Ships hit during WWI


TypeSailing vessel
GRT231 tons
Country  French
BuilderJ. Lhotellier, Cancale
OperatorFr. Delisle, La Houle
HistoryWooden three-masted schooner

U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Cancalais

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
12 May 1917UC 72 (Ernst Voigt)Sunk12 milles NW of Ile d’Yeu, Bay of Biscay
46° 55'N, 2° 23'W
Pauillac - Cardiff
pitprops 220 t.

On May 2nd 1917, Keryado was escorting the sailing ships Cancalais, La Victoire, Yvonne and Russie, when she was torpedoed by UC-72 (Oberleutnant zur See Ernst Voigt)and sank immediately, leaving only one survivor. UC-72 then proceeded to the sailing ships and sank the 4 of them with explosives or gunfire. All crew managed to reach Ile d´Yeu in their lifeboats. See wreck file at

Position of attack on Cancalais

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