Dutch Motor tanker
|Completed||1930 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam|
|Owner||NV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam|
|Date of attack||20 Jun 1940||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)|
|Position||43° 34'N, 14° 20'W - Grid BE 9574|
|Complement||29 (25 dead and 4 survivors).|
|Route||Port Arthur, Texas (31 May) - Hamilton, Bermuda (9 Jun) - La Coruna, Spain - Pasajes|
|Cargo||10.200 tons of fuel oil|
|Notes on event|
At 17.30 hours on 20 June 1940 the Moordrecht (Master I. Hutjes) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-48, exploded and sank by the stern within two minutes. The master and 24 crew members were lost. The ship had been in convoy HX-49 until 18 June and was then ordered to proceed alone to her destination port. Four men eventually made it to a lifeboat and were picked up on 23 June by the Greek steam merchant Orion, which landed them at Liverpool on 29 June.
|On board||We have details of 29 people who were on board.|
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