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

December 1940
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1 December[]

For the sinking of Port Wellington on this day, see the entry for 30 November 1940

2 December[]

3 December[]

4 December[]

5 December[]

6 December[]

  • Accomac ( United Kingdom): The cargo ship suffered a boiler explosion, ran aground and was wrecked at Pickie, Bangor, Northern Ireland.[46]
  • Jupiter ( Kriegsmarine): World War II: The trawler was sunk by enemy action.[1]
  • Mousse le Moyec ( France): The collier ran aground at Hartland Point, Devon, United Kingdom and was wrecked.[47]
  • Nyland ( Norway): World War II: Convoy EN35: The cargo ship ran aground off Iona, Inner Hebrides, United Kingdom and sank with the loss of all twenty crew.[48]
  • HMS Regulus ( Royal Navy): World War II: The R-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Taranto, Apulia, Italy with the loss of all 55 crew.
  • Skrim ( Norway): World War II: Convoy OB 252: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-43 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 23 crew.[49]
  • Supremity ( United Kingdom): World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Whitstable, Kent with the loss of one crew member.[1][50]
  • Triona ( Australia): World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean off Nauru (5°12′S 165°39′E / 5.2°S 165.65°E / -5.2; 165.65) by Orion ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[1]

7 December[]

  • HMT Capricornus ( Royal Navy): World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north east of Sheerness, Kent.[51]
  • HMT Cortina ( Royal Navy): The naval trawler collided with HMS Lormont ( Royal Navy) at the mouth of the Humber. Both ships sank.[52][53]
  • Farmsum ( Netherlands): World War II: Convoy OB 252: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean south west of Ireland (52°11′N 22°56′W / 52.183°N 22.933°W / 52.183; -22.933)by U-99 ( Kriegsmarine). with the loss of sixteen of her 31 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Ambuscade.[1][54]
  • HMS Lormont ( Royal Navy: The Guard Ship collided with HMT Cortina ( Royal Navy) at the mouth of the Humber. Both ships sank[55]
  • Stolwijk ( Netherlands): World War II: Convoy SC 13: The cargo ship ran aground between Inishdovey and Inishborin, County Donegal, Ireland and was wrecked with the loss of ten of her 28 crew.[56]
  • Vinni ( Norway): World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Pacific Ocean 5 nautical miles (9.3 km) south of Nauru by Komet ( Kriegsmarine).[1]
  • Watkins F. Nisbet ( Canada): The cargo ship foundered.[57]

8 December[]

9 December[]

10 December[]

  • Aghia Eirini ( Greece): The cargo ship's steering gear failed and she ran aground at Clew Bay, County Mayo, Ireland and was wrecked.[73]
  • Marangona ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea 27 nautical miles (50 km) south of Pantelleria.[74]
  • Marburg ( Germany): World War II: The cargo liner struck a mine and sank in the Ionian Sea north east of Ithaca, Greece.[75]
  • Thor ( Kriegsmarine): The tug was shelled and sunk in the English Channel off Cherbourg, Seine-Maritime, France.[1][76]
  • Tor I ( Faroe Islands): World war II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (65°20′N 12°40′W / 65.333°N 12.667°W / 65.333; -12.667).[1]

11 December[]

12 December[]

  • Dionyssios Stathatos ( Greece): World War II: Convoy HX 91: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean with the loss of all hands.[80]
  • Macedonier ( Belgium): World War II: Convoy HX 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of St Kilda, United Kingdom (57°52′N 8°42′W / 57.867°N 8.7°W / 57.867; -8.7) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 47 crew. Survivors were rescued by SS Súlan (Flag of Iceland (1918–1944).svg Iceland).[24][81][82]
  • Margrethe ( Denmark): World War II: The fishing vessel struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Sylt, Germany.[83]
  • Stureholm ( Sweden): World War II: Convoy HX 92: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 755 nautical miles (1,398 km) south south west of Reykjavík, Iceland by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 32 crew.[1][84]

