Ships hit by U-boats

Den Haag

Dutch Motor tanker

NameDen Haag
Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage8,971 tons
Completed1925 - Friedrich Krupp Germaniawerft AG, Kiel 
OwnerNV Petroleum Industrie Mij, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack15 Feb 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-48 (Herbert Schultze)
Position48° 02'N, 8° 26'W - Grid BF 4321
Complement39 (26 dead and 13 survivors).
RouteAruba - New York - Rotterdam 
Cargo11.800 tons of oil produce 
History Completed in June 1925 
Notes on event

At 14.00 hours on 15 Feb 1940 the unescorted and neutral Den Haag (Master C. Wijker) was hit amidships by one G7e torpedo from U-48, broke in two and sank about 150 miles west of Ouessant. The U-boat had spotted the tanker about five hours earlier, but had to evade a flying boat before an attack could be made. 13 survivors in one lifeboat were later picked up by the British steam merchant Glen Orchy. The other lifeboats with bodies were later found adrift and some bodies were washed ashore on the French coast.


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