List of shipwrecks in May 1941

The list of shipwrecks in May 1941 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1941.

1 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Arcturus   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (2,596 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south of the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia by HMS Upholder (  Royal Navy).[1]
HNLMS Jean Frederic   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The naval trawler (329 GRT, 1919) was bombed and damaged by near misses that caused her to sink in the English Channel off Start Point, Devon by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of her captain and 24 crew. 14 survivors were rescued on 2 May by HMS ML-157 (  Royal Navy).[2][3]
Larissa   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (1,819 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Volos.[4]
Leverkusen   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (7,386 GRT, 1928) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) south of the Kerkennah Islands by HMS Upholder (  Royal Navy).[1]
Nerissa   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 121: The passenger ship (5,583 GRT, 1926) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°57′N 10°08′W / 57.950°N 10.133°W / 57.950; -10.133) by U-552 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 207 of the 290 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Veteran (  Royal Navy).[4][5]
Polinice   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,373 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged.[4]
Samsø   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,494 GRT, 1931) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°35′N 16°17′W / 8.583°N 16.283°W / 8.583; -16.283) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her twenty crew.[4][6]
Santa Quitéra   Portugal The schooner (368 GRT, 1919) foundered in the Grand Banks. All 40 crew were rescued.[7]
Saturnus   Royal Navy World War II: The barrage balloon vessel (200 GRT, 1935) was damaged by enemy action and was declared a constructive total loss.[4]
Sea Fisher   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,950 GRT, 1940) struck a mine in the North Sea (55°34′N 1°28′W / 55.567°N 1.467°W / 55.567; -1.467) and was beached. She was later refloated and taken to Middlesbrough, Yorkshire.[4]
Serdica   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (1,533 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Benghazi, Libya by Royal Air Force aircraft. There was no casualty.[4][8]

2 MayEdit

For the loss of the British tanker Capulet on this day see the entry for 28 April 1941.

List of shipwrecks: 2 May 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Alberic   Royal Navy The naval trawler (286 GRT, 1910) collided with St. Albans (  Royal Norwegian Navy) in the Pentland Firth and sank with the loss of 13 crew.[4]
HMS Jersey   Royal Navy World War II: The J-class destroyer (1,690/2,330 t, 1939) struck a mine and sank in the Grand Harbour, Malta with the loss of 35 of her crew.
HMY Nyula   Royal Navy World War II: The naval yacht (48 or 52 GRT, 1936) collided with another vessel in the North Sea off the mouth of the Tyne and sank.[4]
Parracombe   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,702 GRT, 1928) was bombed and sunk by Italian aircraft in the Mediterranean Sea 9.5 nautical miles (17.6 km) off Cape Bon, Tunisia while making a solo run from Gibraltar to Malta disguised as Spanish. 18 crew were interned by the French at Bizerte.[4]
Trajan   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,347 or 1,414 GRT, 1915) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (53°10′N 1°13′E / 53.167°N 1.217°E / 53.167; 1.217) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All 21 crew were rescued by a Royal Navy destroyer.[4][9]
V 808 Reichspräsident von Hindenburg   Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot (321 GRT, 1930) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea north west of Borkum, Lower Saxony by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of four lives.[4][10][11]

3 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Araybank   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,258 GRT, 1940) was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was again bombed on 16 May and was declared a total loss. Refloated and taken to Trieste, Italy for repairs in 1947. Returned to service as "Napoli" (  Italy).[4][12]
Barnacle   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (138 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Waterloo Dock, Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Birmania   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (5,305 GRT) blew up and sank at Tripoli, Libya due to the detonation of cluster bombs improperly crated for shipment. The explosion in the forward hold flung the stern of the ship up onto the quay. The armed merchant cruiser Città di Bari (  Regia Marina) was destroyed by the explosion also. The ships suffered 28 killed and 38 wounded Germans, 42 killed and 50 wounded Italians, and 150 Arabs killed and many wounded.[4][13]
Bonita   United Kingdom World War II: The tug (65 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Waterloo Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Bra-Kar   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (3,778 GRT, 1928) was bombed, blew up, and sank at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated in June and beached at Tranmere, Cheshire. Subsequently scrapped.[4][14]
Brill   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (106 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Canada Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Canopo   Regia Marina World War II: The Spica-class torpedo boat (780/995 t, 1937) was bombed and sunk at Tripoli by Royal Air Force aircraft. 24 crew were killed and 20 wounded.[4][15]
Città di Bari   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary cruiser (3,339 or 3,220 GRT, 1928) was sunk at Tripoli by the explosion of Birmania (  Italy) detonating her cargo of gasoline. The ships suffered 28 killed and 38 wounded Germans, 42 killed and 50 wounded Italians, and 150 Arabs killed and many wounded.[4][16][17]
Corbet   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (468 GRT) struck a mine and sank two cables off the entrance to Herculaneum Dock, Liverpool with the loss of eight of her nine crew.[4]
Dace   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (143 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Canada Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ellesport   United Kingdom World War II: The barge (55 GRT) was sunk by either bombing on 3 May, or by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom) on 4 May at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool.[4]
Emily Burton   United Kingdom World War II: The motor barge (58 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Huskisson Branch No. 3 Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Giuseppe Orlando   Italy World War II: The rescue ship (838 GRT) struck a mine and sank off Tripoli. There were 8 killed and 31 survivors.[4][8]
Grosvenor   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (75 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Canada Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ivy P   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (79 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Langton Branch Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ling   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (164 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Huskisson Branch No. 3 Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Longendale   United Kingdom World War II: The barge (177 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Luce   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (143 GRT) was burned out and sunk by the exploding vessels Bra-Kar (  Norway) and Oyster (  United Kingdom) at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Mus   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (81 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Orrell   United Kingdom World War II: The barge (80 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Oyster   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (133 GRT) blew up and sank due to the explosion of Bra-Kar (  Norway) at Liverpool.[4]
Pike   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (168 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Huskisson Branch No. 3 Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ray   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (91 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Recco   Italy World War II: The tanker (5,595 GRT) was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean (44°37′N 24°27′W / 44.617°N 24.450°W / 44.617; -24.450) by HMS Hilary (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew. All 30 crew were rescued by HMS Hilary.[4][18]
Roach   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (108 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Rover   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (120 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Canada Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Silverdale   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (176 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Canada Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Sirius   United Kingdom World War II: The lightship (176 GRT) struck a mine and sank at Liverpool, Lancashire.[4]
Sitona   Norway World War II: Convoy FS 479: The cargo ship (1,143 GRT, 1921) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea (53°12′N 1°11′E / 53.200°N 1.183°E / 53.200; 1.183) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued and she sank the next day.[10][4]
Surveyor No.3   United Kingdom World War II: The motor launch (7 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Alexandria Dock No. 3, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Taranger   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (4,873 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°07′N 25°20′W / 61.117°N 25.333°W / 61.117; -25.333) by U-95 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Begonia (  Royal Navy) and the fishing vessel Sigurfari (  Iceland).[4][19]
Tugnin F.   Italy World War II: The coaster (425 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 11 nautical miles (20 km) north west of Mersa Brega, Libya by HMS Triumph (  Royal Navy).[4]
Walton   United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge (82 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Huskisson Branch No. 3 Dock, Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Wray Castle   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,253 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°48′N 13°55′W / 6.800°N 13.917°W / 6.800; -13.917) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 57 crew. Survivors were rescued by Angola (  Portugal).[4][20]

