Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,409 tons
Completed1918 - Sir John Priestman & Co Ltd, Southwick, Sunderland 
OwnerCompagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp 
Date of attack3 Apr 1941Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-73 (Helmut Rosenbaum)
Position58° 13'N, 27° 36'W - Grid AK 3687
Complement46 (42 dead and 4 survivors).
RoutePhiladelphia - New York - Halifax - Glasgow 
Cargo6300 tons of steel and general cargo 
History Completed August 1918 as British War Redcap for Shipping Controller, managed by H. Roberts & Son; 1919 renamed Belgian Indier for Lloyd Royal Belge SA, Antwerp; 1930 transferred to Compagnie Maritime Belge SA, Antwerp. 
Notes on event

At 05.08 hours in 3 April 1941, U-73 hit the Westpool in convoy SC-26 with one torpedo and one minute later missed a presumed armed merchant cruiser with another. At 05.12 hours, a third torpedo was fired which struck the Indier (Master Joseph Onghena) under the bridge, causing the ship to sink within one minute over the bow. 40 crew members and two gunners were lost. The master and three crew members were picked up by HMS Havelock (H 88) (Cdr. E.H. Thomas, DSC, RN) and landed at Liverpool on 8 April.

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