List of shipwrecks in September 1940

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

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1 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Efploia  Greece World War II: Convoy OB 205: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°27′N 13°17′W / 55.450°N 13.283°W / 55.450; -13.283) by U-101 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by HMS Anthony ( Royal Navy), which scuttled the ship at 55°43′N 13°05′W / 55.717°N 13.083°W / 55.717; -13.083.[1][2]
HMS Ivanhoe  Royal Navy World War II: Texel Disaster: The I-class destroyer struck a mine in the North Sea, off the Frisian Islands, Netherlands and was severely damaged. She was scuttled by HMS Kelvin ( Royal Navy). Eight of her 146 crew were killed. Survivors rescued by HMS MTB 14, HMS MTB 16, and HMS MTB 17 all ( Royal Navy).[3]
MAS 536  Regia Marina World War II: The motor torpedo boat was rammed and sunk by HMS Ilex ( Royal Navy) at either Maltezana, Rhodes or Stampala, Greece.[1]
HMML Mesme  Royal Navy World War II: The motor launch was in collision with HMS Sunfish ( Royal Navy) at Grangemouth, Stirlingshire and sank with the loss of all three crew.[1]
HMT Royalo  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in Mounts Bay off Penzance, Cornwall with the loss of seven crew.[1][4]
Sancte Michel  France The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay off Brest, Finistère by HMS Tigris ( Royal Navy).[1]

2 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Bibury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of Ireland (approximately 55°14′N 16°40′W / 55.233°N 16.667°W / 55.233; -16.667) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 39 crew.[5]
Cymbeline  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of the Cape Verde Islands (27°55′N 36°01′W / 27.917°N 36.017°W / 27.917; -36.017) by Widder ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven crew. 26 survivors were made prisoners of war.[1][6] 14-year-old deck-boy Kenneth Berry later became a member of the British Free Corps.
Legatus  Canada The sailing ship ran aground in the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia and was wrecked.[7]
Pionier  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea north east of Skagen, Denmark (57°50′N 10°46′E / 57.833°N 10.767°E / 57.833; 10.767) by HMS Sturgeon ( Royal Navy) with the loss of approximately 1,000 lives.[1][8]
Thornlea  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 206: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°14′N 16°40′W / 55.233°N 16.667°W / 55.233; -16.667) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Skeena ( Royal Canadian Navy) and Hild ( Norway).[1][9][10][11]
UJ-121  Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Ostend, West Flanders, Belgium.[1][12]
Ville de Mons  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°20′N 12°00′W / 58.333°N 12.000°W / 58.333; -12.000) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine). All 54 crew were rescued.[1][13][14]

3 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Anna Sofie  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Haugesund, Rogaland by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was later raised, repaired and returned to service.[15]
Coraline United Kingdom Australia The cargo ship ran aground at Point Kialla, New South Wales and was wrecked. One of her seven crew was killed.[16]
Philotis  United Kingdom The coaster collided with another vessel off Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire and sank.[17]
Tropic Sea  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Bay of Biscay (46°30′N 11°30′W / 46.500°N 11.500°W / 46.500; -11.500) by HMS Truant ( Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Truant and a Short Sunderland aircraft of the Royal Air Force.[1][18][19]
U-57  Kriegsmarine The Type IIC submarine collided in the North Sea off Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein with Rona ( Norway) and sank with the loss of six of her 25 crew. She was subsequently raised, repaired and returned to service.
Ulva  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°45′N 11°45′W / 55.750°N 11.750°W / 55.750; -11.750) by U-60 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 20 crew.[1][20]

4 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Corbrook  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 271: The collier was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk by S-21 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[1][21]
Fulham V  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 271: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Winterton-on-Sea, Norfolk by S-22 ( Kriegsmarine).[22]
Joseph Swan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 271:[1] The collier was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea north east of Winterton-on-Sea by S-18 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 17 of her 18 crew.[1][23]
Lairdscastle  United Kingdom The passenger ship collided with Vernon City ( United Kingdom) off the Mull of Kintyre and sank. All 101 people on board were rescued.[24][25]
Luimneach  Ireland World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west south west of the Isles of Scilly (47°50′N 9°12′W / 47.833°N 9.200°W / 47.833; -9.200) by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine). All 18 crew were rescued; three were taken on board U-46 as prisoners of war, the rest by a French trawler.[1][26]
MAS 537  Regia Marina World War II: The MAS 526 class MAS boat was sunk in the Aegean Sea by HMAS Sydney ( Royal Australian Navy) and HMS Orion ( Royal Navy).[27]
New Lambton  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FS 271: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh by S-21 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[1][28]
Nieuwland  Netherlands World War II: Convoy FS 271: The collier was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Winterton-on-Sea by S-18 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight crew.[1][29]
HMS Saucy  Royal Navy World War II: The naval tug struck a mine in the Firth of Forth off Inchkeith, Fife and sank with the loss of all 26 crew.[1][30][31]
Titan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 207: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 80 nautical miles (150 km) south west of Rockall, Inverness-shire (58°14′N 15°50′W / 58.233°N 15.833°W / 58.233; -15.833) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 95 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS St. Laurent ( Royal Canadian Navy).[1][32]

