Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1918 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel|
|Owner||NV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam|
|Date of attack||27 Apr 1943||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)|
|Position||Grid CH 9668|
|Complement||34 (10 dead and 24 survivors).|
|Route||Philippeville (26 Apr) - Bougie (27 Apr) - Algiers - Oran|
|History||Completed in January 1918 |
|Notes on event|
At 14.26 hours on 27 Apr, 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 board||We have details of 10 people who were on board.|
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