Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage8,456 tons
Completed1922 - New Waterway Shipbuilding Co, Schiedam 
OwnerVereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Mij NV, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack6 Dec 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-155 (Adolf Cornelius Piening)
Position37° 00'N, 38° 00'W - Grid CD 2658
Complement83 (83 dead - no survivors)
ConvoyON-149 (dispersed)
RouteLondon (7 Nov) - Loch Ewe (26 Nov) - Saldanha Bay - Durban - Colombo - Calcutta 
Cargo4246 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 boardWe have details of 99 people who were on board

Location of attack on Serooskerk.

ship sunk.

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