Ships hit by U-boats

Sigurd Faulbaum

Belgian Steam merchant

NameSigurd Faulbaum
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,256 tons
Completed1913 - J. Blumer & Co Ltd, North Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerBelgian Government 
Date of attack23 May 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-9 (Wolfgang Lüth)
Position51° 29'N, 2° 38'E - Grid AN 8757
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteBruges - Dover 
CargoTin and lead 
History Completed in April 1913 as Dingle Bank for Dingle Shipping Co Ltd (Stewart & Esplen Ltd), Liverpool. 1913 sold to France and renamed Anglet for Cie des Chargeurs Français (Plisson & Cie), Bayonne and from 1927 managed by Soc. Aux. des Chargeurs Français. In January 1931 sold to Britain (A. Power, London) and the same year renamed Nordeflinge for Constants South Wales Ltd (M. Constant), Cardiff. In December 1936 sold to Latvia and renamed Sigurds Faulbaums for Max Faulbaum Steamship Line (James Siering & Co), Riga. In April 1940 transferred to German flag and renamed Sigurd Faulbaum for Max Faulbaum, Stettin. On 10 May 1940, seized by Belgium at Bruges. 
Notes on event

At 12.54 hours on 23 May 1940 the Sigurd Faulbaum was hit by two torpedoes from U-9 and sank after breaking in two about 15 miles northeast of Zeebrugge. The ship was in tow of the Belgian tugs Baron de Maere and Graaf Visart when torpedoed, probably because the German crew had sabotaged the engines prior to her capture. The crew remained on the still floating forepart and were picked up by the Graaf Visart, which then took the other tug in tow and continued her voyage.


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