4 MayEdit

For the sinking of HMS Fermoy on this date, see the entry for 30 April 1941
List of shipwrecks: 4 May 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Ben Gairn   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (234 GRT, 1916) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk.[21]
Baron Inchcape   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,005 GRT, 1917) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Domino   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,453 GRT, 1925) was sunk at Liverpool by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom).[4]
Elstree Grange   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,598 GRT, 1916) was sunk at Liverpool by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom).[4]
Europa   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (10,224 GRT, 1931) was set afire and burnt out at Liverpool by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom). Declared a constructive total loss, she was scrapped at New Ferry, Cheshire in 1946.[4][22]
Giuseppe la Farina   Regia Marina World War II: The Giuseppe la Masa-class torpedo boat (645/851 t, 1919) struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off the Kerkennah Islands, Tunisia. 61 crew were killed. There were 67 survivors.[4][8][23]
Japan   Sweden World War II: Convoy OB 310: The cargo ship (5,230 GRT, 1911) was torpedoed and sunk in the 249 nautical miles (461 km) north west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (10°15′N 16°33′W / 10.250°N 16.550°W / 10.250; -16.550) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine). All on board were taken as prisoners of war when the landed in French Guinea. The 27 Swedes were later released.[4][24]
Malakand   United Kingdom World War II: During an air raid at Liverpool, Lancashire, on 3 May, a barrage balloon crashed onto the cargo ship (7,649 GRT, 1919) and caught fire. The fire, or a fire on the dock, spread eventually reaching her cargo of ammunition causing her to explode and sink early on 4 May.[4]
Pneumatic Elevator No.11   United Kingdom World War II: The floating elevator (295 GRT) was sunk at Liverpool by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom).[4]
Tacoma Star   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,924 GRT, 1919) was sunk by the explosion of Malakand (  United Kingdom) at Liverpool. She was later salvaged.[4]
Tregor   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (222 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 6 nautical miles (11 km) off Trevose Head by Luftwaffe aircraft. All six crew were rescued.[10][4]

5 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Cape Breton   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,044 GRT, 1940) was bombed and sunk at Belfast, County Antrim by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[4]
Fair Head   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (1,719 GRT, 1906) was bombed and sunk at Belfast by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMT Fidelia   Royal Navy World War II: The boom defence vessel (147 GRT, 1891) was bombed and sunk at Lowestoft, Suffolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Fisheries II   United States Navy World War II: The patrol vessel, a requisitioned yacht, was destroyed off Corregidor, Manila Bay, Luzon, The Philippines to prevent capture. (Look 05/05/1942)[25]
HNLMS Jean Frederic   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The naval trawler was bombed and sunk in the English Channel by German aircraft. 25 crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued the next day by HMS ML 157 (  Royal Navy). (Look 01/05/1941)[26]
Maryann   United States Navy World War II: The patrol vessel, a requisitioned yacht, was destroyed off Corregidor, Manila Bay, Luzon, The Philippines to prevent capture. (Look 05/05/1942)[27]
Perry   United States Navy World War II: The patrol vessel, a requisitioned vessel, was destroyed off Corregidor, Manila Bay, Luzon, The Philippines to prevent capture. (Look 05/05/1942)[28]
Queen Maud   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,976 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (7°54′N 16°41′W / 7.900°N 16.683°W / 7.900; -16.683) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. Survivors were rescued by Mirandella (  Portugal).[4][29]
Royston   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,722 GRT, 1929) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft on 3 May. She was taken in tow but sank the next day at 53°37′N 0°39′E / 53.617°N 0.650°E / 53.617; 0.650.[4]
Sumba   United Kingdom World War II: The whaler (231 GRT) was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached off Barry, Glamorgan. She was later repaired and returned to service.[4]
Traffic   United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge (155 GRT, 1873) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.

6 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Bengasi   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (1,716 GRT, 1912) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Cavoli, Calabria by HMS Truant (  Royal Navy).
Cagliari   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (2,322 GRT, 1907) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) off Fuscaldo, Calabria (39°11′N 15°58′E / 39.183°N 15.967°E / 39.183; 15.967) by HMS Taku (  Royal Navy).
HMS Camito   Royal Navy World War II: The ocean boarding vessel (6,833 GRT, 1915) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°42′N 21°20′W / 50.700°N 21.333°W / 50.700; -21.333) by U-97 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Orchis (  Royal Navy).[4][30][31]
Dunkwa   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,752 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°43′N 17°13′W / 8.717°N 17.217°W / 8.717; -17.217) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by Polydorus (  Netherlands).[4][32]
Emanuel   Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler (166 GRT, 1931) was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (62°06′N 8°10′W / 62.100°N 8.167°W / 62.100; -8.167) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew.[4]
Oakdene   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,255 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°19′N 27°55′W / 6.317°N 27.917°W / 6.317; -27.917) by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine). All 35 crew were rescued by HMS Dorsetshire (  Royal Navy).[4][33]
Sangro   Italy World War II: The captured Italian tanker (6,466 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (50°42′N 21°20′W / 50.700°N 21.333°W / 50.700; -21.333) by U-97 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by HMS Orchis (  Royal Navy).[4][30]
Surat   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,529 GRT, 1939) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°23′N 15°13′W / 8.383°N 15.217°W / 8.383; -15.217) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 65 crew. Survivors were rescued by the hopper barge Foremost 102 (  United Kingdom).[4][34]

7 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Bluestone   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (106 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Greenock, Renfrewshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
British Emperor   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (3,663 GRT, 1916) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean (8°30′N 56°25′E / 8.500°N 56.417°E / 8.500; 56.417) by Pinguin (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 45 crew between the sinking of their ship, and survivors rescued by Pinguin who were lost when the German ship was sunk the next day.[4]
Eastern Star   Norway World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (5,658 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°29′N 22°40′W / 61.483°N 22.667°W / 61.483; -22.667) by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine). All 46 crew were rescued by HMT Daneman (  Royal Navy).[35]
Ellesbank   United Kingdom World War II: The flat (43 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Fernlane   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (4,310 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (10°02′N 20°17′W / 10.033°N 20.283°W / 10.033; -20.283) by Enrico Tazzoli (  Regia Marina). All crew were rescued.[4]
HMT Gowan Hill   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (96 GRT, 1920) was bombed and sunk at Greenock by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Hornby   United Kingdom World War II: The tug (201 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. raised, repaired, returned to service.[4]
HMS Hurricane   Royal Navy World War II: The H-class destroyer (1,350/1,883 t, 1940) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[4]
Ida Burton   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (46 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ixion   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (10,263 GRT, 1912) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (61°29′N 22°40′W / 61.483°N 22.667°W / 61.483; -22.667) by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine). All 105 crew were rescued by HMS Marigold (  Royal Navy) and Nailsea Moor (  United Kingdom).[4][36]
Katina P   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (1,216 GRT, 1900) was bombed and sunk at Astakos by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Kineenan   United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge (72 GRT) struck a mine and sank at Liverpool with the loss of all five crew.[4]
München   Kriegsmarine World War II: The weather ship (306 GRT, 1927) was captured south east of Iceland by HMS Somali (  Royal Navy).[37] She was reported to have been scuttled by her crew,[38] to prevent the Germans from learning that Enigma machine codes had been captured. The former trawler was sold to the Faroe Islands in 1943 and renamed Froyen.[37]
Pascoli   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (2,939 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Sazan Island, Albania.[4]
Ril Ida   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (53 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Hull, Yorkshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Safiyeh   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker barge (176 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Qurnan by Regia Aeronautica aircraft. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[4]
HMS Stoke   Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class minesweeper (710/930 t, 1918) was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe with the loss of 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Ladybird (  Royal Navy).[10][4]
HMT Susarion   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (261 GRT, 1917) was bombed and sunk off the mouth of the Humber by Luftwaffe aircraft.[39]
Tanais   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (1,545 GRT, 1907) was bombed and sunk at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered German service.[4]
Waterlily   United Kingdom World War II: The fishing vessel (12 GRT) was bombed and sunk at West Mersea, Essex by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]