5 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1940
Ship Country Description
V 201 Gebrüder Kähler  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France.[1][12][33]
V 403 Deutschland  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank in the Westerschelde off Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands.[1][12][34]

6 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Atlas  Greece World War II: Convoy BN 4: The tanker straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Red Sea 14 nautical miles (26 km) north of Jabal al-Tair Island (15°10′N 41°50′E / 15.167°N 41.833°E / 15.167; 41.833) by Guglielmotti ( Regia Marina). All crew were rescued.[1][35]
HMS Godetia  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy OA 207: The Flower-class corvette collided with Marsa ( United Kingdom in the Irish Sea off Altacarry Head, County Antrim Northern Ireland (55°18′N 5°57′W / 55.300°N 5.950°W / 55.300; -5.950) and sank with the loss of 32 of her 47 crew.[1]
O. C.  Norway World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank off the Terningen Lighthouse with the loss of five of her seven crew.[36]
Saint Glen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 44A: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea south east of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire (57°25′N 1°45′W / 57.417°N 1.750°W / 57.417; -1.750) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of three crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Sandwich ( Royal Navy).[1][37]

7 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Abbekerk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at London, United Kingdom during a Luftwaffe air raid. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[38]
HMT Abronia  Royal Navy The naval trawler foundered in the River Thames with the loss of five crew.[1]
Gro  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (58°30′N 16°10′W / 58.500°N 16.167°W / 58.500; -16.167) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 32 crew. Burdawan ( United Kingdom) rescued the survivors.[1][39]
Beckton  United Kingdom World War II: the tug was bombed and sunk at Beckton Gas Works, London in a Luftwaffe air raid.[1]
HMS Inanda  Royal Navy World War II: The ocean boarding vessel was bombed and sunk in the Royal Albert Dock, London during a Luftwaffe air raid. She was later salvaged, rebuilt as a cargo ship and entered service as Empire Explorer.
HMS Inkosi  Royal Navy World War II: The ocean boarding vessel was bombed and sunk in the Royal Albert Dock, London during a Luftwaffe air raid. She was later salvaged, rebuilt as a cargo ship and entered service as Empire Chivalry.
José de Larrinaga  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°30′N 16°10′W / 58.500°N 16.167°W / 58.500; -16.167) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 47 crew.[1][40]
Neptunian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°27′N 17°17′W / 58.450°N 17.283°W / 58.450; -17.283 by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 36 crew.[1][41]
Niendorf  Kriegsmarine World War II: The patrol vessel struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Calais, Pas-de-Calais, France.[1][42]
HMY Rhodora  Royal Navy The armed yacht collided with Ngatira ( United Kingdom in the Bristol Channel off Cardiff, Glamorgan and sank.
Salacon  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 5.3 nautical miles (9.8 km) south east of Spurn Point, Yorkshire with the loss of eight of her 12 crew.[1][43]
Stad Alkmaar  Netherlands World War II: Convoy FS 273: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea east of Lowestoft, Suffolk, United Kingdom (52°25′N 2°02′E / 52.417°N 2.033°E / 52.417; 2.033) by S-33 and S-36 (both  Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[1][44]

8 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Antonios Chandros  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was captured and scuttled in the South Atlantic (11°25′N 34°10′W / 11.417°N 34.167°W / 11.417; -34.167) by Widder ( Kriegsmarine).[1]

