List of shipwrecks in December 1915

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The list of shipwrecks in December 1915 includes some ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during December 1915.


December 1915
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1 December

List of shipwrecks: 1 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Clan Macleod  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 100 nautical miles (190 km) east south east of Malta (35°39′N 16°43′E / 35.650°N 16.717°E / 35.650; 16.717) by SM U-33 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of twelve crew.[1][2]
HMS Comet  Royal Navy The gunboat was lost on this date.[3]
HM Gunboat Firefly  Royal Navy The Fly-class gunboat was lost on this date.[3]

2 December

List of shipwrecks: 2 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Commodore  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 160 nautical miles (300 km) east south east of Malta by SM U-33 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of a crew member.[2][4]
Norrvik  Sweden World War I: The cargo ship, en route from Grimsby to Stockholm, struck a mine in the North Sea and sank immediately. Five casualties, but fourteen saved by the Norwegian steamer Ambra.[5]

3 December

List of shipwrecks: 3 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Dante  Italy World War I: The coaster was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sollum, Egypt (32°20′N 26°19′E / 32.333°N 26.317°E / 32.333; 26.317) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[6]
HMT Etoile Polaire  Royal Navy World War I: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the English Channel off the South Goodwin Lightship ( United Kingdom).[7] loss of 3 crew.
Yar Hissar  Ottoman Navy World War I: The Samsun-class destroyer was torpedoed and sunk in the Gulf of Ismid by HMS E11 ( Royal Navy) with the loss of 42 of her 85 crew.[8] HMS E11 rescued 42 survivors.[9]
Zuaia  Italy The tanker was destroyed by fire at Popvile.[10]

4 December

List of shipwrecks: 4 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Intrepido  Regia Marina World War I: The Indomito-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Vlorë, Albania.[11]
Re Umberto  Italy World War I: The passenger ship struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Cape Linguetta, Albania.[12]

5 December

List of shipwrecks: 5 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Fresnel  French Navy World War I: The Pluviôse-class submarine ran aground in the Adriatic Sea off Shëngjin, Albania. She subsequently was sunk by SMS Warsdiner ( Austro-Hungarian Navy) Her 28 crew were taken as prisoners of war.[13][14]
Helmsmuir  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 66 nautical miles (122 km) south by east of Gavdos, Greece by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[2][15]
Pietro Lofaro  Italy World War I: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Sollum, Egypt (32°52′N 26°53′E / 32.867°N 26.883°E / 32.867; 26.883) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy).[16]

6 December

List of shipwrecks: 6 December 1915
Ship Country Description
L. G. Goulandris  Greece World War I: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 150 nautical miles (280 km) north west of Alexandria, Egypt (32°15′N 27°25′E / 32.250°N 27.417°E / 32.250; 27.417) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[17]

7 December

List of shipwrecks: 7 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Umeta  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 112 nautical miles (207 km) east south east of Malta (35°28′N 16°56′E / 35.467°N 16.933°E / 35.467; 16.933) by SM U-33 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of two crew.[2][18][19]
Veria  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 24 nautical miles (44 km) north west by north of Alexandria, Egypt (31°30′N 29°28′E / 31.500°N 29.467°E / 31.500; 29.467) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[2][20]

8 December

List of shipwrecks: 8 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Ignis  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 5.5 nautical miles (10.2 km) north east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Her crew survived.[21]

9 December

List of shipwrecks: 9 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Busiris  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 190 nautical miles (350 km) west north west of Alexandria, Egypt (32°50′N 26°20′E / 32.833°N 26.333°E / 32.833; 26.333) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[2][22]
Klara  Sweden The schooner suffered a damaged rudder in the North Sea and was abandoned at 56°23′N 3°34′E / 56.383°N 3.567°E / 56.383; 3.567). Her crew were rescued by Vesta ( Denmark).[23]
Orteric  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 140 nautical miles (260 km) south by east of Gavdos, Greece (32°02′N 25°03′E / 32.033°N 25.050°E / 32.033; 25.050) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of two crew.[2][24]
Papagello Albania Albania World War I: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Adriatic Sea (41°40′N 19°25′E / 41.667°N 19.417°E / 41.667; 19.417) by SM U-4 ( Austro-Hungarian Navy)[25]

10 December

List of shipwrecks: 10 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Ingstad  Norway World War I: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 4 nautical miles (7.4 km) east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Her crew survived.[26]
Nereus  Norway World War I: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea with the loss of a crew member.[27]
Porto Said  Italy World War I: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 50 nautical miles (93 km) north east of Derna, Libya (32°38′N 23°35′E / 32.633°N 23.583°E / 32.633; 23.583) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[28]
Yozgat  Ottoman Navy World War I: The Kastamonu-class gunboat was sunk off the Kirpen Islands by Russian destroyers.[29]

