Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Submarine tender

The Colombia at Herok, Iceland.

Type:Submarine tender
Tonnage10,782 tons
Completed1930 - P. Smit Jnr., Rotterdam 
OwnerKoninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij NV, Amsterdam 
Date of attack27 Feb 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-516 (Gerhard Wiebe)
Position33° 36'S, 27° 29'E - Grid KZ 1791
Complement326 (8 dead and 318 survivors).
RouteEast London - Simonstown 
History In early 1941, the motor passenger ship Colombia was requisitioned by the Royal Netherlands Navy and converted to a submarine tender. The ship left for the Far East in early 1942. 
Notes on event

The Colombia (Comdr J.L.K. Hoeke) was en route to Simonstown to dock, escorted by HMS Genista (K 200) and several RAF aircraft.

At 11.41 hours on 27 Feb 1943, U-516 fired a spread of three torpedoes from a distance of 1500 metres on a ship near Simonstown, which was identified as a passenger-cargo ship of the Blue Star Line of 10.000 tons. Four minutes later, one torpedo struck the Colombia at #2 hold, just before the bridge and a large column of water arose beside the ship, while the deckplanks were thrown in all directions. All hands immediately abandoned ship, apparently without any casualties and the ship sank after ten minutes. A headcount showed that eight men were missing.
Almost 60 survivors in one whaleboat were picked up by a RAF air-sea-rescue launch. The corvette initially launched a counter-attack, but she returned soon and picked up the remaining survivors.

On boardWe have details of 239 people who were on board

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