ROYAL NAVY SHIPS LOST

1
Nov 13 1939
BLANCH
Destroyer
Mined and severely damaged. Taken in tow by tug FABIA but capsized in position  one mile north of Spit Buoy (51.29N 01.3)
1 crew dead 12 injured
2
Nov 13 1939
HMS ADVENTURER
Mine laying cruiser
Mined and severely damaged.
3 crew killed, 62 injured.
3
Nov  20 1939
HMS MASTIFF
Minesweeper  520 tons.
Mined, Sunk. 1 mile off Tongue lightship
6 crew lost
4
Nov 21 1939
HMS GIPSY
G-class destroyer
Mined and sank in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex
30 of her 146 crew were lost
5
Nov 22 1939
HMS ARAGONITE
Naval Trawler
Mined, sunk, off Deal, Kent.

6
Dec  10 1939
HMT RAY OF HOPE
Minesweeper,
Mined and sank in the Thames Estuary
9 crew lost
7
Dec 20 1939
HMS NAPIA
Tug
Mined, sunk, off Deal, Kent 51°15′45″N 1°25′00″E / 51.26250°N 1.41667°E / 51.26250; 1.41667
All 8 crew lost
8
Jan 19  1940
HMS GRENVILLE 
Destroyer, based at Harwich.
Mined, sank. Thames Estuary. 51°39′N 2°17′E / 51.650°N 2.283°E / 51.650; 2.283
77 crew lost

9
March 16 1940
HMT MAIDA
Minesweeper.
Mined, sank off Margate.
6  of her 12 crew lost
10
June 2 1940
HMT BLACKBURN ROVERS
Minesweeper
Mine and sank in the North Sea 24  miles east by south of North Foreland, Kent
6 of her crew lost
11
June 4  1940  

OCEAN LASSIE,

96 ton

Examination Drifter.
Mined and sunk  off Harwich.

7 of her 13 crew lost

12
June 12 1940
HMT SISAPON
Minesweeper.
Mined and sank off Felixtowe
11 crew lost
13
June 14 1940
HMT MYRTLE.

Anti submarine trawler.  
Mined. Sunk. North Kent Coast

All 21 crew lost
14
July 24 1940
HMT FLEMING
Minesweeper
Bombed, sank Thames Estuary off Essex
19 of her 22 crew lost
15
July 27 1940
HMS Wren
W-class destroyer
bombed and sunk off Aldeburgh, Suffolk 52°10′N 2°06′E / 52.167°N 2.100°E / 52.167; 2.100
35 of her crew lost
16
July 28 1940
HMT STAUNTON

Minesweeper

Mined, sunk Thames Estuary east of Bradwell-on-Sea.
All 13 crew lost
17
Aug 2 1940
HMT CAPE FINISTERRE
Naval trawler
Bombed and sunk in the North Sea off Harwich
1 crew lost
18
Aug 4 1940
HMT DRUMMER
Naval  AP trawler
Mined, sank off Brightlingsea, Essex
4 crew lost
19
Aug 5 1940
HMT River Clyde 276 tons
Minesweeper
Mined, sank off Aldeburgh, Suffolk
12 crew lost
20
Aug 11 1940
HMT EDWARDIAN
Minesweeper  348 tons
Bombed, damaged off North Forland
3 crew lost
3 wounded
21
Aug 12 1940

HMT  TAMARISK

540 tons

Minesweeper
Bombed, Sunk off North of Margate
7 crew lost
22
Aug 12 1940
HMT PYROPE

Minesweeper  
295 tons

Bombed, sank of Margate.

6 crew lost
23
Aug 7 1940
HMT Elizabeth Angela
Minesweeper 
Bombed, sank, The Downs 51°19′57″N 1°33′03″E / 51.33250°N 1.55083°E / 51.33250; 1.55083
1 crew lost
24
Sep 7 1940
HMT ABRONIA
Minesweeper
Foundered in the Thames
5 crew lost
25
Sep 24 1940
HMT LOCH INVER
Minesweeper
Mined, sank off Harwich, Essex
23 crew lost
26
Sep 24 1940
HMS MTB 15
Motor Torpedo boat
Mined, sank North Sea 30 nautical miles (56 km) north east of North Foreland, Kent

27
Oct  4 1940
SIRDAR
Tug. 34 tons
Bombed, sank in the Swale

28
Oct 7 1940
HMT REED
Naval trawler
Mined and sank south of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (51°46′00″N 1°14′05″E / 51.76667°N 1.23472°E / 51.76667; 1.23472
All 15 crew lost
29
Oct  7 1940
SCOTCH THISTLE  84 ton
Minesweeper
Grounded, Thames Estuary. Total loss.

