List of shipwrecks in October 1940

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

October 1940
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14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31 Unknown date


1 October[edit]

For the loss of SS Haulerwijk on the day, see the entry for 30 September 1940

List of shipwrecks: 1 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Aghios Nicolaos  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) off Lisbon, Portugal (40°00′N 16°55′W / 40.000°N 16.917°W / 40.000; -16.917) by Maggiore Francesco Baracca ( Regia Marina).[1][2]
Highland Patriot  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°20′N 19°04′W / 52.333°N 19.067°W / 52.333; -19.067) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 172 people aboard. Survivors were rescued by HMS Wellington ( Royal Navy).[1][3][4][5]

2 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Berillo  Regia Marina World War II: The Perla-class submarine was attacked in the Mediterranean Sea off Sidi Barrani, Egypt (33°09′N 26°24′E / 33.150°N 26.400°E / 33.150; 26.400) by HMS Hasty and HMS Havock (both  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.
Kayeson  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (51°12′N 24°22′W / 51.200°N 24.367°W / 51.200; -24.367) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). All 38 crew took to the lifeboats but were not seen again.[1][6]
Latymer  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 44: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4 nautical miles (7.4 km) west of the Skellig Islands, County Kerry, Ireland (51°20′N 10°30′W / 51.333°N 10.500°W / 51.333; -10.500) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe.[7][8]

3 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Actuosity  United Kingdom The coaster foundered off the coast of Norfolk.[9]
Aid  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine off Killigerran Head near Falmouth, Cornwall and sank.[10]
HMS Lady of the Isles  Royal Navy World War II: The cable layer struck a mine 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) east of St Anthony Point, Cornwall (50°10′N 4°24′W / 50.167°N 4.400°W / 50.167; -4.400) and sank with the loss of 16 crew.[10][11]
Lauwerzee  Netherlands World War II: The tug struck a mine 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) east of St Anthony Point, Cornwall (50°10′N 4°24′W / 50.167°N 4.400°W / 50.167; -4.400) and sank with the loss of 12 crew.[11]

4 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Franca Fassio  Italy World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Genoa 16 nautical miles (30 km) off Capo Noli, Liguria by HMS Triton ( Royal Navy).[1][12]
Nina Bianchi  Italy The cargo ship collided with Veloce ( Italy) in the Adriatic Sea off San Cataldo di Lecce, Apula (40°27′N 18°24′E / 40.450°N 18.400°E / 40.450; 18.400) and sank.[13]
HMS Rainbow  Royal Navy World War II: The Rainbow-class submarine was rammed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Bari, Italy (41°28′N 18°05′E / 41.467°N 18.083°E / 41.467; 18.083) by Antonietta Costa ( Italy).
Sirdar  United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk in The Swale, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft.[1]

5 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Adaptity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary (51°44′N 1°17′E / 51.733°N 1.283°E / 51.733; 1.283) with the loss of one crew member.[1][14]
HMT Kingston Sapphire  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Cadiz, Spain (36°11′N 6°32′W / 36.183°N 6.533°W / 36.183; -6.533) by Nani ( Regia Marina) with the loss of three crew. The survivors were rescued by a Spanish trawler.[1][15]
Maria Grazia  Italy World War II: The coaster, an auxiliary barquentine, was rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (41°05′N 17°45′E / 41.083°N 17.750°E / 41.083; 17.750) by HMS Regent ( Royal Navy).[1][16]
Ottoland  Netherlands World War II: The collier struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Sunderland, Co Durham, United Kingdom. All crew were rescued.[1][17]

6 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Benlawers  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 221: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°20′N 26°10′W / 52.333°N 26.167°W / 52.333; -26.167) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 51 crew. Survivors were rescued by Bengore Head and Forest (both  United Kingdom).[1][18][19]
British General  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (51°42′N 24°03′W / 51.700°N 24.050°W / 51.700; -24.050) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine). U-37 sank her the next day with the loss of all 47 crew.[1][20]
Hugin  Sweden The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak.[7]
Jersey Queen  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall with the loss of two crew.[21]
Nina Borthen  Norway World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland ( 54°00′N 26°00′W / 54.000°N 26.000°W / 54.000; -26.000) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 crew.[1][22]
HMS Poulmic  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Penlee Point, Rame, Cornwall.[23]
Vido  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Black Sea 9.7 nautical miles (18.0 km) east of Sulina, Tulcea County, Romania and was beached.[1][24]

