List of shipwrecks in January 1941 includes all ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during January 1941.

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1 January

List of shipwrecks: 1 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Attendant  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent. She was beached, but was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[1]
Catharina  Netherlands The coaster collided with Madrono ( Norway) in the English Channel south of The Lizard, Cornwall, United Kingdom and sank. All crew were rescued by Madrono.[2]

2 January

List of shipwrecks: 2 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Albano  Italy World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) east of Cape Laghi, Albania. There were 5 dead and 35 survivors.[1][3]
Nalgora  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 350 nautical miles (650 km) north of the Cape Verde Islands, Portugal (22°24′N 21°11′W / 22.400°N 21.183°W / 22.400; -21.183) by U-65 ( Kriegsmarine). All 105 passengers and crew survived. Some were rescued by Nolisment and Umgeni (both  United Kingdom), others reached land in their lifeboat.[1][4]

3 January

List of shipwrecks: 3 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Liisa  Finland World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk at Bremen, Germany by Royal Air Force aircraft. She was later salvaged.[1]
M 3410 Kasia  Kriegsmarine World War II: The naval drifter/minesweeper was lost on this date.[5]
HMT New Spray  Royal Navy The naval trawler foundered in a gale in the Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent.[1]
Pinewood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) south of Southend Pier, Essex with the loss of six of her 18 crew.[1]
Yrsa  Finland World War II: The Royal Air Force bombed a bridge over the Kiel Canal dropping it on the cargo ship, sinking her. The ship was raised and removed, and the canal reopened.[1]

4 January

List of shipwrecks: 4 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Snyg  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk south east of Haugesund, Norway, by Lockheed Hudson aircraft of the Royal Air Force. All crew were rescued by M-1103 ( Kriegsmarine).[6][7]

5 January

List of shipwrecks: 5 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Shakespear  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (18°05′N 21°10′W / 18.083°N 21.167°W / 18.083; -21.167) by Comandante Cappellini ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 20 of her 42 crew.[1][8]
Soemba  Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 100: The cargo ship foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) off Cape Race, Newfoundland with the loss of 34 of her 58 crew.[9]
V 306 Fritz Hinke  Kriegsmarine World War II: The vorpostenboot struck a mine and sank off IJmuiden, North Holland, Netherlands with the loss of 22 lives.[1][10][11]
Vulcano  Italy World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Tobruk, Libya.[1]

6 January

List of shipwrecks: 6 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Antonis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°17′N 23°32′W / 8.283°N 23.533°W / 8.283; -23.533) by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were taken as prisoners of war.[1]
Empire Thunder  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy OB 269: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Hebrides (59°14′N 12°43′W / 59.233°N 12.717°W / 59.233; -12.717) by U-124 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of nine or her 39 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Kingston Onyx ( Royal Navy). Empire Thunder was on her maiden voyage.[1][12][13]
Gadra  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) off Myling Head, Faroe Islands with the loss of seven of her ten crew.[1]
Lion  United Kingdom World War II: The tug struck a mine and sank in the River Medway with the loss of all 5 crew.[1][14]

7 January

List of shipwrecks: 7 January 1941
Ship Country Description
H H Petersen  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (52°22′N 2°05′E / 52.367°N 2.083°E / 52.367; 2.083). All crew were rescued.[1]
Nani  Regia Marina World War II: The Marcello-class submarine was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (60°15′N 15°27′W / 60.250°N 15.450°W / 60.250; -15.450) by HMS Anemone and HMS La Malouine (both  Royal Navy). All 53 crew were lost.[1][15][circular reference][16]
UJ 175  Kriegsmarine World War II: The MOB-FD-class naval trawler/submarine chaser was sunk by mines off Feiestein with the loss of 10 lives.[17][18]
Wolf  Kriegsmarine World War II: The Type 24 torpedo boat struck a mine shortly before midnight while returning from a mine-laying operation and sank in the North Sea off Dunkerque, Nord, France, with the loss of 45 crew.[1][19][circular reference]