9 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Alfred Colebrook  United Kingdom World War II The drifter was sunk as a blockship at Richborough, Kent.[1]
Anna  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in Russia Dock, Surrey Docks, London, United Kingdom during a Luftwaffe air raid.[45]
Athelking  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (21°52′S 67°20′E / 21.867°S 67.333°E / -21.867; 67.333) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 40 crew. The survivors were made prisoners of war.[1][46]
Baronesa  United Kingdom The 8,663 grt cargo steamer was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft in the Port of London, after sustaining a few days earlier an attack by German E-Boats in the North Sea as part of convoy FS 271.
Dervish  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank off the mouth of the Humber with the loss of four of her 15 crew.[47]
Harvest Moon  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was sunk as a blockship at Richborough.[1]
John Baptish  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank south of the Conningbeg Lightship ( United Kingdom).[1]
Mardinian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Barra, Outer Hebrides (56°37′N 9°00′W / 56.617°N 9.000°W / 56.617; -9.000) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of six of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by the HMT St. Apollo and armed merchant cruiser HMS Aurania (both  Royal Navy).[1][48][49]
Minnie de Larrinaga  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk bombed and set on fire whilst docked at London. She was declared a constructive total loss and subsequently sunk a blockship at Dover, Kent on 5 February 1941.[1][50]
Possidon  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 2: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of County Donegal, Ireland (56°43′N 9°16′W / 56.717°N 9.267°W / 56.717; -9.267) by U-47 ( Kriegsmarine with the loss of seven of her 17 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Arrow ( Royal Navy).[1][51]

10 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Benarty  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (18°32′S 70°07′E / 18.533°S 70.117°E / -18.533; 70.117) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine).[1]
Eli  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 12 nautical miles (22 km) off the Skerryvore Lighthouse by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two of her 30 crew. Survivors were rescued by a Royal Navy trawler.[1][52]

11 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Albionic  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 25 crew.[1][53]
HMT Beathwood  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Montrose, Angus.[54]
Cordoba  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the English Channel off Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France, and was beached. Wreck was scuttled in September 1944.[1][55]
Escaut  Kriegsmarine The tug sank off the French coast.[56]
Harpenden  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 210: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. She was declared a constructive total loss but was repaired and returned to service in 1941 as Empire Stour.[57]
Maas  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OA 210: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (55°34′N 15°56′W / 55.567°N 15.933°W / 55.567; -15.933) by U-28 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 20 of her 22 crew.[1][58]

12 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 12 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Benavon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean south east of Madagascar (25°20′S 52°17′E / 25.333°S 52.283°E / -25.333; 52.283) by Pinguin ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 24 of her 49 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[1][59]
Gothic  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine in the Humber Estuary and sank south east of Spurn Head, Yorkshire with the loss of 12 of her 24 crew.[1][60]
HMS Salvage King  Royal Navy The tug ran aground off Duncansby Head, Caithness and was declared a total loss.[1][61]

13 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Cassidaigne France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea west of San Pietro Island. Sardinia, Italy.[1][13][62]
Ginette Le Borgne France Vichy France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea west of Sardinia.[1]
M-1306 Hermann Krone  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Skaggerak off Hanstholm, Denmark.[1][63]
Protesilaus  United Kingdom World War II: The blockship was under tow from ST Empire Henchman ( United Kingdom) and HMS Abeille XXI ( Royal Navy) when the tow parted. The ship was declared a derelict and was scuttled 7 nautical miles (13 km) south west of Skerryvore by HMT King Sol ( Royal Navy).[3][64]
T-104  Soviet Navy World War II: The minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Finland.[12]
UJ-173 Hinrich Wesselhöft  Kriegsmarine The naval trawler ran aground in Hardangerfjord, Norway. She was taken in tow but sank the next day.[12]

14 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1940
Ship Country Description
NM 11  Kriegsmarine The naval trawler caught fire, exploded and sank at Kristiansund, Møre og Romsdal, Norway with the loss of four of her ten crew.[65]
Flandre  France World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine, broke in two and sank in the Bay of Biscay south of La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime.[66][67]
Ostmark  Kriegsmarine The Ostmark-class seaplane tender was sunk by HMS Tuna ( Royal Navy).[68]
Saint Agnes  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Portugal (41°27′N 51°50′W / 41.450°N 51.833°W / 41.450; -51.833) by Emo ( Regia Marina). All crew were rescued.[1][69]

