Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage4,668 tons
Completed1926 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam 
Date of attack12 Sep 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateA total loss by U-515 (Werner Henke)
Position10° 27'N, 60° 17'W - Grid ED 9992
Complement74 (1 dead and 73 survivors).
RouteMatadi - Takoradi - Port of Spain, Trinidad 
Notes on event

At 10.41 hours on 12 Sep 1942 the unescorted Woensdrecht was hit by one of two torpedoes from U-515 southwest of Trinidad. Two days earlier, the tanker had picked up 36 survivors from Cressington Court and one of them was killed by debris from the explosion. When the U-boat surfaced near the stopped ship a few minutes later, the gunners opened fire with the 4in stern gun and forced it to dive immediately. The 38 crew members and the remaining survivors abandoned ship in lifeboats and were picked up the following night by two American patrol vessels. The tanker broke in two after being hit by three coups de grâce at 10.50, 11.36 and 11.48 hours. While the stern sank, the forepart was towed to Trinidad, where she was declared a total loss and later scrapped.

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