Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Troop transport

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Type:Troop transport
Tonnage17,024 tons (one of the largest ships sunk).
Completed1931 - NV Konmij. Scheepsbouw-en Werktuigenfabriek ´De Schelde´, Vlissingen 
OwnerKoninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV (W. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam 
Date of attack17 Mar 1944Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position37° 08'N, 5° 27'E - Grid CH 9566
Complement333 (0 dead and 333 survivors).
RouteNaples (15 Mar) - Oran 
CargoBallast - 225 tons pig iron and 2500 tons sand 
History Completed in February 1931. In March 1941 the motor passenger ship Dempo was requisitioned as troop transport and converted in Liverpool. 
Notes on event

At 09.38 hours on 17 March 1944, U-371 fired a Gnat at convoy SNF-17 about 30 miles north-northeast of Bougie and observed a hit on a ship, which settled by the stern after the hit. At 09.42 hours, a spread of three torpedoes were fired and two hits were heard. After another Gnat at 09.48 hours, a further detonation on another ship was heard. The first torpedo struck the Maiden Creek in station #52 and the second the Dempo. The first ship was hit again at 13.50 hours by a coup de grâce.

The Dempo (Master W. Jansen) was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side. Against orders, the crew immediately began to abandon ship, while the master tried to beach his ship, but she settled slowly and sank around 10.55 hours.

On boardWe have details of 227 people who were on board

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