Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1922 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam|
|Owner||Vereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Mij NV, The Hague|
|Date of attack||6 Dec 1942||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)|
|Position||37N, 38W - Grid CD 2658|
|Complement||83 (83 dead - no survivors)|
|Route||London (7 Nov) - Loch Ewe (26 Nov) - Saldanha Bay - Durban - Colombo - Calcutta|
|Cargo||4246 tons of general cargo and 2314 tons of military stores|
|History||Built as Gemma, 1931 renamed Serooskerk |
|Notes on event|
At 22.06 hours on 6 Dec, 1942, the Serooskerk (Master D. de Boer), dispersed from convoy ON-149 the day before, was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-155 and stopped. The ship had been spotted at 19.50 hours on a zigzag course. A first coup de grâce at 23.17 hours struck in the stern, but the ship settled only a bit. She sank within two minutes after being hit amidships by a second coup de grâce at 23.55 hours. Apparently the torpedo had hit at deck level, probably wounding and killing many of the crewmen and destroying the lifeboats because despite of the long time between the attacks no survivors were seen to abandon ship.
|On board||We have details of 99 people who were on board.|
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