Events on this day
This page is our compilation of data from several different databases. All data shown here is dynamic, but is accurate according to the information we have right now. Although content is still being added daily, more than 75% of the launched and commissioned data is already in place, so this section is almost complete.
The Shipyard Report
Laid down (45)
1912: Battleship Queen Elizabeth (00)
1931: Submarine Cachalot (170)
1937: Light cruiser Euryalus (42)
1942: Frigate Barcoo (K 375) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-297 (LCI(L)-297) - Frigate Tees (K 293) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-223 (LCI(L)-223) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-297 (LCI(L)-297) - Landing craft tank LCT 222 (LCT 222) - Landing craft tank LCT 244 (LCT 244) - Landing craft tank LCT 493 (LCT 493) - Landing craft tank LCT 494 (LCT 494) - Motor torpedo boat PT 179 - Motor torpedo boat PT 241 - Submarine chaser SC-1028 (SC-1028) - Submarine chaser SC-1341 (SC-1341) - Submarine chaser SC-1342 (SC-1342) - Minesweeper YMS-360 (YMS-360)
1943: Landing Craft Tank LCT 1027 (LCT 1027) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1029 (LCT 1029) - Submarine Bugara (331) - Submarine Bullhead (332) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-506 (LCI(L)-506) - Landing craft tank LCT 918 (LCT 918) - Landing craft tank LCT 919 (LCT 919) - Tank landing ship LST 601 (LST 601) - Motor torpedo boat PT 513 - Destroyer Escort Rinehart (DE 196) - Destroyer Escort Roche (DE 197) - Minesweeper YMS-439 (YMS-439)
1944: Landing craft tank LCT 1415 (LCT 1415) - Medium landing ship LSM 115 (LSM 115) - Medium landing ship LSM 116 (LSM 116) - Medium landing ship LSM 117 (LSM 117) - Medium landing ship LSM 118 (LSM 118) - Tank landing ship LST 876 (LST 876)
1914: MS Trawler Avon Stream (FY 1529)
1915: MS Trawler Strath Devon (FY 1813)
1918: Destroyer Tenedos (H 04)
1919: Fleet tug Wandank (AT 26)
1929: MS Trawler Cape Melville (FY 651)
1931: Destroyer Ydra (D 97)
1941: Boom defence vessel Barcross (Z 185) - Boom defence vessel Barford (Z 209) - Minesweeper Brixham (J 105) - MS Trawler Kintyre (T 165) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 127 (LCT 127) - Motor minesweeper MMS 57 (J 557) - Motor minesweeper MMS 99 (J 599) - ASW Trawler Yestor (T 222) - Escort carrier Copahee (CVE 12) - Submarine Haddock (231) - Minesweeper YMS-34 (YMS-34)
1942: Landing Craft Tank LCT 577 (LCT 577) - Motor minesweeper MMS 246 (J 746) - Corvette Danaide - Minesweeper Bond (AM 152) - Destroyer Escort Edward C. Daly (DE 17) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-337 (LCI(L)-337) - Landing craft tank LCT 162 (LCT 162) - Landing craft tank LCT 163 (LCT 163) - Landing craft tank LCT 253 (LCT 253) - Landing craft tank LCT 34 (LCT 34) - Landing craft tank LCT 373 (LCT 373) - Landing craft tank LCT 489 (LCT 489) - Tank landing ship LST 6 (LST 6) - Submarine chaser SC-997 (SC-997)
1943: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-488 (LCI(L)-488) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-488 (LCI(L)-488) - Landing craft tank LCT 545 (LCT 545) - Landing craft tank LCT 546 (LCT 546) - Landing craft tank LCT 590 (LCT 590) - Oiler Manatee (AO 58) - Motor torpedo boat PT 408 - Motor torpedo boat PT 487
1944: Minesweeper Pine Lake (J 492) - Repair Ship Berry Head (F 18) - Minesweeper Myrmidon (J 454) - Minesweeper Pluto (J 446) - Oiler Chipola (AO 63) - Landing craft tank LCT 1370 (LCT 1370) - Landing craft tank LCT 1454 (LCT 1454) - Medium landing ship LSM 103 (LSM 103) - Medium landing ship LSM 104 (LSM 104) - Medium landing ship LSM 105 (LSM 105) - Medium landing ship LSM 106 (LSM 106) - Medium landing ship LSM 280 (LSM 280) - Tank landing ship LST 819 (LST 819) - Tank landing ship LST 890 (LST 890)