15 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Alexandros  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 3: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom (56°50′N 15°04′W / 56.833°N 15.067°W / 56.833; -15.067) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 30 crew. Of the survivors, 23 were rescued by HMCS St. Laurent ( Royal Canadian Navy).[70][71]
HMS Dundee  Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 3: The Shoreham-class sloop was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (56°45′N 14°14′W / 56.750°N 14.233°W / 56.750; -14.233 by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine). with the loss of 12 of her crew. Survivors were rescued by Fido, Hild, Vigsnes ( Norway) and HMS Wanderer ( Royal Navy)
Empire Volunteer  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (56°43′N 15°17′W / 56.717°N 15.283°W / 56.717; -15.283) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Fido and Granli (both  Norway).[70][72][73]
Halland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) east of Dunbar. East Lothian, United Kingdom with the loss of 17 crew.[70][74]
Hird  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 70 The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy due to a cargo fire on 10 September. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 nautical miles (170 km) west of Rockall, Inverness-shire, United Kingdom (58°00′N 12°20′W / 58.000°N 12.333°W / 58.000; -12.333) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued by the trawler Thorolfur (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland).[70][75][76]
Kenordoc  Canada World War II: Convoy SC 3: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy and was shelled and sunk 44 nautical miles (81 km) west of Rockall, Inverness-shire, United Kingdom by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 20 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Amazon ( Royal Navy) and HMCS St. Laurent ( Royal Canadian Navy).[70][77]
Nailsea River  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo liner was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) off Montrose, Angus by Luftwaffe aircraft.[78]

16 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Aska  United Kingdom World War II: The troopship was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea off Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland (55°15′N 5°55′W / 55.250°N 5.917°W / 55.250; -5.917) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 30 of the 644 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Jason ( Royal Navy).[70][79]
Bibury  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Verde by a German auxiliary cruiser with the loss of all 39 crew.[80]
City of Mobile  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Irish Sea off Portaferry, County Down (54°18′N 5°16′W / 54.300°N 5.267°W / 54.300; -5.267) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[70][81]
Incemore  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Anticosti Island, Quebec, Canada and was wrecked.[82]
Lotos  Norway World War II: Convoy SC 3: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (15 nautical miles (28 km) north east Rockall, Inverness-shire, United Kingdom. All 17 crew survived.[70][83]
Poitiers France Vichy France World War II: The supply ship was intercepted and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Dakar, French West Africa by Cumberland ( Royal Navy). All crew were rescued.[70]
Stad Schiedam  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship suffered an internal explosion and sank in the Caribbean Sea. Explosion probably caused by a bomb placed on board. 12 crew survived.[84]

17 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Aquilone  Regia Marina World War II: The Turbine-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in Benghazi harbour, Libya by Fairey Swordfish aircraft from 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy).[12]
Borea  Regia Marina World War II: The Turbine-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in Benghazi harbour by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 819 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, based on HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy).[70]
Cabo Tortosa  Spain World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Oporto, Portugal by Alpino Bagnolini ( Regia Marina). All crew were rescued by Monte Ayala ( Spain).[70][85]
Crown Arun  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 71: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Rockall, Inverness-shire (58°02′N 14°18′W / 58.033°N 14.300°W / 58.033; -14.300) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). All 25 crew were rescued by HMS Winchelsea ( Royal Navy).
Gloria Stella  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Benghazi by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy).[12][70][86][87]
Hild  Norway The cargo ship ran aground in a gale at Petite-Vallée, Quebec, Canada. She was declared a total loss.[10]
Kalliopi S  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) north east of Tory Island, Ireland, by aircraft of 1 Staffeln, KG40 and was abandoned. The wreck came ashore at Sheephaven Bay and broke in two. She was declared a total loss.[45][70][88]
Maria Eugenia  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Benghazi by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 815 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm based on HMS Illustrious ( Royal Navy).[12][70][87]
HMS Sussex  Royal Navy World War II: The County-class cruiser was bombed and sunk at Glasgow, Renfrewshire with the loss of three crew. She was subsequently refloated, repaired and returned to service.[70]
Tregenna  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 71: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (58°22′N 15°42′W / 58.367°N 15.700°W / 58.367; -15.700) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 37 crew.[70][89]
V-304  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank.[90]

