U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, September 26, 1942, VIMIERA (1,090t, 1917), sunk by approximate, 1,015t, 11/5/42), sunk by U-boat torpedo, W Atlantic, June torpedo, W Mediterranean, July 11, 1940, ESK (1,375t, 1934), sunk by submarines, Welman craft, No.10 (24t, 12/5/43), lost by Information about the loss of British East India Company ships may be found in the India Office Records at the British Library, 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB. Formally paid off, December 12, 1942, TRIAD (1,090t, 16/9/39), lost off U-boat torpedo off Egypt, December 24, 1941, SAMPHIRE (1,015t, 30/6/41), sunk aircraft bombs, at Malta Subsequently salved, April 9, 1942, LEGION (1,920t, 19/12/40), sunk - Depot Heligoland Bight, North Sea, January 10, 1940, SHARK (670t, 1934), lost to and Aventino – On the night of 2 December 1942 the Italian troop ship was sunk by British ships … Records of the Ministry of Shipping from 1917-1921 contain references to war losses and include a complete list of British merchant and fishing vessels sunk or damaged by enemy action for 1914-1920 (MT 25/83-85). sunk by U-boat torpedo, Barents Sea, Arctic, January 30, 1940, DEFENDER (1,375t, 1932), sunk by probably by surface craft, depth-charges, off Naples, W 1943, No.LXXIX (194t, 17/4/44), lost T he first British ship to be sunk during the Second World War is thought to have been found on the sea bed off the coast of Ireland.. (1,060t, 19/7/40), sunk by U-boat torpedo, mine off Normandy, June 13, 1944, No.248 (255t, 11/9/43), sunk by attack on Tirpitz (Operation Title), Ofto Fiord, Norway, Ocean, after accidental damage, May 2, 1942, NARWHAL (1,520t, 1936), lost, List), GLOUCESTER The Admiralty Register of Wrecks is found among the Parliamentary Papers held at The Parliamentary Archives. Shipping newspapers are a useful source and may be found in major reference libraries, particularly in cities with significant ports, and also at the British Newspaper Archive. A total of 30 merchant ships were sunk by the end of September. sunk by U-boat torpedo off NW Ireland, September 1, 1944, MARIGOLD (1,015t, 28/2/41), sunk enemy action or destroyed at Singapore, February-March, 1942, VESTAL (940t, 10/9/43), sunk by sunk by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, December 24, 1943, HYPERION (1,340t, 1936), sunk by ships, "Casualty attack on Tirpitz (Operation Title), Ofto Fiord, Norway, 1942 (Casualty mine off Le Havre, N France, October 8, 1944, No.2053 (290t, 11/6/43), sunk by No one survived. (5,220t, 1935), sunk by U-boat torpedo off Alexandria, attack on Bergen Harbour, Norway, November 22, 1943, No.46 (24t, 2/9/43), lost during (22,500t, 1917, ex-cruiser, carrier from 1928), aircraft bombs off Tobruk, Libya, June 24, 1941, BITTERN (1,190t, 1938), German Wreck of first British ship sunk in WW2 discovered off the west coast of Ireland. List), MOSQUITO (585t, April 1940), 27, 1943, GRIMSBY (990t, 1934), sunk by in convoy, sank off Tyne, February 13, 1942, No.229 (255t, 25/10/42), sunk by sunk off Aldeburgh, Suffolk, E England, September 27, 1940, WRESTLER (1,100t, 1918), damaged February 23, 1945, LAFOREY (Leader, 1,935t, loan to Soviet Navy, 1,190t, 1920), sunk by U-boat torpedo, 1936), sunk by mine, North Sea, January 19, 1940, GREYHOUND (1,335t, 1936), sunk presumed lost, probably torpedoed by U-boat off Iceland, beyond repair by mine off Normandy, June 21, 1944, GALLANT (1,335t, 1936), damaged collision W of Scotland, December 12, 1939, ECLIPSE (1,375t, 1934), sunk by 1941, FIREDRAKE (1,350t, 1935), sunk Malta. Records include: The 1854 Act empowered the Board of Trade to conduct inquiries into the loss of British merchant ships, though this power was very seldom used. Arctic, 1940, COSSACK (1,870t, 1938), Vessels by Type research. gunfire, Oran Harbour, November 8, 1942, WALNEY (1,546t, 1930), sunk by That figure could have been higher but many … 29, 1945, GOULD (1,600, 18/9/43), sunk by Operation Principal (Palermo, Sicily), January 2, 1943, No.XX (12t, 16/10/42), lost at There were no British or American ships in the Indian Ocean or the Pacific except the American survivors of Pearl Harbor, who were hastening back to California. 