1918: Minesweeper Derby (J 90)
1920: Submarine A-1
1942: Minesweeper Kapunda (J 218) - Motor Launch ML 403 (ML 403) - MS Trawler Campobello (T 278) - MS Trawler Eriskay (T 217) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1236 (ML 1236) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 210 (MTB 210) - MS Trawler Scalpay (T 237) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-8 (LCI(L)-8) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-97 (LCI(L)-97) - Landing craft tank LCT 136 (LCT 136) - Landing craft tank LCT 147 (LCT 147) - Landing craft tank LCT 274 (LCT 274) - Landing craft tank LCT 373 (LCT 373) - Submarine chaser SC-738 (SC-738) - Minesweeper Seer (AM 112) - Minesweeper YMS-93 (YMS-93)
1943: Sloop Cauvery (U 10) - Minesweeper Oudh (J 245) - Minesweeper BYMS 2253 (J 1053) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1014 (LCT 1014) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-484 (LCI(L)-484) - Motor torpedo boat PT 554 - Destroyer Stephen Potter (DD 538) - Minesweeper YMS-352 (YMS-352)
1944: Light Cruiser Uganda (66) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1358 (ML 1358) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 1155 (LCT 1155) - Tank landing ship LST 538 (LST 538) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 777 (MTB 777) - Submarine Chub (329) - Medium landing ship LSM 328 (LSM 328) - Tank landing ship LST 648 (LST 648) - Minesweeper YMS-416 (YMS-416)
Laid down means that the ship's construction was officially started by laying down the keel (often just a single steel beam but could also mean the first of many pre-fabricated sections).
Launched means that the ship was launched from its shipyard, it then began its fitting out period (installation of smaller systems, weapons etc.) - in many yards the ships were launched very complete and needed little work afterwards.
Commissioned is when the navy takes the ship officially over and gives command of it to its new captain.
War Losses on 21 October (3)
1942: Submarine S-7
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 21 October
Light cruiser HMS Sheffield: The German merchant Gloria (5896 GRT) is intercepted and captured off Iceland in position 65°30'N, 22°05'W by the British light cruiser HMS Sheffield (Capt. E. de F. Renouf, CVO, RN).
Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Scotstoun: The German merchant Poseidon (5864 GRT) is intercepted in the Denmark Strait by the British armed merchant cruisers HMS Transylvania (Capt. F.N. Miles, RN) and HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN). However before she can be captured the German crew attempted to scuttle their ship but this failed. The damaged ship was taken in tow but sank in bad weather on the 26th.
Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Transylvania: The German merchant Poseidon (5864 GRT) is intercepted in the Denmark Strait by the British armed merchant cruisers HMS Transylvania (Capt. F.N. Miles, OBE, RN) and HMS Scotstoun (Capt. S.K. Smyth, RN). However before she can be captured the German crew attempted to scuttle their ship but this failed. The damaged ship was taken in tow but sank in bad weather on the 26th.
Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Hong Kong.
Submarine HMS Narwhal: HMS Narwhal (Lt.Cdr. E.R.J. Oddie, RN) conducted exercises off Portland.
Destroyer HMS Woolston: HMS Woolston (Lt.Cdr. W.J. Phipps, RN) picks up 4 survivors from the British merchant Orsa that was sunk after hitting a mine about 15 miles 150? from Flamborough Head. The mine was laid on 5 September 1939 by German U-boat U-15.
Submarine HNMS O 22: HrMs O 22 (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Ort, RNN) ended her 4th war patrol at Dundee.
