Ships hit by U-boats

Ville d’Arlon

Belgian Steam passenger ship

NameVille d’Arlon
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,555 tons
Completed1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerSociété Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp 
Date of attack2 Dec 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position54° 51'N, 19° 15'W - Grid AL 6492
Complement57 (57 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyHX-90 (straggler)
RouteNew York (15 Nov) - Halifax (21 Nov) - Liverpool 
CargoGeneral cargo 
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 boardWe have details of 57 people who were on board

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