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 (32)
1933: Light cruiser De Ruyter
1935: Aircraft Carrier Ark Royal (91)
1939: Submarine Ammiraglio Cagni
1943: Destroyer Cresent (R 16) - Submarine Chub (329) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-486 (LCI(L)-486) - Landing craft tank LCT 538 (LCT 538) - Landing craft tank LCT 539 (LCT 539) - Tank landing ship LST 52 (LST 52) - Destroyer Escort Underhill (DE 682) - Minesweeper YMS-418 (YMS-418)
1944: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-715 (LCI(L)-715) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-878 (LCI(L)-878) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-879 (LCI(L)-879) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-40 (LCS(L)-40) - Landing craft tank LCT 1276 (LCT 1276) - Landing craft tank LCT 1358 (LCT 1358) - Landing craft tank LCT 1403 (LCT 1403) - Landing craft tank LCT 1433 (LCT 1433) - Landing craft tank LCT 1434 (LCT 1434) - Tank landing ship LST 856 (LST 856) - Motor torpedo boat PT 639 - Destroyer tender Shenandoah (AD 26)
1905: MS Trawler Hercules (FY 1731)
1918: Minesweeper RD 27
1920: Destroyer Broke (D 83)
1933: Landing Ship Infantry Prince Badouin (4.88)
1934: Cutter Comanche (WPG 76)
1940: Boom defence vessel Barlake (Z 39)
1942: Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-8 (LCI(L)-8) - Corvette Scimitarra - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-8 (LCI(L)-8) - Minesweeper Nuthatch (AM 60) - Motor torpedo boat PT 198 - Motor torpedo boat PT 200
1943: Frigate Charlottetown (ii) (K 244) - Destroyer Caprice (R 01) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 442 (LCT 442) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 639 (LCT 639) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 943 (LCT 943) - MS Trawler Mewstone (T 374) - Mooring vessel Mooress - Submarine tender Howard W. Gilmore (AS 16) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-467 (LCI(L)-467) - Tank landing ship LST 46 (LST 46) - Motor torpedo boat PT 556 - Minesweeper YMS-357 (YMS-357) - Minesweeper YMS-407 (YMS-407)
1944: Destroyer Cadiz (R 09) - Tank landing ship LST 3007 (LST 3007) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-816 (LCI(L)-816) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-34 (LCS(L)-34) - Landing craft tank LCT 1242 (LCT 1242) - Landing craft tank LCT 1263 (LCT 1263) - Landing craft tank LCT 1264 (LCT 1264) - Landing craft tank LCT 1355 (LCT 1355) - Landing craft tank LCT 1430 (LCT 1430) - Medium landing ship LSM 228 (LSM 228) - Tank landing ship LST 794 (LST 794) - Tank landing ship LST 796 (LST 796) - Tank landing ship LST 945 (LST 945) - Patrol craft PGM-25 (PGM-25) - Heavy cruiser St. Paul (CA 73)
1945: Cutter Androscoggin (WPG 68)
1947: Submarine Tiru (416)
1925: Submarine S-47 (158)
1942: Motor Launch ML 371 (ML 371) - Motor Launch RML 541 (RML 541) - MS Trawler Sheppey (T 292) - Frigate Waveney (K 248) - Oiler Neches (ii) (AO 47) - Oiler Neosho (ii) (AO 48) - Patrol craft PC-602 (PC-602) - Patrol craft PC-619 (PC-619) - Motor torpedo boat PT 133
1943: Minesweeper BYMS 2221 (J 1021) - Harbour Defence Motor Launch HDML 1380 (ML 1380) - Landing Craft Tank LCT 682 (LCT 682) - Motor Torpedo Boat MTB 359 (MTB 359) - Submarine Tradewind (P 329) - Destroyer Escort Camp (DE 251) - Destroyer Haraden (ii) (DD 585) - Destroyer Knapp (DD 653) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-462 (LCI(L)-462) - Motor torpedo boat PT 551 - Submarine chaser SC-1296 (SC-1296) - Minesweeper YMS-349 (YMS-349)
1944: Motor Launch ML 916 (ML 916) - Frigate Gulfport (PF-20) - Landing Craft Infantry LCI(L)-812 (LCI(L)-812) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-30 (LCS(L)-30) - Landing craft support LCS(L)-51 (LCS(L)-51) - Medium landing ship LSM 224 (LSM 224) - Medium landing ship LSM 323 (LSM 323) - Medium landing ship LSM 73 (LSM 73) - Tank landing ship LST 723 (LST 723) - Fleet tug Tawakoni (ATF 114) - Minesweeper YMS-412 (YMS-412)
1945: High speed transport Ruchamkin (APD 89)
1946: Destroyer Cromwell (R 35)
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 16 September (4)
More information on Allied Warships losses.
