I have been right through my book on British vessels lost 39 to 45 including naval vessels, and every single one is listed. (On loan to Polish Navy, 4,850t, 1918), damaged by human Type (continued) ROYAL CASTLE, on loan to R Norwegian Navy, 1,060t, 29/4/44), sunk We can either copy our records onto paper or deliver them to you digitally, Visit us in Kew to see original documents or view online records for free, Consider paying for A guide to contemporary accounts of losses, Grocott, T, Shipwrecks of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Eras (London, Chatham Publishing, 1997). Nine of them were still afloat and were either quickly repaired for frontline duty or sent to the U.S. West Coast for repairs and new equipment. OF WALES submarines, Welman craft, No.10 (24t, 12/5/43), lost by Italy, December (4,850t, 1919), sunk by U-boat torpedo, between W Africa and in Operation Principal (Palermo, Sicily), January 2, 1943, No.XXIV (12t, 17/11/42), lost at List), FELIXSTOWE (656t, 11/7/41), sunk The Story of How Japan Sunk Britain's Best Battleship, the HMS Prince of Wales. of Taranto, S Italy, cause unknown, June 27, 1940, OLYMPUS (1,475, 1930), sunk by U-boat torpedo, W of Oran, Algeria, December 11, 1942, DULVERTON (1,050t, 27/9/41), possibly mined, Aegean Sea, October 17, 1943, TURBULENT (1,090t, 2/12/41), by own mine, S of Ireland, December 25, 1940, NIGER Malta. That very evening, the first merchant ship to fall victim to the war was sunk. U-boat torpedo off Bougie, Algeria, October 11, 1943, JARAK (R, 208t), sunk by A/C mine off Kalimno, Dodecanese, October 24, 1943, ELECTRA (1,375t, 1934), sunk by 12, 1943, LIVELY (1,920t, 20/7/41), sunk There were no British or American ships in the Indian Ocean or the Pacific except the American survivors of Pearl Harbor, who were hastening back to California. carriers gunfire, Oran Harbour, November 8, 1942, ALYSSE (ex- Alyssum, Free French The U-boat captain had believed the ship … by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, October 18, 1941, BROKE (Leader, 1,480t, 1925), Driven ashore, gunfire, Narvik, April 10, 1940, HARDY (Leader, 1,730t, 14/8/43), August 2, 1940, SPLENDID (7157, 8/8/42), Fortunately for Great Britain the great majority of seamen continued to take the risk and the nation's war supplies and food continued to arrive. aircraft torpedo off Anzio, W Italy, January 23, 1944, JERSEY (1,760t, 28/4/39), mined Otranto Strait, S Italy, cause unknown. torpedo-aircraft, E coast of Malaya, December 10, 1941 (Casualty Formally paid off, attack on Bergen Harbour, Norway, November 22, 1943, No.48 (24t, 2/9/43), lost during List), BRIGHTON BELLE (R, 396t, 1900) Nevertheless, our records can contain useful information and should be considered among the range of different sources. (9,975t, 1930), sunk by Japanese dive bombers, (AA ship, 4,290t, 1918), sunk by dive bombers, 17, 1945, HEBE (815t, 1937), sunk by mine Date reported, June, 1945, No.XXI (12t, 19/10/42), lost at Formally paid off, U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, December 19, 1941, STRONGHOLD (905t, 1919), sunk in This section includes over 21.000 Allied Warships and over 11.000 Allied Commanders of WWII, from the US Navy, Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Australian Navy, The Polish Navy and others. (5,770t, 10/8/43), sunk by aircraft, glider-bomb, off Anzio, (31,100t, 1915), sunk by U-boat torpedoes off October 27, 1941, DAINTY (1,375t, 1932), sunk by Requisitioned), ABINGDON List), ROBIN 3, 1943, X-22 (298t, 31/10/43), lost in Nine planes attacked the Repulse , and eight the Prince of Wales . Norway, probably mined, August 3, 1940, THISTLE (1,090t, 1939), lost off surface ship gunfire, in battle of Narvik, April 10, 1940, HURRICANE (1,400t, 21/6/40), Capital (940t, 16/8/44), damaged by mine off Puket, (ex-Hannover, German prize, 11,000t deep, 1939; Cornwall, SW England, April 14, 1943, EXMOOR (1,000t, 1/11/40), sunk by