18 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1940
Ship Country Description
City of Benares  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 213: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°48′N 21°15′W / 56.800°N 21.250°W / 56.800; -21.250) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 134 passengers and 121 crewmen of the 406 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Anthony and HMS Hurricane (both  Royal Navy).[70]
Dunkerquois  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. Refloated in 1945 and scrapped.[91]
Johann Blumenthal  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel off Cherbourg, Seine-Maritime, France by Royal Air Force aircraft. Survivors were rescued by Lody ( Kriegsmarine).[8][70]
Magdalena  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 3: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (57°20′N 20°16′W / 57.333°N 20.267°W / 57.333; -20.267) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 31 crew.[70][92][93]
Marina  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 213: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°46′N 21°15′W / 56.767°N 21.250°W / 56.767; -21.250) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by Carlingford ( United Kingdom) and HMS Hurricane ( Royal Navy).[70][94]
Minas Prince  United Kingdom The schooner foundered off Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (43°14′N 67°35′W / 43.233°N 67.583°W / 43.233; -67.583).[95][96]

19 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Almirante Jose De Carranza  Spain World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 16 nautical miles (30 km) off Cape Villano by Guglielmo Marconi ( Regia Marina). Only one crew member survived.[70][97][98]
T3  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 35 torpedo boat was bombed and sunk at Le Havre, France by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of nine of her 21 crew. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[70]
Shelbrit 1  United Kingdom World War II: The coastal tanker struck a mine, caught fire and sank in the Moray Firth (57°39′N 3°56′W / 57.650°N 3.933°W / 57.650; -3.933) with the loss of all 21 crew.[70][99]

20 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Bhima  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy BN 5: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Red Sea (13°57′N 42°53′E / 13.950°N 42.883°E / 13.950; 42.883) by Regia Aeronautica aircraft and was beached. She was later refloated, towed to Aden and beached there.[70]
Boka  Panama World War II: Convoy OB 216: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 52 nautical miles (96 km) north of Rathlin Island, County Antrim, Northern Ireland (55°54′N 7°24′W / 55.900°N 7.400°W / 55.900; -7.400) by U-138 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 34 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis ( Royal Navy).[70][100][101]
City of Simla  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 216: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of County Donegal, Ireland (55°55′N 8°20′W / 55.917°N 8.333°W / 55.917; -8.333) by U-138 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of the 350 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Guinean ( United Kingdom) and the trawler Van Dyke ( Belgium).[70][102]
Commissaire Ramel  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (28°25′S 74°27′E / 28.417°S 74.450°E / -28.417; 74.450) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 66 crew.[70][103]
Diamant  Kriegsmarine The cargo ship struck rocks off Saint Helier, Jersey, and sank.[45]
Innisdhu  United Kingdom World War II: The drifter struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of all four crew.[70]
New Sevilla  United Kingdom World War II: The whale factory ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Islay, Outer Hebrides (55°48′N 7°22′W / 55.800°N 7.367°W / 55.800; -7.367) by U-138 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 284 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis ( Royal Navy), the trawler Belgaum (Light Blue Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland) and Industria ( Sweden). New Sevila was taken in tow by Superman ( United Kingdom) but sank the next day 9 nautical miles (17 km) off the Mull of Kintyre, Argyllshire (55°48′N 7°22′W / 55.800°N 7.367°W / 55.800; -7.367).[70][104][105]
Trito  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the English Channel south west of the Isle of Portland, Dorset, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft. Only three crew survived.[70][106]

21 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Baron Blythswood  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 33 of her 34 crew. The survivor was rescued by U-99 and placed in a lifeboat from Invershannon ( United Kingdom. He was rescued by HMS Shikari ( Royal Navy).[107]
Blairangus  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland (55°18′N 22°21′W / 55.300°N 22.350°W / 55.300; -22.350) by U-48 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by Pikepool ( United Kingdom) and/or HMS Shikari ( Royal Navy).[70][108][109]
Canonesa  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°55′N 18°25′W / 54.917°N 18.417°W / 54.917; -18.417) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy).[70]
Dalcairn  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk west of Ireland (55°00′N 19°00′W / 55.000°N 19.000°W / 55.000; -19.000) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued. by HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy).[70][110][111]
Elmbank  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°20′N 22°30′W / 55.333°N 22.500°W / 55.333; -22.500) by U-47 and U-99 (both  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by Pikepool ( United Kingdom).[70][112]
Empire Adventure  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 216: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged off Rathlin Island, County Antrim (55°11′N 11°30′W / 55.183°N 11.500°W / 55.183; -11.500) by U-138 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 21 of her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis ( Royal Navy) and Industria ( Sweden). Empire Adventure was taken under tow by Superman ( Royal Navy) but sank on 23 September at 55°48′N 7°22′W / 55.800°N 7.367°W / 55.800; -7.367.
Imogene  Canada The sailing ship ran aground on the east coast of Nova Scotia and was wrecked.[113]
Invershannon  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 480 nautical miles (890 km) west of Bloody Foreland, Ireland (55°40′N 22°04′W / 55.667°N 22.067°W / 55.667; -22.067) by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Fandango and HMS Shikari (both  Royal Navy).[70][114]
Tirranna  Kriegsmarine World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south of Bordeaux, France by HMS Tuna ( Royal Navy). Amongst the casualties were 30 survivors from Kemmendine ( United Kingdom).[115]
Torinia  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (54°55′N 18°17′W / 54.917°N 18.283°W / 54.917; -18.283) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 62 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMS Skate ( Royal Navy).[70][116]