11 December

List of shipwrecks: 11 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Pinegrove  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the English Channel 8 nautical miles (15 km) west of Cap Gris Nez, Pas-de-Calais, France with the loss of two of her crew.[30]
Rosmed  Sweden The cargo ship struck a rock and sank in the Norwegian Sea off Hindoen, Norway.[23]
St. Kilda  United Kingdom The cargo ship came ashore on Little Miquelon, Saint Pierre and Miquelon and was wrecked.[23]

12 December

List of shipwrecks: 12 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Cross Sand Lightship  United Kingdom The lightship was struck by Marga ( United Kingdom) and sank in the North Sea off the coast of Norfolk.[31]
Réchid Pesha  Ottoman Navy World War I: The transport ship was sunk in the Sea of Marmara off Sylivra by a French Navy submarine.[32]
SMS V107  Imperial German Navy World War I: The V105-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Liepāja, Latvia with the loss of a crew member.[33]

13 December

List of shipwrecks: 13 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Lanao  United States The coaster was driven ashore on Marinduque Island, Philippines and was wrecked.[31]
Lavengro  Denmark The schooner was wrecked at St. John's, Newfoundland.[34]

14 December

List of shipwrecks: 14 December 1915
Ship Country Description
HMT Susanna  Royal Navy The naval trawler was lost on this date.[35]

16 December

List of shipwrecks: 16 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Lemnos  United Kingdom The collier was lost on this date.[3]
Majestic  United Kingdom The cargo ship was destroyed by fire at Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.[36]
Nyroca  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off the Kentish Knock Lightship ( United Kingdom). Her crew were rescued by Pandion ( United Kingdom )and a Royal Navy torpedo boat.[36]

17 December

List of shipwrecks: 17 December 1915
Ship Country Description
SMS Bremen  Imperial German Navy World War I: The Bremen-class cruiser struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea off Ventspils, Lithuania.
Carolina  United States The barque sprang a leak in the Atlantic Ocean off Galveston, Texas and was abandoned by her crew.[36]
Lucy Neff  United States The coaster foundered in the Atlantic Ocean 20 nautical miles (37 km) east of Fenwick Island, Delaware.[36]
Marien  United Kingdom The coaster came ashore at Hartlepool, County Durham and was abandoned by her crew.[36] She broke in two on 24 December and was a total loss.[37]
SMS V191  Imperial German Navy World War I: The S138-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea.[33]

18 December

List of shipwrecks: 18 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Erzen Albania Albania World War I: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Adriatic Sea (41°47′N 19°31′E / 41.783°N 19.517°E / 41.783; 19.517) by SM U-15 ( Austro-Hungarian Navy). Her crew survived.[38]
Figlio Preligiona Albania Albania World War I: The sailing vessel was sunk in the Adriatic Sea (41°47′N 19°31′E / 41.783°N 19.517°E / 41.783; 19.517) by SM U-15 ( Austro-Hungarian Navy). Her crew survived.[39]
HMT Lottie Leask  Royal Navy World War I: The naval trawler was shelled and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Sazan Island, Albania (40°35′N 18°45′E / 40.583°N 18.750°E / 40.583; 18.750) by SM U-39 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[40]
Nico  Norway World War I: The coaster struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km) west of the Longsand Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of two of her crew.[41]
Northmount  United Kingdom The cargo ship sprang a leak in the Atlantic Ocean and was abandoned by her crew.[37]

20 December

List of shipwrecks: 20 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Belford  United Kingdom World War I: The coaster was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off Boulogne, Pas-de-Calais, France by SM UB-10 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[2][42]
Huntly  United Kingdom (Flag of the Red Cross.png Red Cross): World War I: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel off the Boulogne Lightship ( France) by SM UB-10 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of two of her crew.[2][43]

21 December

List of shipwrecks: 21 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Huntley  United Kingdom World War I: The merchant ship was torpedoed and sunk by the submarine SM UB-10 ( Imperial German Navy) in the English Channel .75 miles (1.21 km) off the Boulogne light vessel.[44]
Knarsdale  United Kingdom World War I: The collier struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 2.75 nautical miles (5.09 km) east by south of Orfordness, Suffolk with the loss of a crew member.[3][45]
HMS Lady Ismay  Royal Navy World War I: The auxiliary minesweeper struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 1 nautical mile (1.9 km) north west of the Longsand Lightship ( United Kingdom) (51°48′N 1°39′E / 51.800°N 1.650°E / 51.800; 1.650) with the loss of eighteen of her crew.[46]
Yasaka Maru  Japan World War I: The passenger ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 60 nautical miles (110 km) off Port Said, Egypt by SM U-38 ( Imperial German Navy).[47] Her crew and all 120 passengers were rescued by a French Navy gunboat.[48]
Henriette  Sweden The wooden barque departed West Hartlepool destined for Uddevalla, and the only trace of her is an empty lifeboat that was found near Aberdeen. Fifteen casualties. [49]

