List of shipwrecks in September 1939

The list of shipwrecks in September 1939 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during September 1939. Most of the ships listed here were lost in connection with World War II.

1 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 1 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Mazur   Polish Navy World War II: The gunnery training vessel was bombed and sunk at Oksywie by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of IV Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe with the loss of about 40 crew.[1]
ORP Nurek   Polish Navy World War II: The dive support vessel was bombed and sunk at Oksywie by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of IV Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe.[1]
ORP Slazak   Polish Navy World War II: The motor boat was scuttled. Later salvaged by the Germans, repaired and put in service as Panther (  Kriegsmarine).[2]

2 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 2 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Gdańsk   Polish Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Gdańsk by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of IV Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe.[1][3]
USS Pigeon   United States Navy
 
USS Pigeon.

The submarine rescue vessel was driven ashore in a typhoon in China. She was later refloated and returned to service.

ORP Gdynia   Polish Navy World War II: The auxiliary ship was bombed and sunk in the Baltic Sea off Gdańsk by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of IV Staffeln, Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe.[1][3]

3 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 3 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Athenia   United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) off Northern Ireland (56°44′N 14°05′W / 56.733°N 14.083°W / 56.733; -14.083) by U-30 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 117 of the 1,418 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Electra, HMS Escort (both   Royal Navy), City of Flint (  United States), Knute Nelson (  Norway) and Southern Cross (  Sweden).
ORP General Haller   Polish Navy World War II: The gunboat was badly damaged at Hel by Luftwaffe Heinkel He 59s.[3] She was abandoned by her crew and her weapons were removed for use in ground defense. German bombers finally sunk her on September 6.
ORP Gryf   Polish Navy World War II: The minelayer was bombed and sunk at Hel by Luftwaffe aircraft after enganging the destroyers Z1 Leberech Maass and Z9 Wolfgang Zenker (both   Kriegsmarine). Raised by the Germans and later sunk as a target.[3]
Lloyd Bydgoski II   Poland World War II: The small steamer, recently commandeered by the Polish Navy as a picket ship, was sunk in the Baltic Sea off Hel (54°35′N 19°08′E / 54.583°N 19.133°E / 54.583; 19.133) by gunfire from S-23 (  Kriegsmarine). The whole crew was allowed to take to their lifeboat before the attack.[3][4][5]
ORP Mewa   Polish Navy World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Hel by Luftwaffe aircraft.[3]
Olinda   Germany World War II: the cargo ship was intercepted by HMS Ajax (  Royal Navy) in the South Atlantic off the River Plate, Argentina (33°30′S 53°30′W / 33.500°S 53.500°W / -33.500; -53.500) and sunk by Ajax as no prize crew was available.[3][6]
ORP Wicher   Polish Navy World War II: The Wicher-class destroyer was bombed and sunk at Hel by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of one crew member.[3]

4 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 4 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Krakowiak   Polish Navy World War II: The ex-German A-class torpedo boat was scuttled off Danzig.[6]
ORP Kujawiak   Polish Navy World War II: The ex-German A-class torpedo boat was scuttled off Danzig.[6]
Carl Fritzen   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the South Atlantic off Montevideo, Uruguay (34°19′S 48°29′W / 34.317°S 48.483°W / -34.317; -48.483) by HMS Ajax (  Royal Navy) and scuttled because no prize crew was available.[3][7][8]
Imanta   Latvia World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Malmö, Sweden with the loss of all 22 crew.[9]
Johannes Molkenbuhr   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Norwegian Sea 17 nautical miles (31 km) off Stadlandet, Norway (61°40′N 3°51′E / 61.667°N 3.850°E / 61.667; 3.850) by HMS Southampton (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew, who were rescued by HMS Jervis (  Royal Navy), which shelled and sank Johannes Molkenbuhr.[3]
Kosti   Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Øresund, Sweden and sank. All 29 crew were rescued by Poseidon (  Finland).[10]
Lianne   Germany World War II: The schooner struck a mine in the North Sea and sank with all five hands.[11]
Nordstrand   Denmark World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 70 nautical miles (130 km) west of the Horn Reef Lighthouse. All four crew were killed.[3][12]

