Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,078 tons
Completed1928 - AG Neptun Schiffswerft und Maschinenfabrik, Rostock 
OwnerKoninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij NV, Amsterdam 
Date of attack25 Jul 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position9° 15'N, 59° 54'W - Grid EO 1424
Complement37 (23 dead and 14 survivors).
RouteGeorgetown, British Guiana (23 Jul) - PortĀ of Spain, Trinidad 
Cargo2400 tons of bauxite and 136 tons of timber 
Notes on event

At 01.44 hours on 25 July 1942 the unescorted Telamon (Master C.G. Niemann) was hit forward on the starboard side by a G7a torpedo from U-160 and caused the ship to sink, breaking in two three minutes after the hit. The explosion had destroyed the starboard lifeboat, so the crew tried to launch the port boat but the ship sank too fast and they were forced to abandon ship on rafts. The master and 22 crew members were lost. 14 survivors were picked up after several hours by the British steam merchant Canadoc and landed in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

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