Ships hit by U-boats

Ville de Mons

Belgian Steam passenger ship

Ville de Mons under her former name American Shipper. Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

NameVille de Mons
Type:Steam passenger ship
Tonnage7,463 tons
Completed1921 - American International Shipbuilding Corp, Hog Island PA 
OwnerSociété Maritime Anversoise, Antwerp 
Date of attack2 Sep 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-47 (Günther Prien)
Position58° 20'N, 12° 00'W - Grid AM 1685
Complement54 (0 dead and 54 survivors).
RouteNew York - Liverpool - Glasgow 
Cargo4378 tons of general cargo, 1280 boxes of pears, 648 tons of corn and 536 tons of wheat 
History Laid down as Skanawono, completed in January 1921 as Tours for US Shipping Board (USSB), Philadelphia. 1924 renamed American Shipper for US Lines Co, New York. In February 1940 sold to Belgium and renamed Ville de Mons
Notes on event

At 16.35 hours on 2 Sep 1940 the unescorted Ville de Mons (Master P. Robertson) was hit by one G7e torpedo from a spread of three torpedoes fired by U-47 northeast of Rockall. The ship sank after being hit by a G7a coup de grâce at 17.01 hours.


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