13 December[]

14 December[]

15 December[]

16 December[]

17 December[]

  • HMS Acheron ( Royal Navy): World War II: The A-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off the Isle of Wight with the loss of 196 of the 215 people on board.
  • Aquiety ( United Kingdom): World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary south of Southend, Essex with the loss of six crew.[90][94]
  • Belvedere ( United Kingdom): World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of the Isle of Sheppey, Kent with the loss four of her six crew.[90][95]
  • Beneficient ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of the Isle of Sheppey with the loss of six of her crew.[96]
  • HMT Carry On ( Royal Navy): World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Sheerness, Kent with the loss of seven crew.[97]
  • Galata ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk at Bardia, Libya by HMS Ladybird, HMS Terror (both  Royal Navy), HMAS Voyager and HMAS Vendetta (both  Royal Australian Navy).[90]
  • Giuseppina D ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk at Bardia by HMS Ladybird, HMS Terror (both  Royal Navy), HMAS Voyager and HMAS Vendetta (both  Royal Australian Navy).[90]
  • Inga ( Finland): The cargo ship collided with Silkeborg ( Denmark) in the Kiel Canal, Germany and sank.[81]
  • Inver ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Sheerness with the loss of seventeen crew.[98]
  • Malrix ( United Kingdom): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Whitstable, Kent with the loss of eight crew.[90][99]
  • Paranaguá ( Germany): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine off Den Helder, North Holland, Netherlands (52°55′N 4°41′E / 52.917°N 4.683°E / 52.917; 4.683) and sank.[100]
  • Salvador ( Uruguay): World War II: The passenger ship departed from Istanbul, Turkey carry 327 passengers - Bulgarian Jewish refugees. She had a capacity for only 40 passengers. The ship foundered in the Sea of Marmara with the loss of 204 passengers.[101]
  • HMT Thomas Connolly ( Royal Navy): World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary north of Sheerness with the loss of one crew member.[90][102]
  • Vincenzinao ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The coaster was shelled and sunk at Bardia by HMS Ladybird, HMS Terror (both  Royal Navy), HMAS Voyager and HMAS Vendetta (both  Royal Australian Navy).[90]

18 December[]

19 December[]

For the scuttling of the Greek cargo ship Eugenia Cambasis on this day, see the entry for 28 November 1940.

  • Amicus ( United Kingdom): World War II: Convoy SC 15: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland (54°10′N 15°50′W / 54.167°N 15.833°W / 54.167; -15.833) by Alpino Bagnolini ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 37 crew.[90][105][110]
  • Arinia ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary off the Nore Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of all 60 people on board.[90][111]
  • Erling Skjalgson ( Norway): The cargo ship foundered in the North Sea off Jæren, Rogaland. All six crew were rescued by a fishing vessel.[77][112]
  • Freienfels ( Germany): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine in the Mediterranean Sea south of Livorno, Tuscany, Italy and sank.[90]
  • Geierfels ( Germany): World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine south of Livorno and sank.[90]
  • Isolda ( United Kingdom): World War II: The lightship tender was bombed and in the Atlantic Ocean sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft off Carnsore Point, County Wexford, Ireland with the loss of six crew.[90]
  • Jacob Maersk ( Denmark): The cargo ship sank off Copenhagen.[113]
  • HMT Proficient ( Royal Navy): The naval trawler ran aground at Whitby, Yorkshire and was wrecked.[114]
  • Rhône (France Vichy French Navy): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Juby, Morocco by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eleven crew.[115]
  • Sfax (France Vichy French Navy): World War II: The Redoutable-class submarine was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Juby, Morocco by U-37 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 69 crew.[116]

20 December[]

21 December[]

Innisfallen

22 December[]

23 December[]

24 December[]

25 December[]

26 December[]

27 December[]

  • Araby ( United Kingdom): The cargo ship sank in the Thames Estuary south west of Southend, Essex with the loss of six crew.[90][134]
  • Ardabhan ( United Kingdom): World War II: Convoy OB 263: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine). She was later torpedoed and sunk by Enrico Tazzoli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all 40 crew.[90][135]
  • Arnfinn Jarl ( Norway): World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk off Egersund, Rogaland by Royal Air Force aircraft. Later raised, repaired and returned to service.[136]
  • Kinnaird Head ( United Kingdom): World War II: The coaster struck a mine in the Thames Estuary and sank north of Sheerness, Kent with the loss of six crew.[137]
  • Risanger ( Norway): World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (12°30′N 21°30′W / 12.5°N 21.5°W / 12.5; -21.5) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine). All 29 crew were rescued by Belinda ( Norway).[90][138]

28 December[]

No ship were lost on this day.

