Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Staatsarchiv Bremen

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,809 tons
Completed1915 - AG Weser, Bremen 
OwnerArmement Deppe, Antwerp 
Date of attack21 Jun 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-38 (Heinrich Liebe)
Position47° 25'N, 4° 55'W - Grid BF 5276
Complement46 (5 dead and 41 survivors).
RouteBuenos Aires - Montevideo - Bordeaux - Falmouth 
CargoGeneral cargo, including boiled beef, maize and sunflower seed 
History Completed in February 1915 as Sonnenfels for DDG Hansa, Bremen. In March 1919 taken over by Britain in the Firth of Forth and placed under management of Thomas Law & Co. 1920 given to Belgium as war reparation and 1921 renamed Luxembourg for Armement Deppe, Antwerp. 
Notes on event

At 17.53 hours on 21 June 1940 the unescorted Luxembourg (Master Louis Deburges) was hit aft by one G7e torpedo from U-38 and sank west of St. Nazaire. The ship had been bound for Antwerp, but was diverted to Bordeaux and anchored at Le Verdon on 20 June when she was ordered to leave to Falmouth. Five men were killed and one wounded of the 46 crew members on board.

On boardWe have details of 46 people who were on board

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