Submarine HMS Parthian: HMS Parthian (Lt.Cdr. M.G. Rimington, DSO, RN)
Submarine HMS Pandora: HMS Pandora (Lt.Cdr. J.W. Linton, RN) was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic on the shipping lanes between Bari and Durazzo.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr R.H. Dewhurst, RN) collided 'lightly' with HMS Kent (Capt. D. Young-Jamieson, RN) inside Alexandria harbour. Rorqual was not damaged.
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, RN) ended her 12th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) at Alexandria.
Destroyer HMCS Saguenay: HMCS Saguenay (Cdr. G.R. Miles, RCN) picks up 29 survivors from the Norwegian merchant Cubano that was torpedoed and sunk the previous day south-west of Iceland in position 57°55'N, 24°57'W by German U-boat U-124.
Submarine HNMS O 23: During her refit by the Caledon Dockyard HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) is docked in the West Graving dock at Dundee.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) ended her 11th war patrol at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: Between 1702 and 1716 hours (zone -1), HMS Rorqual (Lt. L.W. Napier, RN) laid 10 mines off Cavoli Island, off south-east Sardinia. The mines were laid from a position 129°, Cavoli Island light, 1.8 nautical miles. The minefield was a mile long and laid in a direction of 227°. The mines were laid at 8 feet at 600 feet spacing.
Submarine HMS Triumph (i): In the early evening HMS Triumph (Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) performs a special operation off Stavros (Thessaloniki region in Northern Greece). Between 1954-2110 hours the submarine lands two Greek agents.
Submarine HMS Unique: HMS Unique (Lt. A.F. Collett, RN) ended her 15th war patrol (13th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. J.D. Martin, RN) conducted exercises off Malta.
Light cruiser HMS Penelope: HMS Penelope arrived at Malta to join Force "K".
Corvette HMS Asphodel: The British merchant Serbino is torpedoed and sunk west of Fastnet in position 51°10'N, 19°20'W by German U-boat U-82. HMS Asphodel (Lt.Cdr. K.W. Stewart, (retired), RN) later picks up 51 survivors.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) arrived at Bermuda.
Submarine USS Gudgeon: USS Gudgeon (Lt.Cdr. W.B. Stovall, Jr) torpedoed and sank the Japanese troop transport Choko Maru (6783 GRT) about 110 nautical miles west-north-west of Rabaul in position 03°30'S, 150°30'E.
Submarine USS Greenling: USS Greenling (Lt.Cdr. H.C. Bruton) sank a Japanese sampan with gunfire east of Honshu, Japan in position 39°37'N, 142°45'E.
Submarine USS Guardfish: USS Guardfish (Lt.Cdr. T.B. Klakring) torpedoed and sank the Japanese merchant Nichiho Maru (6362 GRT) about 120 nautical miles north-north-east of Formosa in position 27°03'N, 122°42'E.
Submarine HMS Saracen: In the afternoon, HMS P 247 (Lt. M.G.R. Lumby, DSC, RN) sailed from Malta for her 4th war patrol (2nd in the Mediterranean) with HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) escorted by HMS Hythe (Lt.Cdr. L.B. Miller, RN), after two hours they parted company. P 247 was to carry out a sweep from Kerkenah to Kuriat then return to Malta. She was ordered not to close any Tunisian port. As no log is available for this period no map can be displayed.
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS P 221 (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) arrived at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Taku: HMS Taku (Lt. A.J.W. Pitt, RN) departed from Port Said for her 19th war patrol. She is to patrol in the Aegean. For HMS Taku's daily positions during this patrol see the map below. HMS Taku 19th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Truant: HMS Truant (Lt.Cdr. H.A.V. Haggard, DSO, DSC, RN) departed from Simonstown for Freetown. En route Truant is to patrol off Novo Redondo, Portuguese East Africa (Now Sumbe, Angola). A German U-boat was reported in that area.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. J.W.D. Coombe, RN) ended her 23th war patrol (20th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine HMS Umbra: HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) departed Malta for her 13th war patrol (12th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to destroy a damaged and grounded enemy ship off Khoms, Libya.