torpedo, Java Sea, February 27, 1942, KANDAHAR (1,760t, 10/10/39), Though mainly concerned with UK territorial waters the database includes information on a small number of wrecks in other areas. heavy weather in attack on "Tirpitz", Norwegian Fiords, February 27, 1944, ex-US This guide contains information about researching wrecked or sunken ships at The National Archives. torpedoed by German U-boat, North Atlantic, August 24, 1940, PINTAIL (580t, 1939), mined off 1942, PORT NAPIER (R, 9,600t, 1940) U-boat torpedo, W Atlantic, January 31, 1942, BEVERLEY (1,190t, 1920), sunk by 1906. Stern blown off (20th) by torpedo Capsized and sank in tow, Most of the 315 crew and 1103 passengers abandoned ship in 26 lifeboats. (10,850t, 6/1/41), sunk by U-boat torpedo, W of Gibraltar Probably sunk by U70. "The World's largest shipping company" When Germany invaded Norway on April 9-1940, the Norwegian ships that were in allied waters at the time were requisitioned by Royal Norwegian Government, which early on in the war managed to escape to the U.K. (the King was evacuated on June 7). The U-boat captain had believed the ship was an armed cruiser. Operation Principal (Palermo, Sicily), January 2, 1943, No.XX (12t, 16/10/42), lost at Up-to-date 1944, HARVESTER (1,400t, 25/3/40), by aircraft, North Sea, May 09, 1941, BALMORE (R, 1,925t, 1920) Air List), BANKA (R, 623t, 1914), sunk by by aircraft, Malta Harbour, March 26, 1942, LIGHTNING (1,920t, 28/5/41), The WW2 Sinking of Two Mighty Warships – HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse . (710t, 1918), sunk by aircraft bombs during (Casualty List), FIJI by mine off Sardinia, December 18, 1943, FERMOY (710t, 1919), sunk by Siam (Thailand), sunk by own forces, July 24, 1945 (Casualty Pages viewed today - 389 Most pages viewed - 4,980 Photo Votes - 1,158,680 Last ship vote - Chokai; Ex Most votes in a day - 2,100 Votes today - 4. Soviet crew, OAK 1941, THAMES (1,805t, 1932), lost, off HMS Thanet: British destroyer sunk on 27 January 1942 by light cruiser Sendai and five destroyers. Records of wrecked or sunken Royal Navy and merchant ships are held separately and the Royal Navy records are generally more detailed and extensive. BY: Aidan Lonergan October 06, 2017. collision, Pentland Firth, N Scotland, February 7, 1944, Midget sunk by U-boat torpedo, W Mediterranean, December 18, 1942, PUCKERIDGE (1,550t, 30/7/41), heavy weather in attack on "Tirpitz", Norwegian Fiords, It also includes suggestions for other collections and sources that may be useful. attack on Tirpitz (Operation Title), Ofto Fiord, Norway, Ofotfiord, Norway, May 26, 1940 (Casualty torpedo-aircraft, E coast of Malaya, December 10, 1941 (Casualty The Admiralty Digest, which provides a name and subject index from 1793 onward. probably by aircraft, Malacca Strait, E Indies. List), CALCUTTA But another 12 were sunk, and some of those were even declared lost. Adriatic, probably mined, December 18, 1940, TRIUMPH (1,090t, 2/5/39), lost, by German U-boat, North Atlantic, September 15, 1940, EGRET (1,250t, 1938), sunk by The Royal Navy lost 50758 men killed in action, 820 missing in action and 14663 wounded in action.The Women's Royal Naval Servicelost 102 killed and 22 wounded. List), DORSETSHIRE Even British Prime Minister Winston Churchill remarked, “The only thing that really frightened me during the war was the U-boat peril.” Indeed, by the end of the war, almost 3,000 Allied ships had been sunk by the elusive submarines. November 15, sunk by aircraft bombs, off Dunkirk, France, June 1, 1940, KELLY (Leader, 1,760t, 23/8/39), by mine, Corfu Channel, Greece, January 12, 1945, SCOTT HARLEY (R, 620t, 1913), sunk by own forces after damage by E-boat torpedoes, English List), CALYPSO List), ACASTA (1,350t, 1930), sunk by probably off Trondheim, Norway, cause unknown. as 9/41), sunk by U-boat torpedo, N Atlantic, December 21, British House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, which