8 January

List of shipwrecks: 8 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Clytoneus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°23′N 15°28′W / 56.383°N 15.467°W / 56.383; -15.467) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued by HMS Esperance Bay and HMS Wild Swan (both  Royal Navy).[1][10]
Strathearn  United Kingdom World War II: The lighthouse tender struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°45′N 1°10′E / 51.750°N 1.167°E / 51.750; 1.167) with the loss of 15 lives.[1]

9 January

List of shipwrecks: 9 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Bassano  United Kingdom World War II: The ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°57′N 17°42′W / 57.950°N 17.700°W / 57.950; -17.700) by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one of her 56 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Esperance Bay and HMS Wild Swan (both  Royal Navy).[1][20]
Carlo Martinolinch  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (38°28′N 16°44′E / 38.467°N 16.733°E / 38.467; 16.733) by HMS Parthian ( Royal Navy). There were 5 dead and 34 survivors.[1][3]
Lamoricière France Vichy France The passenger ship foundered in the Mediterranean Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) north of Menorca, Spain with the loss of 277 lives.[21]
HMT Dusky Queen  Royal Navy The naval trawler ran aground in the Strait of Dover and was wrecked.[1]
Giovanni Mari  Italy World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Mediterranean Sea off Bardia, Libya. All 10 crew were rescued.[1][22]
Palma  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (39°15′N 9°44′E / 39.250°N 9.733°E / 39.250; 9.733) off Cape Carbonara, Sardinia by HMS Pandora ( Royal Navy).[1]
Valdivagna  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea (39°15′N 9°44′E / 39.250°N 9.733°E / 39.250; 9.733) off Cape Carbonara by HMS Pandora ( Royal Navy).[1]

10 January

List of shipwrecks: 10 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Austvard  Norway World War II: Convoy SL 62: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 130 nautical miles (240 km) west of County Galway, Ireland by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Kondor aircraft of the Luftwaffe with the loss of 23 of her 28 crew.[23]
Middlesex  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Bristol Channel off Flat Holm, Glamorgan. The entire crew were rescued.[1]
Vega  Regia Marina World War II: Operation Excess: The Spica-class torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia by HMS Bonaventure and HMS Southampton (both  Royal Navy). There were 122 killed and 6 survivors.[1][24][3]

11 January

List of shipwrecks: 11 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Beachy  United Kingdom World War II: The convoy rescue ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°29′N 16°24′W / 53.483°N 16.400°W / 53.483; -16.400) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of five crew. Survivors were rescued by HMT Arab ( Royal Navy).[1][10]
Bertha  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Copenhagen, Denmark with the loss of 4 of her 17 crew.[1][25][26]
Brechsee  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off Malmö, Sweden. The Swedish pilot and some crew were wounded.[27][28]
Greyfriars  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the North Sea off Grimsby, Lincolnshire by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of five crew. She came ashore the next morning at Chapel St Leonards, Lincolnshire. Refloated on 14 January.[1]
Locotenant Lepri Remus  Romanian Naval Forces World War II: The Capitan Dumitrescu-class minesweeper was sunk in the Danube Estuary off Sulina by a mine laid the day before by the minelayer Aurora ( Romanian Naval Forces).[29][30]
Manhattan  United States
Manhattan

The ocean liner ran aground off Lake Worth Lagoon, Florida. There was no casualty among her 192 passengers and 482 crew. She was refloated on 4 February, repaired and returned to service.[31][32]

MTB 37, MTB 39, MTB 40, MTB 74,
MTB 75 and MTB 108
 Royal Navy World War II: The motor torpedo boats were destroyed whilst under construction at Vosper Thorneycroft's yard, Southampton, Hampshire during a Luftwaffe air raid.[1]
Oriole  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean off the Faroe Islands with the loss of all 10 crew.[1][33]
HMS Southampton  Royal Navy World War II: The Town-class cruiser was bombed and damaged in the Mediterranean Sea south east of Malta by Junkers Ju 87 aircraft of II Staffeln, Sturzkampfgeschwader 2, Luftwaffe with the loss of 81 of her 748 crew. She was scuttled by HMS Gloucester and HMS Orion (both  Royal Navy).
HMT Uberous  Royal Navy The naval trawler ran aground off Derry, County Londonderry.[1]