Submarine HMS Unbending: HMS P 37 (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSC, RN) ended her 8th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Malta.
Submarine USSR M-35: M-35 torpedoed and heavily damaged the small German tanker Le Progr?s (511 GRT) in position 45°08'N, 29°44'E. The heavily damaged tanker was sunk by the escorting small minesweepers R 37 and R 196.
Submarine USSR ShCh-307: Shch-307 attacked a convoy and fires two torpedoes against ' what is identified as ' a merchant of 10000 GRT, both torpedoes failed to hit their target.
Submarine USSR S-12: S-12 torpedoed and damaged the German merchant Sabine Howald (5956 GRT) about 10 nautical miles south-south-west of Libau in position 56°21'N, 20°55'E.
Destroyer HMAS Norman: HMAS Norman (Cdr. H.M. Burrell, RAN) picks up 14 survivors from the British merchant Empire Nomad that was torpedoed and sunk eight days earlier by German U-boat U-159 about 230 nautical miles south of Cape Point, Cape Colony.
Submarine HMS Graph: While on patrol in the Bay of Biscay, HMS Graph (Lt. P.B. Marriot, RN) attacks but misses German U-boat U-333 with four torpedoes about 50 nautical miles north-north-east of Cape Ortegal, Spain in position 44°31'N, 07°25'W. (All times are zone -1) 1540 hours - HE was reported bearing 290°. 1620 hours - Sighted a four-engined aircraft overhead. It was identified as being most likely a German Focke-Wulf aircraft. Meanwhile the HE had ceased. Up to this moment the HE had been thought to be that of a trawler but it was now considered that it could be a submarine that had dived upon the approach of the aircraft. 1645 hours - Strong HE was now picked up again bearing 300°. Graph was maneuvered onto a firing course. 1652 hours - The conning tower of the enemy was seen for the first time. Started attack. 1658 hours - Fired four torpedoes. Two explosions were heard after about five and a half minutes. These were followed by breaking up noises. (no explanation can be given for the 'breaking up noises' that were heard). The KTB (Kriegs Tage Buch, logbook) of U-333 gives the following; (All times are zone -2) 1654 hours - Sighted aircraft, could not be identified but it was quite big. Dived. 1737 hours - Surfaced. 1755 hours - Sighted torpedo tracks to Starboard. Looked like one torpedo ran on the surface. Turned hard to Port. Four tracks were seen, all missed astern. Four end of run detonations were heard. Sent report to B.d.U. and cleared the area zig-zagging.
Destroyer USS Murphy: USS Murphy was rammed off New York by the tanker Bulkoil. The forward section of the ship sank, taking 36 officers and men with it. The stern section was towed to the New York Navy yard where a new forward section was fitted. In all the repairs took some 7 months.
Submarine HNMS K XV: HrMs K XV (Lt.Cdr. Baron C.W.T. van Boetzelaer, RNN) arrived at Holy Loch to begin a short period of training.
Submarine USS Gato: USS Gato (Lt.Cdr. R.J. Foley) fires three bow torpedoes against a submarine in position 02°22'N, 154°02'E. No hits were obtained.
Submarine USS Bonefish: USS Bonefish (Lt.Cdr. T.W. Hogan) ended her 1st war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.
Submarine USS Peto: USS Peto (Lt.Cdr. W.T. Nelson) ended her 3rd war patrol at Brisbane.
Submarine USS Steelhead: USS Steelhead (Lt.Cdr. D.L. Whelchel) torpedoed and damaged the Japanese aircraft transport Goshu Maru (8592 GRT, offsite link) south-east of Ulithi in position 08?16'N, 141?53'E.
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt.Cdr. L.W. Napier, DSO, RN) is bombed by three German Arado floatplanes in position 34°35'N, 28°18'E. Each aircraft dropped 4 bombs or depth charges. These were close enough to cause some minor damage
Submarine HMS Shakespeare: HMS Shakespeare (Lt. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSC, RN) departed Beirut for her 12th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the Aegean. As no log is available for this period no map can be displayed.
