Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor merchant

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage4,652 tons
Completed1935 - P. Smit Jnr., Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Maatschappij ´Vrachtvaart´, Rotterdam 
Date of attack2 Oct 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-575 (Günther Heydemann)
Position54° 16'N, 26° 36'W - Grid AK 6938
Complement35 (1 dead and 34 survivors).
RouteReykjavik (28 Sep) - Tampa, Florida 
History On 23 Dec 1940, the Tuva was attacked and damaged by German He111 aircraft in Ardmucknish Bay, Scotland. Seven crew members were killed. 
Notes on event

At 07.09 hours on 2 Oct 1941, U-575 fired three torpedoes at the three ships in convoy ON-19A and heard two detonations on a first ship and one detonation on a second. However, only Tuva (Master A. van Duin) was hit aft on the port side and sank in a short time after breaking in two. The crew abandoned ship in two lifeboats and two rafts, but had to left a man behind who was trapped under a piece of debris. The survivors were picked up after about one hour by HMCS St. Croix (I 81).

On boardWe have details of 35 people who were on board

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