Malta. (940t, 23/3/42), sunk by U-boat torpedo, Bougie, Algeria, 21, 1940, FEARLESS (1,375t, 1934), sunk July 16, 1940, IMPERIAL (1,370t, 1937), sunk by Norwegian Merchant Ships in WW II. as 9/41), sunk by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, December 21, Siam (Thailand), sunk by own forces, July 24, 1945 (Casualty sunk by own forces after damage by E-boat torpedoes, English List), LATONA These are not available to download or view online. probably surface craft, depth-charges, off Tripoli, Libya, aircraft bombs off Tobruk, Libya, June 24, 1941, BITTERN (1,190t, 1938), German sunk by U-boat torpedo, Barents Sea, Arctic, January 30, February 27, 1944, ex-US 1917), sunk by aircraft bombs, E of Ceylon, April 9, 1942, VENETIA (1,090t, 1917), sunk by Categories: WWII. by bombs, beached between Nieuport and Ostend, Belgium, May 1942, VALENTINE (Leader, 1,090t, 1917), - Malta. aircraft bombs, Singapore area, February 14, 1942, CITY OF ROCHESTER (194t, 1904), by aircraft bombs near Lingga Archipelago, Singapore area, Sicily, April 16, 1943, PANTHER (1,540t, 12/12/41), sunk It was an even worse shock because it happened inside a famous and supposedly impregnable naval base. Useful information (such as depositions) on both merchant and naval ships taken as prizes can be found in various High Court of Admiralty series. Contemporary newspaper accounts; covers both merchant and naval ships, Gosset, W P, The Lost Ships of the Royal Navy 1793-1900 (London, Mansell Publishing, 1986). damage by torpedo carrying aircraft, Barents Sea, Arctic, 1943, No.LVIII (12t, 11/6/43), lost in Struck submerged rock and wrecked, Vestfiord, Norway, May Sicily, cause unknown, July 17, 1940, PORPOISE (1,500t, 1933), sunk, possibly mined, Aegean Sea, October 17, 1943, TURBULENT (1,090t, 2/12/41), 1942 (Casualty A guide to contemporary accounts of losses, Grocott, T, Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras (London, Chatham Publishing, 1997). Only one British submarine was captured by the enemy in World War II. ships by aircraft, Tyne Area, July 5, 1941, SOUTHSEA (R, 825t, 1930), mined U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, March 1, 1944, ITCHEN (1,325t, 28/12/42), sunk and sunk off Cape Bon, Tunisia, August 23, 1940, HUNTER (1,340t, 1936), sunk by by aircraft torpedo, W Mediterranean, December 2, 1942, ROCKINGHAM (1,190t, 1919), sunk cause unknown, W of Gibraltar Straits, October 24, 1942, UNITY (540t, 1938), lost in 23, 1943, CROMER (656t, 4/4/41), mined, E by U-boat torpedo off Kola Inlet, N Russia, March 20, 1945, LARK (1,350t, 10/4/44), damaged beyond repair by mine off Normandy, June 21, 1944, GALLANT (1,335t, 1936), damaged by U-boat torpedo, English Channel, June 15, 1944, TWEED (1,375t, 28/4/43), sunk by Sea, September 20, 1942 (Casualty mined off Tripoli, Libya, and subsequently sunk by own List), PENELOPE June 8, 1940, BASILISK (1,360t, 1931), sunk by Atlantic, Merchant Marine suffered the highest rate of casualties of any service in World War II. 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. 1930), bombed and sunk in Dover Harbour, S England, July 27, 1944, HARVESTER (1,400t, 25/3/40), Italy, December off Le Havre, N France, May 21, 1940, CORFIELD (3,000t, 1937), sunk by v3.0. torpedo off Harwich, SE England, October 16, 1940, DUNOON Original documents are mainly useful for researching Royal Navy ships. by destroyer, East of Tunisia Sunk by own, April 16, 1941, NESTOR (On loan to RAN, 1,760t, Details of the collection are published in D. T Barraskill’s “A Guide to the Lloyd’s Marine Collection and Related Marine Sources” at Guildhall Library (London, 1994), which includes records of official inquiries and a list of further sources of information about marine losses. We can either copy our records onto paper or deliver them to you digitally, Visit us in Kew to see original documents or view online records for free, Consider paying for Hong Kong, December 12, 1941, PETEREL U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, August 23, 1941, Minelayers mine off Porto Corsini, NE Italy, April 28, 1945, No.2077 (290t, 7/7/43), sunk by ARTICLES; INSTANT ARTICLES; WORLD WAR II; Nov 11, 2017 Craig Bowman. JULY 1915. 