12 January

List of shipwrecks: 12 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Strathrye  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler struck a mine and sank in the Atlantic Ocean (50°35′N 3°59′W / 50.583°N 3.983°W / 50.583; -3.983). All crew were rescued.[1]

14 January

List of shipwrecks: 14 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Borkum  Germany The pilot boat ran aground in the Hubert Gat and was wrecked.[1]
Buitenzorg  Netherlands The cargo ship ran aground in the Sound of Mull, Inner Hebrides, United Kingdom and was wrecked.[34]
Emilie Maersk  Denmark The cargo ship ran aground in the North Sea off Borkum, Lower Saxony, Germany and was wrecked. Her crew survived.[35][36]
Eumaeus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled, torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°55′N 15°03′W / 8.917°N 15.050°W / 8.917; -15.050) by Comandante Cappellini ( Regia Marina).[1]
HMS Fitzroy  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class minesweeper struck a mine in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex and was beached. She was repaired and returned to service in June 1941.[1]

15 January

List of shipwrecks: 15 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Brask  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°45′N 23°59′W / 52.750°N 23.983°W / 52.750; -23.983) by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 12 of her 32 crew. Survivors boarded the drifting Nemea ( Greece) the next day and were later rescued by HMS Highlander ( Royal Navy).[37][38]
Città di Messina  Italy World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Benghazi, Libya (32°59′N 14°11′E / 32.983°N 14.183°E / 32.983; 14.183) by HMS Regent ( Royal Navy). There were 432 dead and 166 survivors.[37][3]
Karri  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and was damaged in Liverpool Bay 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north of the Bar Lightship ( United Kingdom) and was beached at Tranmere, Cheshire. She was later refloated, arriving at Liverpool, Lancashire for repairs on 10 April.[37]
Mancunian  United Kingdom World War II: The sludge carrier struck a mine and sank in Liverpool Bay 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) north east of the Bar Lightship ( United Kingdom). All crew were rescued.[37]
Maywood  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Irish Sea (51°21′N 3°16′W / 51.350°N 3.267°W / 51.350; -3.267). She was beached at Whitemore Bay, Barry, Glamorgan.[37]
Nemea  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (52°33′N 24°13′W / 52.550°N 24.217°W / 52.550; -24.217) by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 17 crew. She was abandoned, but reboarded on 16 January, along with survivors from Brask ( Norway). They were rescued by HMS Highlander ( Royal Navy). The ship later sank.[37][38][39]
Nikolaos Filinis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina).[40]
Stalker  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed in the North Sea off Grimsby, Lincolnshire by Luftwaffe aircraft, and was beached in a sinking condition. All 11 crew were rescued. She was later refloated, repaired and returned to service.[37][41]

16 January

List of shipwrecks: 16 January 1941
Ship Country Description
HMT Desiree  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine in the Thames Estuary and sank. All crew were rescued.[37][42]
Meandros  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean (55°15′N 11°40′W / 55.250°N 11.667°W / 55.250; -11.667) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued. Meandros was taken in tow by a Royal Navy ship, but was scuttled on 20 January.[10][37]
Nicolaos Filinis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina) with the loss of three crew.[37]
Onoba  Netherlands World War II: The tanker was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°55′N 12°24′W / 55.917°N 12.400°W / 55.917; -12.400) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. All crew were rescued.[10][37]
Oropesa  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°28′N 12°00′W / 56.467°N 12.000°W / 56.467; -12.000) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 106 of the 249 people on board. Survivors were rescued by HMS Superman, HMS Tenacity and HMS Westcott (all  Royal Navy).[37][43]
Romsey  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and was damaged at 51°41′N 5°09′W / 51.683°N 5.150°W / 51.683; -5.150. She was beached at Dale, Pembrokeshire.[37]

