Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,162 tons
Completed1918 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerNV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam 
Date of attack27 Apr 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position - Grid CH 9668
Complement34 (10 dead and 24 survivors).
RoutePhilippeville (26 Apr) - Bougie (27 Apr) - Algiers - Oran 
History Completed in January 1918 
Notes on event

At 14.26 hours on 27 April 1943, U-371 attacked a small convoy consisting of Merope (Master C.P. Dekker) and the French steam merchant Cevennes, escorted by HMS Rothesay (J 19) (Cdr A.A. Martin, DSC and Bar, RD, RNR) about 10 miles east-northeast of Cape Bengut. The Merope was hit by a torpedo fired from a distance of 3000 meters, settled with a heavy list to port and sank in a short time. The master, seven crew members and two British gunners were lost. 20 crew members and four British gunners were picked up by the other two ships of the convoy and landed at Algiers.

On boardWe have details of 10 people who were on board

If you can help us with any additional information on this vessel then please contact us.

Return to Allied Ships hit by U-boats