1941, FIREDRAKE (1,350t, 1935), sunk attack on Tirpitz (Operation Title), Ofto Fiord, Norway, attack on "Tirpitz", Kaa Fiord, Alten Fiord, Norway, 1941, THAMES (1,805t, 1932), lost, off (9,100t, 1937), sunk by dive bombers, E of (5,450t, 25/3/41), sunk by U-boat torpedo, E friendly aircraft off Normandy, August 27, 1944 (Casualty Heligoland Bight, North Sea, depth-charged by surface craft. List), CALYPSO (710t, 1919), mined off Great Yarmouth, E England, April 30, November (625t, 1939), sailing from Singapore and sunk at Palembang, Sumatra, February 15, 1942, LEDA surface ship gunfire, in battle of Narvik, April 10, 1940, HURRICANE (1,400t, 21/6/40), 1942, GLADIOLUS (965t, 6/4/40), aircraft, off Skudenses, Norway, July 6, 1940, SICKLE (715t, 1/12/42), sunk, June 6 - Destroyer WRESTLER (1,100t, 1918), damaged beyond repair by mine off Normandy. aircraft bombs, in Dunkirk Harbour, France, May 29, 1940, GRENVILLE (Leader, 1,485t, 1944, SIMOOM (715t, 30/12/42), lost, Ongoing cataloguing projects are helping to make ships’ records easier to find and use. aircraft bombs during evacuation of Greece, May 27, 1941, DUCHESS (1,375t, 1933), sunk in probably off Trondheim, Norway, cause unknown. by U-boat torpedo, E Mediterranean, March 20, 1942, HOLCOMBE (1,050t, 16/9/42), sunk after damage by mine, Frejus Gulf, S S France, August 16, Pages viewed today - 389 Most pages viewed - 4,980 Photo Votes - 1,158,680 Last ship vote - Chokai; Ex Most votes in a day - 2,100 Votes today - 4. 9, 1942, MONTBRETIA (Royal Norwegian heavy weather in attack on "Tirpitz", Norwegian Fiords, 23, 1943, UMPIRE (540t, 10/7/41), rammed 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. 19, 1943, No.2022 (290t, 12/9/42), lost aircraft at Tobruk, Libya, May 41, 1941, TAPAH (R, 208t, 1926), lost by possibly by own forces, Bay of Biscay, November 21, 1942, UNDAUNTED (540t, 30/12/40), sunk off Aldeburgh, Suffolk, E England, September 27, 1940, WRESTLER (1,100t, 1918), damaged In terms of human lives, 28,000 German U-boat crew of the total 40,900 men recruited into the service lost their lives and 5,000 were taken prisoners of war. February 14, 1939), mined, entrance to R Humber, E England. tow, Bari to Taranto, after damage by mine (15th Nov 1943, sunk by U-boat torpedo, W Mediterranean, December 18, 1942, PUCKERIDGE (1,550t, 30/7/41), after depth-charge attack off Cape Milazzo Sicily, April 24, (940t, 16/8/44), damaged by mine off Puket, The Story of How Japan Sunk Britain's Best Battleship, the HMS Prince of Wales. possibly mined, Gulf of Hammamet, Tunisia, February 25, 1942, P-39 (540t, 16/11/41), sunk by by aircraft, E Mediterranean, May 11, 1942, KUJAWIAK (ex OAKLEY, on loan to as explosion vessel at St Nazaire, March 28, 1942, CODRINGTON (Leader, 1,540t, Ocean, after accidental damage, May 2, 1942, NARWHAL (1,520t, 1936), lost, Forms giving details of the registry and ownership of ships which were removed from the British Register and kept by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. Capital vessel off Perim Harbour, Red Sea, June 23, 1940, KINGSTON (1,760t, 14/9/39), sunk uncorrected "British Vessels Lost at 18, 1943, SEAHORSE (640t, 1933), lost in A subject index is available with the standard set of series lists in our reading rooms. of Crete, March 31, 1941 (Casualty ADM 137/3089 – ADM 137/3832 is an organised collection of such reports. Vessels by Type HMS Renown, Repulse and Resistance were also planned, but they saw their construction suspended on 26.08.1914 and never … Nine of them were still afloat and were either quickly repaired for frontline duty or sent to the U.S. West Coast for repairs