7 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Touraine  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 224: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°12′N 10°18′W / 55.200°N 10.300°W / 55.200; -10.300) by U-59 ( Kriegsmarine). Some of the 35 crew were rescued by HMS Derbyshire ( Royal Navy), others reached land in their lifeboats.[25]

8 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Bellona II  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Gordoun, Kincardineshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She drifted ashore at Streathlethan Bay, Aberdeenshire and was declared a constructive total loss. Nine of the 27 people aboard were killed.[1][26]
HMS Borealis  Royal Navy World War II: The barrage balloon vessel was bombed and sunk in the English Channel south of the Isle of Wight by Luftwaffe aircraft.[27]
Confield  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 76: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy due to her cargo shifting. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°48′N 10°17′W / 56.800°N 10.283°W / 56.800; -10.283) by U-58 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Periwinkle and HMS Weston (both  Royal Navy), the latter of which scuttled Confield.[1][28][29]
Gemma  Regia Marina World War II: The Perla-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in error in the Mediterranean Sea east of Karpathos (35°30′N 27°18′E / 35.500°N 27.300°E / 35.500; 27.300) by Tricheco ( Regia Marina).[1]
Hecht  Germany World War II: The trawler was sunk by enemy action.[1]
Natia  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (0°44′N 32°12′W / 0.733°N 32.200°W / 0.733; -32.200) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 86 crew. The survivors were made prisoners of war.[1]

9 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Alderney Queen  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel off Grassholm, Pembrokeshire (51°38′30″N 5°25′30″W / 51.64167°N 5.42500°W / 51.64167; -5.42500) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[1]
Antonietta Costa  Kingdom of Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Durrës, Albania (41°17′N 19°25′E / 41.283°N 19.417°E / 41.283; 19.417) by HMS Regent ( Royal Navy).[1]
Delphin  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 6: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (58°11′N 13°57′W / 58.183°N 13.950°W / 58.183; -13.950) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). She sank the next day at 57°46′N 13°50′W / 57.767°N 13.833°W / 57.767; -13.833. All crew were rescued.[1][30][31]
Graigwen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 6: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (58°11′N 13°57′W / 58.183°N 13.950°W / 58.183; -13.950) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 37 crew. She was torpedoed and sunk again the next day by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by HMS Enchantress ( Royal Navy).[1][32]
Rochdale  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk.[33]
HMT Sea King  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the Humber Estuary and sank with the loss of all 14 crew.[1][34][35]
Zannes Gounaris  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 6: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°11′N 13°57′W / 58.183°N 13.950°W / 58.183; -13.950) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 34 crew.[1][36]

10 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Brandenburg  Germany The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Calais, Pas-de-Calais by MTB 22, MTB 31 and MTB 32 (all  Royal Navy).[7]
HMT Girl Mary  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary patrol vessel struck a mine and sank in the Firth of Forth 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Inchcolm with the loss of two crew.[1]
Nordenham  Germany World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Calais by MTB 22. MTB 31 and MTB 32 (all  Royal Navy). Thirty-four people were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

11 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 October 1940
Ship Country Description
HMY Aisha  Royal Navy World War II: The naval yacht struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary off the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.[37]
Brandanger  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 77: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°10′N 17°00′W / 57.167°N 17.000°W / 57.167; -17.000) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 30 crew. Survivor were rescued by Clan Macdonald ( United Kingdom) and HMS Clarkia ( Royal Navy).[1][38][39]
HMT L'Istrac  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight (50°25′N 1°50′W / 50.417°N 1.833°W / 50.417; -1.833) by Greif ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 36 crew.[1]
Llanfair  United Kingdom The 4,996 GRT freighter was torpedoed and sunk by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) at position 54°48′N 13°46′W / 54.800°N 13.767°W / 54.800; -13.767.[40]
Port Gisborne  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°38′N 16°40′W / 56.633°N 16.667°W / 56.633; -16.667) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 64 crew. Survivors were rescued by Salvona ( United Kingdom).[1][41]
HMT Warwick Deeping  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight (50°25′N 1°50′W / 50.417°N 1.833°W / 50.417; -1.833) by Falke and Kondor (both  Kriegsmarine).[1]

