Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage6,813 tons
Completed1921 - Barclay, Curle & Co Ltd, Whiteinch, Glasgow 
OwnerNV Tot Voortzetting van den Koninklijke Hollandschen Lloyd, Amsterdam 
Date of attack17 Mar 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-758 (Helmut Manseck)
Position50° 38'N, 34° 46'W - Grid BD 1378
Complement53 (0 dead and 53 survivors).
RoutePort Lincoln - Cristobal - New York - Belfast Lough - Avonmouth 
CargoRefrigerated meat, wheat and zinc 
Notes on event

Between 00.23 and 00.25 hours on 17 March 1943, U-758 fired two FAT and two G7e torpedoes at convoy HX-229 and reported three ships sunk and another damaged. In fact, the Zaanland and James Oglethorpe were sunk and the Dutch motor tanker Magdala (8248 grt) missed.

The Zaanland (Master Gerardus Franken) in station #103 was hit by one torpedo on the starboard side abreast of the main mast and sank by the stern after about ten minutes. All men abandoned ship in lifeboats and were picked up by the escorts.

On boardWe have details of 53 people who were on board

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