Events occurring on Tuesday, January 9, 1940  
  The Battle of the Atlantic  
  The Norwegian steam merchant Manx was torpedoed and sunk by the U-19, commanded by Kapitänleutnant Joachim Schepke, off Kinnaird Head off the east coast of Scotland in the North Sea. Of the ship’s complement, 1 died and 30 survivors were picked up by the Norwegian steam merchants Leka and Isis. The 1,343 ton Manx was carrying coal and was bound for Drammen, Norway.  
  Sailing with Convoy OA-69, the passenger ship Dunbar Castle hit a mine 7 miles from Ramsgate off the eastern English coast. Soon after the explosion she began to list making launching the boats difficult, but the crew managed to get all the passengers except one in to them and away. Most of the crew also made it into the boats, but several had been killed by the explosion. In all ten lives were lost. The 10,002 ton Dunbar Castle was bound for Beira, Mozambique.  
  The U.S. freighter Western Queen was detained at Gibraltar for several hours by British authorities.  
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