Ville de Hasselt
Belgian Steam passenger ship
|Name||Ville de Hasselt|
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA|
|Owner||Société Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||31 Aug 1940||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-46 (Engelbert Endrass)|
|Position||56.30N, 13W - Grid AM 0211|
|Complement||53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).|
|Route||Liverpool (30 Aug) – Boston|
|Cargo||800 tons of general cargo|
Laid down as Sitkum, completed in October 1920 as Marne for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1924 renamed American Trader for US Lines Co, New York. In February 1940 sold to Belgium and renamed Ville de Hasselt.
|Notes on event|
At 16.01 hours on 31 Aug, 1940, the unescorted and unarmed Ville de Hasselt (Master G. Foy) was hit on the port side in hold #6 by one stern torpedo from U-46 while steaming on a non-evasive course at 13.5 knots about 100 miles northwest of Barra Head. The crew abandoned ship in four lifeboats and due to high seas were soon separated. The U-boat was observed to surface, circled the ship to identify her and then left without questioning the crew after the ship sank by the stern. The master and 13 crew members in one boat were picked up by the Belgian steam trawler Transport about 12 miles west of St. Kilda the next day and landed at Stornoway on 2 September. The survivors in the remaining lifeboats were picked up by the Icelandic steam trawlers Egill Skallagrímsson and Hilmir (Master Sigurdsson) northwest of Barra Head in the morning on 2 September. They were en route with fresh fish to Fleetwood and landed them there later that day.
|On board||We have details of 15 people who were on board.|
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