Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1922 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam|
|Owner||Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Mij NV, The Hague|
|Date of attack||28 Aug 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-566 (Gerhard Remus)|
|Position||40° 20'N, 16° 02'W - Grid CF 6315|
|Complement||68 (0 dead and 68 survivors).|
|Route||Karachi - Freetown - Clyde|
|Cargo||8045 tons of general cargo, including wool, cotton, oilseeds and hides|
|History||Built as Zosma 1931 renamed Zuiderkerk 1933 lenghtened |
|Notes on event|
At 19.08 hours on 28 Aug 1942, U-566 fired a spread of thee torpedoes at the convoy SL-119 west-northwest of Lisbon, heard three detonations and sinking noises and claimed two steamers sunk. The ships hit were Zuiderkerk and City of Cardiff.
The Zuiderkerk was hit by a torpedo in the port bow and stopped to examine the damage. She then managed to regain contact with the convoy, but the flooding of the forward holds forced the 56 crew members and twelve passengers to abandon ship in the early morning on 29 August. HMS Erne (U 03) then scuttled the ship with depth charges, while HMS Leith (L 36) picked up the survivors.
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