22 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Frederick S Fales  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (55°30′N 13°40′W / 55.500°N 13.667°W / 55.500; -13.667) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 48 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy).[70][117][118]
M-1604 Österreich  Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper either struck two mines and sank off Penmarc'h, Finistère, France,[12] or was shelled and sunk in the North Sea 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Hoek van Holland, South Holland, Netherlands.[70]
Palestro  Regia Marina World War II: The Palestro-class torpedo boat was torpedoed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea west of Durazzo, Albania by HMS Osiris ( Royal Navy).
Provvidenza  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Tyrrhenian Sea off Ischia, Campania by HMS Truant ( Royal Navy).[70][119]
Scholar  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Outer Hebrides (55°11′N 17°55′W / 55.183°N 17.917°W / 55.183; -17.917) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine). She was taken in tow by Marauder ( United Kingdom) but sank at 54°38′N 16°40′W / 54.633°N 16.667°W / 54.633; -16.667). All 45 crew were rescued by HMS Scimitar and HMS Skate (both  Royal Navy.[70][120][121]
Simla  Norway World War II: Convoy HX 72: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (55°11′N 17°58′W / 55.183°N 17.967°W / 55.183; -17.967) by U-100 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Heartsease ( Royal Navy)[70][122][123]
Sperrbrecher 2 Athen  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Sperrbrecher was severely damaged by an aerial mine at Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France and was beached. She was later salvaged and put into service as a cargo ship.[12]
Tirranna  Germany World War II: The captured Norwegian cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Gironde Estuary by HMS Tuna ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 87 of the 292 people on board. These included survivors from Kemmendine, Scientist and Tallyrand (all  United Kingdom).[70][124][125]
Union Jack  Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) north west by north of the Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom (59°50′N 7°40′W / 59.833°N 7.667°W / 59.833; -7.667 by U-31 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[70]

23 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Empire Adventure  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 216: The cargo ship sank at 55°48′N 7°22′W / 55.800°N 7.367°W / 55.800; -7.367 while under tow by Superman ( Royal Navy) due to damage she incurred on 21 September 1940 when she was torpedoed by the German submarine U-138 ( Kriegsmarine).
Empire Airman  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 72: Torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (54°00′N 18°00′W / 54.000°N 18.000°W / 54.000; -18.000) by the German submarine U-100 ( Kriegsmarine), on 22 September 1940, the cargo ship sank at 55°11′N 15°07′W / 55.183°N 15.117°W / 55.183; -15.117 while under tow with the loss of 33 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by the corvette HMS La Malouine ( Royal Navy).
Heimdal  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 7 nautical miles (13 km) north west of Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands by HMS H49 ( Royal Navy).[70]
L'Audacieux France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Dakar: The destroyer was shelled and damaged by HMAS Australia ( Royal Australian Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean off Dakar, French West Africa and was beached.[70]
Persée France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Dakar: The Redoutable-class submarine was shelled and sunk in the Atlatic Ocean off Dakar by HMS Dragon,HMS Foresight, and HMS Inglefield (all  Royal Navy).[70]
Tacoma France Vichy France World War II: Battle of Dakar: The cargo ship was shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Dakar by a British warship with the loss of six of her 30 crew. She was beached.[70][126][127]

