Ville de Rouen
British Steam merchant
|Name||Ville de Rouen|
|Completed||1919 - North of Ireland Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Londonderry|
|Owner||Alfred Holt & Co, Liverpool|
|Date of attack||29 Dec 1942||Nationality: British|
|Fate||Sunk by U-662 (Wolfgang Hermann)|
|Position||43.25N, 27.15W - Grid BD 9843|
|Complement||71 (0 dead and 71 survivors).|
|Route||Glasgow (18 Dec) - Ascension Island and St. Helena - Beira|
|Cargo||5500 tons of general cargo|
|History||Launched as Ville de Nantes, completed in October 1919 as Ville de Rouen for Nouvelle Compagnie Havraise Péninsulaire de Navigation, Le Havre. On 22 Jul, 1941, the Vichy French ship was captured by HMS Dunedin (D 93) (Capt R.S. Lovatt, RN) east of Natal. The ship was later transferred to the Ministry of War Transport (MoWT). |
|Notes on event|
At 22.02 hours on 28 Dec, 1942, U-225 (Leimkühler) fired torpedoes at the convoy ONS-154 north of the Azores and reported two ships sunk and two others probably sunk. In fact, the Melmore Head in station #113 was hit by two torpedoes and blew up and the stern torpedo hit the Ville de Rouen in station #102, which was later finished off by U-662.
The Ville de Rouen (Master Herbert Colin Skinns) sank after being hit by a spread of two torpedoes. The master, 61 crew members and nine gunners were picked up by HMCS Shediac (K 110) (T/Lt J.E. Clayton, RCNR) and landed at Ponta Delgada, Azores.
|On board||We have details of 2 people who were on board.|
Attack entries for Ville de Rouen
|28 Dec 1942||U-225||Oblt. Wolfgang Leimkühler||Damaged||5,598|
|29 Dec 1942||U-662||KrvKpt. Wolfgang Hermann||Sunk||5,598|
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