Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1930 - W. Gray & Co Ltd, Sunderland|
|Owner||NV Gebr. van Uden´s Scheepvaart en Agentur Mij, Rotterdam|
|Date of attack||7 Aug 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-572 (Heinz Hirsacker)|
|Position||7° 24'N, 25° 37'W - Grid ES 5466|
|Complement||39 (1 dead and 38 survivors).|
|Route||New York - Key West - Trinidad (26 Jul) - Capetown - Bombay|
|Cargo||5800 tons of general cargo and 2200 tons of ammunition and other war materials|
|Notes on event|
Ten days after the departure from Trinidad, some of the engine personnel refused to work and the master then ordered to change course to Freetown, where he threatened to turn them over to the military authorities. This threat worked, they resumed work and a new course was plotted to Capetown.
At 00.21 hours on 7 Aug 1942, U-572 missed the Delfshaven with three torpedoes but this was not noticed aboard the ship. Also a stern torpedo fired at 00.28 hours missed. At 02.25 hours the only bow torpedo was fired and hit on the portside amidships. The crew immediately abandoned their ship in two lifeboats but the vessel did not sink and Hirsacker had to fire a stern torpedo at 04.42 hours, which caused the ship to explode (this was also witnessed by the survivors in the lifeboats).
|On board||We have details of 40 people who were on board.|
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