List of shipwrecks in May 1940

The list of shipwrecks in May 1940 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during May 1940.

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List of shipwrecks: 1 May 1940
Ship Country Description
Arlington  Canada The cargo ship (1,870 GRT, 1913) sank during a storm in Lake Superior.
Bahia Castillo  Kriegsmarine World War II: The troopship (8,579 GRT, 1917) was torpedoed and damaged in the Skaggerak south east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). Ten men and twenty-six horses were lost and twenty-three men wounded. The ship was towed into Frederikshavn, and it was scrapped at Kiel, Germany in September 1940.[1][2][3]
Beaufort  Norway World War II: The tanker (5,053 GRT, 1929) was bombed and damaged at Øye, Rogaland, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft, then scuttled by own crew. There were no casualties. She was raised in September 1941, laid up, and repaired post-war.[4]
Buenos Aires  Kriegsmarine World War II: Norwegian Campaign: The troopship (6,097 GRT, 1911) was torpedoed and sunk in the Skaggerak east of Skagen, Denmark by HMS Narwhal ( Royal Navy). Sixty men and two hundred and forty horses were lost and sixty-four men wounded.[1][3][5]
Dronning Maud  Norway
Dronning Maud

World War II: The troopship (1,489 GRT, 1925) was bombed and sunk in Gratangen, off Foldvik, Norway by aircraft of Lehrgeschwader 1, Luftwaffe, with the loss of 18 lives.

Haga  Sweden World War II: The cargo ship (1,296 GRT, 1918) struck a mine and sank in the Kattegat with the loss of four crew.[6][7][circular reference]
La Cancalaise  France World War II: The trawler (400 GRT) struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Dyck Lightship with the loss of 23 of her 31 crew.[1][8][9]
Matakana  United Kingdom The refrigerated cargo ship (8,048 GRT, 1921) ran aground in the Caribbean off Mayaguana, Bahamas and was wrecked. Her 78 crew were rescued by Panama ( United States).[10]
Pioner I  Norway World War II: The coaster (225 GRT, 1900) was bombed and sunk at Hjørungavåg, Norway by Luftwaffe aircraft. Later raised, repaired and entered Kriegsmarine service as Raeter.[11]
Uller  Kriegsmarine World War II: The minelayer, a former Vale-classgunboat (250 t, 1876), was bombed and damaged in Sognefjord, Norway by Heinkel He 115 aircraft of the Royal Norwegian Navy Air Service. She was beached and subsequently scuttled by Tyr ( Kriegsmarine).
Veslefrik  Royal Norwegian Navy World War II: The guard ship (169 GRT, 1924) was run aground in Lønnefjord, Norway, to prevent capture by the Germans.[12]

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