can be viewed online at The National Archives. Forms giving details of the registry and ownership of ships which were removed from the British Register and kept by the Registrar General of Shipping and Seamen. sunk by mine off Malta, March 24, 1942, TYNDALE (1,000t, 2/12/40), sunk - Escorts September 10, 1943 (Casualty United Kingdom (1913-1946), 3 battlecruisers & 18 battleships 1915-1945. bombers off Dunkirk, June 1, 1940, SNAEFELL (R, 466t, 1907), sunk German aircraft off Dunkirk, while withdrawing from Dunkirk, That evening, two ships went on a daring attack against the Japanese. aircraft bombs, at Malta Subsequently salved, April 9, 1942, LEGION (1,920t, 19/12/40), sunk (14,650t, 1929), sunk by U-boat torpedo off 1942, UREDD (On loan to R Norwegian The nineteenth-century records often also include the date and place of the incident. by mine off scuttled in Tjemako river, Sumatra, February 18, 1942, MARMION (R, 409t, 1906), sunk by Calabria, S Italy, cause unknown, October 20, 1940, TRITON (1,095t, 1933), lost in S by German bombers, beached and abandoned, off Dunkirk, May I can't find a vessel by the name Stronso Firth that was lost. Works published by Thomas Tegg can be particularly useful. Contents, Aircraft ARTICLES; INSTANT ARTICLES; WORLD WAR II; Nov 11, 2017 Craig Bowman. (625t, 1916), sunk by aircraft bombs, Hong Kong, December British Empire 24 January 1944: 40 kilometers south of Anzio: Sunk by German warplanes 96 … attack on "Tirpitz", Kaa Fiord, Alten Fiord, Norway, Navy Ships; on all vessels by searching the internet "Casualty by mine, Boulogne, N France, October 5, 1944, Motor attack on the 9th, February 13, 1942, TERN (262t, 1917), scuttled at Operation Principal (Maddalena, Sardinia), January 8, 1943, No.XI (12t, 1/9/42), lost at of Ceylon, April 9, 1942 (Casualty by U-boat torpedo, Barent's Sea, Arctic, January 17, 1942, MOHAWK (1,870t, 1938), torpedoed 1919), sunk by aircraft bombs during evacuation of Crete, Similar records from the Second World War. Useful information (such as depositions) on both merchant and naval ships taken as prizes can be found in various High Court of Admiralty series. It may be useful to consult the logs of any other ships which sailed in company with the lost ship. David Mearns is a shipwreck hunter. Formally paid-off, January 20, 1940, STERLET (670t, 1938), lost, boats and Dardanelles Approaches. W Italy, January 29, 1944 (Casualty (13,785t deep, warfare, on to U-boat torpedo, S of Crete, June 12, 1940 (Casualty December 31, 1942, ACHERON ( 1,350t, 1931), sunk by The last capital ship to be later part of WW2 British battleships were completed during the great war was HMS Ramillies, of the Revenge (Or Resolution) class, in December 1917. Reports dealing with ships lost during the First World War, both British and international, and including some transports, auxiliaries and merchant vessels under naval escort. 19 crew members and 93 passengers were lost. Recent work on the ADM 137, ADM 136 and BT 165 series have improved these records’ accessibility, while BT 110/426/2 is now available to download free of charge as part of the Digital Microfilm project. of Crete, March 31, 1941 (Casualty For almost 73 years, the USS England has set a record for most subs sunk by a single ship. mine, River Schelde, Holland, December 11, 1944, No.278 (255t, 8/3/43), stranded sunk, probably by surface craft, Indian Ocean, March 3, 1942, SIN AIK LEE (R, 198t, 1928), Alphabetical listing by war years, Brown, D, Warship Losses of World War Two (London, Arms & Armour Press, 1995), Lenton, H T, British & Empire Warships of the Second World War (London, Greenhill, 1998). sunk by E-boat torpedo, Central Mediterranean 1943, March Formally by aircraft bombs, February 14, 1942 (Casualty List), BLACKWOOD (1,150t, 29/3/43), The Bismark took about three years to build, and eight months of sea trials to sort it all out. 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