Ships hit during WWI


TypeSailing vessel
GRT2,709 tons
Country  French
BuilderSociété anonyme des Chantiers et Ateliers de Saint-Nazaire
OperatorA. D. Bordes & fils, Dunkerque
HistoryThree-masted, steel-hulled, ship-rigged sailing vessel.

U-boat attacks on Sailing vessel Madeleine

DateU-boatLoss typePositionLocationRouteCargoCasualties
131 Jul 1917U 155 (Karl Meusel)Sunk190 miles W of Madeira
33° 45'N, 22° 50'W
Bordeaux - Sydney
1800 tons of ballast

Having sailed from Bordeaux on July 6th, the Madeleine, Capt. Lévèque, was W of Madeira with calm wind when at 07:00 am the full rigged vessel was attacked by a submarine which opened fire at 07:15. The vessel returned fire with her 2 guns of 90mm but it was hopeless given the difference of caliber and after having fired during 1h30, a German shell exploded in the rear part of the poop frame where ammunitions were stored. The explosion killed all the people in this area and as the sailing ship was starting to sink, evacuation was ordered. Soon after, the evacuation, the vessel capsized and sank. U 155 headed for the survivors but at short distance, she dived as the smoke of a steamer was in sight. Survivors of Madeleine drifted until 01:30 pm when they were sighted and saved by the US steamer Santa Cecilia from which they were transfered 5 days later to the trawler Marrakchi. (per Report of Capt.Lévèque)

Position of attack on Madeleine

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