17 January

List of shipwrecks: 17 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Almeda Star  United Kingdom World War II: The troopship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°16′N 13°40′W / 58.267°N 13.667°W / 58.267; -13.667) by U-96 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 325 people on board.[37]
Athelduke  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker struck a mine and was damaged in the Bristol Channel (51°21′N 3°20′W / 51.350°N 3.333°W / 51.350; -3.333). She was beached in Whitmore Bay, Barry, Glamorgan.[37]
HTMS Dongkla  Royal Thai Navy World War II: Franco-Thai War: Battle of Ko Chang: The coastal defence ship was shelled and damaged in the Gulf of Siam off French Indo-China by La Motte-Picquet and other ships (all  French Navy). She ran aground, but sank when towed off.[37]
Ingenieur Riebell  Kriegsmarine World War II: The ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Royal Navy ship at an unknown location.
HTMS Songhkla  Royal Thai Navy World War II: Franco-Thai War: Battle of Ko Chang: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Gulf of Siam off French Indo-China by La Motte-Picquet and other ships (all  French Navy).[37]
HTMS Sri Ayuthia  Royal Thai Navy World War II: Franco-Thai War: The coastal defence ship was torpedoed and damaged by La Motte-Picquet ( French Navy). She was beached in the River Chantaboum, French Indo-China.[37]
HTMS Thonburi  Royal Thai Navy World War II: Franco-Thai War, Battle of Ko Chang: The coastal defence ship was severely damaged by La Motte-Picquet and other ships (all  French Navy). She was beached, but was later repaired and returned to service.
HTMS Trad  Royal Thai Navy World War II: Franco-Thai War: Battle of Ko Chang: The torpedo boat was shelled and sunk in the Gulf of Siam off French Indo-China by La Motte-Picquet and other ships (all  French Navy).[37]
Zealandic  United Kingdom World War II: The passenger ship was torpeded and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (58°28′N 20°42′W / 58.467°N 20.700°W / 58.467; -20.700) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 73 people on board.[37][44]

18 January

List of shipwrecks: 18 January 1941
Ship Country Description
British Union  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (26°34′N 30°58′W / 26.567°N 30.967°W / 26.567; -30.967) by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of one, or 10, of her 45 crew with 27 captured and made prisoners of war, and 7 rescued by HMS Arawa ( Royal Navy).[37]
Godfried Bühren  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat.[37]
Lelio  Italy The cargo ship struck a mine and sank at La Spezia, Liguria.[37]

19 January

List of shipwrecks: 19 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Bonnington Court  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy FN 388: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the North Sea off the Sunk Lightship ( United Kingdom) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of two crew.[37]
Diana  Netherlands World War II: Convoy FN 388: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea (51°18′N 3°10′W / 51.300°N 3.167°W / 51.300; -3.167). Two crew were rescued.[37]
Neghelli  Regia Marina World War II: The Adua-class submarine was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Crete by HMS Greyhound ( Royal Navy) with the loss of all 46 crew.[37][3]
Nymph  United States The 30-foot (9.1 m) troller struck a reef and sank near Point Retreat (58°24′45″N 134°57′15″W / 58.41250°N 134.95417°W / 58.41250; -134.95417 (Point Retreat)) in Southeast Alaska. Her two crew members reached shore and were rescued by the cutter USCGC Haida (Ensign of the United States Coast Guard (1915–1953).png United States Coast Guard).[45]

