Ships hit by U-boats


Belgian Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,227 tons
Completed1921 - Lloyd Royal Belge (Great Britain) Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerCompagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp 
Date of attack12 Dec 1940Nationality:      Belgian
FateSunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)
Position57° 52'N, 8° 42'W - Grid AM 2863
Complement41 (4 dead and 37 survivors).
ConvoyHX-92 (dispersed)
RouteTampa, Florida (15 Nov) – Charleston (19 Nov) - Halifax (29 Nov) – Oban - Billingham 
Cargo6800 tons of phosphates 
History Laid down as Asier, completed in April 1921 as Macedonier
Notes on event

At 04.31 hours on 12 Dec 1940 the unescorted Macedonier (Master Lucien M. Fontaine) was struck between #4 and #5 holds by one G7e torpedo from U-96 about five miles northwest of St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides. The ship, armed with one 4in gun, had been in station #12 of convoy HX-92 which was scattered earlier that night after the ship of convoy commodore was sunk. The crew immediately abandoned ship in two lifeboats as the ship quickly settled aft, sinking by the stern six minutes after being hit. Four crew members were lost. The boats remained in the vicinity until dawn, rescued two men clinging to wreckage and then set sail. A Hudson aircraft spotted the survivors about five hours after the attack and directed the Icelandic trawler Súlan to the boats. They were picked up and landed at Fleetwood on 15 December.

On boardWe have details of 41 people who were on board

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