|Builder||Atel. & Chant. de la Loire, Nantes|
|Operator||Jean-Baptiste Etienne, Nantes & Geo Bell, Buenos Ayres|
U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Le Pilier
|1||2 May 1916||U 45 (Erich Sittenfeld)||Sunk||SW of Ushant||47° 50'N, 5° 50'W||London - Buenos Aires||in ballast||0|
|Le Pilier, Capt. Delanoé, was sailing in fair weather when at 8.00 am her crew noticed a submarine surfacing half a mile behind. Submarine immediately signalled to abandon ship. When all the men were in the boats, U 45 came along the vessel to read her name and then backed up about 200 m. from where a torpedo was fired. Le Pilier sank in a very short time while U 45 was heading westward on surface. The wrecked crew was picked up a few hours later by the danish SS Lindeskov and landed at Liverpool. See also the Wreck Site at http://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?133172|
Position of attack on Le Pilier
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