22 December

List of shipwrecks: 22 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Uddeholm  Sweden The iron steamer departed Gothenburg destined for Kristiansund, and has not been heard from since. Twelve casualties. Whether the disappearance was war-related (mine) or as a result of the big storm during Christmas, has not been possible to ascertain. [50]

23 December

List of shipwrecks: 23 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Freya  Imperial German Navy The Vorpostenboot was lost on this date.[51]
SMS S177  Imperial German Navy World War I: The S138-class torpedo boat struck a mine and sank in the Baltic Sea with the loss of seven of her crew.[33]
Skiblander  Norway The schooner was driven ashore and wrecked at Johnshaven, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom with the loss of one of her seven crew.[37]

24 December

List of shipwrecks: 24 December 1915
Ship Country Description
HMT Carilon  Royal Navy World War I: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Margate, Kent. Her crew survived.[52]
Embla  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and was damaged in the Thames Estuary 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) east south east of the Tongue Lightship ( United Kingdom). She was beached but was declared a total loss. Her crew survived.[53]
Envermeu  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground on the Goodwin Sands, Kent and was wrecked. Her crew were rescued.[37]
Lady Iveagh  United Kingdom The collier was wrecked at St. Quentin Point, Somme, France.[3][54]
Moor  United Kingdom The cargo ship sank at Dundee, Perthshire.[37]
Ville de la Ciotat  France World War I: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 105 nautical miles (194 km) south west of Cape Matapan, Greece (35°10′N 21°26′E / 35.167°N 21.433°E / 35.167; 21.433) by SM U-34 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of 81 lives.[55] Survivors were rescued by Moroe ( United Kingdom).[56]
Yeddo  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was scuttled in the Mediterranean Sea 122 nautical miles (226 km) south west by south of Cape Matapan by SM U-34 ( Imperial German Navy).[2][57] Her crew were rescued by Natal ( Denmark).[58]

25 December

List of shipwrecks: 25 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Lovspring  Norway The barque was driven ashore and wrecked on the coast of Northumberland, United Kingdom.[37]
Nereus  Sweden The steamer, en route from Boston, Lincolnshire to Copenhagen, struck a mine in the North Sea at (53°39′N 1°17′E / 53.650°N 1.283°E / 53.650; 1.283)[59] and sank. Her crew were rescued.[58]
Van Stirum  United Kingdom World War I: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 8 nautical miles (15 km) south south west of the Smalls Lighthouse (51°55′N 6°16′W / 51.917°N 6.267°W / 51.917; -6.267) by SM U-24 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of two crew.[2][60]
Yrsa  Denmark The cargo ship ran aground in Aalebeks Bay. Her crew were rescued.[37]

26 December

List of shipwrecks: 26 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Cottingham  United Kingdom World War I: The coaster was shelled and sunk in the Bristol Channel 16 nautical miles (30 km) south west of Lundy Island, Devon by SM U-24 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of seven crew.[2][61]
HMS E6  Royal Navy World War I: The E-class submarine struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Harwich, Essex with the loss of 31 of her crew.[62]
Ministre Beernaert  Belgium World War I: The cargo ship was sunk in the Bristol Channel 40 nautical miles (74 km) west by south of Lundy Island (50°50′N 5°33′W / 50.833°N 5.550°W / 50.833; -5.550) by SM U-24 ( Imperial German Navy).[63]
HMT Resono  Royal Navy World War I: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 2 nautical miles (3.7 km) south east by east of the Sunk Lightship ( United Kingdom) with the loss of thirteen of her crew.[64]

27 December

List of shipwrecks: 27 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Clan Davidson  United Kingdom The cargo ship was driven ashore at Ballyquinton, County Down. She was refloated and beached in Belfast Lough.[65]
Elizabeth Jane  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in the Bristol Channel off The Mumbles, Glamorgan with the loss of all hands.[66]
Export  Sweden The cargo ship sprang a leak in the North Sea of the coast of the Netherlands and was abandoned. Her crew were rescued.[65]
HMT Ferndale  Royal Navy The naval trawler foundered in the Irish Sea off St. Ann's Head, Pembrokeshire with the loss of all hands.[67][68]
Hadley  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 3 nautical miles (5.6 km) south east of the Shipwash Lightship ( United Kingdom). Her crew survived.[69]
HMT Ladysmith  Royal Navy The naval trawler foundered in the Irish Sea off the coast of Wales.[68]
Lyra  Denmark The schooner was driven ashore at Lyngør, Aust-Agder, Norway and was wrecked. Her crew were rescued.[65]
Mary Jane  United Kingdom The schooner foundered in Swansea Bay with the loss of all hands.[70]
Thor  Denmark The galeass capsized in the Baltic Sea off Oxö, Sweden.[56][71]
HM Torpedo Boat 46  Royal Navy The torpedo boat ran out of coal during a voyage from Port Said, Egypt, to Mudros and was wrecked while under tow in the Aegean Sea off Lemnos, Greece. She was salvaged and returned to service.[33][72][73]

