Ships hit by U-boats

Ville de Namur

Belgian Steam passenger ship

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NameVille de Namur
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,463 tons
Completed1920 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerSociété Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp 
Date of attack19 Jun 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-52 (Otto Salman)
Position46° 25'N, 4° 35'W - Grid BF 5589
Complement79 (25 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteNew York - Bordeaux - Liverpool 
History Laid down as Sisladobsis, completed in December 1920 as Aisne for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1924 renamed American Merchant for US Lines Co, New York. In February 1940 sold to Belgium and renamed Ville de Namur
Notes on event

At 20.05 hours on 19 June 1940 the unescorted Ville de Namur (Master J. Grymonprez) was hit by two torpedoes from U-52 and sank within 5 minutes west of La Rochelle. The German commander suspected that the ship carried weapons behind large wooden structures on deck, but these were stables for horses.

On boardWe have details of 4 people who were on board

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