Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor merchant

Photo courtesy of the Allen Collection

Type:Motor merchant
Tonnage6,810 tons
Completed1934 - Nederlandsche Scheepsbouw Mij NV, Amsterdam 
OwnerVereenigde Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Mij NV, The Hague 
HomeportThe Hague 
Date of attack16 Mar 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-106 (J├╝rgen Oesten)
Position13° 21'N, 20° 25'W - Grid EJ 6983
Complement66 (0 dead and 66 survivors).
RouteFremantle, Australia (20 Feb) - Table Bay - Avonmouth 
Cargo7087 tons of wheat 
History Completed in April 1934 
Notes on event

On 16 March 1941 U-106 was chasing convoy SL-68, when the unescorted Almkerk (Master Ary Romijn) crossed the path of convoy and the U-boat. The ship was hit near the bridge by two torpedoes fired from a distance of about 500 metres at 16.36 and 16.37 hours. The ship sank by the stern within 15 minutes after the crew of 62 men and four passengers abandoned ship in two lifeboats, witnessed by the ships of convoy. The 31 occupants in the port lifeboat were picked up by the British steam merchant Martand on 18 March and landed in Liverpool on 3 April. The starboard boat with 31 crew members and the four passengers made landfall near Conakry, French Guinea. They were briefly interned by the Vichy French authorities, but then allowed to proceed in their lifeboat and arrived in Freetown on 30 March.

On boardWe have details of 6 people who were on board

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