Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

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Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage1,617 tons
Completed1918 - NV Mij voor Scheeps-en Werktuigbouw ´Fyenoord´, Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Hollandsche Stoomboot Mij, Amsterdam 
Date of attack22 Feb 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-108 (Klaus Scholtz)
Position63° 15'N, 20° 30'W - Grid AE 7261
Complement25 (25 dead - no survivors)
RouteReykjavik (22 Feb) - Grimsby 
History Completed in December 1918 
Notes on event

At 22.24 hours on 22 Feb 1941 the unescorted Texelstroom (Master A.J.E. Lefering) was hit under the rear mast by a G7e torpedo from U-108 but no effect could be observed and the ship changed course towards the coast while sending light signals. At 22.46 hours, a first coup de grâce was fired but it exploded prematurely and the second fired at 22.54 hours also malfunctioned but hit the bow as a surface-runner, causing the ship to sink in three minutes. Due to snowfall the visibility was bad, still Scholtz reported seeing lifeboats with lights. Despite of being only 25 miles from Iceland, there were no survivors.

On boardWe have details of 25 people who were on board

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