24 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Ajax France Vichy French Navy World War II: Battle of Dakar: The Redoutable-class submarine was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Dakar, French West Africa, by aircraft based on HMS Ark Royal ( Royal Navy. All 61 crew were rescued by HMS Fortune ( Royal Navy).[70]
Bass Rock  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 23 nautical miles (43 km) south by west of Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.[70]
Continental Coaster  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Happisburgh, Norfolk (52°59′N 2°10′E / 52.983°N 2.167°E / 52.983; 2.167 by S-30 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew.[70][128]
HMS Wellesley  Royal Navy World War II: The Black Prince-class ship of the line was bombed and sunk in the River Thames during a Luftwaffe air raid.[129]
HMT Loch Inver  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex with the loss of 15 crew.[70]
HMS MTB 15  Royal Navy World War II: The BPB 60 foot Type motor torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north east of North Foreland, Kent.[70][130]
Ostmark  Kriegsmarine World War II: The seaplane tender was torpedoed and sunk in the Bay of Biscay south west of Saint-Nazaire, Loire-Atlantique, France (47°01′N 3°02′W / 47.017°N 3.033°W / 47.017; -3.033) by Tuna ( Royal Navy).[70]

25 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Eurymedon  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°34′N 20°23′W / 53.567°N 20.383°W / 53.567; -20.383 by U-29 ( Kriegsmarine. She sank two days later with the loss of 29 of the 93 people on board. The survivors were rescued by HMCS Ottawa ( Royal Canadian Navy) and HMS Primrose ( Royal Navy).[70][131][132][133]
Mabriton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°12′N 23°00′W / 56.200°N 23.000°W / 56.200; -23.000) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Jason and HMS Rochester (both  Royal Navy).[70][134][135]
HMS Resolution  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Dakar: The Revenge-class battleship was torpedoed and severely damaged by Bévéziers (France Vichy French Navy). Repairs took until February 1942 to complete.
Rina Croce  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) off Brindisi, Apulia.[136]
HMT Stella Sirius  Royal Navy World War II: The anti-submarine trawler was bombed and sunk at Gibraltar by Vichy French Air Force aircraft with the loss of 12 crew. The survivors were rescued by HMT Arctic Ranger ( Royal Navy).[70]
Sulairia  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°43′N 20°10′W / 53.717°N 20.167°W / 53.717; -20.167) by U-43) ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMCS Ottawa ( Royal Canadian Navy).[131][132][137][138]
HMT White Daisy  Royal Navy The naval trawler foundered in the North Sea east of the Shetland Islands.[139]

26 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Asgerd  Norway World War II: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was either torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides, United Kingdom (56°34′N 9°10′W / 56.567°N 9.167°W / 56.567; -9.167) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine),[70][140] or was bombed and sunk at that position by a Focke Wulf Fw 200 Kondor aircraft of the Luftwaffe. All 17 crew were lost.[141]
Ashantian  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy ONS 3: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°46′N 45°14′W / 55.767°N 45.233°W / 55.767; -45.233) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of the 67 people on board. The survivors abandoned ship, but reboarded her at daybreak. They were later rescued by HMS Gloxinia ( Royal Navy). The drifting Ashantian was boarded by personnel from HMT Wolves ( Royal Navy) and anchored off the coast of Ireland (54°21′N 9°46′W / 54.350°N 9.767°W / 54.350; -9.767). She was later taken in tow by HMS Seaman and HMS Superman (both  Royal Navy) and beached in Kames Bay. Refloated in May 1941, repaired and returned to service in September 1941.[142]
Coast Wings  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OG 43: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 16 crew.[70][143]
Corrientes  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and severely damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) west of Achill Head, County Mayo, Ireland (53°49′N 24°19′W / 53.817°N 24.317°W / 53.817; -24.317) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine) She was torpedoed, shelled and sunk by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) on 28 September. All 50 crew were rescued by Kolsnaren ( Sweden).[70][144][145]
Darcoila  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°32′N 26°00′W / 53.533°N 26.000°W / 53.533; -26.000) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 37 crew.[146][147]
Kosmos  Norway World War II: The whale oil tanker was captured and scuttled in the South Atlantic (00°30′S 32°06′W / 0.500°S 32.100°W / -0.500; -32.100) by Thor ( Kriegsmarine).[70]
Manchester Brigade  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 218: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of County Mayo, Ireland (54°53′N 10°22′W / 54.883°N 10.367°W / 54.883; -10.367) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 of her 62 crew. survivors were rescued by the hospital ship Canada ( Free French Naval Forces).[70][148][149][150]
Port Denison  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OA 220: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) north east of Peterhead Aberdeenshire by Luftwaffe aircraft. She sank the next day 7 nautical miles (13 km) west of Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire with the loss of 16 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Pentland Firth ( Royal Navy[70][151]
Siljan  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) south west of Ireland by U-46 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 27 crew.[152][153]
Stratford  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 218: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (54°50′N 10°40′W / 54.833°N 10.667°W / 54.833; -10.667) by U-137 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Gloxinia and HMT Wolves (both  Royal Navy)[154]
Tancred  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 217: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°32′N 24°35′W / 53.533°N 24.583°W / 53.533; -24.583) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). All 36 crew were rescued by Tricolor ( Norway).[155][156]