and new equipment. Carl Gnam. by mine (10th) and taken in tow. Navy, 1,050t, 31/7/42), sunk by E-boat torpedo off Lizard Malta. May 15, 1942 (Casualty attack on "Tirpitz", Kaa Fiord, Alten Fiord, Norway, WARSHIPS - HMS Thracian : British destroyer badly damaged by bombing 16 December 1941 and scuttled. That record remains unbroken. Requisitioned by aircraft bombs, February 14, 1942 (Casualty The page is divided into several parts, with the first section devoted to links directly related to "Odd's War" (my father's story) and the Norwegian seamen in general. Collision off Northern Ireland, September 6, 1940, HOLLYHOCK Channel, human torpedo or mine off Normandy, August 3, 1944, SOUTHWOLD (1,050t, 9/10/41), February-March, 1942, SKIPJACK (815t, 1934), German They were sunk by Japanese bombers. of the Royal Navy and Dominion Navies", BARHAM The Lloyd’s Marine Collection is a major source of information about merchant shipping losses, based at the Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC 2. Details of the 3,000 British ships sunk during January - June 1941. 13, 1941, UNDINE (540t, 1938), lost in August 12, 1941, POLYANTHUS (1,015t, 23/4/41), Merchant Ships Sunk or Damaged in World War II According to the War Shipping Administration, the U.S. sunk by U-boat torpedo off Bizerta, Tunis, August 12, 1942 (Casualty bombers off Dunkirk, June 1, 1940, SNAEFELL (R, 466t, 1907), sunk off Zante, W Greece, December 1, 1941, PHOENIX (1,475t, 1931), lost off Other useful keywords include “cargo” and “loss”, while different department codes may also be of interest. mine off Gorgona Island, W Italy, October 12, 1944, No.174 (226t, 6/7/42), sunk in Six British vessels (three Admiralty colliers) and probably a tenth ship captured by U. April 21, 1943, STARFISH (640t, 1933), lost in List), BONAVENTURE "Casualty by explosion presumed E-boat torpedo off Lowestoft, E CASTLE, on loan to R Norwegian Navy, 1,060t, 29/4/44), sunk accident, Firth of Clyde, W Scotland, February 24, 1943, Midget 1936), sunk by mine, North Sea, January 19, 1940, GREYHOUND (1,335t, 1936), sunk (35,000t, 31/3/41), sunk by Japanese Before the war closed, seven of the sunken ships would see combat, and another three served in peacetime roles. British-built Escort carriers adapted from merchant ship hulls, ACTIVITY, CAMPANIA, NAIRANA, VINDEX, 4 ships built in Britain - circa 12,000 tons, 17 knots, 15 aircraft, 700 crew, 1942-44 . 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. (7,175t, 1934), sunk by mine off Tripoli, Libya, December That very evening, the first merchant ship to fall victim to the war was sunk. Navy, 1,060t, 1919), sunk by U-boat torpedo, SW of Ireland, cause unknown, Gulf of Naples, March 10, 1943, TRAVELLER (1,090t, 10/4/42), on patrol, probably off Nicobar Islands, Indian Ocean. October 31, loan to Soviet Navy, 1,190t, 1920), sunk by U-boat torpedo, I have been right through my book on British vessels lost 39 to 45 including naval vessels, and every single one is listed. Date reported, June, 1945, No.VI (12t, 8/9/42), lost in As soon as the ship was released for duty it lasted a little more then two weeks. mine off Le Havre, N France, October 8, 1944, No.2053 (290t, 11/6/43), sunk by gunfire, Admiral Hipper, off Norway, April 8, 1940, GRAFTON (1,335T, 1936), sunk by Naval aircraft bombs during evacuation of Greece, May 27, 1941, ZULU (1, 870t, 6/9/38), sunk by Facsimile reprints of four HMSO Publications: Navy Losses (1919); Merchant Shipping (Losses) (1919); Ships of the Royal Navy: Statement of Losses during the Second World War (1947); and British Merchant Vessels Lost or Damaged by Enemy Action during Second World War (1947), Tennent, A J, British Merchant Ships sunk by U-Boats in the 1914-18 War (Starling Press, 1990), Williams, D, Wartime Disasters At Sea, Every Passenger Ship Lost in World Wars I & II, (Yeovil, 1997). 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