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Societe Maritime Anversoise

A Belgian company formed in 1940 to operate transatlantic services. The company was owned 60% by Belgium and 40% by United States Lines and was a ploy to avoid Roosevelt's Neutrality Act which barred United States shipping from the European war zone. The ships were all transferred from the U.S flag, but heavy wartime losses and the German invasion of Belgium ensured that the company was extremely short lived.

Many thanks to Ted Finch for his assistance in collecting this data. The following list was extracted from various sources. This is not an all inclusive list but should only be used as a guide. If you would like to know more about a vessel, visit the Ship Descriptions (onsite) or Immigrant Ship web site.

Routes:

  • New York - Havre
  • New York - Liverpool

Funnel:
presumably wartime grey.

Fleet:

 
Vessel Built Years in Service Tons
Ville d'Anvers 1919 ex- American Banker, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville d'Anvers, 1945 returned to United States Line. 7,430
Ville d'Arlon 1919 ex- American Traveler, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville d'Arlon, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 7,555
Ville de Bruges 1920 ex- President Harding, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Bruges, 1940 bombed in River Scheldt, beached and burned out. 13,869
Ville de Gand 1920 ex- American Importer, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Gand, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 7,555
Ville de Hasselt 1920 ex- American Trader, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Hasselt, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off the Hebrides. 7,430
Ville de Liege 1920 ex- American Farmer, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Liege, 1941 torpedoed and sunk in North Atlantic. 7,430
Ville de Mons 1920 ex- American Shipper, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Mons, 1940 torpedoed and sunk off Ireland. 7,430
Ville de Namur 1921 ex- American Merchant, 1940 transferred from United States Line renamed Ville de Namur, 1940 torpedoed and sunk in Bay of Biscay. 7,430

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