Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,769 tons
Completed1920 - Pusey & Jones Co, Wilmington DE 
Owner√Čtablissements Maurel & Prom, Bordeaux 
Date of attack25 Jan 1940Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-44 (Ludwig Mathes)
Position41° 05'N, 9° 22'W - Grid CG 2836
Complement17 (8 dead and 9 survivors).
Convoy56-KS (straggler)
RouteZighinkor, French West Africa - Dakar - Bordeaux 
CargoGeneral cargo 
History Built as Long Island 1920 renamed Argentinier 1928 renamed Tourny 
Notes on event

At 04.11 hours on 25 Jan 1940 the Tourny (Master Labadie), a straggler from convoy 56-KS, was hit aft by one torpedo from U-44 west of Cape Mondego and sank after breaking in two. Since 00.55 hours, the U-boat was chasing another steamer which was missed with a torpedo at 01.11 hours. The Tourny was spotted at 03.40 hours and the U-boat continued to follow the first steamer after sinking her, but was forced to break off the chase after five more hours when a destroyer showed up and dropped six depth charges nearby. The nine survivors were picked up by the Spanish steam merchant Castillo Monforte.

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