5 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 5 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Bosnia   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 120 nautical miles (220 km) north north west of Cape Ortegal, Spain (45°29′N 9°45′W / 45.483°N 9.750°W / 45.483; -9.750) by U-47 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by Eidanger (  Norway).[3][13][14][15]
Inn   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) south west of the Canary Islands, Spain by HMS Neptune (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled.[16]
Royal Sceptre   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of Cape Finisterre, Spain (46°23′N 15°59′W / 46.383°N 15.983°W / 46.383; -15.983) by U-48 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by Browning (  United Kingdom).[3][6][17][18]

6 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 6 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP General Haller   Polish Navy World War II: The abandoned Filin-class guard ship was bombed and sunk at Hel by Luftwaffe aircraft.
Manaar   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Roca, Portugal (42°01′N 14°38′W / 42.017°N 14.633°W / 42.017; -14.633 by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of seven of her 62 crew. Survivors were rescued by Carvalho Araujo (  Portugal), Castelbianco (  Italy) and Mars (  Netherlands).[3][6][19]
Rio Claro   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (50°27′N 13°45′W / 50.450°N 13.750°W / 50.450; -13.750) by U-47 (  Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by Stad Maastricht (  Netherlands).[3][20][21]
Sutwik   United States The 15-gross register ton, 41.8-foot (12.7 m) motor towing vessel was destroyed in the Bering Sea off Sedge Island off the west-central coast of the Territory of Alaska by a fire that began when one of her gasoline engines backfired. Her two-man crew jumped overboard and survived.[22]

7 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 7 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Gartavon   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 260 nautical miles (480 km) west north west of Cape Finisterre, Spain (47°04′N 11°32′W / 47.067°N 11.533°W / 47.067; -11.533) by U-47 (  Kriegsmarine). All 22 crew were rescued by Castor (  Sweden).[23]
Lianne   Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Norway.[3]
Olivegrove   United Kingdom World War II: the cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) north west of Spain (49°05′N 15°58′W / 49.083°N 15.967°W / 49.083; -15.967) by U-33 (  Kriegsmarine. All crew were ordered into the lifeboats before the ship was sunk. They were rescued by Washington (  United States.[3][24][25][26]
Pukkastan   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall (49°23′N 7°49′W / 49.383°N 7.817°W / 49.383; -7.817) by U-34 (  Kriegsmarine). Her 35 crew were ordered into the lifeboats before the ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk. The crew were rescued by Bilderdijk (  Netherlands).[3][27][28]
Vegesack   Germany The cargo ship ran aground at Midtfjøra, Tananger, Norway and was a total loss.[6]

8 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 8 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Cape Ortegal   United Kingdom World War II: The Admiralty-requisitioned cargo ship was scuttled in Skerry Sound, Scapa Flow as a blockship.[29]
Helfrid Bissmark   Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Skagerrak.[3][30]
Helga Schroder   Germany World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea.[3]
Kennebec   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Land's End, Cornwall (49°18′N 8°13′W / 49.300°N 8.217°W / 49.300; -8.217) by U-34 (  Kriegsmarine). Her 22 crew were rescued by Breedijk (  Netherlands). She was scuttled by HMS Wolverine (  Royal Navy).[3][6][31][32]
Olivebank   Finland World War II: The barque struck a mine and sank in the North Sea at 55°53′N 5°07′E / 55.883°N 5.117°E / 55.883; 5.117 with the loss of 14 of her 21 crew. The survivors were rescued by Tallona (  Estonia).[6][33]
Regent Tiger   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 250 nautical miles (460 km) west south west of Cape Clear Island, County Cork, Ireland (49°57′N 15°34′W / 49.950°N 15.567°W / 49.950; -15.567) by U-29 (  Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew and 3 passengers were rescued by Jean Jadot (  Belgium). Regent Tiger foundered and sank on 10 September at 49°48′N 14°33′W / 49.800°N 14.550°W / 49.800; -14.550.[3][34]
Tamara   France World War II: The ship was lost through enemy action.[24]
HNLMS Willem van Ewijck   Royal Netherlands Navy World War II: The Jan van Amstel-class minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland with the loss of 33 lives.
Winkleigh   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 500 nautical miles (930 km) west of Ouessant, Finistère, France (48°06′N 18°12′W / 48.100°N 18.200°W / 48.100; -18.200) by U-48 (  Kriegsmarine). All 37 crew were rescued by Statendam (  Netherlands).[3][35][36]

