Ships hit by U-boats


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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,996 tons
Completed1911 - Clyde Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Port Glasgow 
OwnerKoninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij NV, Amsterdam 
Date of attack27 Jun 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-123 (Reinhard Hardegen)
Position25° 43'N, 22° 47'W - Grid DT 2626
Complement34 (6 dead and 28 survivors).
RouteDuala - Freetown - Hull 
Cargo2355 tons of palm kernels and 253 tons of general cargo 
History Built as Ussa 1912 renamed Oberon 
Notes on event

At 23.57, 23.58 and 24.00 hours on 27 June 1941, U-123 fired one torpedoes each at three ships in convoy SL-78 from between the columns west-southwest of the Canary Islands. The first torpedo sank P.L.M. 22, the second the Oberon and the third missed the intended target, but was thought to have hit another ship in convoy.

The Oberon (Master E.O.J. Jans) was struck by a torpedo in the engine room, killing four men on watch below and a purser. The survivors were picked up by a British corvette, but one man later died of wounds.

On boardWe have details of 16 people who were on board

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