12 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Ariel  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Passero: The Spica-class torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Ionian Sea (35°37′N 16°42′E / 35.617°N 16.700°E / 35.617; 16.700) by HMS Ajax ( Royal Navy).[1]
Astrid  United Kingdom World War II: The motor yacht struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent.[7]
Airone  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Passero: The Spica-class torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Ionian Sea (35°37′N 16°42′E / 35.617°N 16.700°E / 35.617; 16.700) by HMS Ajax ( Royal Navy).[1] Her crew were rescued by Alcione ( Regia Marina).[7]
Artigliere  Regia Marina World War II: Battle of Cape Passero: The Soldati-class destroyer was shelled and severely damaged in the Ionian Sea by HMS Ajax ( Royal Navy) and then shelled and sunk at 35°47′N 16°25′E / 35.783°N 16.417°E / 35.783; 16.417 by HMS York ( Royal Navy).[1][42]
Chasseur 6  French Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk by Greif ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 19 crew. The survivors were rescued by Greif and made prisoners of war.[1]
Chasseur 7  French Navy World War II: The naval trawler was torpedoed and sunk by Greif ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 19 crew. The survivors were rescued by Greif and made prisoners of war.[1]
Davanger  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 77: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°00′N 19°10′W / 57.000°N 19.167°W / 57.000; -19.167) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 29 crew.[1][43]
Orao  Yugoslavia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar (35°34′N 10°35′W / 35.567°N 10.583°W / 35.567; -10.583) by Enrico Tazzoli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of two crew.[1][44]
Pacific Ranger  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 77: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°20′N 11°43′W / 56.333°N 11.717°W / 56.333; -11.717) by U-59 ( Kriegsmarine). All 53 crew survived. Some were rescued by one of the escorting ship, others by the trawler Þormóður (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland) and some made land in their lifeboat.[1][45][46]
Resolvo  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the Thames Estuary north east of Sheerness and was severely damaged. All crew were rescued by HMT Peter Carey ( Royal Navy). Resolvo was beached the next day at Sheerness and abandoned.[1]
S-37  Kriegsmarine World War II: The E-boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) east of Orfordness, Suffolk, United Kingdom.[7][47]
Saint Malô  Canada World War II: Convoy HX 77: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°58′N 16°32′W / 57.967°N 16.533°W / 57.967; -16.533) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Salvonia ( Royal Navy).[1][48][49]

13 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Cargo Fleet No.2  United Kingdom World War II: The hopper barge struck a mine and was damaged off the mouth of the Tees. She was declared a total loss.[1]
HMS Danube III  Royal Navy World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north east of Sheerness, Kent.[1][50]
Gnom 7  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at 56°26′N 5°10′E / 56.433°N 5.167°E / 56.433; 5.167.[51]
Kobold 1  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at 56°26′N 5°10′E / 56.433°N 5.167°E / 56.433; 5.167.[51]
Kobold 3  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at 56°26′N 5°10′E / 56.433°N 5.167°E / 56.433; 5.167.[51]
Nora  Estonia World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°02′N 13°11′W / 57.033°N 13.183°W / 57.033; -13.183) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). 19 survivors were rescued by HMS Leith ( Royal Navy),[1][52][53]
Stangrant  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 77: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°27′N 12°36′W / 58.450°N 12.600°W / 58.450; -12.600) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Short Sunderland aircraft of 10 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.[54][55]
HMT Summer Rose  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Sunderland, Co Durham.[56]

14 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 October 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Cheshire  Royal Navy World War II: The armed merchant cruiser was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland (55°13′N 13°02′W / 55.217°N 13.033°W / 55.217; -13.033) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine). 220 crew were rescued by HMS Periwinkle ( Royal Navy) and HMCS Skeena ( Royal Canadian Navy). HMS Cheshire was towed to Belfast Lough and beached. Later repaired and returned to service.[57]
Euler  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay off Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique.[1]
Genua  Kriegsmarine World War II: The netlayer was torpedoed and sunk at Egersund, Norway by HMS Cossack ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 78 crew. Raised, repaired, returned to service.[58]
Glynwen  United Kingdom World War II: The collier was sunk by enemy action.[1]
HMT Lord Stamp  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the English Channel 17 nautical miles (31 km) off Portland Bill, Dorset and sank with the loss of 23 crew.[1][59][60]
Reculver  United Kingdom World War II: The pilot vessel struck a mine and sank in the Humber Estuary south of Spurn Point, Yorkshire. All 31 crew were rescued.[61]
UJ-173 Heinrich Wesselhöft  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser struck a ground and sank near Kvitsøy North Sea off Stavanger, Norway.[62]

