Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage2,741 tons
Completed1909 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij NV, Amsterdam 
Date of attack15 Sep 1942Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-517 (Paul Hartwig)
Position48° 49'N, 64° 06'W - Grid BB 1763
Complement36 (1 dead and 35 survivors).
RouteHull - Sydney - Quebec - Montreal 
Notes on event

At 18.33 hours on 15 Sep 1942, U-517 fired four torpedoes at convoy SQ-36 four miles from Cape des Rosiers in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and reported one ship sunk and another damaged. In fact, the Inger Elisabeth and Saturnus were hit and sunk by one torpedo each. The U-boat had followed convoy since the afternoon of the day before and tried to chase it further but lost contact in fog.

The Saturnus was hit in the stern, which was completely destroyed and a gunner on watch at the stern gun was killed. The survivors launched both lifeboats before the ship sank after ten minutes and they made it to shore by themselves.

On boardWe have details of 36 people who were on board

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