General Events on 16 September
Submarine HMS Thistle: Upon completion of her final trials and working-up HMS Thistle (Cdr. R.W. Stirling-Hamilton, RN) departed from Portland for Portsmouth. She is escorted by the destroyer HMS Skate (Lt.Cdr. A.O. Johnson, RN).
Submarine HMS Triad: HMS Triad (Lt.Cdr. R.McC.P. Jonas, RN) departed from her builders yard at Barrow for Portsmouth. She is escorted by HMS Shikari (Cdr. J.H. Lewis, RN).
Destroyer HMS Warwick: At 08.15 hours German U-boat U-31 torpedoed and sank the British merchant Aviemore about 220 nautical miles south-west of Cape Clear in position 49°11'N, 13°38'W. The master and 22 crew members were lost. Eleven crew members were picked up by the British destroyer HMS Warwick (Lt.Cdr. M.A.G. Child, RN) and landed at Liverpool on the 18th. This was the first attack on a convoy in World War II.
Destroyer HMS Garland: While on escort duty in the Mediterranean off Alexandria, HMS Garland (Cdr. C.A.N. Chatwin, RN) is damaged by the accidental explosions of depth charges underneath her own stern. She was under repair at Malta until 16 May 1940. While under repair she was transferred to Poland on 2 May 1940.
Submarine HMS Perseus (i): HMS Perseus (Lt.Cdr. P.J.H. Bartlett, RN) was docked at Alexandria.
Submarine HMS Tribune: HMS Tribune (Lt. E.F. Balston, RN) departed from Holy Loch for her 9th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Bay of Biscay. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Tribune during this patrol see the map below. HMS Tribune 9th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Tigris: HMS Tigris (Lt.Cdr. H.F. Bone, RN) ended her 2nd war patrol at Holy Loch.
Submarine HMS Utmost: HMS Utmost (Lt. J.H. Eaden, DSC, RN) departed the Clyde area for Portsmouth.
Submarine HMS H 49: At 0439 hours HMS H 49 (Lt. M.A. Langley, RN) fired 4 torpedoes at a large, 16 ship, convoy and 8 bunched ships were fired at. After 60 and 75 seconds two dull explosions were heard but no further explosions. It is / was assumed that two torpedoes hit and two missed and hit a sand bank. 'Breaking-up' noises were heard. It was assumed by the British that tanker ILL was damaged but as she was in ballast she was able to absorb the hits without much damage.
Submarine HNMS O 23: HrMs O 23 (Lt.Cdr. G.B.M. van Erkel, RNN) carries out torpedo trials at Loch Long.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. O. de Booy, RNN) ended her 10th war patrol at Gibraltar.