15 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Bellavale  United Kingdom The collier was driven ashore in a storm at St John's Point, Rossglass, County Down and was wrecked.[63]
Bonheur  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 228: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°10′N 8°36′W / 57.167°N 8.600°W / 57.167; -8.600) by U-138 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by HMT Sphene  Royal Navy).[64][65][66]
Foca  Regia Marina World War II: The Foca-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Haifa, Palestine.[64]
Huruni  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 227: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Outer Hebrides (58°58′N 9°54′W / 58.967°N 9.900°W / 58.967; -9.900) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by St Margaret ( United Kingdom) and transferred to HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[64][67][68]
Kabalo  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the Azores, Portugal (31°59′N 31°20′W / 31.983°N 31.333°W / 31.983; -31.333) by Comandante Alfredo Cappelini ( Regia Marina) with the loss of one of her 43 crew. 26 survivors were rescued by the sinker submarine (cpt. Salvatore Todaro) and landed three days later on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores <Duffy, James P. - "The sinking of the Laconia and the U-boat War: Disaster in the Mid-Atlantic" page 28></ref> Pan American ( United States).[64][69][70]
HMT Mistletoe  Royal Navy World War II: The river patrol vessel struck a mine and sank in the Humber Estuary south of Spurn Point, Yorkshire. with the loss of four of her six crew.[64][71]
Ringwood  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Pacific Ocean north of Australia (5°29′N 159°42′E / 5.483°N 159.700°E / 5.483; 159.700) by Orion ( Kriegsmarine and scuttled. All crew were rescued and repatriated to Norway.[1]
Thistlegarth  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 228: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Outer Hebrides (58°34′N 15°00′W / 58.567°N 15.000°W / 58.567; -15.000) by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 30 of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Heartsease ( Royal Navy).[64][72][73]
HMS Triad  Royal Navy World War II: The T-class submarine was shelled and sunk in the Gulf of Taranto 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Cape Collonne (38°15′N 17°37′E / 38.250°N 17.617°E / 38.250; 17.617) by Enrico Toti ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 59 crew.

16 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 October 1940
Ship Country Description
HMS Ashanti  Royal Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer ran aground off Sunderland, Co Durham (54°47′05″N 1°21′00″W / 54.78472°N 1.35000°W / 54.78472; -1.35000) and was severely damaged. She was refloated on 1 November, repaired and returned to service in June 1941.[64]
Cimcour  France World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay (45°44′N 3°45′W / 45.733°N 3.750°W / 45.733; -3.750) by HMS Tigris ( Royal Navy).[64]
HMS Fame  Royal Navy World War II: The F-class destroyer ran aground off Sunderland, Co Durham (54°47′05″N 1°21′00″W / 54.78472°N 1.35000°W / 54.78472; -1.35000) and was severely damaged. She was refloated on 1 December, repaired and returned to service in September 1942.[64]
Marly  Norway The cargo ship foundered in the Indian Ocean with the loss of all hands. Her last reported position was 18°30′N 72°21′E / 18.500°N 72.350°E / 18.500; 72.350.[74]
MTB 106  Royal Navy World War II: The Thorneycroft MTB 106-class motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Sheerness, Kent.[75]
Pride  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Scarborough, Yorkshire with the loss of all four crew.[64][76]
Trevisa  Canada World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°28′N 20°30′W / 57.467°N 20.500°W / 57.467; -20.500) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).[64][77][78]
Verace  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya.[64]

17 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Aenos  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-39 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by Eaglescliffe Hall ( United Kingdom).
Albatross  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Grimsby, Lincolnshire. Five crew survived.[64]
Cheerful  Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the Faroe Islands.[64]
Dokka  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 228: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (60°46′N 16°30′W / 60.767°N 16.500°W / 60.767; -16.500) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 17 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Folkestone ( Royal Navy).[64][79][80]
HMS Dundalk  Royal Navy World War II: Damaged by striking a mine in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex, England (51°57′N 1°27′E / 51.950°N 1.450°E / 51.950; 1.450), the previous day, the Hunt-class minesweeper foundered while under tow by the minesweeper HMS Sutton ( Royal Navy) with the loss of four crew members.[64]
Frankrig  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Orford Ness, Suffolk (52°03′N 1°48′E / 52.050°N 1.800°E / 52.050; 1.800). 19 crew were rescued by HMS Holderness ( Royal Navy).[64][81]
Gasfire  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 11: After a torpedo fired by the E-boat S-21 ( Kriegsmarine) blew off her stern in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) north-northeast of Smith's Knoll off Great Yarmouth, England, disabling her and killing 11 of her crew, the collier was beached at Spurn Head at the mouth of the Humber. She later was repaired and returned to service.[82]
Hauxley  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 311: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Cromer, Norfolk by S-18 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. She was taken in tow by HMS Worcester ( Royal Navy) but sank the next day at 50°03′00″N 1°35′30″E / 50.05000°N 1.59167°E / 50.05000; 1.59167.[64][83]
Janna A flag unknown World War II: The Clipper ship struck a mine and sank in the Oosterschelde, Zeeland, Netherlands.[84]
HMT Kingston Cairngorm  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the English Channel south of the Isle of Portland, Dorset. She was taken in tow but sank the next day.[64][85]
Languedoc  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (59°14′N 17°51′W / 59.233°N 17.850°W / 59.233; -17.850) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued, most of them by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy). The ship was declared beyond salvage and was scuttled by HMS Bluebell.[64][86]
Scoresby  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°14′N 17°51′W / 59.233°N 17.850°W / 59.233; -17.850) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine).
Uskbridge  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 228: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (60°40′N 15°50′W / 60.667°N 15.833°W / 60.667; -15.833) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 29 crew. Survivors were rescued by Katwijk ( Netherlands) and Montreal City ( United Kingdom).[64][87][88]

