Belgian Steam merchant
|Completed||1921 - Lloyd Royal Belge (Great Britain) Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow|
|Owner||Compagnie Maritime Belge (Lloyd Royal) SA, Antwerp|
|Date of attack||12 Dec 1940||Nationality: Belgian|
|Fate||Sunk by U-96 (Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock)|
|Position||57° 52'N, 8° 42'W - Grid AM 2863|
|Complement||41 (4 dead and 37 survivors).|
|Route||Tampa, Florida (15 Nov) – Charleston (19 Nov) - Halifax (29 Nov) – Oban - Billingham|
|Cargo||6800 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 board||We have details of 41 people who were on board.|
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