HOME      BRITISH TUG LOSSES 1939-1945

BRITISH TUG CASUALTIES AND LOSSES 1939-1945

Tugs lost,  damaged or seized during WW2 including those taken up for war service by the Admiralty or MOWT.
 
 
 
ABEILLE XIV                Damaged by German destroyers south of Eddystone Light 29-11-1940.
 
ADHERENT                  Foundered in North Atlantic 14-1-1944
 
AID                                Risdon Beazley Ltd. Sunk by German destroyers south of Eddystone light with loss of five crew. 29-11-1940.
 
ALLIANCE                    Admiralty. Mined and sank off Famagusta 29-4-1942
 
ALLIGATOR                 Admiralty. Lost in East Indies 2-1945
 
ANDROMEDA              Minesweeping tug. Sunk in air attack at Malta 18-4-1942
 
AQUILA                        59t Sunk at Hull by German aircraft. 15-4-1941
 
ASSURANCE               Admiralty. Wrecked in Loch Foyle 18-10-1941
 
ATAKO                         MOWT. Driven ashore by heavy seas off Cabo Blanco, Costa Rica, on delivery voyage Los Angeles to Med. 1-6-1944
 
ATHLETE                     Sunk by mine at Leghorn. 17-7-1945
 
BECKTON                   45t. Bombed and sank at Beckton Gas Works Jetty 7-9-1940
 
BONAPARTE                Sunk by air attack at Southampton 23-11-1940
 
BONITA                        65t. Sunk in Canada Dock Liverpool during air raid. 3-5-1941.
 
BULLGER                    Leith Towage and Salvage Co. Mined and sank after leaving River Tyne 13-3-1941
 
CARMEN MOLLER     366t Mollers Ltd. Seized off Amoy 8-12-1941. 
 
CAROLINE MOLLER  Sunk in E boat attack off The Wash 6-10-1942
 
CHRISTINE MOLLER 800t. Mollers Ltd. Seized at Shanghai 8-12-1941.
 
CORINGA                   Lost to unknown cause North Atlantic 23-6-1940
 
CORNFLOWER          Lost at Malta 13-5-1941
 
CORY BROS              38t. Lost 4-8-1943
 
DANUBE III                TC&D Co. Mined and sank off Sheerness 13-10-1940
 
DEANBROOK             149t. PLA. Mined and sank Tilbury Dock Basin with loss of all six crew. 2-11-1940.
 
DIANA MOLLER          252t Mollers Ltd. Seized at Shanghai 8-12-1941
 
ELSIE MOLLER            1136t Mollers Ltd. Seized off Amoy 8-12-1941
 
EMILY                            Sunk by air attack at Malta 7-4-1942
 
EMPIRE OAK               482t. MOWT. Sunk off coast of portugal by U-564 22-8-1941
 
EMPIRE WOLD             Foundered without trace with loss of all 17 hands off Iceland, possibly due to stress of weather. 10-11-1944
 
ENGLISHMAN             487t. United Towing Co. Sunk by aircraft west of Tory Island with loss of all 18 crew. 21-1-1941
 
FLYING KITE               260t. Clyde Shipping Co. Sunk by mine off Dalmuir Basin, River Clyde 15-9-1941
 
FOSSA                        Gaselee and Son Ltd. Grounded and abandoned during Dunkirk evacuation. 1-6-1940. Later salved and used by German Navy.
 
GERTRUDE MOLLER 92t Mollers Ltd. Scuttled at Hong Kong 25-12-1941.
 
GUARDSMAN             Sunk by mine off North Foreland 15-11-1940
 
HELLESPONT             Admiralty. Sunk by aircraft  at Malta 4-1942.
 
HESPERIA                   Admiralty. Lost after grounding west of Derna. 9-2-1945
 
HENRY KESWICK       671t Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock Co. Lost to unknown cause at Corregidor 29-12-1941 
 
HERCULES                 82t. Mined and sank off River Tyne with loss of four crew. 22-11-1940
 
HORSA                       Admiralty.  Wrecked on Icelandic coast 16-3-1943
 
HSIN FUHLE               184t Shanghai Tug & Ltge Co. Scuttled at Hong Kong 25-12-1941
 
INDIRA                        Sunk by Japanese aircraft at Hng Kong 15-12-1941
 
IRENE VERNICOS      Lost 6-1941
 
IRISHMAN                   99t. Sunk by mine in Portsmouth harbour 8-5-1941
 
JOSEPHINE MOLLER 1274t Mollers Ltd Scuttled at Hong Kong 25-12-1941
 
LEA                             168t PLA. Mined and sank in Tilbury Dock Basin. All crew lost 2-11-1940
 
LION                            APCM. Mined and sunk in Thames Estuary whilst on barrage balloon duties. 6-1-1941.
 
