Ships hit by U-boats

Stad Amsterdam

Dutch Steam merchant

NameStad Amsterdam
Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage3,780 tons
Completed1920 - NV Scheepswerf Dordrecht, Dordrecht 
OwnerNV Halcyon-Lijn, Rotterdam 
Date of attack25 Aug 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-164 (Otto Fechner)
Position16° 39'N, 73° 15'W - Grid EC 2728
Complement38 (3 dead and 35 survivors).
ConvoyWAT-15 (straggler)
RouteLiverpool - New York - Key West - Trinidad - Demerara 
Cargo4000 tons of general cargo and 300 bags of mail 
Notes on event

At 18.25 hours on 25 Aug 1942, U-164 fired two torpedoes at the Stad Amsterdam (Master D.J. Boog), which was a straggler from convoy WAT-15 due to engine troubles. At least one torpedo hit as a dud (apparently the torpedoes were fired from too close range) because it was noticed how the ship stopped and slowly developed a list to port. At 22.03 hours, a coup de grâce hit aft and caused the ship to sink by the stern after a first coup de grâce had missed three minutes earlier. The survivors abandoned ship in two lifeboats and were questioned by the U-boat.

On boardWe have details of 38 people who were on board

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