Submarine HMS Stubborn: HMS Stubborn (Lt. A.A. Duff, RN) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).
Submarine HMS Syrtis: HMS Syrtis (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN ) departed Holy Loch for Lerwick. She made the passage together with HMS Stubborn (Lt M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN). They were escorted by HMS Sardonyx (T/A/Lt.Cdr. E. Playne, RNVR).
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Lt. P.E. Newstead, RN) arrived at Port Said after transiting the Suez Canal.
Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, DSC, RN) carries out attack exercises off Colombo on HMS Kenya (Capt. C.L. Robertson, RN).
Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) departed from Aden bound for Colombo.
Motor torpedo boat USS PT 216: The US motor torpedo boats USS PT 206, USS PT 212 and USS PT 216 torpedo and sink the German auxiliary minelayer Juminda (742 GRT, former Italian Elbano Gasperi) 2 sm west of San Stefano, Monte Argentario, Italy in position 42°27'N, 11°05'E.
Destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson: USS Lyman K. Swenson departed from Ulithi to support the operations of Leyte.
Destroyer USS Maddox (iii): USS Maddox (Cdr. J.S. Willis) arrived at Ulithi.
Destroyer USS Shea: USS Shea departed from New York bound for Bermuda for her shakedown cruise.
Destroyer USS Taussig: USS Taussig departed from Ulithi to support the operations of Leyte.
Submarine USS Gunnel: USS Gunnel (Lt.Cdr. G.E. O'Neil, Jr.) departed from Fremantle for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China and Sulu Seas.
Submarine USS Segundo: USS Segundo (Lt.Cdr. J.D. Fulp, Jr.) ended her 1st war patrol at Majuro.
Submarine USS Atule: USS Atule (Lt.Cdr. John H. Maurer) refuels at Saipan, and departed from the next day.
Submarine USS Sea Robin: After some more training USS Sea Robin (Lt.Cdr. P.C. Stimson) departed from Balboa, Panama Canal Zone bound for Pearl Harbor
Submarine HMS Rorqual: HMS Rorqual (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) was undocked.
Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) arrived at Trincomalee to join the Eastern Fleet.
Submarine HMS Tantivy: While operating in Makassar Strait HMS Tantivy (Lt. P.H. May, RN) sank (with gunfire) the small Japanese sailing vessels Chokyu Maru No.2 (136 GRT), Takasago Maru No.3 (82 GRT), Otori Maru (198 GRT) and six more that are unidentified. (All times are zone -8) 0315 hours - Began approach to Bonthain Roads but the echo sounder became defective so the approach was abandoned 0500 hours - When it was getting light, it became evident that there was nothing of interest in the roadstead 0520 hours - Turned south and proceeded dived to patrol of Bulu Bulu 1330 hours - The sails of several large schooners were spotted. Tantivy closed 1400 hours - There were now 21 sails in sight and with HMS Sturdy's success in mind (She reported 9 fully laden schooners sunk in the area next to Tantivy) decided to surface and engage 1416 hours - Surfaced and started closing in 1435 hours - Opened fire on the first one. All the others immediately struck sail and abandoned ship in their canoes. One survivor was picked up during the sinking of the schooners 1540 hours - In the vicinity of 05°41'S, 119°35'E eight schooners were sunk for an average of 21 rounds each. Radar now reported an aircraft closing 1543 hours - Dived to 80 feet. When Tantivy returned to periscope depth there was only one schooner in sight. Closed submerged 1739 hours - Surfaced and engaged the schooner 1753 hours - Schooner sunk and picked up 5 survivors 1815 hours - Set course for Sangean Island 2300 hours - Received a signal that aircraft had sighted troopships in position 04°02'S, 119°37'E 2336 hours - Altered course to the North-East intending to cover the South coast of Celebes from the Eastern edge of our area Westwards.
Submarine HMS Spark: HMS Spark (Lt. D.G. Kent, RN) arrived at Portsmouth. She was placed in reserve there on 4 November 1945.
Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, DSC, RNR) departed from Aden for Port Said.
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt. J.C. Ogle, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said.