Submarine HMS Ursula: HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) departed Malta for her 24th war patrol (11th in the Mediterranean). She was to patrol off Tripoli, Libya. An important fast Italian troop convoy had departed Taranto for Tripoli that day. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Ursula during this patrol see the map below. HMS Ursula 24th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Unbeaten: HMS Unbeaten (Lt.Cdr. E.A. Woodward, RN) departed Malta for her 10th war patrol (9th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol in the approaches to Tripoli, Libya to intercept an important enemy troop convoy together with HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, DSO, RN), HMS Ursula (Lt. A.R. Hezlet, RN) and HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wright, RN). For the daily positions of HMS Unbeaten during this patrol see the map below. HMS Unbeaten 10th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Trident: HMS Trident (Cdr. G.M. Sladen, DSC, RN) departed from Polyarnoe, Russia for her 20th war patrol. She is to patrol off Northern Norway. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Trident during this patrol see the map below. HMS Trident 20th war patrolclick here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Triumph (i): HMS Triumph (Cdr. W.J.W. Woods, RN) departed from Malta for her 18th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Adriatic and to perform a special operation. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Triumph during this patrol see the map below. View HMS Triumph 18th war patrol in a larger map
Submarine HMS Upholder: HMS Upholder (Lt.Cdr. M.D. Wanklyn, RN) departed Malta for her 17th war patrol (15th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol on the convoy route Messina - Tripoli to intercept an important troop convoy to Tripoli. For the daily and attack positions of HMS Upholder during this patrol see the map below. HMS Upholder 17th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Upright: HMS Upright (Lt. J.S. Wraith, DSC, RN) departed Malta for her 16th war patrol (14th in the Mediterranean). She was ordered to patrol the approaches to Tripoli, Libya to intercept an important enemy troop convoy. Only two destroyers were seen at a distance during this patrol. For the daily positions of HMS Upright during this patrol see the map below. HMS Upright 16th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HNMS O 21: HrMs O 21 (Lt.Cdr. J.F. van Dulm, RNN) arrived at Freetown.
Submarine HNMS O 24: HrMs O 24 (Lt.Cdr. W.J. de Vries, RNN) departed East London for Mauritius. She is escorted by the Free French corvette Commandant Detroyat until 1600 hours the next day.
Submarine HMS Sahib: HMS P 212 (Lt. J.H. Bromage, DSC, RN) claims to have sunk an Italian sailing vessel with gunfire west of Sardinia in position 39°46'N, 08°09'E. (All times are zone -1) 0950 hours - Sighted a schooner. Closed submerged. 1018 hours - Surfaced and opened fire with the 3" gun. The fourth was a direct hit. When the smoke had cleared the schooner was already sunk so it must have been loaded with something very heavy, probably ore. 1021 hours - Dived. Actually this was only a fishing vessel (unidentified in our Italian sources) which was seriously damaged but managed to reach harbour, one was killed and two were wounded.
Submarine HMS Sibyl: HMS P 217 (Lt. E.J.D. Turner, DSC, RN) departed Lerwick for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the West coast of Norway to the North of Bergen. For the daily positions of HMS P 217 during this patrol see the map below. HMS P 217 1st war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Turbulent: HMS Turbulent (Cdr. J.W. Linton, DSC, RN) arrived at Port Said where she is docked. As there is no log available for September it is not known when she left dock.
Submarine HMS Umbra: Shortly after midnight HMS P 35 (Lt. S.L.C. Maydon, RN) again developed engine problems. These could not be repaired on board and once again course was set to return to Malta.
Destroyer HMS Impulsive: German U-boat U-457 was sunk in the Barents Sea 410 nautical miles north-east of Murmansk, Russia, in position 75°05'N, 43°15'E, by depth charges from the British destroyer HMS Impulsive (Lt.Cdr. E.G. Roper, DSC, RN).
Submarine USS S-28: USS S-28 (Lt. J.D. Crowley) departed from Dutch Harbour for her 3rd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off Kiska.
Submarine USSR L-5: L-5 lays a minefield off Burnas, Ukraine.
