Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam merchant

Louisiane sinking

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,903 tons
Completed1921 - Ateliers & Chantiers de St. Nazaire (Penhoët) SA, St. Nazaire 
OwnerCompagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris 
HomeportLe Havre 
Date of attack13 Oct 1939Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position50° 14'N, 15° 20'W - Grid BE 3544
Complement? men (1 dead and ? survivors).
ConvoyOA-17 (straggler)
RouteAntwerp - Havana - Gulf ports 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Completed in May 1921 as Notre Dame de Fourvière for Compagnie de Navigation Mixte, Marseilles. 1929 renamed Louisiane for Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Le Havre. 
Notes on event

At 08.14 hours on 13 October 1939 the unescorted Louisiane, a straggler from convoy OA-17, was stopped with gunfire by U-48 about 230 miles west-southwest of Cape Clear. After the crew abandoned ship, the vessel was shelled from 08.35 until 08.45 hours and sank ten minutes later. One crew member was lost. The survivors were later picked up by HMS Imogen (D 44) (Cdr E.B.K. Stevens, RN).


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