8 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Burmah   United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge (127 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool, Lancashire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Capitano A Cecchi   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (2,321 GRT, 1934) was shelled and sunk at Benghazi, Libya by HMS Ajax, HMS Havock, HMS Hotspur and HMS Imperial (all   Royal Navy).[4][40]
Delite   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (89 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Hull, Yorkshire by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
F W No.20   United Kingdom World War II: The dredger (83 GRT) was sunk by an explosion in Langstone Harbour, Hampshire with the loss of three crew.[4]
Hercules   United Kingdom World War II: The floating crane (652 GRT, 1903) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service.[4]
Irishman   United Kingdom World War II: The tug (99 GRT) was sunk by an explosion in Langstone Harbour with the loss of five crew.[4]
Ladore   United Kingdom World War II: The sailing barge (91 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Hull by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Marton   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,969 GRT, 1933) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Pinguin   Kriegsmarine World War II: The auxiliary cruiser (7,766 GRT, 17,600 t, 1936) was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean north of the Seychelles by HMS Cornwall (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 341 crew and 200 prisoners of war. Sixty crew were rescued, as were 22 prisoners of war, survivors from British Emperor, Clan Buchanan and Empire Light (all   United Kingdom).[4]
Ramillies   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,553 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (48°05′N 32°26′W / 48.083°N 32.433°W / 48.083; -32.433) by U-97 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 29 of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by Geddington Court (  United Kingdom).[4][41]
Rose   United Kingdom World War II: The steam barge (143 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMT Silicia   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (250 GRT, 1913) struck a mine and sank at Hull with the loss of seven crew. Survivors were rescued by HMML 211 (  Royal Navy).[4]
Stromboli   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (1,376 GRT, 1902) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was refloated on 14 April 1942 and beached at Tranmere, Cheshire but was declared a total loss and subsequently scrapped.[42]
Tenace   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (1,142 GRT) was shelled and sunk at Benghazi by HMS Ajax, HMS Havock, HMS Hotspur and HMS Imperial (all   Royal Navy).[4]
Thistle   United Kingdom World War II: The fishing smack (16 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°45′N 1°09′E / 51.750°N 1.150°E / 51.750; 1.150). All crew were rescued.[4]
HMT Thistle V   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (79 GRT, 1904) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk (52°28′N 1°47′E / 52.467°N 1.783°E / 52.467; 1.783) with the loss of ten of her 11 crew.[4][43]
Trentino   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (3,079 GRT, 1919) was bombed and sunk at Liverpool by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMT Uberty   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (93 GRT, 1912) was bombed and sunk at Lowestoft by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 13 crew.[4][44][45]
UJ 173 Mob-Fd 32   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed and sunk off Feiestein, Norway (58°49′N 5°27′E / 58.817°N 5.450°E / 58.817; 5.450) by British aircraft with the loss of six lives.[10][46]
UJ 179 Carl Kämpf   Kriegsmarine World War II: The submarine chaser was bombed and severely damaged off Feiestein by British aircraft. She was later repaired and returned to service.[10]
HMY Viva II   Royal Navy World War II: The naval yacht (521 GRT, 1929) was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 13 nautical miles (24 km) west of Trevose Head, Cornwall by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of 406 Küstenfliegergruppe, Luftwaffe with the loss of 22 of her 32 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cleveland (  Royal Navy).[10][4][47][48]
Welcome Home   United Kingdom World War II: The ketch (38 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Hull by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Whitakers No. 1   United Kingdom World War II: The barge (48 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Hull by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]

9 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Alfred Olsen   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (8,817 GRT, 1934) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (2°59′N 20°26′W / 2.983°N 20.433°W / 2.983; -20.433) by Enrico Tazzoli (  Regia Marina). All crew were rescued.[4]
Bengore Head   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (2,609 GRT, 1922) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°45′N 33°02′W / 60.750°N 33.033°W / 60.750; -33.033) by U-110 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 41 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Apollo (  Royal Navy and Borgfred   Norway).[4][49]
City of Winchester   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,120 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south south west of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (8°20′N 26°14′W / 8.333°N 26.233°W / 8.333; -26.233) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 98 crew. Survivors were rescued by Herma (  Norway).[4][50]
Empire Cloud   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (5,969 GRT, 1941), on her maiden voyage, was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean east north east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (61°00′N 31°30′W / 61.000°N 31.500°W / 61.000; -31.500) by U-201 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 54 crew. The ship was abandoned, with HMS Nigella (  Royal Navy) rescuing the survivors. Empire Cloud was taken in tow by the tug Thames (  Netherlands) reaching the Clyde on 20 May, she was subsequently repaired and returned to service.
Empire Song   United Kingdom World War II: Operation Tiger / Convoy WS 58: The cargo liner (9,228 GRT, 1940) struck a mine and sank in the Strait of Sicily (37°09′12″N 11°01′24″E / 37.15333°N 11.02333°E / 37.15333; 11.02333) with the loss of 18 crew and passengers. Survivors were rescued by HMS Foresight (  Royal Navy).[4][51]
Esmond   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (4,976 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°24′N 32°27′W / 60.400°N 32.450°W / 60.400; -32.450) by U-110 (  Kriegsmarine). All 50 crew were rescued by Aelybryn (  United Kingdom), HMS Aubrietia (  Royal Navy) and Borgfred (  Norway).[4][52]
Gregalia   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (5,802 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°24′N 32°37′W / 60.400°N 32.617°W / 60.400; -32.617) by U-201 (  Kriegsmarine). All 66 crew were rescued by HMT Daneman (  Royal Navy.[53]
Luis Puebla   Spain World War II: The trawler (106 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay 160 nautical miles (300 km) north of Gijón, Asturias with the loss of nine of her 12 crew.[4]
HMS Queenworth   Royal Navy World War II: The minesweeper (2,047 GRT, 1925) was bombed and sunk off the mouth of the Humber by Luftwaffe aircraft.[54]
Tankerton Towers   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler (97 GRT) was bombed and sunk off St Govan's Lightship (  United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft. All eight crew were rescued.[4]
U-110   Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Primrose: The Type IXB submarine (1,034/1,159 t, 1940) was captured in the Atlantic Ocean by HMS Aubrietia, HMS Broadway and HMS Bulldog (all   Royal Navy) with the loss of 15 of her 47 crew. An Enigma machine was captured intact. U-110 was taken in tow by HMS Bulldog but sank the next day in a storm.[4]

