Dutch Steam merchant
|Completed||1919 - Lobithsche Scheepsbouw Mij v. Gebroeders Bodewes, Lobith|
|Owner||NV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam|
|Date of attack||21 Jun 1940||Nationality: Dutch|
|Fate||Sunk by U-65 (Hans-Gerrit von Stockhausen)|
|Position||47.10N, 03.35W - Grid BF 5559|
|Complement||47 (39 dead and 8 survivors).|
|Route||Istanbul (10 Apr) - Bordeaux (20 Jun) - UK|
|Cargo||1000 tons of manganese ore and passengers|
|History||Completed in June 1919 |
|Notes on event|
At 08.17 hours on 21 Jun, 1940, the unescorted Berenice (Master A. Huygens) was torpedoed and sunk by U-65. The Berenice had left Bordeaux at 13.30 hours on 20 June with 22 passengers on board (mostly Dutch and Belgians refugees), among them the poet H. Marsman and his wife and the Dutch painter T. Bottema. The ship sailed together with the Dutch steamer Orpheus, the coasters Nettie and Ary Scheffer and the tug Seine, but they got dispersed in the following night and only the Nettie was in visual range.
According to the KTB of U-65, they sighted a big steamer, identified as Champlain (28.124 grt), at 5.45 hours, which was shadowed until 7.35 hours, when the U-boat lost contact in fog. A short time later the ship was sighted again and attacked with a spread of three torpedoes at 8.17 hours.
|On board||We have details of 21 people who were on board.|
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