Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam tanker

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage7,329 tons
Completed1922 - Sir W.G. Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 
OwnerPetroleum Industrie Mij NV, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack16 Apr 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-66 (Richard Zapp)
Position12° 00'N, 62° 45'W - Grid ED 9455
Complement40 (2 dead and 38 survivors).
RouteSmith Bluff, Texas (5 Apr) - Freetown 
Cargo9500 tons of oil 
History Completed in October 1922 
Notes on event

At 17.45 hours on 16 April 1942 the unescorted Amsterdam (Master H. Schol) was hit simultaneously by two torpedoes from U-66, the first amidships, the second in the engine room. The most of the crew abandoned the ship in the two starboard lifeboats before the tanker sank 60 miles west of British Grenada. The survivors were picked up by the Yugoslavian steam merchant Ivan (Master F. Ilic) and were landed at Port of Spain, Trinidad less than a day later.

On boardWe have details of 42 people who were on board

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