Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,254 tons
Completed1918 - A. Stephen & Sons Ltd, Linthouse, Glasgow 
OwnerCompagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp 
Date of attack26 Feb 1941Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-47 (G√ľnther Prien)
Position55° 50'N, 14° 20'W - Grid AM 4236
Complement46 (6 dead and 40 survivors).
RouteLiverpool - Freetown - Matadi 
CargoGeneral cargo and ammunition 
History Completed in November 1918 as British fleet oiler War Hunter for The Shipping Controller, managed by Anglo-Saxon Petroleum Co, London. 1919 sold to Belgium, converted to a steam merchant and renamed Trevier for Lloyd Royal Belge SA, Antwerp. 1926 renamed Kasongo for Compagnie Africaine de Navigation SA, Antwerp. 1930 sold to Compagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp. 
Notes on event

In the early morning on 26 Feb 1941, U-47 attacked convoy OB-290 and reported four ships of 22.000 grt sunk. In fact, the Kasongo, Rydboholm and Borgland were sunk and the Diala was damaged.

Six men from the Kasongo (Master Emile Mathieu) were lost. The ship carried 44 crew members and two gunners. The survivors were picked up by HMS Campanula (K 18) (LtCdr R.V.E. Case, DSC, RNR) and landed at Gourock.

On boardWe have details of 44 people who were on board

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