Ships hit by U-boats

Kota Tjandi

Dutch Motor merchant

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NameKota Tjandi
Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage7,295 tons
Completed1930 - NV Wilton´s Maschinefabriek & Scheepswerf, Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV (W. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam 
Date of attack30 Apr 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position7° 15'N, 13° 49'W - Grid ET 6278
Complement77 (6 dead and 71 survivors).
RouteHaifa - Capetown - Takoradi - Freetown - UK 
Cargo5000 tons of potash, 1000 tons of tin and some general cargo 
Notes on event

At 22.56 hours on 30 April 1943, U-515 fired two stern torpedoes at the convoy TS-37 about 130 miles southwest of Freetown and observed hits after 58 and 59 seconds. The first ship was seen sinking fast and another broke in two after being hit under the bridge. At 22.57 hours, one torpedo was fired, which struck a freighter amidships after 52 seconds. A fourth torpedo fired one minute later struck another freighter amidships, which exploded. At 22.59 hours, a fifth torpedo was fired and struck after 1 minute a ship, which immediately sank. A sixth torpedo fired at 23.01 hours hit a freighter after 1 minute 30 seconds, but the sinking could not be observed. Henke claimed five ships of 31.000 tons sunk and another of 6000 tons probably sunk. However, only four ships were hit and sunk, the Corabella, Bandar Shahpour, Kota Tjandi and Nagina.

The third officer Aarts and five crew members from the Kota Tjandi (Master K.S. Tendijck) were lost.

On boardWe have details of 79 people who were on board

Location of attack on Kota Tjandi.

ship sunk.

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