10 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Aelybryn   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (4,986 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (59°23′N 35°25′W / 59.383°N 35.417°W / 59.383; -35.417) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 45 crew. Survivors abandoned ship and were rescued by HMT Daneman (  Royal Navy). Aelybryn was towed to Reykjavík, Iceland by HMS Hollyhock (  Royal Navy). Later repaired and returned to service.[55]
HMS Altais   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMS Comet I   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Empire Caribou   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (4,861 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south east of Greenland (59°28′N 35°44′W / 59.467°N 35.733°W / 59.467; -35.733) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 29 of her 40 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Malcolm (  Royal Navy).
HMS Faislane   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship (5 GRT) was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Gand   Belgium World War II: Convoy OB 318: The cargo ship (5,086 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°45′N 37°34′W / 57.750°N 37.567°W / 57.750; -37.567) by U-552 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 43 crew.[4][56]
HMS Igloo   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMS Jake II   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Martin Pecheur   United Kingdom World War II: The captured French schooner (350 GRT) caught fire and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (37°07′N 8°34′W / 37.117°N 8.567°W / 37.117; -8.567). The prize crew took to the lifeboats and reached Gibraltar.[4]
HMS HDML 1011   Royal Navy World War II: The harbour defence motor launch was bombed and sunk south of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4][57]
HMS Miss England   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship (4 GRT) was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMS Nomad III   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship (6 GRT) was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Ramb III   Regia Marina World War II: The auxiliary cruiser (3,667 GRT, 1938) was sunk in Benghazi Harbor by HMS Triumph (  Royal Navy). Raised, repaired, and returned to service.
HMS Safari   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
U-110   Kriegsmarine World War II: Operation Primrose: The Type IXB submarine (1,034/1,159 t, 1940) sank in the Atlantic Ocean during a storm while under tow by the destroyer HMS Bulldog (  Royal Navy) the day after being captured by the corvette HMS Aubrietia and destroyers HMS Broadway and HMS Bulldog (all   Royal Navy).[4]

11 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 May 1941
Ship Country Description
City of Shanghai   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,828 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°40′N 27°50′W / 6.667°N 27.833°W / 6.667; -27.833) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 73 crew. Survivors were rescued by Josefina S (  Argentina), Richmond Castle (  United Kingdom and Stad Arnhem (  Netherlands).[4][58]
Gypsy   Royal Navy World War II: The auxiliary base ship (261 GRT) was bombed and sunk at London by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
Somerset   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (8,790 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°54′N 16°20′W / 54.900°N 16.333°W / 54.900; -16.333) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[10][4]

12 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 12 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Aghios Paraskavi   Greece World War II: The coaster (55 or 25 GRT) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Lemnos by HMS Rorqual (  Royal Navy). One German officer and three other ranks were killed.[4][59][60]
Fowberry Tower   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,484 GRT, 1929) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) south west by west of the Humber Lightship (  United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of six crew.[4]
HMS Ladybird   Royal Navy World War II: The Insect-class gunboat (625/750 t, 1916) was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of four crew.
Rawnsley   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,998 GRT, 1940) was bombed and sunk at Ierapetra Bay by Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 aircraft of 281 Squadron, Regia Aeronautica.[10][4]
Richard de Larrinaga   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,358 GRT, 1929) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off the mouth of the Tyne by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]

13 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Benvrackie   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,434 GRT, 1922) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (0°49′N 20°15′W / 0.817°N 20.250°W / 0.817; -20.250) by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 crew. 15 crew of Lassell (  United Kingdom) were also killed. Fifty-eight survivors were rescued by Oxfordshire (  Royal Navy).[4][61]
Cornflower   United Kingdom World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Malta by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
F   United Kingdom World War II: The hopper barge (496 GRT) struck a mine and sank off Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland with the loss of five of her 11 crew.[4]
Fort Rona   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler (203 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 15 nautical miles (28 km) west south west of Bardsey Island by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[4]
Nueva Elisa   Spain World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Bay of Biscay.[4]
HMS Salopian   Royal Navy World War II: Convoy SC 30: The armed merchant cruiser (10,549 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (59°04′N 38°15′W / 59.067°N 38.250°W / 59.067; -38.250) by U-98 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 281 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Intrepid (  Royal Navy).[4][62][63]
Somersby   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 30: The cargo ship (5,170 GRT, 1930) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°39′N 26°13′W / 60.650°N 26.217°W / 60.650; -26.217) by U-111 (  Kriegsmarine). All 43 crew were rescued by Marika Protopapa (  Greece).

14 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Dalesman   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,343 GRT, 1940) was bombed and damaged in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. She was later salvaged, repaired and entered German service as Pluto.[4][64]
Karlander   Norway World War II: Convoy OB 321: The cargo ship (1,843 GRT, 1914) was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°38′N 13°38′W / 55.633°N 13.633°W / 55.633; -13.633) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Kondor aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. She was later scuttled at 55°36′N 13°24′W / 55.600°N 13.400°W / 55.600; -13.400. All 26 crew were rescued by Zaafaran (  United Kingdom).[10][4][65]
HMT M A West   Royal Navy World War II: The examination vessel (96 GRT, 1919) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[4]
HMT Minicoy   Royal Navy World War II: The patrol vessel (5 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel east of St Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire with the loss of at least three crew.[4]
HMNZS Puriri   Royal New Zealand Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper (927 GRT, 1938) struck a German mine and sank in the Hauraki Gulf 8 miles north east of Bream Head off Auckland 35°46′S 174°43′E / 35.767°S 174.717°E / -35.767; 174.717. Her commanding officer and four crewmen killed. Survivors were rescued by HMS Achilles (  Royal Navy) and/or HMNZS Gale (  Royal New Zealand Navy).[4][66]
Rabaul   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,633 GRT, 1916) was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Atlantis (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine of her 55 crew.[4]
Turkia   United Kingdom The cargo ship (1,911 GRT, 1909) caught fire, exploded, and sank in the Red Sea.[67]

15 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Benvenue   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,920 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (4°27′N 18°25′W / 4.450°N 18.417°W / 4.450; -18.417) by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by English Trader (  United Kingdom) and a Royal Navy destroyer.[Note 1][64]
Leon   Hellenic Navy World War II: The Aetos-class destroyer (880/1,175 t, 1912) was bombed and sunk in Souda Bay, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Notre Dame du Châtelet   France World War II: The schooner (488 GRT, 1921) was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 48°N 14°W / 48°N 14°W / 48; -14) by U-43 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 28 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Otaria (  Regia Marina) eight days later.[64][68]
Ossian   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (1,564 GRT, 1892) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea (54°00′N 7°16′E / 54.000°N 7.267°E / 54.000; 7.267) by Royal Air Force aircraft with the loss of 3 lives.[64][69][70]
San Giusto   Italy World War II: The rescue ship (861 GRT, 1929) struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) north north east of Tripoli, Libya. 16 crewmen were killed and 7 wounded.[64][71]

