Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage5,593 tons
Completed1929 - C. van der Giessen & Zonen’s Scheepswerven NV, Krimpen aan den IJssel 
OwnerNV Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mij (KNSM), Amsterdam 
Date of attack2 Jul 1944Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-547 (Heinrich Niemeyer)
Position4° 14'N, 11° 00'W - Grid EU 7278
Complement111 (9 dead and 102 survivors).
RouteBeira - Durban - Freetown - UK 
Cargo4589 tons of general cargo and food and 2512 tons of copper 
History Completed in February 1929 
Notes on event

At 01.30 hours on 2 July 1944 the unescorted Bodegraven (Master B.A. Molenaar) was hit on the port side in the engine room by a torpedo from U-547 about 200 miles south of Monrovia. The ship stopped and settled by the stern, sinking after 12 minutes. One lifeboat had been destroyed by the explosion, so the 63 crew members and 48 passengers had to abandon ship in the three remaining lifeboats. The Germans then questioned the survivors and took the master as prisoner on board.

The survivors in one lifeboat made landfall at the coast of Grand Bassa and the others were rescued by warships from Freetown. Three crewmen on watch below and six passengers were lost.

On boardWe have details of 111 people who were on board

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