30
Oct 11 1940
HMY AISHA
Naval yacht
Mined, sank off Isle of Sheppey
All crew saved
31
Oct 12  1940
HMT RESOLVO
Minesweeper 231 tons
Mined, severely damaged, NE of Sheerness
2 crew lost
32
Oct 13 1940
DANUBE III
Rescue tug
234 tons

Mined, sunk, NE of Sheerness

11 crew lost
33
Oct 16 1940
R.N. MTB 106
Motor Torpedo Boat
Mined, sank off Sheerness

34
Oct 16 1940
HMS DUNDALK
710 tons
Minesweeper
(Rescued troops from Dunkirk.)
Mined taken under tow sank off Harwich, Essex 51°57′N 1°27′E / 51.950°N 1.450°E / 51.950; 1.450
4 crew lost
35
Oct 19 1940
HMS VENETIA
Destroyer 1120 tons
Mined, sunk off Margate 51°33′N 1°10′E / 51.550°N 1.167°E / 51.550; 1.167

34 crew lost
36
Oct 19 1940
HMT VELIA
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk. Off  Kentish Knock Lightship  51°48′05″N 1°44′00″E / 51.80139°N 1.73333°E / 51.80139; 1.73333
All crew saved
37
Oct 21 1940
HMT WAVEFLOWER
Minesweeper
Mined and sank in the North Sea off Aldeburgh, Suffolk
15 of  her 22 crew lost
38
Oct 22 1940
JOSEPH BUTTON 290 tons (Harwich)
Minesweeper
Mined and sunk 5.75 nautical miles bearing 275 of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.
5 of her crew lost
39
Oct 31 1940
MTB 16
BPB 60 foot class motor torpedo boat.
Mine and sank in the North Sea off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

40
Nov 7 1940.

WILLIAM WESNEY  

364 ton

Minesweeper
Mined and sunk  off Orfordness.
6 crew lost
41
Nov 1 1940
HMT TILBURY NESS
Minesweeper, 279 tons. Skipper W. S. Hawes RNR)
Bombed, sunk, East Oaze Buoy in the Thames Estuary.
10 crew lost
42
Nov 8 1940
HMS MURIA
Tug
Mined, sunk. off Margate, 51°26′30″N 1°27′00″E / 51.44167°N 1.45000°E / 51.44167; 1.45000
All crew lost
43
Nov 11 1940
HMT STELLA ORION
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk, N of Herne Bay
All crew saved
44
Nov 14 1940
HMT RISTANGO
Boom Defense Vessel
Fouled boom? Sunk N of Sheerness

45
Nov 15 1940
HMS GUARDSMAN
Tug
Mined and sank off North Foreland, Kent
2 crew lost
46
Nov 18 1940
HMT GO AHEAD
Naval Trawler
Sunk, River Medway at Queenborough.

47
Nov 21 1940
HMT XMAS ROSE

Naval AP  drifter
Mined and sank Thames Estuary 51°47′45″N 1°25′30″E / 51.79583°N 1.42500°E / 51.79583; 1.42500
4 crew lost
48
Nov 22 1940
22 ML 127
73 ton
Fairmile B motor launch
Mined and sank off Clacton-on-Sea, Essex
11 crew lost
49
Nov 25 1940
HMT AMETHYST
Anti submarine trawler
Mined , sunk, Thames Estuary.