Destroyer USS Abbot (ii): USS Abbot transits the Panama Canal
Submarine USS Sailfish: USS Sailfish (Lt.Cdr. William R. Lefavour) ended her 9th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Pollack: USS Pollack (Lt.Cdr. B.E. Lewellen) ended her 8th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Nautilus: USS Nautilus (Cdr. William Davis Irvin, jr.) departed from Pearl Harbor for her 6th war patrol. She was ordered to perform a photo-reconnaissance of the Gilbert Islands.
Submarine USS Bonefish: USS Bonefish (Lt.Cdr. T.W. Hogan) departed from Brisbane for her 1st war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea.
Submarine USS Halibut: USS Halibut (Lt.Cdr. I.J. Galantin) ended her 6th war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
Submarine USS Silversides: The Japanese auxiliary gunboat Seikai Maru (2693 GRT) is sunk by a mine (laid by USS Silversides on 4 June 1943) off Kavieng in position 02°36'S, 150°34'E.
Submarine HMS Seadog: HMS Seadog (Lt. C.R. Pelly, RN) arrived at Lerwick. She departed for her 7th war patrol. She was ordered to perform a special operation to land the Norwegian relief party. For the daily positions of HMS Seadog during this patrol see the map below. HMS Seadog 7th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. J.P.H. Oakley, DSC, RN) found midget submarine X 8. She was taken in tow again.
Submarine HMS Syrtis: In the early moring hours of HMS Syrtis (Lt. M.H. Jupp, DSC, RN) lost her tow, midget submarine X-9 (T/S.Lt. E. Kearan, RNVR). This was not disconvered until 0900 hours. Syrtis then turned round and began a search but X-9 was not found. It is not known wat happened to her and her crew.
Submarine HMS Tuna: HMS Tuna (Lt. D.S.R. Martin, DSO and Bar, RN) departed from Holy Loch to proceed to Scapa Flow. Here she will be used for A/S exercises.
Submarine HMS Taurus: HMS Taurus (Lt.Cdr. M.R.G. Wingfield, DSO, RN) arrived at Port Said.
Submarine HMS Templar: HMS Templar (Lt. D.J. Beckley, DSO, RN) arrived at Aden
Submarine HMS Trespasser: HMS Trespasser (Lt.Cdr. R.M. Favell, RN) ended her 6th war patrol (4th in the Mediterranean) at Beirut.
Submarine USS S-44: After her US east coast overhaul and subsequent transfer to the US west coast, USS S-44 (Lt.Cdr. Francis Elwood Brown) arrived at Dutch Harbour, Alaska.
Submarine USSR A-2: A-2 fires 2 torpedoes at the German barge F 369 some 12 nautical miles south-west of Sudak, Crimea, Ukraine in position 44°46'N, 34°46'E. The target is however not hit.
Submarine USS Apogon: USS Apogon (Lt.Cdr. A.C. House, Jr., USN) arrived at Midway for fuel and provision.
Submarine USS Picuda: USS Picuda (Lt.Cdr. G.R. Donaho) torpedoed and sank the Japanese transport Tokushima Maru (5975 GRT) in Luzon Strait in position 21°27'N, 121°35'E.
Submarine USS Redfish: USS Redfish (Cdr. L.D. McGregor) torpedoed and sank the Japanese fleet tanker Ogura Maru No.2 (7311 GRT, offsite link) south of Formosa in position 21°24'N, 121°14'E.
Submarine USS Sea Devil: USS Sea Devil (Lt.Cdr. R.E. Styles) torpedoed and sank the Japanese submarine I-364 (1440 tons, offsite link) about 250 nautical miles east of the Boso Peninsula, Japan in position 34°30'N, 145°23'E.
Submarine HMS Sea Nymph: With her refit completed HMS Sea Nymph (Lt. M.I. Usher, RN) departed the Philadelphia Navy Yard for New London.