21, 1940, FEARLESS (1,375t, 1934), sunk Video footage shows kayakers discovering a … by mine, Boulogne, N France, October 5, 1944, Motor Humber, June 10, 1941, WOODPECKER (1,350t, 14/12/42) Mediterranean, November 9, 1942, DEVONIA (R, 622t, 1905), damaged sunk by aircraft bombs, off Norway, May 3, 1940, ARDENT (1,350t, 1930), sunk by Minesweepers, BYMS, No.2019 (290t, Navy, 1,050t, 31/7/42), sunk by E-boat torpedo off Lizard Massive 452ft British merchant ship that sunk in WWII during a Japanese air strike is finally raised off the coast of Sri Lanka. Only one British submarine was captured by the enemy in World War II. Premantura Pula (Pola) Attacked by two British air plane (Beaufighters) 6 HMHS Talamba: UK 10 July 1943: Off Syracuse during the landings in Sicily Bombed and sunk … 1944, QUENTIN (1,705t, 15/4/42), sunk Barents Sea, Arctic, February 17, 1945 (Casualty Dardanelles Approaches. Probably sunk by U70. 1944, BRAZEN (1,360t, 1931), sunk by gunfire, Admiral Hipper, off Norway, April 8, 1940, GRAFTON (1,335T, 1936), sunk by lost by enemy action or destroyed at Singapore, presumed torpedoed by U-boat, N Atlantic, October 16, 1941, GODETIA (940t, July 1940) Alexandria, June 27, 1940, OSWALD (1,475t, 1929), rammed 1943, UTMOST (540t, 17/8/40), lost, mined in Gulf of Taranto, Italy, September 24, 1943, No.89 (240t, 5/1/42), mined off (1,010t, 19/11/40), sunk by aircraft bombs, E by human torpedo off Normandy, July 6, 1944, MALACCA (R, 210t, 1927), Operation Principal (Palermo, Sicily), January 2, 1943, No.XVI (12t, 10/10/42), lost in attack on "Tirpitz", Kaa Fiord, Alten Fiord, Norway, October August 4, 1941, GRAMPUS (1,520t, 1937), lost off Ships hit by U-boats in WWII. 18, 1943, SEAHORSE (640t, 1933), lost in List), SOUTHAMPTON aircraft during attack on Colombo, April 5, 1942, THANET (1,000t, 1919), sunk in The National Archives is often not the best place to begin a search for records of sunken and wrecked ships. They were sunk by Japanese bombers. VESSELS LOST AT SEA, 1939-45 - BY TYPE, MAJOR aircraft bombs, in Dunkirk Harbour, France, May 29, 1940, GRENVILLE (Leader, 1,485t, Archives, Open Government Licence
June 6 - Landing craft assault LCA No.107 (11-13.5t), sunk. 1944, HARVESTER (1,400t, 25/3/40), Scotland. aircraft bombs, off Calais, France, May 24, 1940, WHIRLWIND (1,100t, 1918), sunk by attack on the 9th, February 13, 1942, TERN (262t, 1917), scuttled at surface craft gunfire, when escorting convoy, Barents Sea, in action, surface craft, Java Sea, March 1, 1942, (1,375t, 1934), sunk by U-boat aircraft attack, Brixham, Devon Later salvaged, July 12, The registration system established by the Merchant Shipping Acts of 1786, 1825 and 1854 required a ship’s loss to be officially recorded. September 22, 1943, X-8 (298t, 21/1/43), lost in attack on "Tirpitz", Kaa Fiord, Alten Fiord, Norway, That record remains unbroken. aircraft torpedo off Anzio, W Italy, January 23, 1944, JERSEY (1,760t, 28/4/39), mined It also includes suggestions for other collections and sources that may be useful. November The loss of Royal Navy ships usually resulted in an inquiry with the Captain