18 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Beatus  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°31′N 13°10′W / 57.517°N 13.167°W / 57.517; -13.167) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) The 37 crew were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).
Boekelo  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (57°14′N 10°38′W / 57.233°N 10.633°W / 57.233; -10.633) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine). She was torpedoed and sunk in the early hours of the next day by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[64][89]
Convallaria  Sweden World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°20′N 10°40′W / 57.333°N 10.667°W / 57.333; -10.667) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[64][90][91]
Creekirk  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°30′N 11°10′W / 57.500°N 11.167°W / 57.500; -11.167) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 36 crew.[64][92]
Cuma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the south west coast of Sicily (37°01′50″N 14°06′12″E / 37.03056°N 14.10333°E / 37.03056; 14.10333).[64][93]
Director II  United States
Director II

The schooner ran aground off Gladstone, Queensland, Australia and was wrecked.[94]

Durbo  Regia Marina World War II: The Adua-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea east of Gibraltar (34°54′N 4°17′W / 34.900°N 4.283°W / 34.900; -4.283) by two Saunders-Roe London flying boats of 202 Squadron, Royal Air Force, and HMS Firedrake and HMS Wrestler (both  Royal Navy).
Empire Miniver  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 38 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).[64]
Fiscus  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°29′N 11°10′W / 57.483°N 11.167°W / 57.483; -11.167) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 38 of her 39 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMS Clematis ( Royal Navy).
Gunborg  Sweden World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) west of the Outer Hebrides (57°14′N 11°00′W / 57.233°N 11.000°W / 57.233; -11.000) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine). All 23 crew were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).[64][95]
HMS H49  Royal Navy World War II: The H-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the North Sea off Texel, Netherlands by UJ 116 and UJ 118 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 22 crew.
Ipanemaloide  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily, Italy (37°02′N 14°08′E / 37.033°N 14.133°E / 37.033; 14.133).[96]
Niritos  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°14′N 10°38′W / 57.233°N 10.633°W / 57.233; -10.633) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Bluebell ( Royal Navy).[64][97]
Sandsend  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 229: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west north west of Rockall, Inverness-shire (58°12′N 21°29′W / 58.200°N 21.483°W / 58.200; -21.483) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Hibiscus ( Royal Navy).[64][98][99]
Skekatika  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship romped ahead of the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged 90 nautical miles (170 km) east south east of Rockall (57°12′N 11°08′W / 57.200°N 11.133°W / 57.200; -11.133) by U-123. U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) fired a coup de grâce which did not sink her. The next day, U-123 fired another torpedo which sank her at that location. All 36 crew were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy).[64][100]