Submarine HMS Stratagem: HMS Stratagem (Lt. A.R. Profit, DSC, RN) departed Trincomalee for her 5th war patrol (3rd in the Far East). She was ordered to patrol off the Andaman Islands. Lt. Profit was temporary in command of HMS Stratagem as Lt. Pelly was on leave. For the daily positions of HMS Stratagem during this patrol see the map below. HMS Stratagem 5th war patrol click here for bigger map
Submarine HMS Trusty: HMS Trusty (Lt. E.T. Stanley, DSO, DSC, RN) conducts A/S exercises with HMS Cassandra (Cdr. P.F. Powlett, DSO and Bar, DSC, RN).
Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt.Cdr. J.G. Hopkins, RN) successfully carries out Special operation Barnowl, (details to follow).
Submarine HMS Tradewind: HMS Tradewind (Lt.Cdr. S.L.C. Maydon, DSO and Bar, RN) sank two small Japanese vessels South of Padang, Sumatra near position 02°20'S, 100°50.5'E. (All times are zone -6.5) 1346 hours - Sighted a large sailing prau with two masts, altered course to close. 1403 hours - Surfaced and boarded this craft, which was the Bintang Pasisir (in English: Star of the shore) of 19.32 tons, registered at Mandiangin. She was at anchor with her sails set and appeared to be loaded with nutmegs and cinnamon bark. Her papers were taken, but, in view of the nature of her cargo, she was left unharmed. 1428 hours - Cast off from this craft and dived. Set course to 130° to close and investigate another similar vessel further down the coast. 1510 hours - Surfaced to board this other prau that was under sail on a Northerly course. She was the Sinar Boelan (in English: Shining Moon) of 23.9 tons, registered at Padang, loaded, among other general cargo, with 400 sacks of cement for the Japanese at Benkulen. Papers, rice and one prisoner, who was keen to come, were taken. The remaining seven were sent ashore in their canoe. Two demolition charges were placed and the submarine cast off. 1547 hours - The Sinar Boelan blew up and sank. 1552 hours - Dived. Examination of the papers of the Bintang Pasisir meanwhile showed that this vessel carried 300 sacks of cement, eight 'pieces of iron' and ten barrels of nails for the Japanese so course was altered to close her again. 1642 hours - Surfaced and closed on the surface. 1726 hours - Secured alongside the Bintang Pasisir, the crew of seven had already prepared to abandon ship and were sent ashore with their belongings. Sprinkled some of the cargo with shale oil and set it on fire with two recognition flares to add colour to the conflagration. 1743 hours - Cast off and riddled the hull with Oerlikon fire. Around half an hour later she sank.
Submarine HMS Trenchant: HMS Trenchant (Lt.Cdr. A.R. Hezlet, DSC, RN) lays mines in the Straits of Malacca, near position 04°11'N, 98°24'E. (All times are zone -6.5) 2015 - 2018 hours - Laid 1st row of 4 mines. 2018 - 2038 hours - Reloaded. 2040 - 2043 hours - Laid 2nd row of 4 mines. 2043 - 2109 hours - Reloaded. 2112 - 2115 hours - Laid 3rd and last row of 4 mines. When the minefield was laid several coasters were anchored nearby. It was decided to engage them with the deck gun so at ..... 2214 hours - Opened fire on one of the coasters. One hit was obtained but it was extremely difficult to see the target due to the dark night. It was also not possible to get any closer due to the shallow depth so the action was broken off.
Destroyer USS Allen M. Sumner: USS Allen M. Sumner (Cdr. N.J. Sampson) arrived at Tokyo Bay.
Submarine HMS Scythian: HMS Scythian (T/A/Lt.Cdr. C.P. Thode, RNZNVR) departed Trincomalee for Colombo.
Submarine HMS Thrasher: HMS Thrasher (Lt.Cdr. M.F.R. Ainslie, DSO, DSC, RN) arrived at Suez.
Submarine HMS Tudor: HMS Tudor (Lt. S.A. Porter, DSC, RN) arrived at Suez.
Submarine HMS Thorough: HMS Thorough (Lt. A.G. Chandler, DSC, RNR) arrived at Albany, Australia.