Ships hit by U-boats

Saint Basile

French Steam merchant

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NameSaint Basile
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,778 tons
Completed1920 - Livingstone & Cooper Ltd, Hessle 
OwnerSociété Navale de l´Ouest, Paris 
HomeportLe Havre 
Date of attack14 Jun 1944Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-547 (Heinrich Niemeyer)
Position5° 03'N, 9° 14'W - Grid EU 4985
Complement64 (6 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteTakoradi - Freetown 
CargoGeneral cargo, including wood 
History Completed in August 1920 
Notes on event

On 14 June 1944, U-547 attacked a small convoy, consisting of the Saint Basile and the three A/S trawlers HMS Birdlip (T 218), HMS Turcoman and HMS Inkpen (T 225) off Greenville, Liberia and sank HMS Birdlip (T 218) (T/Lt Iorwerth Brian Evan Humphrey, RNVR) at 01.36 hours with a Gnat and at 02.56 hours the merchant.

The Saint Basile was hit by one torpedo, broke in two and sank with the loss of six lives. The ship carried 38 crew members, five gunners and 21 Senegalese soldiers.

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