Dutch Troop transport
|Completed||1928 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam|
|Owner||Koninklijke Paketvaart Mij., Amsterdam|
|Date of attack||11 Nov 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-380 (Josef Röther)|
|Position||35° 57'N, 3° 58'W - Grid CH 7472|
|Complement||256 (15 dead and 241 survivors).|
|Route||North Africa - Gibraltar|
|History||Completed in April 1928. In 1940 the steam passenger ship was requisitioned by the Admiralty as troop transport. |
|Notes on event|
At 12.42 hours on 11 Nov 1942 the Nieuw Zeeland was hit by one of four torpedoes fired by U-380 about 80 miles from Gibraltar and sank following a coup de grâce at 13.08 hours. The ship was returning from the Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa and carried 214 crew members, 29 gunners and 13 service passengers. The survivors were picked up by HNMS Isaac Sweers (G 83) (Capt W. Harmsen) and HMS Porcupine (G 93) (Cdr G.S. Stewart, RAN) and landed at Gibraltar.
|On board||We have details of 16 people who were on board.|
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