19 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Aridity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary near the Oaze Lightship ( United Kingdom), north east of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.[64][101]
Assyrian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°12′N 10°43′W / 57.200°N 10.717°W / 57.200; -10.717) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of the 51 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by HMS Leith ( Royal Navy).[64]
Bilderdyk  Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°35′N 17°15′W / 56.583°N 17.250°W / 56.583; -17.250) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). All 39 crew were rescued by HMS Jason ( Royal Navy).[64][102]
HMCS Bras d'Or  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: The minesweeper sank in the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the loss of 30 of her crew.[103]
Clintonia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged west of the Outer Hebrides (57°10′N 11°20′W / 57.167°N 11.333°W / 57.167; -11.333) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) She was then shelled and sunk by U-123 with the loss of one of her 35 crew.[104][105]
Empire Brigade  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°12′N 10°43′W / 57.200°N 10.717°W / 57.200; -10.717) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Fowey ( Royal Navy.
Ipanemaloide  Brazil World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off the south coast of Sicily, Italy (37°02′N 14°08′E / 37.033°N 14.133°E / 37.033; 14.133).[106]
Matheran  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides (57°00′N 17°00′W / 57.000°N 17.000°W / 57.000; -17.000) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 81 crew. Survivors were rescued by Loch Lomond ( United Kingdom).[107][108][109]
Ruperra  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Rockall, Inverness-shire (57°00′N 16°00′W / 57.000°N 16.000°W / 57.000; -16.000) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 30 of her 36 crew. The survivors were rescued by Induna ( United Kingdom).[64][110][111][112]
Sedgepool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°20′N 11°22′W / 57.333°N 11.367°W / 57.333; -11.367) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Salvonia ( Royal Navy).[64][113][114]
Shirak  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Rockall (57°00′N 16°53′W / 57.000°N 16.883°W / 57.000; -16.883) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). She was then torpedoed and sunk in the early hours of the next day by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by HMT Blackfly ( Royal Navy).[64][115][116]
Snefjeld  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°28′N 11°10′W / 57.467°N 11.167°W / 57.467; -11.167) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.
Soesterberg  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°12′N 10°43′W / 57.200°N 10.717°W / 57.200; -10.717) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 25 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Leith ( Royal Navy).[64]
Thalia  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 7: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°00′N 11°30′W / 57.000°N 11.500°W / 57.000; -11.500) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 26 crew.[64][117][118]
Uganda  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°37′N 17°15′W / 56.617°N 17.250°W / 56.617; -17.250) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by HMS Jason ( Royal Navy).[64][119]
HMT Velia  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Kentish Knock Lightship ( United Kingdom) (51°48′05″N 1°44′00″E / 51.80139°N 1.73333°E / 51.80139; 1.73333). The crew were rescued by HMT Hekla and HMT Stella Carina (both  Royal Navy).[59][64]
HMS Venetia  Royal Navy World War II: The V-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Margate, Kent (51°33′N 1°10′E / 51.550°N 1.167°E / 51.550; 1.167) with the loss of 34 crew.[64]
Wandby  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (56°45′N 17°07′W / 56.750°N 17.117°W / 56.750; -17.117) by U-46 and U-47 (both  Kriegsmarine). All 34 crew were rescued by HMT Angle ( Royal Navy) and Indira ( Norway).[64][120]

20 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Caprella  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°37′N 17°15′W / 56.617°N 17.250°W / 56.617; -17.250) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 53 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Angle and HMT Lady Elsa (both  Royal Navy).[64][121]
Conakrian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 232: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the North Sea 9 nautical miles (17 km) off Girdleness, Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft and was abandoned. She was taken in tow by HMS Cleveland and beached at Bridge of Don, Aberdeenshire.[64]
Cubano  Norway Convoy OB 229: World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (57°55′N 25°00′W / 57.917°N 25.000°W / 57.917; -25.000) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Saguenay ( Royal Canadian Navy).[64][122]
Janus  Sweden World War II: Convoy HX 79: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°36′N 15°03′W / 56.600°N 15.050°W / 56.600; -15.050) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Hibiscus ( Royal Navy).[64][123]
La Estancia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°00′N 17°00′W / 57.000°N 17.000°W / 57.000; -17.000) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 34 crew. The survivors were rescued by Indira ( Norway).[64][124]
Lafolè  Regia Marina World War II: The Adua-class submarine was depth charged, rammed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Melilla, Spanish Morocco (36°00′N 3°00′W / 36.000°N 3.000°W / 36.000; -3.000) by HMS Gallant, HMS Griffin and HMS Hotspur (all  Royal Navy). Nine survivors were rescued by HMS Gallant and HMS Hotspur.[64]
Loch Lomond  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°00′N 14°30′W / 56.000°N 14.500°W / 56.000; -14.500) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 40 crew. Survivors, including all 72 from Matheran ( United Kingdom) were rescued by HMS Jason ( Royal Navy).[64][109][125][126]
Sitala  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 79: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south west of Rockall, Inverness-shire (56°37′N 17°15′W / 56.617°N 17.250°W / 56.617; -17.250) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 44 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Angle and HMT Lady Elsa (both  Royal Navy).[64][127]
Sulaco  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 229: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°25′N 25°00′W / 57.417°N 25.000°W / 57.417; -25.000) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of 66 of her 67 crew. The survivor was rescued by HMCS Saguenay ( Royal Canadian Navy).[64][128]
Whitford Point  United Kingdom Convoy HX 79: World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) south west of Rockall (56°38′N 16°00′W / 56.633°N 16.000°W / 56.633; -16.000) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 37 of her 39 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Sturdy ( Royal Navy).[64][129]