50
Nov  25 1940
HMT KENNYMORE
Navel Trawler
Mined , sunk, Thames Estuary
4 Crew lost
51
Nov  25 1940
HMT CONQUISTADOR
Navel Trawler
Collision, sunk, Thames Estuary

52
Nov 30 1940
HMT CHESTNUT
Tree-class trawler
Mined and sank off North Foreland, Kent
All crew saved
53
Dec 7 1940
HMT CAPRICORNUS
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk NE of Sheerness, two miles 94° from Nore Light Vessel
1 crew lost
54
Dec 17 1940
HMT CARRY ON
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk east of the Nore Sand Lightship
7 crew lost
55
Dec 17 1940
HMT THOMAS CONNOLLY
Boom Defense Vessel
Mined, sunk  north of Sheerness
17 crew lost
56
Dec 18 1940
HMT REFUNDO
Naval trawler
Mined, damaged in the Orwell Estuary off Harwich, Essex 51°56′06″N 1°21′02″E / 51.93500°N 1.35056°E / 51.93500; 1.35056 sunk under tow
2 crew lost
57
Dec 21 1940
HMS SUN IX
Naval tug
Mined, sunk  north of Sheerness
3 crew lost
58
Dec 26 1940
MAC 5
The Motor Attendant Craft
Mined and sank North Sea off the coast of Essex
4 crew lost
59
Jan 3 1941
HMT NEW SPRAY
Sheerness Balloon barrage vessel.
Foundered in a gale Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent

60
Jan 6 1941
HMT LION
Sheerness balloon barge-towing tug
Mined, sunk, River Medway
All crew lost
61
Jan 8 1941

STRATHEARN

683  tons

Lighthouse tender
Sank in the North Sea 51°45′N 1°10′E / 51.750°N 1.167°E / 51.750; 1.167
15 lives lost
62
Jan 14 1941
HMS FITZROY
Hunt-class minesweeper
Mined  in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex and was beached.

63
Jan 16 1941
HMT DESIREE 212 tons
Naval  M/S trawler
Mined and sank in the Thames Estuary
All crew saved
64
Jan 27 1941
HMT DAROGAH
Minesweeper
Mined, Thames estuary


65
Feb 3 1941
HMT ARCTIC TRAPPER
Armed Naval trawler
Bombed, sunk , east of Ramsgate. Possibly shot down two aircraft.
17 crew lost, 3 wounded
66
Feb 5 1941
TOURMALINE
641 tons
Harwich A/S trawler
Bombed and sunk in the North Sea off North Foreland, Kent
2 crew lost
67
Feb 10 1941
HMT BOY ALAN
Minesweeper
Collision, sunk Thames Estuary,

68
Feb 14 1941
MTB 41
Motor torpedo boat
Mined and sank in North Sea
2 crew lost
69
March 6 1941
SUN VII
Tug
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary
5 crew lost
70
March 14  1941
HMT JEANNIE LEASK
Naval trawler
Mined, damaged in the North Sea 51°44′N 1°07′E / 51.733°N 1.117°E / 51.733; 1.117 beached Brightlingsea. Then bombed.


71
April 6 1941
HMT DARCY COOPER  126 tons
Harwich examination drifter
Bombed and sank Harwich, Essex. At Trinity pier. 
3 crew lost
72
April 8 1941
HMS MARMION II (Was at Dunkirk evacuations.)
Paddle steamer
Bombed and sank Harwich, Essex. At Trinity pier. 

73
May 5 1941
HMT FIDELIA
The boom defence vessel
Bombed and sunk at Lowestoft, Suffolk

74
June 4 1941
HMS VAN MEERLANT
AA convoy leader
Mined, sunk off the Isle of Sheppey, Kent.
All 42 crew lost
75
June 5 1941
HMT ASH
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk Thames Estuary

2 crew lost, 8 injured
76
June 5 1941
HMT LAVINIA
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk, Sheerness

77
June 12 1941
HMT SISAPON
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk, in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex

78
July   1 1941
HMT DEVON COUNTY
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk Thames Estuary, 51°28′51″N 0°59′14″E / 51.48083°N 0.98722°E / 51.48083; 0.98722
3 crew lost
79
July 3 1941
HMT RECEPTIVE
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk, North Sea. 51°20′50″N 0°54′35″E / 51.34722°N 0.90972°E / 51.34722; 0.90972
1 crew lost
80
July 3 1941
HMT ROSME
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk, North Sea. 51°34′12″N 1°03′00″E / 51.57000°N 1.05000°E / 51.57000; 1.05000
1 crew lost
81
July 30 1941
WHITESHED
Destroyer
Mined and severely damaged. Travelled back to Harwich stern first.
13 crew lost, 15 wounded.
82
July 7 1941
HMT LORD ST VINCENT
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk off Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
2 crew lost
83
Aug  7  1941
MMS 39
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk , Thames Estuary, near Longsand Head.
3 crew lost
84
Aug 12 1941
HMT EXPRESS
Auxiliary patrol vessel
Mined, sunk  off Whitstable, Kent

