French Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland|
|Owner||Compagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris|
|Date of attack||15 Oct 1939||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)|
|Position||48° 01'N, 17° 22'W - Grid BE 5349|
|Complement||? men (2 dead and ? survivors).|
|Route||Le Havre - New Orleans|
|History||Launched as War Collie for The Shipping Controller, completed in August 1919 as Easterly for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1921 sold to France and renamed Vermont. |
|Notes on event|
At 08.18 hours on 15 Oct 1939, U-37 tried to stop the unescorted Vermont by a shot across her bow, but another shot had to be fired before the ship stopped and the crew abandoned ship so hasty that one of the lifeboats capsized and several men fell into the water. At 09.37 hours, a boarding party went on the ship and placed explosive charges but when they failed to detonate a G7a torpedo had to be fired into the ship and some rounds from the deck gun were used to accelerate the sinking.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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