LETTIE                        Thames S T Co. Lost to unknown cause with loss of five crew off St Abbs Head 9-11-1941.
 
MARIE MOLLER         593t Mollers Ltd. Seized off Ningpo 8-12-1941.
 
MERCIA                      94t C J KING, Bristol. Sunk by mine in Bristol Channel. 14-1-1942
 
MERRY MOLLER       382t. Mollers Ltd. Seized at Shanghai 8-12-1941.
 
MIN WO                       287t. Indo China S N Co. Seized at Hankow 8-12-1941.
 
MURIA                        William Watkins Ltd. Mined and sank in Thames Estuary 7-11-1940
 
NAJA                          Gaselee and Son. Sunk by direct hit from V1 flying bomb in Upper Pool River Thames during crew change. No survivors. 12-7-1944
 
NAPIA                        155t. William Watkins Ltd. Mined and sank off Ramsgate 20-9-1939. 8 crew lost
 
NEPTUNIA                798t  Overseas Towage and Salvage Ltd.  Sunk by torpedo and gunfire from U-29 South West of Ireland. 13-9-1939
 
PATRICIA MOLLER   390t Mollers Ltd. Scuttled at Hong Kong 25-12-1941 
 
PENGAWAL              Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Singapore 14-2-1942
 
PERSIA                      William Watkins Ltd. Gutted by fire with loss of all crew after tanker Lunula exploded at Thames Haven. 9-4-1941
 
POOLGARTH            Rea Towing Co. Mined and sank off Canada Dock Liverpool with loss of six crew. 22-12-1940
 
READY MOLLER    268t Mollers Ltd. Seized off Amoy 8-12-1941.
 
RIVER THAMES        Mined and sank in eastern English Channel 21-12-1940
 
ROODE ZEE              Sunk by E-boat  off Dungeness 24-4-1944
 
ST ABBS                   Admiralty. Lost by air attack during Dunkirk evacuation 1-6-1940.
 
ST BREOCK              Admiralty. Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Sumatra 14-2-1942.
 
ST CYRUS                 Admiralty. Mined and sank off River Humber. 22-1-1941
 
ST DOMINIC              451t Shanghai Tug and Ltge Co. Lost to unknown cause south off Saddle Island China Sea 8-12-1941.
 
ST FAGAN                 Admiralty. Lost by air attack during Dunkirk evacuation 1-6-1940.
 
ST ISSEY                   Admiralty. Sunk by U-617 off Benghazi 28-12-1942
 
ST JUST                     Admiralty. Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Singapore 14-2-1942
 
SAUCY                       Admiralty. Mined Firth of Forth 4-9-1940
 
SCOT I                        274t. Shanghai Tug and Ltge Co. seized at Shanghai 8-12-1941
 
SEAGEM                    Lost to unknown cause 30-8-1940.
 
SESAME                    Sunk by E-boat off Normandy 11-6-1944
 
SILVERDIAL             55T. Silvertown Services Ltd. Bombed during air attack Portland Harbour 4-7-1940.
 
SILVERSTONE         58t. Sank after hitting mine in River Medway above Rochester. 5-3-1941
 
SIR BEVOIS              338t. Sunk by air attack off Plymouth 20-3-1941.
 
SIRDAR                    Believed mined River Swale 4-10-1940.
 
SOLITAIRE                Capsized in storm off Normandy 20-6-1944
 
SUN VII                      202t. Mined and sank in Thames Estuary with loss of five crew. 6-3-1941
 
SUN IX                        196t. W H J Alexander. Mined and sank in Thames Estuary 21-12-1940
 
TAI KOO                     688t. Taikoo Dockyard and Eng Co. Sunk by mine in Red Sea 12-9-1941
 
TID-33                        Lost off Arromanche 29-6-1944
 
TID-70                       Mined and sank off Cap d'Antifer 23-12-1944
 
TWENTE                    Naval tug. Lost during evacuation of Le Havre 12-6-1940 .
 
WARRIOR                  Steel and Bennie Ltd, Glasgow. Sunk by landmine off Renfrew Pier 15-3-1941. Later salved.
 
WEST COCKER        Admiralty. Sunk by air attack at Malta 8-4-1942
 
WEST DEAN              Admiralty. Sunk in air attack at Malta 28-4-1942
 
YIN PING                    191t Chinese Dredger Co. Sunk by Japanese gunfire off Singapore 15-2-1942