Ships hit by U-boats


Dutch Motor tanker

Type:Motor tanker
Tonnage5,133 tons
Completed1924 - NV Rotterdamsche Droogdok Mij, Rotterdam 
OwnerNV Phs. van Ommeren´s Scheepvaartbedrijf, Rotterdam 
Date of attack17 Nov 1939Nationality:      Dutch
FateSunk by U-28 (Günter Kuhnke)
Position56° 00'N, 11° 19'W - Grid AM 5142
Complement31 (26 dead and 5 survivors).
RouteAbadan - Gibraltar - Kirkwall - Trondheim - Svolvær 
Cargo4704 tons of gas oil, 998 tons of kerosene and 936 tons of benzine 
History Completed in September 1924 
Notes on event

In the late evening on 16 November 1939 U-28 stopped the unescorted and neutral Sliedrecht about 120 miles southeast of Rockall and examined the documents of the ship. They showed that the tanker was ordered by the British authorities in Gibraltar to proceed to Kirkwall for a closer inspection of the cargo. Kuhnke therefore ordered the crew to abandon ship and sank her with a torpedo at 00.20 hours on 17 November. Five crew members in one lifeboat were picked up by the British trawler Meresia and landed at Castlebay, Isle of Barra on 23 November. The other lifeboat with 26 occupants was never seen again.

On boardWe have details of 2 people who were on board

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