Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,239 tons
Completed1913 - S.P. Austin & Son Ltd, Sunderland 
OwnerArmement Marcel Goossens & Co, Antwerp 
Date of attack1 Oct 1939Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-35 (Werner Lott)
Position48° 08'N, 7° 36'W - Grid BF 2736
Complement20 (0 dead and 20 survivors).
RouteBordeaux - Swansea - Cardiff 
Cargo2400 tons of pit props 
History Completed in May 1913 as British Portwood for W.France, Fenwick & Co Ltd, London. 1930 sold to Belgium and renamed Suzon
Notes on event

At 18.45 hours on 1 Oct 1939, U-35 attempted to stop the neutral and unarmed Suzon (Master R. Lejeune) by light signals, but she tried to escape and only stopped when a warn shot from the deck gun actually hit #2 hold. The 20 crew members then hastily abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the Germans, who gave them the course to the nearest land. The U-boat then fired a torpedo that hit the ship on port side abreast the funnel, causing her to break in two and to sink almost immediately 42 miles 330° from Ushant. At 00.05 hours on 2 October, the survivors were picked up by HMS Acheron (H 45) (LtCdr R.W.F. Northcott, RN), escorting convoy MB-10 and landed at Brest on 4 October.

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