20 January

List of shipwrecks: 20 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Barneveld  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship was captured in the Atlantic Ocean 1,200 nautical miles (2,200 km) west of Freetown, Sierra Leone (approximately 7°S 3°E / 7°S 3°E / -7; 3) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine). She was scuttled the next day.[37]
Cornish Rose  United Kingdom The cargo ship was abandoned in the Bristol Channel off Swansea, Glamorgan. Her crew were rescued by the Mumbles Lifeboat.[46]
Florian  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean west of the Faroe Islands (61°14′N 12°05′W / 61.233°N 12.083°W / 61.233; -12.083) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 44 crew.[37][47]
Heemskerk  Netherlands World War II: Convoy SL 61: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was bombed and set on fire in the Atlantic Ocean (53°43′N 16°07′W / 53.717°N 16.117°W / 53.717; -16.117) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. She was torpedoed and sunk on 26 January by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of eight crew.[10][37]
Portugal  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 50°N 19°W / 50°N 19°W / 50; -19) by Marcello ( Regia Marina) with the loss of all hands.[37][48]
HMT Relonzo  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawer struck a mine and sank in the Crosby Channel, Liverpool with the loss of 18 crew.[37]
Stanpark  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (9°27′S 3°00′W / 9.450°S 3.000°W / -9.450; -3.000) by Admiral Scheer ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued and taken as prisoners of war.[37]

21 January

List of shipwrecks: 21 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Burma  Italy The cargo ship was wrecked while laid up at El Puerto de Santa María, Spain.[49]
HMS Englishman  Royal Navy World War II: The Rescue Tug was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 40 nautical miles (74 km) west of Tory Island, County Donegal, Ireland by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 18 crew.[37][50]
Korsfjord  Norway The cargo ship collided in the Atlantic Ocean 200 nautical miles (370 km) north of Butt of Lewis, United Kingdom (60°40′N 12°09′W / 60.667°N 12.150°W / 60.667; -12.150) with Banda Shahpour ( United Kingdom) and sank with the loss of two of her 21 crew. Survivors were rescued by Banda Shahpour.[51][52]
Temple Mead  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°14′N 14°30′W / 54.233°N 14.500°W / 54.233; -14.500) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of 14 crew.[10][37]

22 January

List of shipwrecks: 22 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Diego  Italy World War II: The schooner was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea west of Tobruk, Libya by HMAS Vampire ( Royal Australian Navy). All ten crew were rescued and made prisoners of war.[37]
Jamaica Planter  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Bristol Channel off Barry Island, Glamorgan and was beached at Barry. She was refloated on 13 February and beached in Whitemore Bay.[37]
Kapetan Stratis  Greece World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°34′N 12°08′W / 54.567°N 12.133°W / 54.567; -12.133) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of all hands.[10][37]
Liguria  Italy The ocean liner was bombed and damaged by Royal Air Force aircraft in 1940. She was subsequently scuttled at Tobruk, Libya. Later she was salvaged.[37][53]
HMT Luda Lady  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Humber. All crew were rescued.[37][54]
Oslofjord  Norway World War II: The troopship – beached at Tynemouth with her back broken since striking a mine off Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom, on 1 December 1940,[55][56] – broke in two, capsized, and sank in bad weather at 55°0.17′N 1°23.72′W / 55.00283°N 1.39533°W / 55.00283; -1.39533Coordinates: 55°0.17′N 1°23.72′W / 55.00283°N 1.39533°W / 55.00283; -1.39533 on 21–22 January 1941.[57][58]
San Giorgio  Regia Marina
The Italian cruiser San Giorgio scuttled at Tobruk
World War II: Battle of Tobruk: The San Giorgio-class cruiser was scuttled at Tobruk, Libya.[37]
HMS St. Cyrus  Royal Navy World War II: The Saint-class tugboat struck a mine and sank in the Humber with the loss of most of her crew.[37][59]
Sydfold  Norway World War II: The 2,434 GRT cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-61 at 58°40′N 00°30′W / 58.667°N 0.500°W / 58.667; -0.500. Of the 24 crew; 5 died and there were 19 survivors. She was in ballast from Kristiansand - Newcastle upon Tyne.[60][61]