16 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Archangel   United Kingdom World War II: The troopship (2,448 GRT, 1910) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 10 nautical miles (19 km) north east of Aberdeen (57°55′N 2°03′W / 57.917°N 2.050°W / 57.917; -2.050) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 52 of the 475 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Blankney (  Royal Navy). Archangel was beached 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Newburgh, Aberdeenshire and broke into four.[64]
Joffre Rose   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (715 GRT, 1915) was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached at Dale, Pembrokeshire. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64]
Kythera   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (1,970 GRT, 1902) was bombed and sunk in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Logician   United Kingdom World War II: The ship (5,993 GRT, 1928) was bombed and damaged in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was bombed again on 25 May and sank with the loss of 31 lives.[64]
Nikolaou Ourania   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (6,397 GRT, 1922) was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. She was later refloated, repaired and entered German service as Nikolaus.[64]
Rodney Star   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (11,803 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°03′N 19°02′W / 5.050°N 19.033°W / 5.050; -19.033) by U-105 (  Kriegsmarine): All 83 crew were rescued by Batna (  United Kingdom) and HMS Boreas (  Royal Navy).[64][72]

17 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Ala   Norway World War II: The coaster (933 GRT, 1916) was bombed and damaged in the English Channel 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex. She was beached at Shoreham-by-Sea but was later refloated and taken under tow by Security (  United Kingdom). She was bombed and sunk on 13 June in the English Channel (50°42′N 0°52′W / 50.700°N 0.867°W / 50.700; -0.867) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[64][73]
Eleonora Maersk   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (10,694 GRT, 1936) was bombed and sunk at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of twenty of her 44 crew. Seven survivors were taken as prisoners of war. She was salvaged post-war. Under repair from 1948–1951 then sold to West Germany.[64][22]
Marisa   Netherlands World War II: The tanker (8,029 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°10′N 18°09′W / 6.167°N 18.150°W / 6.167; -18.150) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Columbin, HMS Surprise (both (  Royal Navy).[64][74]
Statesman   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (7,939 GRT, 1923) was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°44′N 13°45′W / 56.733°N 13.750°W / 56.733; -13.750) by Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of one crew member.[10][64]
Themoni   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (5,719 GRT, 1938) was bombed and sunk at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]

18 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Begerin   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (483 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel 17 nautical miles (31 km) west north west of the South Bishop Lighthouse by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[64]
Giovinezza   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (2,362 GRT, 1925) was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya (31°55′N 19°54′E / 31.917°N 19.900°E / 31.917; 19.900) by HMS Tetrarch (  Royal Navy). There were 3 dead and 42 survivors.[64][8]
HMT Jewel   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (84 GRT, 1908) struck a mine and sank in the Belfast Lough with the loss of 14 crew.[64][75]
RFA Olna   Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The tanker (12,667 GRT, 1921) was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached. Later salvaged, repaired and entered German service.[64]
Piako   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (8,286 GRT, 1920) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) south west of Freetown, Sierral Leone (7°52′N 14°57′W / 7.867°N 14.950°W / 7.867; -14.950) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of ten of her 75 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Bridgewater (  Royal Navy).[64][76]

19 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 May 1941
Ship Country Description
HMS City of Rochester   Royal Navy World War II: The decommissioned former paddle minesweeper (194 GRT, 1904) sunk at Acorn Yard Rochester, Kent by a parachute mine while awaiting scrapping.[64]
Empire Ridge   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HG 61: The ore carrier (2,922 GRT, 1941) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 90 miles west of Bloody Foreland (55°08′N 10°40′W / 55.133°N 10.667°W / 55.133; -10.667) by U-96 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 3 gunners and 28 crewmen. Survivors were rescued by HMS Vanquisher (  Royal Navy).[64][51][77]
HMY Sea Angler   Royal Navy The armed yacht (23 GRT) was destroyed by fire.[64]
Winkfield   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,279 GRT, 1919) struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary one mile (1.6 km) south west of Buoy B4 (51°35′N 1°10′E / 51.583°N 1.167°E / 51.583; 1.167) with the loss of ten crew.[64]

20 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 May 1941
Ship Country Description
British Security   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The tanker (8,470 GRT, 1937) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell, Greenland (57°28′N 41°07′W / 57.467°N 41.117°W / 57.467; -41.117) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 53 crew.[64][78]
Cockaponset   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,995 GRT, 1919) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south south east of Cape Farewell (57°28′N 41°07′W / 57.467°N 41.117°W / 57.467; -41.117) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by Hontestroom (  Netherlands).[79]
Curtatone   Regia Marina World War II: The Curtatone-class destroyer (967/1,214 t, 1923) struck a mine and sank in the Gulf of Athens. 94 crew were killed, and two more died of wounds later. There were 29 or 34 survivors depending of sources.[64][80]
Darlington Court   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (4,974 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south of Cape Farewell (57°28′N 41°07′W / 57.467°N 41.117°W / 57.467; -41.117) by U-556 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 25 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Hontestroom (  Netherlands).[81]
Harpagus   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (5,173 GRT, 1940) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-109 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 of the 90 people on board, including 26 of the 48 survivors from Norman Monarch (  United Kingdom). Survivors were rescued by HMS Burnham (  Royal Navy).[82]
Javanese Prince   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (8,593 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 155 nautical miles (287 km) north west of the Butt of Lewis, Outer Hebrides (59°46′N 10°45′W / 59.767°N 10.750°W / 59.767; -10.750) by U-138 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 59 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Assurance, HMS Faulknor and HMS Lincoln (all   Royal Navy).[64][83]
John P Pedersen   Norway World War II: Convoy HX 126: The tanker (6,128 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 57°N 41°W / 57°N 41°W / 57; -41) by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Honsestroom (  Netherlands).[64][84]
HMT Kos XXIII   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (353 GRT, 1937) was bombed and damaged in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was later declared a total loss. Two crew were taken as prisoners of war.[64]
Norman Monarch   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (4,718 GRT, 1937) was torpoedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°47′N 40°55′W / 56.783°N 40.917°W / 56.783; -40.917) by U-94 (  Kriegsmarine). All 48 crew were rescued by Harpagus (  United Kingdom).[64]
Radames   Egypt World War II: The cargo ship (3,575 GRT, 1903) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Monrovia, Liberia (approximately 6°N 12°W / 6°N 12°W / 6; -12) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member.[64][85]
Rothermere   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (5,356 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°48′N 41°36′W / 57.800°N 41.600°W / 57.800; -41.600) by U-98 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by Bruarfoss (  Iceland).[64][86]
Starcross   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 73: The cargo ship (4,662 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (51°45′N 20°45′W / 51.750°N 20.750°W / 51.750; -20.750) by Otaria (  Regia Marina). All crew were rescued by HMCS St. Francis (  Royal Canadian Navy).[64]
HMS Widnes   Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class minesweeper (710/930 t, 1918) was bombed and damaged at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was beached, but declared a total loss. Raised, repaired and put in Kriegsmarine service as UJ-2109.[64]
Zeffiro   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (5,165 GRT) struck a mine and sank 5.8 nautical miles (10.7 km) south east of Cape Bon, Tunisia. There was no casualty.[64][8]

