Ville de Namur
Belgian Steam passenger ship
|Name||Ville de Namur|
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA|
|Owner||Société Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||19 Jun 1940||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)|
|Position||46.25N, 04.35W - Grid BF 5589|
|Complement||79 (25 dead and 54 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Bordeaux - Liverpool|
|History||Laid down as Sisladobsis, completed in December 1920 as Aisne for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1924 renamed American Merchant for US Lines Co, New York. In February 1940 sold to Belgium and renamed Ville de Namur. |
|Notes on event|
At 20.05 hours on 19 Jun, 1940, the unescorted Ville de Namur (Master J. Grymonprez) was hit by two torpedoes from U-52 and sank within 5 minutes west of La Rochelle. The German commander suspected that the ship carried weapons behind large wooden structures on deck, but these were stables for horses.
|On board||We have details of 3 people who were on board.|
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