Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Steam merchant

Mandalika under her former name Nordmark. Photo courtesy of State Library of New South Wales

Type:Steam merchant
Tonnage7,750 tons
Completed1930 - Flensburger Schiffsbau-Ges., Flensburg 
OwnerKoninklijke Rotterdamsche Lloyd NV (W. Ruys & Zonen), Rotterdam 
Date of attack19 Mar 1941Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-105 (Georg Schewe)
Position18° 16'N, 21° 26'W - Grid EJ 3254
Complement61 (3 dead and 58 survivors).
RouteBatavia - Sourabaya - Capetown - Freetown - Belfast 
Cargo9200 tons of sugar 
History Laid down as Eifel, completed in April 1930 as German Nordmark for Hamburg-Amerika Linie (HAPAG), Hamburg. On 10 May 1940, seized at Tandjong Priok, Batavia by the Netherlands and renamed Mandalika
Notes on event

Between 00.24 and 00.29 hours on 19 March 1941, U-105 fired torpedoes at convoy SL-68 from within convoy columns and reported two ships sunk and another probably damaged. However, only the Mandalika (Master Leonardus Theodorus Marie Ouwerkerk) was hit on the port side near the engine room by one torpedo. The crew abandoned ship in several lifeboats as the ship slowly sank about 100 miles northeast of Cape Verde Islands. Three crew members were lost. The survivors were picked up by HMS Marguerite (K 54) (LtCdr A.N. Blundell, RNR).

On boardWe have details of 61 people who were on board

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