French Steam merchant
|Completed||1928 - Lithgows Ltd, Port Glasgow|
|Owner||Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris|
|Date of attack||13 Nov 1939||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-26 (Klaus Ewerth)|
|Position||36° 16'N, 2° 13'W - Grid CH 7537|
|Complement||39 (39 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||Oran (12 Nov) - Gibraltar - Nantes - Dunkirk|
|Cargo||5588 tons of pyrite, 416 tons of wine and general cargo|
|History||Completed in June 1928 as Irrawaddy for British & Burmese Steam Navigation Co Ltd (P. Henderson & Co), Glasgow. 1938 sold to France and renamed Loire. |
|Notes on event|
At 03.40 hours on 13 Nov 1939 the unescorted Loire (Master René Decrop) was hit by one stern torpedo from U-26 and sank within 30 seconds about 40 miles south-southeast of Almeira, Spain. The U-boat had hit the ship with a dud at 03.34 hours. The Loire was reported missing with a crew of 34 and five gunners (the ship was armed with two 90mm guns) after leaving Oran, only a life buoy from the ship and widely dispersed wooden debris was found by L’Alcyon on 17 November.
In November 1939 U-26 was the first German U-boat that operated in the Mediterranean in World War 2, she left the Mediterranean again after a few days through the Strait of Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 39 people who were on board.|
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