Ships hit by U-boats

Saint Denis

French Steam merchant

Saint Denis under her former name Viola. Photo courtesy of Danish Maritime Museum, Elsinore

NameSaint Denis
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,595 tons
Completed1929 - Helsingørs Jernskibs-og Maskinbyggeri A/S, Elsinore 
OwnerCie Delmas-Vieljeux, La Rochelle 
HomeportLa Rochelle 
Date of attack9 Dec 1941Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-652 (Georg-Werner Fraatz)
Position - Grid CH 9122
Complement? men (3 dead and ? survivors).
RouteAlgiers - Marseilles 
CargoGeneral cargo, including scrap iron, esparto grass, wine and foodstuffs 
History Completed in September 1929 as Danish Viola for A/S D/S Torm (A. Schmiegelow & Axel Kampen), Copenhagen. In June 1940 seized by Vichy France at Casablanca and renamed Saint Denis
Notes on event

At 14.01 hours on 9 Dec 1941 the Saint Denis was hit amidships by one torpedo from U-652 and sank immediately south of the Balearic Islands after the crew had abandoned ship.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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