29 December[]

30 December[]

31 December[]

  • British Zeal ( United Kingdom): World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (15°40′N 20°43′W / 15.667°N 20.717°W / 15.667; -20.717) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine) and was abandoned by her 50 crew. The ship was still afloat the next day and the crew reboarded her. She was later towed to Freetown, Sierra Leone by HMS Hudson ( Royal Navy) . British Zeal was repaired and returned to service in February 1942.[149]
  • Porjus ( Germany): World War II: The cargo ship collided with another vessel off Brunsbüttel, Schleswig-Holstein and sank.[90]
  • Quinto ( Kingdom of Italy): World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Adriatic Sea, off Antivari, Yugoslavia by Katsonis ( Royal Hellenic Navy).[141]
  • St Fergus ( United Kingdom): The cargo ship collided with another vessel in the North Sea east of Rattray Head, Aberdeenshire and sank.[150]
  • Valparaiso ( Sweden): World War II: Convoy HX 97: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean north west of the Outer Hebrides, United Kingdom (60°01′N 23°00′W / 60.017°N 23°W / 60.017; -23) by U-38 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 35 people on board.[151]

Unknown date[]

  • Rita ( Australia): The ketch ran aground on Cape Barren Island and was wrecked.[152]

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  92. "SS Bonzo (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?134730. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  93. "San Carlos (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?15086. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  94. "SS Aquiety (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72642. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  95. "SS Belvedere (Stern section) (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72615. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  96. "SS Beneficient (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72616. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  97. "HMS Carry Onm (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72575. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
  98. "SS Inver (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72623. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  99. "SS Malrix (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?73032. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
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  101. "MV Salvador (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?16040. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  102. "HMT Thomas Connolly (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72563. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  103. "MV Ability (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?74187. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  104. "SS anastassia (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?134715. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  105. 105.0 105.1 105.2 "CONVOY SC 15". Warsailors. http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/sc15.html. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  106. "SS Napier Star (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?13786. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  107. "RFA Osage ? (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?69740. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  108. "HMT Refundo (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?74381. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  109. "V-403 (Deutschland) (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?712. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  110. "SS Amicus (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?132466. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  111. "MV Arinia (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?31457. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  112. "Norwegian Homefleet - WW II, Ships starting with E". Warsailors. http://www.warsailors.com/homefleet/shipse.html. Retrieved 9 February 2012. 
  113. "SS Jacob Maersk (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?6444. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  114. "HMT Proficient (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?156370. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  115. "Rhône". Uboat. http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/726.html. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  116. "Sfax (Q 182)". Uboat. http://uboat.net/allies/merchants/ships/725.html. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  117. "SS Carlton (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?135829. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
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  120. "SS Charles Pratt (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?15838. Retrieved 25 October 2011. 
  121. "SS Mangen (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?85025. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  122. 122.0 122.1 "SS Norge (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?163469. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  123. "River Thames (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72565. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  124. "HMS Sun Ix (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?129628. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  125. "SS Anthippi N. Michalos (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?131910. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  126. "SS Poolgarth (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?67346. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  127. "SS Pelton (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?9825. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  128. "SS Stad Maastricht (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?11393. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  129. "MV Ystroom (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?67750. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  130. "HMS Mercury (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?153655. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
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  133. "MV Waiotira (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?13068. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  134. "SS Araby (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72631. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  135. "SS Ardabhan (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?58888. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
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  137. "SS Kinnaird Head (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?72663. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  138. "D/S Risanger". Warsailors. http://www.warsailors.com/singleships/risanger.html. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
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  140. "SS PLM-23 (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?160619. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
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  143. "HMT Bandolero (FY-188) (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?141850. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  144. "SS Baron Ardrossan (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?62397. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  145. "SS Bodnant (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?114557. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  146. "SS City of Bedford (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?131747. Retrieved 3 November 2011. 
  147. "CONVOY HX 97". Warsailors. http://www.warsailors.com/convoys/hx97.html. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  148. "SS Calcium (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?10309. Retrieved 7 November 2011. 
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  151. "MV Valparaiso (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?12919. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  152. "Rita (+1940)". Wrecksite. http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?54959. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 


Ship events in 1940
Ship launches: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship commissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Ship decommissionings: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945
Shipwrecks: 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945

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