36°01′N 7°22′W / 36.017°N 7.367°W / 36.017; -7.367) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine), while she was rescuing survivors of the Menin Ridge. All 31 crew were rescued by Crown City ( United States).[2][33][62][63]
Menin Ridge  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 100 nautical miles (190 km) west of Gibraltar (36°01′N 7°22′W / 36.017°N 7.367°W / 36.017; -7.367) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 crew. Five survivors were rescued by Crown City ( United States). The first of three ships sunk this day by U-37.[2][33]
Tafna  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 84 nautical miles (156 km) west of Gibraltar (35°44′N 7°23′W / 35.733°N 7.383°W / 35.733; -7.383) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Douglas ( Royal Navy). The last of three ships sunk this day by U-37.[2][33][64]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1939
Ship Country Description
U-16  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IIB submarine was depth charged and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent, United Kingdom by HMT Cayton Wyke and HMS Puffin (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of all 28 crew.[65]

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Bronté  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 25: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (49°30′N 12°15′W / 49.500°N 12.250°W / 49.500; -12.250) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) She was taken in tow by Englishman ( United Kingdom) but was scuttled on 30 October by HMS Esk ( Royal Navy) at 50°07′N 10°36′W / 50.117°N 10.600°W / 50.117; -10.600.[2][33]
USC&GS Mikawe Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.svg United States Coast and Geodetic Survey Hydrographic survey launch was destroyed by fire in a fueling accident at Norfolk, Virginia.

28 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Lynx II  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Orkney Islands (59°50′N 4°20′W / 59.833°N 4.333°W / 59.833; -4.333) by U-59 ( Kriegsmarine). The crew, along with survivors from St. Nidan ( United Kingdom) were rescued by Lady Hogarth ( United Kingdom.[33][66][67]
St Nidan  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Orkeny Islands (59°50′N 4°20′W / 59.833°N 4.333°W / 59.833; -4.333) by U-59 ( Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by Lynx II ( United Kingdom).[2][33][67]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Malabar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 5A: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 60 miles (97 km) west north west of Bishop Rock (49°57′N 7°37′W / 49.950°N 7.617°W / 49.950; -7.617) by U-34 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Grafton ( Royal Navy).[2][33][68]
Varangmalm  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (53°50′N 0°17′E / 53.833°N 0.283°E / 53.833; 0.283) with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by the trawler Conida ( United Kingdom).[33][69]

30 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Cairnmona  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 5B: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea off Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire (57°38′N 1°45′W / 57.633°N 1.750°W / 57.633; -1.750) by U-13 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 44 crew. She was taken in tow by Englishman ( United Kingdom) but sank later that day. Survivors were rescued by HMT River Lossie ( Royal Navy).[2][33][70][71]
Juno  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Withernsea, Yorkshire (53°40′N 0°17′E / 53.667°N 0.283°E / 53.667; 0.283) with the loss of all six crew.[33][72]
HMS Northern Rover  Royal Navy World War II: The Armed boarding vessel was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Orkney Islands by U-59 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 27 crew.[2][33][73]
Thrasyvoulos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 160 nautical miles (300 km) west of Ireland (49°25′N 11°18′W / 49.417°N 11.300°W / 49.417; -11.300) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by Havmøy ( Norway).[2]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1939
Ship Country Description
Baoulé  France World War II: Convoy 20K: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 45 nautical miles (83 km) west north west of A Coruña, Spain (43°48′N 9°08′W / 43.800°N 9.133°W / 43.800; -9.133) by U-25 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 46 crew.[2][33][74]

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Ship events in 1939
Ship launches: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship commissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship decommissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Shipwrecks: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944