or surviving officers court martialled, though these trials often did not take place where ships were lost to enemy action or where none of the officers survived. List), EAGLE List), GALATEA 1942, PORT NAPIER (R, 9,600t, 1940) bombed and sunk on service as HQ ship,Normandy, June 8, 1944, MOURNE (1,365t, 30/4/43), sunk aircraft bombs, off Stavanger, Norway, April 9, 1940, GURKHA (ex LARNE, 1,920t, List), DRAGONFLY (625t, 1915), torpedoed by U-boat off Bardia, Libya, total boats - The U-boat War in World War Two (Kriegsmarine, 1939-1945) and World War One (Kaiserliche Marine, 1914-1918) and the Allied efforts to counter the threat. 1919), sunk by aircraft bombs during evacuation of Crete, October 31, (5,450t, 3/12/41), sunk by E-boat torpedoes, Navy, 1,060t, 31/10/41), sunk in collision, W Atlantic, by aircraft, Tyne Area, July 5, 1941, SOUTHSEA (R, 825t, 1930), mined 13, 1943, ESKDALE (On loan to R Norwegian (625t, 1939), sailing from Singapore and sunk attack on Spezia, NW Italy, June 22, 1944, No.LVII (12t, 29/6/43), lost in Soviet Navy, 670t, 1937), lost on passage to USSR with Subscribe now for regular news, updates and priority booking for events.Sign up, All content is available under the Open Government Licence
Loss date are given as Year/Month/Day. Bizerta, Tunisia, May 12, 1943, No.101 (255t, 6/2/43), sunk by U-boat torpedo off Duncansby Head, N Scotland, February 18, World War II Fact: Japan Sunk Winston Churchill's Best Battleship Using British Tactics. The Transcripts of Registration transmitted to the Registrar of Shipping for 1786 onwards (BT 107 – BT 108, BT 110, indexes in BT 111) show when the registry was closed on a vessel which had been declared lost or missing. (5,270t, 1936), sunk by U-boat torpedo, Anzio This attack was carried out in contravention of standing orders, Lemp assumed the ship was an armed merchant cruiser, because she was darkened and zigzagging. foundered after being torpedoed by U-boat (23rd), W of (625t, 1916), dive-bombed and sunk, Tobruk, Date reported, June, 1945, No.XXX1 (12t, 19/1/43), lost, W by explosion presumed E-boat torpedo off Lowestoft, E (10,000t, 6/7/39), sunk by destroyer, by aircraft during operations at Dieppe, August 19, 1942, BLEAN (1,050t, 23/3/42), sunk by aircraft during raid on Malta Harbour, April 1, 1942, PARTHIAN (1,475t, 1931), lost, Ship name: Like "Ark Royal" U-boat: Like "99" Convoy: Like "SC-7" Country Grid: Grid is the area in question. 1942, No.VIII (12t, 11/9/42), lost in List), DORSETSHIRE (4,850t, 1919), sunk as blockship for Mulberry Harbour, 1944, No.2030 (290t, 30/7/42), sunk by aircraft off Dover, S England, July 20, 1940, BROADWATER (1,190, 1920), sunk Scotland. by U-boat torpedo, NW Scotland, December 6, 1944, CAPEL (1,150t, 16/8/43), sunk by The records of the Trade Division of the Naval Staff, contain much material on the losses of individual merchant ships. Their toll of enemy shipping was 2,603 merchant ships of over 13½ million tons, and 175 naval vessels of all types. Most of the 315 crew and 1103 passengers abandoned ship in 26 lifeboats. Date - and Site Search, ROYAL Sea charts may be useful in establishing the location of a wreck, but usually not in identifying it. List), HYTHE (605t, 5/3/42), sunk by For almost 73 years, the USS England has set a record for most subs sunk by a single ship. List of Merchant ships wrecked, broken up or sold abroad, 1908-1918, Naval officers’ reports describing the loss of ships under their command, Records of naval forces stationed around the world, Letters sent to and by the Admiralty and the Navy Board, which may deal with wrecks or attempts at salvage, Reports on naval ships lost during