Ships hit by U-boats


French Steam merchant

Vermont under her former name Easterly. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,186 tons
Completed1919 - Bartram & Sons Ltd, South Dock, Sunderland 
OwnerCompagnie Générale Transatlantique, Paris 
HomeportLe Havre 
Date of attack15 Oct 1939Nationality:      French
FateSunk by U-37 (Werner Hartmann)
Position48° 01'N, 17° 22'W - Grid BE 5349
Complement? men (2 dead and ? survivors).
RouteLe Havre - New Orleans 
History Launched as War Collie for The Shipping Controller, completed in August 1919 as Easterly for US Shipping Board (USSB). 1921 sold to France and renamed Vermont
Notes on event

At 08.18 hours on 15 Oct 1939, U-37 tried to stop the unescorted Vermont by a shot across her bow, but another shot had to be fired before the ship stopped and the crew abandoned ship so hasty that one of the lifeboats capsized and several men fell into the water. At 09.37 hours, a boarding party went on the ship and placed explosive charges but when they failed to detonate a G7a torpedo had to be fired into the ship and some rounds from the deck gun were used to accelerate the sinking.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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