9 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 9 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Asni   France The cargo ship was wrecked on Itu Aba Island, Spratly Islands.[37]
Mark   Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 120 nautical miles (220 km) south west of Vorupur, Denmark (56°45′N 4°04′E / 56.750°N 4.067°E / 56.750; 4.067). There was no casualty.[38][39]
ORP Nieuchwytny   Polish Navy World War II: The river monitor was scuttled to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in German service as Pionier (  Kriegsmarine).[40]

10 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 10 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Goodwood   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Bridlington, Yorkshire with the loss of one of her 24 crew.[41][42]
Magdapur   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk (52°11′N 1°43′E / 52.183°N 1.717°E / 52.183; 1.717) with the loss of six of her 81 crew. Survivors were rescued by the Aldeburgh lifeboat Abdy Beauclerk (  Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and other vessels.[3][6][43][44]
HMS Oxley   Royal Navy World War II: The Odin-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Stavanger, Norway (58°30′N 5°30′E / 58.500°N 5.500°E / 58.500; 5.500) by Triton (  Royal Navy) with the loss of 52 of her 55 crew.[6][45]

11 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 11 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Blairlogie   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of County Donegal, Ireland (54°59′N 15°08′W / 54.983°N 15.133°W / 54.983; -15.133) by U-30 (  Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew were rescued by American Shipper (  United States).[3][6][46][47]
Brendonia   United Kingdom The coaster collided with another ship in The Downs, Kent and sank.[48]
Firby   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) west north west of Cape Wrath, Sutherland (59°40′N 13°50′W / 59.667°N 13.833°W / 59.667; -13.833) by U-48 (  Kriegsmarine). All 41 crew were rescued by HMS Fearless (  Royal Navy).[3][6][49][50][51]
Inverliffey   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 270 nautical miles (500 km) west south west of Land's End, Cornwall (48°14′N 11°48′W / 48.233°N 11.800°W / 48.233; -11.800) by U-38 (  Kriegsmarine). The 49 crew were rescued by R. G. Stewart (  United States).[3][6][52][53][54][55]
Wellvale   United Kingdom World War II: The Castle-class trawler was shelled and sunk by a German submarine.[56]

13 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 13 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Charcot   French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was damaged beyond repair by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca, Morocco.[3]
Chellah   French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was damaged beyond repair by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca.[3]
Davara   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk by in the Atlantic Ocean 21 nautical miles (39 km) west off Tory Island, County Donegal, Ireland (55°31′15″N 8°37′57″W / 55.52083°N 8.63250°W / 55.52083; -8.63250) by U-27 (  Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by Willowpool (  United Kingdom).
Etoile du Matin   France World War II: The trawler was sunk by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca.[3]
Gosse   French Navy World War II: The auxiliary minesweeper was damaged beyond repair by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca.[3]
Kantico Hadaitatera   Greece World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was grounded off Falsterbo, Sweden. Refloated later that day and proceeded to Copenhagen, Denmark under escort from a Royal Swedish Navy minesweeper.[3][57]
Marie Merveilleuse   France World War II: The trawler was sunk by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca.[3]
Neptunia   United Kingdom World War II: The tug was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (49°20′N 14°40′W / 49.333°N 14.667°W / 49.333; -14.667) by U-29 (  Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by Brinkburn (  United Kingdom).[3][6][58]
Pluton   French Navy World War II: The minelayer cruiser was sunk by an explosion whilst unloading mines at Casablanca. About 200 of her 424 crew were killed.[3][59]
Ronda   Norway World War II: The cargo liner struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Terschelling, Friesland, Netherlands (54°10′N 4°34′E / 54.167°N 4.567°E / 54.167; 4.567) with the loss of 17 of the 37 people aboard. The survivors were rescued by Provvidenza (  Italy).[3][6][60]
Stolp   Germany The trawler collided with Luchs (  Kriegsmarine) in the North Sea and sank.[3]
Sultan   France World War II: The trawler was sunk by the explosion of Pluton (  French Navy) at Casablanca.[3]

