Ships hit during WWI

Emma Laurans

NameEmma Laurans
TypeSailing vessel
GRT2,153 tons
Country  French
BuilderForges et chantiers de la Méditerranée, Graville
OperatorSociété des Voiliers Français, Le Havre
HistorySteel-hulled bark.

U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Emma Laurans

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
110 Dec 1916U 52 (Hans Walther)SunkStopped and sunk off the Canary Islands
27° 48'N, 23° 16'W
Bordeaux - New York
in ballast

Emma Laurans, Captain Garnier, was halted at 08:30 by U 52 and her crew ordered to leave their ship. After transfer of 4 tons of water and food from the vessel to the submarine, Emma Laurans was scuttled with bombs at noon and shelled to finish her off. The most surprising is that the French crew remained on board U 52 for the next 2 days before being landed at Mas Palomas, Gran Canaria. During their stay on board U 52, french seamen report to have been nicely treated and according to Garnier report, Walther when he freed them asked they say to the world that Germans were not barbarians. Surprising happy end, isn’t it ?

Position of attack on Emma Laurans

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