Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage4,760 tons
Completed1929 - P. Smit Jnr., Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Maatschappij ´Vrachtvaart´, Rotterdam 
Date of attack21 Feb 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-50 (Max-Hermann Bauer)
Position42° 45'N, 10° 25'W - Grid CG 2133
Complement? men (0 dead and ? survivors).
RouteBahia Blanca (29 Jan) - Rotterdam 
Notes on event

At 02.54 hours on 21 Feb 1940 the neutral Tara (Master M. Breedijk) was hit by one torpedo from U-50 west of Cape Finisterre and sank 20 minutes after being hit by a coup de grâce at 03.12 hours. The U-boat had spotted the steamer at midnight, which was according to Bauer en route without visible neutrality markings and missed her with a first torpedo at 01.38 hours. All hands abandoned ship in two lifeboats of which one made landfall at the Spanish coast, while the survivors in the other boat were picked up by the Spanish fishing trawler Milin and landed at La Coruna, Spain.

On boardWe have details of 1 people who were on board

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