14 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 14 September 1939
Ship Country Description
British Influence   United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (49°43′N 12°49′W / 49.717°N 12.817°W / 49.717; -12.817) by U-29 (  Kriegsmarine). The survivors were rescued by Ida Bakke (  Norway).[3][6][49][61]
ORP Czapla   Polish Navy World War II: The minesweeper was sunk at Jastarnia by aircraft of 4. Trägergeschwader 186, Luftwaffe.[1]
Fanad Head   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured 280 nautical miles (520 km) west north west of Malin Head, County Donegal Ireland by U-30 (  Kriegsmarine) and scuttled. Survivors were rescued by HMS Tartar (  Royal Navy).[3]
Hawarden Castle   United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea east of South Foreland, Kent (51°07′N 1°27′E / 51.117°N 1.450°E / 51.117; 1.450) with the loss of all five crew.[62]
ORP Jaskółka   Polish Navy World War II: The Jaskółka-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Jastarnia by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of 4. Trägergeschwader 186, Luftwaffe.[1][3]
ORP Lech   Polish Navy World War II: The tug was bombed and sunk at Jastarnia by aircraft of 4. Trägergeschwader 186, Luftwaffe.[1]
ORP Pomorzanin   Polish Navy World War II: The minesweeper was bombed and sunk at Jastarnia by aircraft of 4. Trägergeschwader 186, Luftwaffe.[1]
U-39   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type IXA submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Rockall, Inverness-shire (58°32′N 11°49′W / 58.533°N 11.817°W / 58.533; -11.817) by HMS Faulknor, HMS Firedrake and HMS Foxhound (all   Royal Navy). She was the first U-boat lost to enemy action during the war. All 42 crew were rescued by HMS Faulknor.
Vancouver City   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Celtic Sea south west of Ireland (51°23′N 7°03′W / 51.383°N 7.050°W / 51.383; -7.050) by U-28 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of three of her 33 crew. Survivors were rescued by Mamura (  Netherlands).[3][6][49][63][64]

15 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 15 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Alex Van Opstal   Belgium World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine laid by U-26 and sank in the English Channel 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) off the Shambles Lightship (  United Kingdom) (50°32′N 2°16′W / 50.533°N 2.267°W / 50.533; -2.267). All 57 people on board were rescued by Atlanticos (  Greece).[6][65][66][67]
Cheyenne   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) west south west of the Fastnet Rock (50°20′N 13°30′W / 50.333°N 13.500°W / 50.333; -13.500) by U-53 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 43 crew. The survivors were rescued by Ida Bakke (  Norway). Cheyenne was declared beyond salvage and scuttled by HMS Mackay (  Royal Navy).[6][65][68]
Truro   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed, shelled and sunk in the North Sea 130 nautical miles (240 km) east north east of Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire (58°20′N 2°00′E / 58.333°N 2.000°E / 58.333; 2.000) by U-36 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by the trawlers Edwaard van Flaaneren and Nautilus (both   Belgium).[6][65][69][70]

16 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 16 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Arkleside   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south west of Land's End, Cornwall (48°00′N 9°30′W / 48.000°N 9.500°W / 48.000; -9.500) by U-33 (  Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued by two French fishing vessels.[6][65][71]
Aviemore   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) west of Land's End (49°11′N 13°38′W / 49.183°N 13.633°W / 49.183; -13.633) by U-31 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 23 of her 34 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Warwick (  Royal Navy).[6][65][72]
Bramden   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France (51°22′N 2°31′E / 51.367°N 2.517°E / 51.367; 2.517) with the loss of three crew.[6][65]
City of Paris   United Kingdom World War II: The ocean liner struck a mine that had been laid by the German submarine U-13 (  Kriegsmarine). One person was killed. The ship was repaired and returned to service.
Rudyard Kipling   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was captured in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland by U-27 (  Kriegsmarine) and was scuttled.

17 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 17 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Courageous   Royal Navy
 
HMS Courageous

World War II: The Courageous-class aircraft carrier was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south-west of Ireland by U-29 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 518 of her 1,938 crew.

Kafiristan   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) south west of Ireland (50°16′N 16°55′W / 50.267°N 16.917°W / 50.267; -16.917) by U-53 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of six of her 35 crew. Survivors were rescued by American Farmer (  United States).[6][65][73]
Yorkshire   United Kingdom World War II, Convoy HG 3:The cargo liner was torpedoed and sunk off the French coast by U-37 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 58 lives. Independence Hall (  United States) rescued 278 survivors.[74]