85
Sep 20 1941
HMT MARCONI FY3304
Naval trawler
Collision during air raid  sank in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex

86
Oct  14  1941
HMT FORERUNNER
Navel trawler
Collision, sunk Thames Estuary.

87
Oct  24  1941
HMT EMILION
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary off Essex
No loss of life
88
Oct  24  1941
HMT LUCIENNE JEANNE
Navel trawler
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary

89
Nov  8 1941
HMT MONARDA
Minesweeper
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary off Sheerness, Kent.

90
Nov  18 1941
GO AHEAD
Sheerness balloon drifter
Collision, sunk.

91
Jan 9 1942
HMS VIMIERA
V-class destroyer
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary, off East Spile Buoy. Convoy FS 693
96 crew lost
(of 110 crew)
92
Mar  13 1942
SPARSHOLT
Sheerness boom mooring lighter
Mined
6 crew lost
93
April 20 1942
HMS COTSWOLD Convoy FS 80
Hunt-class destroyer
Mined, damaged off Aldeburgh, Suffolk beached off Shotley.
5 crew lost, 23 injured
94
June 16 1942
TRANQUIL,  294 ton
Minesweeper
Collision off Deal
6 lost
95
July 9 1942
MGB  14 
5th Motor Gun Boat Flotilla
Lost off of Lowerstoft

96
July 9 1942
TUNISIAN
Boom Trawler
Mined and sank off Landguard Point
All 29 crew lost.
97
July  21 1942
HMMGB 328
Fairmile C motor gun boat
Sunk by Kriegsmarine surface ships in the Dover Strait
8 crew lost
98
Aug 7 1942
HMS MTB 44
White 73'-class motor torpedo boat
Sunk by Kriegsmarine surface vessels off Dover.

99
Aug 18 1942
HMS MTB 218
Vosper 70'-class motor torpedo boat
Mine and sank in Dover Strait
6 crew lost

100

Aug 24  1942
HMS ML 103
Fairmile A motor launch
Mine and sank in Dover Strait
2 crew lost
101
Sep 10 1942
HMS MGB 335
Fairmile C motor gunboat
Shelled and sunk in the North Sea by Kriegsmarine surface vessels in the North Sea.
3 crew lost.
102
Oct 6 1942
HMMGB 76
BPB 72 foot-class motor gun boat
shelled and sunk in the North Sea by Kriegsmarine Schnellboots
1 crew lost
103
Oct 6 1942
HMMTB 29
BPB 70 foot-class motor torpedo boat
Sunk in a collision in the North Sea  when in action with E-boats.
10 crew lost
104
Aug 5 1943
HMT Red Gauntlet 
Naval trawler
Torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex by S-86

All 21 crew lost
105
Sep 22  1943  
HMT OCEAN RETRIEVER
Navel trawler
harbour defence.
Mined, sunk, Thames Estuary
All 11 crew lost
106
Sep 21 1943
21 ZEE MEEUW
Minesweeper
Sunk in collision Gravesend reach Thames

107
Sep 25 1943
HMT DONNA NOOK
Naval trawler
Was rammed and sunk in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex by HMT Stella Rigel
 while engaging  E-boats
All crew saved
108
Sep 25 1943
HMT FRANC TIREUR
Naval trawler
Torpedoed and sunk in the North Sea off Harwich by E-boats
 15 crew lost
109
Sep 25 1943
S-96
German E-boat
Rammed and damaged in the North Sea off the Sunk Lightship by HMML 145 and HMML 150 and was abandoned. 13crew rescued by HMML 145 and taken as prisoners of war.

110
Nov 9 1943
HMS MTB 230
Vosper 72 foot-class Motor Torpedo Boat
Sunk in the North Sea in a collision with HMMTB 222

111
Nov 9 1943
HMMTB 222
Vosper 72 foot-class Motor Torpedo Boat
Sank from damage sustained in a collision in the North Sea with HMMTB 230

112
May 20 1944
HMT Wyoming
Naval trawler
Mined and sunk  20 nautical miles (37 km) east-north-east of Harwich, Essex
5 crew lost
113
May 20 1944
HMS MMS 227
Minesweeper

Mined and sank in the North Sea off Orfordness, Suffolk.

