The list of shipwrecks in April 1939 includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during April 1939.

1 April

List of shipwrecks: 1 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Antioquia  Colombia The river steamer sank at Barranquilla.[1]

2 April

List of shipwrecks: 2 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Capitaine Damiani  France The tanker ran aground at Port-de-Bouc, Bouches-du-Rhône and was holed. Refloated after 250 tons of oil was offloaded.[2]

3 April

List of shipwrecks: 3 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Henry S. Grove  United States The cargo ship ran aground at Balboa, Panama.[2] Refloated the next day.[3]

7 April

List of shipwrecks: 7 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Carl Vinnen  Germany The schooner ran aground in the San Pedro Channel, Argentina.[4]
Shengjin Albanian Kingdom (1928–39) Albania The patrol boat was hit by artillery fire from Italian warships and sank at the port of Durres during the Italian invasion of Albania.

8 April

List of shipwrecks: 8 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Coryda  Netherlands The tanker ran aground at Gibraltar. Refloated the same day.[4]
Koura  Finland The cargo ship ran aground off Jastarnia, Poland.[4]
Temple Bar  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground 20 nautical miles (37 km) south of Cape Flattery, Washington, United States and was abandoned by her crew. She was declared a total loss.[4]
Trak  Turkey The passenger ship ran aground in the Gulf of Mudania and was severely damaged.[5] Refloated the next day and escorted to Istanbul for repairs.[6][7]

9 April

List of shipwrecks: 9 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Asnæs  Denmark The cargo ship collided with Butt ( Germany) in the Kiel Canal, Germany and was beached.[4] A Lloyd's Open Form contract for her salvage was annulled by the company appointed to salvage her due to the situation the ship was in. She was formally abandoned by her owners leaving the canal authorities to arrange salvage on a special contract.[8]
Hilary  United Kingdom The cargo liner ran aground at Carmel Head, Anglesey and was holed. All passengers were taken off by lifeboat. Refloated later that day and sailed to Liverpool, Lancashire for inspection.[4]

12 April

List of shipwrecks: 12 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Elengo A Kydoniefs  Greece The cargo ship ran aground at Almadies, French West Africa and was a total loss. All crew were rescued.[9]
Hebrides  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in fog at Pollywilline, Mull of Kintyre, Argyllshire. Refloated undamaged later that day.[7]
Sapphire  United Kingdom The coaster collided with Clan Cameron ( United Kingdom) 15.5 nautical miles (28.7 km) off St David's Head.[9] Two of her nine crew were killed. Sapphire was taken in tow by Neptunia ( Germany) and Warden ( United Kingdom) but sank 7 nautical miles (13 km) south of the South Bishop Lighthouse.[10]
Zeester  Netherlands The coaster came ashore at Scroby, Norfolk. She was later refloated.[7]

13 April

List of shipwrecks: 13 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Passaic Sun  United Kingdom The tanker came ashore at Rockport, Maine. It was estimated that 70,000 imperial gallons (320,000 l) of cargo would need to be unloaded before the ship could be refloated.[11]

14 April

List of shipwrecks: 14 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Eskdalegate  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the River Parana, Argentina.[11] Refloated the next day.[12]

15 April

List of shipwrecks: 15 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Brooklands  United Kingdom The schooner was driven ashore at Ballyhack, County Wexford, Ireland.[13]
Pollenzo  Italy The cargo ship ran aground in the Kiel Canal, Germany. Later refloated.[13]

17 April

List of shipwrecks: 17 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Ellenis  Greece The cargo ship came ashore on Thassos.[12] Refloated on 20 April.[14]

18 April

List of shipwrecks: 18 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Eileen  Australia The ketch was wrecked near Point Charles, Northern Territory.[15]
Paris  France The ocean liner caught fire and capsized in Le Havre harbour. Scrapping did not occur for almost a decade due to World War II.

