Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Mike Ridgard

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,819 tons
Completed1923 - Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd, Haverton Hill, Middlesbrough 
OwnerSociété Anonyme de Gérance et d´Armement, Paris 
Date of attack24 Jan 1940Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-44 (Ludwig Mathes)
Position39° 01'N, 9° 54'W - Grid CG 5552
Complement? men (4 dead and ? survivors).
RouteSfax, Tunisia - Algiers - Casablanca (21 Jan) - Brest - Rouen 
Cargo3550 tons of phosphate 
History Completed in May 1923 as British Quernmore for Furness, Withy & Co Ltd, Liverpool. 1937 sold to France and renamed Alsacien for Cie des Bateaux à Vapeur du Nord (SA de Gérance et d´Armement), Dunkirk. 
Notes on event

At 11.40 hours on 24 Jan 1940 the Alsacien in convoy 56-KS was hit in the foreship by one torpedo from U-44 and sank west of Lisbon.


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