Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor tanker

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Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage7,493 tons
Completed1930 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam 
Date of attack20 Jun 1940Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-48 (Hans Rudolf Rösing)
Position43° 34'N, 14° 20'W - Grid BE 9574
Complement29 (25 dead and 4 survivors).
ConvoyHX-49 (dispersed)
RoutePort Arthur, Texas (31 May) - Hamilton, Bermuda (9 Jun) - La Coruna, Spain - Pasajes 
Cargo10.200 tons of fuel oil 
Notes on event

At 17.30 hours on 20 June 1940 the Moordrecht (Master I. Hutjes) was hit in the engine room by one torpedo from U-48, exploded and sank by the stern within two minutes. The master and 24 crew members were lost. The ship had been in convoy HX-49 until 18 June and was then ordered to proceed alone to her destination port. Four men eventually made it to a lifeboat and were picked up on 23 June by the Greek steam merchant Orion, which landed them at Liverpool on 29 June.

On boardWe have details of 29 people who were on board

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