21 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Astrid  Soviet Union World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Leningrad with the loss of 13 crew.[64]
Daydawn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpeoded and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) west of Bloody Foreland, 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 36 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Rhododendron ( Royal Navy).[130]
Francesco Nullo  Regia Marina World War II: The Sauro-class destroyer was shelled and damaged by HMS Kimberley ( Royal Navy) and beached on Harmi Island, Italian Somaliland She was later bombed and sunk by Bristol Blenheim aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[64][131]
Houston City  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Thames Estuary north east of Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent and was beached. Salvage was abandoned on 1 November following repeated bombing during salvage efforts.[132]
HMT Joseph Button  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk with the loss of five crew.[64][133][134]
Kerry Head  Ireland World War II: The collier was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Blackball Head, County Kerry, Ireland by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of all 12 crew.[135]
HMS MTB 17  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60-foot-class motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium.[64] Subsequently salvaged by the Germans but was not put into service.[7]
Victoria  Greece World War II: Convoy OB 223: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) west of Bloody Foreland by U-103 ( Kriegsmarine). All 27 crew were rescued by HMS Castleton ( Royal Navy).[136]
HMT Waveflower  Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeping trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk with the loss of 15 of her 22 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Thomas Leeds ( Royal Navy).[64][133][137]

22 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Astrid  Finland World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland with the loss of ten crew.[138]
Cairnglen  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground at Marsden, Northumberland (54°59′12″N 1°22′42″W / 54.98667°N 1.37833°W / 54.98667; -1.37833) and was wrecked. All crew were rescued.[139][140]
HMT Hickory  Royal Navy World War II: The Tree-class naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel south of the Isle of Portland, Dorset with the loss of 24 crew.[64][141]
HMCS Margaree  Royal Canadian Navy World War II: Convoy OL 8: The D-class destroyer collided in the Atlantic Ocean with Port Fairy ( United Kingdom) and sank with the loss of 142 of her 178 crew.[64]
Kerry Head  United Kingdom [142]): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Clear Island, County Cork, Ireland.

23 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Essie  Sweden World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of Skagen, Nordjylland, Denmark with the loss of six crew.[64]
Prinsesse Ragnhild  Norway World War II: The passenger ship struck a mine and sank in the Norwegian Sea off Bodø, Nordland with the loss of 78 of the 140 people aboard.[64][143]

24 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 October 1940
Ship Country Description
WBS 5 Adolf Vinnen  Kriegsmarine World War II: The weather ship was shelled and sunk off Stadtlandet, Norway (62°29′N 4°23′E / 62.483°N 4.383°E / 62.483; 4.383) by HMS Matabele, HMS Punjabi and HMS Somali (all  Royal Navy).[64]

25 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Blairspey  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 7: Taken under tow after being torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean east-northeast of Rockall on 18 October 1940 by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine) and again on 19 October by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine), the cargo ship was beached in the Clyde in Scotland. She was repaired and returned to service.[144][145]
Buoyant  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank at the mouth of the Humber.[146]
Carlton  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine at the mouth of the Humber and sank with the loss of three of her ten crew.[64][147]
HMT Duthies  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk at Montrose, Angus. All crew were rescued.[64][148]
Encourage  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon with the loss of all four crew.[64][149]
Kyle Skye  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Isle of Arran, Bute and was wrecked.[150]
HMT Lord Inchcape  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Plymouth, Devon. She was later salvaged.[151]
South Goodwin Lightship  United Kingdom World War II: The lightship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off St Margaret's Bay, Kent by Luftwaffe aircraft.[152]
Windsor  United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the River Humber south of Spurn Point, Yorkshire with the loss of one crew member.[64][153]

26 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Albi France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted by HMS Delhi ( Royal Navy) off the coast of Africa and was scuttled by her crew. She was on a voyage from Dakar, Senegal to Libreville, French West Africa.[7]
Dosinia  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine, broke in two and sank in Liverpool Bay off Southport, Lancashire. All crew were rescued.[64][154][155]
Katanga  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine off the Bar Lightship, River Mersey, United Kingdom and was damaged.[156]
H. J. Kyvig  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in Sognefjord by Royal Air Force aircraft.[64]
Matina  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°30′N 16°31′W / 57.500°N 16.517°W / 57.500; -16.517) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine). The 69 crew took to the lifeboats, but were not seen again. She was torpedoed and sunk on 29 October by U-31 ( Kriegsmarine).[64][157][158]
Strombus  Norway World War II: The whale factory ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Swansea, Glamorgan (51°33′48″N 3°56′48″W / 51.56333°N 3.94667°W / 51.56333; -3.94667). All 40 crew were rescued by HMT Silja ( Royal Navy) and Victor ( United Kingdom).[64][159][160][161]