21 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Aghios Georgios   Greece World War II: The coaster (194 GRT) was shelled and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Crete by Royal Navy warships of Force D.[64]
Carlo Mirabello   Regia Marina World War II: The Mirabello-class destroyer (1,545/2,007 t, 1916) struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea off Cephalonia.[64]
Elusa   Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 126: The tanker (6,235 GRT, 1936) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (59°00′N 38°05′W / 59.000°N 38.083°W / 59.000; -38.083) by U-93 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 54 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Burnham (  Royal Navy). Elusa later sank at 58°30′N 38°10′W / 58.500°N 38.167°W / 58.500; -38.167.[64][87]
Gladiator   Italy World War II: The coaster (248 GRT, 1915) struck a mine and sank at Šibenik, Yugoslavia.[64]
HMY Hanyards   Royal Navy The armed yacht (16 GRT, 1931) sank.[64]
HMS Juno   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The J-class destroyer (1,690/2,330 t, 1939) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Crete by CANT Z.1007 aircraft of 50th Bomber Squadron, Regia Aeronautica with the loss of 128 of her 210 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Kandahar, HMS Kingston and HMS Nubian (all   Royal Navy).[10][64]
Kybfels   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (7,764 GRT, 1937) struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea off Cephalonia.[64]
Marburg   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (7,564 GRT, 1928) struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea off Cephalonia.[64]
Marconi   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (7,402 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 270 nautical miles (500 km) south south east of Cape Farewell, Greenland (approximately 58°N 41°W / 58°N 41°W / 58; -41) by U-98 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 22 of her 74 crew. Survivors were rescued by USCGC General Greene (  United States Navy) and HMS Kenya (  Royal Navy).[64][88]
Padre Eterno   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (52 GRT) was shelled and sunk in the Aegean Sea off Chania, Crete by Royal Navy warships of Force D.[64]
Pelegrino Matteucci   Regia Marina World War II: The Giovanni Berta-class naval trawler (667 GRT, 1924) was sunk north west of Lefkos by mines.[89]
Robin Moor   United States World War II: The cargo ship (4,999 GRT, 1919) was intercepted in the South Atlantic off the coast of Brazil (6°10′N 25°40′W / 6.167°N 25.667°W / 6.167; -25.667) by U-69 (  Kriegsmarine). The crew were told that the ship would be sunk under prize rules and given 30 minutes to abandon ship. She was then torpedoed, shelled and sunk. Twenty-six of the 37 people on board were rescued by Examalia (  United States) and landed at Cape Town, South Africa. The remaining 11 people were rescued by Ozório (  Brazil) and landed at Recife. She was the first American merchant ship lost during the war by belligerent action.[90][91][92]
Tewkesbury   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,601 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the South Atlantic (5°49′N 24°09′W / 5.817°N 24.150°W / 5.817; -24.150) by U-69 (  Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by Exhibitor and Knoxville City (both   United States)[64][93]

22 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Barnby   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 126: The cargo ship (4,813 GRT, 1940) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°30′N 34°12′W / 60.500°N 34.200°W / 60.500; -34.200) by U-111 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 45 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Aurora (  Royal Navy).[94]
Ben Veg   United Kingdom The coaster (159 GRT, 1914) collided with Brittany (  United Kingdom) in the Irish Sea and sank 8 nautical miles (15 km) north of Point of Ayre, Isle of Man. All crew were rescued.[95]
British Grenadier   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (6,857 GRT, 1922) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°15′N 12°59′W / 6.250°N 12.983°W / 6.250; -12.983) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine). All 49 crew were rescued by Ganda (  Portugal) and Jose Calvo Sotelo (  Spain).[64][96]
Carmen Sylva   Romania The cargo ship (1,601 GRT) was shelled and sunk by Royal Navy warships of Force D.[Note 2][64]
Empire Progress   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,249 GRT, 1918) was bombed and damaged in the English Channel 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south west of The Needles, Isle of Wight with the loss of four crew. She was beached in Totland Bay the next day. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64][51]
HMS Fiji   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The Crown Colony-class cruiser (8,530/10,724 t, 1940) was bombed and sunk off Crete by Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft of JG 77 and Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of LG 1 with the loss of 241 of her 764 crew.
HMS Gloucester   Royal Navy
 
HMS Gloucester

World War II: Battle of Crete: The Town-class cruiser (9,394/11,930 t, 1939) was bombed and sunk 12 nautical miles (22 km) north of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 722 of her 807 crew.

HMS Greyhound   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The G-class destroyer (1,350/1,883 t, 1936) was bombed and sunk west of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of StG 2 with the loss of 80 of her 146 crew.
Käte Grammerstorf   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (5,088 GRT, 1915) struck a mine and sank in the Wadden Sea off Juist, Germany.[64][97][98]
HNLMS Nautilus   Koninklijke Marine The minelayer (800/1,056 t, 1930) collided with Murrayfield (  United Kingdom) in the North Sea off Saltfleet, Yorkshire (56°36′N 0°25′E / 56.600°N 0.417°E / 56.600; 0.417) and sank without loss of life.[99]
HMS York   Royal Navy
 
HMS York

World War II: The York-class cruiser (8,250/10,350 t, 1930), aground at Suda Bay, Crete, since 26 March 1941, was scuttled by Allied forces to prevent her capture by Axis forces. She was salvaged in February 1952 and scrapped at Bari, Apulia, Italy.

23 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Berhala   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (6,622 GRT, 1927) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Freetown, Sierra Leone (9°50′N 17°50′W / 9.833°N 17.833°W / 9.833; -17.833) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three crew. Survivors were rescued by a Royal Navy warship.[64][100][101]
HMS Kashmir   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The K-class destroyer (1,690/2,330 t, 1939) was bombed and sunk off Crete (34°40′N 24°10′E / 34.667°N 24.167°E / 34.667; 24.167) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
HMS Kelly   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The K-class destroyer (1,760/2,400 t, 1939) was bombed and sunk off Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.
HMT Kos XXIII   Royal Navy World War II: The submarine chaser (353 GRT, 1937) was scuttled in Suda Bay, Crete. She was later salvaged by the Germans and entered Kriegsmarine service as UJ-2104.[102]
MTB 67, MTB 213, MTB 214,
MTB 216 and MTB 217
  Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The Thornycroft 55-foot-class motor torpedo boats were bombed and sunk at Suda Bay, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Meuliere   French Navy The Albatre-class gunboat (380 t, 1919) was wrecked off Ajaccio, Corsica.[103]

24 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 May 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Aurora II   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (74 GRT, 1906) was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe.[10][64]
HMS Hood   Royal Navy
 
HMS Hood

World War II: Battle of the Denmark Strait: The Admiral-class battlecruiser (42,100/48,360 t, 1920) was shelled and sunk in the Denmark Strait by Bismarck (  Kriegsmarine with the loss of 1,415 of her 1,418 crew. The three survivors were rescued by HMS Electra (  Royal Navy).