23 January

List of shipwrecks: 23 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Langleegorse  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 61: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (53°19′N 13°11′W / 53.317°N 13.183°W / 53.317; -13.183) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of all hands.[10][37]
Lurigethan  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 61: The cargo ship was bombed and set afire in the Atlantic Ocean 280 nautical miles (520 km) west of Galway Bay, Ireland (53°46′N 16°00′W / 53.767°N 16.000°W / 53.767; -16.000) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of 16 of her 51 crew. She the straggled behind the convoy and was abandoned. Survivors were rescued by HMS Arabis ( Royal Navy) and Milos ( Sweden). Lurigethan was later torpedoed and sunk on 26 January at 53°50′N 15°40′W / 53.833°N 15.667°W / 53.833; -15.667 by U-105 ( Kriegsmarine).[10][37][62]
Mostyn  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°30′N 14°52′W / 54.500°N 14.867°W / 54.500; -14.867) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe with the loss of two crew.[10][37]

24 January

List of shipwrecks: 24 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Corheath  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary with the loss of three crew.[37]
Mandasor  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Indian Ocean 300 nautical miles (560 km) east of the Seychelles (4°18′S 61°00′E / 4.300°S 61.000°E / -4.300; 61.000) by Atlantis ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of five of her 81 crew. The survivors were taken as prisoners of war.[37]
Vespasian  Norway World War II: Convoy OB 276: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°57′N 21°55′W / 55.950°N 21.917°W / 55.950; -21.917) by U-123 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all 18 crew.[37][63][64]
Wirta  Finland The cargo ship ran aground in Skerjafjord, Iceland. She was declared a total loss.[65]

25 January

List of shipwrecks: 25 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Spey  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground at Warkworth, Northumberland and was wrecked.[66]
Svea  United States The 8-gross register ton, 29.5-foot (9.0 m) fishing vessel was on the east shore of McLean Arm (54°47′45″N 131°57′15″W / 54.79583°N 131.95417°W / 54.79583; -131.95417 (McLean Arm)) in Southeast Alaska. The two people on board survived.[67]
Tuck A Hoe  United States The 39-gross register ton 56.6-foot (17.3 m) fishing vessel was wrecked at Palm Point (60°11′N 144°33′W / 60.183°N 144.550°W / 60.183; -144.550 (Palm Point)) near Katalla in Southeast Alaska. Her crew of four survived.[68]

26 January

List of shipwrecks: 26 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Beemsterdijk  Netherlands World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Bristol Channel 12 nautical miles (22 km) west of the Smalls Lighthouse. She sank the next day at 51°17′N 6°23′W / 51.283°N 6.383°W / 51.283; -6.383 with the loss of 39 of her 42 crew.[37]
Belgia  Belgium World War II: Convoy FN 92: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged in the Thames Estuary by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of six crew of her 26 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Cotswold ( Royal Navy): Belgia came ashore at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex. She was later salvaged, repaired and returned to service as Empire Bell.
Catford  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Thames Estuary and was beached. She was later refloated.[37]
Meriones  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Haisboro' Sands, Norfolk (52°53′N 1°47′E / 52.883°N 1.783°E / 52.883; 1.783). She was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft. All crew were rescued.[37]

27 January

List of shipwrecks: 27 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Caerphilly Castle  United Kingdom World War II: The trawler was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (52°34′N 12°00′W / 52.567°N 12.000°W / 52.567; -12.000) by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of three crew.[37]
HMT Darogah  Royal Navy World War II: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the Thames Estuary.[37]
Ingo  Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Bon, Tunisia (34°27′N 14°11′E / 34.450°N 14.183°E / 34.450; 14.183) by Fairey Swordfish aircraft of 830 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm. Survivors were rescued by Orione ( Regia Marina).[37]
Francesco Stocco  Regia Marina World War II: The Giuseppe Sirtori-class torpedo boat struck a mine in the Adriatic Sea off Sansego, Yugoslavia and was split in two. Both halves were towed into Rijeka on separate dates. Repaired and returned to service.[37]
Ringwall  United Kingdom World War II: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the Irish Sea south of the Isle of Man.[37]