18 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 18 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Arlita   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 22 nautical miles (41 km) west north west of St Kilda (57°51′N 9°28′W / 57.850°N 9.467°W / 57.850; -9.467) by U-35 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by Nancy Hague (  United Kingdom).[6][65][75][76]
ORP Horodyszce   Polish Navy World War II: The Warszawa-class river monitor was scuttled on the Pripyat River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Bobruysk (  Soviet Navy)..[77]
Kensington Court   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 100 nautical miles (190 km) south west of the Bishop Rock (50°31′N 8°27′W / 50.517°N 8.450°W / 50.517; -8.450) by U-32 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by Short Sunderland aircraft of 204 and 228 Squadron, Royal Air Force.[6][65][78]
Lord Minto   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 30 nautical miles (56 km) north west of St Kilda (57°51′N 9°28′W / 57.850°N 9.467°W / 57.850; -9.467) by U-35 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by Nancy Hague (  United Kingdom).[6][65]
ORP Pinsk   Polish Navy World War II: The Warszawa-class river monitor was scuttled on the Pripyat River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Zhitomir (  Soviet Navy).[77]
ORP Torun   Polish Navy World War II: The Warszawa-class river monitor was scuttled on the Pripyat River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Vinnitsa (  Soviet Navy).[77]
ORP Warszawa   Polish Navy World War II: The Warszawa-class river monitor was scuttled on the Pripyat River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Vitebsk (  Soviet Navy).[77]

19 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 19 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Wilno   Polish Navy World War II: The Kraków-class river monitor was scuttled near Osabowicze to avoid capture.[79]
ORP Zaradna   Polish Navy World War II: The Zaradna-class river motor gunboat was scuttled on the Strumen River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Beloruss (  Soviet Navy).[80]
ORP Zawzięta   Polish Navy World War II: The Zuchwała-class river motor gunboat was scuttled on the Strumen River to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Trudovoy (  Soviet Navy).[81]

20 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 20 September 1939
Ship Country Description
U-27   Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type VIIA submarine was depth charged and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Lewis, Scotland (58°35′N 9°02′W / 58.583°N 9.033°W / 58.583; -9.033) by HMS Faulknor, Forester and Fortune (all   Royal Navy). All 38 crew were rescued.

21 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 21 September 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Kraków   Polish Navy World War II: The Kraków-class river monitor was scuttled on the Pina River near the Krolewski Canal to avoid capture. Raised, repaired and put in Soviet service as Smolensk (  Soviet Navy).[79]
UJ-171   Kriegsmarine The submarine chaser was wrecked in the Baltic Sea.[65]

22 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 22 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Akenside   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 25 nautical miles (46 km) south west of Bergen, Norway (60°07′N 4°37′E / 60.117°N 4.617°E / 60.117; 4.617) by U-7 (  Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[6][65][82]
Martti Ragnar   Finland World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Skagerrak 50 nautical miles (93 km) south of Arendal, Norway by U-4 (  Kriegsmarine). She was towed south for 55 nautical miles (102 km) and then scuttled the next day by explosive charges. All crew were rescued.[1][65]

23 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 23 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Walma   Finland World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Baltic Sea off Smagen, Sweden by U-4 (  Kriegsmarine) and later scuttled 9 nautical miles (17 km) west of the Hållö Lighthouse (58°15′N 11°00′E / 58.250°N 11.000°E / 58.250; 11.000). All crew survived.[6][65]

24 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 24 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Caldew   United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Hebrides (60°47′N 6°20′W / 60.783°N 6.333°W / 60.783; -6.333) by U-33 (  Kriegsmarine). The 11 crew were rescued by Kronprinsessan Margarete (  Sweden). Kronprinsessan Margarete was later intercepted in the Skagerrak by Friedrich Ihn and Iltis (both   Kriegsmarine) and the crew of Caldew were taken as prisoners of war and interned in Stalag X-B, Sandbostel, Lower Saxony, Germany.[6][65][83]
Gertrud Bratt   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Skagerrak off Jomfruland, Norway (58°40′N 9°52′E / 58.667°N 9.867°E / 58.667; 9.867) by U-4 (  Kriegsmarine) after her 20 crew left. All were saved.[6][65][84]
Hazelside   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 10 nautical miles (19 km) south east of the Fastnet Rock (51°17′N 9°22′W / 51.283°N 9.367°W / 51.283; -9.367) by U-31 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 12 of her 34 crew.[6][65][85]
Minden   Germany World War II: The cargo ship was intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean south of Iceland by HMS Calypso (  Royal Navy) and was scuttled by her crew, who were rescued by HMS Dunedin (  Royal Navy).[65][86]
Phryné   France World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) off the Aldeburgh Lightship (  United Kingdom) (52°09′N 1°43′E / 52.150°N 1.717°E / 52.150; 1.717). The crew were rescued by HMS Boreas and HMS Brazen (both   Royal Navy)[6][65][87]