Marionga   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (4,236 GRT, 1912) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°42′N 10°29′W / 5.700°N 10.483°W / 5.700; -10.483) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 26 of her 29 crew.[64]
Matronna   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (2,846 GRT, 1902) was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft in the Bristol Channel off Dale, Pembrokeshire. All crew were rescued.[10][64]
Octane   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (2,034 GRT, 1939) struck a mine and was damaged in the English Channel and was beached at Antony, Cornwall. Three crew were killed. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64]
Trafalgar   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,530 GRT, 1924) was shelled and sunk in the South Atlantic (approximately 25°S 1°E / 25°S 1°E / -25; 1) by Atlantis (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 crew.[64]
Vulcain   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (4,362 GRT, 1911) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (9°20′N 15°35′W / 9.333°N 15.583°W / 9.333; -15.583) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 41 crew.[64]

25 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Atalaia   Brazil The cargo ship (5,555 GRT, 1910) foundered in the South Atlantic (39°07′N 01°10′W / 39.117°N 1.167°W / 39.117; -1.167) with the loss of all 66 crew.[104][105]
Conte Rosso   Italy World War II: The troopship (17,879 or 18,017 GRT, 1922) was shelled and sunk in the Strait of Messina (36°41′N 14°42′E / 36.683°N 14.700°E / 36.683; 14.700) by HMS Upholder (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 1,291 of the 2,729 people on board. Survivors were rescued by Cigno, Clio and Pallade (all   Regia Marina).[64][106]
HMS Grimsby   Royal Navy World War II: The Grimsby-class sloop (990/1,355 t, 1934) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea north of Tobruk, Libya (32°30′N 24°30′E / 32.500°N 24.500°E / 32.500; 24.500) by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of 239 Squadron, Regia Aeronautica with the loss of 11 crew. Survivors were rescued by Southern Maid (  South African Navy).[10][64][107]
Harry   Faroe Islands World War II: The trawler (125 GRT) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north of Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was taken in tow but sank 17 nautical miles (31 km) north by west of Kinnaird Head, Aberdeenshire.[64]
Helka   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker (3,471 GRT, 1912) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of 239 Squadron, Regia Aeronautica with the loss of two crew. Survivors were rescued by Southern Maid (  South African Navy).[10][64]
H P Hansen   Denmark World War II: The cargo ship (1,594 GRT, 1899) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea 6 nautical miles (11 km) north west of the Schiermonnikoog Lighthouse, Friesland, Netherlands by Luftwaffe aircraft.[108]
Leros   Greece World War II: The coaster (845 GRT, 1899) was bombed and sunk at Heraklion by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Menlière   French Navy The sloop-of-war ran aground off Corsica and was wrecked.[10]
Silvia   Germany World War II: The sperrbrecher (1,049 GRT, 1938) was sunk at Den Helder, Netherlands by a crashing Royal Air Force aircraft.[10][64]
Silvina   Portugal The schooner (208 GRT, 1919) caught fire and sank in the Grand Banks. All crew were rescued.[109]
Wangi Wangi   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship (7,789 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (5°24′N 12°00′W / 5.400°N 12.000°W / 5.400; -12.000) by U-103 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of the 93 people on board.[64][110]

26 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Emmanuel Pteris   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (145 GRT) was bombed and sunk at Heraklion, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Gros Pierre   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster (297 GRT) was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Sunderland, Co Durham by Luftwaffe aircraft and was beached. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64]
Rokos   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (6,426 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk at Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]

27 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Antonios   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (1,187 GRT, 1883) was bombed and sunk in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Bismarck   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Bismarck-class battleship (41,043/50,100 t, 1940) was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by Fairey Swordfish aircraft based on HMS Ark Royal (  Royal Navy). She was then shelled by HMS King George V and HMS Rodney (both   Royal Navy) and torpedoed by HMS Dorsetshire (  Royal Navy) and sank (48°10′N 16°12′W / 48.167°N 16.200°W / 48.167; -16.200) with the loss of 2,179 of her 2,293 crew. 85 survivors rescued by HMS Dorsetshire, 25 by HMS Maori, (both (  Royal Navy)) and approximately 100 by weather ship Sachenwald (  Kriegsmarine).
Colonial   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,108 GRT, 1926) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) west north west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (9°13′N 15°09′W / 9.217°N 15.150°W / 9.217; -15.150) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine). All 100 people on board were rescued by HMS Centurion (  Royal Navy).[64][111]
HMT Evesham   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (239 GRT, 1915 or 1925) was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Great Yarmouth, Norfolk by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Julia   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (4,352 GRT, 1914) was bombed and sunk in Suda Bay by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Marco Foscarini   Italy World War II: The cargo ship (6,342 GRT, 1939) was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea off Tripoli, Libya by British aircraft and was beached on 30 May. She was refloated and scrapped in Barrow, United Kingdom, from October 1948.[10][112]
HMS Registan   Royal Navy World War II: The ocean boarding vessel (5,886 GRT, 1930) was bombed and damaged in the Bristol Channel off Cape Cornwall by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 70 crew. She was beached at Falmouth, Cornwall. Later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[64]
Røyksund   Norway World War II: The coaster (695 GRT, 1919) was bombed and sunk in the Bristol Channel, United Kingdom, (50°46′N 5°18′W / 50.767°N 5.300°W / 50.767; -5.300) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of seven of her 18 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cleveland (  Royal Navy).[64][113]
HMT Syvern   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (307 GRT, 1937) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
HMT Thorbryn   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (305 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Thyra   Norway World War II: Convoy OB 325: The cargo ship (1,655 GRT, 1920) collided with HMS Leamington (  Royal Navy) in the Atlantic Ocean (52°25′N 19°22′W / 52.417°N 19.367°W / 52.417; -19.367) and sank with the loss of five of the 24 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Leamington.[114]

28 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Aghia Kyriaki   Greece World War II: The coaster (298 GRT, 1918) was bombed and sunk off Cape Kephola, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Georgos   Greece World War II: The coaster (667 GRT, 1902) was bombed and sunk at Heraklion, Crete by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
HDML 1030   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The Harbour Defence Motor Launch was sunk by German bombers 15 miles (24 km) west of Gavolopula in the Mediterranean Sea after departing from Suda Bay for Alexandria. All ten crew survived and reached Crete where most were captured some days later.[64][115]
Lech   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (3,290 GRT, 1939) was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) north of the Azores, Portugal (45°33′N 23°25′W / 45.550°N 23.417°W / 45.550; -23.417) by HMS Edinburgh (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew.[64]
HMS Mashona   Royal Navy World War II: The Tribal-class destroyer destroyer (1,891/2,519 t, 1939) was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of County Galway, Ireland by Junkers Ju 88 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 77, Luftwaffe with the loss of 48 of her 219 crew.[10]
Papalemos   Greece World War II: The cargo ship (3,748 GRT, 1910) was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°06′N 16°18′W / 8.100°N 16.300°W / 8.100; -16.300) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 29 crew.[64][116]
V 1610 Innsbruck   Kriegsmarine The vorpostenboot (299 GRT, 1921) was lost on this date.[117]