27 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Margaretha  Netherlands World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Newport, Monmouthshire (51°22′N 3°12′W / 51.367°N 3.200°W / 51.367; -3.200). All crew were rescued.[162]
Meggie  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 70 nautical miles (130 km) off Santa Maria Island, Azores, Portugal by Nani ( Regia Marina). All crew were rescued.[64]
Persevere  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter struck a mine and sank in the Firth of Forth.[64]
Suavity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Hartlepool, Co Durham (54°44′N 1°05′W / 54.733°N 1.083°W / 54.733; -1.083). All crew were rescued.[64][163]

28 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Devonia  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Newport, Monmouthshire (51°23′N 3°15′W / 51.383°N 3.250°W / 51.383; -3.250) with the loss of three of her four crew.[64][164]
Empress of Britain  United Kingdom World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine), after having been bombed and damaged by a Focke-Wulf 200 Condor long-range Luftwaffe aircraft.
HMT Harvest Gleaner  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Southwold, Suffolk with the loss of four crew.[64][165]
H J Kyvig  Norway World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in Sunnfjord, Sogn og Fjordane by an aircraft with the loss of five crew.[166]
Malygin  Soviet Union The icebreaker foundered in a storm off Kamchatka, Soviet Union. All 98 aboard were lost.
Sagacity  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the River Humber south west of Spurn Point, Yorkshire. All crew were rescued.[64][167]
Sheaf Field  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the mouth of the River Deben, Suffolk. 26 crew survived.[64][168]
Wythburn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Newport, Monmouthshire (51°22′N 3°15′W / 51.367°N 3.250°W / 51.367; -3.250) with the loss of five crew.[64][169]

29 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 October 1940
Ship Country Description
G W Humphreys  United Kingdom World War II: The sludge carrier struck a mine and sank in the East Oaze Deep, Thames Estuary, north of Leysdown-on-Sea, Kent with the loss of seven crew.[64][170][171]

30 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Alcora  United Kingdom The cargo ship came ashore at Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire and was wrecked.[172]
Bragi Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland The trawler was sunk in a collision with Duke of York ( United Kingdom) off Wyre Light, England.[173]
ML 109  Royal Navy World War II: The Fairmile A motor launch struck a mine near Chequer Shoal Buoy off the Humber and sank with the loss of three crew.[64]
Placidas Faroult  France World War II: The auxiliary lugger was stranded and wrecked at Salcombe, Devon, United Kingdom.[64][174]
Seagem  United Kingdom The tug sank.[64]
Simonburn  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground off Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire and was wrecked.[175]
Sturdy  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 8: The S-class destroyer ran aground off Tiree, Inner Hebrides and was wrecked with the loss of five crew.[64]
U-32  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIA submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland by HMS Harvester and HMS Highlander (both  Royal Navy) with the loss of nine of her 42 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Harvester and HMS Highlander.
Victoria  Greece World War II: Convoy SLS 51: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland by Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe.[7][176]

31 October[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 31 October 1940
Ship Country Description
Aldebaran  Germany World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja, Estonia.[64]
Hillfern  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank in the North Sea 35 nautical miles (65 km) off Buchan Ness, Aberdeenshire following an explosion with the loss of eight crew.[64][177]
MTB 16  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60-foot-class motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.[178]
Rutland  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 82: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (57°00′N 16°00′W / 57.000°N 16.000°W / 57.000; -16.000) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 29 crew.[179]
HMT Wardour  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea. 12 crew were rescued by HMS Douglas ( Royal Navy).[180]

Unknown date[edit]

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1940
Ship Country Description
North Goodwin Lightship  United Kingdom The lightship was driven ashore at Walmer, Kent after her anchor chain broke in a storm.[170]
St Malo  Canada World War II: The cargo ship was lost through enemy action.[181]
Oscar Robinson United Kingdom Australia The ketch sank in the Pacific Ocean off Port Adelaide, South Australia.[182]
Øyulf  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Haugesund.[183]

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Ship events in 1940
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