28 December

List of shipwrecks: 28 December 1915
Ship Country Description
El Zorro  United Kingdom World War I: The tanker was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean 10 nautical miles (19 km) south of the Old Head of Kinsale, County Cork by SM U-24 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of two of her crew.[2][74]

29 December

List of shipwrecks: 29 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Erin  Netherlands World War I: The trawler caught a mine in her nets and sank in the North Sea off IJmuiden, North Holland when it exploded. Three of her eleven crew were killed.[71]
Kenkoku Maru  Japan World War I: The cargo ship was sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 75 nautical miles (139 km) south west of Glados, Greece (34°07′N 22°12′E / 34.117°N 22.200°E / 34.117; 22.200) by SM U-34 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[75]
SMS Lika  Austro-Hungarian Navy World War I: The Tatra-class destroyer struck a mine and sank in the Adriatic Sea off Durazzo, Albania.[76]
Monge  French Navy World War I: Battle of Durazzo: The Pluviose-class submarine was rammed and sunk in the Adriatic Sea off Kotor, Austria-Hungary, by one of six warships including SMS Helgoland and five Tatra-class destroyers (all  Austro-Hungarian Navy).[77][13][76]
Morning  United Kingdom The cargo ship was sunk on this date with the loss of all but two of her crew.[78]
SMS Triglav  Austro-Hungarian Navy The Tatra-class destroyer struck a mine and was damaged in the Adriatic Sea off Durazzo. SMS Czepel and SMS Tatra (both  Austro-Hungarian Navy) attempted to take her in tow but were unsuccessful. She was shelled and sunk by Casque ( French Navy) and five other French Navy ships.[76]

30 December

List of shipwrecks: 30 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Abelia  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was shelled and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 152 nautical miles (282 km) west of Gavdos, Greece (34°24′N 20°51′E / 34.400°N 20.850°E / 34.400; 20.850 by SM U-34 ( Imperial German Navy). Her crew survived.[2][79]
Clan Macfarlane  United Kingdom World War I: The cargo ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea 66 nautical miles (122 km) south east of Cape Martello, Crete, Greece by SM U-38 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of 52 crew.[2][80]
Ellewoutsdijk  Netherlands World War I: The cargo ship struck a mine and sank in the North Sea 1.5 nautical miles (2.8 km) of the Galloper Lightship ( United Kingdom) (51°42′N 1°57′E / 51.700°N 1.950°E / 51.700; 1.950).[81]
Glenariff  United Kingdom The cargo ship departed Newport, Monmouthshire for Belfast, County Antrim. No further trace, presumed foundered in the Irish Sea with the loss of all ten crew.[82]
HMS Natal  Royal Navy
HMS Natal

The Duke of Edinburgh-class cruiser was sunk in the Cromarty Firth by an internal explosion with the loss of at least 390 lives.

Persia  United Kingdom World War I: The passenger ship was torpedoed and sunk in the Mediterranean Sea off Crete (34°08′N 26°19′E / 34.133°N 26.317°E / 34.133; 26.317) by SM U-38 ( Imperial German Navy) with the loss of 343 of the 519 people on board.

31 December

List of shipwrecks: 31 December 1915
Ship Country Description
Dana  Denmark The three-masted schooner was driven ashore at Craster, Northumberland, United Kingdom and was wrecked.[83]
HMT Responso  Royal Navy The naval trawler was lost on this date.[35]
Satrap  United Kingdom The collier foundered in the Irish Sea off Manorbier, Pembrokeshire with the loss of all eleven crew.[84]
HMT Speeton  Royal Navy World War I: The naval trawler struck a mine and sank in the North Sea off Lowestoft, Suffolk (52°33′N 1°50′E / 52.550°N 1.833°E / 52.550; 1.833) with the loss of eleven of her crew.[85]
Tynemouth  United Kingdom The collier was lost in the Irish Sea on this date.[86]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown date 1915
Ship Country Description
Active  United Kingdom The whaler foundered off the Orkney Islands over the Christmas period with the loss of all twenty crew.[87]
Thomas Winsmore  United States The schooner was abandoned during a storm off the coast of Florida.
Wood  United Kingdom The vessel was sunk as a blockship.[35]

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Ship events in 1915
Ship launches: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920
Ship commissionings: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920
Ship decommissionings: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920
Shipwrecks: 1910 1911 1912 1913 1914 1915 1916 1917 1918 1919 1920

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