25 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 25 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Silesia   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk 45 nautical miles (83 km) west north west of Egersund, Norway (58°27′N 4°48′E / 58.450°N 4.800°E / 58.450; 4.800) by U-36 (  Kriegsmarine). All 19 crew were rescued by Suecia (  Sweden.[65][88][89][90]

26 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 26 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Metallist   Soviet Union World War II: The tanker was sunk in Narva Bay by Tucha (  Soviet Navy). The Soviets blamed the loss on a Polish submarine as a pretext to take action against Estonia.[1]

27 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 27 September 1939
Ship Country Description
PSB&D Co. #11   United States While under tow from Cordova to Seward, Territory of Alaska, with a cargo of 60 tons of assorted machinery, the 234.75-gross register ton cargo scow sank 10 nautical miles (19 km; 12 mi) southwest by south of Johnston Point (60°28′N 146°37′W / 60.467°N 146.617°W / 60.467; -146.617 (Johnston Point)) on the south-central coast of the Territory of Alaska, probably after hitting a snag. No one was on board.[91]

28 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 28 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Jern   Norway World War II: The coaster was captured and sunk in the North Sea 65 nautical miles (120 km) off Skudenes, Norway (58°30′N 2°20′E / 58.500°N 2.333°E / 58.500; 2.333) by U-32 (  Kriegsmarine). All 14 crew were rescued by Caledonia (  Sweden).[6][65][92]
Nyland   Sweden World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea 17 nautical miles (31 km) off Hvidingø by U-16 (  Kriegsmarine). Survivors were rescued by HNoMS Olav Tryggvason (  Royal Norwegian Navy).[6][65]

29 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 29 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Azariah   United Kingdom World War II: The spritsail barge struck a mine and sank.[6]
HMS Caledonia   Royal Navy The training ship caught fire and sank at Rosyth, Fife. Scrapped in situ starting in October 1942.
Solaas   Norway World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea south of Kristiansand. The crew were rescued by England (  Denmark).[65][93][94][95]
Takstaas   Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Norwegian Sea 16 nautical miles (30 km) off Bergen (60°15′N 4°14′E / 60.250°N 4.233°E / 60.250; 4.233) by U-7 (  Kriegsmarine). The crew were rescued by a Norwegian torpedo boat. Takstaas was taken in tow by Herkules (  Norway) but broke in two, with the bow section sinking. The stern section was towed to port and her cargo of lumber was salvaged before the wreck was scrapped.[6][65][96]

30 SeptemberEdit

List of shipwrecks: 30 September 1939
Ship Country Description
Clement   United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was captured and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 75 nautical miles (139 km) south east of Pernambuco, Brazil (9°05′S 34°05′W / 9.083°S 34.083°W / -9.083; -34.083) by Admiral Graf Spee (  Kriegsmarine). All crew survived.[6][65]
Hartbridge   United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on Seal Island, Nova Scotia and was wrecked.[65]
ORP Komendant Piłsudski   Polish Navy World War II: Invasion of Poland: The Filin-class guard ship was sunk by enemy action. Subsequently salvaged by the Germans and entered Kriegsmarine service as Heisternest.
Vendia   Denmark World War II: The cargo ship was torpoedoed and sunk off The Scaw by U-3 (  Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 11 of her 17 crew. Survivors were rescued by Svava (  Denmark) and U-3.[65][97][98]

Unknown dateEdit

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1939
Ship Country Description
ORP Horodyszcze   Polish Navy World War II: The river monitor was scuttled between 18 and 21 September. She was later salvaged and entered Soviet Navy service.[1]
ORP Pinsk   Polish Navy World War II: The river monitor was scuttled between 18 and 21 September. She was later salvaged and entered Soviet Navy service.[1]
ORP Toruń   Polish Navy World War II: The river monitor was scuttled between 18 and 21 September. She was later salvaged and entered Soviet Navy service.[1]

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Ship events in 1939
Ship launches: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship commissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship decommissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Shipwrecks: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944