Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1916 - NV Werf v Rijkee & Co, Rotterdam|
|Owner||Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij NV, Amsterdam|
|Date of attack||13 Aug 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-658 (Hans Senkel)|
|Position||19.54N, 74.16W - Grid DN 7656|
|Complement||28 (5 dead and 23 survivors).|
|Route||New York (24 Jul) - Key West - Curaçao - several Venezuelan ports|
|Cargo||1636 tons of general cargo, including 220 cases of dynamite|
|Notes on event|
On 13 Aug, 1942, U-658 fired two spreads each of two torpedoes at 05.07 hours at the convoy WAT-13 and observed one column of fire after 2 minutes 15 seconds and another after 3 minutes 58 seconds. At 05.10 hours, the stern torpedo was fired and a detonation was heard after 5 minutes. At 08.05 hours, the U-boat attacked again in grid DN 7667 and heard a detonation after 4 minutes 53 seconds, followed by several smaller detonations. Senkel thought that he had sunk two ships and damaged two others in these attacks. However, the only ship hit was the Medea. One torpedo fired in the first attack struck the ship on the port side. A heavy fire broke out, the engine stopped and the steamer sank within five minutes. 24 survivors were picked up by an American escort and landed at Guantanamo, where one crew member died of his wounds.
|On board||We have details of 4 people who were on board.|
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