114
May 20 1944
HNLMS Marken Royal Netherlands Navy
MMS-class minesweeper
Mined and sank in the Thames Estuary

115
Aug 18 1944
MTB 93
Motor Torpedo Boat 22nd MTB Flotilla  Lowestoft
In a collision off Harwich with MTB 729.
1 dead, 1 badly injured
116
Oct 30 1944
LCT 936.
Landing Craft Tank
Sunk in a storm off Lowestoft

117
Nov 10 1944
HMS HYDRA
Algerine-class minesweeper
Mined in the North Sea off Ostend, Belgium and severely damaged. She was taken in to Sheerness, Kent.
6 crew lost
118
Dec 1944
HMCS CHARLESTOWN Royal Canadian Navy
Wickes-class destroyer
The collided with Florizell in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex and was damaged.

119
Dec 26 1940
MAC 5
Minesweeper Attendant Craft,
Mine and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Essex in vicinity of Stad Maastricht
4 of her crew lost
120
Jan 16 1945
HMS LST-415
Landing Ship, Tank, Mk.2
Torpedoed  sunk off the Tongue Lightship
6 crew lost
121
Feb 22 1945
HMS LCVP-707
Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel
Torpedoed and sunk,  in the Thames Estuary

122
Feb 22 1945
HMS LST-364
Landing Ship, Tank
Torpedoed and sunk by midget submarine  off Ramsgate. 51°18′N 01°54′E / 51.300°N 1.900°E / 51.300; 1.900

123
Feb 22 1945
S 193  (German)
Type 1939/40 Schnellboot
Attacked a convoy in the Thames Estuary and was sunk by the escorts.

124
Feb 24 1945
HMS ALERT 2
Cable layer
Torpedoed, sunk east of Ramsgate
All 59 crew lost
125
March 14 1945
HMT Moravia (FY1819)
Minesweeper
Mined and sunk in the North Sea, reported position 52 15N /001 48.3E

126
March 26 1945
HMS Puffin
Kingfisher-class sloop
Rammed and sank a German Seehund midget submarine.  The impact caused the U-boat's torpedoes to explode. Puffin was severely damaged taken in to Harwich, Essex

127
March 26 1945
Seehund midget submarine. 
German
Rammed by HMS Puffin. The Torpedoes exploded.
Both of her crew lost.
128
April 7 1945
HMMTB 494
BPB 72'-class motor torpedo boat
Rammed and sunk in the North Sea by  Schnellboot S 176
15 crew lost
129
April 7 1945
HMMTB 5001
Fairmile D (modified) motor torpedo boat
Sunk in the North Sea by gunfire by a Kriegsmarine Schnellboot or was rammed and sunk by S 177
3 crew lost
130
April 8 1945
S-202
German Schnellboot
Sank in the North Sea whilst engaging Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats

131
April 8 1945
S-703
German Schnellboot
Sank in the North Sea whilst engaging Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats

132
April 10 1945
HMML 102
Motor launch
Torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Dover, Kent by a Kriegsmarine midget submarine

























































































































































 

MORE THAN 300

SHIPS WERE LOST IN THE THAMES ESTUARY DURING WORLD WAR TWO 1939 - 1945.

​HALF OF THESE WERE SHIPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY.

Red wreck symbols = Royal navy ships sunk.Blue wreck symbols = Merchant Navy ships sunk.
Wreck with yellow spot = the Richard Montgomery.

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In the Thames Estuary alone three hundred and one ships were lost.  (This will almost certainly be higher as research continues) 129 of these were Royal Navy vessels,172 were Merchant Navy ships, plus there were five enemy Motor Torpedo boats (Schnellboot) and Seehund midget submarines.  

Most of these were sunk with the loss of life!

In the Nore Command between 1939 and 1945, more than 600 ships were sunk due to enemy action.

In the early part of WW2 more ships were being sunk in the North Sea than in the Atlantic Ocean .

ROYAL NAVY AND MERCHANT SHIPS LOST AND THEIR LOCATION