Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor tanker

Photo Courtesy of Library of Contemporary History, Stuttgart

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage10,356 tons
Completed1939 - Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij NV, Amsterdam 
OwnerNV Petroleum Mij ´La Corona´, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack3 Mar 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateDamaged by U-160 (Georg Lassen)
Position32° 00'S, 30° 21'E - Grid KZ 1336
Complement61 (0 dead and 61 survivors).
RouteDurban (3 Mar) - Abadan 
History Completed in July 1939

At 00.56 hours on 27 June 1941 the Tibia (Master Hendrik Velthuis) in station #52 of convoy HX-133 (en route from Curaçao to Old Kilpatrick via Bermuda loaded with diesel oil) was hit on the starboard side by one torpedo from U-79 (Kaufmann) in 59°55N/30°49W. After a slight decrease in speed, the ship rejoined the convoy and was later repaired at Tyne. No casualties among the crew of 50 men.

Broken up at Hong Kong in March 1962. 
Notes on event

At 23.22 hours on 3 March 1943, U-160 made her first attack on convoy DN-21 about 40 miles south of Port St. Johns, South Africa, sank the Harvey W. Scott and Nirpura and damaged the Tibia.

The Tibia (Master Hendrik Velthuis) was hit on the port side by one torpedo that immediately caused a heavy list to that side. The engine was stopped and the starboard tanks were used to counter flood. The crew, with the exception of most Chinese, had worked efficiently and at 23.41 hours, the ship set course for Durban at full speed, arriving at 17.40 hours on 4 March.

On boardWe have details of 23 people who were on board

Attack entries for Tibia

DateU-boatCommanderLoss typeTonsNat.
27 Jun 1941U-79Kptlt. Wolfgang KaufmannDamaged10,356  
3 Mar 1943U-160Kptlt. Georg LassenDamaged10,356  

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