29 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Empire Storm   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 128S: The cargo ship (7,290 GRT, 1941) straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°00′N 39°50′W / 55.000°N 39.833°W / 55.000; -39.833) by U-557 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 43 crew. Survivors were rescued by Marita (  Norway).[64][51][118]
HMS Hereward   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The H-class destroyer (1,350/1,883 t, 1936) was bombed and sunk in the Kaso Strait to the east of Crete by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 76 of her 165 crew.
HMS Imperial   Royal Navy World War II: Battle of Crete: The I-class destroyer (1,370/1,888 t, 1937) was bombed and severely damaged by Luftwaffe aircraft. She was scuttled by HMS Hotspur at 32°23′N 25°40′E / 32.383°N 25.667°E / 32.383; 25.667.
HMT Sindonis   Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler (440 GRT, 1934) was bombed and sunk at Tobruk, Libya by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe.[10][64]
Tabaristan   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,251 GRT, 1914) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°32′N 15°23′W / 6.533°N 15.383°W / 6.533; -15.383) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine). Twenty-one crew members were lost, while the master, 35 crew members and three gunners were picked up by HMT Bengali and the armed trawler HMT Turcoman (both   Royal Navy), and landed at Freetown.[64][119]

30 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Aghios Pantlemon   Greece World War II: The coaster (105 GRT) was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya by Luftwaffe aircraft.[64]
Alicante   Germany World War II: The cargo ship (2,140 GRT, 1934) was set on fire at Piraeus, Greece by the explosion of Knyaguinya Maria Luisa (  Bulgaria). She exploded and sank.[120][121]
RFA Cairndale   Royal Fleet Auxiliary World War II: The Dale-class oiler (8,129 GRT, 1939) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 170 nautical miles (310 km) west north west of Cape Trafalgar, Spain (35°19′N 8°33′W / 35.317°N 8.550°W / 35.317; -8.550) by Guglielmo Marconi (  Regia Marina) with the loss of five crew.[64]
Empire Protector   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,181 GRT, 1921) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (6°00′N 14°25′W / 6.000°N 14.417°W / 6.000; -14.417) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 38 crew. Survivors were rescued by Arundo (  Netherlands).[64][51][122]
Jiul   Romania World War II: The cargo ship (3,127 GRT) was set of fire by the explosion of Fürstin Maria Luisa (  Germany) at Piraeus and subsequently sank.[64]
Knyaguinya Maria Luisa   Bulgaria World War II: The cargo ship (3,821 GRT, 1919) was set on fire by saboteurs at Piraeus, Greece. The tugs Mara, Zoodohos Pigi, Aghios Dimitrios and Aghios Nikolaos (all   Greece) were towing the ship out of harbour when she exploded. The explosion set Adis Abeba (  Italy), Alicante (  Germany) and Jiul (  Romania) on fire.[10][105][120]
Rinda   Norway World War II: The cargo ship (6,029 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Liberia (6°52′N 15°14′W / 6.867°N 15.233°W / 6.867; -15.233) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 13 of her 31 crew. Survivors, including the ship's cat, were rescued by HMT Pict (  Royal Navy). The cat remained on board HMT Pict.[123]
Silveryew   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,373 GRT, 1930) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (16°42′N 25°29′W / 16.700°N 25.483°W / 16.700; -25.483) by U-106 (  Kriegsmarine) with three crew members were lost.[64][124]
Westavon   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (2,842 GRT, 1929) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°36′N 1°11′E / 51.600°N 1.183°E / 51.600; 1.183). All crew were rescued.[64]

31 MayEdit

List of shipwrecks: 31 May 1941
Ship Country Description
Clan Macdougall   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (6,843 GRT, 1929) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (16°50′N 25°10′W / 16.833°N 25.167°W / 16.833; -25.167) by U-106 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of two of her 85 crew.[64][125]
Gravelines   United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 127: The cargo ship (2,491 GRT, 1925) straggled behind the convoy She was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean off Bloody Foreland, Ireland (56°00′N 11°13′W / 56.000°N 11.217°W / 56.000; -11.217) by U-147 (  Kriegsmarine). 11 crew were killed, 25 crew were rescued by HMS Deptford (  Royal Navy). The ship broke in two; the stern section sank but the bow section was towed to the Clyde and beached. The ship was declared a constructive total loss and scrapped in 1942.[64][126]
Holmsteinn   Iceland World War II: The trawler (16 GRT, 1940) was shelled and sunk north of Dyrafjord by U-204 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all four crew.[127]
Sangara   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,445 GRT, 1939) was torpedoed and sunk at Accra, Gold Coast (5°33′N 0°13′W / 5.550°N 0.217°W / 5.550; -0.217) by U-69 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one crew member. Although declared a total loss, she was refloated in April 1943, repaired post-war and returned to service in 1947.[64][128]
Sire   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship (5,664 GRT, 1938) was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west south west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (8°50′N 15°30′W / 8.833°N 15.500°W / 8.833; -15.500) by U-107 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 49 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Marguerite (  Royal Navy).[64][129]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1941
Ship Country Description
A 6   Hellenic Navy The A 1-class contraband chaser (48 t, 1929) was lost sometime in May or June.[130]
Ines   Germany World War II: The coaster was rammed and sunk by a Royal Australian Navy ship off Crete.[1]
Iron Duke   United Kingdom World War II: The steamship (140 GRT, 1857) struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off the Breaksea Lightship (  Trinity House ).[131]
HMS LCA 28   Royal Navy The landing craft assault was lost sometime in May.[132]
HMS LCP(L) 107, HMS LCP(L) 108 and HMS LCP(L) 109   Royal Navy The landing craft personnel (large)s were lost sometime in May.[133]
HMS LCT 1 and HMS LCT 15   Royal Navy World War II: The LCT-1-class landing craft tanks were bombed and sunk off Pireaus, Greece sometime in April or May.[134][135]
HMS LCT 6   Royal Navy World War II: The LCT-1-class landing craft tank was scuttled off the south coast of Crete sometime in April or May.[136]
HMS LCT 19   Royal Navy The LCT-1-class landing craft tank was lost in the Aegean Sea sometime in April or May.[137]
HMS LCT 20   Royal Navy World War II: The LCT-1-class landing craft tank was bombed and sunk off Crete sometime in April or May.[138]
HMS Undaunted   Royal Navy World War II: The U-class submarine (630/730 t, 1940) was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea on or about 11 May due to enemy action with the loss of all 31 crew.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ The destroyer was one of HMS Boreas, HMS Duncan, HMS Highlander or HMS Velox.
  2. ^ Force D comprised HMS Ajax, HMS Dido, HMS Hasty, HMS Hereward, HMS Janus, HMS Kimberley and HMS Orion.

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Ship events in 1941
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Ship commissionings: 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946
Ship decommissionings: 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946
Shipwrecks: 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946