|Forges et chantiers de la Méditerranée, Graville
|Société des Voiliers Français, Le Havre
U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Emma Laurans
|10 Dec 1916
|U 52 (Hans Walther)
|Stopped and sunk off the Canary Islands
|27° 48'N, 23° 16'W
|Bordeaux - New York
|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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