Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,163 tons
Completed1930 - Northumberland Shipbuilding Co (1927) Ltd, Howden-on-Tyne 
OwnerMij. Zeevaart NV (Hudig & Veder), Rotterdam 
Date of attack28 Apr 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-136 (Heinrich Zimmermann)
Position40° 10'N, 73° 44'W - Grid CA 2878
Complement43 (6 dead and 37 survivors).
RouteNew York - Table Bay - Durban - Alexandria 
CargoGovernment cargo, including nitrate, jeeps, trucks, 5000 crates of Canadian beer and two locomotives as deck cargo 
History Completed in February 1930 as British Petersfield for Woodfield Steam Shipping Co Ltd (Woods, Tylor & Brown), London. 1933 renamed Cromarty for B.J. Sutherland & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 1936 sold to the Netherlands and renamed Arundo.

The Arundo picked up 33 survivors from Empire Protector, which had been sunk by U-38 (Liebe) on 30 May 1941. 
Notes on event

At 15.35 hours on 28 April 1942 the unescorted Arundo (Master A.C. Troeleman) was hit by a G7a torpedo from U-136 15 miles south of the Ambrose Lightship. The torpedo struck on the starboard side underneath the bridge, blew off the hatch covers and caused the ship to sink capsizing within 5 minutes. The survivors were picked up by USS Lea (DD 118) about 17 miles east of Sea Girt, New Jersey and landed at Lewes, Delaware.

On boardWe have details of 43 people who were on board

Location of attack on Arundo.

ship sunk.

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