Ships hit by U-boats

Alex van Opstal

Belgian Motor merchant

NameAlex van Opstal
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage5,965 tons
Completed1937 - Nakskov Skibsv√¶rft A/S, Nakskov 
OwnerCompagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp 
Date of attack15 Sep 1939Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-26 (Klaus Ewerth)
Position50° 32'N, 2° 16'W - Grid BF 3145
Complement57 (0 dead and 57 survivors).
RouteNew York - Antwerp 
Cargo4410 tons of general cargo 
History Completed in September 1937 
Notes on event

At 19.40 hours on 15 Sep 1939 the Alex van Opstal (Master V. Delgoffe) was hit by a mine laid five days earlier by U-26 about 1 mile south of Shambles lightship. The ship had been en route to Antwerp but was ordered by the British authorities to proceed to Weymouth for inspection when she was hit by a mine under the #2 hold. The explosion broke the ship in two in front of the bridge and caused her to sink a half mile east of Weymouth, disabling a submarine detection loop. The master, 48 crew members and eight passengers were picked up by the Greek steam merchant Atlanticos and landed at Weymouth. Eight crew members and a passenger were wounded.

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