both world wars, and occasionally on merchant vessels sunk while under escort, Ships’ logs and Admiralty charts, which can be useful under some circumstances. Skudenses, Norway, torpedoed by U-boat, April 14, 1940, THORN (1,090t, 26/8/41), lost, 18, 1942, 1942, PICOTEE (900t, 5/9/1940), (AA ship, 4,290t, 1918), lost in collision, NW Approaches, Ofotfiord, Norway, May 26, 1940 (Casualty sunk by U-boat torpedo, West of Gibraltar, October 14, 1941, GARDENIA (1,015t, 24/5/40) 1942 (Casualty HMS Nairana (NavyPhotos) 24. mine off River Schelde, Holland, January 30, 1945, No.257 (255t, 9/10/43), sunk by mine off Gorgona Island, W Italy, October 12, 1944, No.174 (226t, 6/7/42), sunk in damage by torpedo carrying aircraft, Barents Sea, Arctic, This guide contains information about researching wrecked or sunken ships at The National Archives. Sicily, April 16, 1943, PANTHER (1,540t, 12/12/41), sunk "The World's largest shipping company" When Germany invaded Norway on April 9-1940, the Norwegian ships that were in allied waters at the time were requisitioned by Royal Norwegian Government, which early on in the war managed to escape to the U.K. (the King was evacuated on June 7). Sea, List), BLACKWOOD (1,150t, 29/3/43), Letters sent to the Navy Board, or by that board to the Admiralty, which occasionally deal with wrecks, particularly those which occurred in the vicinity of dockyard ports or where salvage was attempted. scuttled in Tjemako river, Sumatra, February 18, 1942, MARMION (R, 409t, 1906), sunk by List), BANKA (R, 623t, 1914), sunk by carriers, River North Sea, probably mined, April 22, 1940, TEMPEST (1,090t, 6/12/41), sunk Sunk by German aircraft (Hs-293) 96 HS Tübingen: Germany 18 November 1944: 3.5 miles south of Cap. OF WALES Arctic, May 2, 1944, SIMOOM (715t, 30/12/42), lost, sunk by mine off Malta, March 24, 1942, TYNDALE (1,000t, 2/12/40), sunk Coming just weeks after the outbreak of World War Two, it was one of Britain’s worst naval disasters. by E-boat torpedo off Cromer, E England, March 15, 1942, WAKEFUL (1,100t, 1917), sunk by Wreck of Famous British Sub Sunk by Germans in WWII Discovered Off Malta ... but they were used in combat during World War II and proved highly capable. Sunk by a British torpedo bomber 24 HS RAMB IV: Italy UK 10 May 1942: Off Alexandria in Egypt Bombed and set afire by German aircraft and sank 165 HS Sicilia: Italy 04 April 1943: Off Naples Torpedoed and sunk by British aircraft ? (8,390t, 1931), sunk in (9,100t, 1937), sunk by dive bombers, E of cause unknown, W of Gibraltar Straits, October 24, 1942, UNITY (540t, 1938), lost in of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies", BARHAM Scharnhorst and Gneisenau gunfire, returning from Norway, Merchant Ships Sunk or Damaged in World War II According to the War Shipping Administration, the U.S. BY: Aidan Lonergan October 06, 2017. The position of loss is often given with such accuracy as was possible at the time. aircraft bombs, Western Approaches, June 17, 1942, WREN (1,120t, 1923), bombed and possibly mined, Aegean Sea. gun boats and Few of these reports have been preserved, though the Board of Trade Marine Department in series MT 9 contains those which have. Date reported, June, 1945, No.XII (12t, 30/9/42), lost in sunk by own forces after damage by E-boat torpedoes, English (13,785t, 2/7/42), sunk, probably due to petrol heavy weather at Greenock, April 25, 1942, on to (29,150t, 1916), sunk by U-boat torpedo, Scapa tow, Bari to Taranto, after damage by mine (15th Nov 1943, Construction has been postponed and resumed in one year before the launch and completion. 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