The British steamer Abukir was requisitioned by Royal Navy to support evacuating Allied soldiers from Belgium and France after the unexpected and rapid German advance in May 1940. While evacuating soldiers she was spotted and torpedoed by the German Schnellboot S-34 outside Oostend 28. May 1940. She was hit midships by one torpedo and immediately broke in two parts and in less than a minute. Out of the 500 soldiers on board, only twenty survived the sinking. The broken up wreck was found by divers in 1969 outside Nord-Pas-De-Calais on a depth of 25 to 32 meter.

Former names:
Island Queen, Kyle Queen 173,5 x 28,1 x 12,9 f
Tons: Built: Home Port:
594 grt Wallsend ( UK ) 1920
London ( UK )

Picture: Abukir
Originally from skovheim.org
Courtesy of Pandora

Last updated: May 2019