28 January

List of shipwrecks: 28 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Aikaterini  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine). All 30 crew survived.[69]
Alhena  Netherlands The cargo liner ran aground on the Pladdy Rock. She was later refloated and taken in tow for the Clyde, but sank whilst under tow on 10 September 1942.[70]
Erling Jarl  Norway The cargo ship ran aground and sank at Brønnøysund, Nordland with the loss of one crew member. Later raised, repaired and re-entered service as Bodø.[71]
Grelrosa  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (55°12′N 15°41′W / 55.200°N 15.683°W / 55.200; -15.683) by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 Kondor aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40. Luftwaffe with the loss of five crew.[10][37][72]
K. V. Kruse  Canada While under tow by the tug LaPoint (flag unknown) off the coast of British Columbia in the vicnity of the Queen Charlotte Islands, the 240-foot (73.2 m) log barge – a former five-masted schooner – disappeared when her towline broke in bad weather. She drifted 125 nautical miles (232 km; 144 mi) north as a derelict, and the United States Coast Guard discovered her wreck in Cordova Bay in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska east of Long Island in February 1941.[73]
Kate  Greece The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in Greek waters.[37]
King Robert  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine). All 42 crew were rescued by HMS Anthony and HMT Lady Madeleine (both  Royal Navy).[74]
Pandion  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and damaged at 55°34′N 10°22′W / 55.567°N 10.367°W / 55.567; -10.367 by a Focke-Wulf Fw 200 aircraft of I Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40, Luftwaffe. She was beached in Lough Swilly but later broke in two in a storm and was declared a total loss.[10][37]
Tafelburg  South Africa World War II: The tanker struck a mine in the Bristol Channel (51°21′N 3°16′W / 51.350°N 3.267°W / 51.350; -3.267) and was beached at Porthkerry, Glamorgan. She was refloated on 27 March and beached at Whitemore Bay but broke in two and was declared a constructive total loss. Tafelburg was salvaged, repaired and entered service as Empire Heron.[12][37]
Urla  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 102: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (54°54′N 19°00′W / 54.900°N 19.000°W / 54.900; -19.000) by Luigi Torelli ( Regia Marina). All 42 crew were rescued.[37][75]
W B Walker  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles (280 km) south east of Rockall, Inverness-shire (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four of her 47 crew. She was taken in tow by HMS Anthony ( Royal Navy) but broke in two four days later. The bow section was scuttled on 6 February; the stern section sank on 13 February. Survivors were rescued by HMS Antelope ( Royal Navy) and HMS Anthony.[76]

29 January

List of shipwrecks: 29 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Afric Star  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 400 nautical miles (740 km) west of St. Vincent by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued and taken as prisoners of war.[37]
Aikaterini  Greece World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[37]
Eurylochus  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (8°15′N 25°04′W / 8.250°N 25.067°W / 8.250; -25.067) by Kormoran ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 15 of her 81 crew. Survivors were rescued by Kormoran and Monte Teide ( Spain). Those on Kormoran were taken as prisoners of war.[37]
King Robert  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine). All crew were rescued.[37]
Sesostris  Egypt World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-106 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of all hands.[37][77]
W B Walker  United Kingdom . World War II: Convoy SC 19: The tanker was torpedoed and damaged in the Atlantic Ocean by U-93 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of four crew. She broke in two. The bow section was scuttled by HMS Anthony ( Royal Navy).[37]
Westmoreland  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Irish Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) due west of the Bar Lightship ( United Kingdom) and was abandoned. She was later reboarded and towed into Liverpool, Lancashire.[37]
West Wales  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°23′W / 56.000°N 15.383°W / 56.000; -15.383) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine) with the loss of 16 of her 37 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Antelope and HMS Anthony (both  Royal Navy).[37][78]