27 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Diana  Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the English Channel between Lizard Point and Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom with the loss of all 17 crew.[70][157]
Georges Mabro  Egypt World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (52°00′N 19°00′W / 52.000°N 19.000°W / 52.000; -19.000) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[70][158][159]
Vestvard  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west of Ireland by U-31 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 29 crew.[160]

28 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Dalveen  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 73A: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north of Aberdeenshire (58°10′N 2°19′W / 58.167°N 2.317°W / 58.167; -2.317) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 11 of her 43 crew.[70][161]
Empire Ocelot  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (54°37′N 21°30′W / 54.617°N 21.500°W / 54.617; -21.500) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine). She sank at 54°55′N 22°06′W / 54.917°N 22.100°W / 54.917; -22.100 with the loss of two of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Havelock ( Royal Navy).[70][162][163]
Famiglia  Italy World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (33°00′N 21°38′E / 33.000°N 21.633°E / 33.000; 21.633) by HMS Pandora ( Royal Navy)
Monte Moncayo  Spain World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 8 nautical miles (15 km) off Cagliari, Sicily, Italy with the loss of four crew.[164]
HMT Recoil  United Kingdom World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Bridport, Dorset with the loss of 24 crew.[70][165]
Shell II  Germany World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Scheldt by Royal Air Force aircraft.[70]

29 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1940
Ship Country Description
Arizona  Netherlands World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Firth of Forth. Only three crew survived.[70][166]
Bassa  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 218: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Rockall (54°00′N 21°00′W / 54.000°N 21.000°W / 54.000; -21.000) by U-32 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 50 crew.[70][167]
Carmen  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank west south west of Durazzo, Albania.[12][70]

Note that according to Italian Official History she sank @ 1840 hrs on 28 September through unexplained causes.

Henrietta United Kingdom Australia The schooner foundered at Port Phillip, Victoria.[168]
Kinabulu  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Batu Mandi Rock, Borneo and was wrecked with the loss of five crew.[169]
HMY Sappho  Royal Navy World War II: The Armed Yacht, serving as a guard ship struck a mine and sank (on the 29th or 30th) in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall (50°04′30″N 4°57′30″W / 50.07500°N 4.95833°W / 50.07500; -4.95833) with the loss of 28 crew.[70][170]
Vestkyst I  Norway The coaster collided off Skibeskjærene with Storegut ( Norway) and sank. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[171]

30 September[edit]

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1940
Ship Country Description
HMT Comet  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off Falmouth, Cornwall (50°04′30″N 4°57′30″W / 50.07500°N 4.95833°W / 50.07500; -4.95833) with the loss of 15 of her 17 crew.[70]
Gondar  Regia Marina World War II: The Adua-class submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Alexandria, Egypt (31°33′N 28°33′E / 31.550°N 28.550°E / 31.550; 28.550) by HMAS Stuart ( Royal Australian Navy) and a Short Sunderland flying boat of the Royal Air Force based at RAF Alexandria. All on board, 4 Frogmen, who were to pilot manned torpedoes, and 43 crewmen, were rescued by HMT Sindonis ( Royal Navy) and HMS Stuart.[172]
Haulerwijk  Netherlands World War II: Convoy OB 219: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°34′N 27°28′W / 53.567°N 27.467°W / 53.567; -27.467) by U-32 with the loss of four of her 31 crew. The survivors abandoned the ship, which was shelled and sunk in the early hours of 1 October by U-32.[173][174][175]
Heminge  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 220: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (53°26′N 18°33′W / 53.433°N 18.550°W / 53.433; -18.550) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by Clan Cumming ( United Kingdom).[70][176][177]
Samala  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (approximately 53°N 18°W / 53°N 18°W / 53; -18) by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 68 people on board.[70][178]

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Ship events in 1940
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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