19 April

List of shipwrecks: 19 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Inspiration  Nicaragua The cargo ship ran aground at Banes, Cuba and was severely damaged.[16]
Valley Camp  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the St. Lawrence River at Brockville and was holed.[14] Refloated on 23 April after 900 tons of cargo was offloated. Drydocked for repairs.[17]

20 April

List of shipwrecks: 20 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Tahime Maru  Japan The cargo ship ran aground at Ohtamisaki.[14]

22 April

List of shipwrecks: 22 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Mayflower  United Kingdom The coaster ran aground in Liverpool Bay.[18] Refloated on 30 April.[19]
Syotoku Maru  Japan The cargo ship ran aground in fog at Okujiri Island.[17] Refloated on 26 April.[20]

24 April

List of shipwrecks: 24 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Pilar de Larrinaga  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in the Saigon River, French Indo-China.[20] Refloated on 27 April.[21]
Start Point  United Kingdom The cargo ship ran aground in Hell Gate, New York, United States and was damaged. Later refloated with the assistance of tugs.[17]

25 April

List of shipwrecks: 25 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Kinko Maru  Japan The cargo ship collided with Seiko Maru ( Japan) off Moji. Both vessels sank but all on board were rescued.[21]

27 April

List of shipwrecks: 27 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Ida Z O  Italy The cargo ship ran aground in the Delaware River, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Refloated the next day.[22]
Sandy Hook  United States The 160-foot (48.8 m) pilot boat sank in 100 feet (30 m) of water in the North Atlantic Ocean west of Sandy Hook, New Jersey, off the Ambrose Lightship at 40°27.556′N 073°49.490′W / 40.459267°N 73.824833°W / 40.459267; -73.824833 (Sandy Hook) after colliding with the ocean liner Oslofjord ( Norway). Oslofjord rescued all 26 crew members and harbor pilots on board Sandy Hook.[21][23]
Toneline  United Kingdom The tanker ran aground south of Tuzla, Yugoslavia.[22]

29 April

List of shipwrecks: 29 April 1939
Ship Country Description
Oakland  United States During a voyage from Hydaburg to Ketchikan, Territory of Alaska, the 18-gross register ton motor vessel sank 500 feet (150 m) off Cape Chacon (54°41′30″N 132°00′50″W / 54.69167°N 132.01389°W / 54.69167; -132.01389 (Cape Chacon)) in Southeast Alaska. Her crew of five survived and reached shore in a skiff; one hiked to McLeans Arm for help, and the motor vessel Reiance ( United States) rescued the other four from the beach on 1 May.[24]

Unknown date

List of shipwrecks: Unknown Date April 1939
Ship Country Description
V-10 Ana  Spanish Navy Spanish Civil War: The auxiliary patrol ship was lost sometime in April.[25]

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  3. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (48272). London. 5 April 1939. col G, p. 4.
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  5. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (48276). London. 11 April 1939. col C, p. 17.
  6. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (48277). London. 12 April 1939. col G, p. 20.
  7. ^ a b c "Casualty Reports". The Times (48278). London. 13 April 1939. col F, p. 22.
  8. ^ "Casualty Reports". The Times (48279). London. 14 April 1939. col F, p. 3.
  9. ^ a b "Greek Steamer Wrecked". The Times (48278). London. 13 April 1939. col F, p. 22.
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  12. ^ a b "Casualty Reports". The Times (48283). London. 18 April 1939. col E, p. 8.
  13. ^ a b "Casualty Reports". The Times (48281). London. 17 April 1939. col F, p. 22.
  14. ^ a b c "Casualty Reports". The Times (48285). London. 21 April 1939. col D, p. 28.
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  17. ^ a b c "Casualty Reports". The Times (48288). London. 25 April 1939. col C, p. 26.
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  25. ^ "auxiliary patrol ships of the Civil War and WWII, Converted Merchant Ships, Spanish Navy". Navypedia. Retrieved 20 April 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Ship events in 1939
Ship launches: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship commissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Ship decommissionings: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944
Shipwrecks: 1934 1935 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944