Ships hit during WWI


GRT4,019 tons
Country  French
BuilderSunderland SB. Co., Ltd., Sunderland
OperatorCie. de Nav. d’Orbigny (A. Capelle), La Rochelle

U-boat attacks on Steamer Marne

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
128 Jun 1917UC 71 (Reinhold Saltzwedel)SunkTorpedoed 5 miles off Ile d’Yeu
46° 59'N, 2° 29'W
Sunderland - Bordeaux

Under command of captain Chateauvieux, the armed steamer Marne was heading in a southbound convoy from Quiberon to La Pallice when at 2245 she was hit in her engine room by a torpedo. Immediately the ship started to sink, listing on starboard. The evacuation was ordered but was rendered difficult by the fact that the ship although she had been hit in the engine room and flooding was still running. The escort trawler Sauterelle soon arriving on the spot managed to save 28 seamen but 12 others were lost.

Position of attack on Marne

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