Belgian Steam passenger ship
|Type:||Steam passenger ship|
|Completed||1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA|
|Owner||Société Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||2 Dec 1940||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)|
|Position||54° 51'N, 19° 15'W - Grid AL 6492|
|Complement||57 (57 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||New York (15 Nov) - Halifax (21 Nov) - Liverpool|
|History||Laid down as Shohokin, launched as Mount Wolf, completed in June 1920 as Cambrai for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1931 renamed American Traveler for US Lines Co, New York. In February 1940 sold to Belgium and renamed Ville d´Arlon. |
|Notes on event|
At 04.09 hours on 2 December 1940 the unescorted Ville d’Arlon (Master Albert Wilding) was hit on starboard side aft of amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-47 and sank quickly with a heavy list about 250 miles southwest of Rockall. The ship had been in station #71 of convoy HX-90, but became a straggler due to steering troubles and laid stopped when attacked by the U-boat, presumably carrying out repairs. The master, 55 crew members and one passenger (DBS) were lost.
|On board||We have details of 57 people who were on board.|
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