Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam tanker

Type:Steam tanker
Tonnage6,671 tons
Completed1939 - Wilton-Fyenoord NV, Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Petroleum Mij ┬┤La Corona┬┤, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack10 Feb 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateDamaged by U-81 (Johann-Otto Krieg)
Position33° 47'N, 35° 09'E - Grid CP 5636
Complement59 (2 dead and 57 survivors).
RouteTripoli, Syria - Haifa 
Cargo7681 tons of crude oil 
Notes on event

At 23.25 hours on 10 Feb 1943, U-81 fired a spread of four torpedoes at the Saroena (Master W.L. Happee), which was escorted by an armed trawler and observed a hit in the stern that set the tanker on fire. Two Chinese crewmen and three gunners panicked and jumped overboard, two of them drowned. She was beached after four hours near Beirut and the crew reached the shore. After the fire was extinguished, the ship was refloated on 12 February and after temporary repairs towed to Port Said, where further repairs were made before the ship went to Calcutta for permanent repairs and then returned to service.

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