Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Photo courtesy of Sjöhistoriska Museet, Stockholm

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,162 tons
Completed1918 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerNV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam 
Date of attack27 Apr 1943Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-371 (Waldemar Mehl)
Position36° 57'N, 4° 02'E - Grid CH 9469
Complement34 (10 dead and 24 survivors).
RoutePhilippeville (26 Apr) - Bougie (27 Apr) - Algiers - Oran 
History Completed in January 1918 
Notes on event

At 14.26 hours on 27 April 1943, U-371 fired a spread of four torpedoes at a small coastal shuttle convoy consisting of Merope (Master Coenraad Pieter Dekker) and the French steam merchant Cevennes, escorted by HMS Ronaldsay (T 149) about 10 miles east-northeast of Cape Bengut, Algeria. Merope was hit on starboard side amidships by one of the torpedoes fired from a distance of 3000 meters, settled quickly with a heavy list to port and sank within two minutes. The master, seven crew members and two British gunners were lost. Eight crew members and two gunners were picked up by Cevennes and the remaining survivors by HMS Ronaldsay, which searched in vain for the attacker and wrongly assumed that the ship had been mined. All survivors were landed at Algiers, where seven injured men were taken to a hospital for treatment.

On boardWe have details of 33 people who were on board

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