Belgian Steam merchant
|Completed||1913 - S.P. Austin & Son Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||Armement Marcel Goossens & Co, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||1 Oct 1939||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-35 (Werner Lott)|
|Position||48.08N, 07.36W - Grid BF 2736|
|Complement||20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).|
|Route||Bordeaux - Swansea - Cardiff|
|Cargo||2400 tons of pit props|
|History||Completed in May 1913 as British Portwood for W.France, Fenwick & Co Ltd, London. 1930 sold to Belgium and renamed Suzon. |
|Notes on event|
At 18.45 hours on 1 Oct, 1939, U-35 attempted to stop the neutral and unarmed Suzon (Master R. Lejeune) by light signals, but she tried to escape and only stopped when a warn shot from the deck gun actually hit #2 hold. The 20 crew members then hastily abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans, who gave them the course to the nearest land. The U-boat then fired a torpedo that hit the ship on port side abreast the funnel, causing her to break in two and to sink almost immediately 42 miles 330° from Ushant. At 00.05 hours on 2 October, the survivors were picked up by HMS Acheron (H 45) (LtCdr R.W.F. Northcott, RN), escorting convoy MB-10 and landed at Brest on 4 October.
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