30 January

List of shipwrecks: 30 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Austvard  Norway World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk by Luftwaffe aircraft with the loss of 23 of her 28 crew.[37]
Königsberg  Germany World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Elbe I Lightship ( Germany).[37]
Rushpool  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SC 19: The cargo ship straggled behind the convoy. She was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (56°00′N 15°42′W / 56.000°N 15.700°W / 56.000; -15.700) by U-94 ( Kriegsmarine). All 40 crew were rescued by HMS Antelope ( Royal Navy).[37]

31 January

List of shipwrecks: 31 January 1941
Ship Country Description
Botusk  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy HX 103: The collier struck a mine and sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) north east of North Rona Island, Scotland with the loss of four of her 15 crew. Survivors were rescued by HMS Verbena ( Royal Navy).[37][39]
Desmoulea  United Kingdom World War II: The tanker was torpedoed and disabled by the torpedo boats Lupo and Libra ( Regia Marina) off Crete (35°33′32″N 25°34′14″E / 35.55889°N 25.57056°E / 35.55889; 25.57056). She was towed to Souda Bay by HMS Dainty ( Royal Navy) and spent the rest of the war as a stores hulk in Mumbai.[79]
Emmaplein  Netherlands World War II: Convoy HX 103: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank 6 nautical miles (11 km) north east of North Rona Island. The 34 crew were rescued by Ariel ( UK) and two Royal Navy corvettes.[37]
HMS Huntley  Royal Navy World War II: The Hunt-class minesweeper was bombed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) west of Mersa Matruh, Egypt (31°25′N 26°48′E / 31.417°N 26.800°E / 31.417; 26.800) by Heinkel He 111 aircraft of II Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 26, Luftwaffe with the loss of 18 crew.[10][37][80]
Maja  Denmark World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the Elbe.[81]
Molton  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank off North Rona, Inner Hebrides.[82]
Olympier  Belgium World War II: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in by aircraft of 1 Staffeln, Kampfgeschwader 40 120 nautical miles (220 km) off Tory Island, Ireland, (56°04′N 11°00′W / 56.067°N 11.000°W / 56.067; -11.000) with the loss of eight of her 27 crew.[39][83][48]
Pizarro  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 650 nautical miles (1,200 km) off Cape Finisterre, Spain (49°03′N 19°40′W / 49.050°N 19.667°W / 49.050; -19.667) by Dandolo ( Regia Marina) with the loss of 23 of her 29 crew. The survivors were rescued by Macbrae ( United Kingdom) and landed at Lisbon, Portugal.[37][84]
Rowanbank  United Kingdom World War II: Convoy SL 62: The cargo ship was bombed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean (57°00′N 16°30′W / 57.000°N 16.500°W / 57.000; -16.500) by Luftwaffe aircraft.[37]
Saturnus  Netherlands World War II: The balloon barrage ship struck a mine in the Irish Sea and was abandoned. She came ashore at Maughold Head, Isle of Man. Later refloated and towed to Douglas.[37]
Sollum  Egypt World War II: The transport ship was bombed and damaged by Luftwaffe in the Mediterranean Sea off Sidi Barrani. Later she was beached.[37]
Ursus  Italy World War II: The tug was shelled and sunk in the Adriatic Sea (42°50′N 16°30′W / 42.833°N 16.500°W / 42.833; -16.500) by HMS Rorqual ( Royal Navy) that also damaged the floating battery GM 239 that Ursus was towing. Nine of the 18 crew of Ursus and 14 of the 49 of GM 239 are killed or missing.[37][85][86]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1941
Ship Country Description
Lycia  United Kingdom World War II: The cargo ship was scuttled in Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands.[87]
Narval  Free French Naval Forces World War II: The submarine was sunk by enemy action with the loss of all 50 crew.[88]
Sardinia  Nazi Germany World War II: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea by Proteus ( Hellenic Navy).[89]

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