Cherbourgh Shipwrecks

 

leopoldville

SS Leopoldville

Probably the most famous wreck on the Cherbourgh peninsular and possibly one of the finest shipwrecks in the Channel is the wreck of the Belgian liner the Leopoldville. On Christmas Eve 1944 the SS Leopoldville left Southampton with over 2000 American troops from the 66th Infantry Division, otherwise known as the Black Panthers, They were on there way to support the battle of the Bulge. When they were just 5 miles from the safety of Cherbourgh harbour the Leopoldville was struck by a torpedo fired from the German submarine U-486. Due to a combination of delays, errors & mishaps over 800 men lost their lives.

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