French Steam merchant
|Completed||1920 - Livingstone & Cooper Ltd, Hessle|
|Owner||Société Navale de l´Ouest, Paris|
|Date of attack||14 Jun 1944||Nationality: French|
|Fate||Sunk by U-547 (Heinrich Niemeyer)|
|Position||5° 03'N, 9° 14'W - Grid EU 4985|
|Complement||64 (6 dead and 58 survivors).|
|Route||Takoradi - Freetown|
|Cargo||General cargo, including wood|
|History||Completed in August 1920 |
|Notes on event|
On 14 June 1944, U-547 attacked a small convoy, consisting of the Saint Basile and the three A/S trawlers HMS Birdlip (T 218), HMS Turcoman and HMS Inkpen (T 225) off Greenville, Liberia and sank HMS Birdlip (T 218) (T/Lt Iorwerth Brian Evan Humphrey, RNVR) at 01.36 hours with a Gnat and at 02.56 hours the merchant.
The Saint Basile was hit by one torpedo, broke in two and sank with the loss of six lives. The ship carried 38 crew members, five gunners and 21 Senegalese soldiers.
|On board||We have details of 1 people who were on board.|
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